Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Introduction to Landscape Painting

"Jalais Hill, Pontoise," by Pissarro
This painting is really detailed and has a different kind of depth in the painting. The artist mostly used secondary color "green" and have tints of green by mixing it with white and black to green. The artist tried to capture this view of small town with farms around it. This painting has some feature which shows a quality of landscape painting by making it appear 3D by the S-shaped path through the painting which was used as a way to move the viewer’s eye. The mood of the painting is light and looks like everything really quiet. It looks like the artist used warm colors so it gives that rough green color.

The Garden of Eden 
Erastus Salisbury Field  in 1860
This painting is really complicated and has a lot of things going on and looks like artist tried to capture a lot of things in one landscape. It looks like there are a variety of colors, tints, and shades in this painting. This painting actually has a different kind of perspective because there are overlapping and layering, the S-curve, and aerial perspective to make it realistic. It looks like it on a riverside and a person is getting food and animals drinking water and eating food to give that light calm feeling. It looks like sunrise and fresh start of the day. The artist uses layering and overlapping which is effective to see the notable contrast in the shade or texture of two overlapping objects like the mountain in the back and the trees. The S-shaped path through the painting which was used as a way to move the viewer’s eye. The aerial perspective because of the faraway mountain range will usually appear lighter, hazier and bluer as it gets further away in the background.

Sometimes when starting a new oil painting, nothing can be more intimidating than a big white blank canvas staring you down. Each paint squeezed out on your palette looking more vibrant, vivid and intimidating. In this version, you can leave certain areas unpainted to let some white canvas stick through. It acts as a foundation for your painting and is a great way to start your painting off with some built in contrast and tonal values. As you apply more colors when you start your “real” painting, the white canvas will shine through even greater and appear much brighter. A Tonal Under-Painting- Still using just one color to cover your canvas; in a tonal under-painting, map out where you want the darker and lighter areas. In painting, an underpainting is a first layer of paint applied to a canvas or board and it functions as a base for other layers of paint.

Sunday, April 2, 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.

1. At the beginning, I had some challenges with drawing all the shapes in proportions. The I kind of figured out by doing using the pencil to figure out the proportions of the shape. Then I also have some hard time figuring out the positives and negative values. The light helped figure out the light and the dark parts for the shadows. I enjoyed working on this still-life drawings. I learned looking at different values and drawing shapes in proportions.

2. After understanding the importance of the proportions of the shape. By using the pencil method I was comfortable drawing all the shapes in proportions. Then I started doing the negative and positive values which helped me look the whole drawing 3D. The thing I am most proud of is that I personally paid more attention in as little or none of the outlining. I had a strong understanding of mark-making and I also used some hatching, cross-hatching, and variation in the quality of the line. I was also proud with creating a good range of values to help make my drawing appear in 3D.

Friday, March 24, 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

I am really enjoying working on this practice eye, nose and mouth exercise it helps me focus on one thing and helps to see highlights of eye, nose and mouth. The eye and the mouth worked really well for me and I think I did what I was suppose to do. I need remember that I need to focus more on the nose and make it right by adding detail underneath the nose and the highlights. Adding more values and detailing in eye and the mouth.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Intro to Portraiture

Part 1

Rembrandt was born in Leiden on July 15, 1606 - his full name Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. His personal life, however, continued to be marred by sorrow. Rembrandt died in Amsterdam. His beloved Hendrickje died in 1663, and his son, Titus, in 1668- only 27 years of age. He was the son of a miller. In contrast to his successful public career, however, Rembrandt's family life was marked by misfortune. An exceptionally fine example from this period is the Portrait of Nicolaes Ruts (1631, Frick Collection, New York City). The program did not interest him, and he soon left to study art - first with a local master, Jacob van Swanenburch, and then, in Amsterdam, with Pieter Lastman, known for his historical paintings.

He graduated in 1969 from Harvard College with a degree in English Literature. Robert Shetterly was born in 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since 1990, he has been the President of the Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA), and a producer of the UMVA’s Maine Masters Project, an on-going series of video documentaries about Maine artists. He is well known for his series of 70 painted etchings based on William Blake's “Proverbs of Hell”, and for another series of 50 painted etchings reflecting on the metaphor of the Annunciation. After college and moving to Maine in 1970, he taught himself drawing, printmaking, and painting.While trying to become proficient in printmaking and painting, he illustrated widely. For twelve years he did the editorial page drawings for The Maine Times newspaper, illustrated National Audubon's children's newspaper Audubon Adventures, and approximately 30 books. A collection of his drawings & etchings, Speaking Fire at Stones, was published in 1993.

Alice Hartley Neel is born in Merion Square, Pennsylvania, to Alice Concross Hartley, a descendant of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and George Washington Neel, an accountant in the per diem department of the Pennsylvania Railroad. She takes evening art classes at the School of Industrial Art, a division of the Pennsylvania (later Philadelphia) Museum of Art. 1914-18 Neel attends Darby High School, at which time the family is listed at 408 Colwyn Avenue, Colwyn, Pennsylvania. 1918 June 28: Graduates from Darby High School, afterward taking a business course including typing and stenography. Neel is the fourth of five children (Hartley, Albert, Lillian, Alice, and George Washington, Jr.), the eldest of whom will die of diphtheria at age eight.

John Singer Sargent, the son of an American doctor, was born in Florence in 1856. This included portraits of Joseph Chamberlain (1896), Frank Swettenham (1904) and Henry James (1913). Exhibited as Madame X, people complained that the painting was provocatively erotic. Robert Louis Stevenson - John Singer Sargent Robert Louis Stevenson Sargent painted a series of three portraits of Robert Louis Stevenson. He studied painting in Italy and France and in 1884 caused a sensation at the Paris Salon with his painting of Madame Gautreau. Sargent made several visits to the USA where as well as portraits he worked on a series of decorative paintings for public buildings such as the Boston Public Library (1890) and the Museum of Fine Arts (1916). The scandal persuaded Sargent to move to England and over the next few years established himself as the country's leading portrait painter.

Part 2
John singer Sargent’s paintings only use less colors and more details. He takes really good care of capturing the moment and the feeling. It looks like she is turning back and looking for if his husband is coming to take photos with her. The painting have a calm feeling and it have a simple background because the artist wanted it to be focused on her. There is tone of black and white and darker colors.

This Painting is very important for the family of this girl. This has serious and active feeling and the artist used dull colors to give a light feeling in the painting. This is kind of similar painting like the last one because they both captured a moment in a painting. The artist uses detailing and being careful with all the tiny details with her like hands and the couch. The Mom kind of looks worried, confused and the daughter is just focused towards the Camera.

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.

Realism is recognized as the first modern movement in art, which rejected traditional forms of art, literature, and social organization as outmoded in the wake of the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. Beginning in France in the 1840s, Realism revolutionized painting, expanding conceptions of what constituted art. Working in a chaotic era marked by revolution and widespread social change, Realist painters replaced the idealistic images and literary conceits of traditional art with real-life events, giving the margins of society similar weight to grand history paintings and allegories. The "highest" form of art, established by the Academy in a 1668 conference, was history painting: the large-scale depiction of a narrative, typically drawn from classical mythology, the Bible, literature, or the annals of human achievement.
 Horacio Cardozo

                                                                   Blanca de Gracia

The major difference between the two works of art are that they are of completely different subject matters. The Horacio's painting that portrays a boat in a fresh water standing and you can see the reflection. Blanca's painting is of street way of bleak apartment buildings. Each painting has a completely different color scheme. The first has bright, high-intensity colors. There is more of a story told in the top painting, there is still a vaguely similar tone in each painting of mellow, everyday life. Even though the events of everyday life are completely different in the two locations, they each represent the same idea of everyday life but within the location of each painting. I like the bright, rich use of color used in Horacio's painting. I would prefer Horacio's artwork because he uses bright colors and give you that calm and relaxed feeling. It is simple and the color tone is not complicated.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017


After reading the article I read many interesting things about aspects of the mandala.The first sentence that I read "The word "mandala" is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit." This relate to me because I am from India and my family knows Sanskrit. The other interesting part about this are it is representing the universe itself, a mandala is both the microcosm and the macrocosm, and we are all part of its intricate design. The mandala pattern is used in many religious traditions. In the Americas, Indians have created medicine wheels and sand mandalas. The circular Aztec calendar was both a timekeeping device and a religious expression of ancient Aztecs.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Goals for the Semester

  1. My goals this semester are to get better at different skills and medium in drawing and painting. I really enjoyed art fundamentals last year and learned lot of stuff like the color wheel and shades of colors and how to use them. I am hoping to learn more on different skills and medium then last year but also learn more in depth about what I learned last year. I hope to refine my skills in 3-dimensional drawings and more with medium and shades in painting. I also want to learn different styles of painting because it was always been a fun experience doing it.
  2. I hope to get the best knowledge nad learning from you and my peers and learn different perspectives of my peers and you, so I can learn more about other things. I hope to learn different strategies and techniques in this class on various topics.I would like to have reflection with my peers so that I can get a feedback from them to know about my mistakes and advice. I would like to listen to music while doing my work to be focused and to help produce my best work. I also want to help my peers and in their things and give them feedback on the piece of work.