The central idea of my concentration is architectural structures, as well as the differences and similarities among architecture all over the world.
Breadth- A variety of works that demonstrate skill in an array of mediums and the understanding of principles in 2 dimensional design.
At first, during the summer before senior year I was terrified to take AP Studio Art. I thought I was way in over my head that I wouldn't be good enough to be in that class. Yet, I have learned so much about different materials, techniques and many other skills. I surprised myself with how much I grew just that first semester of Art 4. One of the skills I found most useful was learning how to use oil paints. Which, I ended up doing my whole concentration in oils.
I am so proud of all the pieces I created in this art class. It has been interesting to see a style develop in my art and also watching my fellow classmates grown and develop a style too. I have learned so much from my amazing teacher Mrs. Rossi she always pushed me to do better although at times it was frustrating it made me a better artist and prepared me for my future in architecture. My classmates have been nothing but amazing and inspiring, I am so glad to have become so close to each and everyone of them. In addition, I learned so much from them as well and I will miss that a lot next year. I have learned I should never doubt myself and always try new things even if it isn't perfect the first time it will better me as an artist.
This picture was taken over spring break which inspired this oil painting. When I first decided to do this piece I thought I had done it again, bit off something bigger than I can chew. But I began to draw then paint each section and do eat part one by one without smearing the oils. It started to come together and the contrast of colors really worked well together. Nearing the end of this piece I felt something was missing and I couldn't quite put my finger on it. So, I asked one of my classmates and she suggested more detail on the fence. In the end, I think just that little bit of detail really made the piece and put it in perspective.
This is an oil painting of the bridge in Sydney, Australia that I took a picture of in second grade on my dads business trip. When I first started working on this piece I felt the colors were very bland and boring. So instead of doing a whole painting in different moderation's of gray, I decide to use darker blues for the bridge instead of plain old black. When I got to the buildings I was completely stumped, then I came up with the idea of doing different pastel colored buildings. I thought it was quite a risk to take, which is something you have to do as an artist so I went for it. Come to find that I loved the pastel buildings and the blues in this painting. Those bright colors brought me back to that younger me and really livened the memory. In addition, this is the first piece I have ever sold, therefor this piece made me a professional artist which is was a very exciting and proud moment. Finally, I again learned taking risks will work out in the long run and always use your creative license.
The Garden City Pier which is near myrtle beach as an oil painting. I started by trying to draw it every line and make every single one perfectly straight. I quickly learned that this is not realistic and that not every single line needs to be perfect to maintain the perspective and look realistic. One of my favorites parts about this painting was the variation of blues and greens in the sea. I am very satisfied with this piece in the end even if it's not perfect.
An oil painting of a amphitheater by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington DC. This was probably my most difficult and detailed piece throughout my concentration. Which I believe made it my favorite piece. At first I was very very intimidated by this piece because it was so meticulous. I learned how to take things one step at a time and that I can accomplish a lot by breaking it down. So I started with the bigger things and then went to little tiny details in the marble. I have really come to love this piece even though it was very difficult and time consuming.
This is a painting of an entrance way at the College of Charleston in oil paints. When I first began painting this I had a difficult time getting the color of the building right. I was worried it would look like chocolate milk instead of a creamy brownish colored building. As I began painting I mixed many different colors on the canvas until I got to this one which I was satisfied with because it closely resembled the color in the picture I took. I continued to make progress on this painting till one day I could no longer look at it. So I took a break for a few weeks and eventually came back to it to make some final touches. These final touches included the bright white highlights in the building, a few brighter green leaves in the tree and finally the shadows on the concrete. Those touches really made the piece and so I learned it is okay to take and break and come back to it, because it can drastically improve my paintings.