Over the course of the semester, I have been creating a series that discovers the use of experimentation and color psychology. I have gone through three different types of art styles trying to discover what style would best express the provocation of thought through abstract art. In total, I have made over 20 paintings. I have created about 8 paintings with the most recent style. This style includes the technique of concentrating a block of color in one area of the painting and working from there. It feels like I am building a community of color through this painting.
In the most recent painting, I chose to work with the color turquoise. This color also had a shade range of cool-toned blues and green hues. In some parts, you can even see some purple. I definitely wanted to convey a sense of a calming feeling so I leaned towards the cooler tones for that reason. The color turquoise is associated with meanings of refreshing, calming, sophisticated, and wisdom. The composition of the painting is simplistic in size and placement. I chose to keep it more centered than my past paintings from this series. I chose to do this because I really wanted the viewer to be more concentrated on the focal point of the painting rather than the placement. The medium used for this painting was gouache. It was painted on a 16 in x 20 in piece of cold-press watercolor paper.
Overall, I think this piece is successful in terms of the use of shade range and composition. I really enjoyed painting this piece. It was calming and nostalgic for me. Growing up I always loved the color turquoise, so it brought back many lovely memories of my childhood. My favorite part of my making this piece was playing around with the darker shades and creating vein-like marks in the painting. For my next piece, I am looking to explore a more romantic and passionate color like a deep red.