Thursday, January 26, 2017
I think that the first few seconds of when I walked into the room were one of the most memorable experiences. At first I was worried, as I wasn't really friends with anyone, but Andrew, Quincy, and Audrey welcomed me to their table, putting my fears at ease. Over the entire course they have been friendly and polite, even when I might not have been. The second most memorable moment is when I started my first art project in the room, the styrogami cup. I thought it would be easy to complete, but I was quickly corrected when I started to realize the problem of using all the styrofoam. This initial project taught me that A) this class wasn't going to be an easy A like I initially suspected, and B) that I was going to be better off because of it. I felt more deserving of my grades and when I saw my scores go up really got the impression that I was improving, This differentiates from middle school when you would usually get the highest grade possible no matter what you did or the effort you put into it. These two memories outline to me what this semester was all about, friendship and hard work.
Over the course of this class, I have done many projects. However, there is one that sticks out to me as the most successful and developed. The value portrait, to me this project is not only my best, but the one I had the most fun working on. It was unique and creatively freeing, It may have also been the most challenging, but that only added to the entertainment of making it! Some of my favorite features of this art are: The eyes, the were the most difficult bit due to me having to work around one eye that was, in the photo, completely black, but in the end they looked great. The hand, I was the only person to put my hand in the picture, which meant I had no examples to work from, This to me only made it more unique and visually interesting. watching the whole thing come together made working on it exciting, almost like a really good book where the pages just keep turning. All of this and more made the value portrait my favorite project.
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 is jordan pond. My connection to this place is that since I was young, me and my family would go there every year and buy their famous popovers. After that we would go down to the lake and walk along the trail. The best thing about this trail is that every year it would change due to a bog that would sometimes surface, requiring the trail to be moved slightly. It would also create small tidepools by the water that teemed with life. I’ve included myself by showing me standing by the water. This place always really calms me because of the serenity that the pond gives off. When you get into the wooded area of the trail, you can’t hear anything but your own footsteps and the sounds of the forest. It would be eerie if not for the occasional rustle of a squirrel, or the soft wind that seems to eternally blow.
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.
In my work I am very pleased with the way my mouth and hair and value creation came out. All values were dynamically different but all were recognisable as coming from a base-color, connecting the piece. The mouth, more specifically the teeth, were well done, and looked correctly layered, which I originally thought was going to be a problem. The hair is one of my high points, but certainly not as impressive as my other two points. I just enjoy that it looks once again correctly layered. All of these points once again reinforce why I gave myself a 3 and a 4 in the producing and creating of the piece.
The most difficult part of this piece was the hand. The shading on it was very hard to determine the shades. I wanted to make it look real but I still had to attain to the actual colors of the piece, it led to a mostly dark hand. I delt with this by making the outside of the hand bright. This allowed the hand to be less out of place with while still pertaining mostly the original values. The second most had to be my left eye. This was hard because in reality the eye was completely in shadow, so I had to improvise, in the end I just had to lighten it to the point where you could see it.
Monday, January 9, 2017
To become familiar with Winslow Homer, a Maine artist;
To look at Homer’s work as a way to inform and inspire your work.
- 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?
A man with a gun is sitting in a tree. The tree is a large, thick-trunked fir tree with many branches and pine needles. The needles are greenish-brownish with some yellow and orange here. The man is sitting on the largest branch. He is not comfortably sitting, but engaged and ready to shoot. One of his legs grips the tree and is dangling over. The other is pressed taught against the place where the branch and trunk intersect. With one of his hands, the man clutches a small branch at eye level for support. With his other hand he holds his large rifle which is also stabilized by the branch. He wears a dark, greenish-blue uniform and brown army boots. He has the same color hat with an orange dot. He holds the gun to his face, looking down the barrel. The gun covers all his facial features. His hand is on the trigger, ready to shoot. The painting itself is backlit, with the background being almost white and the man and tree being dark.
- 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 man, he uses the red dot on the hat to draw attention to the face, as it is the only warm color in the picture. the branches on the tree all lead to the man. He also puts a dark background (the tree canopy) for most of the man. The man also disrupts other patterns such as the pine, and tree branches. He also has a contrast to the background dark green and light blue, with his black shirt and dark blue jeans.
- Balance - Is there symmetrical or asymmetrical balance? Explain...
This painting is asymmetrical. The man is relatively in the middle but his position is not symmetrical. The trunk of the tree is off to the right and the branches go up to the left. There is more sky visible on the left side than there is on the right side.
- 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 not any horizon line. The background is a whitish-yellow color visible through the trees. The foreground is the man and the tree. There isn’t much of a middle ground, other than the tree visible in the bottom left corner. The background appears close because of its brightness. It is a whitish yellow color that pops up behind the dark foreground
- 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 very sudden and short. It seems like it is a single second in time, the man seems to be lining up to shoot something. The position he is in looks like he was quickly jarred, as if he saw what he was looking for. He is grabbing on to the branch and as if to stop himself from falling out of the tree with his foot stuck in the crook of the tree.
- 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?
The painting tells the story of a civil war shooter.
We think Homer was trying to show the many ways people fought in the Civil War. By focusing on one person, we think he was trying to communicate how the war forced ordinary people to become soldiers.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
- 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
For my bowl I chose to do the canadian lynx. I chose this animal for many reasons, one of which is because of its relatively close-by habitat, it lives mostly in canada, but also in northern parts of maine. I also chose it because when I saw it, I had an idea of what I would do for the bowl itself. The canadian lynx is endangered because of its beautiful pelt, fur trappers go after these animals because they can make thousands on a pelt of the lynx. My patterns are very triangular, this was meant to represent the rocky environment that the lynx inhabits.
The colors I chose were very cool colors like purple and blue, this was to show the snowy lives that the canadian lynx lives. I like the colors I used and how they look to a point, but I think that I could have used a broader scale of colors to make it even better. Such as maybe lighter purple may have been better in some the the top areas of the bowl. If I were to do this project again I would have most-likely changed way that my patterns described the animals environment. I would also redo the look of the eyes of my lynx.
I most enjoyed the pattern designing. The start was slow but once I gained some confidence I quickly enjoyed more and more of adding on to each new pattern I made. From each pattern I tried to make three off of it until I reached the sides. There was a simple happiness in making each pattern unique and interesting. The process almost felt like fitting puzzle pieces together one by one. It was also my favorite because of how much I liked the end product.