Rose's Art Blog Honors Art IV

Who am I?

My name is Rose, and I'm a student in Honors Art IV this year. I am a current senior in high school and am in the process of deciding which college I should attend. Once in college, I hope to study in some branch of science or possibly medicine. Some of my hobbies, other than art of course, include reading, cooking, and traveling.

I began creating art when I was little, but since then my artwork has grown to incorporate multiple mediums and has evolved into what I create now.

Recent Works:

Untitled Sculpture (March 2017)

This project began with an empty box divided into fourteen sections. It had a red background throughout the entire box and some old hot glue stained to it. I decided to transform it into something more. Once again my theme was emotion, so I decided to try and reflect fourteen different emotions in the piece using objects and art commonly found around the art room and my house.

The Final Piece:

Inspiration and Connections to History


I enjoyed creating this piece. When I started with the box, I had no idea where to go with it. However, as I started to sketch out ideas, the idea to create a physical representation of emotions came to mind. I wanted to incorporate the use of screws and nails into the piece, because I had seen it used in the past, but had never tried it. I had a lot of old nails and random stuff lying around my house, so I decided to put it to use. I'll admit that I began with the negative emotions, such as fear and hatred, since they were easier to create than the happier emotions.

The emotions represented are loneliness, hatred, fear, sadness, happiness, love, peace, anger, guilt, confusion, joy, peace, stress and the feeling of being surrounded by those you love.

Joy and Hope
Stress and Anxiety

STAY calm (Feb. 2017)

I began planning this project in my sketchbook, before I sketched the image onto the canvas and began to paint it. Once I began painting, I created the background first, then the girl's skin and lastly her hair. While I painted the canvas, I also painted the canvas black and added a little paint on glitter. After both pieces were painted, I created three butterflies from wire and painted five sheets of plastic wrap with abstract acrylic paint patterns. I used the sheets of plastic wrap to create the butterfly's wings and then hung them down in front of the painting from a wire ceiling.

The Final Piece:

The final piece from the front, then the right side and then from behind.

Historical Connections and Inspirations

"The Scream" by Edvard Munch 1910 Oil, tempera, and pastel on cardboard

I was inspired in part by the expressionist art movement and the works of Edvard Munch. The expressionist art movement reached its peak in Germany, France, Austria and Russia in the years before World War I. Expressionist artwork is marked by chaotic lines, rapid brush marks, and sharp colors. Prominent expressionist artists include Edvard Munch and Vincent van Gogh.

"The Dance of Life" by Edvard Munch Oil on Canvas 1899


I plan to make what I am going to call a 3-D painting. The canvas will serve as the background and will be painted with an image of a girl surrounded by chaos. I will paint a picture frame to place in front of the canvas and connect the two pieces with dowels. The dowels on top will form a sort of roof above the painting from which I will hang butterflies with images on their wings representing different emotions and topics. The butterflies will hang at different heights around the girl's face.


My theme for this piece is emotion, particularly the emotion of hope. The girl in the painting stands in a harsh red atmosphere of hatred, but is still able to take a second, close her eyes and feel the hope around her as it is represented in the butterflies flying around her.

Reflection on Piece

I really enjoyed making this piece. I don't usually work in sculpture, and I prefer to work in acrylic paint, but in this piece I combined the two into one work. I began with only a couple of sketches and ideas, but parts of the project were more spontaneous. For instance, when I started, I was not sure how the butterflies' wings would be constructed. I thought it over for a while and decided I would try painting on plastic wrap then spreading it over the wings. It worked very well, but I wish I had added more layers of paint on the plastic wrap before I added it to the wings. Overall, I think the project was a great success.

Reflection in Pieces (Feb. 2017)

My new project is currently in process. The first photo in the grid above is my planning for the project. Next I cut out puzzle pieces to add to the board and created a collage on the board. I built my sculpture off of the board out of several different types of wire. To create the face on the skull, I cast my face in plaster to create a mold for the clay. Next I pressed clay into the mold, let it dry and popped it out of the mold. I used the mold to create the mask the hands will hold by painting it in light airy peaceful colors that will contrast the darker more vivid colors I plan to use on her actual face.

Historical Connections and Inspirations

Paul Laurence Dunbar

My work is partially inspired by a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar titled "We Wear the Mask." This poem describes the agonies of someone who has worn a mask, their face, that hides their true emotions behind those society mandates they must show.


Seas of Stress (Dec. 2016)

One of my most recent pieces is titled "Seas of Stress." It focuses on the impact of various stressors in my life, and how I feel like I'm drowning when the stress is out of control. The painting is painted using acrylic paint.

The process: I began by stretching the canvas and painting on layers of gesso. Then I built the background using several shades of blue. After the background was done, I added the structure and layout of the girl's face. Once her face was complete I added the brown of her hair and then built up the ocean. The last portion of the process was adding the girl, shark and details of the face.

The theme of this painting is secrets and identity. The shark is a symbol of mystery and represents the hidden side of stress that is lurking in the shadow waiting for the girl to drown in her stress.

Historical Connections and Inspirations

"Avatar" by Dorothea Tanning 1947 Oil on Canvas Source:

This piece is inspired by a variety of historical artists and styles. The art style I am incorporating into this work is surrealism. Surrealism focuses on dreamlike images with elements of the real and fantasy. I want to incorporate this element as the hair in my painting transforms from hair to the ocean and the shark emerges from the ocean.

"Arizona Landscape" by Dorothea Tanning 1943 Oil on Canvas Source:

Artist Inspirations

Hyacinth by Elliot Hundley 2006 Source:

My piece is also inspired by Elliot Hundley, an artist from Greensboro, NC. His artwork is made from cut up magazines, string, plastic, gold leaf and pieces left over from former projects. I really like how he incorporates many elements of art into one cohesive piece, and how he forms a single image from all the pieces of artwork.

Elliot Hundley at work. Source:

For more information about Elliot Hundley's works visit:

Ibis Puppet (Nov. 2016)

Our art class collaborated with Donovan Zimmerman from Paperhand Puppets to create giant puppets for use in a show last November. All the puppets were made from cardboard, newspaper, fabric and wood. Once we made the structure of the puppets we painted them and assembled them into a whole piece. I helped create the ibis for the show. The ibis is responsible for telling Little Lion the story of the fight to end segregation in the United States and the fight to end Apartheid in South Africa.

The process of constructing the ibis for use in the show at my school.
We based our ibis off of the African Ibis.

We worked on the ibis as a team of three people. We began by creating the structure of the head and neck of the ibis from cardboard and then used newspaper to add detail. After we added the newspaper, we covered the entire structure with paper mache and painted the entire head. Once the paint had dried, we added a pole to the head, so that the actors could carry it.

Another image of the African Ibis.
An ibis' wings are mostly white with a black border and red sections near the shoulder.

Once the head was complete, we added the wings and body of the ibis. The ibis body was made from sheets that were cut to form feathers and felt. The wings began as just the sheets, and we worked as a team to add detail to the wings and keep them from getting tangled. Once the white part of the wings was completed, we cut out black feathers for the bottom of the wings and red sections for the tops of each wing. We braided strips of patterned fabric to add a splash of color to each wing. Once these sections were added to the wings, it was complete.

The African Ibis can be found from South Africa to Sudan, and formerly in Egypt where it is now extinct. It usually lives not far from water and eats a variety of worms, insects and other small animals.
The ibis once it was completed.

Our show raised money for United Way in Chatham County and the LIV Village in South Africa. LIV provides housing for orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa. It was performed several times over a weekend in November 2016. We got to Face-time with the children after we performed the show. It was really cool to see the people we helped and made me very proud to be a part of this program.

Seconds of Serenity (Oct. 2016)

It's a beautiful day sky falls, you feel like it's a beautiful day, don't let it get away. You're on the road but you've got no destination. You're in the mud, in the maze of her imagination. -U2
I painted "Seconds of Serenity" based on the song "Beautiful Day" by U2 for the Scholastic Art Showcase competition.

When I first heard the song, I thought that it felt both sad and hopeful, and I wanted to incorporate this feeling into my painting. The girl and her mom are going through a rough time when the girl reminds her mom that anyone can find beauty and hope even in the darkest of times and places.

Touch me, take me to that other place. Teach me, I know I'm not a hopeless case.- U2

Tree of Knowledge (Oct. 2016)

The process: I began Tree of Knowledge on a piece of illustration board. Next I cut out pieces of poetry and plastered them on the board. I sprayed on watercolor onto this layer and then poured salt over the layer of watercolor. To prevent painting over the owl's face, I covered it up with another piece of paper. Once I scraped off all of the salt, I painted a layer of gesso on the watercolor to make it easier to paint on with acrylic paint. I added the owl's face first with acrylic paint and then added the footprints with pen and ink. Next, I added the eyes of the owl using watercolor, and ink. After the owl and footprints were done I added the tree and snake. I designed the snake's scales with fabric paint to add a raised bumpy texture. Once I had completed the snake, footprints and tree, I highlighted some of the words with red watercolor and went over the words with ink. I added extra layers of gesso around the words. I also added pieces of old artwork cut into puzzle pieces to symbolize.

Next, I highlighted the words that I felt were the most powerful and meaningful to me with red watercolor. However, I felt that they were still too hard to read, so I drew over each letter with pen and ink.

The words from Tree of Knowledge Read:

We are the living and the living must love the world it is our duty to fill our hearts
Bones why do I even try a constant ache are my dirty hands
My heart will break one night and with no words you will find me gone come morning
Quiet as paper cuts people steal me away blot out the night and invent new stars Having mutilated and freed myself from the very wings which for so long held me aloft NO ANSWERS WILL BE GIVEN, the executioner's song, but do not be sad, nothing is lost.
No one is hear. I walk the beaches alone. So small, no one should feel this alone.
An image of the final piece while it was on display.

artist Inspiration

"Insurrection (Our tools were Rudimentary Yet We pressed on)" by Kara Walker 2000 On display in the Guggenheim Paper Silhouettes and projections Source:

I was inspired by Kara Walker's work to create this piece. I wanted to incorporate the stark contrasts she uses in her work into my own. I feel like a lot of my work lacks good contrast and one of my goals for this piece was to improve the contrast between the owl, tree and snake when compared to the blue background.

"Slavery! Slavery!" by Kara Walker 1997 Exhibited in the Whitney Museum of American Art Paper Silhouettes and Light projections Source:

For more information about Kara Walker, please visit:

Historical Connections and Inspirations

Perhaps the most famous surrealist work, "The Persistence of Memory," was painted by Salvador Dalí using oil paints in 1931 and currently resides in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Source:

I was inspired in part by the surrealist style and art movement. This movement was largest during the 1920s and into the 30s and 40s. Some famous artists of the surrealist movement include Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte and Pablo Picasso. I incorporated the surrealist style into my tree that transforms into a snake and in the snake's eyes. The snake, although a snake has the eyes of a human, as does the owl. These human style eyes represent how all living things are connected and how, although we consider ourselves better off than animals, we are all a part of this planet and the interconnection of all species.

"The False Mirror" by Rene Magritte 1928 Oil on Canvas Currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City Source:

Thoughts from Honors Art III

My experiences from Art III definitely helped me develop my art.I began to explore mixed media, a medium I don't work in very much. I challenged myself in my painting when I tried to do a face, a first for me.

Older Works

Where is my childhood?

My painting is showing how society seems to take away from everyone’s childhood and can force people to do things they don’t want to, I used a surrealistic style combined with my theme of transformation. I tried to make the painting darker where the blonde girl is being pulled away from the mountain. The flowers go from growing and flourishing to dying and shriveling up. I used brighter colors on the right side of my painting to show how happy she had been and how happy the world seemed. As your eye moves left to the other girl, the colors get darker and the flowers begin to die. I used more blues and greys in this part of the painting to show the sadness.

The painting was done in acrylic paint.

Great Travelers

The first image is an image of my design that I created and then carved into my linoleum block. The second image is one of my test prints that I made to test how well the block was carved and how well the image would show up.
One of my final prints.
This is one of my creative prints. I used watercolors to create the colored background and then printed the image on top of it.
This is my second creative print. This print was made by layering three colors, yellow green and blue together on the rollers and then rolling the block.
The touch point for this print was my experiences with my family. We travel a lot and I wanted to reflect this in my print and the loss of my grandpa several years ago.


I haven't done a lot of photography recently, but these are some of the photos I've taken in the past. Most of the top set focuses on nature, while the bottom sets focus on trips I have taken in the past few years.

Top Left: Roses along a porch Top Right: Chickens underneath a picnic table Middle Column (top to bottom): A butterfly visiting a flower, A thistle in the yard, Natural ice sculptures, Bottom Left: A pansy at the edge of the woods Bottom Right: Cloudy sunrise on the beach
These pictures were taken on a trip I took to Italy. The first two photos are from the inside of the Colosseum. The third picture is from the streets in Rome. The bottom three pictures are from Venice.
I took these pictures when snorkeling in Belize. The turtle was right next to us while we snorkeled and I couldn't resist taking pictures. My underwater camera isn't the best, but it still captured the turtle very well. I believe the turtle is a green sea turtle.

Thanks for Reading!



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