Archives for the month of: July, 2009

Jealousy

Using what we have learned about lines we were asked to create a series of three paintings, each one depicting a particular feeling.  In this one, it is the feeling of jealousy.

I made a circular image that goes darker and heavier inwards with a downward trail of leaking lines.  This is my expression of jealousy.

I am relating this painting to an anecdote I had learned from my teacher when I was in grade school.  She told us that if you grab a handful of rice grains and close your fist tightly, the rice grains would slowly escape the gaps between your fingers until you realize that there’s nothing left in your hand.

I think it’s the same thing with jealousy.  With jealousy, we tend to keep our loved one from the things that make us jealous to a point that’s suffocating.  Eventually, that action which supposedly protected the relationship becomes the culprit that slowly drives our loved one away.

Meditative

Using what we have learned about lines we were asked to create a series of three paintings, each one depicting a particular feeling. In this one, it is the feeling of meditation.

I started off by masking the center of my paper.  I scratched the paper’s surface with the sharp end of a metal wire and painted everything black so that the black paint would seep in the cuts.  While the paint was still wet, I reapplied scratches to make them more prominent.  Then I removed my masking tape to reveal the white strip it has created.

The black area with scratches signify all the inhibitions, noise, and clutter that we have to separate from ourselves in order to achieve meditation.  The white strip symbolizes meditation.  A very thin line that is fairly hard to achieve, but when we get to that center, it’s a very peaceful and pure place.

In art, we call the painted area the positive space and the null area the negative space.  But in this particular painting, the negative space is the positive space.

Surprise

Using what we have learned about lines we were asked to create a series of three paintings, each one depicting a particular feeling. In this one, it is the feeling of surprise.

To convey the feeling of surprise, I first had to figure out a way to give it an uncontrolled form.  If I used a brush, I could easily control my lines, more so with a ruler at hand.  So I opted to use a long piece of string as my instrument.  Dipping it in paint, placing it at the center of my paper and pulling it downward helped me achieve the look that I wanted.

I’ve read that while we’re awake and relaxed, our brains generate alpha waves.  When we’re both awake and alert, we generate faster beta waves.  So for this painting, the thinner lines signify alpha waves and the thicker lines signify the latter.  I also added paint spatters to intensify the motion the lines had created.

And as for the overall form of the painting, I made it look like it’s bursting outwards similar to confetti or champagne being opened.