Friday, June 13, 2014

Work of Art that I am the most proud of

I am most proud of my still life painting for many reasons. First, I spent the most time on this project trying to get the right colors, texture, and shape to the objects in the painting. From the start I felt very motivated for this project to see how well I could depict the still life I chose to paint. It really taught me to take my time and focus on the quality of my work in order to get the best product possible. Also, I am very pleased with how it turned out, I had remembered what I needed to change and do differently from my practice paintings. For example, like making my highlights a shade of the color of the object, rather than white. All in all This work of art is by far my favorite piece that I have done this class because of the time, and effort that i put into it, and the outcome of the painting.

Final Watercolor Landscape


To use and demonstrate what you learned from the watercolor exercises you did in class to create your own landscape painting.

In this painting I used the technique involving tissues for the leafs of the palm trees, the salt technique for some rocks, tip only for the ocean, and gradation for the sky. The slat technique did not work as well as I would have liked because the color I did it on did not stand out much. The rest of the techniques worked as I wanted them to. The most important concepts I learned from the watercolor unit would have to be planning out the painting ahead of time, and layering the paint. These were very important in order to make no mistakes in the painting, because once a color is put down it cannot be painted over or fully removed.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Watercolor Excercises and Techniques


To experiment with a variety of watercolor techniques;
To make connections between experimenting with watercolor techniques learned to creating your own landscape watercolor.

In the watercolor I have learned more than I have in any other unit. Watercolor is very different from any other medium for many reasons. First, I learned that it is best to work from light to dark layering paint to create a darker color. Also I learned about the endless ways to tamper with the ways to use watercolor paint on paper, including using salt, tissue paper, and the different ways to layer paint. Finally, I learned to be careful when i am painting because with watercolors, you cant just cover up an are you put the wrong color.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Linear Perspective

Linear Perspective is a mathematical way of creating an illusion of space/distance on a flat surface

Horizontal Line - A horizontal line is drawn across the surface mostly represents where the sky meets the ground
Vanishing Point - A point where all parallel lines that go away from the viewer disappear to one point
Orthogonal Lines - Straight diagonal lines to connect points around the edges of a picture to create depth
Transversal Lines - Are perpendicular to orthogonal lines, parallel to horizontal line, form the close and far edges of a rectangle
One Point Perspective - Uses one vanish point to draw an object
Two Point Perspective - Uses two vanishing points to draw an object

You can show depth/perspective by the size of an object, and the shades, or light variation it has. Atmospherical/aerial perspective makes objects at a distance, (mountain in this case) have a tint more to what the atmosphere is (most of the time blue). Leonardo's rule is to paint the first object normal color, the next one back with a slightly blue tint, and get bluer as you go further back with more vague detail. At perspective, a circle is an ellipse which is formed within the confines of a rectangle. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Perspective Drawing Strategy


To review the perspective strategies that you learned;
To make connections between what you learned and demonstrating your understanding by creating a drawing using one of the perspective strategies.

In this drawing I used one point perspective. I chose to have a road and a fence meet at the same vanishing point. I learned to always take looks at what I am doing before I draw the lines to ensure that I did not mess up any angles to make it look out of place. Lastly, I leaned that in order to use aerial perspective properly the objects/land marks the farthest back must be the horizon line, and objects in front of it must (start) be below the horizon line

Friday, May 23, 2014

Lino Prints


To become familiar with basic printmaking history, processes, and artists
To make connections between the Expressionist Art Movement and artists who worked in that style, including artists from our past and present;
To respond visually to artists who work(ed) in the style of the Expressionist Art Movement, by creating a work of art in this style.
To print 2 editions of 2 different drawings/designs, demonstrating understanding of the printmaking process.

One problem that arose for me was an issue of having areas that were supposed to be positive space have a little bit of negative space because some ink had gotten into the area and printed onto the paper. The biggest Issue I had was an issue of getting enough ink on the block, and making a good enough transfer to paper. The last problem I struggled with was keeping the paper clean, but tht just took extra care to ensure it wouldn’t happen.

I am most proud of my ideas for the subject of the print, and the time I spent trying to get quality prints. I like my designs, especially the second one, because I used positive and negative space efficiently rather than lines to depict the objects. Also, I am pleased with the quality of my final prints which turned out very clean and defined.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Watercolor History


To become familiar with the history of watercolor;
To become familiar with various watercolor artists throughout time;
To make connections between watercolor purposes and techniques from long ago to its uses today.

On prehistoric cave paintings, temples, and tombs watercolor has been used since the beginning of painting. 
Albrecht Durer, he is from Germany, and mastered the watercolor techniques we know today. In his works he paints what he sees realistically, and does a great job capturing texture.
During the mid 1800’s watercolor was at its prime, and heavily appreciated by people. Also women looked into watercolor as a hobby partly because queen victoria took lessons and started a trend.
Partly because there are bio-friendly watercolor paints, another is that now the paintings can last longer than before. Water soluble oil paints are not coming to popularity.


alpine landscape, 1495

the lumber raft

Frances Anne Hopkins, The Lumber Raft, 1870
She was an English artist who created works from the mid 1800’s to the early 1900’s, her family consisted of many famous artists.

Anthony Van Dyck, 'Landscape'  1632

Anthony Van Dyck, Landscape, 1632
He was a famous painter with success in Italy and England throughout his life.