Chloe Yiu


Class of: 2025

Major: Communication Design BFA

Medium: Watercolor

Faculty: Alaiyo Bradshaw

Prompt: Combine mixed media and watercolor painting images to create a color harmony narrative with exciting composition and visual relationships that reflect your own ideas. Include several learned watercolor painting techniques and your own style to create more interest.

Patina is a thin layer that variously forms on the surface of some materials through age and exposure. When copper reacts with oxygen, it oxidizes and generates a greenish-blue layer that protects the metal from further corrosion. Patina can also be defined as: a surface appearance of something grown beautiful especially with age or use; an appearance or aura that is derived from association, habit, or established character. Patina is a self-portrait. The design choices were influenced by exploration. My original intention was to be more confident and experimental in my decisions. The pieces were to resemble a collage in that there will be an amalgamation of color and texture. This semester, I photographed a collage of street art which I used as a reference. Because I had a more concrete starting point, I had more freedom when adding details. I used wet on wet and dry brushing which added a variety of textures to the piece. Blotting was used in some areas. As I went on, I freehanded and did not rely on sketches or references. The varied application of color throughout the piece directs the eye across the piece, adding a sense of movement. It is a high contrast piece with negative space exposing the white of the paper, and strong dark values. Throughout the course, I recognized that I have a habit of experimenting with colors. I wanted to incorporate this free spirit into my final, so I dedicated a side bar for it. From the beginning, I was curious about the aspect of layering. So, for the final iteration, I cut 2 inch circles from an earlier color study and attached them to the right side of the painting. They protrude above the painting, adding further dimension and variety.