My work is, and has always been technique driven. The challenge is finding a technique that speaks to me outside of the artistic realm. The images depicted in these three pieces have meaning to me because they bring back memories. However, others just see a landscape, which I am not denying, is pretty boring. So my creative challenge has just begun; I need to continue brainstorming imagery and textures that speak to me and the audience.
I did not rush this project, I worked on the three pieces for short periods of time periodically over the entire summer. I bought the watercolor paper on my own, and despite it warping because of the water used, I am happy with the way it came out and the materials used. Compared to my previous work, I definitely spent more time on this project than on my abstract shape-based work. But I still could have been more meticulous and spent more time, as I could have for any piece I make.
The main challenge I faced in these three pieces was trying to make them stylized, but have a somewhat realistic look. I'm not the greatest technical artist or anything, but I wanted to make the best art I can with my abilities. I learned that making art that has some correlation with your life makes you act more self-critical because you have this vision/memory in your brain and not recreating it to the extent to which you idolize it is frustrating. These pieces definitively gave me ideas for future pieces; I want to continue working with ink pens and watercolor, layered paint, and somewhat realistic images.
B+ in comparison to other stand-out artists in Art 4|5
A- in regards to my previous work.