Caro Higgs – Artist style #5
Port Saint Goustan
The fifth in my series is truly inspired by the pointillism technique for which Georges Seurat is known for.
My challenge was how to create a piece incorporating reflections with dots of colour and also add stitch. I had taken a photograph of Port Saint Goustan which I used as a starting point firstly stitching the main lines by machine, adding further lines by hand after painting. I soon realised that I had set myself a very fiddly task as I started to add the dots of colour using some fine net as a stencil. The first idea had been to mix the colours to create new ones as did Seurat but in fact, for the most part, I just settled for different densities of the same colour . I used a fine zigzag for some of the lines in the water to try and create a feeling of movement. The colours are far darker than I had intended but I decided to leave them as they were. In the end left it simple without too much added detail so that it did not become too busy.
I used the same cotton sheeting as in my other pieces and a mix of machine threads.
This is the original photo, the colours are far cleaner but the dots of paint give it a very blurry feel and I tended to add colour without always referring to the photograph, also adding far more trees!