Monday, April 7, 2014

The Difference Between my Space and the Gallery

Right now I am really focused on finishing the pieces that I have not put a lot of thought into how it will be in the gallery. I know vaguely how I want to arrange the pieces, but I am still going to search for creative ideas on how to put the pieces on the wall. I don't want to just stick the pieces on the wall, so it will require some research

To do:

finish drawings
find measurements
generate ideas for framing

Friday, March 14, 2014


When I get back I want to finish my painting and make new ones. I want to continue to experiment with shading and using different colors and creating different layers. I want to remember to teach myself how to shade the water since it will be very different than what I am used to.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Art and Fear

What is the difference between art and craft?

The difference between art and craft is the fact that art is more conceptual. When considering art one is considering the connections between pieces and the concepts behind them. Art explores ideas through craft. Craft is the individual piece made within the artwork. A craft is made to fit the artwork, being a piece of the artwork.

What do the authors mean when they refer to artist habits as style? What is your style as an artist?

When the authors discuss the artists habits as style they dive into the idea that an artists habits of phrasing, automatic selection, materials and other habits define who they are as an artist. The way an artists makes art and their habitual subject matters shows who they are and their style. Personally I have two styles as an artist. My first style is very traditional using a canvas and a paintbrush. I love taking places that are meaningful to me and turning them into a painting. My second style is a style involving material. This style shows my playful side while I experiment with different materials and tools.

"All art is autobiographical?" Based on what you read what is your opinion?

Personally I completely agree with this statement. Everything a person makes and does is somewhat autobiographical. The article talks about how when you paint the brush is making a mark in response to your gesture. The same thing can be said about anything you do and the differences you make. Every mark you make on a page somewhat says something about you. You chose to make that mark in that way.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Today I have been brainstorming a lot about the theme that I am going to work with for the show. I think I might do something with nature because I am very good at painting landscapes and nature and there are many things that I can do with it. I am thinking about using pieces of nature like leaves and sticks to create art. Maybe I will be able to create nature pieces out of nature. I have started a Pinterest where I have pinned all of the art that I have been looking at

here is the link:

Exhibition Formats

Marina Abromovic

This artist truly explores a new form of art by making herself the artwork. She is not just in a painting or a drawing but the end of the exhibit is literally her sitting at a table. For me this makes me ask a lot of questions such as why is this art? and why does she choose to sit there? and why a table? But after doing some research I realize why. The artist is trying to incorporate the audience into her artwork by adding another chair at the other end of the table. Audience members are encouraged to sit in the chair across from her for as long as they want. During this time she stays perfectly still. This kind of strangeness makes me very interested. The fact that this woman had the ability to sit there for hours without moving is astonishing. I think that the viewer sees this piece differently when they enter than when they leave and I think that was on purpose. When the viewer walks in they immediately become confused like I was when I first saw the photo. They get a little uncomfortable wondering if they have to sit there or not. I think that she is looking to spark those emotions and she is trying to make people accept the weirdness of it all. Once the viewer sits across from her I think they begin to understand the piece. Like after staring into her eyes has answered all of their questions.

Friday, January 31, 2014


Today I finished my Boston poster.

I have been thinking about my final project and I either want to do something with Boston or something with nature.


Today we got the opportunity to critique other peoples artwork and get our own critique to work off of. Here are the things that stood out to me:

  • I should work with big things (big posters, paintings, etc...)
  • Boston installation would be cool
  • They liked the piece of magazine scrap paper that I used to mix paints. (I didn't really consider that art until now)
  • Experiment with different mediums
  • Liked the elephant poster and the different colors 

I am still going to work with my Boston theme and see where it takes me. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New Art

This video talked a lot about the way the artists see things. Personally I believe this is really important because I believe that art is a doorway into someones mind. One of the artists explained it as "the audience is seeing things through my eyes." I believe that when creating new art one must take whatever is in their brain and put it on whatever medium they think is best. One of the most interesting things said by one of the artists is that the art "doesn't have to be meaningful." Every time I create I try to think of a deeper meaning because that is what I always have been taught to do. I feel like things can just look good and not have any deeper meaning to them. Also I could really relate when they started talking about graffiti and explaining how youth see it best. They explained graffiti as an "outlet for creative youth," and I think that explanation is spot on. Also I really enjoyed the creative videos. One of the videos where the artist put together a bunch of random pictures and sounds was very cool and trippy. Also I loved the video of the destruction of the earth. It really did look like the earth was getting sucked in. To me it felt like the artist was trying to portray global warming,

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Imagining the 2014 Senior Show

If I continue with what I am doing most of the work I will do will hang on the wall. I will probably use a variety of materials that will be posted on the wall. I see myself making more than one piece of work depending on what I get to do with the time that I have. It really does not matter to me where in this room I am placed as long as I have enough room to arrange my pieces in a visually pleasing way.

To be honest I tend to change my mind a million times before I decide on something so it could be completely different by the time we set up the gallery.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Today I finished my skull project and I decided to start a project about Boston. Earlier this week I had seen a poster showing a outline of the city and I thought I could do something with that. My idea is that I will paint a poster of a giant black Boston with colorful Boston related symbols around it. Also, each symbol will correspond to what is actually there, for example I drew a Red Sox symbol right near Fenway Park.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Art & Fear, By David Bayles & Ted Orland


"Talent may get someone off the starting blocks faster, but without a sense of direction or a goal to strive for, it won't count for much."

          This quote really stood out to me because talent has always been important for me in my creative process. Usually, when I make I create things that I feel comfortable making. I create pieces of work that my talent caters too which has limited my artistic ideas. I feel like I should be able to try new things and develop more skills in order to go in any direction that I want. This quote shows me that if I have an idea to go for it and to not hold back.

"Art is human; error is human; ergo, art is error."

         This quote talks about the imperfection of the art that we make as artists. It is saying that humans are not perfect, and that we are incapable of creating perfection. This really speaks to me because sometimes I can be a perfectionist. Sometimes I will not move forward until every thing is perfect in the way that I wanted it to be. I realize now that there are positive errors as well as negative errors that shape a persons artwork and thats what makes it unique.

"Your fingerprints are all over your work, and you alone know how they got there."

           I really liked this quote because it talks about how unique our art is. It talks about how if you have done something before, you should be able to use the same method to create something else. The idea that every piece of work is only completely understood by the artist really helps me let go and create something that is really meaningful to me.


I had recently thought of the idea to create a skull on paper decorated with beads. I was looking through the book with a bunch of crazy photos and came across the glass skull and thought that I wanted to do something similar. Originally I wanted to create a clay skull and decorate that with beads but I then thought of the idea to make it 2D. I finished the skull today and as I was working I thought of many different things I can do with this. For example, I think that I am going to cut the skull out and paste it on a black sheet of paper. Also I thought that maybe I would make a gun in the same way to match the dark subject with a colorful inside.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Austin Kleon and Kirby Ferguson

I find it very interesting that the two talk about the notion of stealing work "steal like an artist". In my own artwork I find that I use techniques and pieces of art that I have seen in the past. Usually I would get my ideas through someone who has already done something similar. I had never thought of it as an artist technique until I read Kleons blog and watched Fergusons TED talk.

Two useful pieces of advice that I took from this is

1 Don't wait until you know who you are to get started

2 write the book you want to read

I find that I think way too hard before creating and I don't allow myself to be creative by making. Kleon talks about how you are supposed to find yourself in the journey and not wait to find yourself to start. I feel that this can be very useful when trying to start a project. Another good piece of advice is to write the book you want to read. I feel like if I am creating something I am really invested in my creativity will flow a lot more.