Friday, January 23, 2015

Final Thoughts

One of the most memorable experiences this semester would probably be the acrylic painting unit. I say this because I went through a lot of hassle to paint the way I wanted to. This unit also helped spark my interest in acrylic which I now do in my free time at home. It taught me different types of things I could do with acrylic and how to use it and create colors. Another memorable experience from this semester would probably be the watercolor unit. I had been interested in watercolor before we had started the unit and the unit just taught me all of the things I can do with watercolors. A helpful experience I had during the semester was the portrait unit. It helped a lot with basic drawing of the face which is something all artists need to do.

Work of Art That I Am Most Proud Of

I am most proud of my Imaginative Self Portrait because it has really intricate detail that I was able to come up with on my own. This piece is also filled with things that represent who I am as an artist and person. The piece has a lot of patterns and details in it which keeps the viewer interested. It's almost like it's a "Where's Waldo" game. This impacted my learning by making me come up with patterns with vague, previous planning. I had previously planned open, blank patterns in the face, but a lot of the extra details were improvised later. This piece taught me improvisation and how it can be used in patterns. 

Watercolor Techniques & Book


  • To experiment and learn a variety of watercolor techniques;
  • To understand and demonstrate many different watercolor concepts to create your own book. 

The most important concepts that I learned from the book and techniques practice were the wet-on-wet techniques, gradient techniques, and dry brush. I think these were the most important concepts because in most watercolor paintings, I used these techniques most. To create a variety of textures, I used these techniques most which resulted in good quality work. The wet-on-wet created an astronomical effect. The gradient worked well for numerous reasons. It created sunsets and water which was helpful while making landscapes with sunsets and water. The dry brush was helpful for giving landscapes a rough, realistic texture. These techniques taught me how to use various techniques in a single painting instead of just one technique. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Perspective Drawing: One Point Perspective

To demonstrate and understand, learn & create, various perspective strategies to show depth on a two-dimensional surface;
To review and interpret some of the work created by Leonardo da Vinci.

Artist Studied: Leonardo da Vinci

Three things I learned from completing the exercises and final drawing were how to draw aerial perspective, how to use colored pencils, and how to bend objects in one point perspective.
Aerial perspective is important to help show how objects lose focus when farther away. When this happens, colors are altered. The use of colored pencil is also important. Using colored pencils is not my strongest forte and now I know that I should work on it. I learned how to bend straight objects in one point perspective. In my drawing, the bridge bends slightly because one point in the middle of the bridge reaches the vanishing point and it looks like it bends. This is important because it helps you learn that objects are altered by perspective.

One of the strengths in my drawing is its strong contrast in color. The bridge in the picture is very dark. I used mixtures of greens, blues, and blacks to get a dark aqua color. Its contrast is strong next to the sky. Although the sky has a cool shade, it has a lighter tone than the bridge. This gives my drawing strong contrast.

One of the areas needing to be strengthened would probably be the detail in my drawing. The bridge has quality detail, but the city, I feel, does not. The city is quite basic and looks like children’s building blocks. I did not do a lot with the color in the city either. The city buildings are mostly monochrome. Detail in the city could have been paid attention to more.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Watercolor History

To become familiar with the history of watercolor;
To become familiar with various watercolor artists throughout time;
To make connections between watercolor purposes and techniques from long ago to its uses today.

The first water color painting was used in prehistoric cave paintings and Egyptian tomb art.

The first “water color master” was Albrecht Dürer. He was the first world class artist to treat water color on the same level as tempera or oil. He used water color for the enormous cartoons or working drawings that he delivered to the manufacturers of his very expensive tapestries.

Albrecht Duher, "The Hare", 1502 (Albertiina, Vienna)

Two other noteworthy watercolorists would be John White and Nicholas Poussin, . John White’s watercolor paintings were some of the oldest surviving pieces from Canadian exploration. Nicholas Poussin was a watercolor artist who worked using a lot of monochrome or two colors with a combination of black.

John White, "Indian Woman."(1577) (British Museum, London) 
Nicolas Poussin ‘Landscape with Trees and Tower’(1645)

Women used watercolor to color black and white prints. In early 1800’s sketching and watercolor painting had become part of the tutor-based education of upper class females. Queen Victoria took lessons from masters such as Edwin Landseer. Her example made the art form popular throughout the English speaking world.

Water color regained its popularity in in the 70’s and 80’s because of many popular exhibitions of both old and new contemporary artists. It showed that the arm form itself lent to all forms of expression. The two types of watercolor used today are Environmentally friendly watercolor and Water soluble oil paints. Many different additives have been added to watercolors today to make them easier to use.

Batten, Anthony J. "HISTORY OF WATERCOLOUR." CSPWC English History of the Medium. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2015. 
"History-Overview." Watercolor Watercolor Painting Watermedia History Contemporary Exhibitions., 2012. Web. 07 Jan. 2015.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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.

One of the artists studied was Zeuxis who painted a painting of grapes that was so real, birds tried to peck at it. It was a form of still life called trompe l’oeil, which meant "trick of the eye." 

I used the techniques from my original still life studies. My painting has a soft theme to it. By using the dry brush technique, I was able to blend colors more easily than the other techniques. Because of this style of blending, it kept the shadows and shading soft. This technique helped with a lot of the round shapes in my painting as well.

Three things I learned about painting still life are to use different techniques, shapes in your still life affect the harmony of the painting, and changing the colors of your background will help make it three dimensional. Using different techniques affects the painting a lot. Techniques can change how realistic a painting is and how detailed it is. Shapes in the still life will affect the harmony in the painting. Soft objects should be placed with sharp objects, and sharp objects with other sharp objects. Changing the colors of the background help make it look three dimensional because it gives the background a shape and form.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Perspective Strategies

To demonstrate and understand, learn & create, various perspective strategies to show depth on a two-dimensional surface;
To review and interpret some of the work created by Leonardo da Vinci.

Linear Perspective is a type of perspective used by artists in which the relative size, shape, and position of objects are determined by drawn or imagined lines converging at a point on the horizon.

The Horizon Line is where the land meets with the sky.

The vanishing point is the point at which receding parallel lines viewed in perspective appear to converge.

Orthogonal lines are straight diagonal lines drawn to connect points around the edges of a picture to the vanishing point. They represent parallel lines receding into the distance and help draw the viewer's eye into the depth of the picture.

A Transversal Line is a line that passes through two lines in the same plane at two distinct points.

One point perspective is when the drawing has a single vanishing point.

Two point perspective is when the drawing has two vanishing points.

To show depth perspective, changing the size of an object because it is closer or farther away helps to show depth. Changing the angle from which an object is perceived so that it is show as coming closer or moving farther away and putting objects in front of behind each other.

Aerial perspective is creating a sense of depth in painting by imitating the way the atmosphere makes distant objects appear less distinct and more bluish than they would be if nearby.

Perspective of a circle is called an ellipse. The usual construction is to draw a square and in that square, draw a circle.