Sunday, November 15, 2009

Going Deeper

So far my paintings consist of one figure on the canvas in the system of portrait painting, but now I want the rest of my series to be less about the portrait and more about the narrative. To do this I'm going to paint on larger canvases. I've gotten a lot of critiques from Fine Art teachers at my school who have evaluated my work, at Pratt Institute, suggesting that I paint on larger canvases. This will give me more room to express my imagery. Due to the fact that I like to paint the figure a little larger than life size, larger canvases will allow me to put more of the figure on it. This also helps me to add more than one figure on the canvas, which is my intended goal for the rest on my series.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Mid Semester Thoughts

Studio: The Circus Attraction

I'm sitting in my room staring at my paintings that I'm working on. I'm finally realizing how much painting involves a lot of staring. I do about as much painting with my eyes as I do with my brush, especially since I'm working with new techniques. Painting can be exhausting for me at times because I incorporate not only my mind and body, but also emotions; it's great.
I'm a colorist, and I love to glaze the paint for blending qualities. I'm constantly working with multiple colors at once. Color affects us all emotionally and mentally. Dealing with a lot of color at once I'm sure affects me psychologically.

Anyways, the more I look at what I've done so far with my series, and think about where it's going, it kind of reminds me of Adam and Eve from the Bible. This isn't an Adam and Eve replica series though because it isn't a dialogue between the man and the woman, but a monologue of the woman to the man. This series is about my own psychological and emotional experience with love while searching for my soul mate.

One thing that I love about my first three portraiture like paintings is how the figures are engulfed in the wildness of leaves and flowers. It's so beautiful to me. It gives me a feeling that the figures didn't just show up in this forest, but live there. The man and woman are present throughout the series as if there is no one else who exist, but them.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Gouache Leaf Study

on Watercolor Paper

This is a small painting of the elephant ear plant. I did this yesterday for my Painting Process class. This was the first time that I ever made a painting using the medium gouache. I secretly have a fear of painting with different mediums other than oil because that's what I know best, and that's what I'm good at doing. After finishing this painting I fell in love with gouache, and I feel the need to use it more. I want to make more small paintings of plants for my thesis because I'm using a lot of nature landscapes in my series. I like gouache because I can blend my colors like with oil paint. I'm really surprised about pulling this painting off. My teacher liked it, and so do I.


1st Painting of Thesis

Oil on Canvas, 2009

This is the first painting for my senior thesis. It's about love and pain. My paintings for this series aren't about any one particular guy. I say this because I get asked that a lot, but this series is on just how loving someone can make anyone feel.

I've decided to let this series consist mainly of self portraits. I want to express myself in this series as a sort of spiritual journey; these paintings will be my journal entries.

Aesthetically, I've tried a lot of new techniques and discovered more about myself as a painter. I created a lot of flat vs. 3D areas, smooth vs. textured, and I even left some areas of the painting unfinished where the under painting is showing through. I want to continue these techniques further in my body of work.


Monday, October 5, 2009

Scriptual Inspiration

A lot of times, especially for this series, I have found many inspirations from the "Holy Bible". These ideas of hope, virtue, love, nature, symbols, and parables are spoken of a lot in the Bible, especially in the New Testament. I like to portray the relevance of the Word in my paintings although others may not see that. This is what my paintings mean to me.