Friday, January 27, 2017

Most Memorable Experciences


My most memorable project this semester have been my Value Portrait and My Personal Space Box



 My value portrait is one of my most memorable pieces because it combined what we learned about value this year with painting my favorite media. I am very happy with how mine turned out, although it is not my favorite piece, it is definitely the one i put the most time into. Making a entire face with lifelike features using only different values of color  was a challenge but a fun one and one i would like to try again. It taught me a lot about painting and how to use different values to show dimension. 



My personal space box although not one of my favorite pieces was one of the most memorable. I think it was interesting how we combined a personal college with the themes of Winslow Homers work mized in. The place i chose to is very spacial and personal place to me and having art work to represent those feeling is a nice way to finish up the semster. While working on this i had a lot of nostalgia of my childhood. It was a meaningful porject to me.





Project that i am most proud of


I am most proud of my final instructional still life done in pen. At of all the art work i have done this year, my still life i enjoyed most doing and the i enjoy to look at the most. I remember having to stay to work on it but not minding that much because i was really enjoying what i was creating. At first i was nervous to use because each stroke you made couldn't be undone, but as a i kept working i learned to adjust my view if i messed up and could easy fix it. Because of this i feel like my drawing has a messy and wild feel but in a controlled way. Even though the picture is a still life, because of all the messy strokes it makes the picture come alive. I had done a lot of drawing int the past but nothing that focused on showing dimension through value like this one does. It impacted my artistic learning because it taught me that even if you didn't have lines to follow you can still have a controlled and exact image. I was a difficult and fun assignment, and i would love to do it again. 

Wednesday, January 25, 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
I have been going to Scarborough Beach with my family for as long as i can remember it was my favorite beach as a child i loved paying in the waves and it is the place that some of my family's happiest memories are. The handles for our bathroom  in my family's old house are made out of rocks we collected at Scarborough. Now that my parents are divorced i rarely go there anymore but when i do it makes me so happy. I included a picture of me at Scarborough from the only time i went there last year. I am twirling around and look childish but i the photo reminds me of a picture of myself as a child.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Value Self Portrait


Purpose:
    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 in this picture. I also really like how i did my hair. I think the details of my eyes and hair adds a lot  of emotion to my painting. Having different colors in the strands of my hair makes it come alive and having the little sparkle in my eyes also does. I think they are the most successful part of the project because they not only follow the guidelines for the project and but adds a little extra.

My face even though i think was my most successful feature was also my most difficult. When i first starting painting the values, it look weird and disfigured and not like a face. I had no idea it would look like it does now. Once i filled in most of my face though,i i added more features or changed some of the colors to dramatize the shadows and details. This although difficult, added a lot to my painting.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Analysis of a Winslow Homer Artwork

Analysis of a Winslow Homer Artwork

Purpose:
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.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Winslow_Homer_-_A_Basket_of_Clams.jpg

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 two little boys walking on the beach and are located a little bit below the middle ground of the painting. Both of the boys are carrying a bucket together. The oldest boy who is located on the left, when looking at the painting, has a floppy, greenish colored hat and is wearing a red long sleeved shirt with a button up sleeveless blue vest. He also is wearing brown pants that are rolled up to his knees and has bare feet. The older boy is looking over his right shoulder to the boat that is behind him.
The smaller boy on the left is wearing brown overalls that fade to white at the top and are rolled up to his midcalves. He is wearing a white button down and a straw hat but a very clean cut straw hat. He is also bare foot. He is looking in the bucket.
There is a dead sand shark in the bottom left corner that is laying on his back. All over the sandy area where the boys are walking you can see small white flakes, what one could assume are seashells. In middle ground, directly behind the two boys, there is a beached sailboat, and in the very background there are buildings that seem as if they would be used to store boats or fishing supplies. The houses are located on a wooden dock or pier.  The boat is the darkest part of the picture. Its outside is black with white specks and it is tilted to the left. There are two large tan masts on the boat tilting to the right. The sails of the boat are down and warped. This painting looks to be in the morning when the sun is starting to rise. The whole painting is masked in a golden light which gives the impression that the sun is just rising and lighting up the beach and roofs of the houses.

  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.)  What attracts our eyes first is the bright red long sleeved shirt the older boy is wearing. The red draws you in to look at the older boy and then attract your attention to the younger boy to his right, when looking at the painting. Homer draws our attention to this area by making the two boys the closest thing to look at. The bright red shirt is a major contrast to his blue vest and all of the yellow and brown tones throughout the rest of the painting.  


  1. Balance - Is there symmetrical or asymmetrical balance? Explain...
There is a symmetrical balance to this painting. If you were to draw a line directly down from the top of the painting to the bottom you would see a relatively symmetrical painting. There is one boy on side and another boy on the other side of the painting. About half of the boat in the background is on one side and the other half continues into the other side. There is a balance with the number of boat houses on one side of the painting as on the other side. The sand shark on one side of the painting is equally balanced with the shadow of the younger boy.


  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.
There is a horizon line but it is not visible because of the houses but because of the lines of the piers and boat it s easy to imagine where the horizon line would be. The boys are the foreground, the boat is the middle ground, the buildings in the back and the sky is the background. The picture is deep because the buildings are smaller than the boys implying that they are a lot closer to the viewer than the houses.


  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 emotions in this painting include a very dreary and washed out feel. When looking at this painting it looks like the day after a big storm. It’s still weary looking outside. The colors yellow and brown contribute to making this painting look stormy and ominous. The lines and brushstrokes add to the mood of the painting by creating a beachy and smooth looking painting.


  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?
It looks like two little boys went out the day after a storm to collect clams in their seashell bucket. The beached sailboat and dead shark on the shore adds to the fact that there was just a storm. Homer is trying to communicate having a relaxing morning with your family and being peaceful just after a big storm. The calm after the storm.

Thursday, December 22, 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 to paint a jaguar on my Oaxacan animal bowl. I chose a jaguar because of how powerful and beautiful the are, and because the are the only large and wild feline in the U.S. They used to be found across the western states but now only really the are found in Arizona. The are going extinct because of the excessive hunting of them in the 90s, and because of deforestation of their habitat. I painted some brush-tree type foliage to show the habitat that they are losing. I used an analogous color scheme which is one that contains multiple colors that are  next to each other on the color wheel. I chose a color scheme ranging from green to orange. I like how the colors combine on my plate i used more naturalize shades and accentuated them with black and  white patterns. I made the eyes a bright yellow to draw the viewers in. I think if i was to do it again i would have included more detail on the nose coloring and mad the spot pattern more realistic uniform. I used an analogous color scheme which is one that contains multiple colors that are  next to each other on the color wheel. I chose a color scheme ranging from green to orange. I like how the colors combine on my plate i used more naturalize shades and accentuated them with black and  white patterns. I made the eyes a bright yellow to draw the viewers in. I think if i was to do it again i would have included more detail on the nose coloring and mad the spot pattern more realistic uniform.




Sunday, November 20, 2016

Artists and Endangered Species

Jaguar
By: Kati AstraeirMedia: Paint Mural


This is a mural painting of Tucson Amazon Jaguar. The painting is focused on the face of the Jaguar, especially his eyes. His eyes have a soft feeling emanating from them, yet they are also sad. The intricate details and patterns of his spotted coat are very accurate to real living Jaguars. The background of the painting is a beautiful sunset over a mountain range. it fades from vibrant orange to a royal blue to a dark smoky blue. The mountains behind the jaguar are black as to keep most attention on the animal's face. There is also a swirling grey, white and brown detail in the far right corner, but i am not sure what it is. 
Jaguars have been endangered since the early 1900s. They are the biggest wild cat that inhabits america and were hunted for their beautiful coats. They were also often killed because they would attack farmers livestock such as  sheep cattle and horses. The are sometimes mistaken for bobcats , but on closer look their characterizing spots are unmistakable for anything but a jaguar, unfortunately there are only a dozen left in the wild of America.
Panamanian Golden Frog
By Jenny Kendler 
Media: archival inkjet print on bamboo paper

This is a ink print of a Panamanian golden frog on bamboo paper. The yellow of the print is the exact vibrant color that the frogs are i real life. The frog is outlined in a black ink and is very realistic looking, especially with the black spots that characterize the species. There is delicate shadowing to give the frog three-dimensional value. The eyes of the frog are looking forward but still draw the viewer in. 
The Panamanian Golden Frog Inhabit the steams around the cordilleran mountains in the rain forests of Panama. The frog is brightly colored to tell predators that it is very toxic and dangerous to eat. Because of the spread of a fungal disease called "Chytidiomycosis" the species is now extinct in the wild, although there are still some frogs living in sanctuaries.