Friday, January 29, 2016

Project that I am most proud of

         The project That I am most proud of is the value self portrait. It was a fun project that I think turned out pretty good. After this project I have a new way of painting. From now on for self portraits, or other portraits I can use values, and label before I go ahead and just paint randomly. Also another reason this is the work Im most proud of is because of the eyes. I have never painted, or drawn eyes like I did in this project and I can use that for painting by myself at my house.

Most Memorable Experiences

          I think one of my most memorable experiences was being able to learn about the Oaxaca Culture. I learned many things from that, including some of its history, annual celebrations, and also why sea turtles are so important there. Then after that I got to make a cool clay bowl.

          My Next big Highlight for the semester was the value self portrait. I learned a new way to paint, In values. I learned a new, better looking way to draw eyes. Id never drawn them like I had in this project and I can use that from now on. also I learned what tints are and how to make them

Winslow Homer Comparison: Sense of place

"Blue Boat"
Winslow Homer
Oil Paint

          It shows his place because there is depth, and meaning. You can tell the painting goes back for a long time until it hits the horizon line. The background is well done, you can tell which clouds are close to you and which clouds are far away making it seem more realistic The detail in the water with the reflection makes it interesting. He uses low intensity colors. You can tell its his place because maybe its him and his dad, or grandfather when he was younger, making it a meaningful place for him to be. or maybe its him with his son. That is why it gives you a sense of his place.

          My place is in Mystic, Connecticut. In my tunnel book it shows me driving a boat, in the middle ground you can see my fishing pole so some people may be able to determine that I like fishing and riding my boat. Since Im on a boat you can tell Im on water, but not in the ocean because of the trees in the middle ground. So what someone could probably see is that my place is riding my boat and fishing on a river of some sort. That is how my tunnel book has a clear sense of place.

          There is another place that is really more meaningful to me at mount blu state park in Maine. Every summer my family and some family friends spend a week camping there, doing all sorts of cool things. Like hiking mountains, Swimming, Bike rides, and other cool things. I feel like If I had done that place It would have had a lot more sense of place, and meaning, because it does. But for what i could have done to the sense of place in this picture was have a more meaningful foreground. I had a mad looking face because it was very sunny, so I was looking down. Maybe if I had  a happier face, and a actual, real background it could have been better.

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

-My Place is in mystic Connecticut.
-The reason this place important to me is because most of my family lives there. When me and my brother go down for the summer and visit we are always out on the water, either deep sea fishing or going for small fish on the mystic river. It is a place that we go to escape other things, like tv, and other pointless things we could be doing. In this picture I was Driving our 14 foot skiff to the spot we were fishing. That is what includes me in the picture. I was going with my Grandmother, Mom, and my Brother.

Value self portrait


  • 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.
Erik Hougen,Katie O'Hagan,Bo Bartlett

I was proud that I was able to turn a photo of myself into a semi-good painting. I also had never drawn/painted eyes like I did in that painting so that was a sort of success for me

Thursday, January 21, 2016

To become familiar with Winslow Homer, a Maine artist;

Title: Blue Boat
Medium:  Watercolor
Year of creation: 1892
Describe as much as you can about the artwork. Seems to be two people going down a small river in a blue canoe. there is fields and woods on both sides of them. and the horizon line is set a little more than half way up the page. it seems to be mid afternoon with some cloudy cover.
Point of interest/CompositionThe two people in the blue canoe going down the river, seemed to have more detail than the middle ground. Is located on a river in the woods. but they have come to a clearing

Balance - It’s pretty symmetrical. There is Fields and trees on both sides with people and a canoe in the middle

Depth/Perspective- The foreground is the Two people in the boat on the river which seems set a happier mood than the rest of the painting. the middle ground is the woods and fields in the back. they do not seem to have as much detail as the foreground. the  and the horizon line is on the hill in the back, it seems to be a cloudy day which sets a bit of the mood.

Mood – There are many lowintesity greens reds and yellows in this painting which gives it mixed feelings the colors have are too bright in variety to have the painting be considered sad but the colors are low enough intensity that the painting does not stand out as overly happy either. I believe that this painting has a nostalgic feel because of two people sharing a bond and the blurred colors

Interpret - Stephen and I believe that this picture is trying to show a father and son spending some time together. Going down a river to have a picnic, or maybe they are canoeing to a campsite for the weekend. The way the son looks away for his father with his hand on his thigh may mean that he is angry at him and wants to take his son out to make up to him. This could explain the hazy colors and the overall blurred look of this painting.

Monday, January 11, 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