Monday, June 15, 2015

Final Thoughts

Drawing and painting was undoubtedly my favorite class this year. There were many highlights and memorable moments for me throughout the course of the semester. One very memorable experience was when Grace and I stayed for five hours after school to finish our still lives. Although it took a lot of effort and persistence, it taught me that art takes great dedication. Our imaginative self portraits were also a memorable experience. Through the assignment, I learned more about myself, and I was forced to push my creative boundaries. Although self reflection can often be a difficult task, I am pleased that I was able to effectively show who I am through my portrait. Finally, the main highlight of the semester was watercolor painting. This was certainly the least stressful assignment. Each class, I looked forward to working with watercolor, a new medium for me. In general, these classes were very relaxing. In the end, I am very happy I took this course, and I have had many memorable experiences that have taught me many new things.

Work of Art I Am The Most Proud Of

Of all the in class assignments I completed, I take the most pride in my realistic self-portrait. I spent a great deal of time working on this, both in and outside of class, and I am pleased with the results. This assignments has impacted my artistic skills and my perspective on art in many ways. For example, I acquired skills to create a realistic drawing. I learned the importance of shadows and highlights, which was very beneficial for this class. I gained an understanding of the importance of even the smallest details and nuances in relation to the overall look of a drawing. Through charcoal, I gained experience of a new medium while also using intense observational skills. Most of all, I learned that art is not easy. It takes great persistence and commitment, especially when you are trying to copy the exact look of something. Although it wasn't easy, it impacted my drive and dedication to art.

Watercolor Techniques

Purpose: To experiment and learn a variety of watercolor techniques

Throughout this assignment, I learned a variety of techniques and important concepts pertaining to watercolor. First of all, I realized the importance of creating a predetermined white space. Watercolor isn't very forgiving and once you paint over a surface, there is no way to make it white. White space in water color is very effective, so it is necessary to use tape or another mechanism to achieve this. I also learned that the wetness of the brush or the paint plays a large role in how it turns out on paper. For example, if the brush and paint are very wet, it is harder to precisely control color, and the paint takes a mind of its own on the paper. Large amounts of water create a light, tie dye looking effect. On the other hand, a dry brush truly shows the texture of the paper, while a small, medium to wet brush can be used to stipple. Overall, through this assignment, I was able to experience the ways in which water color works, as well as different techniques that can be used to create numerous looks in a painting.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 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.

In my final painted, I tried to incorporate my learnings from the still-life studies. For example, I layered my colors several times in order to create more depth and realism to the piece, such as the colors in my leaves or the colors of my block. I also incorporated my knowledge of shadows from the still-life studies into my work. Rather than just using brown as the shadow, as I did before, I darkened the color the shadow was reflecting. On the wall, I used a darker purple, while on the block, I used a darker brown. Finally, I added different shades in the background and foreground to create the illusion that the objects are against a wall, which was something I learned from the still-life studies. Overall, the practices proved valuable in my final work.
One of my successes in the painting was my uses of various values for an object. For example, I used different values in the sunflowers, rather than simply yellow, to show where the source of light was coming from, as well as make the details more realistic. Another success was my vase. Although I found the translucent “glass” effect difficult to create, I was able to add highlights in the correct places in order to portray the look of glass. Throughout the project, a recurring challenge was using a precise and steady hand to create the objects. Often I painted too far out or made a mistake, which is difficult in a painting because there is no eraser. However, I was able to fix this by letting the paint dry and painting over it with another color. This was tedious, but coming out of class out several occasions allowed me the necessary time to fix my mistakes. Another challenge was the shadows. At first the shadows of my flowers were far too dark and large. However, I fixed this by lightening the edges of the shadows to make them appear as if they blended with the background more.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Perspective Strategies

1. Linear perspective is the use of lines to create an illusion of space on a two dimensional surface
2. Aerial perspective deals with the use of colors and tones to create an illusion of space and perspective on a two dimensional surface.


  • Horizon line: The axis in which a perspective drawing is centered around.

  • Vanishing point: The point at which lines in a perspective drawing converge.

  • Orthogonal lines: Perpendicular lines that extend from the vanishing point to each end of a line segment

  • Transversal lines: Parallel lines that set a fixed height or width between two orthogonal lines

Friday, May 1, 2015

Still-life Studies


Going into my final still-life, there are many aspects of this assignment I will use to improve my painting. For example, I saw the importance of layering and blending colors. This adds a great amount of depth and realism to the piece. Furthermore, it is important to use colors that contrast as far as the background, subjects, and shadows concern. In my work with the red pepper, my shadow was too closely matched with the colors of the vegetable, which them non-distinct from another. Another important aspect I realized while doing this study is the composition. Going into my final I would possibly change perspective and I will certainly add a background or wall to set the "stage" for the subjects. I learned a few techniques, from a simple paintbrush to a palette knife. I found that I preferred the palette knife due to the blending aspect, however it may be more difficult in to create precise details if I use this technique. Overall, I will keep my learnings from this study in mind for my final piece.