Thursday, January 26, 2017

Most memorable experiences

My first highlight/memorable experience during the semester was probably analyzing photographs, paintings, sculptures, etc. This is a highlight and a big learning factor because I had never really done it before and I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. For example, I really enjoyed looking at Winslow Homer's artwork the other day, then getting together with partners and talking about it. Additionally, I liked when we looked at endangered species artwork as well because I feel like they had a lot of emotions in them. For example, I learned about the video that Louie Psihoyos and Travis Threlkel created and projected on the Empire State Building which I thought was amazing! Next, another highlight/memorable experience was doing the "Personal Space Box". I thought this was a highlight because I felt like this project was very personal and immersive to the viewer. Also, I like how we were using pictures and photography during this project. Furthermore, I think this project taught me how to create a sense of place. Overall, I really enjoyed this semester, what we did, and what we learned.

Project that I am most proud of

The project I am most proud of is my Value Self-Portrait painting. I am proud of this project because I feel like it looks like me, I like the way it looks, and the values make this painting look very interesting. First off, I feel like overall it looks pretty similar to my face, which initially I thought I wasn't going to think so in the end. Secondly, "I like the way it looks" meaning I like the color I chose and how we painted the values we saw in the photograph. Lastly, I like that the values made this painting look really interesting and more realistic. This work I think had a big impact on my learning because I was able to learn about mixing paints and about values. More specifically I hadn't really mixed any paints before taking art fundamentals, and once I tried it I really enjoyed it. Additionally, I learned more about values than I ever have before. I'm pretty sure I didn't even know what values were before this semester. Furthermore, I also think that this project of painting helped show me that you don't always have to paint completely free hand.

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 for my Personal Space Box Project is Martha’s Vineyard Island off the coast of Massachusetts. To get on the island you can take a ferry out of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. My personal connection to Martha’s Vineyard is that I have been going every summer since I was a baby. It is important to me because I have had so many wonderful memories and experiences here. Also, it’s not just my immediate family who come with me, my cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents come as well. Which makes Martha’s Vineyard extra special not only to me but my whole family. I have included me in this space by using a picture of me, my sister, and my older cousins, which was taken this summer. I chose this picture because I wanted to show how much family means to me and that Martha’s Vineyard wouldn’t be the same without my family by my side.

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.

The parts of this project that make me most proud is how the value worked out on the face. This made me proud because I thought the shapes of shadows would look really weird. They actually almost helped make my painting more realistic. I also felt proud about the eyes. I feel proud about the eyes, more specifically the left one because I feel like I was able to make them look relatively realistic. These two things have made me more successful because I feel like if one of these parts weren’t up to par it would have brought the whole painting down.

The most challenging parts of this assignment was probably figuring out how many coats of paint to use, so that the paint didn’t look as streaky. To fix this challenge I just kept adding more paint and eventually it worked out. Another part of this project that was tough for me was trying to figure out where are the shadows were and picking out value numbers for each shadow. To work through trying to figure out where the shadows were, I traced them directly on the photograph first. Which helped me transfer it to the other paper much easier. For picking out the value numbers I looked at my swatches for reference, and once I started it got much easier.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Analysis of a Winslow Homer Artwork

To become familiar with Winslow Homer, a Maine artist;
To look at Homer’s work as a way to inform and inspire your work.Title: The Gulf Stream
Date: 1899
Medium: Oil paint

  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 painting is split into thirds, where the bottom two thirds are a dark, stormy sea with sharks and a man on a broken sailboat, and the top third is a cream-colored cloud and another sailboat in the distance. Additionally, it looks like this man is in trouble because of the three sharks in the foreground, the blood in the water, and broken mast of the boat. The water is turquoise and rough with a lot of waves. The only one on the ship is one African American man with cuffed pants on.

  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.)

When you first look at this painting, your eyes are attracted to the man in the boat, since this is in the middle of the painting and is a different color from most of the surrounding turquoise ocean. It is one of the biggest things in the painting and is one of the only things in the painting, besides the busy ocean in the back.

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

This painting is symmetrical because if you were to split the painting in half, besides a few differences is pretty much the same. The boat is in the middle so it would be pretty much equally split in half.

  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, it is around two thirds up from the painting. It occurs when the sea meets the clouds, and you can tell it is far away because there is a distance ship on the edge of the horizon line. In the foreground, there are three or four sharks circling the ship. In the middleground, there is the ship with the man laying on it. In the background, there is the rough sea and the sky which contains a lot of low big clouds.

  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?

When looking at this painting, it is a very gloomy and scary scene. The colors represent this because they are very dark, dull, and mysterious. Also, the component that adds to the mood are the sharks and the blood in the water. The stormy sea is also a component that adds to this feeling because of the color and the large waves.

  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 is trying to communicate that this man does not have a chance against the intimidating sharks that are circling around him. They have probably eaten his crew members and broken his ship, which means that he will probably die soon. There is a ship in the distance which gives the viewer a little bit of hope for the poor man but the ship will probably not make it in time.

Sunday, December 18, 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 from California because I mostly thought these animals were very cute! Also, I love ocean animals in general and I love the ocean, so I thought it was only fitting to choose a sea animal. This sea otter is endangered because of reduced population, oil spills, and oil incidents from tanker traffic. As I said before this Southern Sea Otter is also from California. Next, fortunately enough the population has gone way up recently and the population currently is over 3,090 sea otters. Last but not least I connected a pattern on my bowl to a Southern Sea Otter’s habitat because for the background I did bubbles which represent the water they live in.

My color scheme for my animal bowl is analogous from blue to red-violet. The specific colors I used were a reddish violet for the body, dark purple for the zig-zags, light blue for the background, blue and dark purple for bubbles, black and white for the paws, and blue and dark purple for the nose/mouth features. These colors defined my color scheme because they all fell into blue to red-violet which was the group of colors I chose for analogous. At first, I did not like my plan in my sketchbook for the colors, but now with a few alterations I feel more happy with them. I think the only thing I would change involving colors if I were to do this again is to spend more time mixing colors. Also, I think it would be nice to have tested out some colors first on a scrap paper to see what would look good together.

The most interesting pieces to this project was probably learning about different endangered species, exploring/learning about color schemes, and incorporating habitat into our designs. First off, learning about species that I didn’t know were endangered was really interesting to me especially because I was able to learn about this in art class. Next, I really thought it was cool to use our learning about color schemes and use them in our own art. Lastly, I thought it was a great idea to use what we knew about our species habitat and use it in our patterns. Although, I would have been able to mention more these are just a few things that were interesting to me about this project.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Fabulous Faces

  • To look a bit deeper at a variety of portrait artists who use a variety of media
  • Develop understanding of different artists’ work through inquiry, research, and synthesis