Saturday, May 22, 2010

Final Paintings

Title: Woman Kneeling 
Medium: oil on canvas board
Size: 18x24
Inspiration:  One of two final paintings for Figure Painting. She was really difficult to do.  I probably erased my initial sketch for her at least 5 times.  In the end I think it turned out well though.  I really like the legs. 

Title: Caught
Medium: oil on canvas board
Size: 18x24
Inspiration: Two of two final paintings for Figure Painting.  She was much easier to do.  I am really proud of the way this one turned out.  There is no way I would have been able to do this 15 weeks ago at the beginning of the semester.  I imagine her as being trapped somewhere and she was just caught doing something she wasnt supposed to.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Studying Oneself

Title: Monochromatic Self Portrait
Medium: oil on stretched canvas
Size: 16x20
Inspiration: My Final Project for Heads and Hands. I am super proud of it. Does it look exactly like me? No. Is it a likeness? I think so.  When it dries I think I will add some strategic areas of color. 

In other news... I got an A! I got an A! I got an A!! Hey Hey Hey Hey! I am so proud.  It was for the painting Fuck You.  Ive worked so hard this semester to get an A in Heads and Hands and I did! I also got the highest grade this week! Yeah Yeah Yeah!

Monday, May 10, 2010

One of Those Days

Title: Fuck You 

Medium: oil on canvas board
Size: 12x 16
Inspiration: Lets just say this describes how I felt today. For Heads and Hands. 

Title: Lady
Medium: oil on canvas board
Size: 18 x 24
Inspiration: For Figure Painting.Sustained Pose.  Figuring out what to do in the background was the hardest part.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Peacock Progress

Title: Peacock- Pavao (Work in Progress)
Medium: Oils on stretched Canvas
Size: 19.5x23.5
Inspiration: Peacock on a farm that Ali and I went horseback riding at. Another painting I brought to my class with  Lynn Gertenbach. 
She really helped me with the luminosity of him and she helped me work out the background. There is a bit more I want to work out but overall I like the way it is coming along.  To see the two previous step you can look here and here.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Yesterday's Art

Title: Dark Chocolate
Medium: oil on canvas board
Size: 16 x 20
Inspiration: For Figure Painting.Working in Exaggerated color.  I really enjoyed painting this piece.  Dark people are hard to paint thought because the tones in their skin are so similar.  I was a nice challenge. 

Title: Jess
Medium: oil on canvas board
Size: 12x 16
Inspiration: For Heads and Hands.  Portrait with hands.  There are so many things wrong with this portrait most of which stem from my poor choice in reference photo.  Not one of my best works. 

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Art Quotes is closing their account and I wanted to make sure I grabbed all of the best quotes before they did.  

"There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen."~Helen Frankenthaler 
"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it."~Pablo Picasso
"Art is making something out of nothing and selling it."~Frank Zappa
"How painting surpasses all human works by reason of the subtle possibilities which it contains."~ Leonado da Vinci 
"I do not take drugs. I am drugs."~Salvador Dali
"An artist cannot talk about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture." ~Jean Cocteau {Newsweek-1955} 
"It’s all a big game of construction, some with a brush, some with a shovel, some choose a pen."~ Jackson Pollock
"Art is an experience, not an object."~Robert Motherwell
"The pictures on the walls aren't like movies. They don't move, they don't talk, and they'll last longer."~David Hockney
"Art does not reproduce the visible, it makes visible." ~Paul Klee
"To own a piece of work done by an artist is to possess one of their facets one of the windows of their life."~Dave Dory 
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."~Scott Adams
"Man will begin to recover the moment he takes art as seriously as physics, chemistry or money." ~Ernst Levy
"No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist." ~Oscar Wilde
"To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist." ~Robert Schumann
"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."~Pablo Picasso
"To be an artist is to believe in life."~Joan Miro 
"Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?"~Pablo Picasso 
"Art is a line around your thoughts."~Gustav Klimt
"Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his teacher."~Leonardo da Vinci
"Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things."~Edgar Degas
"If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint."~Edward Hopper 
" I've always loved drawings.. when you draw you look much more intensely at something."~Henry Moore
"It's a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it's well painted."~Mark Rothko
"There's no retirement for an artist, it's your way of living so there's no end to it."~Henery Moore
"The method of painting is the natural growth out of a need."~Jackson Pollock
"A painting is never finished - it simply stops in interesting places."~Paul Gardner
"Art? You just do it."~Martin Ritt
"The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through." ~ Jackson Pollock
"I don't own any of my own paintings-a Picasso original costs thousands of dollars-it's a luxury I can't afford."~Pablo Picasso
"Color in a picture is like enthusiasm in life."~Vincent Van Gogh
"The greatest masterpieces were once only pigments on a palette."~Henry S. Haskins
The essence of drawing is the line exploring space."~Andy Goldsworthy
Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again."~Pablo Picasso 
"Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not."~Pablo Picasso
"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."~Pablo Picasso
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."~Pablo Picasso


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