Friday, January 27, 2017

"Most memorable experiences"

One of the most memorable experiences that comes to mind from the semester is working on my Wahaca animal bowl. While working on the bowl I faced many challenges with making the lines right and making sure each pattern was the best it could be. While making the bowl I learned a lot about painting neatly and how to use enough paint where so there is no gaps. I also learned a lot about painting and design because prier to that assignment that only time I had painted was in a middle school art class. This stands out to me because during this assignment I learned the basics of value color and how to paint correctly.

Another Assignment that stands out to me was the color collage. This assignment while it was short helped me obtain a much wider understanding of value and the color wheel. Before this assignment I had very little knowledge of the color wheel and how it worked. After doing this project and Learning about how colors can be tinted and neutralized. Helped me greater understand how the colors and value worked and how just one color can be used to create many different shades. Laos during this unit we learned about all of the different type of color scheme and how each painting had its own color scheme. This had a huge impact on my learning because before this project I would just look at a painting and never take into account the different colors and how they worked together to make the painting. This assignment stands out to me because it helped me develop a greater under standing of the color wheel and color value.

"Project that I am most the proud of"

I think that I am the most proud of my still life drawing. Going into this class I had barley used a pencil for drawing and had only done small drawings in middle school art. I know that I am not the most talented artist but in relation to the pre instructional. I think you can see the most improvement with this assignment. I think that I am the most proud of this because it is the first pice of art where I had accurate proportion and each subject had its own value. This was the first pice of work this year where I learned how to create accurate proportions and shade correctly. Out of all the projects we have done this year I am the most proud of this one because it is the first project where I learned the basics of how to create a good drawing and the basics of art and drawing.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Basic Photography Skills

Basic Photography Skills
To become familiar with basic strategies for photographing
Read the following, then find at least one image for each strategy. Post and label on your blog. Title the post, “Basic Photography Skills”.
The "SCARE" principles:
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Angle: Be creative as you're taking your picture. Try to find an unusual angle from which to shoot. That could mean standing on a picnic table or tree stump and looking down or lying on the grass and shooting up.
  • Rule of thirds: The best compositions are often the ones where the main subject is either in the right third or left third of the image. So shift the image that way.
  • Even lighting. "You want even lighting." If there's some kind of shadow across the face, move the camera or the subject around to eliminate that. "Usually the best time to take pictures is early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the lighting isn't as harsh." "Foggy days are great for taking pictures — or overcast or even rainy days."

Take a lot of pictures. "You better your odds and get more practice". That also helps students to become more discriminating. You don't need to share every picture; learn how to choose your favorite one.

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

My place that I chose to use for my personal space box is my house in yarmouth. This is the house where I grew up and I have many memories there as a kid. In My personal space box the foreground is a picture of me as a kids sledding in the front yard of my house. This is important to me because as a kid growing up at that house I have many memories sledding off of the snow banks in the front yard of my house. I have included myself in this project by making my sleft the foreground and the middleground was my house.

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 think I am most proud of my breakdown of value. While tracing my face and outlining the values of my face I made sure that I outlined each individual value and shadow on my face. When I was painting I think that this came through well because it made my face have a slightly more realistic look and It looks more like me. I think that this process was successful because I took the time early in the process to make sure that the different values were outlined.

I think that the most difficult part was the detail. When dealing with the eyes and lips. I often had to restart and paint over mistakes. I think that this part was the most challenging for me because I am not the best painter when it comes to detail. I delt with this by being patient and trying multiple times to get the best result that I could.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Winslow Homer Analysis: Snap the Whip 1872

To become familiar with Winslow Homer, a Maine artist;

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

Snap the Whip 1872
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?
There are 9 kids in a field. 7 of them are holding hands and playing the old game snap the whip. 2 of the children have fallen down and are laying on the ground. All of the children are wearing brown pants with white and grey shirt and have hats on. There Is a brown barn in the background that looks rundown and are two mountains as well that are all green and yellow. The sky is blue with some clouds and the field that the children are playing in is green and yellow with flowers in it. It is mid afternoon in the painting and the sun is shining. The colors used are mostly different shades of green with yellow orange for some of the trees and flowers. The barn in the background is completely red except for the grey roof.

  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 kids are the main point of interest because they are in the foreground of the painting. Also they are in the middle of a game and there is some action going on so it catches the eye. Homer draws the attention to this area by having the kids in action and putting them directly in the foreground so it is one of the first things you see.

  1. Balance - Is there symmetrical or asymmetrical balance? Explain...
The painting has asymmetrical balance. It is asymmetrical because there are different thing going on in each part of the painting. On the right side of the painting there are kids standing up and holding hands playing a game. While to the left there are kids who have fallen and are more people to the far left talking in conversation. There is also a large barn on the right of the painting with a tall mountain in the background while on the other side there is only a smaller mountain with not as much color.

  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.
The horizon line in this painting is in the middle ground in line with the red barn. The background looks deep in this painting because there are mountains in the background with a horizon line that is closer to the kids playing and were the main point of interest is. Because the horizon line is close to the middle ground and the point of interest it makes the painting seem deep and 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 happy and playful. This is because the main point of interest is kids playing in a sunny field. Because of the warm colors used with the kids and the barn it makes it seem more of a joyous and peaceful setting and mood. The lines and brushstrokes used are detailed in the foreground and looser in the background. This focuses the attention to the happy children is the foreground which is a happy scene. The subject matter is of children playing and the composition is of warm colors so it helps portray the happy mood.

  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?
Because the children are playing in a field and the title of the painting is the game they are playing it shows us the warm days of summer where people would gather and children would play games. The story of the painting is that it is a warm summer day and many children have gathered to play and have fun together and enjoy the nice weather and warm days. Homer is trying to communicate that nice days like the one shown in the painting are valuable and the need to be taken advantage of like the kids playing their game.

Monday, December 19, 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 Alaskan polar bear for my endangered animal. I chose this animal because it was not the most popular choice and I had some ideas for designs that I could possibly do for the polar bear. The polar bear is an endangered species due to high temperatures in their habitat. The Alaskan polar bear lives primarily on snow and ice and because of the rise in temperatures in the arctic circle a lot of their habitat has been melted. There were 900 Alaskan polar bears in 2010 and that number plummeted from a 1500 in 2001. On my painting I choose to incorporate snowy mountains to represent the winter habitat of the polar bear.

I choose to do a cool color scheme because I thought it would go well with the wintery habitat of the polar bear. Chose to use a wide range of blue and purple and well as a slight green blue. I think that my colors turned out well. I think that my blues and purples ending up contrasting enough while still providing enough variety. If I could add anything it would be more blue greens. I would add this because It would help provided a little more variety from the blues and purples.

I think that my favorite part of the project was the color mixing and painting. Before this my only experience with real color and paint was in middle school and even that was minimal. Being able to experiment with color and being able to find the right color I need and working on becoming a better painter was something new and interesting for me.