Friday, January 29, 2016

Most memorable experiences

The most memorable and slightly foolish times in this class would have to be drawing the milk carton with oreos and drawing a picture upside down. The milk carton showed me the complications in the simplicity of something. The oreos may have appeared rounded but when looking closely you had us realize that the part touching the cream was flat. This had made it all the much more difficult in drawing, but it had also challenged our artistic ability in making us better at drawing other things. Our judgement in where values of light and dark are had also improved when having the room dark and light shining on the objects. This was memorable in the fact that it taught me a way to train myself to see the values, of light and dark, in things. Yet I still need some practice, looking back on the pieces before I believe I showed what I am trying to say.
I personally believe that the upside down drawing was most memorable because it had us thinking more. I do not have a picture of it but I remember it was an abstract like drawing of a man with a book sitting in a wooden chair. You had us do this in showing that our mind will often take control in drawing when we recognize something that is familiar to us. If I remember correctly you had told us that the left side of our brain takes over and has us draw something that doesn't quite fit with the piece. Our right side however looks at lines and sizing which all together will have a piece not looking awkward. Even though many of us were frustrated with having something be too big or too small our drawings were still almost dead on to what the original looked like. This had made me proud, yet still frustrated, and had taught me a new method of drawing which I hope will come in handy with my next class of drawing and painting.

Project that I am Most Proud of

I am most proud of my value self portrait. This piece really reflects who I am as an artist. Even though this project was meant to be drawn in solid shapes I couldn't help the urge to blend. Drawing realistic things has never been my strong suit and neither has seeing pictures of me. When doing this I felt more comfortable and got use to seeing my face. It allowed me to really see who I am and know more of what flaws I have. I have now grown to appreciate seeing myself instead of shying away or cringe in thinking I didn't look good enough. I'm also most proud of this piece because I spent the most time on it. With taking it home three times and working on it in class, my detail and craftsmen ship should be clearly visible. Now like with anything else, if given more time the painting would have come out better. I tried following my philosophy by challenging myself. When finding out about this project I immediately went to work in making one at home before the one in class even started. By comparing the two my philosophy is clearly shown in, good, better, best. Never let it rest, until your good is better and your better is best. This project had also had an impact on how I will draw. It use to be that I started with the shape of the face then one eye to the next. Now I see that the outcome will be amazing when starting with both eyes. When doing this I realize I will no longer have the problem of one eye being bigger or smaller than the other. This project also helped showing that monochromatic pieces are good starters for people who aren't quite talented in drawing portraits. It helped myself and others recognize the different tones and values of faces. Also showing how to make a piece seem more realistic by using an easier transformation from color to color. One more rather minor thing to add would be, focus point. I wanted that to be myself so I had my background be pale. I had done this because Mrs. Houston's students had done black and white with a bright background so since my piece already had bright colors I chose to have a pale background to add a touch of contrast with my high and low intensity points.

Winslow Homer Comparison: Sense of Place

Winslow Homer's 1897, "Wild Geese in Flight"

The clear sense of place, to me, seems to be somewhere in a field around Maine. I believe this because around the time geese take flight is when the grass is no longer green and the sky is no longer the magnificent blue it normally is. To be more specific the geese seem to be taking flight in a hill covered field. The way Winslow Homer drew this makes me wonder if he has been to a place like this. The detail he gives to the dying plants and worn down paths between the hills. He seems to show  the emotion of pain and fright in the geese's  face. With the two lying below I wonder if he is trying to show the terrors these birds go through, because they can't seem to escape the cold with out getting past hunters. So now I wonder if there is a forest near by and this is the field that comes out into a clear open space.
My place is a beach up north. I feel my viewers will see this first when they see the sandy beach and a doc far out in the water. With towels wrapped around our shoulders and appearing to beat down on us,  it should be quite clear that it's summer. Now it may be tricky for others to see but if you look closely in the background there are pine trees surrounding the beach. Another hint of location would be the mountains. They are far away but big enough from where the beach is they are visible. It should be quite clear now to my viewers that I am somewhere in Maine.
To give an even better sense of place I could have changed my middle ground. By having some ducks those who are familiar with where most live they could identify them to a certain place to where they most often live. I also found have changed my middle ground to show a sign that would have the name of the beach. This would probably be the most specific I could get in changing one thing. But, if I were to change more I think the background would give the most information besides the map on the front.

Personal Space Box

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 book takes place in Otisfield. It is about an hour up north. The beach stretches around half a mile to a mile long of all sand. It means a lot to me beach I practically grew up here and would spend hours upon hours with my grandfather and family.

I chose this as my space because my grandfather has recently pasted away and I wanted to make a connection in honor of him. He had a great sense of humor. If you look closer he has one of those fishing worm things you can by at the store in his nose. I also chose this because I wants to show how truly beautiful this beach is. I included myself in the space with both my actual presence and in the craftsmen ship. I have always adored the way clouds and the sky look so I had that be the layering on the inner sides.

Wednesday, January 27, 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:
  • Mary Borgman
  • Mequitta Ahuja
  • Till Freiwald
Portrait Reflection:
I am very proud of everything but would probably be most proud of my shading. Yes I do understand that the point of the project may have been to make quadrants of each color. But, I found it more challenging to blend because knowing myself that has always been more challenging. What made it even more difficult was that the paints slowly got older and would dry darker than when put on. So to assure that the painting would turn out how I wanted it to I would paint a nail sized piece of what I planned it to look like. That is when I would put it onto the page. This is why I am most proud of my shading because I spent so much time on it.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winslow Homer: Gulf Stream

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;

Which artwork are you analyzing?

Title: Gulf Stream
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Year of creation:1899
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?
  •  It looks like a failed rescue
  • A lot of sharks
  • Guy in boat
  • Boat looks damaged, no mast
  • Blood in the water
  • Big boat really far away
  • Ocean looks stormy
  • Storm is coming or passing
  • boat is most likely wrecked from a storm that had passed
  • Low intensity
  • Lots of little waves with few big waves
  • Slightly complimentary
  • Mid day/ morning
  • Far out in sea, no shore line
  • Looks as though there used to be other people with him
  • Holding himself in the boat with rope
  • Laying across middle of the boat
  • Guy is wearing camo cargo pants
  • Guy is wearing a necklace
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 man and boat catch our eye first which is located in the center of the painting. Everything looks as though it was put in to emphasize the man and boat. Also a huge color difference, sky and ocean are a dull and low intensity blue that comes up into a brown color crawling towards a high intensity color. Off in the middle ground on the right side though there are flying fish that are kind of hidden in with the waves of the ocean. So we are wondering if the blood in the water is from the fish or a former passenger.

Balance - Is there symmetrical or asymmetrical balance? Explain...
The painting itself is close to symmetrical because there is as much going on in the left as there is 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 in the background. Background is very deep and faraway, gives the illusion of more space. There is one big boat in the background. The middleground takes up most of the painting, encompassing up to the horizon line and starting at the boat. The foreground has a few sharks, and has a darker composition.

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 it is somewhat stressing us out because of all the sharks around the boat. The boat in the background is very far away so it looks as if he won’t receive any help. Although the man in the painting looks very relaxed.

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?
There was a shipwreck and a few people survived on a small boat. Only one man is still alive, and sharks surround his boat. The storm that possibly caused the shipwreck is passing. As evidence of this the right side looks calm and relieving due to the clouds being brighter and the ocean becoming calmer. Whereas the left side has some gray clouds and the ocean is darker with more waves.