Jennifer Letchet Paintings

My work explores fundamental elements of painting, the relationship between colour and line. I intend my paintings to affect the viewer optically with the illusion of shapes moving and receding. Colour theory is very important to my work. I use specific hues to symbolise ideas or emotions. The contained shapes on canvases seem more like objects than lines. My recent work explores natural and man-made disasters and the impact this has on our environment. I want to record the changing landscape through simplified shapes and colours.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

How to develop my topographical paintings

I have been considering where to take my work, after my recent paper drawings, I created [and just finished this week] a drawing on gesso.  I had not tried this before and really liked the quality and feel of the graphite on the hard smooth surface of gesso.  Some pencils, depending on the softness, reacted differently in tone and quality of line which I found interesting.  The softer the pencil, the easier it was to make marks.

I have been working with satellite images of change in topography for nearly a year now, and I want to take it further.  I feel my next step it to work on a particular site/media story for a series.  With earlier works I would create a series of drawings or paintings of media events around the topic of topography but not intrinsically lined together by say one catastrophe or one type of disaster e.g. earthquakes.

Do I continue to work in gesso?  What does gesso add to my work?  I have now successfully used oils on gesso; do I want to abandon egg tempera?  Will the outcome be the same with oils?  Do I need paint or could I just use drawings?  And If I do draw, why not revert to paper?  These are all questions I need to resolve and experiment with.  I am not overly concerned but excited, as for the first time I feel comfortable with my work and continually interested in the subject.

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