Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Introduction to Landscape Painting

  • To become familiar with historical and contemporary artists
  • To identify ways artists use viewpoint, scale, and detail to communicate ideas
  • To use strong compositional skills to depict a simple landscape,
  • To use knowledge of color and a variety of brush strokes to paint a simple landscape.

Antibes seen from the plateau Notre-Dame
Claude Monet  (French,1840-1926)
This painting has a lot of bright colors which sets the feeling that is might be summer. The way Claude Monet created this landscape really works well with foreground, middle ground and background. The tree Is a very clear middle ground and the water and mountains work well as the background. The foreground plant colors really help determine the type of weather or season. Claude Monet used the atmospheric perspective technique, using hue change to show distance. You can tell because of the way the mountains are colored. This really helps to create the feeling of the depth effect. Also the change in size is another technique used. This is pretty clear by looking at the different sizes of trees, brush and mountains in the distance.

The Oxbow
Thomas Cole (1835-1836)
This painting has a darker feeling but also with a lighter side. I noticed how the foreground has a dead tree which gives off a dark feeling. The middle ground is lighter with the river and water. The background brings the light and dark areas together through the cloud colors. Thomas Cole decided to use the s curve in this landscape painting which helps with depth by the way your eye follows the winding river. The painting also has a ariel prospective when looking at the mountains you are looking down at them, as if from the cliff or edge. This is also helps give you the allusion of depth with how far away the mountains are.

Underpainting is when you start with a base color over a white canvas. The reasons for this is to give the artist a starting point. From there the artist can blend on the paper and add colors on top of the base color. Also a base color is a good way to built contrast and values on the actual canvas. There are two different types of underpainting. One is when you start with a more uniform application of a base color  -all one color, equally applied, coving the entire canvas. The second one is all one color but you map out where you want your darks and light colors - you can also leave so spaces blank or a thin layer of the base color.  This creates natural bright hues and differences in the upper paint layers later.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Eyes, nose, mouth exercise

    • To demonstrate understanding of the structure for each feature: eyes, nose, & mouth;
    • To practice using black & white charcoal to render a drawing, using brown paper as the middle value

I think overall my drawing of the eyes, nose and lips look great. The really resemble my features in the way I have shaded them. The shades really helped to give my drawing a realistic look which was what I was going for.  I might want to look at the shadows around my features a little more when I am drawing my actual self portrait. I also want to remember to really look at the ways my features are shaped and where the light really hits. For example, do my lips curve up at the end or down they curve down?   That's one very important thing to add.  I'll also look to expand the shadow details around my eyes and nose too.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Intro to Portraiture


  • To become familiar with past and contemporary portrait artists;
  • To use critical thinking skills to analyze artwork;
  • To understand how and why artists create portraits.

Dutch painter, Rembrandt van Rijn was born in Leiden on July 15th, 1606. He came from a very modest family and he had a good education. At age 14 he went to the University of Leiden then Rembrandt lost interest and left the university to study art. In 1643 Rembrandt got married to Saskia van Uylenbrugh, she was the cousin of a successful art dealer. This helped him grow in the art world as he became better know with wealthy patrons. Most of his work was created in his house in Amsterdam.

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Americans Who Tell the Truth”

Robert Shetterly is a very successful man who graduated from Harvard in 1969. He was born in 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio. After collage he moved to Maine and taught himself drawing, painting and print making. He has created: drawings for The Maine Times (news paper), portraits, etchings and published books with his drawings. He has won many awards. For example, in 2005 he won the Maine Peoples Alliance Award. Even though his art is created in Maine, it is very well know throughout Europe.

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Alice Neel was born in Merion Square, Pennsylvania. She is an decedent of George Washington Neel. In 1914 she attended Darby High School where she advanced in business classes. It was not until later in her life that she discovered art. Maybe she was introduced to art during her job as a secretary in the Army Air Corps- her boss later became the art historian at Yale.  During the time she worked for him, she took evening classes at the School of Industrial Art - a division the Pennsylvania Museum of Art.

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Madame X, 1884
John Singer Sargent was born in Florence, Italy in 1856. Sargent moved to England soon after he moved he became very successful. He established himself as England's leading portrait painter. He came to the United States very often. Sargent made paintings of public buildings, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Boston Public Library. During his career he created 900 oil paintings and 2,000 water color paintings.

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Madame X, 1884
This painting by John Singer Sargent has very dark values. For this reason the painting has a sad or dark feeling to it. The way the lady is looking away gives me the feeling that she is hiding something or has issues that she is turning away from. The fact that this artist chose to only have one table in the background makes me think he really wanted the viewer to focus of this lady. She is also wearing an all black dress which also gives off a dark sad feeling. The way she is grabbing her dress -it may be a sign of a nervous habit. I think the overall feeling of this painting is sad and lonely.

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The colors in this painting are very bright and happy. I think Alice Neel chose this for a reason. Both the mother and child in this painting have a very surprised look on their faces. I think with both surprised looks and bright happy clothes shows that they are getting news the did not expect. They are both sitting on a sofa with their hands clenched to the side of the couch like they are nervous and anxious at the same time. Overall I think this painting shows happy people in an anxious mood - it makes you worry for them.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Still Life Drawing

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

This project was challenging for me because of all of the different shapes and angles we had to draw in a small space. I also had some trouble with figuring out how to make my shapes look 3d. Once I figured it out I was fine with that part and the rest was easier. Figuring out how much to shade and where to shade was hard. Our light kept moving so my shades were off the next time we had class. Also making sure my shapes weren't just outlines. But overall, through my  classes I was able to work through these changes!

I really like how my drawing turned out and all the effort I put into it! One success I had was that my shapes really look 3 dimensional. I am very proud of this because towards the beginning I spent a lot of time trying to figure it how to achieve this and I finally did. I also just love to draw! It’s really fun and relaxing for me and that I think is part of my success with this drawing. When I transferred my drawing onto the new paper that worked out really well and helped me achieve a better look!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Art Movement, Realism

Realism is the first modern movement in the art community. It started by representing a period of time in history that was chaotic. The idea of Realism Art began in the 1840s in France. Realism changed painting forever - using art to show how life was really instead of idealizing it. It showed not only realistic images, it showed social gaps and told stories. Realism gave artists new concept - a different way of looking at art. They would now paint or draw memories, wars and hardship and maybe even some good times. It was created lasting statements - a way to express their feeling realistically. The Academy of Art was one of the first places to eventually agreed to make a new separate exhibit for Realism artists' works.
 Alexander Laktionov’s Visiting My Grandmother, 1830

Danielle - Looking Uptown, 2010

Both pieces of art work are very different in the way they were created and probably what they are supposed to present. However one similarity they both have is their themes of the painting are very realistic. For example, in the first painting the two children are doing homework. I do homework five day a week so this is every realistic! In the second painting, the woman looks like she is comprehending something sad and as humans we have to do that a lot. One thing that is different is that the first painting is painted with lots of bright colors and is in a happier setting then the second painting that is painted with darker colors - and this makes you feel like this painting should be a little bit sad. I think I prefer the happier painting, the first one, because I can relate to it and it is super realistic - especially coming from that time period.

Monday, January 30, 2017


Mandala is not just a name for a creation that represent's life and everything outside of it. Mandala actually means circle witch carries life and creation inside the circle. This is also a way to express peoples lives/stories or memories within a space/shape. Any age can create a mandala and represent whatever they choose and tell their story in their own way. These stories of art are not just made in one day they can take weeks to create. Overall I think mandala can teach/show people a lot that the might not of know just by looking at a piece of art.

Goals for this Semester

I have a lot of goals for this semester and can't wait to reach them. I hope to improve on my drawing skills. I would like to learn more techniques and ways of looking at different drawing. I would also like to improve on my painting techniques/skills. I have always loved to paint but now I will be able to paint more with structure. I would like to expand my knowledge throughout this painting unit! Including colors and correct brush strokes and designs. I really hope that I can learn a lot from this class well trying my best. For me as a learner I learn best visually,showing examples of work that has been done in the past would be very helpful. I also don't mind if people around me are taking but I would appreciate it if they weren't to loud. I also like asking a lot of question to make sure I know what is expected and to make sure the project or assignment is done correctly. I also like bouncing my ideas off of other people's ideas it give me a better idea of what I should choose as the path to take for certain projects. If I sit for a long time I might need to get up and get some water and then I will come back. I am a very hard worker and by following what I need to do for myself I feel I will be very successful in this class.