Friday, January 29, 2016

Most Memorable Experiences

Art Fundamentals has been a really fun outlet this past semester. The projects created different challenges and opportunities to be creative. A highlight for me was the Styrogami project. I really enjoyed the different media that we worked with. It created an interesting challenge and endless possibilities for design and creation. Another memorable project was the Oaxacan Bowl. It was cool to learn more about a different culture and apply their style to my artwork. It was also nice to work with bold colors after only using black and white.

Project that I am the most proud of

I’m most proud of my value self-portrait. I’m most proud of it because I think that is shows time and detailed work. It also shows a combination of many of the skills that I learned in art fundamentals.  I spent a lot of time working to find the right shades to match the shadows of my face. I really wanted the portrait to look like me; I think that I accomplished this goal. This impacted my learning because it taught me how to look at the shade blocks of a face to form the features. At first, I would try to draw the features and then add the shadows of them. However, by focusing on the shades the face looks more real than my previous attempts on faces. Due to focusing more on the shades and other improvement in my art, I’m most proud of this piece.

Winslow Homer Comparison: Sense of Place

Gloucester Harbor, 1873, Winslow Homer

In Winslow Homer’s piece Gloucester Harbor, he shows a small family on a little boat in a harbor. He creates a good sense of place by including the things typically scene in a harbor (boats, seagulls, water, etc.). Homer’s work makes the viewer feel like they are in the harbor because of Homer’s distinct layers of foreground, middle ground and background. closest to the viewer is the family on the boat and the water in front of them. The boat and family are big, so they seem closer than anything else in the painting. They also have the most detail. Behind them is the middle ground, which includes the water up to the shore, sailboats and seagulls. If you were standing right next to these sailboats then they would be very large in comparison. However, Homer paints them to be much smaller than the family on the boat; this creates the sense that they are further back into the harbor. Finally, way in the background everything is tiny. By putting the horizon more near the top half of the painting the painting has a sense of a very deep view. Homer uses the objects in foreground, middle ground and background to create a strong sense of place in his painting that causes the view to feel like they are in the harbor with the family. Also, Homer uses the color of the sunset to convey that it is near the end of the day. The picture gives off a calm and happy feeling for the viewer because of the soft colors and peaceful water.

My place is the Portland Headlight Park. In the picture, my friend and I are standing on the rocks looking over the ocean at the islands of Casco Bay. Like Homer, I used the foreground, middle ground and background to give the viewer a clear sense of place. In the foreground are the rocks leading up to where we stood. The middle ground shows my friend and I. We are smaller and more in the middle right of the picture. The sky, ocean and a tiny sailboat are in the background. This setup makes the viewer feel like they are standing on the rocks a little ways of from my friend and I. I emphasized the color blue in my tunnel book. Blue is a very calm color. To the viewer  the moment in this picture is very calm because of the color blue as well as the clear sky and easy water in the background. When looking at my tunnel book, the viewer should have a sense of a fun, peaceful day with my best friend.

There is always more to do to improve work. To create a better sense of place for the viewer, I should have added more depth to the background. In the foreground and middle ground, the viewer has sense the we and the rocks we are on are further back into the picture. However, when their eye is led to the background, the picture becomes flat. If I had used a more defined horizon line, I think that my picture would have more depth, and therefore, have a better sense of place.

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

My place is at Portland Headlight Park, looking out over Casco Bay.  

I go here when family or friends come to Maine. It is a place that is really fun and shows the beautiful seaside of Maine. In this picture I’m with my best friend from North Carolina. We have been friends since our first day in fifth grade. On this day in the picture, she came up to visit me after my family moved to Maine. This day of her visit was a fun day together, and I will remember it for a long time. I included myself and my friend in the middleground. We are looking out over the ocean at the islands around the bay.

Monday, January 25, 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: Bo Bartlett, Katie O'Hagan, Neil Shigley

Portrait Reflection:

I am really proud of the way I broke the face down in my portrait. I think that the shadows look really. They really make my face look three-dimensional and almost real. I’m also really proud of the way to color turned out. I was worried that orange would look a bit strange, but now I think that it really adds to the portrait. The different shade of orange are similar but different. They work and build on top of the others. I’m really proud of the way my face was broken down and how well orange worked in this painting.

Receiving feedback on my work helped me to step back and see the whole picture and not the one section I was working on. For example, I received feedback about some of the shading in my face. I was thinking about adding a lot of shadows on my face, but I was told not to overly complicate it. Therefore, I was really careful to paint the major shadows on the face and the rest came together. I think if I hadn’t listened to this feedback than my face would be overly complicated, and it wouldn’t look like me. Also, I was told to a tiny line of my lightest color to my eye. When I did, my eye seemed more real and three-dimensional. By giving feedback to other people, I would see what they had done really well and then applied it to my portrait. I used the feedback that I would give to a peer to use my work.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winslow Homer, Gloucester Harbor, 1873

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;

Title: Gloucester Harbor
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Year of creation:1873
A man and his family are rowing a small boat in a harbor. The water is calm with little ripples. At the horizon line there are sailboats floating. On the horizon line in the right side, there is a small house. There are a lot of big clouds in the sky. It’s sunset because the sky and water are tinted pink. The colors of the painting are complementary, using the colors blue and a warm orange. There are some seagulls in right side flying around.
The boat that the people are in attract our eyes first. It is right in the middle, big and uses darker colors than the rest of the painting.

The shapes are symmetrical because if you split the painting down the middle, there are similar things on both sides. However, the colors are asymmetrical because they vary on the different sides. In the sky, there are pink clouds on the left side. But, there is a block of blue sky on the right.

Yes, it is where the land and boats are. It is a little above the middle. The foreground includes the water and boat. The middleground is the blue water where the sailboats meet the land.  Background is the sky and clouds. The background is far away. Homer made the building on the right side small and included a tiny boat on the left. These give the feeling that the background is faraway from the viewer.

This painting is very calm and relaxing. This is shown through the reflection of the sun and clouds on the water, which show the sunset. The water is very calm. Also, it is a family scene and usually family outings are fun. Homer uses small brushstrokes that are hard see. Therefore, the painting isn’t busy or hard to look at. It is a satisfying painting.

A small family is on a simple outing in a small boat at sunset. Homer is trying to show the simple pleasures and moments of families. He shows by using a happy family on a small boat in a relaxing setting.

Monday, January 4, 2016

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