Friday, January 29, 2016

Most memorable experiences

  When picking a most memorable experience I have to choose the Oaxaca animal bowl. One highlight from this project was learning about endangered animals and how many are endangered. I think lot's more artist should paint and let people know about endangered animals because I think it could be good publicity for them. A second highlight would be seeing everyone else's ideas and getting input from others. This project impacted me by learning more about a color scheme. I learned what color schemes are how to make one, and how many there are.

Project that I am the most proud of

   In the Fabulous faces project, I am most proud of it because of the different tints of color. I think the tints in color were prefect for the portrait and were in the right places. As I was painting I occasionally changed what color I put in that place. When working on the face I changed my mind of what tint I wanted it. This project   impacted me by learning how to shade and where to put the correct shading to make it look 3D. I think everyones portraits turned out amazing. Shading is really important in lots of pieces of work and with different tints and shading that's how you could make something look realistic.

Winslow Homer Comparison: Sense of Place

Boys in a Pasture                                                       Chandlers Beach
By Winslow Homer                                                  By Laura Hamilton
1874                                                                           2016

1.   Winslow Homer has shown two relaxing boys in a field. They are at peace laying in the grassy field on what looks like a clear sky and a warm sunny day. There is fence in the background showing that they are in a closed in pasture which means they could live on a farm.  There clothes and hats could also represent that they live on a farm, trying to keep the sun out of there eyes while working.

2.     My place is Chandlers Beach on Chebeague Island in Casco Bay. In my personal tunnel book, I tried to really show people where my place was and how calm and peaceful it is. I used a beautiful sunset and a picture of me and a dog to show that this beach can be fun too. The outside border is a map of Casco Bay and I made sure that the words "Great Chebeague I" could be see at the top of the border.

3.   I think I could have possibly used a different picture of me and the dog and used a picture with more people in it to show a better sense of my place and what it's like. I think by using a different picture of more more people like my family and friends it can give a sense of why this place is so meaningful to me and how I am connected. Also if I used a picture of me when I was younger with friend and family it could show even more connection to my place.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Personal Space Box

Purpose:The purpose of this project was to look closely at the work of Winslow Homer so that I could better understand who he is as an artist as well as learn how to describe, interpret, and evaluate works of art. In response to looking at Homer’s work, I created a relief sculpture that is inspired by his work and concepts.

Artists Studied: Winslow Homer

The place that I picked for my Personal tunnel book is Chandler’s Beach on Chebeague Island, Maine.

My personal connection to my place, Chandler’s beach is going there ever since I was a baby. I have brought tons of friends and family to this beach because it has always been my favorite, and whoever goes there, they love it too. Swimming is great and it doesn’t have a lot of rocks on the beach so it makes for a great relaxing day. I have had at least three of my birthdays parties there and have been great, I brought my dog all the time and it was his favorite place too. Chandler’s beach has beautiful sunsets that are definitely breathtaking. I have included me in this having fun with my aunts dog, this was a day that we ran up and down the beach, and at the end there was a bright sunset.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Value Self Portrait


  • To determine where values change when light moves over an uneven surface by using a range of values to paint the different values in a realistic, monochromatic self-portrait;

  • To use your knowledge of color to choose a color that matches the mood of your pose.
  • To effectively communicate an image that looks like you through careful examination of the values and structure of your face.

Artists Studied:

Neil Shigley, Carolyn Schlam, and Edgar Jerins

Portrait Reflection

I am most proud of the shades and shapes I made on the face. If I didn’t make a lot of shapes then it would have been clear of what is what in my portrait, and if I did have to many shapes, it would look patchy. I tried to balance out how many shapes I made to look more realistic. I think I also did a good job keeping a steady hand and not moving too much when going closer to the end of a face or getting closer to  areas of painting that I had already done. The shading was perfect for each spot of my face made from the light.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winslow Homer Young Ducks 1897

To become familiar with Winslow Homer, a Maine artist;
To look at Homer’s work as a way to inform and inspire my own work;

Title: Young Ducks
Medium: Water color
Year of creation:1897

Describe as much as you can about the artwork.  What is happening?  How many people and/or animals are in it and what are they doing?  Describe any buildings that you see.  What time of day is it?  What colors are used?

There are two men rowing a small canoe gazing off into the distance at a row of baby ducks being lead by a mother duck. They are on a glassy lake with a little bit of a beach on the right side and forested mountains in the background. It looks like the scene takes place in mid morning. The water is made of very light, low intensity colors. The boat and people are made with slightly higher intensity colors. The boat is made of an orangey brown. The land in the background is made of darker colors. The sky looks slightly over cast with a few clouds - not very cloudy but not very sunny, kind of bleak.

Point of interest/CompositionWhat attracts your eye first?  Where is it located? How does Homer draw your attention to this area?  (color contrasts, lines, location, changes in pattern, etc.)
The people and the boat are what our attention was drawn to first because it is made of higher intensity, brighter colors and it is located in the middle. Homer attracts our eyes here by the color contrast between the low intensity white of the water and the high intensity of the boat and the people.

Balance - Is there symmetrical or asymmetrical balance? Explain...
The background is asymmetrical because the forest on the right side is closer to the people and appears darker which makes it imbalanced. In the foreground, the boat, lake, and ducks are balanced and symmetrical.

Depth/Perspective- Is there a horizon line?  What is in the foreground, middle ground, and background?  Is the background very deep and far away or is this painting shallow and close up? How do you know; describe it.
There are two horizon lines, one in the middle where the mountains meet the water and one slightly above where the sky meets the mountains. The boat with the people in the front of the lake are in the foreground. The middle ground is composed of the back of the lake with the ducks in the distance and the mountains. The background is the sky.

Mood – What are the feelings, emotions and/or mood you get when you look at this painting?  How do the colors, lines, brushstrokes, composition, subject matter contribute to the mood?
We get a feeling of peaceful calmness and serenity. The subtle colors make it calm. The lake is flat; it doesn’t have any waves. The sky doesn’t portray any ominous feelings or excitement; it is just overcast and relaxing.

Interpret - Now that you have looked closely at the artwork and have read the title, describe the story of the painting. What do you think Homer was trying to communicate?

The men in the boat are gazing into the distance looking at a row of ducklings. It shows a relaxing day at the lake where the men are taking in the beauty of nature. In this case, the men are enjoying the same relaxing feeling that the ducks are.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Fabulous Faces


  • To look a bit deeper at a variety of portrait artists who use a variety of media
  • Develop understanding of different artists’ work through inquiry, research, and synthesis