For my AHS Capstone Project I was working in the scholarly field of painting. I enjoy painting as an art and I want to get better at it. I found after taking a painting course that I especially enjoyed painting landscapes. I also have found that when I’m at college there are places, especially from home, that I miss and have a deep emotional connection with. These are usually the most fun and enjoyable paintings to work on. With this project I am hoping to further develop my skills as an artist while having a fun and relaxing activity during this semester. Going into the project my plan was to go through the photographs that I had from home and my recent road trip across the country and select a handful of photos that I would be interested in painting. Then I went on to explore composition with sketches and draft paints. When I settled on two drafts I was happy with I started my final. My final paintings were inspired by places in Hawaii and Yellowstone National Park.
Painting is the controlled application of different colored pigments to a flat surface. By using suitable styles and patterns of paint, one can create the illusion of a three-dimensional space, represent an object from reality, or create a variety of abstract forms. In this painting, I set out to prove that multiple realities and perspectives could be represented side by side without violating the artistic unity of a piece. I wanted to determine whether or not isometric and flat elements could exist within a coherent linear perspective, next to more representational objects and spaces that fall back within the image. I further felt the desire to have regions of similar kinds of representations – worlds of a sort - and to have this contrast be between these spaces of similarity.