Friday, January 29, 2016

Most memorable experiences

      Out of the whole semester's work, there are two assignments that were the most memorable; the paper sculpture and Oaxaca clay bowl. The thing that these projects have in common is that they both consist of mediums that I either don't work with at all or that I rarely work with, making these projects exciting. As these projects dealt with styles of working I was unfamiliar with, they were quite challenging, unlike some of the other projects we did in this class. These two projects really affected the way I look at art. I used to just see art for the things that I like to do, painting and drawing, but now I see art in a much more three-dimensional way. 

Project that I am most proud of

        The in class project that i'm the most proud of is the black and white charcoal project. There are many reasons why I feel like is the project that I am the most proud of, but I think the biggest reason is my breakthrough in depicting light and shadows. I love the way the milk carton turned out in particular. The way I placed the shadows and light gives it a realistic feeling. The oreos also came out better than I expected, as they were quite a difficult subject to draw. Overall, this project is the one that I am the most proud of because I learned how to pay attention to light and shadows in my art.

Winslow Homer Comparison: Sense of place

Gulf Stream
Oil on Canvas
Winslow Homer

In Winslow Homer’s painting Gulf Stream, there is a clear sense of place. The painting itself tells a story. The man seems to be desperate to survive in an angry sea, he may be a survivor of a terrible accident. The depth that is created by the light and shadows in the waves really gives this painting definition. The emotions coming from this painting also contribute to the strong sense of place that is created by Homer. The sharks give the painting a fearful attribute, and the man’s vulnerability on the boat creates a feeling of stress or anxiety. The blood in the water contributes to this painting’s theme, the sea’s power should be feared. Overall, Homer creates a clear sense of place in this particular painting of his.

My place is the indoor track at USM. The way I tried to communicate a clear sense of place was to use pictures that are of sentimental value to me. Running on the track makes me feel relaxed, happy, and just easy-going in general. I feel like my emotions related to the track really come through in my tunnel-book project. I put the picture of me and my friend Kim first because, in track, I enjoy supporting my teammates through their triumphs and failures. The picture of the track lanes represent the friendly competition in track that I love so much. I used a picture of athletes by the long jump pit to represent the unity that all of the athletes feel on the track, we’re all just trying for a new personal best. I hope that my tunnel book is effective in communicating my sense of place.

There is always room to improve, and that includes creating a stronger sense of place through the tunnel book. I recently found a picture of me running at a meet that wasn’t too long ago that may communicate a better sense of place for me, but I didn’t have the picture at the time we were working on this project. Maybe if my quality of work was a little bit higher, my sense of place would be better. I did have trouble doing a good job cutting my pictures for this project because my hands shake so much, but I am not sure how much I could change about that. Overall, I think there are many ways that I could have done to give a better sense of place.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

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

My place is the indoor track at USM. Track is a sport that I only recently started doing. I swam for the longest time, and my love for swimming finally was overpowered by the stress of the sport. I decided to try track because I had to do a sport and my sister had done track for two years. Honestly, doing track has changed me for the better. I have met so many wonderful people and learned to be more outgoing, my whole outlook on life has changed so much. I included me in this place with a picture of me and my teammate Kim. We were walking back from the 400m dash in the picture, she almost passed out at the finish of the race so I was helping her walk back to where our team’s stuff was.

Tuesday, January 26, 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.

I am probably the most proud of the use of my values in my painting. I love the way the lips came out, they look fairly realistic. I also feel like the eyes turned out pretty well. Using purple was interesting, because the pictures were in black and white. So I had to figure out what the values present in my portrait would look like in purple. I absolutely love the colors, I feel like purple is a color that really expresses me as a person, aside from being my favorite color. Overall, this project has been interesting for me, as trying to express a direct expression of values seen in a photograph of me.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winslow Homer, Gulf Stream 1889

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: 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.

Sunday, December 20, 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