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.
I used my own unique ideas in my artwork by adding on the flowers at the top of my ceramic showing parts of nature that I really enjoy.
I used artist Jennifer McCurdy for inspiration because I like the direction that her ceramic flow. I used that inspiration for my top on my ceramic because, t looked really neat how her ceramics would have a curve to them at the top.
The bottom of my ceramic happened accidentally because, I did not intend on making the bottom have a circle shape. I wanted it to have a the same curvy affect that the top had but it did not work out that way.
Closely observing my surrounding environment influenced my artwork because, I noticed how my artwork looked not only in my eyes but also how my art looked in other people's eyes.
I was able to capture likeness to subject matter by coming up with what direction I wanted to go in as far as my idea. After I figured that out everything else came to mind
Close observation was important because, I had to be sure that every minor and major detail was neatly and correctly put in certain places to be presented in a formal way.
Stretch and Explore
Something I tried new was adding on clay onto a already made surface. I have never done anything like that before but when I tried to add lose pieces to my clay surface once I got the hang of it very soon.
Trying to scorch, at first, was a little difficult because, like I said I had never done it before but with a little patience I got the hang of it.
A material/technique that was new to me was scorching. I have worked with clay before but scorching was something that I never had to do or had ever been introduced to. The technique got easier as I went along and I can see myself scorching more when working with clay.