Whilst schools are just starting to break up for the summer holidays, I thought that as Gallery Manager I would take myself on a virtual holiday, and revert back to my school days (not so long ago but feels like a distant memory)!
During my school career the thought of summer holidays used to fill me with so much excitement, not as much as Eye Like's resident dog Brody however who regularly used to wet himself in joyous situations... Despite this, the elation of breaking up for holidays only used to last for a couple of weeks, and was only reignited by the thought of going abroad and getting some much needed sun!
Due to this, I was thinking of ways in which the creative side in every child, or indeed adult, can make the most of their holidays this summer. Here at Eye Like many of our artists start the process of creating their works by sourcing prints, or items, already in existence and rejuvenating them through their own techniques. This concept then got my creative juices flowing and hence began my quest to create my own piece of art, and which hopefully will inspire you too to search for your creative side.
I started by digging deep under my bed to find my old black and white photographic prints that I took in Paris, taken on a film camera whilst studying for my photography A-Level. Rather than using the images that would, eventually, be framed or put into an album, I decided that the best images to reconstruct would be my tester prints, used as an experiment for exposure in the dark room. I picked this print of the Eiffel Tower to use, one that visibly shows the previous experimentation taken on, and thus would carry on the experimental nature of the piece.
To get myself truly in the creative mood I switched on the music here in the gallery, and let my pens take over. I started with an orange marker pen and traced the outline of the objects within the print, subsequently moving to pink and purple markers. With these pens I drew lines as well as creating random shapes of block colour, until most of the white space in the image disappeared.
Eye Like Gallery.