For my final painting project, I decided that I would paint a video by Allison Prior. Now I’m sure you’re thinking, why her or what is so special about her? If you recall, I did a painting from her previously, near the beginning of my learning project, and was left less than satisfied. I had also started one from Allison Prior, however got so frustrated, just gave up and did a new painting one week! I felt as though I wanted to paint my final painting by following one of her tutorials, almost as a way to prove to me that I could do it! I knew that throughout my painting journey, I had improved, and felt that I was ready to successfully tackle one of her videos. The reason that I chose this specific video is because I believe that it captured many of the different techniques that I have been learning throughout my acrylic painting journey. There were also some new techniques that I learned while doing this painting!
Once again, I completed a time lapse for this painting:
If you compare my painting to Allison Prior’s painting, you will notice that I have no clouds in my painting. The reason is that I have previously attempted clouds (you can read about that here), and they were extremely tricky to do. I did not want this painting to be ruined because of the clouds. I decided that I would not paint the clouds initially, and if at the end I felt as though my painting needed them, I would add them. In the end, I decided that I liked my painting enough without the clouds and did not want to ruin it with adding clouds. I believe that this shows incredible growth of my painting progress throughout this project. Previously, I would have followed exactly what the tutorial said, and even if I did not like something, continue to follow the tutorial. However, now, I am able to get rid of things that I do not like in the painting, and possibly add other elements that I think should be added.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with this painting. I completed it on a larger canvas than all of my other paintings and believe that it showed my growth throughout the semester. After I finished painting, I compared my first painting to this painting and was blown away by how much I had improved.