Friday, January 27, 2017

Most Memorable

Value Self Portrait

This was most memorable for me because when I knew this was coming up I thought that there was no way I was going to be able to do this and have it turn out well. I am not a very naturally gifted artist so I was genuinely very nervous about this unit. After starting it I realized it was going to be much easier than I had anticipated because we divided up and were basically doing a color by number. I think I had the most fun during this unit and I gained a lot more confidence painting. I learned that people everyone sees themselves differently and has their own self portrait painting style.

Oaxacan Bowl

This was most memorable because it was the most challenging for me. I painted this primarily freehand and it was so difficult. The pattern painting took a lot of time for me because I do not have the steadiest hand I had to keep going back to fix things. This taught me a lot of persistence and really with frustrations. I had so much fun painting, planning, and learning about different endangered species. I learned a lot about myself as an artist in this unit. I think that I learned the most in this unit than in any other unit because of how challenged I was. I know I keep talking about how challenging this was but it was also in the top 3 for most fun units.

Project I am most proud of

I am most proud of my personal space box. I think this is my best piece because it is so cohesive, and all of the pieces fit nicely together and look like a unit. I think this taught me how to create a successful color scheme. This is not only my favorite piece but it has a big person connection to me and my childhood. The polka-a-dots and map on the outside edges are things I would have thought to leave out. Leaving the outside blank would have made the piece kind of bland and pizzazz-less, but the detailing and maps we used made the outside very vibrant and lively parts of the boxes. Overall this piece taught me how to tie personal connections to pieces, create successful color schemes, make a piece have good flow, and be interesting from all angles.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Basic Photography Skills-DominiqueM

To become familiar with basic strategies for photographing
Read the following, then find at least one image for each strategy




Rule of thirds

Even lighting

Personal Space Box- DominiqueM

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.

My place is Disney world; specifically, Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It’s special to me because I would go to Disney World periodically growing up and it’s been a very important place throughout my childhood. The pictures I used were taken on my last trip as a kid with my family. I put me and my sister in holding the classic Mickey Mouse ice creams because we both look so happy. It’s a very happy memory and I think that encompasses the best of me.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Value Self Portrait Dominique Moran

I am most proud of painting something that looks like me. I have never been very natural gifted at art. Painting things that look real is hard for me. So seeing this painting done and look like me is very exciting. It also took a whole class period for us to mix our colors but I think they turned out well in having defined different values.
Painting was hard for me because it was very time consuming to layer the paints. I am not a very patient person so that made it extra difficult. I found defining the nose the most difficult personally. I did it through trial and error honestly. The acrylic paint layers great so I just kept painting over it until I got it the best I could.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Analysis of a Winslow Homer Artwork

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.

Basket of Clams
Winslow Homer

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. The calm after the storm.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Oaxacan Animal Bowl

  1. Art Culture Studied: The Oaxacan Culture from Mexico
    Purpose: To create a clay bowl with an endangered species subject, decorated in the style of the Oaxaca painted animal sculptures.

    I chose the Beluga whale because I like the gentle giant concept similar to that of a manatee. The Beluga whale is endangered primarily for catastrophic events like natural disasters and spills(i.e oil). They are found in Alaska on the coastal waters. Their population has significantly reduced from around 1,300 in the 70s to now around 340. For the habitat I wanted to keep it rather simple so the focus was on the whale so I did a few strands of seaweed to give an aquatic feel.

    For my color scheme I went with cool colors which seemed logical to me because whales live in the ocean where there are lots of blues and greens. I used blues, greens, and purples which are all of the cool colors. I think the color scheme came together nicely I think they are different enough to keep it interesting but similar enough to have a clear color scheme. If I were to do this again I think I might subtract. I think the bowl could be just as nice to look at or even better with a little less going on.

    I think the most interesting part for me was learning about the endangered species. I’m a little bit of a biology nerd when it comes to that stuff so I found it rather fascinating. But from more of an art point of view I really liked the color mixing. I learned how much of an impact color has and how important mixing is to a piece of art. It was also a lot of fun making my own colors and creating a theme.