Monday, June 15, 2015

watercolor techniques

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

Perhaps the most important concept I learned during the watercolor unit was to work from light to dark not dark to light. This is very important because with water color you can always make it darker but never lighter. Another important concept was to plan out your painting because water colors can be very fickle. Another thing I found very important when painting with water colors was to be very carful with your brush strokes because the water causes the color to spread very easily, probably into an area where it is not supposed to go.

Final thoughts

This semester has been full of memorable projects. I think my favorite project was the imaginative self portrait. This really gave me a different view, it was just really fun to do a project that was kind of “out there”.I think another favorite project we did this semester was the perspective drawings, I really enjoyed these because there is a certain method and way to do perspective drawings which I like because it is very mathematical. I also really enjoyed the portrait drawings. I think one of the reasons I enjoyed  that project was that Pete Seeger was a folk hero and he was also one of my heroes.

Work of Art that I am the most proud of

I think that the work I am most proud of is the last of the still life practice paintings I did this in preparation for the final still life. I am very proud of this painting because I absolutely love the color scheme. I think that in this work I did a very good job with the shadow. I also like the background texture very much. Also I think the shape of the tomato is very accurate. This work had a very large impact on the rest of my semester for a couple of reasons. First it really helped me to understand how to portray color of a shadow and the shape of the shadow. Second it really helped me see the quality of work I am capable of producing.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Final Still-Life Painting

In my still life I did remember to do what I said to do in my still life study. First, I remembered to make the shadows a darker color of the background. Another thing I remembered to do was to not use as much paint and to add dark to light paint not vice versa. Im also pleased because I know the pallet knife is difficult to use but I still used it to work my flowers. I am also very pleased with the pastel color scheme of my work.

One of my successes was my color scheme. I also am proud of my borders between objects. One challenge was definitely the shadows of the starfish. I also had issues with getting my background to cover the board. To solve this I used many, many layers of paint.

  • 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.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Perspective Strategies

Part 1: Perspective Definitions
Using the links above, answer the following questions on your blog, title the post, “Perspective Strategies”

What is linear perspective? 
linear perspective is the size ratio from object to object in an arm.
What is Aerial perspective
its the technique of depicting objects further distant as smaller
Horizon line
The horizon line in the center axis of the work which is the center of a perspective drawing.

Vanishing point
The vanishing point is where the parallel appears to disappear.

Orthogonal lines
Orthogonal lines are parallel to the ground and move back from the picture plane.

Transversal lines

Transversal lines are the lines at 90 degree angles to the transversals.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Still-life Studies".

While painting my small still life's I learned many things that will be helpful when I begin my final. The first and possibly most important thing I learned is that when making the shadow it should be the same color of the background just a darker shade. I also must remember that when mixing colors add the dark color to the light to save paint. Something I learned that I never really thought about is that the pallet knives are very hard to paint with. Also I have discovered that I like to use light pastel colors in my work.

Monday, April 13, 2015

What is still life?

Still  life is a form of painting that portrays everyday objects and lacks movement. Still life is realistic and at times can border on surrealism. Still life in its most basic forms can be traced to ancient Egypt and was most prolific in the low countries of Europe in the 17th century. Modern still life ranges from stunning surrealism to near abstractism.

I choose this image because I like the pastel colors. I also choose this image because I find the simple composition. I also like this painting because I believe it is a very, very good representation of still life art. I also found this painting impressive because the play of the light is really good.