Art is art: different format, different medium, but its essence remains the same as in the most subjective interpretation of objectivity or a concrete representation of relative abstraction. I have decided since I am undecided on whether to start with painting or poetry, I will do both to begin with, as some of you had suggested, and work my way to separate them.
Asian culture has always been mesmerizing to me be it Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or even Thai. Yes, I do know that term “culture” is very vague and broad since it is composed of so many elements, so I’ll narrow down my areas of mesmerism for a better understanding: dance, painting, sculpture, poetry, religion, language, music, history, politics. I don’t know if the reason for my fascination is due to seeing Asia through the lenses of a westerner, Asian being an unknown and foreign land, or maybe my spirit is the reincarnation of a Confucius follower.
I realized that the best way to commemorate the begin of this journey is with a Chinese calligraphy. The saying is that making a decision is always the first step toward the goal, I positively say that this is true. After knowing what I wanted to do, I then went to Michael’s to get my supplies. Purchasing items is easy; however, purchasing the correct items is another thing. My great-aunt, who happens to be an artist, told me something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life: brushes are not created equal. Due to this, my great-aunt will assist me in getting the proper supplies, but I still started with what I had. Instead of starting on the 7th like I said, I started on the 1st parce que j’ai voulu battre le fer quand il etait chaud! I know that the level of difficulty for making this is very low, but I just wanted to test the water before diving in.
My real work will start this Sunday, the 7th, with my great-aunt going to the store with me and also finding the correct poem that will move my imagination enough to be able to interpret it on a canvas.
I sketched on normal paper first because honetly I didn’t know how to start.
Since I felt okay with the normal paper, I then sketched on the cotton canvas.
I continued on the paper by painting. Yes I know it is two different mediums, but I was too scared to do it directly on the canvas.
This is the final product: I painted on the canvas.