The erasure portrait was definitely the most challenging project of the semester. I learned so many things from the issues that came up over the period I spent working on this portrait. First and foremost, I learned the value of patience and attentiveness to the task at hand. The more time, patience, love and care you put into your work, the better it will be. I am not a machine that can just crank out extraordinary work in short periods of time. I used to think that was something kind of desirable, because it said something about your talent and ability.
When you are told you are gifted and talented from a young age, sometimes you get this mentality that good work comes naturally for you. That you don’t have to try. I fell into this mindset, and it has not served me well. Growth comes from tackling challenges, not from sticking to the familiar. Persistence and fearlessness, and pleasure in the journey; these are all things that help growth progress exponentially. You might grow without these elements, but it will be much slower and more cumbersome.
The erasure portrait was a perfect cap to the semester for me, because next semester I will be taking a painting class. I have always enjoyed drawing, but never really took the time to learn how to add coloring to them. This project taught me a lot about getting outside a graphic, linear approach and taking time with values and shading. I was stunned by the beauty of the body of work everyone in the class had created, especially since we all have different levels of experience with art. I am so glad that I took this class, and that I will continue to develop my artistic abilities next semester.