Since spring is the season of flowers and growth. I decided to share some of the floral work I’ve done over the years. The first piece below I created back in high school. It was the first time I attempted Pointillism, which is an art form composed entirely of dots. By altering the size, colors, and space between each individual dot, a beautiful image is created.
The next two artworks were the first serious watercolor paintings I created in high school. They were recreations of famous existing pieces. They were also done two distinctive styles. The first was recreated in a broken brush stroke in which I did not blend the colors, but instead laid the colors next to one another. The second painting was originally composed of thick and dark oil paint. My version was done in lighter colors and watercolor paint.
This past spring break I was held up in my house almost every day working on a group project. I hardly got the chance to go out and enjoy the weather. I definitely didn’t get a chance to travel either. Even though I didn’t get out much I’m looking back on some of the landscapes I created. The first image was a recreation of a painting I saw in my Grandma’s house. Intrigued by it, I sketched my own version of the painting. The following pieces were landscapes I did in oil pastels. The colors, vibrancy, and flowers in the oil pastel pieces reflect the spring season. Looking back on these landscapes makes me inspired to create more.
When I was back in high school I was an art student. During my senior year I was selected as the head of creative design for my schools yearbook team. My role was to work together with my team in designing the entire book from cover to cover. We made a layout, theme for each section, gathered quotes and photos from the senior class and more.
Below are one of the pieces of the book I created myself. I hand-drew a view of the front of my school, which I later put in photoshop to digitally add color. The final outcome of my drawing was added to the first page of the yearbook, with the words, drawn by Kiana Abrahams. I was excited to have the opportunity to share my art with everyone as well as to make a meaningful collection of memories for my senior class.
Portraits are always interesting, it not only requires the skill of making an accurate representation or depiction of a person or subject matter. Portraits are also about capturing the essence of a person. Its an amazing feeling when you can create an image of a person and others are able to see, and feel the uniqueness of that person.
When I was back in high school, my art teacher was the first person to push me to do a self-portrait. He started by making my class do 21 exercises in which we had to draw the parts of our face, as well as alternating views such as a front, side, and three-quarter view. By the time we completed each of the sketches, I learned how to capture the details and features that make up my portrait. Although portraits are not always perfect, its fascinating to make them using different styles, techniques and mediums.
All three portraits were done in different mediums, charcoal, pencil, and paint. The pencil and painting pieces were my most recent portraits, while the charcoal piece was created back in my sophomore year of college. I would say pencil sketches are the easiest because I can easily erase and adjust as needed, the other two were done with materials that leave less room for error. The painting was of course my most rigorous, I sat 13 hours straight looking into a mirror and trying to recreate my face on my canvas. I think I somehow even managed to capture how tired I felt.