Project 3 Composition Exercise 2 Foreground, Middleground and Background

The aim of this exercise is to establish a foreground, middleground and background within my drawings.

I started by experimenting with the personal project I have been working on-distorting photographic images that I have been recording and editing. My printer is low on ink which has printed the image interestingly and I love how it this has highlighted/ changed the colours. The image is very atmospheric. I like the simplicity, blurriness but also has evident structure and I have identified the foreground, middle ground and background.

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In contrast to above, as per the previous exercise where I experimented with Van Gogh’s marks, I wanted to do the same with Paul Nash’s marks and experimenting with wash as per my tutor recommendations.

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Bury Hill A3 Watercolour pen and ink

I have tried to establish a sense of space and depth. I have used more detail in the foreground with the foliage, lessening the detail through the middle ground to the back of the image.

For inspiration with marks I had the images of Paul Nash’s Summer Garden 1913 and Theodore Gericault’s landscape with Country Dance 1641 open on my lap top to examine the marks as I drew. Overall the cross hatching from Paul Nash’s drawings became more predominant within my own marks. Unfortunately I feel some of my marks are a little illustrative.

This drawing is not to my own personal taste as I feel as a composition it is too busy.

What I have learnt

I also spent some time researching advanced water-colour techniques. This was a first again, drawing with pen over a watercolour wash (ask to experiment with wash as per tutor recommendations). I need still more practise.

I need to learn a balance within my drawings,  between detail, atmosphere or sense of place.

I found the Foliage and trees hard to represent however although it isn’t obvious in this drawing I am starting to pick out the negative space between leaves.

This drawing is not to my personal taste but has been useful from a learning point of view. I think I made the error or looking at two different artists from two different points in time/ art movements. Theodore Gericault’s marks, tone, colour are much gentler than Nash’s and his compositional use of F/M/G is also subtler.

I have a concern that the above landscape is cliche or falls into a rolling hill stereotype, very obvious, its not a route I wish to follow or continue exploring.

Interestingly in experimenting  with watercolour I made this image in my sketch book which I love. Using tissue to get texture in the foreground. The problem is I look the below image with memory of the other image. Another viewer may look and just see angular rectangles.

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Bury Hill A4 watercolour

Exploring further…

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Bury Hill north view A3 Ink
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Sunset A3 Diluted Ink

I find the blurred images much more interesting and expressive, I really like how I have lifted out the clouds by blotting and overlapped the ink to build darker areas. I would like to advance my technique of the ink or watercolour bleeding. I feel more in control of the mediums and gaining cofidence.

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9 thoughts on “Project 3 Composition Exercise 2 Foreground, Middleground and Background

  1. I think bury hill watercolour/pen and ink is a very good drawing indeed. there is such a sense of depth/place and the variety of line and mark making is terrific.

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    1. Thank you Susan appreciate your feedback. It was hard to complete nearly gave up on the idea but glad I perservered.I amstruggling to identify what is working and not working in my drawings… any advice is welcome

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  2. I really like your developed landscape… Maybe you’re being too tough on yourself about feeling what you’ve done has been done before… No-one has done it like you… I especially like the suggestion of sunlight across the piece, just beyond the sign.

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  3. Thank you Sue, I am glad you like the sunlight.. forgot to blog about that. There is so much to learn and trying to form judgements but I am very critical of my work. Thank you for the positive words though as that is a really encourging way to look at my work.

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