I developed skills.
I developed my ability to use new mediums.
Before this, most of my art pieces were in paint or colored with colored pencil. I had to learn how to use pastels (chalk and oil), blending and drawing, basically as the project went along. As the three pieces develop, you can tell how my skills develop. The difference between my first and last piece is obvious at the quality of the colors and how well it was done. I did do my outlines, or shape sketches in graphite, and it really helped develop my drawing skills in human anatomy. I had to look at various different pictures of poses and had tons of references, but now I feel more confident in drawing humans. I definitely feel like the work with the chalk pastels went great, but I'm not too good at the oil pastels yet. The chalk blends much easier, making the colors together the way I like them. Oil pastels are harder to mix, and I got frustrated with it easily.
I engaged and persisted to focus on making art pieces that were challenging and personally meaningful.
I never had worked with pastels before. Other than the boot camp right before my piece, I was going in quite blind to the process I would be taking. To make things easier, I really planned out what I had wanted in my pieces, and did the outline in graphite so I wasn't free handing with a whole new medium. I went really slow, and was constantly testing out the technique I wanted to try out on paper near me before hand to see how it would work out. My first piece took much longer to finish compared to the others, especially the last. The last thing that needed to be done was spray the pieces. That made them totally dull, and they lost their bright colors. I had been so proud at how great the colors had been, that it took me a little bit to be okay with what had happened. In the end, Mrs. Schumann suggested I went over the old colors with new ones, adding highlights, to restore the color. After that, we didn't spray them again. I learned how to use pastels in general, and got better with it just as time went on, especially with the chalk pastels.
I expressed myself through my work to show different parts of myself to the world.
My artwork may not outright communicate to anyone who looks at it. Mostly, it's just a bunch of pretty things that are nice to look at. But to me, there's a lot of small things that mean a lot to me. The way the flowers are positioned in relation to the pose of the model, what was used in the juxtaposition, things like that. Over all, I made an art piece that had to do a lot with what I liked. Fashion, flowers, colors and creativity, are all very big parts of who I am. In the three pieces, they each represent 3 main branches of my personality. The blue one, with an open flower and gems, and a happy, dancing pose, is me in a gleeful, free state. The pink one, with the flower closed but the stance is more relaxed, is how I usually am. I'm happy, and relaxed but I tend to be really closed up about who I am. The one with the butterfly shows discomfort at opening up, which is how I am.