Monday, June 15, 2015

Final Thoughts

This class was really fun, and I learned so much about drawing and painting. It was really nice how our class was so supportive of one another, and was constantly giving compliments and advice. I went into this class thinking that I would find it easy and non-challenging, but I actually struggled and worked really hard. One memorable experience from DP was definitely the watercolors. I learned that they are so fun and amazing to work with. Another memorable experience was looking and admiring all the other peoples work. It was so cool to see people improving over the year and finding a passion for making artwork. I loved observing others' styles and getting inspired by other students.

Work of Art that I am the most proud of

         Of the work I've done this year, my favorite piece was my imaginative self portrait. I really liked the concept behind this assignment because it was a mixture of design and drawing as well as use of the imagination. I feel like most of the art we did this year was observation and directed under strict guidelines (because we are learning the basic principles), but for this piece we were able to branch and express ourselves. I really like how this drawing has a sense of movement with the birds but also calm stillness with the mountain along with the calm, reflective, water. I love how the piece looks vast, grand, and whimsical like a fairytale landscape. I am proud of the detail, and if gave me an opportunity to draw different objects like birds, and trees.

Watercolor Techniques

Purpose: To experiment and learn a variety of watercolor techniques

           Before this project, I had never gotten the chance to experiment with water color paints. I always believed that watercolors were inferior to other art mediums such as oil paint and acrylics. Though, doing this assignment proved me wrong. I now know that water colors are capable of so much and are really amazing and fun paints to work with. The most important concept I learned was that different methods of applying paint will result in very unique style. For example, loaded brush will give a sharp sleek line, while dry brush will yield a more ruff and unrefined look. I also learned that having a good experience with water color is mainly based on the quality of the paints and brushes you use.

Tuesday, June 2, 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.


While I was painting my final still-life, I made sure to incorporate some of the things that I wanted to improve upon in my earlier still-life studies. The main thing that I wanted to emphasize in final was the use of contrast. I really wanted my pieces to stand out and be bright, so contrast was one of my main goals. I think I relatively succeeded at this. Another thing I did was incorporate more shadows, but in a more abstract way. This project really gave me a chance to experiment with different brush strokes and painting techniques.
Painting this still-life was definitely a lot more challenging than I expected. I wasn’t expecting to be challenged as much as I was, and therefore the project provided a great learning experience for me. At first, I was really challenged by mixing the correct colors, but as time went on I became more familiar with how to combine different colors to achieve the desired one. Another challenge I had was getting the objects to look realistic, but I learned to accept a piece that maybe isn’t exactly the way you want it. Lots of the time going for really realistic doesn’t yield the best results. I think I did job of adding texture and depth to my still-life.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Perspective Strategies

1. Linear perspective is an art technique used to convey depth and a 3rd dimension on 2 diminutional surface. In linear perspective parallel lines that recede into the distance appear to get closer together or converge.
2. Aerial perspective is another drawing technique that makes far away objects light and faded and closer objects very crisp. 

horizon line - This is the line in which the land meets the sky.
vanishing point - the point at which receding parallel lines viewed in perspective appear to converge.
orthogonal linesIn art, the perspective (imaginary) lines pointing to the vanishing point are referred to as "orthogonal lines".
transversal lines - The transversal lines are the lines that cross perpendicular to the orthogonal lines. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Still-Life Studies

I learned a lot from painting the studies. First I want to remember to use lots of contrast and bright colors. I noticed that my piece looks sort of muddy and definitely does not have the amount of contrast I think that it should have. One thing that I liked about my piece was the different color contrast like the blues, against the warm greens and red. I also need to make the shadows darker. I will probabley use what ever color scheme I think would look good with my final composition.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What is Still Life?

Melissa Post Van Dur Burg: Apples, bowl and chest

I chose this piece because I think Burg has a really unique and interesting style. I love almost abstract way she uses shadow and highlight, and how the contrast between light and dark is so eye-catching. The piece has a calm and rustic sense to it, but is also very energetic, bright, and dynamic. I could incorporate her use of diverse light and brush strokes into my own work. I noticed that in some places the light is very soft, while in other places it is harsh  and the same with her brush strokes.