Closely observing my surroundings influenced my artwork by giving me a calm mood and I wanted my artwork to reflect that sense of calmness
I was able to capture likeness to subject matter by relating to something that is peaceful and reflects being calm. The ocean can have that effect of being both peaceful and calm.
Close observation was important because, being that I was working with soft pastels, I had to pay close attention to how I blended the colors.
My art is intended to say when you look at a ocean view you gain a sense of calmness. When you look at the ocean you can automatically hear the waves and the birds chirping.
Issues I examine through my artwork would include, the trouble I had, at times, when I had to blend the different colors so that it would have a realistic effect. I did not want my work to look sloppy so I asked a lot of questions during the blending process.
This artwork is about what I like because it explains the peace someone can feel whenever they so take the time to observe the ocean's view. You can gain a sense of calmness and relaxation. Just viewing the ocean can take your mind off of so many things.
New techniques I learned include, blending with the chalk pastels in order to get a realistic effect. I have never worked with chalk pastels before the charcoal boot camp so it was a new experience.
I did gain skill with familiar materials. I used soft pastels before when participating in the charcoal bootcamp but, I think as far as blending my skills got better.
I discovered that I am talented in a new technique and that would be blending. After practicing before the project and then after actually doing the project my skills improved.