I really enjoyed playing with the thumbnail images with this one. I wanted to create an unusual composition so tried suspending various twigs from the ceiling with thread so that they could hold unexpected positions.
I wanted to keep the palette muted for this exercise. I love the greys in Ben Nicholson’s work and also in Morandi’s. I started with ink and moved onto pastel, paint and charcoal. Throughout the production of this picture I really tried to consider the negative spaces and the textures and tonal composition. It doesn’t work as well as I would have liked – the bark at the back of the image was really challenging. I didn’t want it to be a really realistic depiction but the tonal values aren’t really interesting enough – it looks flat and bland. I think the shadows work well though and if I were to work on a further image I would try to add more of the texture of the moss that was on the log and make the texture on the log more obviously different to that on the twig.
I then also produced a simple line etching of one of the other images from my sketchbook, with a view to working with colour to abstract the image more. This is obviously just a beginning as there are limitless colour ways and papers I could use with this image. It is a way of working that I really enjoyed – drawing without paper and without knowing exactly what the image would reveal – the random element being something that I find I am really drawn to and hope to pursue it with other work.