This year in art one I have learned many different ways to draw and to paint from different artists through history. They all had their own style and way of seeing things. It has helped me to grow as an artist because now I understand better how to see art differently and to put that to paper. Two of my favorite things used to make this art were the water colors and graphite and learning how to make pieces out of them. But through all the projects that I did, my clay mask was my favorite. I was able to put symbols that were important to me into one flowing piece that all together summed up who I am.
“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.” Georgia O’Keeffe
“There's no retirement for an artist, it's your way of living so there's no end to it.” Henry Moore
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Aristotle
“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” Oscar Wilde
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” Leonardo da Vinci
"Do not fear mistakes... there are none." Miles David
The Demon Dancer
A paper is folded into seven sections so that only one can be seen at a time. The first person will draw whatever the prompt implies under a time limit. When the time is up, the paper is turned to the next section with a new prompt and a new person. Once all of the sections have been filled, the original creator of the image gets it back and unfolds it. This game began as a simple, fun game of collaboration between artists on one piece. These surrealist painters would meet together and then receive a prompt and begin the drawing. The medium used on this was gem toned watercolor. These gem tone colors were separated and rationed among the items within the image to make some colors or objects pop. Shading was attempted to add depth to the drawing and to make overlapping items come into focus. Because of all of the chaos in the image, there were several sets of numbers to keep everything balanced. There were two horns atop the head, two eyes with another centered in the middle, following the line of the nose. Two wings, and two legs. These help to create a full image so that the eye does not get lost in the madness.
Doodle for Google
This image is about the creation and destruction of the world in a sense. Recently I have been learning about Confucianism and Buddhism in English class. I heard from these ways of life that the world should not try to be fixed, because this will just destroy it. Human kind is always altering the world, trying to make it better. But truthfully, we are attempting and failing to make the world better for ourselves. Yes, we may be molding the world to our needs, but we are destroying the earth itself. Though the path is already carved in the crust of the earth, we can make it better. Not in the way where we build more and more, taking away trees to make homes, but that we take our garbage out of their oceans. The oceans belong to the creatures of the world, so do the forests we continue to cut down. We can co-exist with these creatures, and this piece is a sliver of how I see what is happening. The amur leopard on the far left is lying atop a cut-down tree, with an ax at its side. There are merely 57 of these powerful creatures left in the world because we are taking away their homes. The same is for the vaquita, a purpose whose numbers have dropped to 30 because we take their food to make up for overpopulating the earth, and we fill their ocean with trash that is killing them. Next to the vaquita is a blue yin yang symbol, representing the oceans, wrapped in recycle signs with leaves cycling around. Next to the recycle sign is a city that is contaminating the once clear waters with dark tar and pollution. The factories above the city are releasing files which are killing the tree above it, making it brittle and as dead as thorns. But, the other half of the tree is alive and thriving. This is because we should plant trees and the areas that we are cutting down. We should stop cutting down so many trees and instead plant them, and use a cleaner source of energy. Altogether, this digital image shows the different cycles that the earth goes through because of us.
A Dreamers Journey
This piece is about growing up through travel. I have been going to Germany ever year for one month since before I was one year old. Currently, I am fifteen, meaning I have spent over a year of my life in Germany. Whenever I am there it feels like a dream. In movies when a character is walking from the normal world into the fantasy world, there are normally bright sparkles of floating lights that look somewhat like fireflies. When the character exits the world into the new land, they cannot stop smiling at the bright colors. This is exactly how I feel when I am in Germany. I have changed because of the opportunities I have had to travel. I can understand an entirely different language, though I cannot speak it. I know the area like I know my own hands, and it is one of my favorite places in the world. Though, this piece is not entirely about Germany. It is also about London, Austria, Switzerland, and everywhere else I have ever traveled. It has all changed me. I feel free when I am away and can wander and get lost in a new area. I can get lost and then find my way home, learning the buildings and landmarks around me. It makes me happier than anything in the world when I get to explore in this way, especially with my family. It never feels real though, because I come back home and fall back into the rhythm that I am used to, not the excitement shown in the swirling background of this piece. My memories of home mix with my memories of travel and sometimes I cannot decipher which ones are real and which ones are from a distant land. This is why for my creative print, I chose gold with a black overlay and brown paper background. It gives the image an old, rustic feel and symbolises the overlapping of old and new, distant memories. My freedom is shown in the butterflies flying over the mountains. The rose is the giddiness I feel. The sun is the possibilities of the world that I get to see. All of these images are landmarks that I have been to. The Switzerland Alps, Big Ben, the Empire State, Neuschwanstein, Maui. I cannot remember where the arch of stones was, but I do remember what the city looked like, and how it felt to be there. And I was able to see all of this because I was brought here by a plane. I am terrified of planes, yet I still go on nine to ten hour flights because I cannot wait to get to my destination.
Kiki Smith is an artist born into Nuremberg, Germany in 1954. Both of Smith's parents were artist in their own forms, and Smith soon followed suit in her own style. That styles drastically shifted towards the themes of death and mortality when he father passed in 1980.
Image 1 - Kiki Smith - Ave - 2000 - Color lithograph w/collage - 50.2 x 73.7 cm. (19.8 x 29 in.) - Location not found
Image 2 - Kiki Smith - Fawn - 2001 - Etching and aquatint - 22.5 x 31 in. (57.15 x 78.74 cm.) - Harlan & Weaver, pub.
Image 3 - Kiki Smith - Born - 2002 - Bronze - 39 x 101 x 24 in. - Location not found
Acrylic paint tends to dry quickly, so it can be difficult to shade at times, and I never really grasped the concept of the gel medium. It only seemed to make the paint too thick to blend well. But, painting so many feathers helped me to learn how to shade them to my desired effect. Though, next time I will try to make the rachis highlighted as well as shaded. A few of the feather could use some unevenness. Even though angel wings are normally perfect, these wings are being burnt, so it would be more fitting if they were ruffled, possibly clipping out sections of the barbs for that effect. Mostly, I need to learn how to shade in advantage to dramatic effect. Maybe, adding a more burnt, smoking effect to the wings. The shards of the sphere should be sharper and could possibly be tipped with blood to create a dramatic layering. The sphere and glass should also reflect the fire, and petals should be falling along with the glass. Originally I had imagined roses being the flint for the fire underneath, mostly made in faded reds and black. If I experiment with painting all of these objects in sections, over the summer I can attempt to re-paint the piece, hopefully improved. I learned the power in uses of symbolism and movement in this piece. All of the objects within help viewers to see the image as they wish. But, if they see each item as I do, they may appreciate it more. All the features are particularly placed to lead to another aspect of the canvas to flow from one focal point to another. Altogether through this project I was able to experiment and learn from a new medium and different way of making art.
Shards of Glass
Each object in this acrylic painting has a meaning that leads towards an entire image of symbolism once each piece is understood. The rose represents the innocence I had in childhood. I did not acknowledge what I do not wish to hear, and I was lively and joyful. The sphere of glass encasing the rose is a symbol for the shelter that my parents build for me to protect me while I grew. The wings around the sphere are from the angels my mother told me about while we are in church. While my parents may protect me, it is the angel wings lead by the hands of god that truly keep me safe. Lastly, the flames embody the evil of the world. As an entire piece this painting shows that as we grow, our fragile sphere of protection begins to shatter and fall beneath the weight of the festering, corrupt ways of the people in this world. And as the sphere shatters farther, the guardians may be scorched trying to protect us and our innocent heart, but they will hold strong and remain, even if you lose faith. Because of this, my friends and family have blocked out the negative in my life, and even when it does sweep by their notice, my joy outweighs what might bring me down. And I have been able to grow up in a stable, amazing world of my guardian’s making. Honestly, the idea for this piece came out of nowhere. All of the sudden, this entire image settled perfectly into my mind. Because I already knew what I wanted to create, I researched what types of art there were. I found symbolism. This was a movement where the artists used representative pieces within their work, often leaving it up to the viewer’s interpretation. Before my research, I already knew how to draw wings. Unfortunately, I did not know how to draw how the feathers would overlap in this particular composition. Luckily, I was able to find artists Moreno Monti and Matteo Tranchellini, who took photographs of chickens. I was able to see through these how their wings folded, and how the individual feathers overlapped. To my dismay, however, there were no images with the wings fully splayed out. So, I traveled up to my chicken and quail coops and was able to bend their wings in different flight patterns to see how the feathers shifted. The bleak colors of gray-scale help the reds and golds of the fire and matching rose to stand out. The way the wings curl around the glass makes your attention move down the wings, to the rose within the glass, following the curve of the glass, down the shards that are falling into the fire, and then following the rise of the fire back up to the curved wings.