After being so inspired by these abstract paintings and our TNASA (Tulane Newcomb Art Student Association) painting workshop, I finally decided it was time I quit telling myself that I didn’t have the time to paint and just get out my paints and get to it. I already had a canvas that I had ready for a painting for my office, so I didn’t have to do any prep work. I just sat down and started painting. I had a good idea of what I wanted to do and the final product went in almost a totally different direction, but I really like the way it turned out. Here is what my office looks like now with the addition of my painting:
I figured this was also a good time to share more updates about my office. I think the last time I shared anything about it was when I shared staining my desk, here. It has definitely changed since then! I love this room and it is such a great place for me to be able to work in. I still love my desk. It is the perfect size to spread out my papers and books on to study, to clear off and be able to work on drawings or art projects for school, and it functions wonderfully as a sewing table as well. I love the way it looks and I haven’t had any problems with it or complaints. I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a great (and inexpensive) desk. You can find it at IKEA, here.
I love, love, love my tufted linen office chair. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it and knew it would one day be mine. Unfortunately, World Market happened to be out of stock with them all across this half of the country and I had to wait over 3 months for them to get any more in. I stalked them rather frequently just to see if maybe more had arrived. They did finally come in and I brought mine home (with some discounts too for using a coupon that they had e-mailed out). I absolutely love the look of it, the fabric, the tufting, everything. It is also so much more comfortable than my old wooden office chair as well. You can find it online, here. (Although online you can only buy them in sets of two, in the store you can buy them individually)
Last, but not least, I am really pleased with my white shelving unit from IKEA as well. It was inexpensive, easy to put together, and is well made and looks really nice. It is the perfect size for what I needed and it is great for holding all my office supplies and other crafty stuff. I originally wanted some kind of a wooden dresser for storage in here, but I am so happy with this instead. I love that it is lightweight and will be so much more practical to move out of this second story apartment whenever we move. A big wooden dresser would not be so much fun to move. Plus with a wooden desk, I’m happy with the white shelves. You can find it at IKEA, here. The baskets are from Target and I really like that they carry over the wood tones from my desk and I love that they came with linen fabric liners already in them.
We also put up some wall shelves on the other wall for additional storage, although you can’t see them in the pictures above. We also added a longer curtain rod. It bothers me that the curtains I have in here are too short, they were from my dorm room, but they work for now. We added the shelves to the closet in here, and we also put up a towel rod on the back of the door for me to hang my scarves on. We’ve still got a few more things to do, but so far I love this space! :)
This weekend, I was in charge of organizing T/NASA’s first painting workshop. (Tulane/Newcomb Art Student Association) It was for abstract acrylic painting and one of Tulane’s grad students taught us many different tips and techniques for achieving different looks and textures in our artwork. It was a great day spent painting with friends.
Everyone seemed to have a really great time and lots of inspiring artwork was produced. It was so nice to be painting again! Especially after being so inspired by abstract art lately!
A big thanks to Tim for bringing his camera and taking pictures and for letting me use it to take a million pictures as well.
For our final in my painting class, we did a painting completely different than any others that we had done in the class thus far. This one wasn’t strictly from life, we could use photographs and it was up to us to morph multiple things/images into one final image. We were to pick two things, one 2D object and one 3D object, with one being reminiscent of our past and one being related to our lives now. This is what I ended up with:
So what does it represent about me? Well, the background is a fabric pattern. I liked this pattern- a quatrefoil pattern reminiscent of Gothic Architecture and I love art and art history. It is also very graphic and I love graphic design. It is also fabric, which I love and want to design my own collection of one day. Fabric represents a lot in my life. Learning to sew when I was young, my mom sewing all kinds of things, my love of the home and home decorating. I’ve been looking for fabric for curtains for our new apartment and I was drawn to lots of pretty graphic patterns like this one. It just seemed fitting.
The watering can and flowers represents my childhood, home, growing up, my parents. I was always outside in our backyard as a kid, so obviously something related to nature would be perfect for relating to my past. My dad is an avid collector of various old/antique things and I guess my mom mentioned to him sometime how she liked watering cans and that began a period of him collecting all kinds of them for her. Most of them looked really similar to this one. I remember as a kid, filling them up with water from the hose and dragging them around the yard to water all the flower beds. The flowers inside this watering can are the same flowers that my mom would let us pick out at the feed store every summer in little cartons to plant in the yard and help her do the gardening.
Tying the two together in a cohesive way represents the meshing of my past with my present and how they are ever intertwined, but separate in a way as well. But then again, that is kind of obvious.
I’m so thankful for all that I learned in my painting class and I’m kind-of sad to see it end! Although I am happy that I’m done with school for the semester! I’m so ready for this summer! I can’t believe that I’m halfway done with college though. It has gone by so fast!
Today I turned in my 5th project in my painting class. This assignment was different from the others, in that we didn’t spend weeks working on one larger painting, but instead we completed 8 smaller paintings. These were done in the impressionist style, painted only in natural lighting, we were only allowed to spend 4 hours on each painting and each needed to be done all in one sitting. We completed 4 indoor paintings and 4 outdoor paintings. “En plein air” painting is the term used for outdoor painting, generally in the impressionist style.
I’m really glad we did this project. It was refreshing and didn’t get boring because we could paint outside the studio and the paintings were quick enough that you didn’t get bored with the subject. It also required that you make quick decisions and determine what aspects of your set-up you could relate in the painting in the time frame and which aspects were left to be handled economically. It was really enjoyable, is something that I would totally do often outside of painting for a class, and I really feel like I improved significantly throughout the project. Just compare my first ones to my last ones!
These are in the order that I did them by category. I definitely think the last one of each is way better than previous ones! I actually did both of the last ones yesterday. Way to go procrastination.
I definitely need to still keep improving. I’m happy with my progress, but I still need lots of practice with painting glass! It’s been hard to try to master so far.
I could improve a lot on my outdoor ones as well. I definitely like the last outdoor one best out of all of them. :)
I thought it was really nice and relaxing to paint in Audubon Park. It is peaceful and is nice just to get to enjoy the wonderful weather. It was also really interesting to sit there and observe everything going on around the park and hear random bits of everyone’s conversations. I would definitely recommend you do it sometime.
Here are all of our paintings spread out in class for critique, pretty, huh?
Yesterday I turned in my 4th painting in my painting class! This one was my favorite so far! I love Impressionism! Although, it was a little of a challenge for me, because I have a hard time making such deliberate and distinct brushstrokes. I want to blend everything nice and neatly together with clean lines. I love the way it looks, it is just so hard for me to do it myself! However, on this project and the next, I’m trying my best to step outside my comfort zone. I’m pleased with the result! The painting that I copied was “My Garden” by Gari Melchers.
Sorry for the poor quality image, I took this picture with my phone really quick before I turned it in. Hence the art studio floor for a backdrop. As promised in the post about my last project, I took pictures throughout the process to show how I came about getting an image that looked like this one.
First off, I taped my paper to my board and applied 3 coats of gesso. Then I drew the image onto my paper. After getting a rough sketch of where everything was at, I started the painting process.
I started with a complementary underpainting of sorts. This helps neutralize the color above it slightly and allows some of the compliment to show through in places where it should (especially on the sky in this particular painting).
Then on top of that, I started to lay in the blended undertones of the next layers.
And on top of those, I start to add the more distinct marks and brushstrokes. Slowly layering on top of the previous layers of paint.
In the last few pictures you can especially see the bottom part taking shape.
More layers of colored brushstrokes. :)
The paint is applied in different techniques. The bottom layer was a wash, then on top of that you use drybrushing, glazing, and normal painting, depending on the look you are going for, or in this case, the look that you are trying to replicate.
Keep in mind that for this painting I only used 7 paints. Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Hansa Yellow, Cerulean Blue, and White. Therefore, every color of paint you see here all has to be mixed to match the color. There is rarely ever any application of a paint color directly out of a tube. You can see some of that in action, here.
Feel like you’ve been staring at the same picture over and over again the last few minutes? Well that is sort-of what it feels like when you are painting. It looks easy, but it is oh so time consuming. You can spend hours painting and it barely looks like you made any progress! Ahh frustration.
Plus, even when you are finally done, you see about a million little changes you could make and the process continues… But anyhow, that is basically how I arrived at completion of this painting. Minus all the late night hours of work, color matching, paint mixing, brush cleaning, etc. etc. etc… I think you get the idea.
This is the first painting that I’ve done in a while that I’m thinking of framing and hanging on the wall. I’ll let you know what it looks like when it is up. :)
How many of you all like to paint yourselves? I’m sure if you are taking the time to read this then you are crafty or creative in some area. What is your artsy medium of choice?