Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Final Thoughts

The first two homework assignments this year were great highlights for me. Both were of people, a pastel project that was to copy a painting of my choice (of which I chose a girl holding a dog), the other project was to copy half a face. People seem to be my forte, and really boosted my spirits for this class. Pastels are my favorite medium, and I love to play around with layering colors. The pencil drawing of the other half of the face was so incredibly fun to do because there was so much energy within the photo I got, it was of some celebrity (I still do not recognize the woman) that was screaming. Drawing the highlights and lowlights to show the texture of the tongue, the teeth, even the wrinkles around her mouth to show the energy in her face was so amazingly enjoyable. The final highlight experience was probably getting in with the dynamics of the class, this class was a creative group that was very supportive throughout the entire semester.

Work of Art I am the Most Proud of

I am most proud of this piece because I took time to understand two point perspective fully, I didn't rush the process, and I quite enjoy the result. My most successful in class piece of art work is my silhouette which took probably the second most amount of time to complete, second to the final still life painting. The silhouette helped me think more introspectively, and respect my personal views a little more. The piece above, the two point perspective, I am proud of because of the experimental process I went through. I sketched the entire piece out, penned the buildings above the horizon line, then used watercolor charcoal to draw in the shades of water, I ended with painting over where I had colored with charcoal to give it a watery effect. This was a fun process that I had to think through every piece for, which is why I love it so much. 

Watercolor Techniques

To Experiment and learn a variety of watercolor techniques

The most important concept of watercolor I learned is patience. Painting too quickly takes away the quality of a watercolor piece, one needs to wait for the water to dry. The techniques all have their own qualities; these qualities allow for me to experiment, and experimentation means learning about how watercolor can effect the page. Each quality has different purposes, and learning what these are is a huge part of watercolor.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Final Still Life Painting

  • To communicate all of your knowledge about color and painting techniques to create a final, more complex, still-life painting (than your smaller still-life studies);
  • To use your knowledge about composition and placement to arrange your fruit and/or vegetable to create a strong composition.
I incorporated how to paint with a palette knife, which was quite interesting. It took patience and more effort than I had initially anticipated, but it made me feel good to accomplish something that took a lot of time. I brought to the table a different style than anyone else in class, which can be a huge threshold to jump over due to being completely different while painting and that can be seen as not aesthetic. I quite enjoyed doing this painting, though, as it taught me how to completely take hold of an idea and just go with it. I put in the extra time as well, which I think is the reason that my portrait came out so well. If I hadn’t taken the time on each separate part, then I don’t think I would have been able to have such a fulfilled piece.
My challenges were the roses especially, as it was hard to change the colors and make it seem convincing. I just paid more attention to the roses, and as I struggled I just continued to try to paint the petals as the shapes they were, changing the shades. I also made sure to start small in the middle, and get bigger petals as it went outside.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Perspective Homework

  1. linear perspective is an illusion of space and distance on a flat surface.
  2. aerial perspective works with colors and tones in an atmospheric effect. 
  3. Horizon line is the eye level line.
  4. Vanishing Point is on the horizon line, where the viewer's eye-point is.
  5. Orthogonal lines are lines from the vanishing points. 
  6. Transversal lines are the lines that connect the orthogonal lines.
  7. One Point Perspective
  8.  One Point Perspective

  9. ^Atmospheric Perspective^

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Still-life Studies

I want to remember the amount of time that I need to put in to get a painting that I am proud of. With the first two, I didn't put in extra time after class, and I wish I had so I would have a gratifying piece of work. I want to use a more rustic color scheme, because I find it more aesthetically pleasing. I also think I will try more short brush techniques, as they look very interesting and I love Monet. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

What is a still life?

Still life is a study of inanimate objects, usually plants, fruit, or animals. Control is the biggest thing that artists practice when painting or taking pictures of a still life
Into Flat Space, Deborah Scott, 2012
I chose this artist because Deborah Scott does a great job animating the people she paints, as well as accurately capturing her subjects. This painting in particular does a great job reflecting the girl in the painting, and composes the girl realistically while giving the personal feel of the artist's painting style. This painting seems to be a bit more personalized than most still lifes, which I love, but some may not appreciate as much.