Friday, January 27, 2017

Most Memorable Experiences

The two most memorable experiences from this semester were the Oaxacan Animal Bowl and the Value Self Portrait. The Oaxacan Animal Bowl was very memorable and enjoyable because we did a lot of painting. I learned a lot about color groups and painting during this unit. The other memorable experience was the Value Self Portrait. I learned about how to mix paints with different values. I also learned how to break down the subject I'm painting and make each different color and value a shape. I enjoyed seeing the final product for this project because it looked like me even though I made it out of different shapes.

Project that I am Most Proud Of

The project that I am most proud of is my Still Life Drawing. I am most proud of this project because I improved a lot during this unit and learned a lot. The first thing I learned was how to make ellipses look realistic by not drawing them with corners and keeping all of the edges rounded. The second thing I learned was how to create a middle value by letting the brown paper show. I am very proud of this project because I improved a lot from the beginning of the unit and I spent lots of extra time working on this and making it my best work. Not only was the process of drawing this fun for me, but it was very rewarding to see my final product. 

Wednesday, January 25, 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 concepts.

Artists Studied: Winslow Homer

The place I chose was the white mountains. The pictures for my middle ground and foreground were taken at Beaver Pond, a place near most of the places we camp at where I fish with my dad. It is important to me because when I am here I feel at peace. Being in a place that is so beautiful and natural is a nice way for me to reset. I included myself in this space by having a picture of me in front of the pond. I also like that it is hard to get service in the white mountains, it makes me feel more connected with my surroundings. I included myself in this space by using a picture of me standing in front of the pond.

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 am most proud of my clean edges, the attention to detail, and my color selection. I am proud of my clean edges because I worked very hard to make sure the values didn't blend together. I think that makes it so that the difference between values is clear. I am also proud of the fact that I payed close attention to detail. When I was painting and tracing my values, I made sure to include every value and detail that I thought was important. I didn’t want to put in too much detail, in order to keep it simple, but I wanted to add enough so that it looked 3-D and just like me. I also like my color selection because the color suits me since it is one of my favorite colors.

Some of the most challenging things were also the things I am most proud of. On of the things I found difficult was finding all of the values and differentiating where one value ended and another began. Oftentimes when I ran into this problem I realized that I needed another value in between them. Another thing that was challenging was keeping the edges clean. While I was painting sometimes my hand would slip and I would end up with a little mark that messed up the edge between two values. Other times the paint would not be as dry as I had expected and the values would end up blending together. To solve these problems I would let the paint completely dry, then go over the edge again with both of the values. The last thing I had difficulty with was making sure the paint was as opaque as possible. This was hard because putting several coats of paint over one area was time consuming.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Winslow Homer Analysis: The Gulf Stream 1899

To become familiar with Winslow Homer, a Maine artist;

To look at Homer’s work as a way to inform and inspire your work.

The Gulf Stream
Oil on Canvas

  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?

          It is a painting of the ocean. There is a man in a broken sailboat in the middle of the painting. The mast of the boat has come off and the man is African-American and he is only wearing cargo pants. There are 4 visible sharks surrounding his boat and the water is rough and choppy. The sky is cloudy and it is probably 3:00 in the afternoon. The water is turquoise and there are red spots in it. The clouds are a warm gray with some brown around the edges. There is a ship on the horizon line.

  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 main point of interest is the man and his ship, which is slightly off center towards the right. It stands out because it is dull orange which contrasts the blue of the ocean. It also has more detail than the background.  The horizon line is also a point of interest. It draws your attention because it is a very different color than the rest of the painting, it is a warm gray which stands out against the blue and green. It located in the top quarter of the painting.

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

It is symmetrical because the boat is centered and so are the sharks surrounding it. Also, in the sky there are points of interest on both halves.

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

Yes there is a horizon line, it is located at the top quarter of the painting. In the foreground there is a man on a boat surrounded by sharks. The middleground is the ocean and big waves, the background is the sky and a boat in the distance. The background is very deep and far away. You can tell because there is a tiny ship on the horizon line and is small compared to the boat with the man. Also, the waves get less defined as they get closer to the horizon line.

  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?

This painting is very intense, it comes out and scary and stressful. The mood is scary because of sharks circling around the boat and a man lying on his boat trying to stay alive. Big waves give this painting a very ominous. The colors are very vibrant and the brush strokes are short, energetic, and detailed. Red spots in the water may represent blood of the men's crew, this creates a frantic energy.

  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?

I think that Homer was trying to tell a story of a man who went out to go fishing, he ended up getting stuck in a storm at “The gulf stream”. Sharks were attracted to him and now he is struggling to wait out this storm without being eaten. Homer may have been trying to communicate the dangers of a working mans life.

Tuesday, December 20, 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 the Southern Sea otter as the endangered animal to make my bowl out of. I chose it because it was very cute and I felt strongly about the reason that they are endangered. They are endangered for many reasons like oil spills, fur hunting, and they are frequently eaten by great white sharks. They live in California from San Mateo County to Santa Barbara. Although there are about 3,000 of them today, they are still at risk because of oil spills. I connected a symbol of their diet in my bowl and a pattern representing their habitat. The symbol was sea urchins because that is a big part of their diet. The pattern was the kelp because they live in kelp forests and use the kelp to keep themselves anchored.

My color scheme is complimentary colors using orange and blue. The color that I used for the ocean was navy and I used a dark blue-green for the kelp. For the otter, I used peach for the body and a dark, burnt, orange for the patterns and to define the edges. I really like my color scheme and how the colors react with each other. The lightness of the peach contrasts nicely with the dark, deep, blue. And the burnt orange is just a darker shade of the peach which creates unity. However, if I were to do this again I would make the colors for the sea urchins more orange because they are kind of purple.

Out of all the elements used in this project, color mixing and painting was the most important to me. One of my favorite things to do is paint and I find it very relaxing. I also love working with color and it plays a very important part in my life. I liked being able to get creative and create a playful mood with the colors. I liked making the designs but adding color to them was very satisfying because they became so much more interesting.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Color Collage


    • To become familiar with color meaning and associations;
    • To use color knowledge so that students will make purposeful choices when using color

I learned a lot about my color during this assignment. Before, I knew that red was the color of passion and that it stirred emotions, but I didn’t know that it is the color of confidence or that it is energizing. I also found it’s meaning in different cultures interesting. I realized that in Asia it’s meaning is usually centered around prosperity, celebration, and beauty, but in the east it is sometimes viewed more negatively. Last, I learned a very interesting fact about how bees can’t see red. Bees can see all of the bright colors except for red, therefore, they don’t pollinate red flowers.