Friday, January 27, 2017

Most Memorable Experience

My most memorable experience was creating the endangered animal bowls. I learned so much about my animal, the Island Fox, and then learning how to work with colors was really fascinating. I ended up choosing a color scheme that I really love and the designs were so fun to develop. I also got to work closely with my friends on this project because they helped my pick a color scheme and designs. This impacted my learning because I had so much fun doing it I can remember the color wheel very well as well as the colors that I used. I also love the final product of this project and plan to use it in my house!

Project that I am Most Proud Of

I am most proud of my Value Self Portrait. I worked very hard on this project and learned a lot. I learned how to see light, shadow, and just generally different values in a way that I had never done so before. I also spent a lot of time picking a shade of blue that would capture the feelings behind the image. I ended up mixing black with to create the shade of blue that I thought best captured the image. I think that I worked the hardest on this project and enjoyed it much more than I expected to.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

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

I chose to show Crissy Field in San Francisco in my box. Ever since I was very young my family went to Crissy Field almost everyday. There is a long beach there which extends almost all the way under the Golden Gate Bridge. The beach is met by a seemingly endless stretch of grass and trees. We would go there as a family to walk our dog or just to play in the waves. As I got older, I went there with my friends to have picnics and tan in the hot sun. I saw this view everyday on my way to school as well, it was so beautiful. I never got used to how incredibly beautiful it was and didn’t appreciate it until I moved. I miss this place more than any other. I have included myself in this box by depicting me with my sister. I spent a lot of time there with her and thought that this particular picture represented it perfectly.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Winslow Homer Analysis: Blue Boat, 1892

To become familiar with Winslow Homer, a Maine artist;
To look at Homer’s work as a way to inform and inspire your work work.
  1. Describe as much as you can about the artwork (over the phone to someone who has not seen the painting).  What is happening?  How many people and/or animals are in it and what are they doing?  Describe any buildings that you see.  What time of day is it?  What colors are used?
In the painting there is a river with blue canoe holding two two men who appear to be hunting. It looks like it is in a swamp-like area surrounded by greenery and distant mountains. There are large pine trees in the background, cattails, and lily pads on the edge of the river, too. It looks like daytime with some clouds in the sky. The clouds reflect in the water as well. There are mainly blues and greens, with white and then one of the man’s shirt is red. More of a cool color scheme, too.

  1. Point of interest/Composition – What attracts your eye first?  Where is it located? How does Homer draw your attention to this area?  (color contrasts, lines, location, changes in pattern, etc.)
One of the first things you see is the canoe and the man in the red shirt. The water reflections also pop. Homer draws the attention since he makes these the brightest aspects of the painting. The red and blue contrast against each other. It is obviously located in a swarm and you can tells by the surrounding and the vegetation.

  1. Balance - Is there symmetrical or asymmetrical balance? Explain...
One symmetrical piece would be mainly the boat's reflection in the water, and also the figures reflections too. Other than that there was not much symmetry and seemed slightly unbalanced because the boat was off center from the middle of the painting. The two main pine tree were more to the right, too, and added to the unbalanced of the painting. Although it wasn’t perfectly balanced, it was still pleasing to the eye.

  1. Depth/Perspective- Is there a horizon line?  What is in the foreground, middleground, and background?  Is the background very deep and far away or is this painting shallow and close up? How do you know; describe it.
Yes, there is a horizon line; a little above the middle and the top of the mountains. The foreground would be the river water and the lower swamp plants. The middleground consists of the boat and the majority of the greenery. The background is the sky, clouds, and two large trees. The background seems far away, due to the depth the trees and greenland give to the painting. There seems to be a lot of trees too, which give off a long distance. There is a vast sky as well, which help show the deep area.

  1. Mood – What are the feelings, emotions and/or mood you get when you look at this painting?  How do the colors, lines, brushstrokes, composition, subject matter contribute to the mood?
    A prominent feeling would be peaceful. The lines seems very blended and relaxed, which contribute to another intense mood. The two men are looking in the same direction and seem very focused on something.

  1. Interpret - Now that you have looked closely at the artwork and have read the title, describe the story of the painting. What do you think Homer was trying to communicate?
Homer may have been communicating the beauty of nature and what it gives to humans. The two figures are enjoying their surroundings and seem to be quite calm. It looks like a nice day in the painting and the two are definitely taking advantage of that. Based on the title, “Blue Boat”, it describes what the viewer sees first, and in this painting, it is one of the main subjects.  

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Value Self Portrait


    1. 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;

    2. To use your knowledge of color to choose a color that matches the mood of your pose.
    3. To effectively communicate an image that looks like you through careful examination of the values and structure of your face.

I am most proud of how I depicted the different values. After I began painting I realized that the way in which the shadow fell on my face was a little difficult to portray so I had to change some of the values slightly. I was able to change the values slightly and it actually improved the painting. I never really noticed highlight and shadow this closely before so this was very interesting for me to learn about and then have to improvise with.

The most challenging part for me was choosing the different values. After numbering the first few values, I went back and realized that this did not make sense and actually required more values which we had not mixed. I then had to go back and change many of the numbers. After I began painting I still had to change values, which meant painting over certain sections which is why some portions are so rough in texture.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Oaxacan Animal Bowl

Purpose: To create a clay bowl with an endangered species subject, decorated in the style of the Oaxaca painted animal sculptures.

Art Culture Studied: The Oaxacan Culture from Mexico

I chose an Island Fox for my endangered animal. I chose this specific fox because it is from California, where I grew up, and when I was in fourth grade I remember studying its habitat. The Island Fox is from the Channel Islands which are found off the coast of Southern California. I connected this habitat to my bowl with a pattern of a sun, showing the heat that they live in, painted on the nose of my animal. During the 1990’s the Island Fox went under severe population decline due to predation by Golden Eagles. By 2000 there were only 15 individuals left on the islands of San Miguel and Santa Rosa with less than 80 on the Santa Cruz Island.

My color scheme is warm colors. To create my bowl I used different tints and shades of orange and yellow because they are common warm colors. These colors also connected to the habitat of my animal because the Island Fox lives in a very warm climate and often in the desert. The yellow connects to the warmth of the sun and the orange connects to the desert they live in. I did like the colors I chose very much because they went together very well and captured the image of the animal well. If I could go back and change anything I would make better use of my space. I think that my patterns could have been a bit more intricate and taken up more of my animals face.

The most interesting part of the project for me was researching the endangered animals. Having grown up studying the Channel Islands being able to learn more about them and the animals that live there. I wish there was more time to research the animals more in depth because I found it quite fascinating. I also think that it helped me develop the colors and patterns I used because I tried to connect them the best I could to the animal and its habitat.

Monday, December 5, 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