I decided to choose my mom as my subject for the portrait painting. I expressed about her culture, setting, objects and colour. I showed her culture by drawing my mom holding a huge Taiwan’s flag. I’ve also added 101 tower, to represent Taiwan, since it is one of the most famous building in Taiwan. These symbol also express the setting of the portraits. For the objects, I’ve drew two monkeys to represent my mom, since she really likes monkeys. I chose mostly warm colours, such as yellow, orange and red as the theme for my portraits, because I want it to express my mom’s personality. I think she is a very nice person, who always give her hand to others for help. By doing these, I showed my interpretation of my mom. Faith Ringgold is the artist who influenced me, and I decided to drew a portraits based on her style. I thought that her painting was very unique how her painting is sort of realistic, yet cartoonish. Another reason that I chose her as my style was because, while I was looking at her art work, I realised that she drew many portraits that shows her nationality. I thought it would be a good idea to chose Faith Ringgold as my style for the portraits, since I’m expressing my mom’s culture.
For my portraits, I mostly use warm colours such as red, orange and yellow, which are the analogous colours. I chose warm colours to express my mom’s personality. The type of colours I used in my portraits are mostly Primary colours. Blue for the sky, yellow for the background, and red for the flag of Taiwan. For my portraits, I decided to use more tints than shades. The colour are lighter. For my portraits, I didn’t used many analogous colour for the background and the sky. I blended the analogous colour well together. The style of my portraits is more realistic than abstract, because you can understand what I am drawing about. For the sky and the theme, I added a little bit of gradation to make it look more realistic, since the sky are not always the exact same colour. I emphasised my mom in my portraits by painting it huge right in the middle of the painting. By doing this, the viewer’s eyes will be more concentrated on my mom.
In my painting, I expressed my mom’s culture by painting a huge Taiwan’s flag. Another method that I could have done to express my mom’s culture was to draw a taiwanese flag on her T-shirt, which will also symbolise her culture. After all, I didn’t chose this method because I wanted to emphasise her culture more. I thought that painting a huge flag will be more clear about what I wanted to express. I’ve also drew some objects, such as 101 tower as the background, because it represents the country of Taiwan.
I think that the meaning of portraits determined on the artist, because the artist draw portraits to the way they want the audience to interpret. This means that the artist leads the way they want the audience to interpret about the portraits by adding symbols, and colours, and choosing what he/she wants to express about the person. For example, in my portraits I wanted to express my mom’s personality and her culture. I painted the portraits very colourfully, and with many warm colours, so that when the audience look at the picture, they’ll probably think that my mom might be a very nice and bright person. I don’t think that everyone would understand what the artist is trying to express in the portraits, but I think by adding symbols, and colours, the artist are leading the audience to the artist’s interpretation.