Pieces of ME
In the piece, I am holding an oval that is a miniature copy of the picture itself. Within that, is another image of the main picture, even more shrunk down. This represents my eye for detail and being able to analyze something thoroughly, like a microscope. The painting also represents my double personality. The expression of me in the piece is stern, yet the colors I use are mostly warm. I am the same. I can be cold, but I can also be warm. A positive cynic, a pessimistic optimist, a happy negative. I chose to show myself this way as to explain how I act at school versus how I act at home. At school, I am usually serious and keep to myself. At home or with friends, I am happy and energetic. Occasionally, my personalities spill over.
When we were brainstorming our art pieces, I honestly was just making it up as I went along. I had no bigger picture, I worked in the moment. I didn’t know what I wanted my end product would be until I was finished with the first layer of paint. With the help of my art teacher, though, she helped give me ideas and techniques to make the piece look very professional looking. Everyday, the piece became different from the day before as in its character. I didn’t always mix the paint correctly. If you look closely, you can see the different shades of brown I went through until I got one that was just right. Another problem I noticed after I was done was that the inner circle had parts painted in that wasn’t painted in the bigger picture. A minor error, but I will be more attentive to detail next time. I chose to leave parts of the painting unpainted as I liked how the wood looked and wanted to keep some of it exposed. Originally, I wanted to stain the wood in varying degrees of stain, so it would go from lightly stained or darkly stained, depending on the areas. I decided not to do this as it would’ve been more time consuming. It is by far my favorite art piece I have ever done. I realized I wanted a clean piece rather than a lazy and unclean one. I went and painted sharp lines to make the piece stand out, which was a night and day difference from my first draft of the painting. I also coated it with a matte finish, which gives it a “finished” look. My piece conveys my personality, one that is confusing, even to me. My piece attempts to understand myself and to me, it has accomplished that.