For the creation of this entire series project, I got my inspiration from Keltie Ferris and Charley Harper. Both of these artists have high-saturated pallets and interesting compositions that deal with contrast and movement.
For this specific project I specifically chose the inspiration from Charley Harper. He is a painter that created a lot of geometric bird and animal paintings. Harper was very fond of color and explained how he defined the Grand Canyon based off the different layers of color and how he liked both bold and subtle colors. So, for part two of my project I decided to create these abstracted tropical birds of paradise by using high saturated colors for their feathers and a grey scale background to help make each bird pop. I taped off each canvas into sections in order to continue my taping off process and connect all of the birds together.
I did each bird separately and really focused on the importance of portraying movement and dimension in these birds to bring them to life. In Harper’s work, I find that he is really able to capture the animals in such an amazing recognizable way by using only curved and straight lines, it is incredible. From his paintings, you really can get a feel of what the animals’ behavior is like. To help with this I used looser brushstrokes throughout the painting. Just like in Harper’s work I wanted to give the birds a good sense of character.
After the in-process critique, I decided to add the color coordinated highlights for the beaks and also to the eyes. I was planning on adding the white highlight to the eyes; however, I wasn’t originally going to change the highlights I had done on the beaks. I was ok with the beak change in the purple and blue birds, but at first I didn’t know how to feel about the yellow bird, but this change also grew on me.
Overall the process was super fun, and it was great to see some of the sketches and doodles that I have created come to life. I love how the piece, “Birds of Paradise”, turned out.
For my final series project, I decided to make paintings that had to do with abstraction and the use of painters tape. For the first part of my project, I created three abstract paintings of landscape images that I have taken while flying in an airplane.
I enjoyed these specific images because of the high contrast that occurred in them. I remember looking out the window and seeing this incredible view, so I quickly snapped some pictures. Usually, every time I fly and have a window seat I take a picture of the ground below. I think it is because I love flying so much and the sense of freedom and bliss I get every time I fly.
When starting sky 1 image I followed the sky pretty close and made it close to realistic. I tried taping off the light areas with tape. However, while finishing the piece I didn’t like how the sky and ground with the city lights were painted in two completely different styles, I was trying to get a big contrast however, it was too much of a contrast for this piece to work together as one composition. I left the piece the way it was for a couple days and went on to the sky 2 image. Once I finished Sky 2 I restarted on Sky 1 and taped the painting off and created triangles and other geometric shapes to help relate it to the series.
I had a completely different approach with the second sky image. I decided not to go realistic, but instead, use all abstract in the entire image. I added one round area that mimics the single star in sky 2, but I made it larger so it kind of resembles the moon.
For Sky 3 I chose to combine the two styles of the realistic and abstract, to help bring this group of paintings together. Since I enjoy the sky in the first image I mimicked it in a few sections of the sky for this last painting. It was a little challenging because the sky was really dark in the third picture, but I managed to make it work. I also added more circles in this piece to include more points of interest and contrast.
I am glad how this section of my series worked out. I was worried that the compositions would not fit together. My biggest concern was with the sky 1 image because of they sky, but once I hung them all up on the wall next to one another I was very happy with the completed project.