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.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Austin Kleon & Kirby Ferguson

Austin Kleon:

The first poster says to take control. To be a successful artist one must posses ten essential qualities that make them always prepared for the unexpected.

The first point is controversial because each artist may take a concept from another artist's work and apply their own skills to make it different, but no modern artwork is really the first of its kind. To be different one must explore the necessary tools that set them apart from the rest. Personally, I think the ninth point is the most surprising. I have always been cautious to plan out my project with many ideas before I start. By stripping down the project to its necessary materials I can be more productive and efficient.

Kirby Ferguson:

New media made by old media will generate popularity
Everything is a remix- need creativity
Remixes are made up of copy, transform and combine
Songs have similar melodies that might have been borrowed
The words are the most important part

Even if we don't recognize it we are transforming old work into new ideas. though it may not be copying some variation is derived from a previous source.


Always try to experiment with new ideas and concepts that will make your work distinct.
Never be scared to show your work for constructive advice to improve your craft.

Field Trip to the Decordova museum

Today we went to the Decordova museum in Lincoln, MA. I was thoroughly impressed by the pencil art along the staircase up to the artwork. When I walked around I saw how creative the artists approach are and what inspired me. I especially liked the work of Laura Braciale, her simply yet elegant pretzel drawing with acrylic paint made the bright blue image pop out of the canvas. As I continued to walk around I saw many different techniques, especially the use of media. Artists like Nancy Andrews, Jonathan Calm, Suara Welitote, Jonathan C. Gonzales and J.R. Uretsky showed me that art can be in a multitude of forms but the essence and passion stays the same. I really enjoyed this field trip and look forward to creating my next piece.