Friday, January 27, 2017

Most memorable moment

The first highlight I've had this semester is the styrogami project. I really liked this project because I learned how to use different materials and techniques to create art. I really liked using styrofoam cups and the Exacto knives because it was creative and different which expanded my artistic abilities. Another aspect of the styrogami project that I really enjoyed was how personal it was, you really could create anything that you set your mind to which was so fun. Another highlight from this semester in art fundamentals was the personal space box, I really liked how personal and creative it was. I enjoyed finding a place that was special and being able to look back at all the fun pictures I have from that place. I really got to express why I love Saddleback Moutain so much and sharing some of those experiences through painting mountains on the outside to the trail sign embellishment, to the picture of my cousin and I skiing. In general, there were many projects this semester which taught me a lot and those were just two that were my favorites.

Project that I am most proud of

I'm most proud of my value self-portrait because I challenged myself and changed my vision to be more artistic. I was nervous at first about my painting because I was unsure that the different blocks of colors that were traced wouldn't look good. I was also nervous that the colors wouldn't be dark or light enough. Throughout the painting process, I adjusted the colors to make it look more natural, and I also changed some of the shapes to make my features more noticeable. I was very proud of the final product because it really did look like me! I also noticed that all the coloring looked really similar to the original which was good because that was one of the things I was nervous about in the beginning. Overall, my value self-portrait shows how much I've grown as a painter and art student.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Basic Photography Skills

To become familiar with basic strategies for photographing

  • Simplify: Get rid of excess objects — the water bottle on the picnic table, the junky papers — that clutter up the background; make the canvas as "blank" as possible.
Photographer: Mandy Jenkins

  • Close/closer: "A lot of times people take pictures too far away." Get close and closer to your subject. That doesn't mean using the zoom option; it means "Zoom with your feet."
Photographer: Audrey Goessling

  • Rule of thirds: The best compositions are often the ones where the main subject is either in the right third or left a third of the image. So shift the image that way.

Photographer: Mandy Jenkins

Monday, January 23, 2017

Personal Space Box

Purpose: The purpose of this project was to look closely at the work of Winslow Homer so that I could better understand who he is as an artist as well as learn how to describe, interpret, and evaluate works of art. In response to looking at Homer’s work, I created a relief sculpture that is inspired by his work and concept.

Artists Studied: Winslow Homer

My place is Saddleback mountain in Rangely Maine. I did my box on this place because I've been skiing there for as long as I can remember. Every weekend, my family (cousins, grandparents) and I, go up to our condo to ski and experience the mountain life. I really like going up there because it's so pretty and there are lots of fun things we do as a family like watch football, game night, and visiting the town for dinner. I have included myself in this box while I was skiing with my older cousin Sarah. We both love the trail Casablanca so I included the trail sign to show that.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Value Self Portrait

    1. To determine where values change when light moves over an uneven surface by using a range of values to paint the different values in a realistic, monochromatic self-portrait;

    2. To use your knowledge of color to choose a color that matches the mood of your pose.
    3. To effectively communicate an image that looks like you through careful examination of the values and structure of your face.

One aspect of my painting that I’m most proud of was the eyes. I tried to capture them as realistically as possible and I think I did it really well. I made sure that they were dark like the black and white photo, but not so dark that you couldn't see them. I’m also proud of my nose because in the beginning I had a hard time figuring out the shading but in the end, I added some shadow which made it stand out just enough and have a normal looking shape. The overall shading of my face was very successful because it made the features pop but also show the position I was in during the original black and white photo.

One of the biggest challenges I encountered during this project was my mouth. In the first pencil drawing, I didn't get the proportions or the numbers for colors right. When I painted on the colors from the pencil drawing, it just didn't look good. I ended up coloring over the mad mouth with a lighter color and redid it focusing in the darker areas. Another challenge I came across was the hair. There were many different shades which made it difficult to color block it without adding too much texture. Having many shades in one area of the painting brought too much attention which I really didn’t like. Instead, I decided to only paint the hair where the colors showed up most. I didn’t add texture or try to layer different colors and now it looks really good.

Winslow Homer Analysis: "Gloucester Harbor" 1873

To become familiar with Winslow Homer, a Maine artist;
To look at Homer’s work as a way to inform and inspire your work.

"Gloucester Harbor"
Oil painting

Describe as much as you can about the artwork (over the phone to someone who has not seen the painting).  What is happening?  How many people and/or animals are in it and what are they doing?  Describe any buildings that you see.  What time of day is it?  What colors are used?

The main colors in this painting are complementary orange and blue. The background is an orange and blue sky with large orange clouds and a singular, small, white seagull. The middle ground is water that’s rippled and is reflecting the blue and orange colors from the sky and cloud. There are also many small yellow sailboats with tall masses and dark boats. The foreground is also the continuing orange, rippled, ocean water. There is a large row boat in the middle that is dark and has two people in it. Both people are wearing large hats and facing each other. One person is paddling two yellow paddles while facing backward.

The point of interest/Composition – What attracts your eye first?  Where is it located? How does Homer draw your attention to this area?  (color contrasts, lines, location, changes in pattern, etc.)

The large orange cloud and the large brown row boat attracts our eyes first. The clouds are located in the background near the top. Homer draws our attention to them because they’re very vibrant and the sailboats around it are small and less vibrant making the clouds pop. The boat also attracts our eyes to it because it’s closest to us and it’s the darkest point in the photo. There is also movement in the boat that you can see because of the people paddling in it.

Balance - Is there symmetrical or asymmetrical balance? Explain...

There is a little bit of symmetrical balance but not too much. There are both clouds, sailboats, and part of the large boat on both sides of the picture. Although they aren't identical, there are similar things happening on both sides of the picture.

Depth/Perspective- Is there a horizon line?  What is in the foreground, middle ground, and background?  Is the background very deep and far away or is this painting shallow and close up? How do you know; describe it.

The horizon line is a little above the middle of the painting. It’s located in the middle ground, and it’s where the water meets the sky. The foreground is the boat because it’s very close to you. The people in the boat are paddling through calm water. The middle ground is the water behind the boat, and it’s a little further away. It has little sailboats in it that show depth. The background is the orange clouds with little birds flying in it. The background is very deep and far away because you can see little tiny boats on the shoreline and little birds showing it’s far away.

Mood – What are the feelings, emotions and/or mood you get when you look at this painting?  How do the colors, lines, brushstrokes, composition, subject matter contribute to the mood?

The mood is very calming because the colors are soft and not too vibrant. The textures are also very soft like the ripples in the water and the feeling of the puffy clouds. I brush strokes are very long and slow because of the long water ripples and texture of the wood on the boat. This is also a very simple piece of artwork because there are not many things going on, only one medium sized boat and a few, scattered smaller boats.

Interpret - Now that you have looked closely at the artwork and have read the title, describe the story of the painting. What do you think Homer was trying to communicate?

We think Homer is trying to communicate the joys and peacefulness of the Gloucester Harbor. We think this could be a special place for Homer because the of mood of the painting is so calm. The people in the painting look as though they are going on a peaceful paddle boat ride. The sunset and sailboats create a serene and relaxed feeling to the painting.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Oaxacan Animal Bowl

Purpose: To create a clay bowl with an endangered species subject, decorated in the style of the Oaxaca painted animal sculptures.

Art Culture Studied: The Oaxacan Culture from Mexico

I chose to do my animal bowl on the Bog Turtle. I chose the Bog Turtle because not too many people know that turtles are actually endangered and it was sad to know that so many were. It is endangered because roads and changing climate affects their habitat and turns the swap into a dry, murky place. Also, endangered plants such as Purple loosestrife grows in large clumps that are restricting its movement.

My color scheme was the complementary colors of orange and blue. I really liked these colors because the different shades are endless and they work together in a way I really liked. I wouldn't subtract anything but I would add some designs to the head of my turtle. Overall, I really like the way my bowl turned out and I love both the color scheme and the designs.

The most interesting part of this project was finding an endangered species and then getting to be creative with the designs and colors. My favorite part were our drafts when we got to use our information we found about the species to draw it all out with our creative patterns and fun colors. I liked how abstract this project was because everyone has their own idea about the animal and what it meant to them.