Friday, January 29, 2016

Most Memorable Experiences

The two highlights of this semester were the value portrait paintings and my color collage.

I enjoy making this look exactly like me. I loved making the shadows and viewpoints look like they are real. I feel as I made the shadows look realistic. I feel proud I was able to make my face look like me with MY own expression. I loved doing this because in the end result I was happy and surprised I was able to make a painting look like me. Also I like how I was able to make the eyes pop out because I was having a hard time with that.


In this painting I learned what the color brow means in all different cultures. Also I learned that Brown isn’t as boring as I thought it was. Brown is a fun color to work with and I enjoyed that I got brown for this project because at first the one color I didn't want to get was brown, But now I'm happy I got it. I learned that in the U.S brown is a color for comfort and stability. Also the reason I thought this was a highlight was because I had the most fun with this project. I had a lot of fun going through magazines and finding this that were brown.

Project that I am the most proud of:


I am most proud of this project because I thought I worked the hardest on this project more than the other ones. I liked this project because it made you pay real close attention to the detail work because if you messed up it would look all out of place. I also liked this because we could pick whatever we wanted for a color scheme. This project impacted my learning and understanding of art because it made me understand that art is not just painting, it is sculpting and cutting and a number of different things. This made me understand that art is a very hard thing to do. (I thought this would be easier.) It impacted me because now I will never look at art like it is going to be easy. It is hard and it takes a lot of time.

Winslow Homer Comparison: Sense of Place


Gloucester Harbor 1873, Winslow Homer


He made me look at his painting as a whole (Background, Middleground, Foreground). In this painting he made the foreground and background stand out a lot and made his middleground a lot more suttle. He made the boats and the shore/land the middleground or the horizon line. He also made the clouds and the water corresponding colors so it shows the reflection. I noticed that he put the boat smack dab in the middle of the painting so that it is the first thing people see.

My place is the NYA ice arena. What I have done to give you a clear sense of this place is putting pictures of me playing hockey at this ice arena. I have given you three pictures that all show me playing at NYA. Also the map on the outside is a picture of the ice rink. Also the boards in the middleground are orange and white indicating that the rink is NYA because those are NYA's colors.

Something I could have done was put a picture of the rink name on the top. I also could have put a scoreboard in the background because the scoreboard has the name of the rink on it. I could have made the pictures more clear that I am at NYA ice arena by putting more of the orange boards in the photos. I think I also could have put some of the banners on the roof of the ice arena that have all the NYA players and Yarmouth players from past years in my background.




Wednesday, January 27, 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.

Artists Studied: Winslow Homer

NYA Ice Arena
I chose this place because it is where I have spent half my life. I have been playing at this ice arena since I was 3 years old. I have spent almost more of my life with my teammates at this arena then I have at my own home. I consider this place almost like a second home. This place has given me peace when i'm playing hockey sometimes when things don't always go the way you want them too. I hope this place will be my second home for the rest of my life.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winslow Homer, Gloucester Harbor 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;




Title: Gloucester Harbor
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Year of creation:1873
Describe as much as you can about the artwork.  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?
A man and his family are rowing a small boat in a harbor. The water is calm with little ripples. At the horizon line there are sailboats floating. On the horizon line in the right side, there is a small house. There are a lot of big clouds in the sky. It’s sunset because the sky and water are tinted pink. The colors of the painting are complementary, using the colors blue and a warm orange. There are some seagulls in right side flying around.
 
Point of interest/CompositionWhat 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.)
The boat that the people are in attract our eyes first. It is right in the middle, big and uses darker colors than the rest of the painting.


Balance - Is there symmetrical or asymmetrical balance? Explain…
The shapes are symmetrical because if you split the painting down the middle, there are similar things on both sides. However, the colors are asymmetrical because they vary on the different sides. In the sky, there are pink clouds on the left side. But, there is a block of blue sky on the right.


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, it is where the land and boats are. It is a little above the middle. The foreground includes the water and boat. The middleground is the blue water where the sailboats meet the land.  Background is the sky and clouds. The background is far away. Homer made the building on the right side small and included a tiny boat on the left. These give the feeling that the background is faraway from the viewer.


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?
This painting is very calm and relaxing. This is shown through the reflection of the sun and clouds on the water, which show the sunset. The water is very calm. Also, it is a family scene and usually family outings are fun. Homer uses small brushstrokes that are hard see. Therefore, the painting isn’t busy or hard to look at. It is a satisfying painting.


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?
A small family is on a simple outing in a small boat at sunset. Homer is trying to show the simple pleasures and moments of families. He shows by using a happy family on a small boat in a relaxing setting.

Wednesday, January 20, 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: Beverly Mclver, Willard Dixon, Laura Chasman

Portrait Reflection:

I am most proud of making me… look like me! I enjoy looking at something that I know I made that looks exactly like me. I like I can make the shadows and viewpoints look like they are real and I feel as I made the shadows look realistic. I feel proud I was able to make my eyes pop out to make my face look like me with MY own expression.

Feedback helped me because it made me look at my painting in other perspectives other than my own. Feedback helped me fill places where I thought it was a lighter or darker shadow. I got told that my shadow on my shoulder was darker than a 2 so I changed it to a 3 and I think It made a big difference because I think it looks more realistic. It was helpful because i think I got a better understanding on the values of the paint.

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
Reflection: Write one paragraph, at least 5 sentences, that answers the following questions:
  • Where is your place? Travis Roy Arena 
What is your personal connection to the place you chose  to create/why is it important to you AND how have you included “you” in this space?