The first completed project for my painting class was an "unusual view" painting. The idea was to paint a space that would not normally be considered art, or to take a normal location and portray it in an unusual way. My painting is of the bushes and icicles outside my kitchen window. My current apartment is a ground floor apartment, so the windows look out at ground level. This creates what I consider to be an unusual view. In this painting I focused on creating a subtle color variation in the otherwise neutral areas. I also wanted to capture the radiant qualities of the ice.
Another recent project was a painted self portrait using subjective color. This means instead of using realistic flesh colors I used various shades of violets. To help create the small changes in the planes of the face, I added red-violet and blue-violet in certain areas. The self portrait was an intriguing challenge and I can see more self portraits in my future.