Thursday, January 26, 2017

Final Thoughts

          • These three pieces of art represent my three highlights this semester. The first one is a landscape painting based on Wolf Kahn's painting. I learned a lot from this painting because I wasn't experienced in landscape drawings or paintings before this assignment. I learned to take my time and find my own style. After, I learned that little tiny dots would be a good idea to capture the sky and hill. The second piece of art is a oil pastel portrait. In this art piece I learned that I could make it really abstract. I had fun making it look a little crazy with colors and not so realistic. Lastly, I chose the imaginative self portrait that was made with paper and pen. I learned to go absolutely crazy with my imagination and used everything that meant something to me in this assignment. I really enjoyed this project because it was such a personal piece.  

  • Work of Art that I am the most proud of

    I am most proud of my "Self Portrait" because I feel I have learned to most about art and myself completing this project. In the beginning, I was able to try to do a three-quarter portrait rather than a straight on portrait. When given the opportunity, I pounced and started to try and get my base drawing down. I soon realized that it was more of challenge than I thought it was going to be. After many attempts I got frustrated and it took a longer time than I had planned. But through that process I learned not to give up even if I wanted to desperately, because in the end I wasn't necessarily proud of the artwork itself but proud of myself for not giving up and finishing what I had started. This impacted me a lot because now throughout my art career I will remember this project as an example to motivate my self when I return to this feeling of discouragement.

    Watercolor Techniques

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

    During our brief introduction of watercolor I learned many valuable skills that I can use in the future. Before the introduction, I was "afraid" of watercolors because I had grown up using a crayola set on printer paper. I never enjoyed using them because I didn't feel any control and didn't know any important stokes. After using them from little bottles on nice heavy paper I truly understood how relaxing they are and how admirable they are. I learned on the first day different types of strokes you can use with them, which was extremely helpful because I honestly didn't have any pryer experience except for when I was really little. Now I feel like I have a better grasp on how to use them correctly and appreciate them.

    Thursday, December 15, 2016

    LMC Unsung Hero Planning

    Which stories motivate you?
    Sheyann Webb
    How does this Unsung hero inspires you visually?
    Sheyann Webb inspires me because she was so young at the time, yet fascinated by the Martin Luther King Jr. and the people breaking barriers in her own city. She is nine years old but still realizes and understands that there are problems with African Americans basic human rights. She thinks everyone should have the right to vote. She thinks everyone should have the right of freedom. And she shows her support by attending the church meetings and being the youngest to march in the crowd of people in Selma. When I read her story I thought of a small little girl coming to the meeting and sitting in a row of old er people. I thought of her standing in the march with all these taller people. Lastly, I saw her standing proud and tall with a sticker that said "I voted" on it to show her dedication for people being able to vote.
    Consider any and every visual from the story, including:
    • Location (maps, geography, etc.) Selma, Alabama
    • Unsung Hero images- Her standing up straight with a sticker that says "I voted"
    • Significant Objects- Martin Luther King Jr. - Church, the 54 mile march, violence,

    Decide whether to pursue a realistic, literal portrait or one that is figuratively telling a story.
    Realistic Picture

    Artists Statement

    In the beginning of the Unsung Hero project I was having a difficult time choosing a person to depict because each hero’s story was so admirable. They all touched me in different ways but there was one person that inspired me more than others, Sheyann Webb. When I read Sheyann’s story I was completely blown away by her courageous spirit, that I knew that I had to paint her and help share her story with others. Sheyann Webb grew up in Selma, Alabama where Jim Crow laws still haunted the town. Sheyann and her friend where on their way to school when they noticed black and white people talking, which was an unusual sight at the time. Curious, Webb followed the people into a church where she ended up spending many days listening to them talk about a man named Martin Luther King Jr., who was going to help change the segregation laws. Webb was only eight years old when she invested herself in changing society with the one and only Martin Luther King Jr.
    My painting of Sheyann Webb portrays her like the strong independent girl she is. In my painting Webb’s profile is the main part of the paint along with Martin Luther King Jr., who is next to her. This resembles that she has the same determination that King does. I also wanted to show how she not only sat in on the many meetings in the church, but Sheyann at eight years old, protested on “Bloody Sunday”, and walked the 54 mile march in Selma, Alabama. To express this, I painted Sheyann and other protesters next to her, which is horizontal from Shayann's profile. For the base coat of the painting I chose the color red for two reasons. First, I wanted red to be the background of the people protesting to resemble “Bloody Sunday”. Secondly, the color red stands for strength and power, as well as determination and passion which are all characteristics that both Webb and the other people fighting the segregation laws possess.
    After painting a bigger version of Sheyann and her with the protesters I started to work on important details. First, I wanted to include a hand holding a vote pin on my painting becuase the freedom to vote is such an important concept that Webb strongly believed in. She even asked her parents to try and register to vote for her ninth birthday present. So, I painted a child hand holding a pin one would receive after voting. The second detail that I thought was important to add was Sheyann holding a banner that reads “The Smallest Freedom Fighter”. This was something Sheyann was known for becuase Martin Luther King Jr. himself names her that. Webb is known to be the youngest protester marching in Selma and on “Bloody Sunday”. In the middle of finishing up my painting I decided that I wanted to incorporate a jumble of words in the background of the people protesting but made sure some red was still showing through. In order to do this, I found a book and cut up a couple pages and then collaged them on. The words stood for how many voices made a difference in this world and also the power of the press. Lastly, I cut a few strips of white paper and wrote the main chorus of a chant the protesters would yell to show their motivation. The chant was: “We ain’t goin’ let nobody turn us around.”  Then glued it on in the corner of the painting. This was the cherry on top for my painting.

    This project has changed my perspective of life in so many ways. I now have a better understanding of how many amazing people don’t get recognized for their outstanding contribution to the world. This assignment makes me want to share these people’s stories as much as I can and try to discover other unsung heros this world has.

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    Landscape Painting inspired by Wolf Kahn

    When painting the Wolf Kahn inspired painting, I noticed many things about his color and techniches that make his paintings so original.  First, kahn uses small brush stokes that add little detail. For example, the sky and grass are made up of tiny strokes that give a certain texture.  The colors he chooses are easily blended or contrast each other.  The purples he uses are blended with tints of lighter purples. He will also use contrast colors like next to each other like purple and yellow. Lastly, kahn uses a simple landscape and makes it intricate by using his technique of detail. 

    I switched the color sceme to a warmer mood instead of the colder one. Therefore it is much warmer and happier.  The colder mood of the original paint is a lot more calmer and a little bit of a mystery. The other painting is a lot more brighter and beaming. 

    Tuesday, November 22, 2016

    Creating Depth in Landscape Paintings

        1. Christina's World,  1948 Andrew Wyeth               2.    Vincent Van Gogh    The Olive Tree, 1889

    1.  The first painting is more realistic and is more of a traditional landscape. Wyeth adds more depth in detail to show the darkness and mystery swirled into the landscape. His landscape also includes a girl to add the mystery of, why is she there? What is she thinking? He uses the forground intrest to show the fields take a big role in the landscape.

    2. Vincent Van Gogh chooses a light and happier tone. His landscape is painted in a less depth way, because he doesn't use the realistic sense. His colors are also brighter and it shows the sun shining over the trees and nature.  His landscape is more simple. He also uses layering on the trees over the sunset and the ground in layers with lots of colors. He uses lines in the ground.

    Landscape Painting: A Brief History

    The word "landscape" came from the Dutch word " Landschap," which meant a region or space. Later, they changed it to " a picture depicting scenery of land. "In the past, a landscape was usually painted for a religious or figural scene, until the sixteenth century when the subject of the landscape was considered its own right. During renaissance, a landscape was growing popular because many artists started to focus on the natural world.  One of the first places a landscape painting was considered popular was the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, people started to have interest in putting paintings of landscapes in their house because it was something different.

    As the look of the landscape evolved many artists took on a new point of view. For example, Peirre-published a book in France of his landscapes that became extremely popular. Peirre- Henri believed in "historical landscape", which meant capturing the realistic study of nature. Another artist who changed the idea of the art of the landscape was Theodore Rousseau. He focused on painting directly painting nature right outside of the door.  In the 19th century, many other artists made a different in the world view of landscapes.

    Source- Brief History of the Landscape Genre