Painting from prints

In each one of my stamps created by my wooden blocks, originally created for my field module, I have begun seeing its own miniature landscape. In quite a lot of them, I also see a figure, or a tree; Something that I recognise as a landscape. This links back to last years constellation when we were looking in to ‘understanding comics by Scott Mcloud’, as it states that we always depict what is familiar to us; something always looks like something else. For example, two dots over a line reminds us of a face.

‘We always depict what is familiar to us (Gombrich 1946)

The blocks of wood come from a nature landscape themselves, deriving from trees and therefore have an element of landscape in them, which comes across more clearly in the prints I have created. To investigate this further, I began painting the landscape that I could see inside of the prints. Adding colour while painting them gives them a whole new meaning that is personal to me, as others could view the original prints differently. However, if I show the prints along with the images to the viewer, it is clear that they are both the same image, and the viewer is forced to see what I can see in the prints, making my paintings very subjective. I would like to develop this idea further by looking at what other people can see and painting their ideas rather than just my own. It may open my eyes to depicting different landscapes and patterns inside various prints.

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Author: alannah3012l5

I am a landscape painter who enjoys spending free time exploring and wandering through natural landscapes, understanding that the space I occupy in this world is tiny and temporary. The aim of my paintings is to evoke the same sense of wonder in the viewer that I experience while on my travels and to ignite the realisation that compared to our surroundings, we are miniscule and blend in, we are not above, nor do we have any higher importance than any other being or thing on this planet. My large oil paintings are designed to be displayed outdoors after being inspired by Katherine Grosse in the Venice Biennale, making them appear small in their surroundings, much like the people in them and the people viewing them. However, my zines and watercolours require more attention, showing that even smaller details contain whole worlds and landscapes of their own. Depending on our own experiences we see the prints differently. The text along with the images encourage the viewer to see the same landscape I see.

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