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In the process of trying to figure out what to do for my Summer Work I decided I wanted to challenge myself and to take a risk. Not just draw on paper or paint on a canvas, but paint on people. All of my works were completed with a layer of white face paint down as a safe primer, and then acrylic paint on top. Throughout the project I attempted 5 different themes: Random swirls and strokes of the emotion I was feeling at the time, Paintings inspired by Alexa Meade, Pop-Art, Scenery, and Something small, yet detailed around the eye. In doing so, I quickly came to fine that painting on people was much more challenging then painting on a canvas; not only because it's an uneven surface, but also because my "canvas" that I was painting on were always fidgeting, moving around and talking. This leads to the paint drying faster and cracking. Because of this, I had to develop a new way of painting. I learned to be quick and efficient, but still add details, how to adapt to a moving canvas, yet still have straight clean lines, and how to keep calm, even when my patience was tested or something went wrong. All in all, using people as my canvases was a big risk; however, it was a risk that I am glad I took and I will continue painting on people throughout my art career.
If I was the instructor, I would give myself an “A” on this project. Not only did I go above making 3 pieces of work to try and master the skill, but I took a huge risk and watched it pay off. Although there are flaws in every piece that I did, I believe the work ethic, time, and creativity it took to make each and every one of these is what really deserves the "A". Compared to past works that I have done, I think these are more unique and interesting to look at. In the future I hope to plan out what I am going to do ahead of time to allow myself more time before the paint dries. Also, I hope to use a better quality camera when taking pictures of the final artwork.