This second Blurb book developed out of gouache doodles to explore colour mixing in gouache for Assignment 5 Oromia: Reflected Journey. I had not really used gouache much before and wanted to see how my limited gouache tubes could make good dark blacks and greens, or whether I would need to buy more. I was also experimenting with differences in mark making with different brushes between watercolour (that I have done before) and gouache (which is pretty new).
My flat brush daubs began to suggest people and landscapes, and some of the blues and other colours are quite vivid – suggesting a nativity scene and flight from Egypt. Consonant with the very ancient religious culture in Ethiopia, stories of the twelfth tribe of Israel and style of some of the art.
Original gouache experiments.
Book first draft
I imported the images into Procreate as part of my exploration of iPad art for the Critical Review: iPad Explorations and started to experiment with blend modes and colours. Rotating images as I combined and blended them made different images appear. Different blend modes focused on different parts of the image. I enjoyed the process and liked the effects. I first though of some Xmas cards from the first two images (further manipulated in Photoshop) together with cards from the light landscapes to go with some of my Aldeburgh abstract landscapes.
Then I tried to sequence them as a narrative book. I imported them to Lightroom and sent to Blurb for publishing – taking advantage of pre-Xmas bargains.
In general I like the images, and responses from people I have shown the book to are positive.
But I need to think a lot more about the narrative. The images themselves were very evocative and suggestive of biblical themes. But I do not know the Bible at all well. In taking this further I need to read more about Ethiopian orthodox religion and Judaic traditions, and work through on the story. Starting this time with the story, and re-visiting the original images to make more. Possibly some new gouache doodles as well.
But this is definitely a project I would like to take forward – and produce some Xmas cards as well as a book or on-line experience. Possibly an animated slideshow – I will see how people respond to the ‘Deliverance’ portfolio on my professional website.