Thursday, May 8, 2014

Strawberry Chocolate Fondue Acrylic Painting

                                                           Acrylic Painting - Strawberry Fondue

                                                                          Final Sketch
Painting in progress
Painting in progress...
Final Painting

Did you use a source for inspiration, then combine it with your own ideas to make it original?
I did use a source for inspiration; I searched for many pictures of strawberries and strawberries dipped in trouble. I then searched for images of chocolate dripping to get a feel for what it should look like, and then I incorporated it into the painting.
 Did you gain skill with familiar materials?
I don't feel like I gained much skill with using the acrylic paint because I use acrylic paint every time I do a painting. The only skill I think I strengthened was turning a flat image into looking 3-d. I did have to go back in and highlight certain areas on the leaves, darken the shadows of the leaves, and lighten the chocolate.
How is this artwork about who you are or what you like?
This piece of artwork doesn't really show much about who I am, except for the fact that I like strawberries dipped in chocolate. I am a big fan of chocolate.
Did you try something that you weren’t sure about as part of this project?
The chocolate drippings on the top of the painting were something I was really skeptical about painting. I wasn't sure about how it turned out because when I first started painting it, it looked like a mess. I'm not really happy with how it turned out; I think the painting would have looked much better without the chocoalte on the wall.

Did someone help you understand important information or inspire you? 
I was having difficulties with this project looking two dimensional, so I constantly asked Miss. Rossi for ideas and ways I could make the strawberry and chocolate look realistic. She helped me keep the chocolate from looking like one plain dark color, and helped me add life to the leaves by telling me to add light greens.
Did your work take an unexpected turn due to a mistake or did something happen that was unplanned?
I made a huge mistake, as I said before, with the chocolate dripping from the wall. It looks like a huge mess and it doesn't look like chocolate at all. I tried to fix it the best I can because it looked even worse before hand. I really hope that it doesn't drag the attention away from the strawberry. I think that the chocolate drippings could do the painting more justice if they weren't there.
                         Did you consider how ideas would work before you tried them?
I planned out the strawberry in my final sketch and I colored in where I would have my shadows and lights. When I was going to add the chocolate drippings I drew them lightly in my sketch, which wasn't the smartest thing to do. I should have planned it better, so I suffered the consequence of it looking terrible.
                                                Did you use technology as a tool?
I used the internet as a search tool for finding my pictures. I did not take any of the pictures I used as references. Thanks to Google I was able to create my painting. I also used paintbrushes and an art easel, but I'm not so sure that that's classified as technology.