Thursday, January 26, 2017

Final Thoughts

Three highlights from this semester was creating the imaginative self-portrait. I really liked making it because that style of drawing is something I do a lot in my free time. Also, I really enjoyed creating our still lifes and working with the charcoal. I using the charcoal and shading with it a lot and I wish we could keep using it so I could get a bit better at it and learn to use more contrast. My last highlight was learning about the Unsung Hero project and reading about the people. I thought it was amazing what they had done for the world.

Work of Art That I am the Most Proud of

I am most proud of this pig I drew because it is the first piece of art I have done realistically with colored pencil. This is when I really learned how to do shading and blending with them and that is really important. I think that I am proud of this also because how much it looked like the original picture and how realistic it really is. Making this piece of art impacted my learning because as I said it was the first time I created a finished piece with colored pencil. I think that it is an important skill for artists to know how to create art with colored pencils.

Watercolor Techniques


  • To experiment, explore and learn a variety of ways to paint with watercolor
The most important concepts I learned from painting with watercolor was all of the techniques. Before this unit I really didn't know how to paint with watercolor and the only techniques I knew were the wet brush and wet wash. I think it is really important to learn these techniques to make a watercolor painting because it is important to have different textures to make your painting interesting to look at. Also I learned that it is important to know how to get different values in your painting so you can have depth in it and have it look more realistic if that is what you're going for. One of the most important things though is your use of water. For different techniques it is crucial to know how much water to use with it.

Unsung Hero Painting: Lewis Hine

The journey of creating my Unsung Hero painting was an inspiring one. I chose Lewis Hine because of his work against child labor. The idea of having children working in factories under dangerous conditions sends shivers down my spine, it is awful. I admire Lewis Hine for being so brave and clever with going into factories and mines undercover as different people so he could get in a take pictures of what the children are having to do. I chose him over the other options I had because I thought it was pretty cool that you could make a difference by doing something you love, creating art. Lewis Hine helped children all over the United States through his photography.
My painting expresses what he did by having him standing in front of a factory and showing two of him being undercover as different jobs. It also shows the children that work in the factory sitting on the steps. The viewer will know that the children have been working in the factory because of their dirty clothes and faces.
The painting displays how his work changed laws that helped children by just taking pictures of them working in such poor conditions. During the process of creating my painting I created my work uniquely and creatively by displaying two of Lewis Hine with his cameras in front of a factory to display that he took pictures in factories and he would be undercover as something of the sorts of bible salesman or a machine inspector. Also I chose to put smoke against the factory walls to make it look more like it is a factory and have the painting have more different textures in it. I decided to put a quote by Lewis Hine on my painting because I feel it just further proved his point against child labor. I chose to paint the quote in red on the factory walls because I felt that it stood out and with the quote with smoke in the background it really showed the awful conditions of the factories.

Creating this work of art has really opened my eyes to the child labor issues. Even though there are laws now protecting children in the United States, it is not the same case in other countries like China or Guatemala. I feel really upset for those children and I really wish there was something I could do to help them. I feel like those countries really need their own Lewis Hine to open their eyes to the horrors of it. I understand how it may help their economy but can’t they search for an alternate way? I learned that in the end one person’s work can really end up changing a lot and making the world much better. It is really inspiring what Lewis Hine did. He found something he was passionate about and he put his mind towards attempting to expose it. I hope that one day I too can find something and make a difference in the world. I think it is crazy though that he got such little credit for all that he did until long after he died.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Landscape Painting inspired by Wolf Kahn

Something I learned about color is that changing color scene to the complementary colors of the originals it changes the mood completely. Also I learned about using a lot of contrast will make different features stand out more. For example, I used a bright orange and light blue for the trees and leaves which made the trees really stand out amongst the background of the painting. I also learned that using a range of different painting techniques make a painting much more interesting. For example I used my palette brush for the leaves on the trees to add texture and did a lot of blending in the background too. I also used dry brush to add more color to the bushes.
    • Look at the Wolf Kahn painting from which your painting was inspired. How did changing the color affect the mood of the painting. What are the similarities and differences? Describe the mood of the original painting and describe the mood of your painting. 
I think that using the complementary colors rather than the original colors made the painting seem more intense. I think this because for the most part in the original he used mostly pastel colors and I decided to do the complete opposite and make mine more intense and vivid. I think something that is similar in the two paintings was that in both the trees stood out from the background. The difference as I mentioned before is that my colors were much darker and more vivid.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

LMC Unsung Hero Planning

Which story motivates you?
A story that motivates me is Lewis Hines, a photographer that documented child labor in the early 1900s.
When I read about his work, I immediately thought about using somewhat dull colors like tans and browns to represent the photographs in his time period, and also I thought about maybe doing something with the idea of his disguises to get into where they worked. I'm also thinking of maybe doing his portrait or doing silhouettes of the child laborers.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Creating Depth in your Landscape

Coucher de soleil no. 1, Jean Metzinger, 1906
This painting displays what seems to be a forest or maybe park type scene. In it there are different trees and plants and in the background there seems to be a lake. The artist made the colors towards the front more vivid and darker and as it moves back the colors go lighter to create depth. Also to create depth he made the trees get a bit smaller as the painting moves back. Another depth creating strategy is that he used layering by putting some of the trees in front of each other.

The Park at Petworth House, 1830, Joseph Mallord William Turner.
This painting is of a park, possibly a national park? It displays some deer towards the front of the painting and trees towards the back. Also, there is a sunset in the background which affects the lighting in this piece. The artist creates depth by making the trees in the background quite small and also making them slightly light and the sky behind it even lighter. Also, he uses diagonal lines towards the front, probably representing a shadow of some sort, making the painting look like the shadow is going into the back ground.