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. As my final project for this course comes to an end, I had time to reflect on all of my past pieces for this series. In conclusion, I have also learned about my own development in style and technique. This is due to the environment around me and learning how to adapt to an unexpected situation strategically and creatively.
For my final piece, I chose to paint the color magenta. I created this color by mixing red and violet. The dimension of this piece is 11 in x 14 in and the mediums are gouache and cold-pressed watercolor paper. The color magenta is one of universal harmony and emotional balance. It is spiritual yet practical, encouraging common sense and a balanced outlook on life. When I was creating this piece, I had this image in my mind to create something that is inspiring and positive. So I sat there and thought, what color can I do that with and how can I arrange it to convey these feelings? I poured myself a glass of wine and thought about what drives me to be passionate about being an artist and went to town on my painting. I mixed different shades of red and violet and used water to really spread the colors abstractly all over the piece of paper.
Overall, I feel like this piece is successful due to its meaning, color, and vibrancy. While I was painting it I felt happy and at peace with myself. I am really glad that I chose to do this series on the subject of color psychology.
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.
The color green represents harmony, balance, and growth. It is a positive and spiritual color. What I mean by that is, it is an emotionally positive color. It gives us the ability to love and nurture ourselves and others unconditionally. From a psychological perspective, the color is a natural balancer between the heart and nature. It promotes peace, serenity, and love.
I chose to paint this color last for a few different reasons. The first reason is that it has always been one of my favorite colors since I was a little girl. I have always been drawn to it. Also because with all the recent news surrounding COVID-19, it gives me hope and strength to make art that enlightens others around me and as well as myself. It is a natural way for me to relieve anxiety, stress, and anger.
During the process of this painting, I did a few experimental techniques to improve the saturation of color and to improve the composition of the paintings. My professor and peers gave me a few suggestions that I did try. One was taping down the painting to my desk so that the cold-press watercolor paper that I was using wouldn’t curl up on and change the natural movement of my painting. Another technique that I tried was to coat the paper with water before painting on it. When I did this the gouache paint seemed to spread differently than it did previously. The paint spread like a web that a spider made, which I loved.
Overall, the process of this painting went smoothly besides the curling mishaps which was solved. I think that this painting was one of my favorites that I made all semester. This is due to the cool tones of green and emerald that I chose to use in the painting. Also, I really enjoyed the brush techniques that I experimented with as well. The painting is 11 in x 14 in. It was painted on cold-pressed watercolor paper and I used gouache as the medium.
With the recent news, it has been extremely hard to focus and remain collected. The media is throwing a stream of negativity but while it may be scary it is also an important time in our society. My emotions and thoughts are fragile but also strong. During times like these, it is important to express yourself. That’s why I have chosen to express my feelings in these paintings.
Over the course of the semester, I have been creating a series of abstract watercolor paintings. Recently, I have switched from the medium of watercolor to gouache. While watercolor gives a light, opaque wash, gouache gives a bold yet moldable color wash. I decided to switch to gouache because the color saturation is much better than watercolor. The entire theme of the series to study the colors with your eyes, as the viewer. So that is why I feel like gouache is more effective. At the beginning of the series I painted on mixed media paper, I have now switched to cold-press watercolor paper. The flow of the paint on this paper is much more lovely and controllable. I have also switched to painting on a flat table rather than painting on an easel. I am able to control the motion of color much better this way. The color stays in one place unless I choose to move it.
With these couple of changes, my series has developed in a more sophisticated set of paintings. There is more variation in the tones and hues. So far, I have finished about five paintings. The colors that I have completed are blue, purple, red, orange, and yellow. I have just one color left to do, which is green. Although I only have the one color left, I will still continue to paint and experiment with the same colors. At the end of the semester, I will choose the ones that I wish to include and frame.
The color blue has had one of the biggest impacts on art since the beginning of time. Egyptians used blue stones as jewelry and ornaments and during the renaissance, it was used as a means for make-up, more specifically eyeshadow. It can also be seen in some of the most famous pieces of art including The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh and Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer. There is no doubt that blue will always be impactful in history and more specifically art history. What I am more infatuated with is how the color makes you feel. Blue can be seen as a calming color. It can also be seen as a sad and gloomy color as well. Over the course of the semester of spring 2020, I will be creating a series on the topic of color psychology. I will be creating a series of 7 abstract watercolor paintings exploring the topic of color psychology.
For my first project of the series of 7 paintings, I decided to work with my favorite color blue. Ever since I was a little girl, I remember being drawn to the color blue. The more saturated it was, the more I liked it. Pink has been associated with the female gender for a very long time, so I guess I always wanted to be different from gender normalities. The watercolor painting was made on cold-pressed watercolor paper. I made the dimensions 11 in x 14 in. The process was very smooth and experimental. I layered different shades of blue, creating a monotone color palette. The shape of the painting is a cloud, representing that calming feeling. Even with a few accidental drips, the painting tuned out overall successful in composition and in color. With that being said, as I go forward with the other 6 paintings, I will continue to be experimental with the process and just go with the flow.
When I was a sophomore, I decided to take a beginners painting class with Shan Bryan-Hanson. Painting is something that has always been a part of my life and it is important to me. Painting provides a therapeutic and special feeling for me and many others. So, now being a senior in advanced painting, it is time for me to create work that reflects artistic and intellectual growth.
The first assignment given to us is called Artistic Voice. As a class, we are given the opportunity to make 4 separate pieces for this project, each different but similar in the different ways. We were also assigned to create a matrix. This matrix includes objects, people, places, ect., of things that inspire and influence us in our work. While my matrix includes many different things that are all unique to me, the few things I decided to focus on were typography, storytelling, astronomy, and my father.
For the first piece, the focus is on both storytelling and my father. It is a triad of 3 paintings. The media I chose to use on this piece are gouache, watercolor, spray paint, and metal wire. The middle piece is 18’’ x 24’’ and the other two are 8’’ x 8’’. The middle piece’s background is posters of one of my father’s shows he was set to read his poetry at located in Chicago. I then layered watercolor as the background. I chose to a warmer color palette of purple, red, blue, black, and brown. This painting is a portrait of my father. The other two paintings are the same things which are red cardinals. This is symbolic of the painting because it is my father’s favorite bird. The second piece is a mixed media painting of a scene from space. I wanted to create something that reflects what is beyond us and our wonders. There are 8 different pieces of canvas that range from 2 inches to 6 inches. There is a metal wire that attaches them together. On the pieces of the canvas, there are different abstract paintings of colors including red, blue, and purple. I used oil paint for this piece. For the last two pieces, my inspiration was typography. It is two 10‘’ x 10’’ canvases that are painted red and blue. I used different types of typography that I find the most inspiring. I also used oil paint for this piece. As a graphic designer, I wanted to create something that explores both fine art and graphic art.
Overall, I really enjoyed the creative freedom of this assignment. The matrix we created as a class really helped me explore different aspects of my mind that I didn’t realize were there. The assignment really helps you reflect on yourself as a creator. Perhaps, the class after us can have this same sense of reflection that I had.