Earth Laughs in Flowers

So assignment 3 on colour is in—done and dusted—in my tutor’s hands. Relief that I had submitted before I saw this post on Wicked Halo. It would have had me rethinking my whole approach! Together with a series of still-life arrangements reflecting the cycle of life, David LaChapelle has done the seasons—in a fabulous, intricate, colourful way that so appeals. [All images via Wicked Halo]

Painterly effect in some—similar feel to Lynn Collin’s Trespasser series, although much more vivid. Strong colour is part of LaChapelle’s style—in the images I have seen anyway. Inclusion of pop-culture junk allows him to pass comment on society. His images say something—ultimately I would like my images to do so too. I like the concept of still-life, and there seems to be a swing back to it at the moment—series of articles in March BJP—”Art as Object’.

Going to make my first little attempt at basic still-life and story-telling in assignment 4—but much more to come slowly over my studies—not going to take on too much in my first attempt especially since the experience of assignment 3 still lingers. So they will be nothing like this at all—just one doll and a few props! And maybe some smoke too!

  1. CliveW
    March 30, 2012 at 11:00 am

    ‘maybe some smoke too!’ love it ‘ } Looking forward to another anguished blog and another great learning experience! Hahahaha

    • vickim
      March 31, 2012 at 8:10 am

      Hi Clive—yup, looking at sourcing a little smoke-machine; and possibly even some torches to do real ‘painting with light’ for some of the pics! Really hoping that there will be no anguish, tears, tantrums or hissy fits with this assignment, but have no problem with the learning! As said to Catherine in this post, I’m off on a holiday in ten days—have waited for this one for ten years—so might not be posting too much, but will be doing some of coursework and planning for assignment.

  2. Catherine
    March 30, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Hi Vicki, Wonderful that the Assignment is now complete. Such hard work but loads of learning there.Thanks for posting on the Exhibition – those images are very lush and baroque yet modern. Wonderful colour. I like that kind of cluttered/jumbled look as well. However, I also like clean, simple lines. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing your work on Part 4 when you’ve recovered from Colour.

    • vickim
      March 31, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Hi Catherine. I liked them too, so as I said am really glad that I did not see them before. When it came to flowers, I was only thinking background/foreground and not thinking of creating still-lives. If I had, I’d still be on this assignment! But agree that it was a wonderful learning curve, even if it made me sweat. Going to plan assign 4 much tighter. As you know, Maldives is just a little time away now—will do some of my natural light coursework there—at least I should be assured of sunshine, and if lucky, might even get a good rain-storm!!

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