Friday, January 27, 2017

Most memorable experiences

The first highlight from this semester is the personal space box assignment. I really enjoyed created depth by placing a foreground, middle ground, and background. This project impacted me because I learned to be creative with my artwork. This project required a lot of originality because you had to get three different pictures that matched up with each other. The second highlight from this semester is the still life project. Looking at the objects and drawing was a really peaceful experience. I learned that drawing can really clear my mind, and I really liked having that time to myself. When I first started drawing still life, I had some trouble because I never really learned how to create shadows and round shapes. In this project, I learned to draw cylinders and create light and dark in a drawing. 

Project that I am most proud of

I'm most proud of my Oaxacan Animal Bowl, I feel like this project challenged me yet really intrigued me. I really like researching endangered animals and getting new information, because I care a lot about animals. I learned a lot about endangered species and what is causing their population to decrease. It was incredibly fun for me to use clay because I am a very hands-on person. This project challenged me because of the painting piece. I sometimes have trouble doing intricate designs with paint brushes, therefore I had to work hard at the dark blue designs on the butterfly. The trees in the background were also a little difficult because I had to be very precise. This impacted my learning because it taught me to keep trying after I messed up on something. I had to paint over my orange base colors as well as my background multiple times. Overall, I am most proud of my Oaxacan Animal Bowl because it made me a better artist.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Basic Photography Skills

Simplify: photo by David Wilkinson

Close/Closer: photo by Adriana

Angle: photo by Adriana

Rule of Thirds: photo by Adriana

Even lighting: 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Personal Space Box

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 concepts.

Artists Studied: Winslow Homer

My place is Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park. As a kid, I used to go to Acadia National Park and go camping. One time, I went hiking with my family on Cadillac mountain. These pictures are taken at the top of the mountain, with amazing views and I remember climbing through the rocks and seeing the amazing views with my grandparents, aunts, and uncles. This place is very special to me because it gave me a chance to get closer to my distant family. I included myself in this picture by placing myself in the middle ground. The middle ground shows me making a rock cairn. I think this picture shows my creativity curiosity as a child.

Thursday, January 12, 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.

I feel most proud of the features of my face. I really made to sure to make the painting look like me, and I put light and dark shades to make it look three-dimensional. The lips were a little challenging because of the darkest point in the crease of my upper and lower lip, but I think I made it look realistic. My nose is well defined by the light and dark points of my cheeks. My eye crease is the darkest point in my eye, along with the pupils. This gave my eyes some depth.

The most challenging part of the project was the eyes. I tried my best to make the eyes look realistic, although the paint brush can only be so small, so I had a little bit of trouble. There were a lot of lights and darks from the eye itself, (not including the eyelid) therefore making it more difficult. I tried to be very precise with my brush strokes and I made sure each shade was in the right place. Overall, the eyes were the most challenging part of the project for me because of the tiny detail in them.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Winslow Homer Analysis

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 1873
Oil Painting

  1. 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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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 sail boats 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Oaxacan Animal Bowl

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 the Karner Blue Butterfly for my endangered species, this species caught my eye when I saw its habitat. Also, this butterfly looked beautiful from all of the pictures. The Karner Blue Butterfly is endangered because of destruction of habitat and its diet. The caterpillars that turn into this species eat wild blue lupine found in pine barrens. These pine barrens have been destroyed because of development for people, and now the caterpillars die before they can turn into a butterfly. There are around 50 Karner Butterflies left, and there are many support programs trying to preserve them. My branches on my oaxacan bowl represent the blue pine plants and the trees that Karner Butterflies like to live in. These branches and plants are also getting destroyed because of forest fires or development.

My color scheme is complementary. I painted a lot of different shades of blue and orange on my plate, and they complement each other quite well. Because I layered the blue over the orange, the colors match up. I may subtract the dark blue I added to the tree branches if I were to do this again. I would do this because I feel like it’s a little too distracting, other than that I wouldn’t change anything.

The most interesting part of this project was painting and sculpting the oaxacan plate. I really enjoyed mapping out how my plate was going to look and actually painting it. I also really like making clay sculptures, so I enjoyed that aspect of the project too. I really liked rolling out the clay and shaping it into a plate. After that was done, the painting part was fun also.