Tuesday, May 23, 2017

LMC Unsung Hero Planning

Which story motivates you?
How does that Unsung hero inspire you?
The story of Robert Williams is very inspiring and interesting. He shows real passion in the work he does by going back on his past to cure beriberi. By working his way through college despite not having much money to work with. It is very inspiring to see think back to his past and recall of the disease he saw in India. I think because he grew up in India, he had a very strong connection to the disease and this lead him to have a passion for curing it. Through following through on what he was passionate about, he was able to do something great for the world. This is inspiring because it shows you can do great things if you are passionate about them. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Landscape Perspective Painting

What perspective strategy did you use in your painting? Name and explain at least 4 things that you learned as a result of doing this painting? Be specific, citing and connecting ideas to your painting.

One thing that I learned as a result of doing this painting is the technique of painting from back to front. This I found to be very important in making the painting look more realistic and composed. If you painted front to back, you would end up painting around objects you have painted and it would look terrible. When you paint back to front and layer the objects after they have dried, the painting looks more natural. For example, when painting the sky and the mountain, it makes more sense to paint the sky first and the mountain on top of it to make it look more clean and realistic. Another thing that I learned when doing this painting was how when creating a painting based off of a picture, it isn't always the best choice to create the painting exactly like the picture. In some instances, when creating the painting, there are some elements from the picture that may not need to be included in the piece. This is important to make the painting look good as to not include anything that my compromise the spirit of the media. One other thing that I learned while creating this painting, was how the use of atmospheric perspective played a role in the paintings. Having read about the uses and causes of this technique was very helpful, but executing it first hand was the best way to learn about it. In the mountain in the background there is a clear example of this and I tried my best to incorporate the technique of atmospheric perspective into it. One last thing that I learned while creating this piece were the implementation of the many painting techniques we learned. While practicing on the 2x3 grid paper we created was helpful for practice, again implementation into a real painting prevailed to a higher learning experience. Using techniques like dry brush I found very helpful to create things like specks of trees on the mountains, while using the wet brush was helpful to create the mixed colors in the sky.

What challenges did you face as you worked through the painting? How did you deal with the challenges? What might you do differently next time?

One challenge that I found while working through this painting was creating accurate colors. Mixing the colors was very informational and interesting to see how they interacted and created different tones. But, when creating the colors to accurately match the picture proved difficult. This was especially difficult when creating the colors for the sky. The color of the sky was a grey blue with a slight yellow coming from the masked sun. This was an interesting color combination to create but using the wet brush technique while mixing the colors on the canvas yielded an interesting result that I ended up being pleased with. Another challenge I faced was creating the white trees. The trees that I had to create were very interesting. There were pine-like trees that were slightly covered in snow. These were difficult to compose because of the lack of distinction between each tree. The other trees had many intricate branches and composing them proved very difficult. Next time I would try using a smaller brush or another technique that would help resemble the trees better. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Contemporary Painting

Kenny James Marshall, 2009, Untitled
The contemporary painters of today use the canvas to express their ideas about current issues and opinions that are relevant to the world around them. Although the world changes with time, the medium of painting never ceases to be a strong medium for expression through art. In the painting Untitled by Kerry James Marshall is one that displays his opinion. As a kid, Marshall noticed that there was not much diversity within the wold of art. In Untitled, an african american woman is displayed choosing colors for a painting on a canvas behind her. This is to express freedom of the painter and especially as an african american artist. As an african american, Marshall has a strong connection behind his painting and his message behind it.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, 1983, The Beautyful Ones Series #5
The artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby can display a different view of the world in many ways. As a woman who moved from Nigeria to Los Angeles, she has a very unique perspective of the world. This unique perspective can translate into her art in a powerful and strong way. By incorporating the painting techniques inspired from Nigeria, she can represent visually the contrasting culture and experiences she has endured. In one of her artworks, "The Beautyful Ones" Series #5, uses fabrics in the painting and uses paint in the foreground. This shows her interesting life through her artwork. Within the painting, she shows different parts of her life and the layered style reflects her similar layered identity. She also shows the multicultural clashes between the west and her home in Nigeria in Wedding Portrait. 

Douglas Coupland, 2016, Racer X
In contemporary art, there are many techniques used to create pieces. For example, the Germany artist Katharina Grosse uses dirt and Styrofoam to create dirt hills and spray paints the soil to create an interesting colorful experience. Science also plays a role in the creation of contemporary art. Jaq Chartier creates her own paints and is interested in how certain variables affect paints and dyes. She documents the results to learn more about the results of her experiments. She uses her experimental paint and dyes to create art about current world issues and her opinions of them. In her piece Montipora Edge she shows the change in color of the coral reefs and how they are being damaged. Contemporary art can also show the identity of society and citizens. Douglas Coupland shows how users of social media can construct an identity. In his art, he paints barcode like graphics over images of peoples' faces. The graphics being unique shows how everyone's identity is different. Contemporary artists also get inspired by many different things like text, science fiction, and landscape paintings. These paintings all convey a opinion and an expression through the artwork and are unique to each artist.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Realistic Self Portrait

One piece of feedback that I received was that the eyes could be more rounded at on the far sides. They were too squinted and the pupil had to be slightly covered by the upper and lower skin areas on my eye. My mouth shape was done well but was a little off place. During the translation onto the final brown paper, I adjusted the placement of my mouth for it to line up correctly. My nose was a little bit too rounded and not big enough and it looked a little too small on the face and not close enough to the mouth. Also, the nostrils could go a little more up than to the side. I fixed these issues on the nose and I think that the final nose on the drawing is done very well. One aspect that really helped was changing the shape of the nostrils. This changed the look of my nose and showed how little changes can make a big difference.

One major thing that I learned is that the face doesn’t take as much space up on the head as I had thought. When I created my pre instructional, I created my head very small and my face took up almost all of the head, but in reality, the head needs to be created much larger. Another major thing that I noticed was that my mouth was very long. The mouth is actually not as long as I drew it and it goes far past the point it should end. The lips were also very thin and not real or full. Looking back on it after learning about the proportions of the face, it is very interesting too see how I thought the face was drawn after I gained the information. One other major thing that I noticed was that the shape of my face was way to angular and sharp. When creating my final drawing, I made sure not to make my face too sharp and angular and to keep it softer and more of a gradual shift from face to jaw.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Introduction to Landscape Painting

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Richard Wilson, "Dover Castle," ca. 1746–47
This painting depicts a view of a castle sitting on a peninsula on the sea. The view of the castle is from outside of a village on the coast. There are people painting and lounging in the foreground of the painting. One major landscape painting technique that is used in this piece is atmospheric perspective. As the objects move further back in space, the colors that make them up become more grayish and dull. This is supposed to mimic the atmospheric redundancies that are perceived in real life like humidity, dust, fog, and pollution in the atmosphere. This technique shows the depth of the painting very well. Another technique that is used is the change in size. This is seen in clearly in the village and how the houses get smaller as they move back in space. Another major technique is the diagonals used. 

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High Point: Shandaken Mountains (1853), by Asher Brown Durand
This painting shows two people beside a winding river that are possibly relaxing or working. On the other side of the river there are five cows. Two of which are grazing further away and the other three are drinking from the river. The landscape moves further back with areas trees interspersed throughout. In the far background there is a fairly large mountain with clouds above it in the light blue sky. One obvious technique that is used is again the atmospheric perspective. This is very clearly shown in the mountain in the background. The mountain is more dull and grayish because of the affects the atmosphere has. Another technique is the S curve displayed by the brook. The river moves back and winds into the background to show the depth of the painting. We can also see some objects like the trees and rocks getting smaller to show how they are moving back in space.

Underpainting is a preliminary step in painting that is used to develop a foundation for the piece. This foundation can start the painting off by building both contrast and tonal values. Underpainting can be used to plan the color palette and establish the tone and value used in the palette. The color used in the painting can establish the feel of the painting. By using something warm like yellow, you can show how a environment could have a high temperature. By using a cool color like blue or purple, you can show darker things like shadows and cooler environments. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Eyes, nose, mouth exercise

What are things that are working well and what things do you think need extra attention? These are things you want to remember before you begin your final, realistic self-portrait.

One major thing that is working well is creating the shading of the object well. Creating the light and shadow from the light around the subject helps the object look more convincing to the viewer. Using this technique can also make the object look more rounded. Using it can make the areas on the nose, lips, and eyes look rounded. This can be done by highlighting the light and dark areas of the object. One thing that needs extra attention is creating the objects to look more like my face. I feel like that I've created the objects well, but I need to focus on the shape specifics so they look more like my face. I may have done this well in the nose, but the lips could use a little help, and the eyes could definitely use some attention to look more like my eyes. This is very important for the realistic self portrait so the features on the face that I draw look more like me.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Intro to Portraiture

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Old Man with a Black Hat and Gorget, 1631
Rembrandt van Rijn
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was born in Linden in 1606. Despite being enrolled in the University of Linden, Rembrandt took up studying art due to lack of interest in the program at the University of Linden. After six months of training as an artist, Rembrandt became a master at all he had learned. When he returned to Linden, he was regarded as a great artist and took on his first pupils at the age of 22. He then moved to Amsterdam, married, and had four children. His wife and three of his children died while living in Amsterdam. Many of his paintings were in high demand and his studio was filled with pupils, some of which were already trained artists. He was forced to sell his house and declare bankruptcy in 1656. He was also forced to auction off many of his belongings and works. The results that the auction yielded were disappointing. The problems that he faced in his life may have improved and inspired his work. Rembrandt died at the age of 63 in 1669 in Amsterdam.

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Americans Who Tell the Truth, 2003
Robert Shetterly
Born in 1946 in Cincinnati, Robert Shetterly graduated with a degree in english literature from Harvard College. After college, he moved to Maine in 1970 and began to teach himself drawing, printmaking and painting. In conjunction with his art, he also published in multiple newspapers in Maine and wrote about 30 books. In the last ten years, he has been painting a series of paintings called Americans Who Tell the Truth. The exhibit has been displayed in many areas across the country since 2003. In 2005 he published a book with all of the portraits inside. The series focuses on the obligatory ideals of the citizens of america, the importance of truthful democracy, and sustaining U.S history. 

From this painting, I can definitely tell that there is a story behind the artwork and the subject. From the expression on the face of Ella Baker, I can tell she is almost worn-out from something from her past and has a story to tell. One thing that eludes to the exhaustion displayed in this piece, is the look in and around her eyes. Her eyes look tired and worn-out which is shown by the bags and wrinkles under and around them. Another thing that eludes to the historic feel of this painting, is the writing on the wall behind her. This shows how there is definitely a significant past to the subject of the painting. The overall feel of this painting is one of history and intrigue.

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Linda Nochlin and Daisy, 1973
Alice Neel
Alice Neel was born in Marion Square, Pensilvania in 1900. She took art classes in Philadelphia and later enrolled in the Fine Art program in Philadelphia School of Design for Women and graduated four years later. She later moved to Cuba after marrying a cuban painter, Carlos Enriquez. She later moved to New York where she continued to paint. Alice Neel is known for her portraits of family and friends. She also painted many nude paintings throughout her career.

From this painting painting I get a sense of revealing and disclosure. I can see that the older subject in the painting, Linda Nochlin, is rather relaxed and comfortable in contrast to what seems to be her daughter, Daisy. Linda seems to be more and farther back on the couch. Daisy, on the other hand, seems more excited and eager. This is shown by how she is very forward on the couch and is sat very upright. Also her mothers hand is wrapped around her to convey she is trying to get up.  

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 Madame X, 1884
John Singer Sargent 
John Singer Sargent was born in 1856 in Florence Italy. After studying painting and art, he caused a commotion with his painting Madame X in 1884. After this he moved to England to establish himself as the nations leading portrait painter. He visited the US to create decorative pieces for places such as libraries or museums. He displayed is skills in 1879 with his portrait of Carolus-Duran. This piece was both a tribute to his teacher, and an advertisement for his portrait skills. Many of his paintings were full length portrayals of women where he continued to receive praise and positive feedback.