Friday, February 12, 2010

Annunciation Two

More work on the annunciation today, specifically modelling the fish. Now, what, I hear you cry has a fish got to do with Jan van Eyck's Annunciation or Kandinsky? Well perhaps a fish marks the perfect transition between these two objects. There must definitely be something decidedly aquatic about both pictures.

Anyway, on to the concept sketch.

As you can see the dimensionality of the image is the overriding factor present, and indeed one cause of the idea was three dimensional compositional thinking, that might well explain the fish, for here the fish-eye with its wide angle lens is a representation of multi-dimensionality and so the perspective distorted fish itself a vital contribution to the composition. Then, what is the link to the aforementioned masterworks? Kandinsky was decidedly two dimensional, concerned with abstraction, yet van Eyck was enthralled by perspective. Note that all of this reasoning is pure speculation because I scribbled the idea in an instant without any tangible conscious thought. I'm increasingly confident that my unconscious is more intelligent than my conscious mind, and I always trust it.

Now I thought I'd put up a scan of one page from my ideas book, several hundred pages large and growing daily.

This proves that the vast majority of painting ideas are destined not to be painted. I'll worry about going back to paint them when I'm 75 years old, or so!

Thanks for reading. The King of the Rocket Men is now poised and about to fall of a cliff. Find out if he survives in the next exciting update!


Kathy said...

As I view your sketches they appear to be filled with symbols, some very original. Have you compiled a pseudo-lexicon of your symbols and their meanings? That would be fascinating. You are wise to place so much trust in the intelligence of your subconscious. I should learn to do that more, and am inspired by your ability in that area. Interesting ideas about the fish. A fish's eye is perfectly adapted to vision in an aqueous medium, unlike ours that's more adapted to air. And, except for halibut and a few others, the eyes are positioned in a way that gives them a slightly overlapping 360 degree view that's not as binocular as ours. It would be interesting to see through the eyes of a fish.

Four Seasons in a Life said...

Hi Mark,

It has been a long time since I was here last and no matter how late I stay up and rise early, I feel I am still behind.

Anyway, I can tell you that by the time you reach the age of 70 or 75 you will interpret art differently and by then technology will be also very different and have an impact on the way you do your art.

Warmest regards,

Mark Sheeky said...

I'll suppose fish will have to miss out on the joy of the 3D film Avatar! I'm not sure what my symbols mean... not entirely anyway. That's good. Every picture should have some element of mystery I think.

Thanks for the comment Egmont. I hope I will think differently when I'm 75. If not I'd be stagnating. Hooray for change!