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Baylee Curtis

When someone thinks of royalty, they often think of high heels, a bold dress, bright jewelry, and ones hair all tied up. I decided to take a turn and use pastels to display a girl in a rugged dress, wearing old cowgirl boots and her arms resting on her knees. She may look average and just another girl to others, but her insides say otherwise. She is strong, brave, fearless, and faithful. To display royalty, I used a purple background. I think the background says so much about this piece that is extremely significant to the understanding of it. I hope to possibly reconstruct this in oil paint someday. 5

Every form has a function, and every clay piece has its own unique form. I chose to make a flower pot because I love planting and gardening because it seems like an escape from reality while giving new life to nature. I uniquely designed this pot in inspiration from the Ancient Greeks in which flowers were created by Chloris the goddess. Chloris was usually thought of and painted with small white flowers and pretty long vines. In many pictures her hair was braided, as I added a thick braid across the top of the pot. I poked holes in the bottom of the pot so that when I water the flowers, they do not flood. A challenge I faced when constructing this pot was the slipping and scoring; not because it is challenging but it is easy to lack this in a clay project because it requires time and patience. I will remember to keep that in mind the next time I choose to do a coil pot. Lastly, I do not usually enjoy clay projects, but by the way this project turned out, it may be one of my favorites.

In this project I used one of my favorite mediums, oil paint, to paint one of my favorite things in the world, flowers. Flowers are so beautiful because of their shape and color that they have and the different meanings they have to them. I chose to paint sunflowers because they are my favorite flower. They are yellow, which represent happiness and brilliance. The amazing yet unique quality of my painting are the opposing colors that give the sunflowers wonderful accent and texture. I developed several different techniques throughout the piece to portray movement and balance. I plan to hang this painting in my college dorm room this coming fall!

I began this project with frustration, I did not get to finish this project. Although, I chose to do the head of a duck because I am passionate about duck hunting. As many projects before, I focus on constructing things I love. As I began this project, a memory started to come back to me. My grandparents had a paper towel holder that was a duck, the paper towels rested on the feet and the head held it in place. I thought about it this whole project and allowed me to reminisce on wonderful memories. I used a glue mixture to combine newspaper to wire, it was not as easy as what I thought. This project was challenging but I cannot wait to finish it.

The project was to make a clay piece and use weaving in the piece. I braided the clay and made a lot of texture in the pot. It was hard to glaze because there was so much texture. I am planning to use the piece for my straightener. I brought it home and put it in our bathroom because it matched it and it will be very useful to hold things.
In this project I was supposed to smash my face against a window and have someone take a picture of it, then I would draw it with graphite. It was challenging because there were many glares in the window so I had to think of some other way to smash my face. So I went on the internet and looked for a camera that would deform my face. It deformed my face and I took the picture and drew it.
In this project I was supposed to draw five hands and one foot. I used shading and dark darks and light lights. I used the value scale when creating this project. It helped me understand he movement and the shadows that my hands create. Using color was hard because I don't use colored pencils that much but it will help me in the future being able to use darker and lighter colored pencils.
For my sketchbook I used water color and blocked out the white part where I wanted a cross. I create thumbnails before I do an art project. I used the subtractive technique for the cross and painted over it and placed salt over it.
We had to form a paper airplane and draw them 3 times from different angles. I used light to create shadows and used the value scale to make the airplanes to make them look three dimensional. This helped me see movement in the airplanes and create dimensions.
I painted a picture of Jesus throwing up water after his baptism. I used the subtractive technique with rubber cement to keep the water white. I did Jesus' baptism because it is a famous story of the Christian religion. I used many different techniques in this project to create movement. I created movement in the water by using different brushstrokes.
When your roots of Faith are planted deep, the storm of life wont affect you. I used oil pastels to create a dark and light colors. I major technique that I use is blending. I blend all of the pastels together to create different colors and make it look more realistic.
When print making you use the subtractive technique. This project was very hard becasue it was hard to get the ink just right and make the print look solid. This was my least favorite project and I don't think I will use it in the future. Printmaking is used when making clothes and logos on t-shirts and etc.
This project was called pen and ink. I used many different techniques including, cross hatching and mixing the ink with water. This is a fishing pole in front of the lake and I created movement in the water in order to make it look like water.
This is the then and now project. I used Jesus' resurrection for after and the cross to represent before he was crucified. I used oil pastels because they are my favorite medium. I did it from the tombs perspective to represent where He was, then where He was afterwards. I used many different techniques when making this project and I will use these techniques again.
I used the square knot to make an ankle bracelet and these knots were mostly used by sailors for fishing. It is used by the Scouts when they first join the BSA. I could use this knot in the future in fishing. I could also use this knot in a future art project. These knots can be used by securing bundles, packages and sails of ships.In the Macrame project I used hemp and a bead. I tied the hemp into square knots until it was 20 inches long. I will then double it up to make an ankle bracelet. Macrame was popular during the 1970’s but was first used to tie fisherman’s knots.

This is the plan an event project. I planned a trip to Colorado because it is something I have always wanted to do. I used watercolor and made different directions to show the differences of the objects in the piece. I also used sharpie marker to write the activities to show what I would want to do in Colorado. I could use this in the future by using it as an example of things to do in Colorado.

This project was a self portrait that was inspired by Kehinde Wiley. He was from New York and would take random people off the streets; mostly African American women. He would paint them to look as if they were superior. The background was a representation of their personality. I painted myself in a cheer uniform because it is something I enjoy doing and the background is inspired by Korean folk art. My painting style was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh because movement is the most important requirement in a painting in my opinion. I used a variety of colors as well as an undertone which was blue and green to bring out the top coat.
In this piece I used charcoal on a piece of pastel paper. This picture represents a song called "Dry Bones". This song represents a story out of the Bible and Jesus yelled "come alive" to all of the people who were dry and full of sin. A lot of my pieces are based on my religion because it is the most important thing in my life. It was very challenging to me because I am not fully developed in graphite nor using implied lines rather than too much detail. My work conveys a time in my life where I felt "dry" and needed Jesus to tell me to come alive.
In this project I used pen and ink. This project was very challenging because I do not usually use ink and avoiding mess ups was an obstacle. Last year I had a project like this but I used watercolor and it represents Jesus' baptism. Many of my projects are religiously based because my artwork always means something to me. I challenged myself by using a new medium and I have found that I would be willing to try this medium again.
In this project I painted a violin. The violin is used mostly in songs that represent sorrow and the "blues". The medium I used in this project was oil paint. I used many layers when painting this project. I used a red undertone and used certain brush strokes to make the violin have high and low lights. In the background, I used a light blue undertone and dark blue on top to produce value. The background wraps around the violin giving the violin a focal point. I used the standard #2, this picture represents empowerment in my life because the songs that I normally listen to contain a violin and puts me in a better mood.
In this project I used chalk pastels. The challenging part was applying the colors dark to light rather than light to dark. My reference was a picture that I took in Canada while I was canoeing. I used this picture because it brings back memories and peacefulness. I had to use a lot of impressionism because it is hard to create small details with chalk pastels. I challenged myself by using colors that were more implied rather than actually in the picture. I also challenged myself by using more of my memory rather than the reference because the scene was beautiful enough to remember in details. I could have improved this project a lot by starting at the horizon line in my opinion. I did not enjoy chalk pastels as much as oil pastels because I am not as familiar with chalk as I am with oil.

In this project I used clay. I formed my favorite artists' guitar, Luke Combs. I chose to form his guitar because it was the guitar he used when he recorded my favorite song. Inside the guitar I carved his song lyrics in them, along with the form of his album cover design. It was challenging because of the length limit and I have never worked with big slabs like that. I used a different kind of glaze; it was spotted and not very realistic. If I had the ability to change the clay I would use a different clay

This project was one of the most challenging projects because I had a reference that was very detailed. This piece of art is not finished and I had to overcome many obstacles when producing it. I repainted this for a Spanish teacher that was very upset when her painting was destroyed in the destruction of the old school. I challenged myself by making an animated painting look realistic without changing the meaning. I learned a lot during this project like attitude because it is hard to conquer a project when there is a bad start. Going forward I will practice new techniques on this painting and will have a better attitude when finishing the piece.

In this project I used oil paint. I copied an original painting as a reference for this painting that was originally on one of my teacher’s walls before we demolished the school it was in. She was upset knowing that she would never see the painting again because it meant a lot to her. Going into this project I had the intentions to making it look identical to the original, but I experienced many obstacles so I decided to change some major details. The biggest challenge was making consistent skin tones throughout her face and her chest; and the original painting was more animated so I decided to make her look more human. I would not change anything about this project, and although it was one of the hardest projects I have faced, it is one of my favorites. I looked at Frida Kahlo as an artist of reference for many reasons. One reason is that it is my teachers favorite artist and her paintings always represented a story. I used flowers and vines like Frida Kahlo which turned out very successful. The color consistency, especially in the background, creates so much movement and creativity. I think that this piece was difficult but successful.
In this project, I carved a sculpture out of plaster. I decided to carve an angel because the project was meant to have meaning. I usually take the religious route when creating pieces because that is what means most to me. I used the subtractive method, which seemed easy at first but I faced many challenges throughout the course of the sculpture. I had to carefully choose what amount of pressure to add to the screwdriver when carving. I had to use the reference of my sculpture drawing throughout the whole process for defining details. My artist I used for inspiration was Henry Moore. He was an artist that was known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures. I used Kat VanD for the inspiration of the tattoo. I painted the wings to apply a focal point on the angel. I think that this piece was challenging but the meaning behind it means more than that.

For my project, I designed a Starbucks cup that is Christmas themed. Starbucks was founded in 1971 by a group of three men that designed the logo to be a twin tailed mermaid. The intent of this logo was to attract coffee drinkers and that is why I designed my cup the way I did. I chose to paint the Grinch on my cup because he is a Christmas classic that would attract many coffee lovers; especially during the Christmas season. The ornament in my design took place of the original Starbucks logo, intending to catch more attention through the result of replacing the earliest design. I painted the background metallic and gold to apply happiness and brightness, which is the opposite of the Grinch. The Grinch is known as unpleasant with a wicked temper, so using him as a design might put a different meaning to coffee. Perhaps someone is the Grinch before their daily cup of coffee! My art is usually constructed over a specific meaning of something I love or something I am passionate about. I love Christmas, and where I come from so many people drink coffee; so I put the two together. Although the Grinch represents being grouchy and negative, the cup brings me so much joy and excitement for the Christmas season. Before I applied the gold, the cup seemed dull and negative, but after applying the gold it brought the feeling of boldness and happiness. The Grinch may not be super positive or delightful, but after you drink what is inside the cup, you will feel positive and delightful!

My piece did not have meaning when I first started constructing it. Although, throughout the piece the happiness and seriousness balance eachother, but looking at the eyes a person can tell which eyes are part of a smiling face and which eyes are a part of a serious face. This results in people realizing that most of my piece is constructed more of happiness. All of the pictures drawn in this piece are of myself, I am mainly smiling because I always try my best to be joyful but sometimes I get down; which is represented by two of the pictures drawn in the piece. This piece was kind of challenging because as an artist, I have always avoided graphite and self portraits, which means that I rarely worked with this medium. I did not ever enjoy graphite because I do not like specific lines nor do I like harsh detail. I would have to say that this project was the opposite of Impressionism, which happens to be my favorite style of art. I had to use shading, fine lines, balance and lots of contrast (mainly for my dark eyes). I think that my audience could really relate to my piece in a simple but meaningful way. It will show my audience that although a person may seem to be joyful and delightful, sometimes they get down but it is all a part of a balanced life. I think that my project would possibly resonate to future projects, perhaps a self portrait. This project taught me patience and how to use precise detail throughout a piece. I will start to pick graphite in future medium decisions as well.
Artist Statement and another picture below.

Many sculptures represent many different meanings or even stories. The way people perceive sculptures may differ from the artists intent, but is that okay? Yes, of course it is because art is always portrayed differently. This project was inspired by Mark Jenkins, using saran wrap and tape to wrap our bodies in a liked position. The meaning of my piece is that when a model is getting pictures done professionally, the models seem to be exalted. Living in the 21st century is highly recommended that a person should change who they are or look a certain way just to fit into this thing called society. As my audience can see in my project (along with my classmates project) that both the photographer and the model are saran wrap; they were formed and constructed the same way. As humans, my religious beliefs and the Constitution claim that all men (people) are created equal. Although I was not inspired by a specific artist, I was inspired by every person around me.

This project was a still life created by a few bottles for different uses along with fruits for decoration. Still lives seem simple, you simply paint them like you see them. The difficulty with this still life was using watercolor as the medium, especially without white. I used Janet Fish as my inspired artist. She paints with movement and many directional brushstrokes. This causes the viewer to move their eyes across piece. She also uses many colors, but keeps her white spots very white. That is very challenging because it is very easy to put color in a piece when it is supposed to be a reflection. For the grapes in my piece, I noticed that I am an impressionistic painter in watercolor as well, but when researching I notices that many watercolor paintings are impressionistic even unintentionally. I think the reason for this is that it is challenging to apply fine details. I started to enjoy watercolor towards the end of the piece when I could finally apply more pigment.

In this project I painted a country artist that I have loved for a very long time. I painted Merle Haggard, he is one of the most popular classic artists known to country music and his music has inspired me to paint a portrait of him. I used a younger and serious portrait of him because it looks more modern to today´s country music. Most people would not recognize this artist because of his age so I thought it would be an interesting idea to paint a younger version. Some of the Merle Haggard fans would not even recognize the younger version of him because they only had the radio to listen to him; televisions were not popular yet. I used oil paint for my medium and it was very challenging because of light sources and shadows. My biggest challenge were his eyes and his hair because they both require fine details and precise lines. I started with a more impressionistic style and then ended up with more fine details, which usually is not the route I take when doing art. I would say this is one of my most successful pieces and has inspired me to paint another portrait someday.

This project was an encaustic project which was very challenging at first. Applying wax is not only difficult but it requires fast work and sometimes it is a downfall. I applied wax to make a sunrise from duck hunting on a cold November morning. The sunset was milky and foggy but really represented what kind of day it was. It was gloomy, foggy, still, and cold; the second best type of day for the most successful waterfowl hunting experience. I think that this picture gives a great representation of the beauty of hunting because it is not always about the hunting experience, it is mainly about what you see, especially knowing that most people are still in bed not experiencing this nature. I was inspired by Pablo Picasso for this project and I watched many videos on how to get specific techniques. My favorite medium is oil pastels and I think the wax was similar to pastels, I would definitely do another project like this again.

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