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Era Vera
« on: February 18, 2007 08:07:21 PM »

Well, except a drawing of chair that was supposed to "represent myself." I think I lost that. Silly assignment anways.

In our class we had to do a total of three main paintings of whatever we wanted:

My first was a portrait of my friend Justina. I intended to embroider flowers in the background (She was in front of flowered wall paper) and also do some embroidery in her hair and scarf, but never had time for it. If I ever do that, I'll post an updated picture.


My second was this random painting of an old woman. I was doodling in class one day and came up with this hunched over old woman and liked it. I painted it on a piece of wood with a cool grain that I put a purple wash over first.

And close up of her face and such.


And my third was inspired by this "communal canvas" we had in the classroom. Anyone could paint anything they wanted on it at any time. One day I painted white lines like I have in this piece, and really wanted to add the big black swoop, but decided alot of people would get really mad at me because I covered up soooo much of other peoples stuff. So instead I did this. The background is dictionary pages with water color washes over them. I used mod podge to stick them onto our old coffee table top (It was all effed up and my stepdad made a new one) and then painted the lines and swoop over that. I added another coat of mod podge on top, so it's kind of shiny and reflects the light a little in the picture.


Then, we had to do social, personal, and physical pieces.

My personal piece started as a random abstract representation of "Our Favourite Place" we had to do on the first day. I just sort of played with the texture of the paint, because that's what I felt like doing. It didn't look very nice as a composition, so I cut it up and stiched it back together with yarn. Still didn't look all that nice, so I painted over the whole thing white, and painted my silhouette (A little exaggerated, my nose isn't quite that pronounced. Although it is pretty intense) on it. This was the best picture I could get of the texture and everything.


My social piece is probably my favourite of all the things I've done this year. I was inspired by this post http://www.browniepointsblog.com/2005/11/23/a-thankful-project/ I came across while reading the archives of that blog. They are the last meal requests of four different death row inmates before they were executed. I stamped their name, prison ID number, and date executed on the top, but they're a little hard to read. The food is done collage style, I printed pictures off the internet and stuck them on with mod podge.





And the physical piece, well that was that drawing of the chair I mentioned up at the top.

Jesus, sorry this post was so long. I'd love to hear what you all think of any of these, I really enjoyed myself in this class this year and am a little sorry it's over now. (But not too sorry, now I get to take printmaking! Expect some linocuts from me eventually and some silkscreening over on that board.)
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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2007 09:13:35 PM »

1- I like your second painting a lot.
2- Interesting project.  The images of food evokes an instinct shared by humanity. The death penalty is in itself unjust and inhumane.
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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2007 07:25:23 PM »

Thank you! My old lady painting was fun, I really enjoyed figuring out what her clothes would look like. The last meal one was probably my favourite thing I've done all semester, I hope that it makes people think, more than make a statement about what is right and wrong. I don't want to tell anyone what to think, I just want them to think about something they perhaps have never given much thought to before. You're right though, there is something so humanizing about the food.
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2007 02:50:03 PM »

Very nice.  Are you familiar with Lisa Congdon's work?  A couple of your paintings remind me of her stuff.  I really like the portrait of your friend.
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Era Vera
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2007 05:08:23 PM »

Wow, I had not seen any of her work, but if my stuff reminds you of that, I take that as a big compliment! I really like her! So thank you very much, both for the compliment, and for showing me her stuff.
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