Thursday, January 26, 2017

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed taking this class because I feel as though I learned a range of different things and many different qualities within myself. I began to grow a deeper understanding and knowledge on how to paint and how to draw during the course of this class. For instance, during the drawing unit I learned about the concepts of how to make a drawing or a landscape look more realistic and how to use my eyes and my pencil as tools. I also learned many different charcoal drawing techniques which will benefit me for a long time. I also really enjoyed being able to work with different mediums during our sketchbook assignments, for one I used colored pencil and for another I used cray-pas. Lastly, I really enjoyed painting and working on my skills as a painter. I never really knew how to paint before so I found it extremely interesting to learn about the different techniques. I also really used them during the painting unit.

Work of Art that I am most proud of

This piece of work I wouldn't consider the best piece that I did, but it stands out as work that I am most proud of. I walked into this class among ten other kids, most of which have experience painting and drawing, and then there was me who was just doing it for fun. I've always liked the aspect of art, but I've never had the time to sit back and just do it. Painting is something that I've always struggled with, so being able to create a piece like this is something I am very proud of. I learned many different painting techniques and worked hard to blend colors and make the piece work. I know this piece certainly isn't perfect, but when I look at it I see a piece that I thoroughly enjoyed creating and liked the finished product. Painting something that made me proud like this impacted my learning because it made me more confident in my skills for the future in painting, even among a class that may be more advanced or have more of a background in doing so.

Watercolor Techniques

Purpose: to experiment, explore, and learn a variety of ways to paint with watercolor

When painting with water colors, it is very important to use the a good type of paper. If you use the wrong type of paper then you will definitely not have a good outcome on your watercolor panting because the paint will seep through. If you want to portray different types of landscapes then you should use different techniques so you can get a different outlook. Going along with techniques you should use your brush in different ways to get different strokes. It is important to remember the color you are using and with less water it will be more pigmented and with more water it will be lighter. These are some of the most important concepts of watercolor as a whole and some of the most important things I learned. 

Unsung Hero Painting

The journey of choosing Helen Taussig was difficult in some ways and easy in other ways. It was extremely interesting digging through pages and pages of people who have completed amazing things yet don’t receive much credit for doing what they did. It really made me think about all the incredible people in the world who are doing things to help and progress our world into a better place even though no one knows about them. It also made me reflect on how I could be bettering the world, starting at such a young age. The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes and projects like ours are taking big strides as a whole to get recognition for these people and I think that is absolutely amazing. Due to the lists and lists of people, it was hard to decide to pick just one. There were people ranging in age and skill, and some were dead and some were alive. Helen Taussig stood out to me in this diverse bunch because she did more than just one thing. She made medical advances as a woman, breaking two barriers at one time.
Helen Taussig was an American cardiologist during the 1940’s. From a young age, Taussig struggled with immense discrimination due to the fact that she was a woman. Although she studied at Boston University and Harvard University, she did not receive a diploma because she was female. However, Taussig continued to work hard and ended up striving at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the pediatric department. It was there where she found a cure to the birth disability referred to as “Blue Baby Syndrome”, creating a stunt that closed a hole that the baby was born with. She practiced this for many years and saved many babies lives, before she went on to teach as a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, another place where she continued to touch many people’s lives. It was all of this dedication and hard work that made Taussig such an incredible person. As the artist it was difficult to begin simply because I wanted to capture her entire essence of determination and pure heroic actions and beauty into one piece. I decided to paint her as the main focus, with many little details all around her. In response to her courageous doings, I wanted to mainly paint her in a creative way.
Visually I wanted to creatively interpret Helen’s story in the best way that I personally could. I wanted to show her big and front and center so I decided to make a portrait. I painted Taussig in her doctor’s coat on top of a baby blue background. The baby blue background was to emphasize how she created the cure for the ‘Blue Baby Syndrome’. I added a sign that said Women’s rights to allude to how she broke a barrier for women in the medical field. On her right side, I drew three baby hands reaching up towards her, these hands are to represent the babies lives that she saved and the babies that needed her to survive. I painted her hand placed up to show her hand as a type of guide, and to show a helping hand. Taussig was quite special because she continued to work into her old age where she began to go deaf, during this period she used her pointer and middle finger to feel the baby's heartbeat. Helen herself as the main point of the picture has a lot of different creative aspects that I tried to use to highlight her importance. For instance, I painted her shirt a light baby pink to represent baby girls that she may have saved which also went with the baby blue background. The most important thing placed on her was the heart, the heart represented largely between plastered ribs. I outlined the arteries of the heart in gold to represent how she had a heart of gold, always helping and influencing others. Of all the hearts she saved, hers was one of the most important due to the fact she had the ability to help and save so many tiny hearts.
This is the largest and most difficult piece of art that I have had to handle. Never have I had to creatively display someone else's importance through a painting, let alone do a painting so large. Although it was difficult, it was definitely an interesting thing to do and discover such an amazing person and convey her through art. I not only now will look differently upon art and how I do it, but I also will look differently on people and our world as a whole. In this day and age, people always tend to look at the bad things, not only bad things but the bad people. People tend to forget about all the beauty and courageous people and those who are striving to make a change. There are so many wonderful people in our world today, and so many from the past and I think it is time to stop focussing on the negative and search for the positive. Whether that be through art, writing, math or science, there are incredible heroes, and unsung heroes, in every aspect of life.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

LMC Unsung Hero Project

1. A lot of the stories really inspire me but I am most interested in Helen Taussig because she helped so many people and really inspired me. She saved many children and she also really emphasized women's power in the medical field.

2. Helen Taussig really inspires me visually due to the fact that she has a lot to her. She didn't just do one thing, she worked for women's rights and made a lot of medical advances. All of the things she did can become very visually appealing so I think doing her would be a good choice. I can incorporate children and the fact that she mainly focussed on cardiology.

Location: Massachusetts, Medical School

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Landscape Painting inspired by Wolf Kahn

As a result of doing this painting, I learned an abundance of things about color and technique. I really paid attention to using different techniques such as blending and dry brush to get Wolf Kahn's style as well as my own artistic preferences. I learned specifically how to use color to change the mood of a painting while creating a new painting mocking another artist. I also learned many different techniques and how they can change the outcome and look of a painting.

In the original picture by Wolf Kahn, it is full of warm and bright colors such as yellow and lavender and bright pink. His original work makes the piece look happy and summery, causing the mood to be joyful. With my work, I changed the colors to deeper blues and greens and dark purples. The mood changed to calm and it became darker, physically and emotionally. The forest became a darker scene rather than bright, which caused the mood and underlying tone to be calmer. The techniques I used to paint the trees were very much based off his, therefore the techniques are similar. I did change the colors, clearly, and I also put my own twist on his work so it was inspired by him but made into a piece by me.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Creating Depth in your Landscape

                                                       Edgar Payne, Beach Landscape

This piece creates a lot of depth within the landscape. Because the landscape was an ocean, the artist changed the colors to make it stand out even more. The depth was shown where the focal point was, bringing the eye to the darker part of the picture. The texture and colors of the upper part of the picture appear to be fog. It becomes realistic through the reflection on the sand.The lighter colors in the background becoming darker in the foreground causes the viewer to see the water on the sand and the moonlight shining down. There is a technique used in this called the ariel effect, which causes the painting to portray the long distance within the piece. Therefore, the viewer sees the beach realistically as it fades.

"Landscape oil painting in trees, mountains, and pathways" No artist, No date 

The picture above has an atmospheric perspective, created by the views of trees and mountains. The higher trees in the foreground make the viewer know that they are closer. The mountains in the back fade into the background which causes the picture to have more depth due to the fact that they fade. The sharper colors in the front and back and lighter colors in the middle ground create an atmosphere. There are many things going on in this picture, but the values of the river show the fact that the mountain and sky are reflecting down, causing the viewer to see that the mountain is further back.