Summary: What I’ve Learned From Painting a Melting Pot

At long last,

This project has taught me many things, both in the realms of history and painting. As I’ve already discussed the paintings and what I have learned from them, I will now move on to the history.

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Post #3: The Good, The Bad, And The Other Painting.

Back again!

Well, I finally finished my other large scale painting. This one, also 24×36, depicts churches from my hometown of Lynchburg, Virginia. As with my previous post, this post will dissect the process for my painting. I will go into detail regarding my inclusion of the various elements, discuss how I went about painting, and what I learned.

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Post 2: The Good, The Bad, and The Painting

So, it’s been a while. Over the past few weeks, I have been working on my large-scale painting of Portuguese churches while also reading about the architectural history of the area. For this post, I intend to discuss the former, including the process behind my painting, what each element is intended for, and what I have learned from this endeavor. I will go into more historical detail later in my summary post.

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Painting Comparative Church Architecture Post 1: Drawing and Absorbing Information

Well, with the safe landing of my flight back home, the first leg of my project has come to an end. Before initially leaving the States, I thought I had a fairly good idea of what to expect in the Algarve. I had done some preliminary reading, I’d looked at pictures, scouted locations online. But when it finally came to going to all of these buildings, I realized that there was a lot more to it than I had previously assumed. During my ten days in Portugal, I drove through the towns of Loulé, Silves, Boliquieme, Faro, Alte, Almancil, and Albufeira, visiting, taking pictures of, and drawing churches along the way. While doing so, the unique attributes of the area–such as the graffiti–inspired me greatly to conduct the practical art aspect of this research with one painting focusing on an accurate historic representation of these buildings and another more abstract, interpretive piece representing the general impression and feeling of the area. Images of the Portugal paintings will be included in the next post.

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