During the process of creating this art piece, I faced difficulties and triumphs. All in which resulted in a beneficial experience for me, in colors, compositions, and analyzation of my gourds. Starting out with my sketch book and pencils in hand, I was quite frustrated in figuring out the composition. In my mind, I was looking through and searching for that one idea or inspiration that would ignite other ideas for the composition....In my mind, I knew that compositions don't have to be absolutely complicated to be the best, sometimes the simplest were the best. The trouble for me was working it out. Once i had found it, I developed a flow in the composition, where each gesture of the gourd leads to another, in a triangular fashion, which works well for a composition. A foreground, middle ground, and a back ground were developed, and used a halo around the gourds to bring some empathis to the shapes, kind of like a repetition. Working with the colors along the way, became a struggle. it isn't my strong suit, or something I could work comfortably and confidently around. My color scheme was the complementary color pair, violet and yellow. And when mixed together, they create neutral colors, which i used. Used in art and designing, using complementary colors can be aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.... If I were to change or recreate this piece, again, I would make the background seem a little more finished. There is a kind of unassureness to it, as well as that, make
The inspiration for creating this piece was a gourd shaped like a pumpkin. I have the gourd angled so you see the one side of the shape. I enjoyed playing with color as a means of abstracting from the gourd to a composition that focuses the eye on color, space, contrast and balance in space.
The final piece reflects many stages of a process. I started by studying my gourd to find quantitative and qualitative data that would help me learn my gourd. Then, I sculpted my gourd in clay. Next, I used color pencils to make color schemes using color splits, split complementary colors and complementary colors. Then, I started working on thumbnails sketches to explore composition integrating depth, levels, balance, contrast and space into my piece. I ended up using repetition to create a balanced and full composition. Next, I enlarged the selected thumbnail using a grid onto charcoal paper. Then I used chalk pastel and blended them to create the piece.
My favorite part of this piece was getting to learn a new medium and using color. Using color enables so many different colors, complementary, secondary, scales and so on. With value, it often feels that you only have one choice. I like the ability to chose a variety of the levels. My least favorite is probably trying to use color pencils on the tracing paper. I found that it was hard to blend on the tracing paper.
What surprised me most about this piece was that the process felt very natural and comfortable. R
This piece was pretty frustrating at times. The shadows on the gourds are probably my fvaorite part. As I was working i relized that the gourds had no depth and that they were all on the same level, so i worked carefully to create levels. my least favorite aspect would be the color scheme. Working with chalk pastel i couldnt fullfill my oringinal idea and I wasnt allowed to use local color in this piece. it took a lot of layer to get it to apoint i liked. My inpiration was seeing multi perspective works, they really caught my eye so I gave it a try. While working on this piece i actually forgot the perspcetive i had in mind for this. If i could change something it would be the color scheme i would make it blue and orange instead. The concepts i learned while doing this were multi perspective compositions and my favorite outlining in complementary colors to make objects pop. When the piece was done i was surprised to see the affect the shodows had on the piece, it went from flat distorted watermelons to 3-demensional gourds. This piece was very fun to create with the different process. Doing the studies then sculptures, thumbnails to color drops. the process waas long and my ideas for the final project really changed through the process. This piece I think will be one of my overall best ones this year.