Thursday, December 5, 2013

Project 8

I wanted this project to look as close to pop art as I could get. I've noticed that art 4 has made me test a lot of different styles and techniques, and while researching different forms of art I came across a pop art portrait that helped me create my own vision. I first started by taking a selfie and sketching that selfie out on paper. (the original) 

After I created the overall look of it, I decided I would use print making and make a total of 4 prints. The original, and then 3 other color altered prints. 
I chose colors that are bright and almost always used in Pop Art. 

The original will go on the black paper and so on. 

I sketched the portrait onto the matt and started carving out the stripes in the back. 
Whenever I do print making it I have a hard time deciphering what I should carve out and what I shouldn't, but this time since I sketched out all the colors prior too, it was an easier way to move forward. 

Project 7

A picture is always worth a thousand words... right? Project 7 is by far my favorite. When I was younger, my grandfather and I would read mother goose stories every single day. I can't remember when the last time I heard that saying was, but it couldn't have come up at a better timing.
My vision for project 7 was a book.
I first started by choosing a book. I chose this book because of the style and symplicity of the cover. The symbol of the cover inspired me, so I chose to keep it. 

I then took the book and separated the pages into three large sections with cardboard to hold them up. I used rubber cement to hold the pages together. 

I then took an exacto knife and carved out the pages to create a picture frame with the cardboard as the back of the book section. This created a total of three picture frames inside the book cover. 

Although this project is still in progress, I have great plans for it. 
The first section (shown above) is your average fairy tale story of the princess and the prince. The castle and the grass are water colored, with styrofoam peices behind them that will give them depth. 
The second picture frame will show the story of the ugly duckling. 
The third picture frame will show the story of the cow jumping over the moon. 
Styrofoam and paint will be used to depict at 3 picture frames. 

I decided to carve the book to legitmately create a picture worth a thousand words. The book was very thick, so the pages I cut out will be put to good use as well with another mixed media project I'm working on. I chose the three stories I did because they were the stories I liked reading about most when I was younger. Although this project is coming along slowly, I wanted to be that way so I could capture what I was truly aiming for without rushing it through. 

Project 6

This project was a mix between my want to work with prisma colors and a soul searching assignment. Around the same time I was trying to create a 6th project, we were ask to relfect on our art history. That led me to reflecting on myself as a person. I tried to remember when I first got inspired to be an artist. After I shifted through a couple memories, I remembered that when I was younger I focused a lot on drawing eyes. I drew all kinds of eyes. Big eyes, little eyes, animal eyes, baby eyes, old eyes, all eyes. So I did what little Ashley would do and started drawing eyes.
(Please excuse the colored pencil eyes and focus on the grey scale ones..... ;) ) 
Anyways. After drawing these eyes, I saw I struggled with colored pencil prisma colors and trying to layer the colors to make the eyes have depth, life and color. I decided then I knew I wanted to do something with colored pencil, and eyes. 
I stopped brain storming to write my concentration. Then it came to me. A self portrait with prisma colors. 
I first started by sketching a blue eye, like mine. 
I saw some improvement. This one was definitely better than the green eyes I drew in my original sketch. 
So I started my final drawing. 

After I completed it, I put it in my sketchbook unknowingly against a pencil sketch I had done  a couple days prior. I realized a couple days ago that the pencil pressed against the portrait and now there is graphite marks covering the portrait. I could erase them, but it contributed to the meaning and reflection of the self portrait so much more than I had anticipated. 
My face fading into the white background represents me developing as a person and as an artist from nothing. I made my eyes and my lips the brightest and most detailed pieces because they represent me the most; they're what give people insight to my mind. The accidental graphite marks symbolize the problems I face and how they may cover me, but they're never permanent. I can overcome any life challenge just as easy as I could erase the graphite on my self portrait. 
This is one of my most meaningful pieces.  

Monday, October 28, 2013

Seas Land

There comes a time in a painting when you have to set it down and come back to it after a couple months and I feel like that's what I have to do with this one. 

This particular painting has challenged me from the beginning. I spent a lot of time researching different techniques on how to paint trees, several tutorials watched on leaves, and finally I compared different seasons. Ultimately I decided on fall; particularly because it's my favorite season. The colors are beautiful, the overwhelming amount of joy people feel when surrounded by all these happy, warm colors is emenseful, and I knew it would be a challenge. But I did not realize how HARD it is to paint leaves and make them look realistic. I tried various techniques over the course of this painting. At first, I started painting leaf, by leaf, by leaf. Then I tried the more post-impressionistic style of detail. I finally decided on a more blended type of leaf. 


 I've noticed that in my art, I struggle mostly because it never comes out the way I anticipate it too. This painting I really wanted to come out as a deep, autumn forest, but even though it's more of a painting straight from a "Dr. Seus" Book, I like this painting just as much as I would if it had come out the way I had anticipated it. I know I sturggled, and deep down I'm still confused on why it was so hard to work the paint the way I normally do- but in the end this painting was a very difficult challenge and just the fact I completed it makes me feel like I accomplished something. 
The theme developed over the course of this painting, when I look at this work I just think "Imagine the Impossible." To me, I think that because if I were really walking down this road, looking at these trees, it would be a beautiful happy sight. Though the trees and leaves are far from realistic, that's what gives me the "impossible" vibe. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

This project was a challenge for me from the beginning. I remember growing up, I had the worst time working with water colors. I tried and tried and I could never get it to look right to me (even at 4 I was critical of my artwork) It got to the point where I just wouldn't touch water colors at all. 
When I was forced to do water colors in art classes, I would do something as simple as I could (like a rainbow background) I couldn't figure out how to layer the colors or work the brush strokes along with the picture. 

Sooooo... what better way to test my skill in art 4 than to do something I'm most challenged at? 
I was actually very surprised how easy the water color came to me. I'm not sure if it was just something simple I was grasping as a child, but this project came out better than I had expected. To me, this project didn't only signify a challenge, but also who I someday hope to be. From her hair, to her glowing complextion, to me she just seems so peaceful and at ease. The rose beneath her represents a blossoming life- growing into who you never thought you'd be. 
To me, that just happened to represent growing-into-someone-who-could-actually-paint-with-water-color

Monday, October 7, 2013

For my Fourth Art 4 project, I decided to use photography. I began by taking pictures of my families eyes.

brother, Roy

brother, John


After that I followed by cropping them, and adding a grey scale to each. 

I then rotated each eye and cropped them even further. I then placed each eye next to each other, starting with my mother, me, my brother Roy, my brother John, and then my dad. 
Finished Project:
I decided to use my families eyes in this project because to me, the eyes are the window to the soul. You look into someone's eyes to see how they're feeling and what they're thinking. My family is very important to me, and showing our eyes all lined up was symbolic to the roles we all play in our house. I think it's amazing how you can look at something so small on a person's body, and see their entire personality right in front of you. 

(1) If you look at my moms eyes, you can see she's older, tired, and more calm.

(2) When you look at my eyes, you can see I'm excited, hyper, and filled with energy. Almost acting as the 'cheer leader' (as my brother calls it) of the family.

(3) When you look at my brothers eyes, you can see he's more serious. He's the serious, type A freak out person of our family. It's his way or the high way. He spends most of his time arguing, even if he's wrong, but that's just him.  

(4) My brother John's eyes are the complete opposite of Roy's; John's eyes, like mine, are filled with Happy. We are the two crazy kids in the family, always jumping around and playing with others. Most of the time we 
(5) My dad's eyes are just the same. He's always goofy, never serious. He can be stressed, but still finds a way to goof around. 

In a way, you could say my brother Roy and my mom are one in the same; their eyes are calmer, and more sirene, and serious. John, my dad, and I are all wide and filled with energy. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Quite An Entrance

Half Way
In this piece, I took the theme "Quite an Entrance" and decided to combine it with an indian nature and element. To me, elephants are a majestic animal that resemble art themselves; it's always fascinated me how people in India have used these beautiful animals as a canvas. 

Heavens Reflection

This piece is very symbolic to me because when I was a little girl, my favorite person in the whole world was my grandpa, John. He passed away after only spending 4 short years with me, but he had an influence on me no one else has had and I miss him more every day.
To reflect how much of an impact he left on me, I did this solely from memory using pen and ink. Compared to the picture below (I compared the two peices after I saw the picture) the piece looks like him. The lenses of his glasses are used to show "Heavens Reflection." Over all, i'm really happy with the meaning behind this art work, though I feel I rushed it, I plan on adding more over time and posting updated versions on to my blog until I feel it's completed. I want it to have as much detail as he had meaning. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Chalk Art

As kids coloring with chalk is a normality, but I was never doing things like this at 6. Together me and my two partners created this 5 x 5 master peice (as we called it) of The Northern Lights with the use of chalk and charcoal on a road in downtown Raleigh. It was an amazing experience.


Text is a work of art itself through the work of lines and how it composes into a beautiful picture of words. I don't know how many times you'd see this in a major corporations presentation, but I chose to do the letter A and create a "Sweet" feeling about it. Using a lollipop, candy chews and candy corn in my letter I think it created a cute and yummy feel.

Filter work

You may notice these two pictures from other works of mine- and you're correct. In this assignment we had to take our Photography challenge picture, as well as a scanned in scratchboard, and create a computerized work out of them. I chose to do


I was given a subject (A social Issue) to capture through film. My subject? Suicide. Many people daily end their lives, and ultimately, its nothing but a permanent solution to a temporary problem. I would be more than happy to talk with anyone who needs help, and to spread suicide awareness.

Print Making

In my print called "Cherokee" I used four colors and three different colors. Print making was a challenge for many at first because of the multiple pictures you had to make before going on to the next level. All in all, my print ended up to be another proud peice of artwork I did in Art 3.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


My main objective with this acrylic painted  clay sculpture was to make a Roman, Caesar like young man, but as my work progressed my intentions changed and my work became "Ashley-fied." Ultimately I love my sculpture's end result.

Altered book

Altered books were a great idea to me, especially since in these books, a picture really is worth a million words. One of my favorite paintings was done in my book of a dream catcher. Acrylic paint was used.


During all my years of art I never came to think of incorporating my home scanner with related objects to create a work of art. I love this work because the lace and the rose give off an elegant feel.

Cat Power

This happens to be my most favorite art project. Not only did I feel good about the result, I put my heart into making the cat look like my dearest friend who I lost two years ago. When I look at my art, Im reminded of the memories I had with him. My technique was the ever so simple lines, but in my opinion the lines together compose a complex work.