Hi and welcome back to the Chrissie Murphy Designs Blog. As you know, I have been offline for the last few months studying for my Diploma of Visual Arts (specialising in Painting). And yes, I have been enjoying myself very much! Today I thought I’d share my Silhouettes using Frottage, Line Marking and Collage Techniques that I completed for my first assessment. So let’s get into it.
Being offline has been good for me
Being offline has been beneficial for me in many ways. One of the best things has been having more time to spend with my family. It’s been good! But I have also found a greater depth in what I am creating. You could argue it’s because I’m studying, but I’m reluctant to be so black and white in that assessment.
It’s not dimensional depth I’m talking about here either. I’m talking about spiritual, emotional and mental depth. It’s something I have longed to increase in my work for some time. Having time offline has afforded me greater opportunity to develop this through reading, prayer, listening, walking and talking with people.
Let’s have a look at what I’ve been up to.
One of my first units is nearly finished
One of my first units on Drawing Techniques is nearly finished. For this assessment, among other things, I had to submit three pieces of work that were A3 in size. There had to be a clear connection between all 3 pieces and I had to investigate and use three different drawing techniques.
I chose to create Silhouettes using Frottage, Line Marking and Collage Techniques
I photographed my family to capture them in silhouette. And then I used different colours and elements for each piece. Using different stencils, I played with lines to see how different directions affect the overall feel of a piece of work. For the backgrounds I used vertical, diagonal and horizontal lines. I believe each piece says something unique, and the lines are a great contributing factor in this.
I also tried to incorporate frottage and collage into my work. The frottage did not really go as well as I had hoped, but the collage worked well. This wasn’t the first time I’ve used elements of collage in my work. But it was great to play with it again in much greater depth.
The Lord has a plan and a purpose for each of us
The pieces were inspired by scripture, a verse in the book of Jeremiah (Jer 29:11)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
I feel we are living in times where many doubt this promise and it grieves me deeply 💔 I was inspired to create these pieces as a witness to the hope it carries.
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