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Textiles 1 – A Creative Approach – Building a Visual Vocabulary – Project 1, Stage 3 Using marks to create surface textures

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At the start of this section, we are advised to ‘look carefully at the variety of marks that artists like Picasso and van Gogh make in drawings and paintings’. Using the Bridgeman Education online library, I looked at the work of van Gogh. It was fascinating, a revelation to me – my exposure to art of this nature is so limited that I was mesmerised as I worked through the library.

My favourites were the works in pen & ink on paper and the black chalk on paper.

The Flower Garden, 1888 (black ink over pencil on paper) was particularly relevant, made up of so many simple marks giving such a variety of texture and value.

Also the later oils, where brush marks were really evident were interesting in this context.

I appreciated View from Vincent’s room in the Rue Lepic, 1887 (oil on pasteboard) which showed similar marks to The Flower Garden but using oil. Made up of dots, dashes, fine lines, dry brush texture.

The following pictures were also amongst my favourites.

Peasant of the Camargue, 1888 (brown ink over graphite on paper)

The Thunder Storm (oil on canvas)

The Artist’s House in Arles (pen & ink on paper)

Vincent’s Chair, 1888 (oil on canvas) so much texture in the walls, the seat of the chair and the tiles

The Man with the Pipe Portrait of Doctor Paul Gachet (1828-1909) (etching) (B/w photo)

Cypresses, 1889 (reed pen, graphite, quill and brown and black ink on paper

Peasant Woman Gleaning, 1885 (black chalk on paper)

Landscape with green corn 1889 (oil on canvas)

Landscape at Auvers after the Rain 1890

Portrait of a Woman (Head of a peasant woman with bonnet) c1885 (chalk on paper)

Rocky Ground at Mont majour, 1888-89 (pen, reed pen & ink on paper)

Meadow with Butterflies, 1890 (oil on canvas)

The Olive Trees (pen & ink on paper)

The Olive Pickers 1888-89 (oil on canvas)

Rain, 1889 (oil on canvas)

This was a very useful exercise, opening my eyes and mind to a different way of recording which lends itself more readily to stitch.



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