Author: alyssa


Found my favorite way to create on with this course is through placing videos in transparent areas within a photograph (most often with flowers). This time I used a Dahlia (along with some different sized stencils of the same dahlia flower), a video of a lake and dock, and a bright blue background. So fun to make!

Flowers, Spraypaint, and White Buildings

My goal was to make it look like this flower video was projecting onto a white building. When I originally tried this I didn’t like the way that the black background completely took over the white space so I decided to make it like a small floating frame over the original building. I played with spray paint in and then made the frame of the video and photoshopped picture to give it an extra border. Overall, I like the vibe of this piece. Check it out on as well if you’d like :).

Playing with Transparencies over GIFs

This week I focused on making still images, transparent in areas and placing gifs within the transparency. I played with nature in the first two- using a white flower that was made transparent and then with orca whales placed in it to look like the whales are swimming in the pedals. I then found footage of a volcano erupting and placed it within a patch of flowers (again made transparent) to show the beauty of life and destruction. The third I just made today about one of my favorite artists by grabbing a clip of the movie trailer for “Frida” behind an image of Frida Kahlo that was made into a stencil. The effect became almost like memories as the images flash, showing her face as a glowing stencil at the end. These were my favorite works thus far!

My First Giphys, Imgurs, and Animated Photoshops




SharkTailIn creating my first gifs from giphy and imgur I really liked the quick, simplicity of appropriating a youtube video into a short gif of my own. I chose a cute boy that got a hockey puck, Leonardo DiCaprio after a rough night in Wolf of Wall Street, and some baby sloths. This was MUCH easier than animating my shark tail in photoshop, where I had to delete my project a few times when I realized I was not merging my layers before saving to Jpegs…the results were showing transparent layers…not good! Tried again and again with the merged layers and magnetic lasso tool to eventually make my short gif of my shark wiggling it’s tail. Calling it “Sharktail.”

3D Project, Sculpture, “Little Pieces”

The 3 dimensional take on my shark painting took many forms before resulting in this state. At first the shark was protruding from clay waves, floating amongst the sea glass, however, the form did not look aesthetically pleasing to me. I deconstructed this, scraped off the clay waves, and planned to make the shark’s body like a cage holing all it’s precious sea glass inside (literally). The sculpey clay wasn’t holding up with the armature I created so yet again it was back to the drawing board. Finally, I came to the resulting form above (and below) where the shark is cut into pieces and the sea glass it’s trying to keep inside is practically overflowing from it’s parts. The copper wire is helping to hold the itself together, but at the same time, it pins the shark down so that it cannot swim. Materials: sculpey clay, sea glass, copper wire, glue, screws, wooden base, acrylic paint.


2D Watercolor Painting, “Feeling Sharky”

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The inspiration for my 2D piece came from a thought I had while driving. I was thinking about how when I’ve been busy over the past year I tend to say “I’m drowning in work!” As I thought about this drowning in work concept and how I just have to figuratively “keep on swimming,” I considered how I should forget swimming all together and just morph into a big, bad shark that can handle anything- who’s ever heard of a shark drowning? So my piece is centered around a portrait of a tiger shark that is breaking out of this tight bubble of water it’s been living in. Below the shark are soft pebbles like those in a fish tank and above the shark the pebbles are different and sharp, glass like pieces floating in the water- the shark is left with nowhere to go but to break out into the white of the paper…                                                 IMG_6752Shark-Painting-Final