Media: acrylic paint
Award: Award of Merit ((2016 Prince William County Arts Festival)
Do those bottles of paint look white to you? Now, do you think they are they white? Our eyes see the same painting, but we can perceive it differently. As the person who painted this, I can confirm that I used white, but I always mixed it with color, so the bottles are white. What they look like is up to you. As someone who has worked with paint before, I see the content or subject matter of the paints as much as I see the paint itself. Confused? Here's an example.
Have you ever seen Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night Over the Rhone? Can you see the reflections of light in the water? That is part of the content of the painting, not the paint itself. Do you see yellow brushstrokes that make the reflections of light in the water? That's what I mean by content and subject matter versus the paint itself.
Van Gogh was part of an art movement called Post-Impressionism. Impressionism is an art movement initiated by French painter Édouard Manet and headed by Claud Monet. Impressionistic art typically has thick, visible brushstrokes of vibrant colors.
This project was my introduction to impressionsim. My art teacher gathered a buch of random stuff, put it in the middle of the classroom, and told us to paint it. Instead of focusing on the entire collection of randomly placed items, I decided to paint the white bottles of paint at the top. It has been so long since I did this piece. I cannot remember what compelled me to choose white objects as te subject matter of an impressionistic project. One thing I now for sure is that I struggle drawing, but I have understand color theory for as long as I can remember. Once I draw what I need to draw, putting media on the paper comes naturally to me. It's where my artistic talent truely lies.
It was displayed in the Prince William County Arts Festival of 2016 and received an Award of Merit. I am immensely proud of this piece.