Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Present for my Padre

So for one of my father's Christmas presents, I spent all week painting a picture of his boat, Wit's End. He really deserves something like this for his present because he works so hard for my family. The painting is in oil paint.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Large Self Portrait Finished!

I have finally finished my large self portrait of myself. It makes me so happy because of the following reasons:

1) It looks like me! (wooo!)
2) It's the largest piece I have ever worked on!
3) I completed it in less than a two weeks!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Large Self Portrait WIP

Here is a portrait that I am currently working on. It is the size of a door and I am doing it in charcoal. So far, I am pretty proud of it and I will post the finished product next week or so =]

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mirror Self Portrait

Here is a self-portrait of me I did in pencil looking in a mirror. This is in my sketchbook by the way. I am pretty proud of this little sketch =]

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Things I am obsessed with...

My family.
Sun shining off the water.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Attempt at Self Portrait

So during Open House I finished a self portrait of myself I did in oil paint. Sadly, it doesn't look like me at all. It was my first ever attempt at a self portrait in oil paint. I don't care for it that much, but I do really like the eyes. They look like mine. I finally got the "natural" down on this one.

In A Pumpkin Mood

So my next project was a painting of a pumpkin. I did an oil painting of a pumpkin. Not going to lie - I had a lot of trouble with it. I just couldn't get the colors right. I -for some odd reason - mix colors that are cool, usually blueish / purplish colors. I want to get a more "natural" color selection now. That's my goal for my next painting.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Cup Of Water Project Completed

 I am very happy to say that I have completed my "Cup Of Water" project. I did mine with a paintbrush in it to represent that I think of myself as an artist. The one thing in this project I had trouble with was the shadow, I finally got it down though after a while of working and working on it. I also need to work on how I sight angles. I am proud of this painting because I worked a while on it and I have to say... it was worth it! I think it looks pretty good.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

What Brings Me Joy?

My first project of the year was to create three pieces of something that brings me joy. Obviously, sailboats bring me joy, they are just so beautiful! I did these with color pencils. The one thing I had problem with was blending the colors, I just couldn't get it. After the first one, I got into it. I now know how to blend pretty well!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cup Of Water Project

Now this is a start on my second project of the year. Of course, this is just a practice to get me started. It is of a paint brush in a glass of water that I lit. I just painted my page black with ink and used white pastel to draw. The last picture was when I wasn't quite finished, the below is the finished product. I think I am getting the concept a bit. I should be starting the real piece on canvas (using oil paint) tomorrow during one of my off mods. 

Monday, September 20, 2010

My Family

My family consists of my dad, mom, my brother, Henry, and my dog, Maggie. You could call our family different because we are always together, constantly. The one place we are always together is our 30 foot Sea Ray Sundancer, Wit's End. That is the gathering place of my family. I bet if it was not for the boat, we wouldn't be as close as we are!

The Bastas
There is a family whose name ryhmes with pasta,
Why yes, it is Basta,
Always traveling around in a pack,
But happiness they do not lack,
Even when the kids' ages increase,
The four being together never cease,
From the boat to Ocean City,
They are one of a kind, what a pity!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Beginning of Charlie

The bottom picture is the start of Charlie Chaplin from the movie, The Kid. The one on the top is the finished product. I absolutely love his movies. Although they are silent they are outstanding and hilarious! 
Well, anyway, I did this in my sketchbook in regular pencil. It was pretty fun to finish. I find it more enjoyable when I draw things that I am interested in! (but I have to keep an open mind)

My Honors Studio 2010 -2011 Sketchbook

Isn't it amazing what some looseleaf paper, duck-tape, glue, and sharpy (+ some creativity) can do to a book!:)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Important Places For Me

These are some pictures I took the other day at my yacht club. My yacht club is basically an island and my favorite place to go there is not the clubhouse, or pool, or the TV room. No. My favorite place to go at my yacht club is the point! Although, those other places are pretty awesome, they just have no beauty. Just sitting on the point for an hour, you will see enough beauty to last you a lifetime!! =]

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


So it's back to school time... Well anyway, these are a few little portraits of me. I just looked at myself in the mirror with a light shining on me for dramatic shadows and I made odd faces to practice. I did this with pencil in my sketchbook probably around March.

Here is another portrait. I kind of made this guy up though, I used facial features of all my favorite actors and put them together. It was a fun little project, haha. I drew this around February during the snow storm. I also drew this with pencil in my sketchbook.

Out of everything I draw, I love drawing portraits of people. This one here is of Zachary Quinto, who is my favorite actor. I just did this one last March in my sketchbook using pencil. 
The one thing I had the hardest problem with was with his eyes and his 5 o'clock shadow. It all worked out though. I think I could have drawn him better though, but I am still proud of this one. 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A fun doodle

I have been watching a lot of Charlie Chaplin movies lately - yes, I am a bit obsessed at the moment. Anyway, my brother is a very good film maker as well and the funny thing is that he was born on the same day and a hundred years after Charlie.
So this is my brother in Charlie Chaplin's clothes and makeup and such. I did this in my sketchbook with pencil.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Summer is just flying by...

Sadly to say that I have only done one real piece this summer. It is of the Craighill Channel Lower Rear in Maryland. My family and I passed this beautiful lighthouse on our way to Annapolis. I did this with water based Oil Paint. I really liked the way it turned out! It looks as though the light is just shining out of the tower.

Monday, August 9, 2010

BYC Art Show 2010

This is me at the BYC Art Show 2010. Behind me is some of my work. That night I got a lot of compliments on my artwork! :)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Super Fresh Love

Aside from drawing and painting, I love to make animations. My very first one is called Super Fresh Love. I made it for the band, Sharpened Crayons' song called "Super Fresh Love". I have a tablet computer so I drew each individual frame in the program "Paint". It took a long time, but it was worth it. Super Fresh Love has won so many awards from Film Festivals so far such as: The Friends Film Festival, John Carroll Film Festival, Princeton Film Festival, and The Burke Film Festival. You should really check it out!

Sharpened Crayons is a band of two people - my brother, Henry and his friend, Jay. My brother is into making films, so Henry is in charge of making the music videos and Jay is the music guy. Talk about a great team! Their songs are catchy and funny as well. If you are interested in hearing more, check them out on facebook: 

The John Carroll Art Show 2010

This is me at the John Carroll Art Show with my work I made this year. I won Honorable Mention. 
It was pretty exciting! I couldn't believe I won Honorable Mention because it was my first time ever taking an art class. 

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Tiny little pumpkin...

This is a charcoal piece I did last Fall. It is of a little pumpkin sitting on a Styrofoam cup. I did this right after looking at some of Jamie Wyeth's artwork. He is the artist that I adore at the moment. His artwork is just amazing! Same with his father's, of course. I really enjoyed doing this piece. The mood I was trying to capture was "hopefulness" because the darkness is behind the little pumpkin, and it is heading into the light.

Monday, July 5, 2010


 On the left, it is a rough sketch of some converses that I did in my sketchbook. The one below is the final project which I did in oil paint. This project is my favorite of this year!


My first piece of fabric is the one below. It was just of a piece of cloth sitting on a wire. I did it in charcoal, erased to bring out the whites, and then used white chalk to emphasize the lights in the folds. This first project on fabric has helped me a lot with making people's clothing look more "real".

So this is the second one I completed in class, it is of a dress shirt hanging on a wire that I had to light drastically. I did this in oil paints. I enjoyed this one because it was more of a challenge than the one above.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Pool Ball in Bowl

So this was my first sketchbook project this year and my first time ever using oil pastel. I found out how much I do not care for them at all. They are way too messy for me. I am still happy with this piece though for my first time ever using the oil pastels.   

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

My Self Portrait: Based on observation

This is my second self portrait that I have done this year. It isn't my favorite piece I have made, but it is okay. I have to admit that this one was tricky. My main trouble was with the eyes. I once made them too small than way too big and than to "they're still big for your face". But finally after several tries I got the eyes down, wooo! The way I did this was by paying attention to the shadows instead of the length of everything on my face.
I completed this picture basically by sitting in a dark room with a studio light, using light and dark blue chalk and black charcoal.
The unit I did with fabric helped a lot with this portrait since it involved clothing.