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Grade 11 Art AVi3m

Photomontage

Photo Montage Top 3 Favourites - The First

1. This interested me because the landscape forms a circle, unlike how photo montages usually predominantly feature rectangles. The vegetal hues of green, yellow and brown in the centre, boardered with the dusty, muted tones of the clouds and sky are complimentary. I especially like how the brown is boardering the cleaner, whiter, brighter clouds. My favourite part is that the greenery circle forms a shape that I think was inspired by the Pythagorean Spiral.

2. I think it has a strong composition mainly due to the element of shape created with the montage forming a circle. The shape of the circle combined with space help create the principle of unity. Your eye is drawn to the person first, then moves counterclockwise around the circle until halfway, where it is drawn to the very center of the composition and is held there. I think the element of colour also gives this image a strong composition. Colour adds a liveliness to the landscape because the strong saturation makes the nature look healthy.

3. This image can inspire me to not restrict myself to just rectangles in my photo montages. I can be inspired to use other shapes as a whole, compiled of the geometric photographs, which would create interest. It can inform me how creative I can be in photography, and experiment with the camera to become more inspired.

Photo Montage Top 3 Favourites - The Second

1. This grabbed my attention because the colours used are all muted in shade, but still saturated, and compliment each other nicely. My favourite complimentary shades were the bright yellow, organic wood, and dusty navy. I like all the different textures: the smooth, polished, shiny wood of the violin, the corduroy of the navy fabric the violin is on, the clothing and tissues beside the violin. I also liked how the area looked lived in, even if the photographer set it up to appear as such.

2. I think it has a strong composition mainly due to the elements of colour and form creating the principle of balance. This is due to the asymmetry caused by the cluster of objects to the right of the violin. These two elements also create the principle of emphasis, because your eye is drawn to the yellow clothing. This is mostly due to how how bright the yellow is, but also exaggerated by being next to the muted, dusty navy, and organic shade of the wood.

3. This image can inform my artwork to have the freedom of asymmetry, even though most photo montages stay relatively symmetrical. It also inspires me to play with the texture of inanimate objects during the photography process. In general, how much I enjoy the layout and colours of what was photographed, informs me to take more care of what I'm choosing to photograph. I'm more inspired to play with the placement of inanimate objects in the photo's I take.

Photo Montage Top 3 Favourites - The Finale

1. This interested me because the portrait is divided up into triangles, unlike how photo montages usually predominantly feature rectangles. I immediately noticed how one of the corners featured a closed eye, and the adjacent corner featured an open eye. I enjoy the floral images complimented by hues of pink, which are set of by the contrast of opaque black. My favourite part is how the seeming pattern is disconnected by not having another portrait in the lower right triangle.

2. I think it has a strong composition mainly due to the elements of colour and value creating the principle of emphasis. The black and white of the portrait bordering the solid black as well as the floral pink create emphasis on the pink triangles. This is because these triangles feature colours instead of shades. The element of shape and line are a prominent features because of the array of triangles.

3. This image can inspire me to not restrict myself to just rectangles in my photo montages. It can also inspire me to play with shades, opacity, hues, tone and colour. It informs me that the photos can be montaged with clean lines instead of as an overlapping collage. It also informs me how creative one can be with a simple straight on portrait.

Process Work and Inspiration

First attempt at photos: Closed window and wrong camera settings (didn't narrow my aperture or decrease my ISO)
Second attempt at photos: I opened the window, but still used the same wrong camera settings (didn't narrow my aperture or decrease my ISO)
Final photos: Open window and correct camera settings (narrow aperture and low ISO)

Monochromatic Painting: Inspired by Great Architecture

Process Work and Inspiration

  1. I started my process work by applying the philosophy I learned from the photomontage unit: "David Hockney’s methodology inspired me about the significance of my pinterest board, since his photographs were originally used for documentation and he only later infused them into his art. With this in mind, I noticed that without even realizing, having collages as reference might inspire me later in the creative process" (excerpt from my self evaluation for photomontage).
  2. Before even deciding on the piece of architecture I would be painting, I already had a few pinterest boards divided up by era of architecture styles: gothic, baroque, classical and neo-classical.
  3. I then decided on the Pantheon, after looking through the list of examples of architecture pieces to choose from. It seemed to be in the same vein as some of the pieces mentioned, and since it is my favourite historical site, I decided I wanted to paint it.
  4. The main reason the Pantheon is my favourite is because the interior was purposefully designed to outshine the exterior (a classical exterior with a neo-classical interior), which gave me the option of deciding to paint the exterior or the interior.
  5. I decided on painting the exterior, since I'm not very skilled at painting, and the interior is very detailed.
  6. After choosing my image and cropping it so 2/3 of the area was taken up by the building, and 1/3 was the background, I decided on the colour yellow for my monochromatic painting. When I found out that sunshine yellow would turn chartreuse, mustard, and ochre, I became more inspired, and added monochromatic paintings to my pinterest boards.
  7. After finding a monochromatic painting by one of my favourite artists, Leonid Afremov, who usually uses contrasting cobalt and orange, and not monochrome tints and hues, I made 2 new pinterest boards: 1 for art by my favourite artists, and 1 for my favourite pieces of art.
  8. Since my pinterest boards were becoming overwhelming, but I continued to be more inspired and add to them, I created one pinterest board for relevant images to this unit, titled: "Monochromatic painting inspired by great architecure". On this board I included, classical and neo-classical architecture, and yellow monochromatic paintings.
  9. I then created even more pinterest boards divided by architecture styles (including modern architecture, which I didn't include on this sparkpage, because it didn't inspire this work, it just made me feel more organized).
  10. I ended up with 13 inspiration pinterest boards.
  11. After having a photocopy of the cropped image, I used class time to project the reference image onto my canvas, and with a 2H pencil, I traced the architectural piece onto the canvas lightly.
  12. I created a base first couple layers of paint, starting with opaque coverage of the sky. I used mostly tints and shades at this point, and only a couple values of tones. At this point the texture of the canvas and the pencil marks were still visible. Also, the lines were not crisp because I was using an inefficient texture of paint (I needed to mix more water into the paint to make it less sticky).
  13. To add more value and depth to the piece, I made many more shades of grey to mix different values of tones. With these values, I was able to add shading, and work in layers to create the three dimensional look of a building.
  14. My second to last step was to create hairline dark values in some areas, being careful not to outline anything. I used a medium tone first with a relatively precise brush, then a dark grey with a thinner brush.
  15. My last step was to use tints, very pale tones, and a minuscule amount of white to precisely highlight only the brightest areas (I did this to mimic the same technique an eraser would create on a pencil drawing).

Inspiration Pinterest Boards:

Leonid Afremov - Long Before Winter (oil on canvas - monochromatic)
  1. This grabbed my attention because Leonid Afremov is one of my favourite artists, who usually paints using contrasting cobalt and orange. So, seeing a monochromatic painting of his in his famous oil on canvas technique immediately caught my attention. I find it interesting how the chosen colour yellow pulls green in some areas and orange in other areas. I like how tints of sunshine yellow are used in the centre of the painting, and shades of terracotta are used to create a sort of boarder of darker values. My favourite part is that sunshine yellow, chartreuse, terracotta and ochre are all included, since I have always liked how those shades go together even though they are not complimentary.
  2. I think it has a strong composition mainly due to the elements of texture, line, form, colour and value, creating the principle of proportion. The trees, stream and branches, which are painted with shades of the chosen colour, create a darker boarder on the edges of the painting. Texture is featured mainly in the brush strokes which leave cubic impressions of leaves. Line is featured in the bridge, also in the branches, and in the reflections in the water. The tree trunks are responsible for the form featured in the paintings, and different tones, tints, and shades of the colour yellow are a main feature.
  3. This image can inspire me since it's a monochromatic painting using my chosen colour. Due to this, it can also inform me which tones, tints and shades of my chosen colour exist, and how they can be manipulated in the composition of a monochromatic piece. This painting can also inform me on how elements can be used to create principles in a monochromatic piece. For example, texture is a prominent feature to create depth, which is useful, since only one colour is being used.
The Basilica of Santa Maria Novella - Romanesque, Gothic & Classical
  1. This grabbed my attention because three different eras of architecture are seen in this famous church. The architect Giorgio Vasari was responsible for inspiring the beginnings of the Rennaisance by combining elements from multiple styles of architecture: The triangular roof with the Roman numerals under it are the classical feature, the unique, curved embellishments are Romaneque, and the hollowed pointed windows are in the Gothic style. I find it interesting how since the architect combined multiple styles, he essentially used the premise of eclecticism five centuries before it was invented . I like how triangles, circles and rectangles are all present. My favourite part is that the roof resembles the Pantheon.
  2. I think this has a strong composition due to the elements of line, shape, space, texture and colour, creating the principle of repetition. The intricate details repeat themselves throughout the composition, but since they are the same on both sides, the repetition is formed with corresponding parts and doesn't feel chaotic. Line, shape and colour are all used to create the designs on the church. Texture is used since all the designs are formed using different materials, this causing a textural difference with the elements.
  3. This image can inspire me since it is a testament to how iconic your work can be if you think outside the box. It's also inspiring that this piece of architecture influenced the start of the Renaissance, which then became an influential era of architecture on its own. This image can inform me on how even when styles from different times are put together, they can still create a successful composition when they are stylized with purpose. All the elements and principles feel harmonious and unified, and manage to avoid chaos, even with features from multiple styles of architecture.
Baroque bas-relief fire place inspired by neo-classical architecture
  1. This image grabbed my attention because it is a sculpture in Baroque style, which is my favourite style of architecture. It also grabbed my attention because even though it's a Baroque piece, it seems to draw inspiration from neo-classical architecture by featuring columns. I find it interesting how many details are featured in this work, yet it still feels tasteful. I think if this was a Rococo work, the details would have been too overwhelming to warrant the addition of elements from a different era of architecture.
  2. I think this image has a strong composition due to the elements of line, colour, form, texture, and value creating the principle of harmony. The main reason for the harmonious synergy in this sculpture is that the colours used don't differ too much from each other, yet add value with textural differences: the green is a pastel pistachio which doesn't command much attention, the gold is an old gold with green undertones, which commands a lot of attention due to it's brightness and being the only metallic; however, the undertones match the green, and, the white featured is off-white and pearlescent. Line is featured in the columns and form is featured in the human models.
  3. This image can inspire me since it features neo-classical elements used in to create a unique composition . Since my chosen piece of architecture features columns, it's inspiring to see how styles of architecture very different to Greek and Roman could be influenced by those eras . In this way, this image can inform me on just how iconic doric, ionic and corinthian columns are, seeing as they are implemented throughout history in displays of artistic freedom.
Created By
Monika Zacharowska
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