Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Work of Art that I am the most proud of

I am most proud of my self portrait. I seriously struggled with many parts of this drawing and felt frustrated and annoyed many times during the process of creating it. I was almost at a point where I was convinced it was going to turn out horribly, but I gave it some extra time and now I'm very pleased with it. From this frustrating process I learned that it is okay to not be happy with your work, for with more effort it will turn out well. I also learned to persist and constantly change your persepective on the way you look at your own work to try and improve. Overall, my portrait was a piece that I originally was really challenged by, but now I think shows a lot of hard work, skill, and improved attitude towards challenging art work. 

Revisiting my Goals for the Semester

"My goals for this semester are to work off of and improve my skills from Art Fundamentals. I feel confident in my ability to work with perspective and still life drawings, but I want to improve my self portrait/portrait skills.  I would love to learn more about how art can influence different parts of the world and how one can use art to bring awarness to an issue. I would also like to refine my painting skills. I feel as though I don't know many different painting techniques. Overall, my goals are to produce high quality work and get experience with new techniques and materials."

I pasted in what I wrote initially because I truly met all my goals this semester. The first thing I mentioned was that I wanted to improve my portrait skills. The before and after of my portrait skills are truly striking. The before hardly resembles a face, and the after is a well crafted and look alike portrait of myself. The second concept that I mentioned was to learn how art brings awarness to important causes. The Unsung Hero painting is exactly that. I'm really glad that we were able to do the Unsung painting assignment for the "awarness" part of art is something I really enjoy. And lastly, I feel really confident in my painting skills, especially with acrylics. The acrylic landscape painting is something that I'm proud of, especially since I felt like painting was one of my weaker skills initially. Overall, I'm really pleased that I adressed each of my goals, and I feel acomplished with the work that I have completed. 

Water Color Techniques


To experiment, explore, and learn a variety of ways to paint with watercolor

I learned more than one important concept upon working and experimenting with water color. The first of which is that it's so crucal to leave space for white. With water color the white has a really dramatic impact and a painting with white vrs. a painting without, look very different in the artists skill level. It was challenging going from painting with acrylic's to then water color, because you couldn't just layer colors over and cover up your previous work. The second most important concept that I learned was that using all the techniques of water color made your painting look dramatically better. I found that surprising as usually in art you choose a style to stay with throughout your work, but in water color it looks much better to combine many styles. And finally the third most important concept that I learned was to not be rigid while painting with water color. It's important to use lots of water and be okay with things going in a slightly different direction than you initially planned. 

Sketchbook Assignments

Imitation Drawing: Still Life

To gain a basic understanding about the realism art movement and to identify Artists who work(ed) in this style;
To practice drawing in the realistic style by "imitating" a prfessional, realistic work of art.

Still Life Drawing

To practice creating a still-life drawing that demonstrates understanding of the drawing in perspective, along with ising a variety of mark-making technique to describe form:
To understand value by creating a good range in black and white;
To demonstrate quality craftsmanship and good composition skills in drawing.

Imitation Drawing: Portrait

To become familiar with past and contemporary artists;
To use critical thinking skills to analyize artwork;
To understand how and why artists crete portraits.
To practice drawing in a portrait by "imitating" a professional work of art.

Half Portrait Drawing

To look closely at half of a portrait and complete the portrait by drawing similar feautures;
To practice drawing facial features: eyes, nose, and mouth.

Autobiographical Collage

To create an autobiographical collage that tells the story of an experience (s) that took place in the artists life. It lets the artist express his or her thoughts and feelings about any aspect of his/her life.

Mandala Design

To become familiar with Mandala designs and their meanings;
To create your own, original Mandala

Monday, June 12, 2017

Artist Statement

When selecting who I wanted to create my Unsung Hero painting of, I tried to find someone whose actions and qualities I really admired and aspire to possess myself someday. When looking through the list, I immediately was drawn to Valentine's story, but was surprised to find that his story was the only one centered around the environment. I have a very strong passion for bringing attention to the issues that affect our environment, and I believe that without taking care of our earth, all of the other issues won't be in existence, for we will have no healthy place to live. Valentine seemed like such a humble, kind, thoughtful, but smart and effective man. I immediately felt a connection to his story and thought that I could create something in painting that reflected that personal care and interest.
 In my work I wanted to create something subtle, but powerful, as I think that’s how Valentine approached his work-it was small, but had a huge impact. My work creatively and uniquely expresses Valentines acts, as it shows the bigger picture of the impact that one person can have on the environment. In my painting, color played a lot into conveying his story. I focused on making the industrial city below him gray and polluted, which represents what could have happened to the land that he ended up protecting. The lush flowers and green above him seem to be growing from his hair in some part, which is intentional as he was responsible for the growth and protection of the land he saved. The fact that the polluted city is below him stands for what he doesn't believe in but eventually will reach down deeper and try to improve. Likewise, the brilliant foliage above him stands for the work he has done and that is now thriving. Valentine himself, I portrayed in a very humble and unspectacular manner. This I did because he really represents how just one simple human being can strongly impact a part of the world we all live on in a really positive way.

The process of creating this piece of art has changed my perspective on life in a few ways. The fact that Valentine was homeless and still constantly strived to better the world around him instead of trying to make money or do things for his benefit is really inspiring to me. What was most meaningful for me was that I could convey his story in a creative way so that more can learn about people like Valentine and hopefully be inspired to follow his ways. I believe creating art makes you think deeper about the topic you are creating rather than just reading or writing it. Overall I felt good about bringing attention to a really spectacular man who improved a cause I feel strongly about. I love that I was able to create something that has a deeper meaning behind it because art has such a big impact on people's opinions and views.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Landscape Perspective Painting

         In my landscape painting, the use of forground interest was a really crucial technique in developing persepective. While there were not necessarily more objects in the front, the brightness of the flowers in comparision to the duller tones of the rest of the painting worked very well in helping to create perspective. I also used changes in size to make more depth. The palm trees in the backround are much thinner and smaller than the two large palm trees in the forground. While the S curve or "winding path" is a perspective strategy, I had to tone it down a little bit, as the light in the S curve detracted from the feel of persepective rather than adding to it. Than said, the winding of the dark blue water is a technique that I did use. And lastly, I used aerial perspective. My sky, trees and foliage in the backround all have a duller, blue white feel to them, in contrast to the bright pink and red pop of flowers in the forground. 

The main challenge that I faced when painting my landscape was the feel that it was flipping forward. I was puzzled about it, for as I said in my previous paragraph I was utilizing many perspective techniques. What was contributing to the flipping forward feel was the bright light in the lake. To fix this, I dulled the light with some blue and green layering, and decided not to paint the light as far up as it goes in the photograph. One thing that I would do differently is be more accurate as to where my horizen line was. Because of all the trees and the foliage, my horizen line ended up creeping up a little too far, so when I needed to paint my two main trees in the forground, there was not quite enought room. 

LMC Unsung Hero Planning

The story that motivates me the most is that of Jacob Valentine II. Valentine made a huge positive impact when he joined President Roosevelts "tree army" and traveled all over the country planting trees and making improvements to the environment. He enlisted in WWII and because of his deep familiariy with nature, was able to save many men who were drowning in a river after a surprise attack by the Japanese. After returning to the states, Valentine became deeply involved in land, biology, and wildlife conservation. Valintines focus was on the wet pine savanna along the gulf coast. In 1970 the U.S interstate 10, which links California with Florida was designed to go directly through the savanna. Valentine knew that if this was constructed with out any consideration for the environment, the many rare species there would surely become extinct. He took his argument to court and stopped the contruction of the highway, saving a lot of land and animals, especially the sandhill crane.

This story particularly inspires me because I believe land conservation and being aware of the environment in one of the most important things we can do. All of the other issues that people are fighting for, will not be issues if we do not take care of the land we live on. Valentine is a really inspiring example of someone who gave the land a voice, and fought relentlessly to protect it and it's inhabitants.

Some images I can use is the geography to Florida from California. I think I can really bring the beauty of both states out, as well as the savanna desert-and then create a piece of it that has a highway being built and grey, poluted air coming up from it. I could include animals that are thriving in the conserved parts, and animals that look sad or weaker near the parts where the highway is being built. Signifigant pieces would be the portayal of beauty in protected land, and the portayal of destruction and polution.