Monday, February 28, 2011

On Homework...

... isn't it a pain when you get behind?

ART 2240: Will Terry assigned two paintings of WHATEVER we want! So, I did this:

It's actually a study of a painting by Annrika James called Unbridled II. Hers is way better.

I changed the colors a little. It's good to do copies. It teaches you how to accomplish new things with the medium. Mostly I liked the look of the background coming through the figure of the horse.

We also did some color matching exercises and worked on a six hour study of a marble statue.

ARTH2710: A new test opened today on the Ancient Greek and Roman art. I'll take it next week.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

On Portraits...

... in painting.

I've taken a lot of portraits using photography. Painting them is a whole different beast. These are portraits of my kids. Three in watercolor and one in acrylic. See if you can spot the one that's different... ;)

Friday, February 25, 2011

On Watercolor Randomness...

Random things that I've painted.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

More On Watercolor...

Flowers this time. I like flowers. I feel like watercolor is very suited to painting flowers...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

On Landscapes...

... in watercolor.

Last semester I took Illustrative Media & Techniques I with Don Seegmiller, the precursor to ART 2240 with Will Terry. In the second half of the semester, Don assigned thirty paintings to be completed in watercolor, due at the end. A percentage were to be landscapes and portraits/figures and objects or animals or something. I don't even really remember now. I just remember doing a lot of watercolors and really enjoying it. Enjoying it a lot more than I am enjoying acrylic right now.

Here are some of the landscapes:

Due Tuesday in ART 2240 we have two paintings of "whatever you want"! I haven't decided what to do yet. It should be something I like...

Friday, February 18, 2011

On Old Dogs...

... learning new tricks.

Not that I'm an old dog. But I remember Don Seegmiller referring to himself as an old dog and then saying that we couldn't expect him to learn new things very quickly.

ART 2240: Will Terry showed us a new trick yesterday during a demonstration that lasted the whole class period. (It was nice, although most of the collective was missing. Kenna, Ginny, Denise and Stewart. After Tyler went to class, only James and I were there to represent.)

Will Terry scanned in a pencil sketch from his sketchbook and then printed out an inkjet copy. He adhered the copy to a piece of 140lb Arches hotpress with Liquitex gel medium and then textured over the top of the copy with medium by stippling with a large brush. He proceeded to add transparent glazes with darker colors, working in the shadows. After a while, he added the highlights with more opaque paint. The result was a fully-realized painting that still preserved the freeness of the original sketch. I really liked watching him do this piece, I feel like it's a technique I would be interested to experiment with.

For now, here is an apple I painted for class:

It was supposed to photo-realistic. Doesn't Will Terry know yet how much I hate that combination of words?...

ARTH 2710: Courtney likes to show us clips from a series on DVD that she loves: Engineering an Empire, produced by the History Channel. She showed us a segment on how the Romans designed, built and used the Colosseum. I think we should have 100 days of Gladatorial games pitting department against department. Illustration against vocal performance. The winners would gain the rooms in the painting hallway of GT Level 4. After seeing the carnage, the painting department would be so scared of us, they would give us the rest of their rooms and go paint in SA.

ARTH 3070: After Bryant did a presentation on museum planning and curation, I have been thinking a lot about my museum project. I will do a presentation on the Dawgart and it will make Courtney smile. Good plan.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

On Annoyances...

I have been so annoyed lately. Well, the past couple days. Why do I let people get to me? Why can't I just breeze through and let people be people however stupid/awkward/lacking in tact and/or social awareness and just let it go. What is my problem?


ART 2240: So, one of our past assignments (along with a tool, mine being the inkwell and quill) was to paint, and I quote Will Terry: "...whatever you want..." in acrylic. I was so grumpy that I would have to sit down and paint when I would rather write, so I said to myself, "Self, actually paint WHATEVER you want with whatever you want plus acrylic." So I made this:

And I think it might be my most favorite thing I've ever made. It's acrylic and ink on watercolor paper and illustration board. (Yes, I swear it's acrylic. Acrylic can do watercolor effects, just like it can do oil effects. So versatile!) It's an underwater close encounter. Yay.

ARTH 2710: I feel sorry for the residents of Pompeii and Herculaneum. We didn't talk about Herculaneum in class, but I know it died along with Pompeii and I just kinda want to have a moment of silence for those doomed Romans.

ARTH 3070: I really truly despise the Bauhaus. I know our school is patterned after this design philosophy and I really truly despise it. I don't think it's light and airy. I don't like the sterile sameness of everything. I love the teachers I work with and the illustration program, but I hate the Bauhaus. Also, Dada (aka: anti-art) and De Stijl (aka: non-art). HATE. I like the Surrealists. Like, Max Ernst's Two Children Are Threatened by a Nightingale...

I mean, how much of freakin' genius is this? Love it. The Surrealists speak to me I guess. The other guys speak too, they just say things like, "I hate art." So I don't really jive with them.


I miss Kenna.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

On Tools...

... and how to use them.

ART 2240: Not really. But Will Terry assigned us to paint tools using three colors week before last and I balked at the idea. Then I thought, "I'll just paint the tool I would rather be using right now."

How lovingly I paint the tools of a writer....

ARTH 2710: I got my first test back from Courtney. It covered prehistoric art through the Minoans. 100%. I know. And I was sick when I took it too. w00t!

ARTH 3070: (The class Kenna dropped. *sniff* I know. For an explanation, visit her here: Kenna's art class blog.) I got my other first test back from Courtney. 97%. Okay, I'm a pretty awesome essay test taker. Thank you, thank you very much.