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ART265 Work Related Project. The Beacon Centre 1/2

“What I need most of all is colour, always, always.”

Claude Monet

As a college we are lucky to have a strong relationship with out local shopping centre, The Beacon. We are invited by them to create specific sized art on a theme negotiated between the site Manager and our head tutor Dr O’Rourke. This year our theme is “North Shields.”

I moved to North Shields from Tynemouth three years ago as the oppertunity to by a 200 year old Georgian town house became available and was too amazing to pass up. As a relative newcomer to the area I am happy to see the changes being made to the town. New houses are being built on brown field sites and old shops renovated. There is a modern library, a very popular YMCA gym and cafe, a host of resteraunts and pubs.

I spent a day photographing North Shields and talking to the locals about what they think of as a key image of North Shields. Answers ranged from favourite shops, people, to the Wooden Doll and of course the Fish Quay.

I decided to spend the day gathering images from around North Shields.

However it is the traditional enterprise of the fishing industry that I have decided to showcase in my work. I have always enjoyed visiting the Fish Quay and watching its changing nature over the twenty plus I have lived in the North East. Initially a mainly commercial fish processing and retail area it now boasts a wide selection of excellent resteraunts, bars and a gallery.

The photos below, show how I like to take my original images and then manipulate them until they say something more akin to what I see. Sometimes this might mean increasing the colour, or losing it completely and increasing the white levels.

Finally I made my seletion of the image I decided to use and begain to work on it to produce how I wanted it to look. I decided not to replicate the colours as they would be seen naturally, but intensified the colour and the sharpness of the image until I had a colour palette I was happy with.

In my next blog I will detail how I built up my canvas.


Published by stweddle

Living in Newcastle I have access to great landscape; sea, urban, country and city which I am continually inspired by. Starting my artistic qualification in my 50's allows me the benefit of long years admiring others art and a burning need to create my own.

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