Lisa Milroy was born in 1959, in Vancouver. Milroy is a Canadian artist well known for her still life paintings of everyday objects placed in various lines and patterns. Milroy’s work spans decades from the 1980’s to present day, comprising of a wide range of works including paintings, prints, drawing and animation. For the purpose of this blog post, I will be looking more closely at her paintings of collections.
Above is one of Milroy’s earlier works from the 1980’s depicting a collection of shoes. I attempted a response to Milroy’s painted collection by grouping, photographing and then painting my own collection of shoes. I decided to use some brown paper packaging which was actually used to package a new pair of shoes I recently purchased and received by post. The brown surface reflects the background colour of the carpet, and I used acrylic to paint the shoes.
Another one of Milroy’s collection includes her painting of plates, below is one of Milroy’s smaller groupings, completed in the 1990s.
I responded by again photographing my own small collection of plates, and on this occasion decided to use acrylic paint on watercolour paper.
I found the whole process quite challenging, especially to get the shadowing right, as well as include the very fine details in some of the plates. For the ivory/gold plates I did not copy the detailing exactly, but created a pattern remnant of the original. Whilst painting the black and white plate I had to abandon my paintbrush all together in order to imitate the line patterns of the bowl as I didn’t have a paintbrush thin enough, the fine tip pen however worked really well. I’m least pleased with the red polka dot bowl as the polka dots are not round/oval shaped as photographed, I found it extremely difficult to get this right, and went over with both white and red paint to try and tidy up my attempt. I do struggle to work in fine detail though so this was good practice.