Monday, June 15, 2015

Final Thoughts

The most memorable experience that I can think of from this class is working on my still life painting. I was so frustrated and stressed out about the quality of my work with that project; I struggled with capturing the right proportions and the accurate shades of each color. It was difficult to just work, but I found that when I let go of thinking about what it was going to look like in the end and I just worked on it, I was able to capture everything I needed to capture. I was particularly proud of the glass jar and clam shell that I depicted in the painting. Another memorable experience that comes to mind is finishing my realistic self portrait. I had spend several hours outside of class working on it and had worried myself about every aspect of the piece. This stress was completely unnecessary-- I found that after realizing that I was proud of the work that I had done. Without fail, I need to focus more heavily on working than what the end product will be. Finally, our last unit, the watercoloring one, was laid back and a great way to end the year. Without stress hindering my work, I was able to produce a quality piece in less time and with no headache.

Work of Art that I am most Proud of

I am most proud of my realistic self portrait. I put my best effort and most time into this piece. The most important thing that I learned from this piece was to take my time and look at what was really there. I had to spend a lot off  time observing the shadows and values of parts of my face. This helped me to form an accurate representation of what I look like. Another thing that I focused heavily on was the shapes of my facial features-- in doing so my attention to detail improved greatly. The work that I put into my portrait showed me that I am capable of producing strong work, and that I should be proud of it.

Watercolor Techniques

Purpose: To experiment and learn a variety of different watercolor techniques.

Attention to detail is something that I always struggle with. I am the kind of person who is consistently diving into projects without focusing on exact details. I draw or paint or sculpt what I want to see; not what I actually see. This can manifest in a number of ways: incorrect proportions, differing colors and shading, different shapes. However, with most other mediums, I am able to recognize these errors and correct them to produce my best work possible. With watercolor,  I don't have that luxury so I have been working on paying close attention to detail. I have been focusing more on the lines that I make and the way that I make them, and the shapes they turn into. I have learned so many different brush strokes to use while painting with watercolors. These can be used in many different ways and add to any piece as a whole.  A combination of detail oriented thinking and new strategies for painting have helped me to create a more realistic watercolor.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Final Still-Life Painting


  • To communicate all of your knowledge about color and painting techniques to create a final, more complex, still-life painting (than your smaller still-life studies);
  • To use your knowledge about composition and placement to arrange your fruit and/or vegetable to create a strong composition.

I incorporated accurate shapes into my painting. The accuracy of shapes was something that I struggled with at first because I am a messy artist; I like to work with my hands and just go at whatever I’m doing instead of planning ahead or doing preliminary sketches. I did this by paying attention to detail in my preliminary block drawing for this painting. This block drawing gave me accurate proportions which was incredibly important for painting because it made my coloring and shading more believable. I also focused on capturing the accurate shading and highlight spots of the objects in my still life. These ‘coloring’ aspects were something that I needed to pay more attention to in my still-life studies pieces.

The aspect of my painting that I am most proud of is the glass jar with rope wrapped around it. I did a really good job of capturing its shape, shadows, and highlights. I also think that it communicates my style of painting well. I found that finding a combination of colors that appeared to be translucent against the background color was challenging. After a bit of mixing colors and trying things out, I was able to find an accurate color. Mixing accurate colors for all of the shadows and parts of my objects was not the easiest thing I’ve done. I ended up mixing a lot of colors and trying a bunch of different combinations until I found colors that worked for what I was trying to do. I also found that a positive attitude about painting and looking for things that I could improve instead of looking at things I messed up helped me to push through any challenges I experienced along the way, regardless of what they were.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Perspective Studies

  1. What is linear perspective? Linear perspective deals with the placement of objects in relative space

  1. What is Aerial perspective? Aerial perspective alludes to the impact that colors and tones have on any drawn space

  1. Define:
  • Horizon line
A line which creates a visible border between the earth and the sky
  • Vanishing point
The point where all real and imaginary lines meet
  • Orthogonal lines
Lines that meet at right angles
  • Transversal lines

A line that crosses either two or more lines

Monday, May 4, 2015

Still-Life Studies

  1. As I begin my final still-life painting, I want to be conscious of shape and shading. I struggled a bit with the shading and colors of my two practice still life paintings. For my final painting, I am going to use a bright background color as all of my subjects are beige or white colored. This will create an awesome contrast that I am excited about. I think that I did a really good job with the shapes of my subjects for the practice paintings so I will carry that forward with me.