Planning and Learning – Oil Painting

This project, as a visual response requires me to learn of the movement as I plan. Here are some of my planing pages, which include notes, thumbnails, colour palates and inspiration from the masters.

Learning About the Abstract Expressionist Movement

Currently I am in the process of familiarizing myself with the Abstract Expressionist movement, so I can create a visual response to my understanding of it. As, I read countless pages dedicated to this artistic movement, I recognize within myself an intrigue in Art History. I am interested to learn all about the artist, their history, what led them to expression themselves in that they did? How their movement evolved? How artists like De Kooning and Pollock transitioned from the early figurative work of their past to the abstract work during their prime? I have become transfixed with these ideas. As I try to learn about them, I feel I learn about myself as well.

Sketchbook Update

Here, I have a couple ideas I am working with in my sketch book. The idea began with an image that caught my eye. In the left and right corners of it, there were two, colourless, men in suits, they faced forward and surrounding them, there were butterflies. Colourful butterflies. The butterflies created a stark contrast from the men, in both colour and image. The colourful butterflies against harsh dull background created a whimsy which inspired the two sketches below.

Pencil and Pencil Crayon

Pencil and Pencil Crayon

Pencil and Pencil Crayon

Pencil and Pencil Crayon

Back to School and Back to Routine

Today was the first day back at school. Although it was a bit challenging to wake up, once I was back in the halls, it was like we never left. It is funny how no one really changes much. We go from break, then back to school, break, and then back to school, and everything is right where you left it. My blazer hanging haphazardly on the small metal hook near the bottom of my locker. The collection of crumpled papers abandoned behind my binders. My huge chemistry textbook all by its lonesome at the floor of my locker, to big to fit with the others. The top shelf of my locker, still barley in reach and sight, (I am incredibly short). The people even, right where you left them scattered down the halls most in clumps, some in twos, a few brave ones stalk alone. Some penciling something on paper, a few peering in to a phone. Right where they were left it seems, right where everything was left.

New Year, New Intentions!

New Year’s Resolutions are always very popular, however they are often forgotten after a few weeks. January Intentions turn in to February fall out. I have the intention to keep mine. Yes, I did make some resolutions. In the past, I gave little thought to this cliche tradition, but this year the idea fascinates me.The idea that we are given a chance, once a year, to commit something to yourself for yourself. A promise to keep through the year. Here are a couple of mine.

Be Grateful and Happy

Be Observant and Present

Winter Break…Finally

I just had a very busy and stressful week. I did however manage to get through my tests, projects and meet deadlines as I moved through the week in a sleep deprived haze. It does however feel amazing to be off for a few weeks! I am looking forward to some down time and family time during the holidays.