Friday, January 23, 2015

Most Memorable Experiences

Two of the most memorable assignments from this semester would be creating the still life drawing and the personal space box. The still life drawing was very memorable because I have never created a piece of artwork like that before. I have never created a piece of artwork that was so challenging to create on so many levels. Besides the previous practice, I hadn't created work using a dark and light charcoal, with the brown paper as a middle value. I had also never created work before that required such precision when drawing linear perspective, to ensure that the result would be as realistic as possible. The personal space box was also a memorable assignment because it required me to use my skills in spacial design and color scheme to create a 3-dimensional project that has a prevalent sense of depth.

Thinking About Art

This class has changed the way I think about art in many ways. Now, when I create art, I am more thoughtful about the creative process. I spend more time to think about the effects of color schemes and values throughout different mediums. I also spend more time to think about linear perspective, and transferring a 3-dimensional view as cleanly as possible on to a 2-dimensional plane. This class has also affected the ways that I view and appreciate art. After creating more difficult paintings, sculptures, and drawings than I have ever before, I have come away with a new sense of appreciation for those who have mastered their chosen medium.

Project That I am Most Proud Of

Of all of the projects we have completed this year, I am most proud of my value self portrait. This project impacted my art and my work ethic toward art for the better. During this project, I relearned the basics of painting and drawing. Unlike later form drawings, I learned how to use different values of a color to project form and a 3-dimensional effect on a 2-dimensional plane. I also learned a lot more about color schemes and the effects that color have on the overall mood of a piece. In the process of creating this peace, I strengthened my work ethic in art because I wanted this piece to come out to it's full potential.

Graphic Designs Using Color Schemes


  • Gain a basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop, cs6
  • Use Photoshop to create two different, interesting designs that demonstrate clear color schemes and organic & geometric shapes.

Organic Design, Cool Color Scheme

Geometric Design, Analogous Color Scheme 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Personal Space Box

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

Over the summer, I went on a month-long study abroad program to Ghana. During my time there, I learned about Ghanaian culture, local language and customs, as well as world culture. My time there was life-changing for me; I learned more about myself than I ever could have anywhere else. Because of this experience, there is no other place in which I have a personal connection like I do to Ghana. I chose to use a keychain as my tangible object because, although tacky, I think it represents Ghana well. The keychain itself, a flipflop, is a good depiction of the hot climate and friendly people.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Still Life Drawing


  • To create a still-life drawing that demonstrates understanding of angles & ellipses in perspective, along with using a variety of mark-making techniques to describe form;
  • To understand value by creating a good range of values between black & white to help make the objects appear 3D;
  • To demonstrate quality craftsmanship and good composition skills in a drawing.

Artists Studied: Henry Moore, John Whalley, Giorgio Morandi & Vincent van Gogh

In my drawing, I largely used lines similar to Henry Moore and Vincent Van Gogh. Like Henry Moore, I varied between the use of curved and straight lines to show texture and value. I also followed the style of Vincent Van Gogh, who also drew with curved, but somewhat thicker lines. The style I used in my drawing shows somewhat more vertically arranged lines. In my next drawings, I think that I would like to add an element of cross hatching similar to the style of Giorgio Morandi.

Between my pre-instructional drawing and my final drawing, I have made several significant improvements. During both the pre-instructional drawing and the artist’s mark making activity, I had a difficult time using light and value to show depth. When making the pre-instructional drawing, I also struggled with using lines to create a feeling of depth. Imitating various artist’s styles helped me understand what works in a drawing and how a good drawing is created. The perspective exercises we did, including instruction on cylinder drawing, helped me better understand forms and perspectives immensely.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Winslow Homer, Gulf Stream 1899

To become familiar with Winslow Homer, a Maine artist;
To look at Homer’s work as a way to inform and inspire your own work

Gulf Stream

There is a man on a small sailboat with a broken mast, surrounded by circling sharks. The waves are fairly rough and there is a large cloud on the horizon. A ship is also faintly present on the horizon.

Point of interest/Composition
The lines of the waves and the boat draw your eyes to the boat itself, specifically the man inside. The sharks in the foreground also attract your attention, but in a way draw your eyes to the subject of the boat.

There is an asymmetrical balance from the lines in the painting with the lines of the man’s body. The lines in the painting pull your eyes horizontally, but the man is arranged on a more vertical plane, skewing the balance.

There is a clear horizon line where the ocean meets the sky. There are sharks in the foreground that are circling the boat in the midground. In the background, the ocean gives way to low clouds and a barely visible ship.

A cool color scheme is clearly visible within the blues and grays of the sky and ocean. The choppy brushstrokes and complicated background also lend a feeling of urgency.

The man in the boat is obviously stranded at sea aboard a broken ship. His relaxed posture shows he may have given up his resolve and is just waiting for the sharks to get him. However, he is twisting his head to search for help, so he may not have completely given up hope. There is a rescue ship on the horizon, so Homer may be saying that even when it seems like all is lost, keep your head up because rescue will come.