This is a very early art project, so it is not as clean as I would like (perhaps I’ll remake it later). It is based on the metaphor that a person’s brain is a machine with working cogs. However, in this case, each of the cogs are impractical, useless, or otherwise interfering with the others. Sometimes in life it feels like the cogs just don’t work right. This is a sort of visual explanation for the mental frustration that I can get every once in a while. Everything grinds to a halt and I need a good kick in the gears to get my brain going again. I wonder how many can relate?
This one is actually a test painting. I had never used enamel paints before, and I wanted to see how well the paint mixed on a small scale before trying something larger. I’m not convinced. The white is very watery and thin; it took a lot to change the tint of the berry color even a little. Everything that was mixed with the white also turned watery. Not for me, it seems. Good to know.
A painting without paint. Everything here is made from fabric supplies from the quilted background to the stitched eye to the leather nose and fabric-markered, pink tongue. I tried to make the husky look 3D. In the closeup, you can see how I stacked the layers to create that effect, as well as the white stitching.
To learn different styles, one of my teachers told the class to mimic an artist of our choosing. I decided on Hayao Miyazaki and one of his watercolor paintings. This was in oil, however; I had to learn how to thin the medium with mineral spirits to look like watercolor.
A 3D painting. A blue gradient background with paper butterflies and flowers.
Just a quick oil painting of a flower, a fish, and an etch-a-sketch.