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The place represented in my art is an airport, specifically RDU. This place is important to me because I travel to China usually every other year to visit family, eat food, and see sights. The airport reminds me of the fun times abroad and new experiences to be had. The airport gives me a sort of nostalgic feeling, and being there makes me think about the people passing by. I wonder if they may be going on vacation or going home, and I think about this moment being the first and last time I would ever see them (kind of strange, I know).
The most challenging part of this picture was the concrete on the bottom half of the painting. The photo I was using had yellow and black lines on the ground which was a difficult to paint. I think overall, I was a bit over-ambitious do choose this photo as a beginner.
The most successful part of this piece was using a black background and painting dots to show lights in the distance.
After priming the paper, the first step in my process was to draw the ground and outline the plane and the passenger boarding bridge (I learned it was not easy to paint over black, so I painted the sky later on). My painting is made up mostly of cooler colors, like teal blue and dark purple. I used pencil to guide me in painting where the light hit the concrete, and then painted the plane and bridge, After I covered the top half in black and dotted some colors in a line to show a far away city. I blended in the ground colors for a smoother look and made little touch ups.