So far, I am focusing on one painting at a time. The reason why is because I’m trying out a new style (more linear/abstracted) focusing on lines, colors and shapes. I’m also enjoying this project a lot more than others because these places I am painting are normal everyday location. I am having the most difficulty with picking color combination but I am probably leaning toward more contemporary colors. I am currently working on the walmart painting. I think I’m going to paint Kroger and Best Buy next, perhaps only choosing 3 colors for each of them and just work on changing the value and intensity.
For this triptych project, I would like to work with colors and lines. It may be representational or nonrepresentational but I am leaning toward nonrepresentational. I like to see which colors go together so I will spend my time experimenting with that. I also want to look at minimal artists because I think their works are nonrepresentational yet still able to evoke some type of feelings because of the way they use colors and lines. That is what I am also aiming for.
I might….want to make surrealism style paintings..because I enjoyed painting salvador dali’s work.
At the beginning, I was not very comfortable with painting. I feel that out of all the skills I learned during these years of school, painting is the one skill I lack the most. I feel that paint in (in general) is a difficult medium to work with because it requires a lot of color relationship and also the actual oil paint itself is something I do not work with everyday. As I was working on each new project I slowly began to understand that painting requires a certain degree of letting go and just have fun but also a feeling of confidence when I make each artistic decisions. I am an art education major and I want to be able to learn the balance of letting but also control. So that when I teach my students art, I can work with each person’s abilities without conforming them and making them into someone I want rather than someone they want to be. I feel that I am slowly improving with my paintings because I am trying to accept that I can always go back and fix it and that I should just make a strong mark with a lot of paint. I like that we are not trying to paint what we see but we are MAKING a painting.