Saturday, 8 April 2006

Part Three of Essay

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As intimated in my last paragraph I was determined, in year one of HND, to be a painter.  I would walk into the woods, sketchbook in hand, sketch away and hopefully transfer these thoughts, feelings, marks I was making onto canvas.  I was at the time reading a lot about Constable and his love of trees.  His sketchbooks I scanned at the V&A museum and they excited me immensely, I felt honoured to be looking at such beautiful work. (See fig. 3).  Constable’s sketchbooks capture the pure essence of the beauty that Constable saw before him. This work encouraged me to spend more time out on location and soak up what was around me just like Constable had done.

 Fig. 3. View on the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Stour, Museum no. Sketchbook 1259-1888

John Constable used this sketchbook during 1814.
Actual size 11.3cm x 8.6cm, Victoria and Albert Museum.

When I started year 2of HND I had a mental block with my art creativity, I did not know which way to turn. I spoke to Rod Harman, he inspired me to carry on by speaking of Constable saying that the wind in the trees reminded him of his wife’s last breath when she was dying of cancer.  This stirred up a great emotion rush in me, how wonderful and beautiful that Constable could hear or see such things in nature.  This gave me the strength to carry on with what I believed in. 


It wasn’t enough for me that I was just sketching and painting. The paintings I produced at the end of my first year were good but they lacked something. Something that I was trying to pull out of the woods wasn’t quite happening in my paintings. The first few paintings I created at the beginning of year 2 were good and seemed successful in what I was trying to achieve but they still lacked something. See fig 4.


Fig 4. Painting No.2, 2005, Elaine Sayers



I did not know what this was.  I felt very down about my work and was not able to paint anymore.  I had lost the enthusiasm and enjoyment of painting. It was not working. I had to change.






jlocorriere05 said...

Constable was a great painter, I loved his landscapes. Your trees you show seem to have a feeling of life. Some paintings seem flat and lifeless, keep up the good work!! Jeannette.  

aniracj said...

That pic of yours looks like the fence the local farmer has just made by entwining small trees in such a manner that it looks so cool and very secure!! but I have seen him working and it looks horrendously hard work!!!

jeadie05 said...

If you go back to your journal ,via edit journal ,you can then delete all the unwanted stuff ,other than that, this is very good ,I admire Constable ,what an inspiration ,ready for the next episode now .......Jan xx

gdireneoe said...

Very interesting.  LOVE your painting. ;)  C.

ally123130585918 said...

Laine I am enjoying reading your essay ~  am sad you lost the enthusiasm to paint because I think your painting is really alive with expressions ~ don't throw all the paint brushes away, perhaps one day you may start again ~ looking forward to part 4 ~ Ally

jmoqueen said...

This essay is certainly very good and I'm learning :-)  Constable's drawing is fab and that is so sweet what he said about the wind.

debbiewebb4465 said...

Well, I think it's very good :-) Keep painting, I say mate :-)
hugs ~x Debbie x~