I made this piece as my home project for Q3!
I really wanted to focus on the transition between two different glitters, which you can see on the main two faces in the middle and the two full bodies behind them. It was really nice picking out weird glitters, and I used a silver flake glitter for the left face instead of a regular grain glitter. I called it Lava Lamp because when I look at the finished product, it feels like I'm looking at the oil in a lava lamp moving while also seeing cool 70's ladies. Color choices are just continuing my thang :)
Questions I Have
1) I used a valentine's day garland around it as a boarder but I don't know if it really needs it... thoughts?
2) I fully outlined most of the painting with embroidery, except for the middle top. I thought that the sharp line of contrast between the silver glitter lady and the lava lamp background was too sexy to cover with yarn... do you think that the lack of embroidery is distracting? (less embroidered part is below)
I had fun making this and shout out to Marina for staying up on Face-time with me while I sewed ;)
This quarter I have been trying to experiment with using different materials! I have been doing a lot more with paper collages, but have still been painting when I'm at home. I also tried my hand at making stencils and have created more digital art than usual.
1) I think that I would be interested in creating some cross stitches, similar to the kind that Julia made last year. Obviously less aggressive than the one that she displayed last year, but something like that.
2) I also want to try creating Valentine's cards! I think that I could digitally design them and print them out in color and make it really cute :)
3) This is a piece I am yet to start but I want to make a conversation heart painting series that spells something...
I have figured it out! I am going to make it say “Kiss Me?” With différent glitter backgrounds but a consistent red background. 💕
With painting, I have been working on a two canvas piece. They work separately, but I think that they would look best placed flush to each other to make it seem like they're one big canvas. The first of the two is almost done, but I need to add pink glitter to the last face, and embroider around most of the silhouettes. The second piece is still in the painting phase but I think it is coming along nicely.
I think that the biggest development I've made this quarter is my use of paper collages. Instead of utilizing collage embedded in my paintings, I have started to use collage on its own on paper. I really like cutting out my forms from papers as it is a lot easier to get good placement and to rearrange a composition if I didn't like it.
The best part about using paper that I have found is how immediate it is. Instead of doing multiple layers of acrylic and then waiting for it to dry before I can add glitter or anything, it is almost immediately dry! I can finish a collage piece in a class period, as opposed to the multiple weeks it would take for me to make a painting, which is great because I can make more in a shorter amount of time!
I have been making some pieces on my iPad recently too. They're similar in content and style to the rest of my hard pieces (naturally), but I really like the way that digital art doesn't require supplies or clean up.
Recently, I experimented with using paper cut outs to make prints. I'm interested in making more stencils, but I don't like the print making aspect of art as much as I like cutting stuff out and painting.
I have been very busy this quarter, and I have mainly been working on one large piece! I have inspired by the Self Shape assignment, and have been riffing off of that for a while now, so my newer pieces are mainly just pink and glitter with embroidery.
The Big One
This piece is my favorite that I've ever done so far. I really like the scale of it, except that is making it take FOREVER and I already know that embroidering it is going to take a long time too. I really liked using different glitters on this piece, because I think it offers contrasting colors, but still matches with the sparkling nature of glitter. I also really like the collage pieces that I found this time, especially the bust on the top right. I think that this piece is coming along nicely, its just taking a super long time because of the scale and drying times for things.
I began by drawing out my shapes loosely with charcoal, and then painting over it with a salmon color. I then started painting in the sections, and then added the collage over that. I started adding the glitter a little bit ago, so that part is almost done. All I need to do now is touch up a few areas that seem patchy or aren't as crunchy as I want, and then embroider!
The first one of these was done a whim, so I don't really like it that much, even though the lady on the right looks really good. :( I think that I needed to do that piece though so that the other piece could come to my mind. I used pictures of women taken by my favorite Robert Mapplethorpe as the reference for the shapes in this one, and used different glitters to show the different parts of their body. I really like the silhouetting and mild abstraction of the faces and will definitely continue to do that. Unfortunately, I am almost out of glitter! I don't know how it happened, but I am officially out of the fine grain white glitter AND I am out of the rainbow glitter. My silver and holographic glitter supplies are also running dangerously low. This is so sad.
For my home projects, I am doing two different The Art Assignment-s because that appealed the most to me! I chose The Art of Complaining and Self Shape as my two, as I think those are two topics I love working with as they are both about me in a way.
The Art of Complaining
For this project, I was challenged to find something to complain about, which was easy, and then re-represent that. I chose to complain about the fact that some of my really close friends live really far away from me! I am representing this through 6 tiny portraits of each of my friends. So far, I have one totally finished, and am planning on doing another one tomorrow night. Because they are so small, there isn't much progress to capture because I can finish one portrait in 2 (ish) hours.
1) I am thinking about adding glitter to all of their edges because I think that it would look nice, or, similarly, a glitter glaze or sealant over the paintings.
Self Shape challenged me to draw something that is representational of myself without doing a self portrait or something similar. It is going well, although it is taking much longer than I wanted it to. So far, I have one painting, with the glitter, collage, and painting done. Currently, I am working on the embroidery portion, which is taking much longer than anticipated although I already knew that I am a embroiderer. With this said, I am overall very happy with how it has turned out thus far, and I hope to complete the borders around each painting section soon.
1) I hope to make a second piece that is black, but I am unsure if I will have enough time to do so.
2) I would really like to fill in another portion of the painted areas with a chain stitch or something textually similar
10/10/19: For my in-class project, I have chosen to make some new Table Collages. Basically, a table collage is the name I gave to my found-object collages and arrangements. So far, I have made one, but I have enough things to complete two more soon, but I need to buy two more frames for them to go into.
Quick update about my oil painting endeavors. Overall I didn't like the process as much as I thought I would, mainly because of the long dry times. It would annoy me when I would work on the lighter colors for the grisaille, and be unable to go over it with the glazes until next class, so this is definitely reinforcing my love of acrylic. I did like the idea of doing under paintings though, as it allowed me to slowly build up the shape, but I think that something similar could probably be accomplished with a less annoying medium. The amount of chemicals and preparation for using oil paints was too much for me! I'm still very happy with my painting though, and I really enjoyed doing the grapes, just because they were super shiny!
This is upon request, so I am slightly unsure of what to mention, but this is basically before my comprehensive sculpture post that has been posted previously. This is a picture of my pieces before they were fired in the kiln, but had been glazed! This part of the process definitely took the longest, but it still wasn't super drawn out.
Enfin, c'est le fin! Since my last process post, I have only had to get everything fired and glazed, so it has been an easy week. Finally, everything has been glazed/fired and assembled! I am very happy with my overall sculpture and it turned out pretty similar to what I imagined in my head. There is an issue of displaying them, and in the pictures the Big Pot is actually on a Styrofoam cup to add good balance, but I think that I can find something else to use as a real base. In my entire sculpture process, I never really encountered any significant problems that were not easily solved. Perhaps the faces were the hardest part of the whole thing, but I figured out how to make a good mold pretty fast. When I was assembling it, some of the glitter started to come off of the plants; however, they are still pretty thoroughly covered with pink and glitter, so I think it will be okay! I am very pleased with my sculpture and I hope that you enjoy it!!!!!!
I forgot to take photos on Friday which is why this is so late, but it is okay nonetheless. I have finally fired my faces and two pots I think, but I am still making more and working on a pot. I finished my Big Pot for the project on Friday, and I am planning on trimming it today but I do not know what the plans are for work days. I really hope that nothing blows up in the kiln today because that would be very sad. My plan for this week is to
1) trim the Big Pot
2) make more faces
3) glaze already fired things
4) paint my final plants
I think that once I do that, I will be just about done :)
I made a lot of progress this week, especially with the pottery portion of my sculpture. The faces are still looking weird but I think that's just how they're going to look at this point. I tried using different clay wetness and different ways of packing in the clay but they still look the same so I think that's just how they are...
I have made 2 pots so far, which I am happy about. One of them is a bit uneven but it isn't super duper noticeable, but you can definitely tell that it isn't even on the top. I think I'll try to make on more pot for the sculpture because I already had so many of the plants made from before. Haven't been doing much with those recently to be honest and I think that it's just because I made like ten during the abstract expressionism project so I don't need many more. Overall, I think that I did a lot this week and that most of the stuff I need to do it just small stuff at this point.