Monday, April 25, 2011

Third Drawing (Drawing III 2)

For this drawing we were instructed to create a drawing that had to do with the idea of place. During class, in order to come up with ideas to use for this piece, we created a thought web chart so that we were able to visually see our thoughts on this subject matter. When we were creating this chart, we were instructed to not think about what we were putting down, but just put the first thought that came to our mind when we thought about place, and then feed off of those ideas. As I looked over the chart that I created, I notice that there was a recurring theme of nostalgia that was involved in everything that I thought of when it came to place. Everything that I thought of that had to do with place made me think of different memories that I had experienced that had to do with the specific places that I thought of. I also was forced to think about what places were important to me. When I thought about this, I realized that the more time I spent in a certain place, the more meaningful it was to me. Because of this, someone asked me what the most meaningful place to me was and I told them that my home was the most meaningful place to me because I have spent the most time there. I have lived in the same city in the same house for my entire life so I have many good and not so good memories from there. They then asked me to be more specific about what my favorite place at home is to me, and after thinking about it, I realized that the most meaningful place was the pool. The pool is one of my favorite places to be. I have always loved to be in the water ever since I was a very little kid. Whenever I am in the pool I always get this sense of happiness, as strange as that sounds. During high school I was on the synchronized swimming team. This had a major impact on my life, and was the most memorable experience for me throughout my life at home. So I decided to include this in my piece. I wasn't sure how to show this through a drawing because I figured that drawing a synchronized swimmer would be way too cliche. So after looking through some images, I found one that used ink to show the feeling of being in the water. I decided to play around with this idea and experiment with using ink and water to express the emotion of swimming in the pool. When I thought about the feeling that I get in the pool that I would need to convey with this drawing, I realized that I need to convey the happiness, and the feeling of being very free and being able to just flow threw the water. I did not know which type of ink to use at first, but after lots of experimentation I discovered that acrylic paint gave the effect that I wanted for this piece. In my opinion, it is such an amazing feeling to be in the water. In order to create this, I used water to let the ink go wherever the water wanted it to because that would create the feeling of freeness that you get when you are in the pool. I also used cool colors because it is a very cool feeling to be surrounded by the water. It is so refreshing. And I tried not to use too many brushstrokes with this piece, because that would take away from the feeling of being able to do whatever you want to do and not having any confines. And if I did use any brushstrokes I tried to keep them very loose in order to give it that expressive nature. I decided to do a triptych with this piece because only having one small drawing was not enough to express this feeling. You have a new and different experience every time you get in the water, so I figured that doing multiple pictures would accurately express this. That being said, many different people have different opinions on what they feel when they are in the water. Some absolutely love it, and some are scared by it, and some just don't like it at all. So this piece is just what it means to me to be in the water, and for other people it could be something else that they just absolutely love to do. I think that these drawings accurately express what I wanted them too. It took a lot of trials in order to come up with them, but overall I am pretty pleased with the final product.

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