Studio Blog 13 by Ilyssa Harrington

Working into the paint.

As I continue to work into the paint. I am having fun making progress with the figures, lines, and shapes. As the end of this project approaches I am feeling the weight of the end of this project. I am becoming more ridged with my brush strokes as well as my compositions as a whole. I am also struggling with calling things finished. As I finish things I want to add one more line, a couple more dashes or even a another whole figure.

In a recent critique the advice was given to me to have more fun with my paintings. That I had forgotten the fun of the paintings because I put the pressure on my self to create a epic painting. Plot twist it already is a epic painting.

Here are some progress shots.

Studio Blog 12 by Ilyssa Harrington

Figures emerge and dissolve.

This week in the studio I started to add figures in my work. As I added figures I had to contemplate if the figures were even necessary as well as how I wanted to continue with them. I used the figures to draw new lines across my paintings. I added in a new canvas and I brought the original mother of this portfolio and worked back into it.

Pictured below is the 5 paintings I worked into from last week, a new canvas, and the original large painting that I decided was not finished.

Studio Blog 11 by Ilyssa Harrington

House paint is my favorite paint.

This week in the studio I painted my heart out! I have 10 canvases going! I am super excited for all of them, they vary in different sizes and different shapes and lines run across them. This week as I was painting lines after lines I began to wonder if my work needed the figures on top of the marks or if the marks could exist alone by themselves. After writing my artist statement I further realized that the human figures in my work are a necessary piece to convey what I want to say in my paintings.

I have used house paint exclusively for all of these expect for two which are oil based. When I proposed these paintings I developed a color palette and then I proceeded to get those exact colors in house paint! By doing this I have created a limited color palette and I have eliminated mixing purposely, when you see a orange loop on one canvas I want you to realize that it is the same orange that created small lines on another painting.

Here are all the different paintings!


New Art in the 60’s and 70’s

Research for the portfolio Fresh Paint

In the book New Art in the 60s and 70s Redefining Reality Anne Rorimer breaks down painting as a whole during the two very influential decades that were the 60s and 70s. This book brings Greenburg’s ideas that the “works of art should neither admit subject matter from observed reality, nor be set autonomously above the fray of life, not challenge the medium-specific basis of painting or of sculpture-had been nullified on all counts”

This notion resonated with me because this is what my lines and shapes are doing before I add the figures into them. This week I thought about how this art that I am creating is even acceptable. That my lines and color swatches are seen as acceptable art. Reading this book also made me question if I need representational art in my paintings which I mentioned above.

All in all this book wasn’t exactly what I was looking for in painting in the 60’s and 70’s but it is a good reference for the minimalist movement as well as color fields paintings.

Studio Blog 10 by Ilyssa Harrington

Starting is the hardest part.

This week I started painting my canvas grounds. I started by just covering the paintings with the color palette I chose. I began making marks and working into the paintings. It is difficult to know exactly where I am going in the beginning, during this part of the painting process I am timid and unsure of my mark making. But during this time I discover new things and deeper meaning in the paint.

A artist who I am looking at is Jenny Saville. Her show Erota has figure merging above and below mark making. The piece below is entitled One out of Two (Symposium).

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Studio Blog 09 by Ilyssa Harrington

This week in the studio I worked on some new paintings! I was excited to start some new paintings. I started by putting the grounds on all of my paintings, and the beginning marks on them. As I was painting I was thinking about the ambiguity and the balance between being able to tell what something is and having to search for what the thing that is being painted represents.


An painting that has inspired me this week is Joan Snyder’s painting Summer

Snyder’s palette and mark making is simple and repetitive. The use of the paint and the mark making has a economy that I try to create with my mark making in my paintings.

Snyder’s palette and mark making is simple and repetitive. The use of the paint and the mark making has a economy that I try to create with my mark making in my paintings.

Another painting I was thinking about as I painted was Cecily Brown’s Gagosian. I her painting she uses figures yet they are deeply disguised. Each time I paint I am trying to work out the relationship between marks and figures. When I am looking at Brown’s painting I am looking at how abstracted they are.

At first glance this painting is just shapes and marks. The longer I stare at the painting the more I begin to realize the figures that are coming in and out of the painting.

At first glance this painting is just shapes and marks. The longer I stare at the painting the more I begin to realize the figures that are coming in and out of the painting.

Studio Blog 08 by Ilyssa Harrington

This week in the studio I began a new painting portfolio. Before starting the new portfolio I made small sketches of my paintings. To read more about what I am doing in this new portfolio you can read my post Fresh Paint.

Here is a in progress photo of the sketches I am creating for these new paintings.

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A artist that I am inspired by this week is Laura Blythman. She designs collages and then makes them into fabric. Her use of shapes is simple yet she combines fun textures and colors to create a economy of relationships.


This weeks reading:

I really enjoyed the practicality of this weeks reading. The biggest take away that I got from it was documentation! It is crucial that we as artist make it part of our practice to document our work. Without documenting our work how will people even know that it exists. I also enjoyed the reality of this reading the tables and graphics makes me want to put it on my wall :) It is true that as artisit we are not going to have a high income and the more we know that and accept the harder we can push ourselves to make great work for the sake of great work. All in this is a reading I will refer back to after I graduate and probably throughout this academic year.

Fresh Paint by Ilyssa Harrington

I am excited to start a new journey of painting! In the next seven weeks I am going to go on a crazy paint journey that will bring me closer to who I am as an artist and what I like millions of others am trying to communicate through pigments and oils.


The Big Idea!

For this portfolio I want to continue to explore figures in this world that I am putting them into. With the lines and shapes that are weaving in and out and around them.

This is a mood board I have created for this new portfolio. I want my paintings to be in this color scheme and for them to be about humans and how one person interacts with the world around them. Each painting will have one subject and the subject will be fragmented around the canvas with interlocking shapes and lines. The paintings will be similar to the painting below.

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For the size requirements I will be painting five 36’x36’ canvases one solid color from the color pallet above and then taking photos of five different people to use as reference images.

Studio Blog 07 by Ilyssa Harrington

This week in the studio I continued a painting that I completed for my Painting II class. In this painting I am exploring how the world sees me and how I see the world.

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Snapshot of Seen/See

I really enjoy the movement and rhythm in this painting.

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Projection

I love projecting onto my painting so that I can focus on my gesture and have the structure and proportions be correct.

As I painted I focused on the overall painting and how I reacted to the descions I made. It is important for me to paint with a abundance of gesture and a fair amount of accuracy.

This week I was inspired by Jenna Alexander Studio

I love how there are pops of color in this figure and there is mark making in the flesh tones.

I love how there are pops of color in this figure and there is mark making in the flesh tones.

These paintings are in a series entitled stripes and buns and they make note of what it means to be a women.

These paintings are in a series entitled stripes and buns and they make note of what it means to be a women.