Before I start this post, I'd like to state that senior year has been one of the biggest emotional rollercoasters to date and I cannot thank this class, or Rossi enough for keeping me semi-grounded through it all. At the beginning of the year I had just spent my summer at SCAD which gave me a new found confidence and brought me to the conclusion that a career in the arts was the path for me. With this, I was ready to tackle the challenge of a 24 piece portfolio with open arms. I was so excited too see what I would leave this class with and how I would grow as a person and an artist.
I am not going to lie, I was definitely intimidated at the beginning, but that melted away as we steadily got into our breadth and I grew closer to some classmates. Not much occurred durning these first two quarters. I worked at a pretty nice pace, ahead of the class at most points and found a new love for painting and oil paints. As first quarter grew to a close and we got into second I begin to like the idea of concept based art. My self portrait being my first quip at it. Little did I know I would soon make my ENTIRE concentration conceptual. But all in all, it didn't particularly feel much different than my previous art classes.
As we grew closer to the end of 2nd quarter I got the wild notation that everyone around me lives an insanely different life than my own, and me being a nosey young samaritan wanted to know, interpret and share defining events in other peoples lives (who knew I was so selfish). So I went on a man hunt and asked friends, family, and basically strangers for a defining event in there life and for their permission and to turn it into my interpretation. To my surprise I got a huge number of responses. This was a super cool way to force me out of my comfort zone and allow me to develop a skill in some deeper thinking.
Second semester was the true test to my dedication, with the last of my old friends leaving for college, followed by a month and a half of some seriously unfortunate events. I was thrown for a loop and found it really hard to find the same drive I had months before. I spent nearly a month painting feet.
The month of April was so sweet to me and I begin to get back into the groove, the problem here was, I now had about 2 weeks to make SIX pieces. This was terrifying because first of all, I was not going to NOT finish this, but could I do it? I started pumping art out like a mad women, I even re-did a piece! And over those two weeks I had never experienced a more self rewarding feeling. I had the realization I can tackle literally anything. And in lou of it all, I submitted my full portfolio May 5th.
As Ap Art comes to a close and my 3 plus hours a day in room 511 come to an end, I can safely say this was one of the most defining parts of my high school experience. I've learned more about myself and made friendships I'd be lost without. I have also found something I am extremely passionate about. 511 served as my little home and safe bubble at school and it kept me grounded this year. Again, I cannot thank this class and Mrs. Rossi (you) enough. My heart is a little fuller because of it.
AH I love this piece. It was so fun to make and resulted in my new found love for dragonflies. The piece is about a girl whose dad suffered from cancer and in the process lost a kidney. The story was about the emotional toll it took on him and her family, and how they are currently still waiting for his new kidney. The wait is what enticed me to draw the kidney in the ground, because a new one hasn't "surfaced" yet.. ha ha ha. The luggage is the emotional baggage she described. I wanted to add a metaphor in there somewhere, so not going to lie, I googled what different flowers and insects represented and stumbled upon the dragonfly. "The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective" it also represents a change in mental and emotional maturity, both large changes this experience forced her to overcome.
I really like my use of color (per usual) and I think it is drawn really well. I am continually trying to improve my drawing skills and this is a piece where I can definitely see improvement. Honestly, there is nothing I would change.
All in all, I am glad I got to conclude my portfolio with this piece.
In Progress Pictures
Usually I avoid drawing hands like the plague, but for some reason I decided to make an entire piece on them. The story to this one is pretty simple, the guy spent his summer doing work in Texas and on the last night, him and his group camped on the beach before going home. He spent the night awake and reflected on both the last year of his life and the summer and described it as the first time, in a long time, he felt at peace.
With lots of room for interpretation, coming up for an idea was rather difficult. I ultimately decided on hands because when I feel content, I feel in control of my surroundings and absolutely nothing nor nobody can take the feeling away from me. Hence, I've got the entire world in my hands or at my finger tips. The water in the background and his hands is the ocean.
Honestly, this isn't my favorite piece. I think it looks a little childish, but hey you win some you lose some. I am proud of myself for successfully completing the hands and I really like the color scheme of them. The water turned out poor and, in my opinion, a little cheesy. However, I do like the texture I created in the diagonal of the canvas.
In Progress Pictures
I want to make this piece into a sticker, I think it would make a really cool one. I am also on my 3rd or 4th blog post of the day so I am running out of original ways to start these, on the bright side I only have two more left to do. ever.. which is just as equally exciting as it is terrifying. Anywho, regarding the 6 pieces I crammed at the end, this one is one of the few I feel proud of. I like the abstract look it has and how its different from most of my previous pieces. The heart is drawn nicely and the progression of colors from the box to the ballon turned out well.
The story was about a women who passed away durning child birth and was luckily brought back to life. After her experience she found god, decided to pursue a career in nursing and spent more time with her family. The event helped shape her into the women that she is today. The words at the bottom say "Surviving enabled me to have more time to love them"
This concentration pieces was 1) a redo of a major mess up and 2) one of the ones I did in approximately one sitting because I am a slave to procrastination. The original rendition of this piece was three flowers drawn with prismacolor and pasted onto a canvas in which I painted with oils. Honestly, the entire piece lacked technical skills and I couldn't stand to look at it. So.. I left it, finished the rest of my concentration and then came back to this! At this point I was burnt out and ready to be done, so I decided to have fun with it and play around with gouache. I made it super fast and enjoyed it for the most part. The medium was different and fun to play around with. I like my color harmony. I think the yellow and pink play off of each other really well. I also used the wet on wet technic for the background and believe I succeeded.
The story itself was given to me by a lady who had been in a couple of manipulative relationships that were not good for her health. The vines weighing the flower down represent how drastically people can be affected by negative influences in their life (In her case, her relationships). The blooming flower is suppose to contrast the other and show the full potential she has.
If I could change one thing about this piece, it would be the lettering. It looks a little too pasted on and a little to obvious.
I like to start out by stating, I absolutely love this piece and I love the message behind it. Also it was really fun to make.
This piece has a similar jist as the last, in taking a positive outlook on a not so positive situation. The girl that gave me the story had attempted suicide a couple years back and was now learning how to cope and deal with her depression. Whenever things got particularly terrible, she would take a second to "look outside" and reflect on the things life still has to offer her, and that there will always be bigger and better things outside of her everyday life. It was this type of thinking that helped her cope.
The drawing is semi-literal, where the sun is shining into the room, flowers are growing in the floorboard. This represents the hope offered from outside. Overall, I am super content with everything in this piece. I like my color harmony and my change in values at the window. I added a hint of acrylic and liquid acrylic to the piece and I believe it gives it a really nice touch.
This piece is a 5x5 inch prismacolor drawing, but honestly one of my favorites. It took me about a day and a half to do and I honestly enjoyed every second of it.
For this piece, I was given the story by my mom (she has given me permission to share)! She went through a really difficult divorce 14 or so years ago and marks it has one of her most challenging experiences to date. However, she reflected on how the divorce turned out to be the best thing that had ever happened to her. She moved to North Carolina and got to start a better life for her and her kids.
The story was pretty vague and open to interpretation so I was given a lot of freedom in creating this piece. I choose to do a rib cage with butterflies trapped inside and flying out. This represents her "breaking" free from the hardships after everything played out. All in all, the divorce made her a stronger women and better person.
On a technical level, I first painted the rib cage with acrylic paint. After the rib cage I drew the butterflies with prismacolor pencil and pasted them onto the canvas. Once the butterflies were on, I finished the remainder of the painting. There are many technical aspects of this piece that I am not thrilled with. I wish I had spent more time on the rib cage, making it more portional to an actual rib cage. I also do not like the giant polka dots. I also learned, that in the future, when I paste prisma onto canvas it will be easier to finish the painting first.
Reference Pictures, Sketches, In Progress, Oh My!
I'd like to start off by saying this piece took way too long and I am THRILLED it is finished.
I was given a story from a friend who struggled with depression and had a mentor figure in her life, this individual was her clutch. In November, her mentor passed away of a heart attack and the story was elaborated from the struggle that came from losing him and the impact he had on her life. Reflecting, I decided to take a more broad spectrum approach and came to the conclusion that everyone has someone or something they depend on. I wanted to emphasis how it affects us when we lose that person. The feet represent how you walk through life with someone, they are there and part of your everyday routine. The light colors and blooming flowers push the positive mood I was trying to convey in that section of the painting. As the painting spans out to its borders, the single feet hold a more anxious type pose, the blue colors turn gray, and the flowers wilt. The drastic change in tone displays the result of the sudden loss.
I started this piece with a good momentum, ahead of most of the class actually. Unfortunately a week into this painting, my life did a 360 and it really set me back. I was mentally checked out for a good week and a half. So all in all, I am actually proud of the sole fact it is done. On a technical level I think the piece is not terrible. I pushed the rules of art a little with the bordering flowers but I believe it worked in my favor. I like the color harmony and the texture in the flowers. I am so glad I did a light blue background opposed to my original yellow idea. I do wish the feet stood out a little bit more. In the future I will definitely go back and add more contrasting values in between the background and the feet.
In Progress Pics
Thank god I finally got a happy story because I didn't think I'd ever see the day. Concentration number 5 depicts how the birth of a girls little sister into the family was such a monumental point in her life. She was 15 during the time of her mom's pregnancy and from there decided she was going to pursue a career in women's health. The birth of her little sister was also served as a symbol of hope as the relationships her mother held in the past were not as healthy.
I took a really abstract approach with this piece. The apples represent fertility and the three trimesters in pregnancy, the progression of the flowers represent the growth of the child. Also the little sisters name was lily so I had to add lily flowers! I used bright yellows and bubbles to illustrate the overall, upbeat mood of the story.
Regarding the process of making the piece, it was pretty painless and I finished it in less than a week. I started with the idea of using only gouache, it was my first time using the medium and I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately by the end of the piece, I thought it was really lacking something so I attempted to add prismacolor pencils, which was a bust. It was hard to blend them over the gouache and the piece looked splotchy. I then pulled out my acrylic paint and that's when things began to go in my favor. I did the background in completely acrylic. I however left the bubbles, flowers and apples true to their original gouache color, I only accented them with acrylic and liquid acrylic. In the end I ended up really liking this piece. I love my vibrant colors and how I successfully mixed mediums while still making the piece look cohesive. The large range of colors on my apples make me happy and the big textural element the acrylic paint allowed me to achieve is a plus. I plan to continue using gouache in the future, but oil paint is still number one.