Research Assessment #9
Date: February 17, 2017
Subject: My Final Product
Rosa Nanini, Luiz Fernando. What fruit to paint. 2017. Pencil. Sketches, Frisco, TX. These are simple sketches to my final painting
Assessment: Research Assessment #9
I need to paint one hundred paintings of the same object for my final product. I did not know exactly what I wanted to paint so I used this research assessment as a way to help me discern exactly what I will paint for my piece. Because I desired to foster creativity, I planned to paint something simple. I decided a fruit would be best, but I did not know which fruit to paint. My research was based upon my opinions on drawing certain fruits and my conclusion on which fruit I should paint.
I began by drawing a banana. I found it has an incredibly interesting shape to draw, but its distinct shape makes it difficult to use creatively. I imagine it would test my creativity, but I need to paint one hundred paintings; I have no time to contemplate unique ways to portray a banana. From there I decided to draw an apple. I found it quite intriguing. The way the colors can differentiate in an apple is very appealing. The shape also makes it easy to come up with creative ideas. I honestly see no problems in painting one hundred apples. The lime is also an a great fruit to paint. Its texture and colors are unique, while its shape is simple, and like the apple, could easily be used creatively. I disliked the grapes. One can tell by my drawings alone that I grew lazy after each grape I drew. It just takes too much time to paint grapes, and the shape of the clusters, like the banana, is difficult to draw in a creative way. The pineapple, similarly, is not a good fruit to paint. Although the colors are interesting and the shape can be used creatively, it takes far too long to draw it and the shape would look much better in bigger paintings. Overall, I prefered the apple. The lime is similar to it, but its texture is not as enjoyable to paint as the colors of the apple. The apple’s shape is easy to work with, and I already have many ideas to paint it with.
I am glad I drew these fruits. I simply had no idea what to paint. I was just going to paint the first thing that came to mind, but by doing this research I was able to get a much better idea of what I should paint and how. In short, it gives me direction. Now that I have picked the apple, I can begin thinking of how to paint it and begin doing so. The best part is that I am finally getting to do what I have been looking forward to do the whole year: paint.
I feel like I am finally thinking like an artist. As I drew these fruits and wrote about them, I began to develop my skills in discerning what to paint, which really is surprising. I feel encouraged to paint like this more often because it will give me more direction in my future painting. This research has also allowed me to gain a better grasp of what I want to do in final product. I now know what to paint and why. It will make all my future efforts in my final product easier. The next logical step would be begin writing down most, if not all, of the paintings I will create.
Although I might change things as I paint these images, it is important to write down exactly what I will paint. Not only does it make the workload seem smaller, but it helps me paint more effectively. When writing down my ideas I plan to put them in groups because it will help give the whole piece more unity, other than all of the painting being paintings of an apple. In reality, deciding on what object to paint is the first step to begin painting, and the next, as I have stated, is to formulate a plan in how I will create the piece and my final product.
Ms. Vernon has taught me how important planning is when doing something so ambitious. She explained it makes everything move faster, and it makes the overall work feel more gratifying. Of course, Ms. Vernon also stressed the importance of not constraining myself to a list of things to paint. The list will be a rough guide, not a step-by-step cookbook to creating my final product. Although it may seem menial, without the research and my decision to paint the apple, the list would be impossible to create.
It is also important to not that despite all the direction this research gives me, I still have to decide what to paint using the apple. I cannot simply paint the same painting one hundred times. I need to be creative, but how? I am not sure yet, but I plan to separate the paintings between themes and style. For example, twenty-five of them could be realistic paintings. Each from different angles and maybe positioned in different ways with different backgrounds. The painting process is exciting, but daunting. Planning in this way helps me prepare for the future, which is something I would have never imagined doing before this course.