Still the hairdryer test

I am sketching, planning and I am still not sure what my tutor Diana Ali meant by ‘repetition’. I like the idea but is it really what I literally think is? I am sketching the same image over and over and when I decide what I like and then I will proceed to other images I have chosen for this project. I want to focus on main appliances I use in my domestic life daily : hairdryer, iron, vacuum, a mixer, kettle, laptop or a phone. I want my images to tell a little story about my home, a scene, a couple objects around, bold bright colours the movement of a chaotic and yet lovely home life. I like the lines that follow the object as if it is in movement. The repetition in tonal range might work as well but I need to ask my tutor opinion first.


Simple subject, bold colours, repetition and mark making

Now that I feel I am getting somewhere with my PP, I am sketching subjects about my domestic life in a simple way, using bold colours, trying a repetition technique and I want to explore some mark making.

I don’t know yet how to balance these aspects. I am almost sure about the subject, I know the colours I want but repetition and mark making is still unsure.

I like lines, messy, overlapping, scribbled. Would it suit the composition? I like the colours flat and bright. I want the subject to be simple and clear but If I want to depict chaos, shouldn’t I draw very busy scenes???



Deciding on how to present the parallel project

In the video session with my tutor Diana Ali, we discussed what could be the next steps to start developing my ideas further for the Parallel Project  and start finding my voice in my art. I still don’t feel very confident. I am not sure I know what is my voice and if I am ready to define it through this project. I have so many ideas, I like so many ways of working, painting and drawings but right now I am experimenting, investigating and exploring so much I feel overwhelmed. I enjoyed my drawing with sewing materials, Diana thinks it is a bit tamed and she is right. I enjoyed the process but there is something not spontaneous about it and I want my art lose, spontaneous and with a dramatic but natural flow. I know when I draw something and it is ‘me’ in there. There are many things we discussed and she suggested a few things and gave me tips. I took notes but I am still a bit confused in how to present the project.  The key idea for this project is : the different rooms of a home and I want to represent it between the pleasure of seen that room functioning with all the chaos that can happen. Diana said it is important to keep in mind the criteria of: technique, creativity and inventiveness . Through what she has seen now it is true that I like flat, bold colours, expressive lines and details. I need to select now some of drawing and practise how I could present it in the project. I need to keep it simple, be careful with my colours scheme, chose a technique and try to add more sophistication to it. I am working on a bathroom and living roon image.  I have a couple images and Diana suggested if I could apply layers to it or repetition.  I will try! IMG_7546IMG_7527IMG_7530

More scenes and ideas

I am sketching almost everyday, If I don’t do it daily and compensate by doing more when I am inspired. My eyes get tired easily these days and I need a break one day or another even if I don’t feel like it. Ideas pops out in my head and I try to keep it there until I can sketch them. Sometimes I just take quick notes of what I am thinking.

I am trying to reach images that I am happy with. I like colours, bright and exaggerated but sometimes I like it simple and plain in a limited pallete. I like doing neat work, meticulous but at times I just enjoy when my mark making can be seeing all over the paper. I haven’t decided yet how to present this project and I will discuss with my tutor in the next video session.

These images are from my Parallel project sketch book, includying the cover I am working on. I think the chaotic scenes in a everyday domestic life is becoming more attractive to me. I like my home spotless, neat and clean but in order to reach that, I need mess and chaos to see the difference between them. I think that is where is satisfaction comes from. When the work is done…. then the kids arrive home, and everything will be back to step 1again : mess and chaos!!!! That is my domestic life and although it is exhausting, it is also beautiful. It shows there is life in my home.

Expressive Abstract

I have started Part 3 while I am waiting to have a video session with my tutor. I really enjoyed Project 1 and after drawing an object by touching with my eyes closed, I decided to extend the experience by drawings some self portraits and my son’s portrait by observing the features for a few minutes, closing my eyes and trying on the paper. I tried with pencil and then graffiti. The result was very interesting, and since I am reading about De Kooning for Research point , I took these drawings further by giving some details to it ( with eyes open!) and add some colour, expressively and spontaneously.

I am considering trying this technique for my domestic life Parallel project just to see how it would work. I really feel in my element when I am very expressive and go with the flow without much planning.



I also drew a quick sketch of my son’s bedroom and something similar came out but I am planning to add collage with paper and textiles and see how it goes….


Oil crayon on paper, using scratching and scrapping techniques to achieve certain lines.

Textile art

I am keeping my sketch book most days capturing scenes and objects I find interesting for this parallel project. After Assignment 1, I am thinking about trying to develop something using textiles, sewing, glueing or mixing medium and see what happens.

I like looking at these artists work:

I like how they use so many patterns and colours and yet, it is still engaging to look at. It tells a story. Grayson Perry is very conceptual and so is the work of Njideka. I am now looking more on how they apply textiles and the compositions.

My Sketche book :

I am thinking of trying to transfer one of these drawing into a fabric, or trace it and use textiles to achieve a similar image.

The parallel project

In helping me to decide what I would like to develop in this project, my lovely tutor Diana Ali, asked me a few questions such as: what do you really like to do? What does make you feel like you want to draw? What is Something you are passionate about?

Well, there are so many things I like drawing and painting and I am passionate about and although I haven’t found my voice in art yet, I wonder if I will ever be consistent in my art. The choice of subject for my drawings or painting is always influenced by the moment I am living. Sometimes it is about feelings or people and sometimes about what is going on around the environment I am living in  or simply about emotions I can’t explain. Right now I enjoy experimenting drawing and the process, more than be consistent to a specific topic/subject. For this project I have chosen ‘ domestic life’. The reason is because I am unemployed and spending most of my time at home. Despite the fact that I need and miss a job, I love staying home. I enjoy looking after my children, cooking and organising my place. My home at the moment  is nothing like what I wish it to be. It is a rented place, fully furnished. All the furniture, fixtures and most objects were not chosen or bought by me, but it is still my home for now. I just tried to added a few small changes and little things to make it cozy and more personal. I try to recreate in my drawings the warm feeling of my home, no matter how it looks like. Being at home most of the time, makes me feel a bit isolated from the outside world but I don’t mind. I like my ‘home world’ and I have a very intimate relationship with it. Through this project I am trying to depict how I feel about home and  to turn into art ordinary household appliances, objects and everyday simple situations such as how my dishwasher or how interesting and intricate my iron wire can be. I want the viewers to experience through this project my personal approach to  domestic life and how I see beauty in simple objects such as a plant pot placed in a certain area of the house, or the cat under a chair or on the couch. In order to achieve that ,I started searching for artists who are known by painting ‘domestic life’, ‘still life’ or ‘landscapes’. Among many, my favourites ones are:

  • John Bokor
  • Anne Redpath
  • Anthony Green
  • Matisse
  • William Scott

Researches on Artists who paint domestic life, still life and landscapes

John Bokor – Australian artist award winning for landscape and still life painting. What has brought interest in John Bokor’s paintings is the use of bright colours, spontaneity , emotions and lively energy he transmittes in  everyday life situations. It is what I am trying to capture for my project but in my own personal way of seeing things around me and how to relate to the close environment. Painters such as Pierre Bonnard and Van Gough were sources of inspiration for John. He uses carbon pencil for most his sketches, something I haver never tried. Through the website above, listening to his interview and watching his videos, I found out his process and tecnhiques very helpful and motivating to start my project . John Bokor shows the importance of sketchbooks in capturing scenes, re work in images, invent, add or remove pieces when working on a final piece.

Anne Redpath– Scottish painter (1895-1965) knew by her domestic life, still life paintings. Redpath considered Matisse one of her inspiration and her use of patterns in the  background reminded me of some Matisse’s work. Her paintings are expressive, colourful and calm. Redpath uses perspective in a similar way of post-impressionist painters. In some of her paintings I feel a certain formality and solitude as well as the feeling of home and tranquility. Many of her still life with flowers are bright, and there is no much dark/light contrasts.


Still life with Red tulips by Anne Redpath


The Indian Rug  by Anne Path (1942)

Anthony Green- English painter, known by his own middle calss domestic life and unusal perspective of polygonal forms in large irregular shaped canvasses. His subject is mainly chornicles of his family and surrounding private life. In additon to his unique way of using perspective in his work, what fascinates me when looking at Green’s paintings is the warmth, passion and love in his domestic life. There are so many painting of moments of intimacy with his wife which are revealing and erotic but at the same time innocent and sweet. I like his interior descriptions of the english home feeling with ornaments, rugs and differents patterns in the background.

Green, Anthony, b.1939; My Mother Alone in Her Dining Room

Anthony Green, 1939


Chinese Lantern by Anthony Green – 1974

Henry Matisse– French post-impressionist painter(1869-1954) , sculptor and printmaker. He is known by bright colours, patterns, interior scenes, still life, nudes and Landscapes. Inspired by painters such as impressionist Van Gough and Paul Cezanne, Matisse was the precursor of Fauvism and one of the greatest artist of the 20th century. His still life and interior paintings are emotional and strong. His cut outs towards the end of his life shows his passion and innovative ways of keeping doing his art. I am very inspired by some of his compositions.

420124@2xMatisse Henri - Dishes and Fruit

William Scott -British painter (1913-1989) and influenced by Georges Braque and Paul Klee, Scott abstract paintings are flat and use limited colours palette. His still life paintings are abstract but still with a fair amount of description in forms and shapes. He founded an Art school in Pont-Aven in 1937 when he lived in France, lectured in Bath Academy of art and met Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline and Mark Rothko when he visited US in 1953. His paintings have an interesting  use of space , flatness and I like the simplicity in how he describe domestic life objects and  lines.


Brown still life by William Scott (1957)

Still Life 1973 by William Scott 1913-1989

Still life by William Scott (1973) 

 Sketch book samples:

I try to go around the house almost everyday to sketch rooms, furniture, objects and situations I find interesting. I hope to have enough for  a selection towards the end of Assignment 5 so I can have a clearer idea of how and what I want to present for this project…

Me, objects, environment and views of domestic life

 While doing my research about the artists I chose and are known  by their work on domestic life, still life and landscapes, I am thinking about trying to define how I look at objects, what drags my attentionto them, what feelings and emotions I would like to put into my work when it comes to home and my drawings and paintings for this project.

I was born in Brazil, from Brazilian mother and Japanese father. I grew up in Sao Paulo but when I was 19years old I moved to Japan for 5 years. I came back to Brazil when I was 24years old and soon after I met a British man who became my husband and father of my two children. I married when I was 30years old and lived in England for one year before moving to Malaysia. For the entire time I was married ( 10 years) I visited England twice a year and became very interested and familiar with English culture. Although I love Malaysia and it has been my home for 15 years, besides my connection with my home country and second home country which is Japan, England has a strong influence in who I am today. Malaysia is where I live, it is beautiful, warm and welcoming but I still struggle with the culture and religion. I lack the sense of belonging here.

When I think of these four cultures that influenced my upbringing, married life and adult life, I want to use all I admire in each of them to add to my artwork and choice of subjects.

Brazil– childhood memories, music, my roots, modest home, the smell of fresh coffee and cakes, sunny days and home drama!

Japan– food, language, art, discipline, simplicity and wisdom .

England– Tradition, formality, celebrations, family oriented and cozy homes.

Malaysia – Colours, spices, friends, diversity and exotic fruits.

In conclusion, I am trying to depict the domestic life I have experienced through these cultures. Using some objects, subjects and imagery that evoke certain feelings and emotions. I would like to try describing it simple but colourful and emotional. I want to present to viewers a personal narrative of what ‘home’ means to me.