I AM NOT DONE!!! I will have my finished piece and will post it by the end of Monday, this piece just took wayyyy longer than expected because I spent a ridiculous amount of time on the lake (3 whole days). So far, I've struggled a lot with the trees because I can't seem to get a nicer application of the lighter greens on the dark green using a palette knife which is why the shrubbery looks kind of gross. I'm quite pleased with how the lake turned out because it took SO long to perfect and to get all the colors. I will take a better picture later to show the true color of the lake which has much more green in it than it looks like in the picture, I'm struggling a lot with the houses because they are particularly hard to create using a palette knife, but I think that I have been able to do a decent job so far. I'm really excited to finish this piece today, and am a little worried about the atmospheric space in the top area of the canvas which I'm avoiding until I absolutely have to. Please tell me how you think I should make the trees because I really struggled with those, and I welcome any criticism because I still think this piece needs a LOT of work considering that I kind of just threw myself into the process of painting it without a lot of time to actually plan it (I changed my reference picture four days ago).
While I am still in the middle of copying Van Gogh's piece, I am trying to apply what I learned during that piece onto this piece. I have been wanting to paint this landscape for SO long. And i'm so hype to finally be doing just that. I'm scared that I will do a crappy job and then be mad at myself for messing up my favorite picture, but I'll try again if it doesn't end up nice. I've chosen to work on raw canvas again, and am going to work with a yellow underpainting. I should, in hindsight, have chosen a much larger canvas, but I think that this can be more of a gestural piece and then I can do a detailed drawing later. I think that this will allow me to expand\
I have made some progress on my copy piece. i realized how difficult it is to match Van Gogh's style because I have no idea how he made such a thin and smooth underpainting. I realized that he used brushes, but I'm trying to make the same effect using on palette knife. Hopefully, the trees balance some of the colors out, because currently it looks a little off to me. I worked a LOT on the foreground, because I needed to work on my atmospheric perspective, and hopefully it will turn out looking realistic when I'm finished. I think I'll be done pretty soon, and I have some time-lapses to show my progress with the underpainting, but I can't post videos on here :/.
theOn February 26, 2020, Ms. Kitts, an educational leader at the VMFA who has a Russian history degree gave a very interesting lecture about the Faberge Egg Obsession. She discussed the romance, revolution, and history behind this Russian decorative arts. It stemmed from a doomed love story, fabulous craftsmanship and search for lost treasures. The story began when Nicholas II gave an egg as an easter gift to his wife Alexandra Feodorovna, who took a liking to Faberge's work. His workmasters used to use different colors of gold, many diamonds, and rubies, and rock crystals to create beautiful, delicate, and small eggs which were passed around Russian novelty. In fact, they are now work many millions of dollars. Lilian Thomas Pratt was the person who bought the original egg from a collector and gave it to the VMFA. I thought it was very interesting about the story behind such beautiful creations and how it illustrates an age in Russia that most people know very little about just because of the persona that Russia has today. The story that 7 eggs are still missing, and the journey that these works had as they were passed down from generation to generation is fascinating. It also shows the importance of these Faberge pieces and the uniqueness of his creations. The Romanov dynasty truly begins to invest in Faberge's workshop because the Empress of Russia being the first to buy a pair of cufflinks, Faberge's work became quite successful due to her family. Overall, Faberge was a brilliant businessmen who hired the very best workers to create beautiful eggs which have an amazing historical background to them. I personally thought that this was a very special lunchtime lecture because of the intensity behind the stories of the artwork she was discussing. Also, I think that it was a refreshing change from standard paintings, I had forgotten about the type of art that requires such a fine detail with respect to jewelry and metal. I also thought that the fact that the eggs had prizes inside of them made them more exciting, and the whole mindset that these eggs are one of kind spurred the frenzy that surround them today. Amazing lecture, I loved learning about the history behind the eggs as well as the detailed Russian craft.
Oops. I am about to start over and we only have a week before the final critique. I think that this was a really important step for me to make because although the previous piece wasn’t necessarily going badly, I did not feel as I was growing as an artist by making that piece and wasnt practicing new skills which I wanted to try. I also don’t think that that piece would have taught me more or given me a more definite direction, so I decided that it was a better use of my time to start a completely new piece. I did a little research on Monet and Van Gogh, and studied their impasto technique. I think that with the time I have remaining, it would be most effective to copy on of their works to truly understand their technique and how they have their impasto style. Im really looking forward to copying their work because I think it will reveal more about the art that I want to create since I am so drawn towards their paintings in the first place. The practice will allow me to assume a more concrete way of painting and will hopefully open some new doors/ideas for my content and subject matter going forward. I want to learn from these artist’s use of composition and application of paint as well as their specific color schemes. That is why I am copying the piece by Van Gogh, “Autumn Landscape”.
I make art with the purpose to make people feel something. I strive to create an image of either a scene or a person that resonates with the experience of another. For example, I want to connect people’s travel experiences or childhood memories with a common factor. Although people have wildly different lives, I’ve noticed that there are key similarities with how we feel about specific events or respond to changes in our lives and I hope to be able to transfer this factor into my artwork.
My ideas for artwork usually come to me at the most random of times – either when I’m crying about something silly, or if I’m about to finish the last bite of my pasta dinner, or if I’m driving with friends and jamming out to a song. I generally have an idea for what I want a piece to look like when I’m starting and I’ll plan a preliminary sketch of the composition, but my plan is constantly evolving during the timeline of a piece. I think of new ideas and incorporate them into my work, and I am also constantly starting over or making mistakes, which allow me to better discover what I want to create. I usually work with oil paints and a palette knife because I love the textured feel of oil painting and the layered paintings that I am able to create. Using a palette knife allows me to paint with a different degree of realism in each piece and its rough feel has a certain beauty about it that allows me to imbue more emotion in my artwork.
Currently, I am working on multiple series of landscapes and portraits. I began the year with the purpose of creating abstract portraits of people, using themes that represent their life and realistic representation of the actual individual in order to show their diverse life stories. Now, I have started doing landscapes from my travels in Europe, India, and America. I chose this because I want to be able to capture the feeling of awe that any tourist feels in a foreign location when they come across a particularly beautiful monument or experience a perfect moment in a café. My ultimate goal is to convey slightly more abstract themes in very realistic pieces, and I am constantly struggling with how to approach such a complex challenge. However, my last pieces always influence my next and I am constantly learning as an artist, and I am looking forward to creating more art that resolves this challenge.
I’ve started!!! I’m so excited for this project, especially since I am going for a more realistic piece with a smaller knife. For now, I am focusing heavily on just simply getting colors (more dramatic) and getting the perspective perfect. As for now, I am doing a series of bots and different locations in different travels. I have always been enamored by boats and their mysterious aura bobbing on a body of water and majestic feel of it lying on a beach. The only trouble I’m having is that I used raw canvas and therefore I think that the oil is being absorbed and is not able to be picked up easily, making it harder to blend colors.
I’m so excited for this piece!! This is a huge landscape with the dimensions of 24x36in and the scene is a street in Heidelberg, Germany. This photo is both sentimental and one of the most aesthetic pictures I’ve taken because on that trip I remember thinking about the pure beauty of such and old and simple town. I’m so excited for the colors of this piece and I bought a smaller palette knife just so that I can make this a really realistic piece. I also plan to focus a lot on the perspective in this work because I need to learn about how to properly paint a street with perspective and foreshortening which I struggled with last time. I’m also determined not to procrastinate on this piece because I wanna give it my all, so starting this two month period off right :)
I made the wall! Had a bit of a mental struggle, because I didn't really want to continue this piece, since I am not excited about it at all. I finished the wall, but I don't think that I'm going to keep it completely green. I will most definitely either go over it with white brownish yellow ocherish so that it becomes more cohesive, otherwise the green will not complement the colors of the flowers. I'm worried about what the sky color will be, but it will most likely be a very warm grey, and above the wall I am planning to have something of a cafe that complements the flowers.
I don't love the road :(. It's too chunky and not as "smooth" as I wanted it to seem. I think I applied too much paint, because although it looks like a road, it isn't nearly as nice as I wanted it to look. Also, it is less warm than I intended for the colors to be, and I think I took advantage of shadows to the side, highlight in the middle. Personally, it looks very middle school because the craftsmen-ship isn't great, but I'll fix it next time.