First of all, let's give credit where credit is due. Here is the picture that inspired my adventures. It's a lino-print by London-based artist, Paul Catherall called Trellik Blue. He's done a series of print runs from this particular design but this one is my favourite. I love the colours; I love the simplified design; I love the geometery; I love this picture!
The subject is a distinctive housing block in a pretty distinctive suburb of London. Here's what wikipedia has to say on Trellick Tower:
Trellick Tower is a 31-storey block of flats in Kensal Town, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, England. It was designed in the Brutalist style by architect Ernő Goldfinger after a commission from the Greater London Council in 1966, and completed in 1972. It is a Grade II* listed building and is 98 metres (322 ft) tall (120 metres (394 ft) including the communications mast).I really do need to find out more about the wonderfully named Ernő Goldfinger! Althought the architecture might be described as Brutalist, I'm not sure that this picture warrants the same title.
Here's something a little bit different and possibly my favourite of the bunch. This is where I introduced the twist by playing with the perspective. Can you see what I did? I don't even know how to describe it. It's not that there isn't perspective in the picture, but I'm presenting it head-on as if you're actually stood in that room, close-up. I still have the reduced palette, but this time I'm being a little more stark in my use of contrast to give the feeling of depth. Does it work for you too?
This picture is of Salò on the West Coast of Lake Garda. I think this was my favourite of all of the villages I visited in the area. My picture hints at an eerily quiet location, but don't be fooled, Salò is bustling with people and history. This was the home of Gasparo, one of the earliest violin makers. It was also chosen by Mussolini as his headquarters for his Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Now it has been left to the tourists.
This picture is from inside the Magnifica Patria Palace looking out across Lake Garda.
There you have it... lots of experimentation and a few random mumbles about Art. I'm sure I have lots more to come ;-)