Friday, 16 January 2009

Ice, Ice Baby








Following my Ice Man post (below) Chris (Out Of Mind Abstracts) suggested that I might like to consider using paint in ice as an alternative to just freezing images in water. This immediately sounded like a really good idea and straight away I saw it as a challenge! Then, of course, I had to think long and hard about how to approach this. Not as easy as it sounds!

Anyway, after a week spent creating a block of ice that was frozen , re-frozen, added to and so on and so forth I ended up with a block of ice that took over 4 hours to melt! Over that time I took 305 photos - mainly close-ups. It will take me an age to sort through them but above is a small sample. It was a fun exercise to do and I learned a lot in the process.

It is always nice to get constructive suggestions so thanks to Chris for his idea. It certainly kept me busy this week and has given me much food for thought!

9 comments:

JafaBrit's Art said...

What an interesting project/idea to explore. I really like the second photo down.

Philip said...

Jafabrit

Yes, I like that one too. I guess I will be doing more of this over time.

Chris said...

Impressive results, Philip. I can't wait to see more of this series. I'm so happy that the experiment worked out so well . Hopefully, I'll have some results from my experimentation by the end of the weekend. With the temp outdoors hitting as low as -30c I'm hopeful that it will cut down on the waiting time.

Philip said...

Chris

Yeeks - -30c!!!! Worst it ever gets here is about 5c and that is rare! Thanks once again for the idea! Can't wait to see your results too!

Casey Klahn said...

Fantastic color!

Philip said...

Thanks Casey. I wonder if VVG would have had a go at this if he had been alive now (joke!)? I wonder what else you see though apart from the colours?

Seth Apter said...

Very unique and clever idea. And the results are quite striking. I love art that is somehow created through natural processes over time.

Philip said...

Seth

Yes, it was fascinating to do and watching ice melt was much more interesting than watching paint dry!

rivergardenstudio said...

I was over at Jo's Mystory and saw your comment so have been exploring your blog. I really love these ice pieces, what an amazing art study/experiment! The layers of colors and shapes that seem to dissolve and then reappear... thanks for sharing. Roxanne