1.) Which project was your favorite or most successful this semester?
2.) Regardless of whether you liked or disliked a project, which one did you learn, grow, or developed the most from?
3.) Choose 1 piece of Art that you used skills and techniques learned from previous projects. Discuss your growth as an artist and how you incorporated these skills and techniques to create the piece.
I think that in this piece, I really used all of the skills and techniques that I had already taken from the class to create it. We had discussed a lot about the importamce of value and how much it impacts the realistic quality of a piece of art. For this assignment, I really played up on the value to give the VW Beetles depth and put them into perspective. Also, the value gives the cars their cast shadows which we had learned from doing our value solid practices. I was able to take all of these elements that I had learned and turn them into a piece that I am really proud of. I think that learning from mistakes and past experiences as an artist is extremely important to growth. You can never grow or become better unless you learn from past "art experiments." I think that I really grew as an artist not only because of what I discovered from this piece, but from the whole course because I now have the tools to combine all of these skills.
4.)Which project do you feel was the least important in learning the concepts taught in this course?
5.) Choose a piece or artwork where the subject matter reflects you as an artist. One that you have a personal connection to. Please explain your choice.
This piece I think truly represents ME as an artist. Not who other people want me to be as an artist, but who I truly am. I took the picture that was the inspiration for this painting. The true inspiration, however, came from being there and the feeling that being there evoked. I was able to take that emotion and reflect it in my painting. I think that this piece turned out to be very successful and I think that that was a result of it being our final project. I was able to take every skill that I learned throughout the course and transfer it into one final piece that I am very proud of. We learned a lot about value this semester and the importance of it to make a painting more realistic. For example, the light is reflecting in the water towards the back, so closer to the subject, I used tones of the same color to create a more realistic perspective. I also blended all of the different colors together to create the true hues of the painting. I also discovered who I am as an artist and what my painting style is that will make my paintings unique to me. I think there are things that I could have done differently in the final piece, but I am proud of what I created and believe that I can take what I learned and just grow more as an artist!
I am very thankful for the opportunity that I have had this semester to learn and to grow. This course was just the beginning and I am certain that I will take all of the tools that I learned and grow even more. I believe that I have also grown as a person and that is ultimately what is important. I have learned that not only as an artist, but as a person, you have to stick to who you are and what you believe in. This course has given me the tools I need to pursue a lifetime of creativity!