So, every once in a while a daring soul asks to see some of my art work. I usually say something like, “Oh yeah, we’ll have to do that sometime…” knowing deep in my heart that they will never see anything. Ever. There are a token few on campus (other than professors/comrades) that have seen any of my art. Most of those people just happen to be walking through the HFAC and just happen to see a framed piece with the name “Missy Johnson” by it. I’m sorry guys, it’s required. If it weren’t, you wouldn’t have to look at them. I promise.
Anyway, a great deal of my time as an artistic recluse at BYU has been spent slaving away over watercolors. I love watercolor. I love everything about it—mastery of timing, washes, layering—watercolor is what I am most comfortable with and I use it as a cop-out every single semester so that I don’t have to work in oil (because I am uncomfortable with the medium and therefore really bad at it). Well, lucky for you, Bob Marshall told me that he wouldn’t accept any watercolor pieces from me this semester. None. (I tried. He was serious). I mean, I guess it was a compliment (he said that I didn’t have any more to learn about watercolor), but it still flustered me and caused multiple breakdowns late at night in the studio.
Moral of the Story:
Oil Paint + Landscape (which I had never painted in my life until this term) + Missy = Disaster
And now for the fun part. I have decided (after a little bit of pestering, but mostly to show people that I really am an art student), to show you my portfolio from this past term (the ones that I didn’t throw away/paint over…which eliminates a big handful of work). I would appreciate it if everyone could keep snide remarks to themselves. No comments from the peanut gallery, thankyouverymuch. And most importantly, please remember that this medium is (essentially) new to me. The subject matter is even newer. And I am getting really defensive right now because I suddenly feel extremely vulnerable and exposed.
This one is huge...6 feet by 4 1/2 feet. This is what caused most of the mental breakdowns. I still need to drop some pretty hefty glazes in there but I had to take a picture and turn it in at 8 this morning. It's the canyon walls in Lake Powell...and yes, it really looks like that. White parts and all.
Note: The first 6 are plein air paintings, which is, believe it or not, extremely difficult for a number of reasons. If you really want to know, I can fill you in on the complications. Numbers 7 and 8 were supposed to be plein air, but I did them from photographs because I ran out of time due to said emotional breakdowns in the studio. Number 9 is painted from memory (that was the assignment). Number 10 is from a photograph.
I’m going to miss Bob.