Monday, May 19, 2014

Current Event Intro

For this current event project, I'm basing my art piece on the story of a bunch of coal miners in Turkey. Around 300 miners were trapped and so far 274 have been confirmed dead. This is my idea: using a gravestone to represent a coal mine and tally marks to acknowledge the dead. I plan to do a resist painting using acrylic paint and India ink. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Perspective Final Product

Our chalk wall mural is finally complete! It took a long time to finish it and with weather and planning decisions I'm so glad we have an end result to be proud of.

Through out this entire project, collaborating with my fellow group members has been the most fun and at times most challenging part. While the original sketch was my idea, it was extremely important to integrate everyone else's thoughts and ideas onto the tunnel as well. 
I'm glad that I had such innovative and creative teammates, because without them the wall wouldn't have looked so great! The brick arc and the wall coloring came from Elora, and much of the graffiti on the tunnel walls came from Jay and Anna. Their ideas really made the tunnel shine.
This project presented many challenges. Not only did we have to pick a good spot (that followed the schools limitations) and be careful about its exposure to all the people walking in the school but we also had a task in trying to get the chalk to stay on the wall and look the way we intended. We picked a pretty obvious spot in the courtyard, and got lucky that it wasn't damaged during the creation process.
 In order to make the chalk blend better, and make it easier to spread onto the brick, we mixed some of the chalk with water and used paint brushes to put it on the wall. 
As we progressed through the project, we got better at creating and covering the tunnel walls, and it became easier to make the end result. I'm pretty happy with the final product!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Perspective Preview

My idea was to create something using the idea of perspective, and possibly turn it into something inspiring or interactive. I've always loved the concept of the free expression tunnel at NCSU, and I want to try to recreate it. My group as of now includes Elora, Jay, Anna, Ashley, Joseph, and myself. I think we will be able to create something unique and really cool. My first sketch was very rough and highly inaccurate 
So I decided to do some research instead. These pictures ended up inspiring the color sketch that Jay, Elora, and I came up with. 
So our sketch after these photos looked like this, and we will obviously plan out more graffiti pieces and the landscape in the background of the tunnel

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Time as an Element Final Product

This project was something very different from most of the projects I've done. The incorporation of paint and photography added another level of organization that I had to try a few different ways to display. 
These are the photos I took over a week in which I had bought some daisies and let them die:
I originally wanted to do the photographs in black and white, but I could not get the lighting exactly the same each day so I put the photos in black and white instead
I originally wanted to go with a bright shade of green for the background of the piece, but did not like the way the green distracted from the black and white photos. My mom suggested using a more monochromatic color scheme so that the flowers would be the main focus:
I repainted the board and also changed the positioning of the photographs to make the piece more interesting and cohesive. I like this end result much more. It is simplistic and sad, but I think the composition makes it interesting and beautiful.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Snapshot- "Time as an Element"

For this project, I want to do something in regards to the use of time in the death and wilting of plants. Is hope to use the contrast of a typically happy daisy with the process of its death to show that over time, things die. 
My original idea is to photgraph a real daisy over time and capture the progression of its vibrance in he first days, and how it wilts and loses its petals over time. Then I want to paste the photographs sequentially on a board and add some artistic detailing and the words "He loves me, he loves me not" somewhere around the photos.
This project will incorporate live medium (the flower) , as well as photography/digital art, two elements I have never used in an assigned art project before. I am excited to get started and see what other ways I will be ably to expand my area of expertise in art. 

I think I'm taking a risk in choosing to photograph a real flower, as I cannot control how it wilts or loses its petals, but I really want to attempt to make it work and manipulate my plan as I go along to get my original idea displayed!

Appropriation Final Product

After multiple adjustments and switches from my original idea for this project, I've finally reached the final product. I wish I could do more with the donut, and the spacing on the canvas, but I'm overall happy with the end composition of the piece. I think my craftsmanship in the stencil and the lettering are my strong suits in this piece.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Snapshot 2- "Appropriation"

Artists develop art making skills 
I added some free hand lettering with the title "Breakfast at Tiffany's" to the blank space in my canvas. It has been a whole since I last painted, so winging the lettering was difficult and time consuming, but I'm really happy with the end result!

Artists collaborate 
I still relied on the opinions of my table and Mr. Sands for deciding to change some major elements I had originally planned for my piece. They helped me come up with the more stylistically appealing donut instead of the bacon, which I think will end up working much better.
Artists solve problems
When I realized that the bacon wasn't working well as far as positioning and aesthetics, I was very troubled with howbto complete the piece while incorporating appropriation. I am unexpectedly going with a donut instead of bacon, because it fills the space and looks better with the piece over all.