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.