This narrative comes from my memories of student days gone by. I studied some old photographs from this time in my life and focused in on some of the real happy, even riotous times we all had. This is a kind of collage of images of some of my friends with me as the king clown at the party! From memory, we were sitting on the student flat’s enormous sofa watching a Scotland-England football match – we lost. I re-arranged the placing of the individual images to achieve the most effective composition for this study.
I selected a 20 x 60cm canvas in landscape format for this story and sketched out the figures using a HB graphite pencil:
I selected a limited palette of reds , yellows and blues as well as Titanium White and Payne’s Grey, following the Michael Wilcox palette:
The main inspiration for how to portray this ‘party time’ story in terms of a painterly approach came from my desire to show the fun and sadness of a gathering of people who ended up being together for different reasons.
The females wanted to have a laugh and chat – figures 2, 3 & 4 (this is not meant to be stereotypical – it was the reality of the occasion on the day)
Males 1 & 5 were basically ‘chilling out’, and beyond much meaningful engagement.
While males 6 & 7 were intent on the TV watching the football match and wishing the rest of us would just shut up!
Here’s ‘Party time’:
‘Party time’ –
There was much sliding down the sofa, leaning, giggling, quiet moments and frustration going on – I think that this composition and colours show at least some of that memory.
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Stuart Brownlee – 512319
11th May, 2014