My Early Paintings (2009-2012)
This is a sampling of my Early Paintings. I think that it is fun to watch the growth and development of an artist. You will notice a lot of little mistakes in these paintings. Such as, wrong protections, too many strings on a musical instrument, and other little gems like this. Regardless of these mistakes, I am still very proud of my Early Paintings. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
My interest in art started off with drawing. Of course I had done some finger painting as a child… this does not really count. Drawing materials were easier to clean up and carry around, so I used them more. In my private drawing classes I had been taught the basics of watercolor painting, but this was a rare occurrence. During my youth, deep down I knew that I wanted to be a painter.
I believe my interest in painting was influenced by my artist role models. Both my personal role models, and my idols from art history. I did not know much about art history growing up, but I knew that I liked Monet. I really liked the texture of his paintings. The paint looked super heavy, and permanent. I wanted to learn how to do that.
Often, my drawings were ruined from moving them from school to home. I found dry drawing materials too messy and fragile. When the opportunity arose to try painting in high school, I was excited!
High School and Early Paintings
Acrylic paints were my favorite in high school. They are heavy, bright and solid, unlike drawing materials and watercolor paints. My teacher thought that my drawings were more skillful. So, we came up with a happy compromise. I switched from acrylic paint to watercolor. And would draw a layer of dry media on top (normally charcoal or pencil crayon).
For my AP Art Concentration project, I focused solely on portraiture. I wanted to create portraits of my loved ones that captured their personality. Now that I type this, it sounds like I wanted to make nice looking caricatures of my friends!
Even though some of my paintings are straight forward, or kind of cheesy, I am still very impressed of what I created. I believe that this project was a huge stepping stone for myself, and inspired me to apply for art school.
My Early Paintings in University
In university, I began to… experiment with my style of painting.
I was still interested in portraiture. But, I did not want to paint normal, straight-forward portraits. I had a new interest in abstraction, from my mandatory art history classes. So, I combined people and abstraction. My figures would be abstracted, but not to the point that you couldn’t tell what they were. They were recognizable, yet interesting.
Color became a huge focus in my paintings. Realistic colors were boring and predictable. Alternatively, I limited my color palette to one or two colors, and white. That was it. In my mind, this was a more expressive and romantic way of painting. Less distractions, and straight to the image.
I never had a strong message in my paintings. Often, I would find a song title that I liked, and make a painting based on that. A good example is Chemicals Collide. We had a live model in class, that I sketched from two different angles. Then, I melted/blended these two versions of the same person together. All because I liked that song.
I liked to make pretty, expressive paintings about nothing in particular.
After a while, my new found love of fabric and abstraction took over. My first and second years of university was the only time that I can remember and sitting down and painting pictures. I wish I would have practiced my painting skills more while in school and surrounded by so many talented mentors and artists.
My Thoughts on My Early Paintings
It is a hilarious experience for me to reflect on young Becca, and her attitude towards painting.
In high school, I hated painting with watercolors. Now, they are basically all I use.
In university, I just wanted to be different. I thought that painting “normal” things was boring. Yet, I was lazy in what I chose to paint. I simply wanted to be weird. Now, I paint bunnies, portraits, and cute things. I want my paintings to look very realistic. Also, I want people to feel something when they look at them. I must admit though, my color palette is still very limited. So, I haven’t changed that much since university.
It is a nice feeling, reflecting on how one has grown – skill-wise, maturity-wise, etc. I may be laughing a little at some of the decisions I made. But, they made me the artist I am today. I am sure when reflecting in two years time to the work I am making currently, I was laugh at myself again.
Thanks for looking, thanks for reading. Much love friend!
xoxox Bexx oxoxo