Monday, January 30, 2017

Most memorable experiences

           Two of the most memorable experiences in this art semester were painting the Oaxacan Animal Bowl and creating the Personal Space Box. The Oaxacan Animal Bowl was a fun and challenging piece that exercised my creative talent. Along with creativity, this bowl taught me about all the specific color schemes that can be used. The Personal Space Box was an amazing way to reflect on the importance of a certain place. I was able to create a three-dimensional space that had a great deal of meaning for me. Both of these projects forced me to reflect on the type of person I am, even though it didn't seem like at the moment these projects helped me learn more about who I am as a person. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Project that I am most proud of

                I am definitely most proud of my Value Self Portrait. I am very happy with this portrait because it created a calming and positive vibe, this is what I was trying to accomplish. Along with the feeling of the painting, this painting looks quite close to how I actually looked in the photo it was based off. I learned so much in the amount of time we put into making this piece. Creating artwork in a monochromatic color scheme is something I don't generally do at home. It was a very different kind of experience which made me focus on the values of the painting rather than separate colors.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Basic Photography Skills


To become familiar with basic strategies for photographing
Photographer: Grandma 
Close, Closer- 
Photographer: Me 
Photographer: Me
Rule of Thirds-
Photographer: Me
Even Lighting-

Tuesday, January 24, 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 photo I decided to choose was from a beach in Boca Grade, Florida. My whole family goes down every April vacation, this includes most of my dad's side of the family. There are so many memories that I have from this place. So many fun golf cart rides driving around town at night trying to wake up the neighbors, watching shark catches and many other experiences. This is one of my favorite places to spend time with my family. I included myself in this piece by placing a photo of the middle of my torso up in the foreground.

Monday, January 16, 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 very proud of all my facial features. I
used all seven tints to form a legitimate representation of the original photo. I painted shadows and highlights very carefully onto specific spots to create depth. All of my features were well defined and prominent. I think that I did a good job at making everything pop, it looked very realistic and three-dimensional.

The most difficult parts of this project were either painting my eyes or painting my hair. Each of these features are very hard to get completely accurate, so it requires some artistic license. I found if I concentrated too hard on these features I would make many more mistakes than if I took a step back and simplified everything a little. This is how I solved this problem, by taking a step back and looking at it through a different perspective.

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, 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.

Yes, there is a horizon line, it is located in the top quarter of the painting. In the foreground, there is a man on a boat surrounded by sharks. The middle ground 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 the 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 man's life.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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 Canadian Lynx. This mammal lives in many northern states of the U.S. along with Canada. Most live in generally snowy and cold habitat; I reflected this in my bowl by placing a snowflake in the middle of its forehead. There have been numerous things have caused this species to become endangered such as Poaching and Deforestation. People have started hunting lynx for their firs, thousands of these poachers are arrested each year. Deforestation has been caused by the growing human population in their habitat, this has drastically dropped their food sources. Currently, there are 34 Canadian Lynx left in the United States and 70 worldwide.

I used an analogous color scheme created a from a range of pink, red, purple, and dark blues. These colors make my painting look cool and cold. I think this color scheme fits well with my animal because it ties into its habitat. Snow and cold weather are normally paired with these color so it fits well. If I were to re-create this bowls color scheme the only slight change I would make is would be, popping the pinks and purples out a little more. I would do this so that the blues would be more pronounced, and there would be a larger variation.

In this project we learned about endangered species, color mixing and painting, and Oaxaca culture and designs. What I found most interesting about this project was the endangered species. Not only did I get to learn about multiple animals and their habitats, but I was given the chance to become aware of this worldly issue. Before I started this assignment I had some to no knowledge of the Canadian Lynx. Now I believe that I have become much more acquainted with the problem at hand.