Weekly Report 4/10/17 to 4/16/17
Rather than writing about my whole week in general or write about some thought that stuck with me throughout the week, I will touch on a lesson I learned from Ms. Vernon.
Details, the minutiae, it is what most people focus on when creating art. Most will draw the head completely before moving on with the body. They will dedicate themselves to one specific object instead of the whole image; this is why creating large painting is difficult for many. I am no different.
Although I like to think my drawings are not focused on the details as much, my paintings definitely are. I guess it is a sort of comfort zone that I want to work on; almost as if I am too afraid to tackle the whole image. Maybe it is because I become infatuated with an object. Mr. Vernon saw, in our class, a tendency to focus on these objects, or “things”, and she decided to put it to a stop. The best paintings are composed of “shapes” (organic and geometric), not “things”. By focusing on the shapes in an image, scenery, or whatever one is looking at, one is able to see the image as a whole. It becomes virtually impossible for someone to become lost in one object because it is not an object; it is a shape.
I found this somewhat annoying. I did not want to make a basic image; I wanted to paint what I saw. Ms. Vernon patiently explained that by creating this basic image with simple shapes, the artist not only gains an idea of the whole image, but also is given the foundations to build a realistic image off this basic outline created by the shapes. Once the artists creates the basic shapes that themselves compose the image, they can give detail to these shapes. Maybe the darker one should be darker in one area and lighter in another. Maybe this lighter rectangle has another rectangle inside it. Maybe this yellow-brown rectangle’s left edge should be tilted differently; in a more realistic way that fits into the perspective. That is the idea.
After spending a few hours painting “shapes”. I began to enjoy its merits. Ms. Vernon said it makes dealing with painting’s problems much easier, and I could not agree more. I will attempt to do this from now on. Although it initially seemed time consuming, I believe if I work at it, the process will become quicker and easier.
I understand that writing about this lesson does not necessarily explain what events unfolded throughout the week, but I still believe writing about it has its value. A painting is not a compilation of many detailed “things”; painting is a, single, detailed image made up of simple shapes. Learning this opens my world and it allows me to improve, which, as it should with anyone, motivates me to paint more. If I want to become a painter, I should develop my own style. The only way to do it is by exploring different techniques that I can use to develop my own unique style.