Mid-Semester Project Mary Webb

Figure and Ground

Mary Webb, "POM," Acrylic on paper.
Goli Mallahati, "Innocent days," oil on canvas.

The figure and Ground lesson helped me a lot to realize the difference between the main figure in the piece or image and the area that the figure inhabits. It helped my understanding that they are two different subjects almost in themselves, and how they can interact with each other and play off of each other, but don't necessarily have to be same things. This lesson helped me to think about composition more and take more not on where I was placing my subject within the frame in regards to the background, (ground) and how they related.

Frame and Surface

Koos Breukel; Tentoonstelling, "Me We," Photograph
Koos Breukel; Tentoonstelling, "Me We," Photograph, with Fibonacci spiral overlay
Mary Webb, Self portrait, digital photograph, "waiting."

The frame and surface exercise helped me to understand more the importance of the frame and how you place your subject within it, especially for me, as a photographer. Seeing another work of art, such as Breukel's portrait, helped to realist the importance of the fibonacci spiral as well, and how it can contribute to the aesthetic beauty of a piece if it is "mathematically beautiful," and how your eye just goes around and around in the piece. It gets your attention and holds it if it is mathematically beautiful, I think, and that is important for composition, and symmetry, and a balanced feel within the piece.

Mark and Line

Mary Webb, Photoshop burshes
Henrietta Harris - "Deconstructed Portraits"

The mark and line assignment made me focus more on the power of the line, and how just a simple line drawing can evoke a lot of feeling, and have a very realistic feel to it, such as Henrietta Harris' "deconstructed portraits." Creating the brushes in photoshop was very new to me, and was quite a learning experience. I had some trouble with it at first but was able to figure it out. I normally have my photoshop desktop set up as "photography" rather than "essentials" or "painting," so I felt very out of place trying to make the brushes that I wanted. It was a good learning experience for me none the less, I love learning new tools for creating art with, and I think continuing to create new brushes will help me add to the work I'm already making in photoshop through my photographs. I want to experiment with drawing on photos in photoshop, so using brushes that I make myself will help a lot.

The Grid

"Skin deep" by Matt West, digital photograph collage

The grid study was really interesting to me, because it helped me explore more the idea of simple designs within a grid or that form their own pattern. I was able to learn more about what works within a grid pattern to create something interesting, and how to fulfill a grid or space in a way that was interesting and created a pattern. Playing with the idea of leading lines was also very important to me and helped me learn how to draw the viewer into the image and have all the lines focusing on the subject.


Mary Webb, Eye patter, digital drawing
Johanna Burai, Swans, Ink on paper. The original image (left side) was covered in the "feather" pattern and hatch marks, and I erased the pattern to make the solid white swans on the right side of the image.

The pattern study helped me see the impact that even a simple pattern can have on an object. The image above, by Burai, shows the importance of pattern and how it can be used to evoke a texture or another layer of details in the image. It's important to use pattern when you are trying to make the viewer feel something or understand a concept better, such as the swans being covered in small feathers, rather than just smooth and white. The pattern can dramatically change the way an image is perceived and looks depending on what pattern is used, or if there is a pattern at all.


Mary Webb, Inscect burner, Ceramic
Mary Webb, Coffee Shop, Photoshop overlay of graphic on photograph
Josep Moncada, Pool, oil on canvas

The texture study was definitely the most exciting and the most interesting to me so far. I love texture, and the use of it is very appealing to me. I made an inscent burner in my ceramics class and covered the entire outside in carvings that represent waves. When I glaze it blue, the carvings will help to emphasize the blue wave pattern and the whole piece will tie together. Texture can help emphasize an aspect of the piece or show something within the piece that would have gone unnoticed without the texture. When you remove texture from a piece, it can become something completely different.

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