Assignment 3 – Self Evaluation

My self evaluation against the assessment criteria for visual arts.

Demonstration  of technical and Visual Skills: 

In part 3 I explored more and deeper the materiality of the oil, acrylic and gouache paint. Besides that, I worked with dry pastels especially in my parallel personal project of a daily self-portrait. I enjoyed working with dry pastels as I can easily take them with me when travelling and they allow me to interrogate the media and the surface. Mixing colours – and as suggested by my tutor especially broken an muted colours – became more and more a habit for me. My daily paintings sharpened my observational skills regarding shapes, forms, relationship of forms, and expressive aspects.  My assignment painting allowed me to combine paint aspects alongside some conceptual thoughts that came up during the painting process. Regarding composition and surrounding space I do feel that I could work harder on that matter although I feel that my interior with figure paintings do show interesting aspects.

Quality of Outcome: 

In this part I took more reference to my own learnings as I found that in part2 I forgot to do so at times. Especially I worked more with transparent washes and combinations of acrylic underpainting and oil washes on top.

With my intense effort to make one self portrait a day and making more painting also in the scope of exercises I was able to explore, experiment different approaches and to answer various questions, e.g. impact of scale, impact of paint media. Project 3 and the assignment work allowed me to look at portrait painting in a broader scope and to contextualize and conceptualize ideas around my chosen subject matter.

Some exercises – especially when done on larger scale than A3 –  became for me a bit too deprived. I feel that at times I lost me freshness approach that I experienced more in my parallel self portrait paintings. I found that too much preparation before painting is not that good. I enjoyed more my approach to the assignment painting where I started at larger scale (around 1m) directly with premixed paint in acrylic on the surface. During the painting process I contextualized further and new ideas came up. I believe this approach – pratice led research – is more successful than thinking too much ahead.

I enjoyed especially the more expressive elements in working more and at times faster on one painting.

Demonstration of Creativity: 

I started looking at other perspectives of self-portraits, e.g. my painting me with my body in the context of Yves Klein. Further I investigated other areas of more a narrative approach to self portraits, e.g. portraits objects in the context of Juliette Blightman and Carolee Schneemann.  I explored and investigated painting media and surface structures to understand visual effects and expressive elements.

My assignment work and my paintings of project 3 were more inventive as I looked beyond the scope of the task and did contextualized research during the painting process.

My parallel personal project of a daily self portrait (at the end 61) supported my working more experimental and with looser approach and to overcome my sketchbook hurdle.

Context: 

I started looking at other perspectives of self-portraits, e.g. my painting me with my body in the context of Yves Klein. Further I investigated other areas of more a narrative approach to self portraits, e.g. portraits objects in the context of Juliette Blightman and Carolee Schneemann.  My own learnings form previous parts and exercises helped me to investigate challenges from new angles. My visits to museums and galleries helped me to look beyond my own area and to see other contexts and approaches.

Overall:

I embarked on additional tasks of this part of the course. It took quite some time and efforts but worthwhile as it helped me to get more practice and to work looser and fresher and more experimental. At times I still do feel that some exercises lead me to too much overthinking and accuracy with loosing expressiveness. Here I would like to receive a feedback from my tutor how she see that in the context of my development so far.

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