Sunday, 13 March 2011

Artistic explorations: Geometrical shapes (1)

Last year I shifted my focus from photography to painting and since then I have immersed myself in a new creative and personal journey of experimenting with various mediums like acrylics, ink, pen, pencils, crayons, collage, natural material and techniques to create certain effects. During my art course at Gray's School of Art this year, one of the requirements was to create a visual diary; notes about artists and artwork that inspires me, notes about exhibitions I have been to and reflections on my own artwork. Although this visual diary is in paper format, I'd like to share some of it with you here, in particular my own artistic inspirations and explorations.

My aim is to post articles within this theme on a regular basis. I will give every article a number because I expect certain subjects will return in my artwork. You can easily find all articles in this new theme by clicking "artistic explorations" in the Category box on the right.

Wassily Kandinsky (16 December 1866 - 13 December 1944)

My first introduction with Kandinsky's work was through a blank postcard I got for free via a gallery. I was a young teenager and thinking about going to art school in The Netherlands. Instantly I was a big fan of the Russian painter and art theorist, who is credited with painting the first modern abstract works.
During an art course I did in 1989 to prepare for my application, I learned about etching and played with  some geometrical shapes. These were first drawn and then cut into the unprotected parts of a metal plate with acid.

© Fenfolio 1989


  1. That's funny - I was mad about this artist too around the age of 17/18 and wrote a final year dissertation about him as part of my arts exams. I still really like his work, although I haven't looked at it for quite some time! Nice post, I like the idea of the visual diary and to see where you get your inspiration from. xx

  2. Hi Nina,

    That's fantastic you chose Kandinsky for your final year dissertation! We have more in common than we thought. It was YOU who inspired me at the International Women's Day to use my paper visual diary and add it here as a returning theme, so thanks a million for that!!