Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Final Reflection

Senior Studio has been an unbelievable experience for me. I felt proud of the work I created, friends I made, and advice I received along the way.

Starting out, I was unsure of what to expect and what I wanted to accomplish. After having the time to familiarize and experiment with materials, I found my passion for drawing. I used charcoal, pencils, and even pastels to make my artwork.

I remember my journey as an artist, growing my knowledge and expanding my skills. While its sad to leave Beaver and the wonderful teachers, I am positive I can take the knowledge I've gained, and apply it to my future endeavors.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

End of the Week Reflection

Looking Back:

  • Made progress on my final product
  • Got helpful feedback 
  • Added details and decided how I want to finish my project
  • Looked at gallery and pictured where I want to put my project
  • Researched backgrounds and frames for my project

Looking Ahead:

  • Frame it
  • Shade the tiger so that I can incorporate what I learned before and apply it to my final piece

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Final Project Update

This week has been hectic to say the least. I started drawing my tiger portrait on Monday and have been working hard to finish it on time. After I draw the dark areas, I will begin to use color pencil, hopefully I can finish this before the fast approaching deadline.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Final Product Visualized

I imagined my tiger piece going in the gallery. What made this vision so strong was I saw the tiger in a new way. It was climbing down the jungle surrounded by bamboo trees.  This made me think should I be doing this as my final project. The drawing was big and done by colored pencils with the surroundings painted using watercolors. I need to plan immediately because with 14 hours left, I need to have a clear idea of my final piece. I think that I will continue to visualize my piece so I can get all the components down.

The reality of my work in the gallery

  • Design my final product
  • I want to put a glossy film over it to make it shine 
  • I don't know if I want a frame on it
  • Should I draw the tiger?
  • What message do I want to send?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

End of the Week Reflection

Looking Back:
  • Finished painting the portrait of the girl
  • Sat with Mr. Ingenthron and Ms. Patel to discuss my final project
  • Experimented with the background of my pieces
  • Good feedback from my classmates
  • Mapped out my final project, incorporating text

Looking Ahead:
  • Constantly ask for critical feedback when unsure of what to do next
  • Focus and not get distracted
  • Decided what I want to do with my final piece in the gallery

Friday, April 4, 2014

Final Portrait

When thinking of what to make for my final portrait, I consulted Mr. Ingenthron and Ms. Patel. First, I made a list with Mr. Ingenthron about what I liked about my previous pieces. We came up with the following:
1. Experimental and cute
2. Accessories and layers
3. Background and subject
4. Personal
5. Many dimensions
6. Fun

After I searched for images that had a profound effect on me. I choose:

The raw beauty and importance of this photo immediately made me drawn to it. Ms. Patel highlighted that I needed to show why this picture is important to me. With the recent Arab Spring conflicts and the bravery to stand up for woman's education by Malala Yousafzai, I felt emotional attached to spreading the importance of freedom to learn, and the power the uprisings had in the Middle East. 

As a background I wanted to have a simple yet elegant design I decided to use Henna, and Indian design that plays with shapes and colors. 

Now I need to spread the message and make a piece that I love and shows the importance of standing up for what's right. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

First Day Back

Today was a smooth transition. I came into class determined to utilize my strengths and highlight on my final project. Before break, I was more relaxed and experimental, but after watching a video a friend showed me I realize how hard I have to work.

I have to be willing to try new areas and push myself to be the best. This class is a privilege to take, and in order to take full advantage of it, I need to work as if this was the final class before the show.

Friday, March 14, 2014

The End of Week Reflection

Looking back:

  • I experimented tracing and adding depth with pencil
  • I discovered what kind of artist I want to be and how I can achieve that
  • I made a check list of what I need to accomplish before the show
  • I realized I want to make a 16x20 inch piece of a person
  • Used watercolors and pastel to experiment
  • Got critical feedback from my classmates

Looking ahead:

  • Plan final piece 
  • Use pencil and charcoal more often
  • Stay focused and don't get worried or overwhelmed 
  • Stick to personal themes and my strengths 

Thursday, February 27, 2014


I apologize for not posting any photos of the day recently, I know my subscribers must be upset. This week has been really hectic with finals coming up and I felt that the pressure has made me more focused and has allowed me to produce some of my best art this term. I experimented with shading using pencil and spreading it with my hand. I feel that this process better connects me to my work.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Photo of the Day #9

Progress on Dog

Today I worked on finishing touches to the background of my dog portrait. I wanted to use a wide variety of colors and experiment with lightness and darkness. I tried adding words to my portrait to add a different dimension to the background.

Friday, February 21, 2014


Today Sammy, Emma, and I met to discuss out work and offer helpful suggestions to one another. After going over my plan before the show, Emma and Sammy saw that I tried to experiment with many materials and subjects. I explained that I wanted to make the background of my piece stunning. Looking back at the color combinations, I immediately thought of red and gold as my primary colors. As for my project, I discovered I learned about myself while talking to Sammy and Emma. I discussed that I wanted to draw a large scale full-body portrait of a person, and add paint to enhance its beauty. They recommended that I experiment with the background and facial features so I have a good grasp before I dive into my final project. They pushed me to keep experimenting and continue to find my "niche".

Photo of the Day #9

By Keltie Ferris

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Photo of the Day #8

I was really drawn to the eyes of the dog in the photograph. The shinning silver surrounded by the dark coat of the fur reminds me of the playfulness of using charcoal.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

2/19/14 Debrief

Today I painted more flowers on my dog painting, I experimented mixing colors and trying out new brush patterns. After, I wanted to experiment with spray paint. After John showed me the fundamentals I tried creating stylish patterns, playing with the proximity of the can to the wood. I liked when the bottles were almost done the paint made dots on the wood that looked like frozen raindrops. Below are a few examples which inspired me after today.

When people think of spray painting, most probably think of graffiti. After researching, I was mesmerized by the details artists created using spray paint.

Example #1

Example #2

Photo of the Day #7

I am really interested in the shadow specifically pertaining to faces. As the show continues to steadily approach, I am continually motivated to take some photographs.

Saturday, February 15, 2014


As the term continues to progress, I have realized that I haven't portrayed my photography side. Since  the Spring, my love for photography has grown greatly. I became interested in photographing portraits of people, I've noticed that the lighting when it is snowing adds a beautiful brightness to one's face. Going forward, I want to push myself to show my creativity and take risks. Below are three of my favorite photographs I look earlier this year.

Inspiring Artist and Photos of the Day #5 and #6

David Choe

"Choe is an imaginative street artist—his works are equal parts beautiful and repulsive—with a distinct aesthetic and a personality to match." - Nick Schonberger and Cedar Pasori

Photo of the Day #5 
Annie Liebovitz

Photo of the Day #6
Brian Duffy

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Photo of the Day #4

                                                        Irises by Vincent van Gogh

Progress on My Dog Portrait

After reviewing artist's backgrounds, I felt that I wanted to incorporate many different types of floral designs and patterns around the dog. Talking with Mrs. Roberts about transforming my pieces and experimenting, I have felt this stage has pushed me to take risks and go with my instincts. 

Art And Fear: Conceptual Worlds By David Bayles & Ted Orland

Henry James proposed a key questions that really make the artist think and reflect on their work. The question begs, Was it worth dong? Thinking of my past artwork, I always beg the question if I like it, but never wonder if fit was worth it. With the show quickly approaching, I knew that I would need to make art that served a purpose and not waste my time. This does not mean that experimenting is not necessary, but after talking with Mrs. Roberts, I know that if I want to achieve my goals for the show I need to be more strategic of what I create and experiment with.

Craft is often thought of as furniture, handmade clothing, and other piece made before the Industrial Revolution. Art is paintings like the Mona Lisa, a musical piece, often very valuable. With my work I was the beauty of my art to be derived from my craft and technical skills that I use to enhance my work.

An artist's style is the type of art or patterns that are common in one's work. My style is more conservative, often not touching on unrealistic images. I like the pure aesthetic beauty of natural pieces of humans, animals, and places. Though the materials and form of my art changes, the essence stays the same.

I agree with the statement that all art is autobiographical. Even if we don't know it, each piece tells a different story that is unique to the viewer. That's what makes art so special it immediately establishes an emotional connection with the viewer.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Photo of the Day #3

                                                Girl with a Pearl Earring by Jan Vermeer

Monday, February 10, 2014

Photo of the Day #2

The Card Players by Paul C├ęzanne

Progress on dog painting and looking at art differently

Today, I made progress on my dog painting. If you look closely at the painting, you can see that there are many different layers and colors within the coat of fur. The idea of making the dog was spontaneous, but I soon adapted to using new techniques to enhance my painting. After I finished panting, I noticed a piece of paper that I used to see what colors looked like. 

It made me realize that we are always surrounded by art. Even if the paper does not look like art, the process of trying new colors and experimenting makes this form of art even more special and distinct.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Inspirational Post of the Day #1

To keep my blog active, I came up with the idea to post an inspirational, photograph, painting, or picture everyday. This will also motivate me to research more artists, and discover artwork that has a lasting impact on me.

                                           - Rayven E Photography

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Inspiring Dog Paintings

When making a portrait of a dog, I was curious to see what other artist have done. When researching, three paintings caught my eye. The first one is a front facing portrait of a dog's face with an interesting color background. I like this painting because it is so raw and the aesthetic beauty of the dog is mesmerizing.

The next painting is similar to the one I am making now. It is a golden retriever facing the viewer, I found this painting extremely helpful because I am struggling to make the body of the dog realistic, especially the thick coat of fur. The simplicity of this piece makes it that much more beautiful to look at.

The last painting's facial features blew me away. The greenish-brown eyes captivated me, and I immediately felt a connection to the painting and the artist. I want my pice to incorporate all these aspects, and I want to make a realistic and aesthetically pleasing portrait. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Exhibition Formats

The really like the painting, "Marriage of the Virgin" by Kehinde Wiley. Known for portrait painting, Kehinde often tries to make naturalistic paintings of people or messages that he feels are important to convey.

Similar to my art, I want to have a personal connection to my piece. Though I am leaning towards making and animal, I still love the idea of making a portrait of a person whom I admire. Even though it is a smile setting on the wall, I like the boldness it brings from the dark background. The gold frame adds a sense of elegance and playfulness. The three people's emotions can be interpreted in many ways.

A problem I often find when I paint is choosing a background that enhances the focus and doesn't distract the viewers. Though Kehinde backgrounds are colorful and decorative, he uses classic combinations like I saw in the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA, to make his painting the center of attention.

Though it may sounds narcissistic, I LOVE being the center of attention and can only hope my piece is one that stands out among the rest. The simple painting by Kehinde has a powerful message. There is something so real about the bond between the three people that captivates my attention. I think that his choices are both instinctive and educated which only make it his final product that more special and amazing.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Reflection on today and who I am as an artist

Today, I worked on painting the dog that I created in class on Friday. I wanted to get the highlights and shaded regions as accurate as possible, this took the majority of time and patience. When Mrs. Roberts asked us to identify who we are as an artist, I was left confused and questioned myself. Who was I? Was I like others, or unique? Do my pieces hold a deeper message? As I thought about it, I realized that I am a very diverse artist. I stretch my artistic ability beyond paper. While I enjoy painting and drawing, I have a deep passion for photography. For the beginning of senior studio, I have been experimenting, but I am still trying to find my identity as an artist. I am discovering new talents and weak areas each and everyday. I hope as I work, I will continue to surprise myself and devote some time to photography, and share my message along the way.

Friday, January 31, 2014


After meeting with Sammy, Kathy and Emma I received great feedback and helpful advice on my work. After explaining them my vision, they could see where I was going and many fascination for animals and people. When I explained that I want to make a medium to large scale portrait of an animal, they liked the idea. The recommended that I use different colors that are not normally associated with that animal. This makes it less generic and stand out. Sammy suggested that I can incorporate different materials to make my animal. She mentioned wood and paper will work well together. Since I am not keen on finishing my lion, Sammy recommended that I experiment with that before moving forward. Kathy and Emma suggested that I use writing to add a piece of identity to my piece and make it personal. The main lesson I took away was to be unexpected and maybe along the way I might even surprise myself.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

More Experimentation

I started experimenting using a paint sharpie pen. I choose to do a free hand drawing of a puppy that I saw on the internet. To bring it to life, I choose to paint rover the sharpie with watercolors. This not only enhances the piece, but brings it to life.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Experimenting with Paint and Wood

Today I wanted to experiment with different materials. I used wood and paint to try new ideas and see  if I can find inspiration. The first piece I created I wanted to try as many designs and techniques I learned from previous classes. Listening to music, some song inspired me to write some of the lyrics on the wood. The second piece I wanted to make a small portrait of Malala Yousafzai and her courageous efforts to make education available to everyone.

Monday, January 27, 2014


I have always been interested in the work of Pablo Picasso. Inspired by the materials and portraits I saw in the Nancy Lincoln gallery, I wanted to make a portrait. I have been using mostly pastel during senior studio because I like the sleekness and the brightness it brings out. I know that moving on I need to experiment with more materials and get outside my comfort zone. This portrait has made me realize many important lessons. First, I need to have a plan before I begin that I can follow as I do my work. Then, I should just keep making work until I find exactly what I'm passionate about making. I liked the idea of adding materials to make a person have three dimensionality to them. I decided to use needs and plastic film to enhance the portrait and highlight the glasses.


The word on the back of my square was sight. I wanted to created a literal interpretation involving only a few drawings. I experimented with glitter and attaching materials to the square to give it definition.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

New Art

Art can come from many places, it can be made on a computer and by hand. A common trend throughout professional artists is a strong foundation when they were younger. The PROCESS makes the art important. It leads the viewer through one's journey and allows them to interoperate the instinctive choice one makes. Work make one always online, art is different and until you can see how every piece is unique and special in their own way, you won't be able to appreciate it. Art sometimes takes teamwork, especially on large murals. Art designs can be multifaceted. Work is both appropriate for a museum and inappropriate when it losses its essence in a museum. Different moods can often determine what design one chooses to make. A common goal is to make a work that is consistent and cohesive and always evolving. You artwork should be your signature, no need to physically write it. Architecture software is helpful for artists to experiment and try out new designs. Art can be in music, the beautiful thing about art is that there are no boundaries. Young artist attitude toward making art are energetic, determined, and focused. The chance to create a piece that represents you and what you stand for gives chill throughout your body, but the accomplishment and satisfaction of accomplishing your goal brings you back to reality. New Art is entirely subjective. It depends on how one views art. The freedom of making art can be harnessed to improving one's piece or leave them confused and unsure of what to make. But through the many choices within art, the one intangible thing is the passion that artist share to make their dreams a reality.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Imagining the 2014 Senior Show

I can imagine my work near the back wall of the Nancy Lincoln Gallery. Though we are still 40 classes away from the show, I feel that I need to be more productive and engaged in my work. I really want to make a large, detailed piece that incorporates the lessons I learned from Drawing Lab and Senior Studio. I have always been more of one work artist, but I want to expand my horizons. I have started to make smaller scale pieces that illustrate my skills. For the show, I hope to transform this into one, big piece that showcases my talent as an artist. I like to use many materials to add definition and contrast to my work. I think that my work will live on the wall. I am pretty conventional as an artist, and feel that my final piece will reflect that and add something new to make it distinct.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Experimenting with squares

I worked on trying new ideas on a square. The word was yield I wanted to show both the literal meaning and how I perceived it. I used new materials like beads and chopped charcoal to create layers and contrasting colors, I was excited to see what worked and what I still need to work on for my upcoming projects.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Art & Fear

When making art, there are many aspects of a piece, one that is not talked about as much is fear. David Bayles and Ted Orland talk about the two main fears within art, fears about yourself, and fears about how others react to your work. It is important to keep an open mind and not get saddened by constructive criticism. Though it may seem like someone is judging your work, they are really trying to improve it. Another important lesson is to NOT DOUBT YOURSELF. Believing in your artistic skills is important, David Bayles and Ted Orland stress real artist know what they are doing. Art is a personal process that establishes many connections between one and their work. The analogy of chess is a very creative analogy. Like chess, art is a conscious process that takes many steps to finish, it also requires patience and foresight to get the results one strives for.

Though this may seem silly, I feel children's depictions have the clearest message. Similar to a writer an artist needs to showcase their personality.

The three quotes that stuck with me are: 

"Whatever you have us exactly what you need to produce your best work."

It is important to focus on yourself. You are only as good as you think you are, all the potential is within. It is important to remember this lesson, not only does it give the artist hope, but motivation to finish their piece. I remember sitting on the first week of senior studio watching people dive into the project while I felt lost and didn't know where to begin. I was afraid my art would not be up to the standard that my classmates have set. After reading this, I feel more confident in myself and my art.

Justin Thurber said, "There's no such thing as good art to bad art. There's only art-- and damn little of it!"

I found this quote refreshing. This goes along with the message to just produce and create and not worry about perfection. I was talking to Ms. Patel about trying new ideas and textures and she said the best way is to practice them on square and work with smaller scaled pieces. This will be crucial going forward and discovering who I am as an artist.

"The real question about acceptance is not whether your work will be viewed as art, but whether it will be viewed as your art."

We have an emotional connection to art. It's what draws us in to certain pieces. Everyone has a different flair to their work that makes it recognizable among others. As long as you stay true to yourself and believe in what your doing, the work will speak for itself and you.