Size: 36"W x 36"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
This artwork started out with a completely different vision in mind then what it ended up being. I began by painting the canvas blue and then added on top of that a red line down the left side. The painting was originally supposed to be rotated once to the right. I wanted it to be very geometric, using different shapes and color throughout the piece. However, after I added the red I drew some circles along with it. I meant for the circles to be smaller, but I drew them too large which was not my intention. Sometimes everything happens for a reason. I needed to wait until the paint was dry to add a layer of white so I could cover up my “mistake”. I didn’t want to completely start over though, so I decided to go with the flow and see where it would take me. I decided to add a light layer of white and lavender over the entire painting. It mixed with the red line and circles very well, but I didn’t want it completely covered up so I went in with my x acto knife and scraped some of the white paint away where the red was. This helped to bring the color more to the surface. This is when I decided to flip the painting so that the line was horizontal with the ground. I then added the navy underneath the line to give the painting weight, but I thought it made it look slightly off balance. To balance the painting out I took a rag and wiped some of the navy off. Then taking the rag covered in paint, I dabbed it just above the red line. I thought this connected both sides of the red line giving the painting better unity and harmony. After that I added some streaks of purple going across the circles as well as splotches of white paint. Although the painting did not turn out to be the way I wanted, I liked the end result very much.
I am currently going to school to be an art teacher and I hope to go on to get my masters in art therapy. My goal is to start my own art therapy firm where I can work with kids who have special needs. I love working with children because they have huge imaginations and can create amazing works of art. I was blessed with wonderful art teachers while being in District 203. They taught me to never give up on my dream. I hope to pass on this wisdom one day in my own art classroom. I believe that anyone can create art. All it takes a little practice and some patience. I discovered my love and talent for art while in high school. I had some wonderful mentors who helped me reach beyond my wildest dreams.. I not only created a college level portfolio but I also had the opportunity to paint several murals throughout my town and local schools and I had my artwork on display at my former elementary school multiple times. My passion is art!