Friday, January 29, 2016

Most memorable experiences

         One of the most memorable experiences I had during this class was doing the upside-down drawing of the man (I'm not totally sure what the project is called). I will remember this project in particular because it was so strange and challenging to me. It was a super new experience to draw something just looking at the lines, but in the end it turned out pretty cool and I learned a new technique. The second memorable experience that I will remember is working on the value portrait painting. The steps we took to complete it were particularly interesting to me. This includes mixing out the six colors (I actually struggled a lot getting the shades right), tracing my face, and splitting the photo up into block sections of different colors. The last step stood out a lot to me because I had never done that before, but it actually worked quite well because my final piece resembles me a lot.

Project that I am most proud of

Out of all the in-class projects we did the one I am most proud of is my value portrait painting. I picked this project because I like how the end product came out and I think I did my best work. The painting actually kind of looks like me, which I was a little surprised about. One of the reasons for this was because I wasn't sure how using the numbered color blocks would turn out. But in the end it worked super well throughout all of the colors, and I definitely learned a new method that I might use again. Another reason why I am proud of this piece is because of the detailing I did around my facial features. By spending so much time working on them, I made sure everything had the right shapes and light values, and in the end it definitely paid off.

Winslow Homer Comparison: Sense of Place

                                          Gloucester Harbor, 1873, Winslow Homer 

In Winslow Homer's painting Gloucester Harbor (1873, oil on canvas) he shows a clear sense of place in multiple ways. The first way he does this is through the composition of his main focus point and how it works in harmony with the rest of the painting. The focus point, which is the small boat with a family inside, is located in the middle of painting floating in calm water. The family looks relaxed and content, and the colors in the painting lead you to believe it is the time of a sunset. All of these pieces and details Homer has put into his painting give it a sense of place. He made the family look like they were enjoying what they were doing and made the scenery and sky reflect that relaxed vibe. This allows the viewer to understand these feelings too, and have their own sense of place.

In my tunnel book I included Washington, D.C., which I think I have a deep personal connection with. Though it was somewhat hard to convey this sense of place with other people, I did it through the photos I chose. First, for my background and middle ground I picked a photo of the Washington monument, which is recognizable to almost anyone. By doing this it can also bring up connections with other people, so they can feel a sense of place too through my work. But to make this artwork more about my connection, I included a photo of my mom and I. The picture was taken by the Lincoln memorial so its fits in perfectly with the other picture, since the two monuments are right across from each other. Both my mom and I are smiling, which I believe shows a strong connection to the place, and putting the two photos together made more of a story that other people can understand and maybe interpret in their own ways.

I am quite content with how my tunnel book came out, but if I were to change anything within it to create a stronger sense of place, I would have included a sauveniere from my trip. This could have been something like my metro card or museum ticket, but as we were finishing up the project I just didn't have time to add anything else to my piece. If I had some type of trinket in my book I think it would have added another personal thing from my trip. Viewers could have had more of the story from my week in D.C. and would have been able to make more connections. Yet even without extra pieces my tunnel book still tells a story through it's pictures.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

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 to include in my tunnel book is Washington, D.C. Even though I have only been there once, the trip I took with my family was one I will always remember. I think the reason why I had such an amazing connection with the place is because of two reasons. The first is the history, and of course Washington, D.C. is a perfect place for that. Over the week that I was there, my family went to at least seven museums, which were all super cool in their own ways. My favorite was definitely the Crime and Punishment Museum. The second reason I had such a great personal connection with D.C. was being able to spend time with my family. I drove down with my mom and stepdad, and stayed at my step brother and his wife's house near D.C.. It was amazing to have time to be all together, and there are many memories I will not forget. This connection is shown in my piece through all of my pictures combined. The Washington monument in the back shows an interest in history and the photo of my mom and I shows one of the happy memories we made over the trip. Both of these images, I think, really reflect me.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Value Self Portrait


  • 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;

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

Artists Studied: Sean Cheetam, Tun Ping Wang, and Ray DiCapau

Portrait Reflection:

The thing I am most proud of within this project is how my painting looks fairly like me. This was sort of a surprise to me because while making the blocks on my face where the color would be it looked super strange! I never thought that it would turn out the way it did. I think the way I mixed some colors and painted with lots of detail contributed to the final piece looking nice. I focused a lot of attention on my eyes in particular, and that pulled the painting together really well. Eyes are my favorite part to do in a painting or drawing and I like to do them super realistically so some emotion comes through, like in this piece.

Receiving feedback helped to improve my work because having another person looking at the piece provided different and new thoughts. While painting my piece I was looking at the same spots for long amounts of time, so bringing someone else in, they were able to see things that I had been missing. It's almost like I couldn't see my piece as a whole anymore because I had been staring at it for so long. Feedback about my eyes and eyelashes helped me a lot, and made my eyes look realistic, even if I had to change some things from my picture. Giving feedback also helped me because if I made a helpful comment on someone else's work that they could improve on, then I could take that comment back to my own work and see if I could fix it on my piece.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winslow Homer, 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 my own work;
Title: Gloucester Harbor
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Year of creation:1873
Describe as much as you can about the artwork.  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?
A man and his family are rowing a small boat in a harbor. The water is calm with little ripples. At the horizon line there are sailboats floating. On the horizon line in the right side, there is a small house. There are a lot of big clouds in the sky. It’s sunset because the sky and water are tinted pink. The colors of the painting are complementary, using the colors blue and a warm orange. There are some seagulls in right side flying around.
Point of interest/CompositionWhat 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 boat that the people are in attract our eyes first. It is right in the middle, big and uses darker colors than the rest of the painting.

Balance - Is there symmetrical or asymmetrical balance? Explain…
The shapes are symmetrical because if you split the painting down the middle, there are similar things on both sides. However, the colors are asymmetrical because they vary on the different sides. In the sky, there are pink clouds on the left side. But, there is a block of blue sky on the right.

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, it is where the land and boats are. It is a little above the middle. The foreground includes the water and boat. The middleground is the blue water where the sailboats meet the land.  Background is the sky and clouds. The background is far away. Homer made the building on the right side small and included a tiny boat on the left. These give the feeling that the background is faraway from the viewer.

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 calm and relaxing. This is shown through the reflection of the sun and clouds on the water, which show the sunset. The water is very calm. Also, it is a family scene and usually family outings are fun. Homer uses small brushstrokes that are hard see. Therefore, the painting isn’t busy or hard to look at. It is a satisfying painting.

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?
A small family is on a simple outing in a small boat at sunset. Homer is trying to show the simple pleasures and moments of families. He shows by using a happy family on a small boat in a relaxing setting.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

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