My final project is entitled “The View from the Night.” It contains six pieces, created with a multitude of mediums, of views of the night sky. I chose the subject matter of each individual work based off of several quotes which I found detailing different author’s perspectives of the night (see below). Overall, I was very pleased with how the book turned out. It took quite a bit of work, but the end result is worth it. There are three
pages where I would not change anything, which quite an artistic feat for me. These pages are blood moon page (page two), the starry night page (page three), and the galaxy page (page six). I really love how these turned out,
especially the blood moon. I was pleasantly surprised by the extent to which it came out like I visualized it in my mind.
The first page, depicting the encompassing darkness most people associate with night, was not inspired or a favorite of mine by any means. However, I would not change anything about it because I felt like it was a good starting point for the series. In the meteor shower (page four), I wish that I had made the meteor trails a little bit thinner. As it is now, they look like simple lines instead. Because of this, I felt that the painting lost a bit
the liveliness and wonder I was hoping to capture on that page. Finally, page five’s painting of the Northern Lights was not very well done. I felt like I wasn’t able to catch the lights ethereal quality, with the glare in the sky. The end result was an almost abstract watercolor painting of the basic outline of the lights. I wish that I had found a way to create a better depiction of the Northern Lights.
One thing that I was a little hesitant about was how messy the book itself looked. I used charcoal for my first three drawings, so the backs of those pages were
covered in charcoal dust. For a while, I was having problems with the watercolor, as water began to congregate in different sections and caused water stains. I was pleasantly surprised about the fact I was mostly able to fix that. Once I put the cover on
my problems with charcoal dust were fixed. For all that there were some problems, though, I think the book came together quite nicely. I felt like the simplicity of the book was able to help me reflect my own feelings about the night: that is, it is a time when everything slows down and becomes easier.
This semester really challenged my artistic skills. I was
very surprised to find that I really enjoyed the class; usually, I’m not a big fan of art classes. While working with some of the mediums, such as watercolor, were difficult, I think I was able to get a good idea of how best to work with charcoals and materials similar to that. I was also surprised by the amount of detail work I was able to perfect.
I can definitely see an evolution in my artistic skills.
Before this class, defining texture
in artwork was a foreign concept to me. I was very happy to see how I got a stronger grasp of the techniques I can use to create different types of textures. I also learned to take artistic risks, something that I had not before this class. There are some areas, though, were I still struggle. One of these areas is in defining 3-d space. While I certainly got better at it over the course of the semester, there is still plenty to be done in this area. I certainly need more
practice and training in all areas, but I’m pleased with how far I got this semester. All in all, though, while I still am going to focus on
the art history side of art, I was
very happy to find that I am getting better at art itself.
Quotes for each page:
Cover: “I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night”- Sarah Williams (“Night Quotes…).
Page One: “The day is for honest men, the night for
thieves”- Euripides (“Night Quotes…).
Page Two: “Some nights are made for torture, or reflection, or the savoring of loneliness” – Poppy Z. Bright (“Night Quotes…).
Page Three: “Night hath a thousand eyes” -John Lyly (“Night Quotes…).
Page Four: “Night, when words fade and things come alive” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery (“Night Quotes…).
Page Five: “Night is the other half of life, and the better
half” -Goethe (“Night Quotes…).
Page Six: “I love the silent hour of night
For blissful dreams may then arise,
Revealing to my charmed sight
What may not bless my waking eyes!” – Anne Bronte (“Night Quotes…).
“Night Quotes (1029 Quotes).” Goodreads, Goodreads, www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/night.