Friday, January 29, 2016

Most memorable experiences

One highlight of this semester was doing the variety of different projects that we did. From drawing and painting to the tunnel books. When I am home I draw a lot but even learning the different ways to draw that I had never even heard of before was great. I don’t do much painting on my own, and I have never done a monochromatic self portrait. I really like painting but I don’t do it at home, this semester has “opened my eyes” in a way to start painting more. I have a long way to go in painting to get where I would like to be. As you already know I loved making the tunnel book. Another experience that I am happy I had this semester is getting the feedback from other people in the class. I like seeing what other people think of my work and how I can improve it. I think I had a good class for this feedback. Overall I enjoyed taking this class and I got a lot out of it!

Project that I am most proud of

I am most proud of the Tunnel Book project. I am most proud of this project because it is the only project we did that I could truly get express who I am, and what I love to do. I am not so proud of the craftsmanship, I feel that could have been better. What really matters to me when I make art is if it express me as a person, what my personality is. My tunnel book does that the best out of all the projects we did. When I saw that we would be making these tunnel books I knew what I wanted to do with mine. I have always wanted to make something like this but I never got the time to do it. When I was making this project I was happy. It made me happy to make something that I feel was me. That is very important to me. I know I said this before, but if I didn’t have these times. The times of being with friends and family on the water on a warm summer day, there would be something big missing in my life. I don’t know what I would do. That's why this project was so important to me. It was important to me and I am most proud of it because it shows the viewers what is truly important to me.

Winslow Homer Comparison

Gloucester Harbor 
Winslow Homer 

The place that I can see when I look at this painting is a place of peaceful, quite, warm summer times on the water. Homer gives this clear sense of that place by the warm colors he uses. The warm inviting reds, oranges, blues, and light browns seem to draw you into the painting. The serenity of the boat in the foreground with the two people sitting in it. The water and sail boats around them don’t have any wack, and don’t appear to be moving. This shows me that he wanted to create a calm sense of place, possibly on on warm summers evening. There doesn’t seem to be any sense of urgency in this painting. All together this painting gives me a warm, calm, happy sense of place.

My place is a similar place. I wanted to create a sense of warm summer fun. My place is also on the water. The water is where I spend most of my free time, especially in the summer. To create this sense of place, my background is a sunny summer day. All the clouds are white, puffy and the sky gives a careless feeling. In the middle ground, there is a picture of me and my friend sailing together. When I am on the water I am with friends and family either sailing, or on our 42 foot Saber motor yacht. When I sail I am I feel most at one with myself and the wind and water. We are both smiling in the picture and having a fun, carefree time sailing together. In the foreground I have the ocean. The ocean is calm and inviting. All of these factors comes together to create a calm and carefree sense of place. The colors I used were bright, bright blue, and bright orange. This adds to the feeling of a fun summer's day in the sun.

If I had more time and a bigger space to work with, I would have loved to create a fuller view of this scene for the viewer. I feel this would really get a sense of how wonderfully calm and fun of a day it was on Casco Bay. I have many more pictures of the bay, boats, and sky that I feel encompasses the very essence of a warm Maine summers day. Those are the days that I live for, to be with the people I love to share them with.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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

The place I choose is where I sail. I sail in Casco Bay. Casco Bay is one of my all time favorite places to be. My family has had boats for many years and we are always out on the water with friends and family. I love the ocean because it grounds me, it reminds me that there are forces much greater than we are. The ocean soothes me and washes the things that cause me stress away. I showed myself sailing in the bay. I sail for our Yarmouth Clippers 3 days a week and regattas on weekends, for both fall and spring season. 

Friday, January 22, 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: Jennifer Levonian / Keliy Anderson-Staley / Adam Chapman

Portrait Reflection:
I am proud of my painting to the most part. I wish I had a little more time to put more coats of paint on and get some fine detail. I like the colors I chose to paint with. For never doing this before I am proud of how it turned out. I am most proud of my right eye. I spent 20 minutes on just that eye and I think it is the best part of my whole profit. The other eye didn’t turn out as well. I think that the right eye is the best because it looks like it is alive, I outlined the eye and the eyelids by using darker tints of my color and I think it really makes the eyes pop and noticeable.

We didn’t really receive much feedback. We got up every now and then and looked at the others in the class. The only really feedback I got was to spend more time on my eyes to make them look alive. I took that feedback and spent a long time on them. I think as I said above that the eye on the right side came out the best. That was the only feedback I could remember getting. I didn’t give feedback to anyones else's portrait but walking around seeing other peoples and seeing how they painted certain pieces of their painting was helpful in painting mine. An example of this is looking and seeing that people were “outlining” their eyes in a few different tints to make them stand out and not look sunk in. As I said before I also did this in my eyes.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winslow Homer

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

Title: Wild Geese in flight
Medium: Acrylic
Year of creation: 1897

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? There are three geese in flight. Two that are on the ground that appear to be dead. Various tints of brown. Afternoon time near a sand dune.

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 two dead geese in the foreground really caught my attention. Sand dunes most likely near a beach. They’re in the foreground, they are in a valley formed by the two sand dunes to the left and to the right.

Balance - Is there symmetrical or asymmetrical balance? Explain… Asymmetrical, because there is more happening on the right side of the painting. More geese flying 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.
Yes in the middle ground. Two dead geese laying in the valley of a sand dune to the right of the geese there are some dark brown bushes that appear to be dead. Middleground, Two sand dunes forming a valley more shrubbery that appears to be dead. Background. three flying geese in align with each other going across the back of the painting
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? Somber mood. You get the feeling that it is late fall/early winter just before the first snow. The two dead geese on the foreground giving it somber mood, and the brushstrokes seem very lazy and sad.

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?
He is trying to communicate that there is a hunter that has shot the geese and causing the other geese to take flight on a cold winter day.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

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.