Research Assessment 4
Subject: Painting Differently
Works Cited (MLA 8 citation[s])
Rosa Nanini, Luiz Fernando. Painting with my Hands. 2017, Frisco, TX.
In a previous assessment I wrote about trying new techniques, stepping out of my comfort zone. I decided to do just that in my latest painting. It is not complete, but I have done enough to gain a grasp of the technique and my feelings about it. The idea was to paint a painting entirely with my hands; because it is difficult to create detail with my hands, I decided to paint something larger than usual, which is also not something I am used to.
It is difficult to describe how rewarding the experience was. I painted a hand on cardboard with my hands, which, in reality, is not something unique. However, it was something different for me, and that was the goal of the exercise.. Not only was it extremely enjoyable, but it also seems to fit well into my style. Hard, straight, polished lines are not easy to make with one’s hands, so the painting tends to look more fluid in a way that almost resembles expressionism. The painting reminds me of the sketchy drawings I am incredibly fond of; it also looks similar to most of my paintings in that sense. I have never been the person to paint in a, well, polished way, so this technique seems to work well with me.
To find something that fits me this well is reassuring and motivating. There is an infinite amount of styles, techniques, mediums, and subjects I could explore; to think the first technique I delved into was not only extremely enjoyable, but also resembles something I have an inclination towards is amazing. I am excited, to say the least, to explore more and to continue to step out of my comfort zone because it is clearly something I am meant to do. I am a student; I am supposed to try new things in order to learn. I am meant to find my own style and technique. Stepping out of my comfort zone is the best way to do that.
I feel as though I am walking a path towards an ultimate destination, which seems to be a discovery of myself and my passion. All the knowledge I gain seems to propel me forwards. I consistently learn more about myself and my passion for painting. This experience, in a way, validates the article I read about Helen Frankenthaler's exploration of new styles of painting. Stepping out of my comfort zone will allow me to grow as a painter and I plan to continue doing so.
This idea of exploration could be a theme for my original work. Maybe I could make something different, something I usually would avoid. It would allow me learn something new about painting and myself. Maybe I could try abstract; I have always strayed away from abstract. I struggle to see the meaning in that kind work, and I have never made something abstract that is truly meaningful. At the very least, I know I will try to do something unique. I will continue exploring new methods of painting and see where that leads me. Hopefully, I will find something that is truly different, but also enjoyable.