Friday, January 20, 2012


This week we starting a fun new project - Metals!

Even though i just started with them today because I was absent, I really like them.

We have to saw through the metal to create the designs, and it is really tiring, but worth it. That stupid hand saw is a pain to get the blade on!

Here is what i have so far;

Yup, took a me whole day to do that.

Sculpting my I - dentity

Well, more like collaging. After the hard time at portraits, we moved onto a fun and free type of project -  a collage that in our opinions shaped our identity. After a long few weeks, I am pleased with what turned out as mine. Although I buried a lot of meaning, It still looks good on the surface!

Here is mine:

Portrait Time!

During the second marking period we had been working on Temper - Botique self portraits. Now, i usually draw nature type things, preferring to stay away from humans in general. When Mrs. Kiick first announced we were doing self portraits, my heart dropped. I had little to no experience with humans, let alone myself!

During the sketching phases I took forever erasing and drawing, erasing and drawing to get lines, and probably would have kept going on like that forever if i was not forced to sharpie the lines and make it final. This was least favorite part, because i fear things that are permanent and cannot be fixed in the art world, which is way i often prefer photoshop.

Anyway, Here is how it progressed;

Here is the beginning stages. This was after i used sharpie around the outside to get ready for paint. In this stage it looks like me.

Here is my practice painting. I only got to do one because I take forever to do anything and by the time i was done it was time to begin painting the big portrait (scary). I guess I like how this turned out. I feel like it looks nothing like me and has many obvious errors; but oh well.

This was beginning to paint! I don't think it looks like me, but oh well! I think the nose is way off and thats what bothers me. :/

The end! Im actually pretty pleased with how it turned out, although I took off like a TON of paint, I decided not to add too much colored pencil. The nose is still very off, but other than that I nailed the eyes, which are my favorite.

Practice makes perfect!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Artist of a Century

Monet was a an inspirational artist who painted many natural places; including: ponds, bays, rivers, deserts etc. In his paintings, their seems to be an overwhelming feeling of calm and serenity. When I look into one of Claud Monet's paintings, It seems as though I am taken to the smudged atmosphere depicted in his painting. In his painting Impression Sunrise - I can almost hear the boats in the harbor and feel the light wind on my face.
.Impression Sunrise.
One of Monet's earlier paintings, he painted this using a new method -
impression. I love this painting because of the serenity and lighting of the sun on the water. It breaks the 
light blues and pinks of the background images and draws your attention the the lighted rays of the sun and to the darker boat on the river.

Born on November 14th, 1840 in Paris, France; it was almost a given he was going to be an artist from the time he was born. Although his family had wanted him to enter the family grocery business, he entered the Le Havre secondary school of the arts on April 1st, 1851. He became well known with the locals for his car coal pieces, often selling them for 10 to 20 francs per work. While on the beaches of Normandy in 1856/1857, he met Eugene Boudin, who became his mentor and taught him how to do his most famous skill - oil painting, as well as how to paint the outdoors. His painting, The women in the Green dress, Depicts his wife - Camille Monet. He had two children - Jean Monet and Michel Monet. Camille died at age 32 of tuberculosis. 

Monet is his Garden - 1917

Oat and Poppy Field, Giverny
I absolutely love this painting for many reasons. The coloring of the poppy flowers leads the eye
back to the multiple horizon lines created by the trees. You can almost hear the bugs chirping and the cicadas whirring. I love the mix of coloring through the blue of the trees in the background to the light
pinks in the sky. The shadows of the large trees break up the field and make your eye draw to the middle of 
the painting. Overall it is just a calm and peaceful painting that i love to look at.