we all know mondrian, it is a uniquely forceful art style, uncompromising and easily recognised. However, looking at his art from early to late, there is clearly a development of it, in both boldness and simplicity. We concentrated on considering the iconic mondrian, and utilising information and images on the web and books of modern art we came up with our brief. We compared with Klee, a similar timeframe artist who was our previous subject, also with some ‘blocky’ images, and compared the styles – referencing colours, tones, images encapsulated. Quite different in fact.
We started with choosing our medium. this time oil paints on specialised oil paper. We used a ruler to make our lines – not to regular a grid, using different sizes with a light pencil.
Having done this we added our colours. those looking for a later look limiting the palette to primary colours and more white. We should have given everyone their own turps/whites spirit well. we did quite well for a while, having one paint washing white spirits [and cloths] and one for droppering onto our white tile palettes. Also, we possibly should have started with yellow! We found out rubbing out lines caused patterning to the oils, and also that if the oil was thin, the pencil line shew through.
Finally, we waited for it to dry, and then went over the lines with permanent marker, as we felt our painted straight lines might not be so good.