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Game of Risk

It’s Risky Business

This post is a follow-up to

Done. I’m Done with my mid-term painting! finally.

It was defiantly a process.

Ta Da!

Below is the finished product

"It's A Mess" (2011)

Yeah, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted some of my own work.

I did not get to gradually update on this painting like I originally wanted to at the beginning of this project. Life got busy, and it was hard enough to finish my project on time, let alone blog about it continuously.

Despite this It is finally finished and I LOVE THE FINISHED PRODUCT!!! It definitely took some work.  I came in at odd hours (after class, on weekends, late nights) to complete it to a level where I felt that I had resolved the picture plane.

This project, according to our professor, was all about risks. At the beginning our professor was a stickler about the  precision of our underlining sketches. She said, “This is not a class about your imagination, except in how it affects your way of seeing.” I know it was a bit of a frustration that she wanted us to render the objects “so damn precisely,” her words not mine. Then she sprung upon us that she wanted us to take risks, use different materials to render the picture in a way not necessarily typical to us.

I was a little miffed to find out later that this was as much an experiment for us as it was for her; This was a new kind of project that she had not done before with a class. Or in the words of one of my classmates “drip big, or go home!”

This project was a lot like the toy, Chinese handcuffs. The more you struggle, fight and pull against the bindings, the more you’re stuck. In fact you make the situation worse you just make the bindings tighter.  As soon as you relax and go with the flow you can immediately get yourself unbound. This painting was a constant process of letting go.

The particular risk I took in this painting is that I did not map out a lot of guidelines for the shape and placement of objects in my painting. This was a risk for me because while I’m never to attached to them as I go along ( I may later choose not to use some lines or conform to them) I like having precision in knowing what that object does not only in relation to other objects but itself as well. This time I only really drew the outlines of objects and then I used color to slowly and meticulously carve and sculpt my objects into being. This required a lot of attention to detail as far as being true to the value relations of objects.

I also took a risk by not painting my objects in their local colors. This to me was a lesser risk but I still feel it should be noted.

Below is a sideshow of the creation of “It’s A Mess” along with the original still life

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4 responses to “Game of Risk

  1. galacude

    this work has an intense, energetic vibrancy. the combination of gestural mark and layered medium creates a very lively and intriguing composition. perhaps the negative space could have been addressed more effectively to heighten this engaging energy.

  2. Nell Ruby ⋅

    Actually, all my classes are experiments (if that makes you feel any better). Nice risk analysis.

  3. I love the color in your piece. They are rich and executed well. It’s impressive.
    Though I feel like it’s too detailed in a way. I am too focused on the dark shadows and detail in some places instead of looking at the object as a whole. It might be solved with some light washes.

  4. This is a beautiful and well executed painting. The use of the drips at the bottom to support the objects really works well! I also like the use of gesso on the right, inside the block, brings the whole side of that painting forward and creates depth. The block seems to float, I kinda like that for this painting right now….
    There is something about the bowl that is distracting in the reflections and I know painting a reflection can be challenging. I think you have done a good job describing them, may be a little less description in some areas of reflection is needed to really make them rest on the surface?

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