Friday, January 29, 2016

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.
My place is my boat Geraldine. During the summer and parts of spring and fall, I rely upon my boat. Besides great responsibility, Geraldine represents my ideal of true freedom. In her, I can access all of Casco Bay with my complete control. No speed limits, no road, just common sense and gas. I have make it clear that my boat is important in my box, not the surrounding water or land. I love to waterski with Geraldine, and it is difficult to describe the amazing experiences I have had in the middle of August behind my boat.

Most Memorable Experiences



One of my most memorable experiences from art fundamentals class this semester is the value color portrait. I am very proud of my final product that was difficult to create. I had never created a monochromatic painting before, and it amazes me how much my painting resembles me. The accuracy of my painting is very satisfying. I did not expect my facial dimensions to transfer so accurately from photograph, to tracing paper, to canvas, and finally to be painted. To produce a painting as such that could resemble me gives gives me hope to my artistic self.

Another memorable experience from art fundamentals class this semester is my endangered species animal bowl the most. While I didn't care for the requirements of the project, it was one of the more positive experiences. I enjoyed the remaining openness for creativity. I chose to stray from the provided examples of tiger faces and birds, so I chose an endangered species that I was more familiar with. While I have never seen a sturgeon before, I am familiar with the fish and it seemed to be "closer to home".  This project also gave a good introduction to painting with acrylics and painting on three dimensional surfaces. After this project, it was nice knowing how the acrylic paint behaved before I began the value portrait painting.

Project that I am most proud of



I personally enjoyed the endangered species animal bowl the most. While I didn't care for the requirement of an endangered species as the subject, I think I could have produced a much more interesting piece given a simple "Animal Themed" project. The necessary color scheme/pattern requirements also got in the way. I did enjoy taking advantage of the project to create a more unique "scene" on my bowl rather than a portrait. I liked incorporating the seaweed in my bowl. To my eyes, it gives the fish depth and life as it weaves through the seaweed. This project was also a good introduction to painting with acrylics and painting on three dimensional surfaces. 

Winslow Homer Comparison: Sense of Place

The Fog Warning, 1885, Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer, a master of oil paints, creates isolation with the lone fisherman and his rowboat. The swelling waves, and wind whipped whitecaps give the "place" a sense of urgency and distress. The fisherman must persevere through the conditions to reach home with his trophy. The lack of land on the horizon further isolates the fisherman. His hope remains in the wooden dory that he rows through the swell. 
My place is my boat, Geraldine. Very much like the man in Homer's Fog Warning, I rely upon my boat, but for more recreational purposes. Geraldine represents my ideal of true freedom. In her, I can access all of Casco Bay with complete control. No speed limits, no road, just common sense and gas. I have make it clear that my boat is important in my box, not the surrounding water or land. 
To provide an even better sense of place, I think that I could have used pictures from better angles to better symbolize the significance of Geraldine. In my box now, she is more of a secondary character than I would like her to be. I think I could further emphasize my freedom if I featured myself waterskiing. Waterskiing is my favorite activity to do with Geraldine, and I honestly feel like I'm flying when I ski. 



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Value Self Portrait

Purpose:

  • 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;

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


Artists Studied: Burton Phillip Silverman, Edgar Jerins, Carolyn Schlam

Portrait Reflection:

I am very proud of the final product, a monochromatic acrylic painting that I can definitely tell is me. The accuracy of my painting is very satisfying. I did not expect to produce a painting as such that could resemble me. Looking at the original photograph, I did not expect to produce what I did.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winslow Homer, Boy in a Boatyard, 1873



Purpose:
To become familiar with Winslow Homer, a Maine artist;
To look at Homer’s work as a way to inform and inspire my own work;

It is midday and there is a boy sitting in a barrel in the center of the painting with more barrels surrounding him. There is a greenish blue building in the upper right side of the painting and there is a fallen mast and sail behind the boy. In the upper left corner there are more stacked barrels and a ramp going to the building with a boat on it. The colors are all pretty light and happy.
 
The large bright white sail in the middle ground leads my eye to the boy in the foreground. Both are in the center of the painting. The sudden change in color and the large shape both draw my attention to the area.
The painting is asymmetrically balanced. A wooden shed, or warehouse is behind the boy to the right, and the rest of the boatyard, with more buildings, boats, and barrels is far behind to the left. The color and shapes on either side make it asymmetrical.

There is a horizon line where the sky meets the ramp in the upper left corner. The boy, the mast, and the barrels around him are in the foreground. The building is in the middleground, and the stacked barrels and ramp is in the background.

I have a deep sensation of melancholy while viewing this painting. The boy is simply clothed, and wears a straw hat and no shoes. Youth within industry, like a nonworking american Oliver Twist. A Maine Huckleberry Finn.


The boy seems sad and bored and he is all alone. Homer was trying to communicate to his audience a story of the in the boatyard. The audience is provided the setting and the character, the rest of the story is up to them.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Fabulous Faces

Purpose:


  • 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