Our task for this painting was to be uncomfortable and to take risks. For me, my first risk was the hardest, even though it was so minor, and it allowed me to be more free with risk taking. My first risk was adding color so carelessly, I didn’t focus too much on my precious drawing for outline but instead I used a huge brush and just let the paint go. During the critique Ellie said, “After you let the attachment go, you just play,” which I think was what happened throughout the entire process. I wasn’t as attached to the painting as I usually am, and I wasn’t as worried about ruining it. It was comforting having gesso, so if I decided of some way to improve my painting I could always throw white on top and start over (which what I did with the skull). Another important thing to mention is these vibrant colors were definitely a risk for me, I typically stay, comfortably, with muted colors so that I can always go darker if I screw up. On the day before it was due, I was doing some last minute additions and I was talking to one of my classmates, Gala (who is an amazing painter), about how I wanted my colors to be even more vibrant. She suggested I added more brown to the arm to increase the contrast and making the yellow look more vibrant. I completely forgot about the concept of contrast and that’s one reason why I really love having our small classes: I know everyone and we help each other. There was another time, I having some issues with the cup and Erica (also amazing) helped me figure out what was really going on with the shape of the cup. So I’ve learned a lot through this assignment though experimentation and asking questions. It was also such a positive experience to be encouraged to let your art go wherever it falls. We were encouraged to have a dialogue with our work: follow our instinct and then respond to the art. I am really excited about whatever our next assignment is and to see how this assignment will effect the next.
While I was working on this still life painting, I started to look at objects differently–more truthfully. I especially noticed this with my moleskine paintings.
I think these two paintings illustrate some of my growth due to the still life painting. Both of these objects are shiny and both are close to the same color palette. Some thing important though is I used different materials: the necklace water soluble pencils and the shoe was with water soluble crayons, water color as well as water soluble pencil. With the shoe, I didn’t think about the whole picture as much as I did with necklace. With the shoe, I just painted the values and it ended up as a shoe. With necklace, I was much more concentrated on the whole picture. I think this change happened because with the my still life, I had to focus on the values and let the values make the shape. The still life also effected the way I drew the lightbulb. With the lightbulb I focused on the values and also used the string to make sure the dimensions were right. So, the way that I was studying my still life translated to the way I treated the moleskine paintings.
The first post, second post, third post and forth post about this process. This is the culmination of them all but I go in to much greater detail in the others because the feelings were fresh when I wrote them. Enjoy!