I’m thinking of painting the body in “Beauty is Abstract” in a more expressionist fashion. I feel it would fit the theme more, as well as being a more time conscience decision.


What I’ve done so far

An introduction to my work

As of now, I’ve “finished” three projects and am about halfway through another. I use quotation marks because there’s still a lot to do with the projects I’ve set aside and labelled as “done”. But that’s life, right?

I think what I’ve been most proud of from these projects is that all of them are new to me. I’d never done large scale, abstract mixed media, had never painted a still life, had never used oil paints, and had never used henna (at least to this extent) before now. I’ve been trying different things, things that scare me, things I have no experience in, things I’ve always dreamed of being able to do some-time-in-the-future rather than some-time-in-the-now.

I want to continue this by exploring graphic arts (which I have close to no experience in), photography (which I have minimal experience but not a lot of practice in), and perhaps a comic strip, or something else with ink. I’d also like to do something 3D, probably with ceramics.

Here, however, is what I’ve done so far.


This was my first ever still life painting. I really loved the detail and the satisfaction when things turned out well. The final product wasn’t half bad!




I worked with oil paints for the first time and loved it! You have so much freedom to blend, and it’s just more vibrant than acrylic. I’d love to use it again if I have time.




This was one of my favorite parts of the painting. It took me a while to capture the look of the the light spilling out.





I started my biggest piece (still in the making) by laying down tisue paper and modeling clay.




This was my first ever henna tattoo with my own paste. The paste was a failure ( didn’t sift the powder so it turned out super fibrous) so the design had to be really thick. At the time, I was really proud of it, but I’ve grown a lot since and am a LOT better.




I made a colour scheme online with a certain website that I have to find again so I can source it (I hope I already did, but I’ll have to check). This is for “Beauty is Abstract”, my largest piece.




Another early henna design, this time with a more refined paste.




This is what “Beauty is Abstract” looks like at the moment. I need to study painting skin tones with acrylics before I go into it.




Finally, this was another early henna design on my brother. This was with the thick paste. It kept clogging and bursting out when I pressed harder. What a rough start compared to what I do now! I practiced so much to get better at henna, and I think that’s what I’ve seen the most improvement on. I’ve gone from childlike designs to designs I can sell.


There it is, folks

Those are a few snap shots of the work I’ve been doing in and out of class, but I’ll post more pictures, as well as sketchbook photos, later on.

Exhibition Activity

Seeing as I missed the class, I’ll keep this for future reference. Honestly, I’m not sure how my my pieces will look together when they’re all finished, so I’m just hoping nothing will clash.


This was done as an in-class activity, aimed at providing an opportunity for students to practice how best to arrange an exhibit, in preparation for the Exhibition portion of the IB exam in March.

Students were given approximately 45 minutes to create a piece of art from a selection of supplies. Once the works were completed, all of them were placed on a large table in the centre of the room. Students discussed what they were seeing; similarities, differences, media, subject matter, style, size, orientation, texture, etc.

Students were asked how they might start grouping or arranging the works if creating an art exhibit. Do you look for an anchor piece and work outward? Do you compile one large grouping or several smaller ones? What kinds of spaces would be good as exhibit spaces for this work? Etc.

After students made several arrangements as a group, and discussed why they made the…

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Hey there

I just posted my last post to the wrong blog. Holy moly. Anyway, this is what I said before I completely confused my followers on my old blog that hasn’t been updated in over a year.

This blog is going to be about me navigating through the fantastical maze that is IB Art. Regular track art was a breeze, but this class is a doozy. You’ll spend hours of your time on these painstakingly made pieces of art. Yes, real art! Art that means something, art that you have to think about. All of a sudden you’re in the art room every free hour you can and you STILL are afraid you won’t finish. Don’t worry. I think.

We’ll see. I’m crossing my fingers.