Series Part Three and Conclusion

This painting was the third and (tentatively) final in the series, so it was surprising that it was the one I had most difficulty with, as well as the one I liked the least.

I knew all along that I was going to do a hand painting and a face painting, but I had trouble coming up with the subject matter of this one, but going with “body” as the final installment felt conceptually right. I also tend towards working with the figure a lot, so I thought it’d be awesome. However, something about this painting just feels unresolved and I just can’t put my finger on it even while going back to it. I think that part of the issue was mental, as I kept getting caught up in making it fit with the rest of the series, as well as my last (fine) art project in college, so the end result felt underwhelming and altogether not-good-enough.

The bitmaps/subject matter in this painting were much more abstract/less iconic (hands and faces are always much more obvious and detailed than backs and collarbones) than the other ones, so balancing the areas of paint with bitmap was trickier, and they ended up being more scattered. I guess this is not necessarily a bad thing, since the composition was less straight-forward, but it felt weird. I also found it harder to work with the colors with the subject matter, so I’m not sold on the details of the painting. I do enjoy the color palette, though, and adding the light blue at the end really pulled it together. I don’t feel as if it matches my background colors well, though. If I could go back, I would have made it just a yellow gradient without orange. Because of these reasons, I do not feel as if the painting stands that well on its own like the other ones do, but I think it works okay in the series as a whole.

As far as the series goes, I think it turned out really cool. The product wasn’t exactly the same as my plan but it never works out that way. It was still a really different style and process than is usual for me, and I think the result is unique and interesting. The paintings only built on the concept more as the collages became more fragmented, and they bring a splash of color to my portfolio ;).