I found a collection o four object on the corner of a shelf in a shed… a hot glue gun, two rolls of tape and a roll of thick garden wire.
This shows a sketch of just the garden wire and the tape… after making the above initial sketch I decided to remove the glue gun and focus on the remaining three objects.
I re-arranged them a little – this shows the tapes in two different ways showing one end and one side. The garden wire now propped up on the left tape.
I’ve shown here the grain in the wood on the table-top. It’sa roughly made bench and two pieces of wood abut at right angles so there are two grain directions.
Next I focussed in on where the garden wire rests on the tape. Above is an A4 sketch. I find this more interesting… there are now two large curing areas and one straighter pattern (wood grain) to consider. I like the macroscopic effect which is a more modern idea for composition that had been considered for the Dutch Masters’ Still Life.
This is a re-crop of the previous sketch as a square – I’ve selected it so that the objects are each partially cropped out of the picture. This provides for a lot of directional lines enting the edges of the frame at different angles – the wood grain from bottom left; the garden wire in a vortex from bottom right to top centre; one roll of tape in another vortex on the left side – entering and leaving the frame; the angle of the right hand rollo of tape… which could be a diagonal bottom right towards centre top… but also could have depth as it might travel into the picture.
The centre of the picture includes an interesting area where the left roll of tape can be seen through the strands of the garden wire, as can the wood grain if it is visible in terms of being lit. This effect can enhance the depth of the image drawing the viewer in. The whole effect should be one of travelling into the image where there could be a volume of un-knowableness… an area that is deep and has no details to make out.
I need to draw these again this time focussing on the level of detail that I need for the initial painting. I think I ought to concentrate not on the individual strands of the garden wire but on the shape of the main bundle of garden wire where it blocks the view completely as a solid bundle. After this are the two rolls of tape, their main tone contours and the shadows created.
The rest of the lines – the concentric turns of tape, the individual wires and the wood grains – all follow the major shapes so are details that can be affected directly in paint rather than in line.
This is a snap shot of the set-up. Perhaps not from where my eye will be!
The whole scene seems nearly monotone but there are some definite contrasts:
- Warm/Cold lighting (two sources here – indirect daylight and a lamp). This is mostly visible as warm/cold banding on the black tape.
- Green of the garden wire vs the light orange hue of the wood
- The way the garden wire appears white as it catches the window light then becomes close to black at the back and where it is shaded.
This is the approximate crop I’m looking at.
Because if certain time-of-day constraints I think the lighting might have to change so that it’s all artificial rather than daylight, but there is some possibility here of rendering that warmth as a contrast to the garden wire and keeping that as a cold dark green.
Looking at one particular shape – the strand that loops around outside the coil.
This is still quite sketchy so now I want to focus more on the outlines and shapes…
The shapes now become very bold statements – much more simple elemental ideas.
Moving closer in loses the edges and so appears to weaken the composition, but I’m drawn to the closer image.
Within this there are other shapes that are parts of the overall objects and also negative spaces that I have not investigated.