Monday, May 22, 2017

LMC Unsung Hero Planning

Helen Taussig

The Warrior of the Heart is a very inspirational story. This story is very inspirational to me because it deals with women's rights and how Ms. Taussig had to prove herself despite challenges that not many people have to face. For example, her mother died at age 11,  she dealt with learning disabilities. Also as a woman, she was allowed to attend but wasn't allowed to graduate from college and wasn't allowed to speak in classes. But this didn't stop her love of learning.  Ms. Taussig pursued science and even got published in a medical journal - which eventually got her into medical school and she graduated with a medical degree!  From there she developed a procedure that lead to open heart surgery. I was thinking for the center of my painting I would paint a heart. Around the heart would be the symbol for women's rights and have a stethoscope coming out of the heart and listening to a baby's heart beat. 

Landscape Perspective Painting

To create depth I used many different strategies: atmospheric perspective, over lapping, size change, and object in foreground. These four strategies all work out very well for many different reasons. When using atmospheric perspective the different lines and colors leading to the sky in the background of my painting helped draw the viewer's eye, as if they are looking in the distance.  I learned a lot from the overlapping strategy.  I never realized until I started painting that you really create the depth effect using overlapping but to do this and make it look good you must start painting from the top of the painting down.  Also, changing size helps because things look smaller father away.  Finally, objects in the foreground appear larger than objects in the background - because the viewer interprets depth perception.

Overall I didn't have many major challenges and everything turned out working very well. But mixing and creating the correct colors, to go with my painting, took awhile and that was some what of a challenge. I ended up borrowing peoples paints next to me and mixing it with paint I already had to try to get the right color. Next time I think I will use a mixing tray so I have more room for more paints and colors.  Another challenge was the sky getting the colors at look right in such a small place without making it look just like lines. So I ended up mixing and overlapping colors on the page and I ended up doing the same thing with the pond weeds coming out of the water in my painting.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Contemporary Painting

To become familiar with the way artist’s are responding to the issues in today’s world;
To understand characteristics of contemporary painting;

To learn about a few contemporary artists and their work.

Aliza Nisenbaum
2013 "Veronica, Marissa and Gustavo"

Contemporary art work normally tells a story about its time period or a big issue that was accruing at that time. The painting I choose it talk about deals with immigration.  Immigration is a huge topic with many different opinions and beliefs.  This painting is expressing the feeling of the immigrants in this photo. The way they are so close together but still look detached that is for a reason. This is showing that when immigrants come to a new county they feel alone or isolated, detached from where they originally come from even if they were together.
Akunyili Crosby
2016 "The Beautyful Ones"
Akunyili Crosby has a very interesting way of showing where she has been and what she has done with her life. She creates the idea of when you move from place to place do you actually change as a person. Well the world is a very complicated place and as you move you must adapt to where you're going. Her art work could defiantly change peoples views on the world. Akunyili layers her art work with a story that is being told about where she was and her experiences. And people might not understand the true effects until they hear or in this case look at somebody's real story about  what happens in other places around the world.
Mel Bochner
2014 "Ha,Ha"
Contemporary artist's use many different and very interesting techniques to try to tell a story or get a point across. For example artist Katharina Grosse uses the 3d effects with very bright colors to give meaning to her art work. "Which appeal to ones senses as she says".  Also the artist Mel Bochner takes everyday lingo and shows the meaning behind it in his art work. For example with the colors he uses and the sizing of the letters its clearly saying something else. Not just the normal laughing text lingo HAHAHA which normally a happy thing. But this artist wants to recognize its not always used in a happy positive way and this is shown by the colors he used.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Realistic Self-Portrait

The three small changes that Tillie advised me to make really helped my portrait look even more accurate to my face. The first change she suggested was make my chain more circular. This was very helpful at this point because it really helped capture the small chin I have and that was not shown before I made this change. Tillie also suggested to point my right eye brown a little bit more.  That small detail helped shape my eye. The last suggestion was to move my jaw line up which significantly made my portait more accurate and was a quick easy fix! I made all of these changes before I transferred my paper, so yes they are all on my final.

My pre-instructional drawing is very different from my final portrait. First, I drew my eyes way to larger and did not have them in the middle of my head. Second, my facial features were not even close to my own features of my face. For example, if someone looked at my pre-instructional they wouldn't be able to tell it was me. Finally, I had no ears drawn on my pre-instructional portrait because I couldn't figure out how to add them. Overall I have really improved and learned how to draw what I saw not what I thought in my head. This was very helpful figuring out how to draw my facial features very accurately.

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.