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.