Wk. 8 – Finger Painting

This weeks activity was actually a pretty fun one.  I haven’t done finger painting since I was very young, so this really brought me back to being a little kid and just painting to have fun.  I especially liked it because there was no right or wrong thing to paint either.  Having no specific subject to try to work around was very relieving and made it easy to just have fun with it and make random markings and shapes with my fingers.  I tried to give the different colors of paint a little bit of their own area and then mix them where the areas would meet.  I didn’t want to mix them all completely across the paper because I wanted to be able to see each color in its own spot.  The spots where they did meet though were really cool because I got to see exactly what color it made when mixing the colors together and seeing what difference it made when more of one color was added than the other.  It’s definitely a lot different than a lot of paintings I’ve seen because it has no subject or purpose really and it definitely looks like its done by a child.  The picture doesn’t do it much justice but there is definitely some interesting colors when you look closely at where the colors are mixing.

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Wk. 7 – Artist Conversation – Juliana Bustillo

Juliana was born in Long Beach where she attended Wilson High School and is currently a drawing and painting major at CSULB.  Once she receives her degree, she is also planning on attending grad school.  She first discovered her artistic abilities when she was younger, and people also used to tell her that she had good artistic abilities.

The art she created for this show was based a lot on doodling.  It is called the doodle the mindless act, where the conscious-state is undue and the focal is highly performed.  It is meant to allow performance between the creator and the created.  I think that this means that she is allowing herself to be connected with the work that she is creating by not thinking and just doing what feel right or just happens in the moment.  For this piece of art she created geometric shapes  to create something banal, yet very significant.

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Wk. 6 – Artist Conversation

I recently bought a piece near the ocean and decided to build a house there.  Because of the danger of big waves or even just high tides reaching my home, I decided to build the house up above the ground on sort of stilts.  This was necessary so that if the water made it all the way to my house, it could not get inside and destroy all of my possessions and ruin my home.  I thought it would be safer to have the house above the ground rather than on the floor, because the area I was building it was known for having very high tides.  I always wanted a home near the ocean, so I took the risk of buying property in this treacherous area and fixed the problem I’d be facing by brainstorming and coming up with this idea of avoiding the water by being above it where it couldn’t reach me.

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Wk. 5 – Automatic Drawing

This week’s project of automatic drawing was definitely a new experience for me.  I have never done anything like this before when having to do art projects.  Normally I really have to focus on what I am drawing because I am not very good at art, so it was interesting closing my eyes and not really worrying about what I was creating.  My friend and I were definitely laughing a lot while trying to do this because neither one of us has had to hold a pencil or anything with a partner while trying to create an art project.  Once we had finally calmed down and started drawing, we found it really weird how the marker started moving on its own.  It was even more intriguing how it actually looked kinda cool once we stopped and opened our eyes.  Because our eyes were closed the whole time, we had no idea what we were creating, but we both thought what we ended up with was pretty cool once we looked at it.  We liked how it actually had some shapes to it and wasn’t just a couple of random lines everywhere across the paper.  My friend even said that he actually wants to try this with his girlfriend now.

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