By- Aditi Manchanda, Sophomore 2022

This painting is of the Golden Gate Bridge and is one of my oldest paintings. I
made it when I was in 6th grade. It has so many memories associated with it that I thought to document them in my art blog; “Better late than never :)’I don’t remember much of
that time but I do remember the many skills I learned from this painting. It was the basis for all
the paintings I have made since then. I learned many valuable painting techniques such as how
to use shading in an image to make something look 3d, dabbing the paintbrush to make
flowers and bushes, how to paint water realistically, and how to make clouds. These are skills
that I have used in several of my paintings since then and have improved at. I really enjoyed
making this painting and I put a lot of hard work into it.
I also want to talk about the significance of this painting. Living in the bay area has
given me the luxury of visiting the Golden Gate Bridge. So many of my favorite memories were
made there, hiking, walking across the bridge, visiting Golden Gate Beach, and Golden Gate
Park. I have been there so many times with so many different family members and friends that
sometimes I forget that people travel from all over the world just to see it. It is a beauty that I
take for granted and it attracts over 10 million people a year from all over the world. I never
really processed that I lived near a historical world-famous landmark.

This painting is a reminder of all the fun times I have had in my life with the people I
love but more importantly, it is a reminder to never take things for granted.