Art Reflection: Love The Ocean, Don T Leave Trash

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My final project for Art Appreciation titled Love the Ocean, Don’t Leave Trash, was an engaging experience. The subject matter is an arrangement of trash on the beach in a composition composed of triangles. The content of this artwork was to demonstrate the diversity of trash people litter on the beach and draws awareness to the need of humanity to take better care of our aquatic environments. The painting maintained the original concept to the end, though the process had to be modified slightly. The planned procedure was that I would do an acrylic base with an oil painting finish, but instead this painting ended up being simply acrylic. This was mostly due to the fact that I was working on unstretched canvas and I planned on stretching it once the artwork was completed. This did not allow for drying time for the oil paint, and I did not want to stretch with wet oil …show more content…
I learned that I should be more moderate in my projects and not try to paint an immensely detailed piece in a short period of time. This is due to my admiration to create complex pieces and the love for artistically challenging myself. Moreover, I learned that if I plan on working with oil I have to extend the time needed further to allow for drying time. Lastly, I learned that I need to work quicker in my preparation and photographing for the artwork. In this project for example, I spent a great deal of time creating the t-shirt to be worn while I collected trash, collecting the trash itself, and creating the composition for the painting on Photoshop. Overall, if I had the chance to redo this final project, I would make my preparation fast and start painting as quickly as possible so time would be left over to allow the painting to dry. I would recommend for any future student who is assigned this project to plan time for the project carefully by creating a schedule of how the project will be performed and follow it

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