Friday, January 29, 2016

Most Memorable Experiences.

For me one of the most memorable parts of Art Fundamentals was working as a team to create the hanging sculpture with other people in my class. Though my hanging sculpture is not my favorite piece (actually I'm pretty sure it fell apart), I had such a fun time creating and talking with the people in my group! We all had such different ideas, and in the end it didn't make something amazing but it was fun! And I really enjoyed doing it!

I also loved drawing my milk and cookies. Ninety minutes to draw in the morning made me feel so relaxed for the most of the day, and in the end, my milk and cookies looked better than I ever thought it could! Learning to draw the shapes of milk and cookies will definitely help my draw when I take drawing and painting next semester! This project also inspired me to draw more on my free time (even if it is just in a coloring book).

Project I am the Most Proud of

I am most proud of my Oaxacan animal bowl.  I am proud of this because I payed so much attention to detail when making this bowl. I also like this bowl because it has the same patterns that an ocelot has, but it has many different ones that I created as well. This piece impacted my learning because it made me realize that I can make little tiny details if I pay attention enough, and that it's actually pretty easy to paint something I drew onto a ceramic piece. I know this piece is far from symmetrical, but I love the fact that it's very similar on both sides. I have never really liked anything I have made out of clay and painted, until I made this bowl. I even liked this bowl enough to give it as a gift, and it made me so happy that the ocelot was so identifiable. This projected inspired me to maybe take ceramics next year!

Winslow Homer Comparison: Sense of Place

Winslow Homer
Young Ducks

I think Winslow Homer shows a clear sense of place in his painting by showing the calmness and serenity of this place. The calmness of this painting can make the viewer feel almost relaxed (that is what I think Homer wants the viewer to feel). The painting looks like it could be a view from any lake or pond in New England on a calm day, this makes the painting relatable to others.  In this painting Homer shows a place where one can be calm and happy, and I know this because this lake is a place that he has painted in a calm, serene and beautiful way.

My place is lake Pemaquid in Damariscotta, Maine. In this painting I have given the viewer a sense of place in somewhat the same way Homer did. By using the calm, somewhat serene picture in the background and mid ground, I showed the viewer that to me, this place is relaxing. The picture of me in the foreground gives the viewer a sense of happiness, because I felt so happy when that picture was taken. The picture of the lake on the back (almost the same picture as the mid/background but a stormy day) shows that this is a relaxing place, even on chaotic days. Lastly, I think using the dark blue and green went with the pictures and made the tunnel book look even more relaxed.

First of all I think I could have cut my pictures out differently so there would be no white gaps. This is something that really bothers me about my tunnel book. I think if it was neater, there would be an even better sense of calmness. I also think using a dark brown instead of the dark blue or green, would have matched better with my photographs and I think that would make the tunnel book look less happy, but more calm and secluded. I could have also printed my map in black and white to get rid of the bright blue and red, because though I think this map is so pretty, my tunnel book might have a better sense of place if there wasn't such bright colors. Of course I could always add to my tunnel book, I think a tangible object like a bracelet I bought well I was camping, or a parking sticker I got when I drover to this place, may have made my tunnel book a little more relatable.

Wednesday, January 27, 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

A dock on Lake Pemaquid, in Damariscotta, Maine
This place is important to me not just because it’s a vacation spot for me and my friends, but it’s a place where I feel truly relaxed and at one with nature. Though I don't go to this place to completely get away from society (I bring my hair straightener with me) I always feel a little closer to the world when I sleep in a tent and spend my day at the lake instead of working inside or relaxing on the couch all day. This place is such a fun place for my friends and I because it feels like we have all the time in the world to talk and laugh. I included a picture of myself on the dock relaxing, and I have a HUGE smile on my face. This is a place where I always have a smile on my face, and it’s a place that I just have to think about to make myself feel happy.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winslow Homer, Young Ducks, 1897

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;

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 two men rowing a small canoe gazing off into the distance at a row of baby ducks being lead by a mother duck. They are on a glassy lake with a little bit of a beach on the right side and forested mountains in the background. It looks like the scene takes place in mid morning. The water is made of very light, low intensity colors. The boat and people are made with slightly higher intensity colors. The boat is made of an orangey brown. The land in the background is made of darker colors. The sky looks slightly over cast with a few clouds - not very cloudy but not very sunny, kind of bleak.

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 people and the boat are what our attention was drawn to first because it is made of higher intensity, brighter colors and it is located in the middle. Homer attracts our eyes here by the color contrast between the low intensity white of the water and the high intensity of the boat and the people.

Balance - Is there symmetrical or asymmetrical balance? Explain...
The background is asymmetrical because the forest on the right side is closer to the people and appears darker which makes it imbalanced. In the foreground, the boat, lake, and ducks are balanced and symmetrical.

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 are two horizon lines, one in the middle where the mountains meet the water and one slightly above where the sky meets the mountains. The boat with the people in the front of the lake are in the foreground. The middle ground is composed of the back of the lake with the ducks in the distance and the mountains. The background is the sky.

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?
We get a feeling of peaceful calmness and serenity. The subtle colors make it calm. The lake is flat; it doesn’t have any waves. The sky doesn’t portray any ominous feelings or excitement; it is just overcast and relaxing.

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 men in the boat are gazing into the distance looking at a row of ducklings. It shows a relaxing day at the lake where the men are taking in the beauty of nature. In this case, the men are enjoying the same relaxing feeling that the ducks are.

Tuesday, January 19, 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:

  • Katie O'Hagan,Ray DiCapua, Zak Smith, Kumi Yamashita


I am proud of this painting because it actually looks like me. I have always kind of had a really hard time drawing faces (especially my own) but tracing really worked! The eyes and hair really make it look like me (though I did exaggerate on the eyelashes a little and I got rid of my highlights after I started painting). But i'm really proud of how the eyes came out! I'm also really proud of how the painting I made looks kind of like “pop-art” because of the blockiness of the purple shades. I think the shades of purple and the blue also go really well with each other and match the mood of my painting.
I think starting with the eyes was a really good piece of feedback, because I would have started with the background or face colors if I had not known this bit of information. I think this really helped my painting a lot. Also going over the edges of the face was a really good piece of feedback, it made my painting look a lot more crisp. Also labeling the painting with numbers before mixing the colors was a really good piece of feedback because it helped me pay more attention to where dark and light values were, instead of where I wanted certain shades of purple to be.

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