#13

I have added the final touches of oil paint onto one of my last paintings, of my grandfather and I. I now have to collage various pieces onto the canvas to be entirely finished. I have battling time, as I have to finish my last piece by Thursday, exhibition night. I know I am capable of doing so, I have to!

#12

I have been in Japan for business and have been pretty much entirely out of the loop…I tried to produce a few drawings whilst I was there, but I didn’t like any of them. Now that I am back, I need to buckle down and finish up…

#11

I have been very busy with work outside of school…

I am afraid that I will not finish my project…

I have to buckle down and get things done in this final week and a half long stretch…

I might have to result in painting whilst in LA over Christmas break, we shall see…

#10

I have purchased the two canvases that will conclude my project…
I remember thinking that drawing with a pencil was much easier than painting with any brush…
It’s funny how I find paint much easier to maneuver now. Draw, Draw, Draw…

#9

I am confident that I will finish the entirety of my project very soon. I need to sit down and give the drawing portion of my project a go. I am curious to see the entirety of my paintings all set next to each other on my “completed” wall. I still need to purchase two large canvases to complete each portion of comfort and discomfort. I have abandoned the etchings that I was planning on doing…I thought I enjoyed it, but I really don’t. I do not enjoy tracing the lines, I feel as if they aren’t mine.

#8

I am satisfied with my work thus far. I have hung two more pieces on my “completed” wall. I need to buy 2 canvases, to begin my larger works consisting of a landscape and a self-portrait.
Etching is very difficult and time consuming. It is painful. But I like this pain. It means that I’m working vigorously. The printing process is entirely spontaneous and delicate. Each print is different and you can’t control that. Through a long meticulous process, I always find satisfaction in viewing my many variations of my product. Each print is it’s own.

#7

I am officially finished with the collage portion of my project.
I have all four pieces hanging on my “finished” wall.
I am proud of what I have reworked on my portrait of Sophie. The hair was the most difficult thing to wrap my head around, but through patience it all worked itself out.
I have to begin my etchings and print them to see what I like and dislike about them…

#6

I have finished the first oil painting of the series regarding discomfort. I am almost done with my collage series…I need one more…need to think of a good phrase, something strong for the large crucifix. I would like to have all of my paintings set up, and briefly started so I can rotate weekly.

#5

I am done with my portrait of Michael, it is titled “Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.” I am beginning an etching series where I will try a portrait and a lynching, to determine whether I want to do etchings or not.

#4

I have started to rework my portrait of Sophie. I have also formulated a few sketches of the lynchings in charcoal. Paint what I see, but do what I feel…
I have written out the entirety of my project into 4 categories. Oil (Comfort), Oil (Discomfort), Lynchings (Charcoal), and Collages (Text and Crucifix). Seeing what needs to be done in an organized manor makes me feel a bit more confident and less anxious. I still have to add the background of the Michael portrait. I am glad Zac told me to touch up the face, it needed it to convey the emotion I am trying to portray.

#3

My project is coming along nicely…
I have learned a valuable lesson, to take my time and let things come naturally, nothing can be forced when making art. I am currently working on a portrait of my brother Michael, which I have been working on for about a week. I am very proud of what I have produced thus far. However, I wish I had learned that taking my time was essential in producing a natural looking piece. I have also learned that I should paint exactly what I see within an object, instead of painting the entirety of an object. Puzzles take time. They require patience. You need to find the matching pieces, and once they all come together as one, the image is clear.

#2

My concept is best portrayed through different mediums. The spectrum of goods and bads can’t be expressed merely through oil paint. I have created two collages that will benefit my project. I will use anything that supports my concept, whether it be paper and glue, or paint on canvas.

#1

I started my first painting last week, and finished today…I am not entirely pleased with the outcome, but I am glad to have started painting and beginning to get a feel for oil painting again…I have to let it come naturally, don’t force it…