ART-241 Fall 2021

Self-Analysis/Color Studies

For the Color Studies assignment, we were asked to set up our own still life on our individual work-spaces and paint from it using different color palettes. On 9×12 paper, I used the schemes cool with one warm color, warm with one cool color, split complementary, and complimentary. I started off with sketches of potential compositions and then selecting the color palettes for each piece.

The first set of composition studies I did for this project.

The second set of composition studies I did for this project.

Along the way, I encountered a few issues while using the materials. First, it had been a while since I had painted at all—I believe my senior year of high school was the last time I did so. Therefore, it felt as if I was unfamiliar with the medium as a whole. I had also forgotten how quickly acrylic paint dried, so it took some time to get used to working quickly again. I feel as if at first, I approached painting as if I were drawing because that’s practically all I had done these past few years at Agnes Scott. However, I quickly realized this method would not work and had to work at a different pace with a brush in my hand than a pencil.

As I worked, I discovered that I do not like to completely blend out colors in my paintings—I prefer for them to have some type of texture and for one to be able to see brushstrokes of colors integrated into the presented piece. I tried experimenting with a few different techniques, such as going over with a dry brush and scraping paint on with a palette knife. Scraping paint on the paper was an interesting method but I felt as if it were too chaotic for starting to learn how to paint again. Therefore I added color with a dry brush and believed it was a lot more successful overall. I also found that being precious with a small segment of the painting—as one does in detailed drawings—made me take much longer and, in the end, made the piece look less fluid. Upon realizing this I focused on painting with larger, slightly quicker brush strokes for the last two paintings.

Overall, I believe this assignment was fairly successful considering I hadn’t painted in a long time. The first piece was one I found to be successful, primarily composition-wise because of the circular object providing a sense of focus on the ceramic bird. Painting technique-wise, I thought my second painting was the most successful because it was when I had finally realized larger brush strokes made a painting more fluid. The last one was the piece that did not go as planned—it was the one I started out with and therefore was the one receiving the most experimentation in regard to painting again. The techniques I developed in these pieces went on to help me immensely in the next piece we are submitting, which is our Limited Color Painting.

Completed set of paintings

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