Sunday, April 2, 2017

Eyes, Nose, Mouth Exercise


    • To demonstrate understanding of the structure for each feature: eyes, nose, & mouth;
    • To practice using black & white charcoal to render a drawing, using brown paper as the middle value

One thing that is going well is the shape and structure of my nose and eyes seeming realistic. The shape of my nose in particular looks like my nose. In the same category of shape and structure, my lips could use some extra attention on the final product. Overall, I think my use of value was pretty good, especially on my nose. My use of the white charcoal for value could improve though and I should spend extra attention on not using too much, in terms of making things brighter than they are. One final thing that could use extra attention on my final would be above my lips. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Still Life Drawing


  • To create a still-life drawing that demonstrates understanding of drawing in perspective, along with using a variety of mark-making techniques to describe form;
  • To understand value by creating a good range of values to help make the objects appear 3D;
  • To demonstrate quality craftsmanship and good composition skills in a drawing.

One challenge that faced me while working on this still-life was time. I missed the first class of drawing still-lifes and I am already a slow worker as it is, so I had to come in a couple times to get this drawing done. Another challenge that I faced would be my mark making with the white charcoal towards the beginning. My marks were quite heavy when I first started to give value to my figures, so they appeared a bit brighter than they should have. After some direction from the teacher I started to make lighter marks and most of the figures looked like they had the right values afterwards.

One of my successes in drawing the still-life is my variety of marks. I tried as many as possible that worked together throughout the drawing. My placement of the objects was also pretty good. I’m proud of the overall drawing and how it came out. I feel like I did pretty good work on this project, even though using white charcoal took getting used to.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Intro to Portraiture - Mood

Robert Shetterly's "Americans Who tell the Truth" conveys multiple bright feelings. The feeling that I mostly get from the work is a sense of hope. The woman's slight smile and gazing eyes make it seem like she is looking into a bright future. The very bright highlights and warm colors also help to portray the painting as happy and since the light is coming in from in front of her it shows more towards her looking into a bright future. The woman's expression also makes her seem kind of tired because of her only slight, yet warm, smile. Her eyes gazing also just give off a sense of fatigue because of them only being partway open and not having much emotion in them.

John Singer Sargent's "Madame X" gives off very mixed expressions. First of all, the values of the painting all seem dark and with low saturation, the only bright section of the painting is on the woman's face and neck. The woman appears to be of the upper class and wealthy because she is giving off a sense of snootiness with her trying to show off her wealth. She seems as if she is almost scoffing as she turns her face away. At first Sargent's work received criticism with the risqué feeling of the painting. This feeling comes from the dark values, the woman's dress, and the woman's stance, as if she is waiting for someone.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Intro to Portraiture - Biography

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Old Man with a Black Hat and Gorget, 1631, Rembrandt van Rijn
Rembrandt was born in the Netherlands in 1606 to a family of modest means. Rembrandt had a great education and studied art under multiple masters starting at the age of 14. By age 22 he had mastered everything that had been taught to him and was regarded so highly that he began to teach his first pupils. After moving to Amsterdam he began to meet many wealthy patrons for his works and his studio in the city was always filled with pupils. Rembrandt had many famous works from his period in Amsterdam, in fact most of his works came out of his Amsterdam studio.

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Americans Who Tell the Truth”, Robert Shetterly
Robert Shetterly was born in Ohio in 1946 and he graduated from Harvard College with a degree in English Literature in 1969. He began his love of art in college where he took some drawing classes, which changed the way his creative life was going. He took place in many Civil Rights protests of the time and was in the Anti-Vietnam War movement. He moved to Maine in 1970 and taught himself drawing, printmaking, and painting. Shetterly's works are all of the United States and Europe and his most recent series of portraits, "Americans Who Tell the Truth", has been traveling around the U.S. since 2003. 

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Linda Nochlin and Daisy, 1973, Alice Neel
Alice Neel was born in Pennsylvania in the year 1900 and grew up there as well. In 1925, Neel married Cuban painter Carlos Enríquez and moved to Cuba to live with Enríquez and his family. She returned back to New York in 1927 and she lost her first born daughter that year. This set a precedent for the themes of her work, including motherhood, loss, and anxiety. During the Great Depression, Neel composed paintings of artists, intellectuals, and Communist political leaders. Following that stage of her life she began her works of nude female portraits and she is now known to be one of the best portraitists of her time period.

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Madame X, 1884, John Singer Sargent
John Singer Sargent was the son of an American doctor and was born in Florence in 1856. He studied painting in Italy and France and caused quite the sensation at the famous Paris Salon in 1884 with his painting of Madame Gautreau, exhibited as Madame X. In the early 1880s, Sargent would regularly exhibit works at the Paris Salon, but Madame X caused a scandal for it provocatively erotic image. Sargent moved to England and established himself as England's best portrait painter. His work includes portraits of Joseph Chamberlain, Frank Swettenham, Henry James, Robert Louis Stevenson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Art Movement, Realism

To gain a basic understanding about the Realism Art Movement and to identify Artists who work(ed) in this style;

To practice drawing in the realist style by “imitating” a professional, realistic work of art.

The realism movement began in France in the 1840's during a time of revolution and social change. Realism did what was being done at the time and "revolutionized" painting and began the trend now known as modern art. The subjects of these new paintings had subjects concerning the social, economic, political, and cultural structure of life, which led to many "ugly" paintings of the unpleasant things going on in the world. These painters might have gone against the bourgeoisie and monarchy, but they still submitted their works to the Academy of Art. Though, Realism was mostly contained to Europe and France, it did expand to other places like America, with its famous realist painter, Thomas Eakins. Some other new art forms were born out of Realism later, such as Photorealism.

After Dinner at Ornans, 1849, Gustave Courbet
"A Movement in a Moment: Realism | Art | Agenda." Phaidon. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2017.
Lot 134 - The Water's Fine, 2013, Daniel Greene

Daniel Greene's painting is similar to Gustave Courbet's in multiple ways including subject matter and color scheme. Both paintings depict real people of their time doing real things of the time. The people aren't monarchs or rich bourgeoisie, but are ordinary people doing what they doing on a normal day. When looking closely, the brush strokes of the two artists seem different, Courbet has crisper lines compared to Greene. Though, the colors in both paintings seem dull and bleak. The color scheme is dark in both paintings and they both convey an almost somber feeling because of these colors. One last similarity between these paintings is that they both show action, the movement of the women's hand and lips, or the moving of either of the musicians' fingers. I prefer the painting by Daniel Greene because I like his softer brush strokes better than Courbet's crisper strokes.

Monday, January 30, 2017


Ranging from small non-material realities, such as family, to large physical realities, such as galaxies, the mandala represents so much to so many different people. The article says that the mandala "can be used as a vehicle to explore art, science, religion, and life itself." This shows that the wide range of different things the mandala can represent. To Tibetan monks and Navajo Indians the mandala shows that life is impermanent and create their mandalas out of sand to show this idea. The religious aspects of the mandala also fascinate me, like how once done with their mandala, the Tibetan monks will cast their creation into a nearby body of water to symbolize the cycle of life. Another interesting way the mandala is used would be to bring people together. The Mandala Project is a very interesting concept to get children to work individually and together to learn about a create art.

Goals for this Semester

This semester I would like to get better at using different marks to create value. I think I got better at this during Art Fundamentals, but I would still like to improve in this area. Another goal of mine for the semester is to learn to paint in a looser manner rather than restricting myself to one idea, or get better at improvising in my painting. I would also like to learn about the different forms of painting and I would like to be given an opportunity to try these different techniques. Last semester, in Art Fundamentals, I had a goal of learning more about the thought process behind art, which I definitely did learn about, but I wish to be able to work more on those skills on my own. One last goal I have for this semester is to be able to work to the best of my ability on each project because I do genuinely enjoy creating art, especially drawings and paintings.

One strategy that we might be able to develop for me is a better strategy for time awareness and finishing projects on time. I know that I am a slow worker and I would like to develop strategies to work on that. One might be for organization, so that I can get to work as quickly as possible. For me to be able to produce my best work I have to be relaxed and in a generally good mood, which isn't usually a problem for me, but the music that the teacher plays in class is relaxing and I'd like it to stay. I would like to learn a lot this semester and if I am learning my work will most likely improve, so any techniques that help with learning about art could be implemented for me to produce quality work. One last technique or strategy would be having everyone try to keep a positive attitude in the classroom and allowing people to socialize because such actions as talking to others can boost people's moods tremendously.