Thursday, October 27, 2005
This is the most recent painting that I have completed. I actually completed it over a week ago, but I have been so busy and stressed that I haven't had time to post lately. I think I'm probably putting even more stress on myself than the workload might warrant, but for some reason I just seem to be under more pressure to do especially well this semester. I think part of it is knowing that I have BFA review coming up in the spring, and I want to have a good crop of artwork to choose from to maximize my chances of getting into the program on the first try. I really don't want to be in school any longer than I have to be, although I'm loving it, because I'm anxious to get on out into the "real world" and start on my new career. Part of it (the stress, that is) is just my internal standards of excellence that I try to live up to. I don't think it's really a bad thing to have high expectations of oneself, but I'm starting to maybe take things to a bit of an extreme. The wakeup call was when I snapped in painting class and had a nasty confrontation with the teacher, one of the sweetest guys on the planet. I felt I had to go and apologize after class, and it was good that I did. He appreciated it, I could tell, and I got some much needed feedback--not just on my progress in his class, but on some good-intentioned but ultimately destructive behaviors that I was falling into. (See the setting of the too-high standards...)
Anyway, back to the painting itself. This project was one called "photo-realism". We all picked an image of food from a magazine, drew a grid on it, then reproduced the photo as a painting. I'm very pleased with the result of mine, but it doesn't even begin to compare to some of the other paintings in class. At least one of the guys' paintings looked so real you'd think he just blew up the photo and pasted it onto the canvas. (I don't say this to denigrate my work, but to say how impressed I am with the talent pool in our class.) The one we are working on now is the "expressive self-portrait". I can say that I think I have firmly captured the "expressive" part of the assignment. You may see the humor in this statement when (or if) I post the finished product later. On Tuesday we start on our next project, a landscape painting with 3-dimensional elements. Should be interesting...
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