22″ x 30″
“I’m currently a junior in high school. I tend to focus on large scale palette knife paintings, but for this piece, I wanted to push myself to do something different. Therefore, I gathered items from around my house that represented an element of my experience in the Catholic faith, focusing on objects that have different textures. I then constructed a setting and arranged a still life using those objects and illustrated them using brush and ink.
I wanted this piece to represent different experiences of mine centered around religion without it being blatantly obvious (i.e not including a cross). Some objects are more symbolic than others, however, they all have a personal connection for me and can be interpreted in any way, shape, or form.
I believe that the beauty of art is that it is different for everyone depending on their perspective, therefore this piece is different for all who view it. “
“This is a really terrific still life and it’s really showing your kind of mastery of this medium. I want to first compliment you especially on the frog in the corner and its shadow. Those are so well done and they showed just a great skill with the ink.
Now with your work, I think that the thing that you have a great handle on is the use of shadow and darkness, and you’re not afraid to really dive into that. But, your light, all of it is around the same couple of shades and there are two things I think can really help you kind of explore that.
One, I would try a quick still life using ink, but illuminated by candlelight. Because that way even the brightest thing and the image will still be comparatively dark, so it will really help you kind of train your eye to see those things.
Another one is a tool called art masking fluid, and it’s a great way to kind of reserved some of the white of the page and then not be afraid to do big bold ink washes over the whole thing. So playing around with those two things in your future pieces, because that balance of light and dark is really key.”