Friday, January 27, 2017

Most Memorable Experiences

One of my most memorable experiences was the Value Self Portrait project. I've done self-portraits before in other art classes, but I've never done one using only shades of one color. All of the other ones have been drawn, or using more than one color. This was a really interesting way to do a self portrait. It made me think a lot about shading and the shape of shadows. It could sometimes be a challenge when it came to deciding which shades to use where or doing very small details. I did enjoy doing the project, though, and I think that it's a cool way of doing a self portrait.

Another memorable project during this unit was the styrogami project near the beginning of the semester. It was fun to cut up the cup and see which ways it could be arranged or new shapes that it could make. Cutting up the styrofoam could be a bit hard to do well, but I got better at doing it the more I practiced. The idea of cutting up a styrofoam cup to arrange in different ways wasn't something that I've thought of doing before. I've never really done another project like this one. It was pretty memorable.

Project That I am the Most Proud of

I think that the project that I'm the most proud of is the Oaxacan Animal Bowl. When I first started the project, I was kind of worried about all of the different stuff I'd have to include for it. I thought that maybe I'd forget to include something, or I'd have all the requirements but it would look too crowded when I was done painting. I also wasn't sure how easy it would be to paint all of the little designs. I actually think that it turned out pretty good, though. I followed all of the different requirements for design and color and size, and I don't think it looks too crowded or confusing. It actually turned out to be not that hard to paint the designs if I had a small enough brush, so that was one less thing to worry about. It was also really fun to get to decide what kinds of colors and patterns to put on it, especially since I wasn't limited to using the colors of the actual butterfly. I'm pretty proud of the final result.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Basic Photography Skills



Even lighting:

Rule of thirds:


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

The place that I chose to do for my personal space box was Monhegan Island. Monhegan Island is off the coast of Maine, about an hour by ferry. For the last couple of years, I’ve visited it for two or three days with my dad and twin sister during July. I’ve really enjoyed those vacations, so when I had to choose a place to use for my personal space box assignment, Monhegan was one of the obvious picks. Luckily, I have plenty of pictures of Monhegan to choose from. Plenty of the pictures from Monhegan have me in them, too, and I ended up using a picture of me and my sister reading in the forest on Monhegan. That’s how I included “me” in my personal space box.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Value Self Portrait


  1. 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;

  2. To use your knowledge of color to choose a color that matches the mood of your pose.
  3. To effectively communicate an image that looks like you through careful examination of the values and structure of your face.

I am most proud of how the smaller details of the portrait turned out. When I first started working on it, I kind of regretted not taking off my glasses for the photo used because I could tell that they were going to be hard to do, especially on top of the details of my face that I already had to do. I was also worried about doing the eyes. I think that both the eyes and the glasses, as well as other small details, turned out pretty well in the end. The eyes turned out to be not as hard to do as I thought they might be, as long as I used a small enough brush, and the glasses were actually pretty easy.
The most challenging part of this project was making sure that the shading on the portrait right was right. Since the portrait was made entirely out of different shades of the same, color it was really important that I got the shading right. If I used a shade that was too dark or too light, or made the section the wrong shape, then it could mess up the whole portrait. The tiny little sections like the eyes or glasses were the hardest to make sure they were the right shape, and I eventually ended up having to make the eyes a few shades lighter than originally. As long as I thought about what shade I should use and what shape the section would be, then I could figure things out, though.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Winslow Homer Analysis: Boy in a Boatyard, 1873

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.

"Boy in a Boatyard" by Winslow Homer, 1873, watercolor

  1. 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?
It is a sunny day, maybe around noon because the shadows are very small. In the background the sky is very, very bright blue. There’s a building covered in shingles behind the boy with a bunch of wooden barrels in front of it. Some of the barrels are upright and others are on their side. There’s a large, grey, wooden door in the wall of the building. There’s a dry dock with more barrels under it. Leaning against the barrels there’s a large white sail attached to a mast. The sail is draped on the ground and the boy is sitting partially in one of the barrels and under the sail. The boy is wearing pants, and white-ish shirt and a brown vest. He has a straw hat and is barefoot. The ground in the painting is mostly dirt with a bit of grass in the lower left-hand corner.
  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.)
The thing that pulls our attention is the sail with the boy underneath it. This area draws our attention because it’s a different color than the rest of the painting (it is bright white while the rest of the painting is duller colors), and also very large. Additionally, it’s located in the center of the painting, and in the foreground.
  1. Balance - Is there symmetrical or asymmetrical balance? Explain...
The painting has symmetrical balance. The right side of the painting has some large objects, and the left side has more, smaller objects, which balance each other out. Also, the sail is horizontal and crosses most of the painting, and the boy is sitting in the middle.
  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.
In the foreground, there is a boy tucked under a sail, positioned in and around barrels. This is the main part of the painting. In the middleground, there are more barrels and a building. The background of the painting has a few more barrels and also a long wooden dock. Even further back is the sky. The horizon line is about where the dock is. The painting is deep, because the objects in the background of the painting (barrels and dock) get very small very quickly, as they get farther from the viewer. Also, as you go back in the painting, the objects become less clear, for example the boat on the dock is just a dark shape with no detail.
  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?
It looks like summer, and a very hot day because the sky in the background is bright blue and the painting looks very sunny, with a lot of light and not too many shadows. So it makes me think of a hot summer day. Also, the boy has taken shelter in the shade of the sail, which makes it seem like a very hot day, and indicates that the boy would rather be somewhere cool. Homer uses brushstrokes that aren’t very visible to make the painting look as real as possible, and he uses dull colors. This helps convey the heat and dryness of the day and exasperation of the boy.
  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?
The painting is about a boy who works at a boathouse. He is sitting outside under a sail on a very hot summer day to get some shade, and would much rather be somewhere else than working in the heat. Homer was trying to communicate the exhaustion of boatyard workers in the heat of summer.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Oaxacan Animal Bowl

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

I chose the Boisduval blue butterfly to do for my animal bowl. I thought that it was pretty and would make an interesting bowl with shape that wouldn’t be too hard to draw. The Boisduval blue butterfly is from the states of California and Oregon. It’s endangered because the marshlands that the butterflies live in are being drained. The background of my bowl is green, with darker green marsh plants to represent the habitat. I was unable to find out how many are left, though there’s obviously few enough that it’s endangered.
My color scheme was blue, orange, yellow, and two shades of green, with a black-and-white pattern on the antennae of the butterfly. Except for the black and white, it was an analogous color scheme. The green was to represent of the marsh habitat of the butterfly. The blue was because the color of the butterfly is blue in real life. The orange and yellow completed the analogous color scheme, and I also thought that they looked good compared with the blue. I think if I were to do the project again, I might make the green a little brighter and the yellow a little darker and maybe change around which colors were where. Other than that, I think I’m pretty satisfied with how the colors turned out.
I think that the design part of the project was one of the most interesting parts for me. It was fun to come up with different kinds of designs I could include on my bowl. It was also interesting to decide what colors that I wanted to use. I liked that I didn’t have to stick to what color the animal was in real life, too. I did include some blue on my bowl, but it would have been pretty boring if the only color I could use was blue. I enjoyed figuring out what I wanted my bowl to look like, which colors and what kinds of designs to include.