here's what i did in painting III for fall semester of 2009...what can i say, it wasn't the most prolific semester I had. I started out painting a few coworkers of mine and somewhere forgot why I started doing that in the first place. i'm still interested in the working class, but have decided to switch gears for my senior show coming up in april here at stout.
in january I was tired of doing the figure and failing, so i decided to paint some still-life's. the first one was of a picture I took of a styrofoam container that was left on the road after the flooding in Cedar Rapids. it was more of a break away painting, to reconnect with objects and give them a narrative tone (refer back to my grandpa's boots paintings). i found it for the most part successful, but don't know if i'll go that direction for the time being. lately i've been interested in buddhism and it's correlation with commercialism. buddhism is about having little material items, yet you go into an asian store and see trinkets everywhere of plastic buddhas, dragons, etc. so i decided to paint what i thought american society thinks of asian culture. little asian trinkets.
it was a fun study, but now i have a better idea what i want to paint for my senior show...more geared towards my grandma & dad, how growing up was difficult living in a predominantly white american society, while still being exposed to traditional asian customs. my dad learned english since moving to the U.S., however he never taught me vietnamese...this left me with a language barrier between my grandmother and sometimes even my dad....my idea is to go off of this and figure out ways affection was shown without language and that would be with food, care-taking, etc.
so coming up here, you can expect some rants, some personal fears, as the semester wraps up and my college life comes to a close. senior show is beginning of april buckle up your seat belt.
Lost & Found, 2'x3', Oil on Canvas
Golden Birthday [Buddha Study], 1'x1', Oil on Canvas
[Buddha Study] Detail