Thursday, January 26, 2017

Final Thoughts

One of my most memorable learning experiences this year was on the imaginative self portrait. This project really taught me how to bring out my creativity and show what I am interested in. Another memorable learning experience was learning to paint during the Wolf Kahn inspired painting. This project was my first real experience painting. I learned many techniques for painting which helped me in future projects. Another memorable learning experience was the instructional portrait. This was my first instructional charcoal portrait. In my pre-instructional I could not draw any facial features correctly but for my final portrait I was successful in making it look like me.

Work of Art that I am the most proud of

I am most proud of my unsung hero painting. I really think that this painting came out well and resembled the unsung hero and what he did. This impacted my learning because it was the first big painting I had ever done. I had never had to paint in that style before. It taught me how to paint in so many scenarios because of the different parts of my painting. I learned how to paint a portrait but also buildings and flags.

Water color techniques

Purpose: To experiment, explore, and learn a variety of ways to paint with water color.

Water color is very different from other paints. For water color I learned that it is very important to use lots of water. Water color isn't supposed to be a thick, dark paint. When using water colors the artist should be able to see the paper. This is very different from other paints where you want to put down thick layers to cover the paper or canvas. I learned that there are many ways to use the brush to make different types of line and shapes.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

LMC Unsung Hero Planning

  • Ralph Lazo
    • California 
      • Japanese neighborhood
    • Went to internment camp voluntarily to stay with friends
      • also showed racial discrimination
    • Pictures
      • Him getting off train
      • Talking to family through gate at camp
    • After camp
      • Got drafted into the army
      • won a bronze star for bravery in war 
        • won nothing for staying in the camp

Ralph Lazo is a very inspiring character to me. He voluntarily put himself into the Japanese internment camp. He left his home to stay with his friends and stand up against racial discrimination. He stayed in the camp for two years and after he was let out he served in the army and got a bronze star for bravery. This unsung hero inspires me visually because he has done more than one thing, he was also a war hero after he and his friends were freed from the camp.

Artist Statement 

I chose to use Ralph Lazo as my unsung hero. Lazo was a Mexican American at the time of World War II. He lived in a diverse neighborhood with many Japanese Americans. After the attack on Pearl Harbor all of these Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps. To stand up against racial inequality for his friends he voluntarily stayed in the internment camp. He was known by very few because the guards thought that he was just another Japanese American because of his darker skin. He was the only non related person to voluntarily go to the internment camp. After getting out of the internment camp he served for the army and earned a bronze star for his bravery. Although he got this medal for defending the country he was never recognized for his acts of courage of staying in the internment camp. I chose Ralph Lazo because he did a heroic act that didn’t just affect a few people but a whole nation of people. He was also completely unknown, no one knew what he had done. His story was also very inspiring because of how dedicated he must have been to this cause. He was willing to go to the internment camp without knowing if he would be there a week or five years.
My painting expresses how this hero brought together the three countries he loved and how he stood up against the internment camps. My painting is unique because of its background composed of flags and the internment camps in the foreground. In the background there are three flags the Japanese flag, the American flag, and the Mexican flag. I included the American and Japanese flags to represent the two nations at war against each other that he was trying to help stop. I included the Mexican flag directly behind him because he was a Mexican American. I thought this organization of the things he stood for really made his portrait stand out. Even though his portrait is the center of this painting the things that he stood for are still visible and displayed fairly. Lazo’s overall goal was peace among these three countries so I chose one of the colors of peace for his shirt. For the foreground I used a brown dirt colored background that shows the gloominess of the internment camps. The houses themselves are gloomy colors making that whole lower section feel darker. Because of this darkness on the bottom it makes the brighter colors above give a hope and happiness just like Lazo’s acts.

Learning about Lazo really changed my view on life. His story made me realize that it is

important to stick up for people even if you do not have the same problem they do. It taught me to

always be helpful even if you are not rewarded or even recognized for the act. Lazo did so many

amazing things in his life and was barely ever noticed or thanked. He was an amazing hero and

helped bring two countries people together.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Landscape painting inspired by Wolf Kahn

Overall my general painting improved in almost every aspect. I learned how to use dry brush to make my trees look  "fuller" and more realistic than just blobs. I also learned how to use dry brush to change a color that I liked lighter by adding white to it. I also used blending to make my colors lighter by adding a lighter or darker color to the one in my painting. I also learned that using paint you can make any color that you can think of which is very helpful and one of the amazing things about this medium.

My painting used more cool colors instead of the original which had mainly used warm colors. This change in colors made a mellower painting instead of bright colors that really popped. In my painting the colors looked more similar to each other than in his painting. This created an interesting picture and made it more intriguing to the viewer. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Creating Depth in Landscape Paintings

The windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede, ca. 1670, Jacob van Ruisdael.

I notice that it is a very very cloudy stormy looking day but the sun is starting to come out. I notice that the light draws the viewers attention to the sailboat and the area of water at the bottom of the painting. The painting is very dark but gives a sense of hope with the sun coming out. The artist used the mountains in the distance and the houses to give a feeling of depth. The viewer can see just how big the windmill is in comparison to the house.

Evening Calm, Gerald Coulson, 2008

This image makes the reader feel pretty happy because of the smooth, clear water and the setting sun. This landscape also gives a sense of hope with the sun staying above the horizon in the last minutes of the day. The artist shows the space of the painting by barely showing the land in the horizon, this horizon shows just how big the body of water is. I notice the interesting reflection of the sun which also shows the viewer how long the water is.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Landscape Painting: A Brief History

          Landscapes have been around for a very long time, they can be found done by the ancient Greeks or Romans. After the fall of the Roman empire there was a decline in the number of landscapes drawn. After the fall landscapes were only used as a background for religious and figural scenes. Landscapes rose again in the Netherlands when the middle class wanted pictures for their homes. Classical landscapes were scenes of legendary places of perfection from ancient Rome. Every tree and rock and animal was moved around to make the perfect mood for the viewer.
          In 1800 landscapes were finally accepted in France. Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes saw landscape as a worthy type of painting and convinced the academy and his contemporaries to see the same. In the 1900's artist started painting natural landscapes instead of idealized landscapes. Photographed landscapes also began in the 19th century. Artists used photography to  create interpretations of landscape. In the second half of the 20th century the definition of landscape was changed and included more cultural and industrial landscapes.