Date: October 27, 2016
Subject: Painting Styles
Marder, Lisa. "Art Styles Explained: From Realism to Abstract." About Home. Getty ______Images, 3 July 2016. Web. 27 Oct. 2016.
Assessment: Research Assessment #6
Since my last research assessment, I talked to Mr. Speice. He told me I needed to find topics I actually enjoyed to research. So I decided to look into something I am deeply curious about: the different styles of modern painting. If I want to be a painter I need to find what I enjoy and work with it; however learning an already established style makes learning more efficient and helps me find artists that also work on this style. This is not even limiting, there are hundreds of art styles to pick from, one is bound to resonate with me. While looking into these styles, I bumped into, “Art Styles Explained: From Realism to Abstract.” It only taught the basics, but it was enough to see which one I enjoy and from there I could research that specific style.
The first thing that caught my eye when researching was Impressionism. I have always created quasi-realistic paintings. I just seem to be unable to reach realism. However, I do not see that as a negative quality. It is a sort of style, and it fits well into Impressionism. Impressionism is about a rough look that lets the viewer fill in what is “unsaid” in the painting. The rough look if the painting also reminds me of rough sketches I love to create. The rough, somewhat unpolished look has always been my favorite. Impressionism allows for some abstract elements that neglect detail in favor of letting the viewer determine it themselves. I find I enjoy this style a great deal and will look into it in the future.
Another art style I enjoy is Painterly. I have always been in love with thick paint. It gives me the same feeling as the rough sketches, that I mentioned earlier, do. It simulates realism, yet allows for the liberty to show the paint as it spreads through the canvas. Although it does not fully resemble what I create at this point, it is what I strive to do. Working with thick paint has always been thrilling and distinct than anything else I create. It allows me to do two of my favorite things, mix colors and play around with light. Most of this is done with Oil Paint and Acrylic Paint, which take longer to dry than watercolor, meaning I can take the work at my own pace. I want to look into this art style in the future, and want to have an end goal to be able create painting I am proud of in the Painterly style.
It seems I resonate incredibly well with Painterly and Impressionism. I love hard brush strokes and rough paintings. Both these types of paintings give me the liberty to paint as I wish, but also give me grounds to work from, unlike Photorealism and Abstract. They also fit into how I already work. So, because of that, for my next research assessment I will be looking into Impressionism. This lets me interview Concept Artists and continue learning more about traditional art. I want to continue narrowing down on my passion to figure out what my final project will be made from.