Weekly Report 13
Part of my college applications involve making a portfolio. I thought that creating something of the sort would be stressful or exhaustive, but it was much more rewarding and cathartic to do so. To make my portfolio I had to look at all the pieces I have created in the past couple of years. It was a great experience; when looking at all my work, I saw how much I have grown and improved recently. Of course, there is still a lot of room for improvement; nevertheless, I am a much better artists than I was a few years ago.
I am genuinely proud of my work. My paintings contain style, personality, and are beginning to express ideas. There is the painting of one of my dogs: the vibrant colors and her smile serve to create a sense of joy in the piece. Another is my drawing of my other dog, which stat defiantly looking away from the camera. He exudes a feeling of pride that suits the black and white drawing.
However, the piece I am most proud of is also one I would rather not show people. It is my first real observational painting, and it truly allowed me to realize the progress I have made. I drew the piece while visiting a friend’s house during Thanksgiving, so I did not have it in front of me when I began painting. This meant the painting would lack detail; I struggled to recall some of the subject’s colors and shading. Instead, I decided to paint more loosely and expressively. I do adore the expressionist look, so this was not something I found to be a negative.
Indeed, the painting’s style is my favorite part; the strokes and marks are clear, vibrant, and obvious. Granted, the composition is week and the background is distracting. Nonetheless, despite not considering it a decent piece, I see the progress I have made. I was not just painting a doll; I had a plan, a purpose and the expressionist style I am attempting to mimic is slowly being refined. My goal this year is to build a habit of painting, so I can truly improve. This painting and portfolio show me I am getting closer to it.