vI have to say my AP art pieces have got to be my most cherished works of art. Each one I have some sort of personal connection to them. For this one I decided to use my masks, many of which I have collected or created in one way or another. My masks are special as they represent my feelings on halloween, as I act very differently when wearing one. Sometimes I am very eccentric, other times I act scary as I feel that is what halloween can be all about. Other times I am in a partying mood as Halloween is a celebration after all. As for my piece I created different combinations of masks but settled on the Guy Faux mask, the masquerade mask, and my modified "screaming mask" on the right. I chose this over my bottles cause I already did a reflection based piece. I decided to use a burnt siena as a wash instead of using the white background of the frame. I then decided on some color alterations as to create depth and contrast (Ie. the white face mask). Other alterations of the picture including bring out things that were behind the masks like the ribbon on the beaked mask. By this time the outline was complete and the painting was set to begin. I started on the mask because it was the one with the most little alteration and blocked out parts of the mask for high lights and then started with a cream based color. Detailed work included grey and pink colors in the cheeks and lips. The screaming mask was up next, starting on the graphic design along the eyes and nose first. The mask color was a base of white with sky blue for value and a slight amount of black to. For the mask the ribbon was simple blending and placement of highlights. The mask itself like creating cracked ground with bright yellow in between each. Lastly, the background was cloth done in different colors. I really enjoy oil paints compared to other paints based off the projects I have done so far. It is easy to blend for me and to achieve and good amount of color in the piece as well. The one challenge I had was details as my hands are not very steady, causing me to make mistakes I managed to fix in the end. If I could change anything it would be to add more masks into the piece, leaving only the red background. Overall, I think this was a successful piece given that it was my second time using oil paints.
For my reflection project I decided to do something more interpretive than just some reflective objects in a setting. Originally, one of my ideas involved the reflection of a coke bottle in water at a beach. The background involved beach goers as well as things you would normally see like shovels or sand castles. My other idea consisted of of a mirror and I little bit of imagination. The mirror would be against my face in different areas of my head, reflecting my inner imagination. I felt like this one meant more to me as it more represented how my specialty seems to be for creating various fantasy creatures and monsters. It was how I began to draw when I was very little and is how I still draw today, albeit improved overtime. I decided on the lower part of the face as I wanted something to do with altering the mouth and jaw a bit. The outside of the mirror was completely normal aside from a few colors changes. The PC was normally black with a mostly black screen saver as it was looking out of a cave on a beach. I decided to add some color to both the screen saver and PC edges while still keeping the small amount of beach scenery within it. The headphones and pad were done in colors they normally look like with few alterations. The most challenging part of the piece itself was making sure that no two colors were together, as it would improperly define shapes. What I did like about the piece though was how the mirrored "inner self" turned out. I was going to add more but decided against to prevent crowding it up. The tubes in the reflection were essentially pumping me full of ideas both fantastical and morbid. Overall, for the first piece in AP art, I am glad how it turned out and how I was able to do something more close to what I like to do.
I believe artwork is a means of communication by the artist. I see art as a form of expression and, as such, the artist can easily communicate feelings they had when making the artwork. As for my artwork, I do wish to communicate through it to. For the artwork I make, I like to give a hidden beauty to the works of art that I find to be my "true" pieces. I want others to view my as an artist who can see beauty in things one wouldn't find initially appealing in that way. Many of my morbid artworks have a disturbing appeal that makes you observe it more than one would think. Because of this, my artworks may be a little off putting at first glance, but have more upon examination. This idea of 'morbid beauty' is what drives me to experiment with different techniques to create such things. These range from bodily horror to twisting the concepts of everyday life into something else. Many of my artworks can have certain emotions and symbols transferred into it. One of my summer pieces, although creepy, symbolizes the seven deadly sins which are all just twisted and perverted emotions that make us human beings. Emotions like pride is good for people's self-esteem twists into a perverse narcissism. The since of twisted or haunting beauty is what I think is good art for me and others who wish to practice this. What makes good artwork for everyone is putting their feelings and emotions into their work. Not only can it create beautiful works of art if done right, it can also make for a way to relieve anxiety and stress. In closing, art to me is an outlet to express ideas and emotions in positive and creative ways.