Thursday, January 26, 2017

Most Memorable Experiences

One major highlight from the semester was my still life drawing, along with it being the project I am most proud of. I like to consider this drawing my best work from this course, which really helps propel my live for drawing. Knowing I did well on the assignment made me very proud. Another highlight from the course would be the color collage we completed near the start of the semester. I have always liked to collage and being able to have blue as my color was very exciting. I found that entire project to be very open and free; there were many options on what you could do. I was very happy my final product a lot, too, which left the assignment as one of my favorites from Art Fundamentals.

Project I am the Most Proud Of

Out of all of the projects I have completed over the course of Art Fundamentals, I would definitely consider my still life drawing to be the piece I am most proud of. I have always been a fan of drawing, so I was right away very excited for the unit. I enjoyed the array of materials and techniques we were given to experiment with; it really helped show me different ways to produce a drawing. For my still life, I chose to use the style of crosshatching with a pen, and was very happy I did. My final outcome took some time to complete, but at the end was definitely worth it. I was able to capture the difference between dark and light, and produce lines that clearly defined a variety of objects. This was not only the project I am most proud of, but my favorite one, as well.

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

I chose Deer Isle, Maine, as my special place as the main concept for my relief sculpture. I have been going up to Deer Isle for many years during the summer, and am always happy to return. The area is very calming and peaceful, especially because of its endless shoreline and picturesque views. I love exploring the coves and little inlets around the island, too. One of my favorite activities to do up in Deer Isle is photography; being able to capture scenes and little details in a beautiful place makes me feel very lucky. The memories my family and I have made at this place are unforgettable, whether it be a round of board games or relaxing on the porch, it all happened in Deer Isle.

My family travels a lot, especially my brothers; going up to Deer Isle is always a time that we are all together. Usually, some of my relatives will join my family up in Deer Isle while we vacation, which always makes these trips even more fun. Together, our days are filled with adventuring around the island to sitting on the dock; no matter what we do, it will have a good time. In my personal space box, I used a photograph of me and one of my brothers kayaking out of the cove. This trip was a very fun memory of mine, since I got experience it with close loved-ones.

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 face, specifically my eyes. I really enjoy drawing (and painting) eyes, and feel that they are the most important part of a painting. They bring so much life to an image so I tried to emphasize them as best I could. I added a lot of details to them as well, such as lids, small lashes, and light reflections. Other than the eyes, I was also very pleased of how my face in general turned out. I spend a lot of time crafting the shadows on my face and out several coats to make the colors as richly deep as I could. I liked how the painting turned out overall, and am proud of my work.

I would say the most challenging part of the assignment to me was also the face. The little details were quite difficult to add, and was very time consuming. Trying to get the right proportion for the eyes, nose, and mouth took a solid amount of time. While tracing the photograph, my light was not the brightest, so it was challenging to see certain darker features, such as the eyes. Eventually, I was able to find the shapes and trace them, leading to the painting of my portrait. The painting in general was tedious, so I had to stay after school many days to complete it. My hard work definitely paying, since I came out with a final product I enjoy.  

Monday, January 9, 2017

“Winslow Homer Analysis: Blue Boat 1892”

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.
Blue Boat, Watercolor, 1892

In the painting there is a river with a blue canoe holding two two men who appear to be hunting. It looks like it is in a swamp-like area surrounded by greenery and distant mountains. There are large pine trees in the background, cattails, and lily pads on the edge of the river, too. It looks like daytime with some clouds in the sky. The clouds reflect in the water as well. There are mainly blues and greens, with white and then one of the man’s shirt is red. More of a cool color scheme, too.

One of the first things you see is the canoe and the man in the red shirt. The water reflections also pop. Homer draws the attention since he makes these the brightest aspects of the painting. The red and blue contrast against each other. It is obviously located in a swarm and you can tells by the surrounding and the vegetation.

A symmetrical piece would be mainly the boat's reflection in the water, and also the figures reflections too. Other than that there was not much symmetry and seemed slightly unbalanced because the boat was off center from the middle of the painting. The two main pine tree were more to the right, too, and added to the unbalanced of the painting. Although it wasn’t perfectly balanced, it was still pleasing to the eye.

Yes, there is a horizon line; a little above the middle and the top of the mountains. The foreground would be the river water and the lower swamp plants. The middleground consists of the boat and the majority of the greenery. The background is the sky, clouds, and two large trees. The background seems far away, due to the depth the trees and greenland give to the painting. There seems to be a lot of trees too, which give off a long distance. There is a vast sky as well, which help show the deep area.

A prominent feeling would be peaceful. The lines seems very blended and relaxed, which contribute to another intense mood. The two men are looking in the same direction and seem very focused on something.

Homer may have been communicating the beauty of nature and what it gives to humans. The two figures are enjoying their surroundings and seem to be quite calm. It looks like a nice day in the painting and the two are definitely taking advantage of that. Based on the title, “Blue Boat”, it describes what the viewer sees first, and in this painting, it is one of the main subjects.  

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

My endangered animal was the Island Fox, which lives on six of the eight channel islands off the coast of Southern California. I chose this animal because it has a special trait- they are found nowhere else on Earth expect these few Islands. It is one of the smallest species in the world, population wise. I also think foxes are very intriguing; the Island Fox is also very adorable, too. There are only around 1,300 foxes left, which is unfortunate since they are only found in one general area. These foxes became endangered due the hunting from golden eagles. The golden eagle is a classic predator in the California area. The decline of Island Foxes began to drop alarming low in the 90s, and continued to do so until the later 2000s. By 2004, the foxes were officially added to the list of endangered species list. In my bowl, I showed the foxes’s habitat very clearly. Behind the fox you can see a large body of water and a small area of land, indicating the the island it lives on and the ocean surrounding it. I put in two different shades of green to show a variation of vegetation and included a dark blue around the “shore” to indicate to water’s depth change. Overall, I was very happy I chose this animal for my bowl; I thought the fox in general is an animal with a lot of character and was able to incorporate its powerful presence on my bowl.

For my animal bowl, I chose to use an analogous color scheme. My bowl consisted of blue, blue-green, green, yellow, orange-yellow, and of course, black and white. Black and white did not fit into my scheme but were required and therefore included. The other colors in my piece are considered analogous since they are next to each other on the color wheel, from blue to orange-yellow. I like how they colors ended up looking, but if I were to do this project again, I would go for a more abstract look. Soon before painting, I had changed to chosen colors I would use, which led me to go with an easier analogous scheme. I would definitely choose more vivid or brighter colors if I had the chance to do this again, and maybe try and incorporate a bolder black and white pattern. I do not dislike my final, but I do feel I should have experimented more with coloring and design.

Throughout this project, I was able to experience some new elements and explore topics I hadn’t know much about before. My favorite part had to have been color mixing and painting. I really enjoy art and painting, and this project let me have fun. Being able to create your own colors and experiment with darker and lighter hues was very calming to me. I felt very in control of the project. It was so interesting to see the paints mixing together to create a new shade; this made it so intriguing once the paint was on the bowl since you realized that particular color was made from two separate shades. That was very thought-provoking once it happened. Learning about endangered species and the Oaxaca cultural designs was also quite compelling, but my favorite part the actual painting and physical creation of this project.

Tuesday, December 6, 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