Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Final Thoughts

My greatest learning experiences would be learning new technics, coming out of my comfort zone with success, and my ability to create any color I want. There are many technics that I have learned for many different medias. Some memorable ones are to start with the background and work your way to the foreground. This has been shown to be a very successful process. The success piece isn't quite a learning experience other than the fact that everyone has a different perspective and method. These are used because they are best fit for the artist but sometimes by using a similar technic to someone else it broadens our choices. With water color I had become too comfortable with fading along with all my other pieces so I choice to using dotting which is a mix of something I hadn't used and it gave me another way to fade an area with using a different method. Creating color sounds much easier than it actually is. I struggled with this when we had painted our unsung heroes. For the dark values on the face I used a brown paint leftover by another group. It was very effective in improving my painting, however, I ran out of it. When remembering back to art fundamentals, and going to Mrs. Noack for help, I succeeded in making a near perfect match. It did't look any different. But when considering making the copy paint I was thinking of using a warm red, yellow, and blue. When I came for help you informed me to use a warm red and blue with a cool yellow. The concept of making a color can be tricky but can be learned. This impacted my ability to use only six colors instead of the dozens I could be. These six as you might guess would be each of the primary colors in a warm and cold fashion.

Work of Art that I am most proud of

I am most proud of the black and white charcoal self-portrait. I have always been bothered to see myself in the mirror and had been incapable of drawing faces. This piece really pushed me outside of my comfort zone which I will forever be thankful for. I had really enjoyed using the media of charcoal that had done an excellent job in helping bring out light and dark values. By doing this it permitted outlines because now we had shadows to work with. Hair had also been a problem for me. I had a hard time of identifying which area was lightened in value and not color, especially with my hair. However, I pushed through this and was very impressed with myself. This is the first piece of artwork that I had done of a person that I am proud of. My comfort level had been pushed out of boundaries with having to stare into a mirror constantly. Although I no longer thought of it as looking at my face but instead I saw the unique things about my face. I saw flaws that I had never noticed before. If seeing these outside of this class I would have been uncomfortable but now I don't mind it at all. This class has allowed me to be comfortable in my own skin. I am so pleased and thankful to have taken this class!

Watercolor Techniques


  • To experiment, explore, and learn a variety of ways to paint with watercolor
The most important concepts I took away from art are; you can control wearing the paint goes, different styles of painting along with lights and darks are capable of happening, and once the paint lands on the paper there is no taking it off. Watercolor consists of a lot of water, on a flat(parallel to the ground) surface the paint will only go where it lands or where the water is. On the technic of wet on wet the paint would spread to where ever the water was puddled. However, once dried the paint would go back to only showing where the brush landed. This is shown throughout both our example of technics and the class. There were only two people who claimed to make a mistake and this had only happened because the were either flicking paint onto the board or not being cautious of holding the brush correctly. Changing pressure (top right corner) showed the power of light and dark values. Where ever we needed or wanted a dark value we would use a paint with less water to really bring out the color. With a lighter value the correct way to create it was to either have a solution of a lot of water with little paint or lifting (bottom right corner) which had allowed the brush to absorb most of the color and water. Watercolor can be a complicated process but with a lot of caution and accuracy a lot of detail can be incorporated. While staying on the caution top; the paper is known to lift and bubble over almost when too much water is played down. Patience required when using this media along with the ability to have a lot of control. For a final concept I would have to say would connect back to being cautious.  Once the paint is on the board or paper it will not completely return to its original color. The technic of lifting, if done enough, will bring a certain spot back to being approximately the same shade. This is why working background to foreground is vital. If choosing to paint in the focus point first one of two things could happen. Either there will be a slight white outline which is distracting and unprofessional or the paints will overlap and ultimately draw the eye at that error instead. These few things are key factors in creating an excellent piece of artwork to be proud of.

Unsung Hero

There are many unique stories about the destruction and salvation of humanity. Some of this was negativity inflicted on us by no one at all, simple just by choices made which puts no one truly at fault. There had been those few, the ones who set out to find solutions to these ever growing problems. The unsung hero I wish to celebrate would be a brilliant man who found a simple solution to a complicated and lethal problem. He lived a full and outstanding life. Not only could he rest at peace saying that he was a scientist, but he could say that he saved hundreds. In the early 1900’s things were getting discovered a lot more frequently now that technology had been improving. This uproar had caused the minor loss in our hero's story.
Robert R. Williams, an outstanding man, was courageous enough to take a disease head on. He hadn’t participated in any battles if that is what you are thinking. Instead he first received a master's degree in chemistry. This definitely have the research a boost. Mr. Williams had discovered the reason and effects of beriberi. This is a disease that was caused from the lack of vitamin B. Many things consist of vitamin B but when you’re in the navy on a ship, food supply and money for it become very slim. It’s guaranteed that most reading this do not remember or understand what had occurred. Robert R. Williams had saved the health and lives of japanese sailors, and all other people in malnourished communities. At one point beriberi had reached out to almost every community in Asia. Although this had eventually been prevented. With his findings lead to a safer trip for those who are serving to protect their country and even those who had gone against it. However, Japanese doctors did suspect that beriberi had become more popular around areas that food was scarce.This disease became more and more popular with even civilians and prisoners. That is when Robert R. Williams hypothesis took off. He recommended eating more fish and meat, in particular he had said to eat more vegetables. Coming up in a decade this disease had been almost completely.

It is an outstanding thing that our armies, navies, and all other parts of our military protect us. Yet we have a chance to protect them too. Some methods more extreme than others such as rather than growing flowers to give each soldier, instead plants could be grown at exponential rates to be fed to the soldiers as one more option. There are many things that could have been done to improve ways on those ships. Robert R. Williams had focused on just one at a time. Once hearing about beriberi, his persistence and determination had driven him to find a cure or method of improving health. Not only did he manage to save lives of these Japanese sailors but he had also,accidentally, improved conditions throughout Asia that within good time out this disease to an end.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

LMC Unsung Hero Planning

The stories that motivate me the most are:
  • Anna Smith Strong- only female member of George Washington's Culper Spy Ring during the Revolutionary war
  • Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen-dropped over 20 tons of candy to raise the morale of Berlin Children. Yet he already has books on him.
  • Helen Taussig- helped save millions of babies lives with her surgical innovation. Yet there already books on her
  • Robert R. Williams- found a cure to the ancient disease of beriberi through the lack of vitamin B
Which stories motivate you?
  • The story of Robert R. Williams inspired me the most because even though if he hadn't found the cure someone else would. However, he was the one that found the cure to a disease that saved many people.
Which Unsung hero inspires you visually?
  • Location (maps, geography, etc.)
  • Unsung Hero images
  • Significant Objects

I am planning on drawing a portrait but also mixing in the format in which we did for imaginative drawing, which would be drawing in little symbols and other things that lay out his story.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Vegetable/Fruit Painting

I learned that with a pallet knife it is much easier to get paint on the canvas. Some may disagree but I have found that there is almost, if not more, control when using the pallet knife. With a brush the bristles may bend or too much paint gets stuck in the brush and mixes the colors. The pallet knife was easy to clean, take paint off and on the canvas, and mix colors even in the tiniest space. 
Colors seemed to get more difficult to make because with a pear I needed a bright orange but dulled down because it was in the shadow. It was difficult for me to make colors such as this but also easy to match and make a color.
An actual technique I learned how to do was putting paint on the canvas and then mixing it to the color I wanted. If I wanted texture I would keep loads of paint on but if I wanted it smooth I used the smooth side of the pallet knife moved it in one direction to ultimately flatten the paint itself.