I am a great admirer of Franz Marc (1880-1916). He loved and respected animals and the natural world, and is famous for his “Blue Horse” paintings. The painting above is a small watercolour but shows his use of colour, the abstracted shapes of the horses and how they are integrated and subsumed in a larger design. He was a member of an experimental artistic group, “Die Blau Reiter” in Munich. I am interested in his empathy with the animal and his wish to depict animals in a different “inner” way and also in his development from tradition figurative art to abstraction.
I decided to make a study of this painting by “unpicking it” as I learnt from painter Liz Hough in St. Ives. In order to get behind the skin of the painting and engage with it in a deeper way, Liz suggests starting by making lots of drawings based on small areas of a painting. Here are some I have done. They bear little resemblance to the original starting point but it is always present as a reference and inspiration and by doing these drawings I began to look more closely at and understand Marc’s painting better.
The next exercise involved using monoprint technique and colour to understand shapes better. I have had a go at this but am not sure I have fully grasped it. The colours and textures run away with me.
For Stage 3 we were asked to create a 3d construct from cut-outs of simple line drawings. Then I made drawings of this construction from many different angles. I found this a very engaging process. The three dimensional aspect tunes into my own sense of physicality. Here is the construction and a couple of the drawings derived from it.