Wednesday, November 30, 2016
This is synthetic polymer paint on canvas. It was painted in 1962 by Andy Warhol. At first I thought this was very uninteresting but to my surprise it is made of 32 individual canvases! The soups are in order of the year they were created. This painting helped start a major art movement in the US: Pop art.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Tom Wesselmann uses a cartoon-like pop art style with a detail that is an exact picture, usually the view of a window, to portray the subject in a real world moment. I want to find an aspect other than a window view that will convey the same idea as this.
I chose Albert Bierdstadt for my artist of inspiration for my final project. I love his landscape paintings, they are all very detailed and strategically done. He makes everything come to life, from clouds to grass. I'm going to be doing the view of the mountains from my house's balcony. This scenery reminds me of one of his landscape paintings. I will be looking up his techniques and how he mastered his paintings to make my final project on his level.
The paintings that inspired me were Luncheon of the Boating Party and Dance at le Moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. These two painting s caught my eye because they both are party events and everyone looks so happy and seem to be enjoying themselves while surrounded by people who might've been loved ones. It also caught my eye because of how many people were in the pieces and its just amazing how amazingly great he painted them. What I have in mind for my final independent project is to draw my younger siblings together capturing the happiness and love in their faces. I am excited to paint this piece because I think it will be challenging for me but in a good way, and I think it'll be a erect gift to give to my mom. I look forward to seeing how my piece will turn out.
For my final project I decided to do a painting of my home town. I was inspired by Antibes in the Morning by Claude Monet. He painted this in 1888 and it's an oil on canvas. He does amazing paintings of landscapes and I like the detail and non realistic quality to them. I found it interesting that he wrote a letter to his future wife while working in the Mediterranean saying, "How beautiful it is here, to be sure, but how difficult to paint! I can see what I want to do quite clearly but I'm not there yet. It's so clear and pure in its pinks and blues that the slightest misjudged stroke looks like a smear of dirt."
One artist whose paintings I like and get inspired by is Andy Warhol. His paintings always used colors that catch the eye and also on the things on pop culture that influenced his time. For example he has a painting of converse shoes, Muhammed Ali, Michael Jackson and most famously the Campbell's soup cans. For my final project I wanted to create a rendition of current popular things in this generation but with color that pop.
Claude Monet - Water Lilies, 1919
A painter I like is Monet because of the simplicity and depth of his paintings. They aren't entirely detailed to look realistic, but you understand what they are. For my final project I am thinking of doing a landscape picture (maybe of the ocean) with this type of style.
Tulip by Judith Leyster, 1643
I like this painting because of the simplicity of it, but the detail within the painting. So basically the opposite of the other piece by Monet. I was thinking of doing a flower painting but wasn't quite sure how, and I like this idea of a single flower across the entire canvas with a lot of negative space so the main focus is on the flower.
New York-born. He started his artistic career on the graffiti scene. In the 90s, he shifted focus to academic realism. His current portraits, skill life works, and tromp l'oeil are technically stunning and remarkably contemporary in subject matter.
His other pieces reflect the simple beauty, he may find in seemingly ordinary objects composed together, influences of color in nature or the splendor of the human form. In every piece that he creates, he is inspire for authenticity in subject, harmony of color and resonance of light and shadow. By painting from life and with meticulous detail, his hopes are that the viewer will observe his work as he observe life.
I really love Tonys gallery and I hope my final project has this sense of realism that he able to capture. I loves that he wants people to see his work how he sees the world, and I hope I can capture that in my final project.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
This painting is called The Glass House by Rene Magritte, 1939. Magritte was painting a portrait of Edward James but decided he wanted to paint his back. The face is painted in an aggressive, jagged way across, out of his head. His eyes look very vacant, like they are lost in a train of thought or just emotionless. I really liked the detail in the hair as well. I think this painting could represent someone dwelling on their past, almost as the thoughts are taking over his brain. This is stopping him from moving forward in life. I've been recently really intrigued by surrealism art. Surrealism was a cultural movement that began in the 1920s. I like how many pieces can have different meanings to different people. It all depends on the observer. I think that's my favorite kind of art. It is all about perspective.
I had two ideas for my final project. I just have to see which one comes together better on paper.
1: Paint a side portrait of a singer from one of my favorite bands and paint a little version of him, sitting in a jail/cage in his head. He often mentions being trapped inside of his brain.
2: Paint a regular portrait of the same guy, but have half the top of his head cut off. I will then draw an overflowing kitchen sink on top of his head, filled with all the bright colors from one of his earlier albums, dripping into his head. He wrote a song called Kitchen Sink which talks about creating/finding a purpose when you feel depressed, lost and feeling like nothing is worth fighting for anymore.
For my final project, I will be incorptating Jackson Pollock and Frida Kahlo techniques. The reason for focusing on these two very bold, outstanding artists is because their are my ultimate favorite artists. However, I'm not too sure how I will be incorporating the techniques, but I will somehow. The pictures are my favorite paintings. Some background information of these two artists. Frida Kahlo was born July 6,1907 in Mexico. Frida suffer throughout her entire life time. Each of her painting can be consider a symbol of her sufferings. Jackson Pollock was born January 28,1912 in Wyoming. Pollock is consider to be a abstract expressionism and modern art.
I have two ideas for my final project. Both ideas are based upon the concept of Gender dysphoria, Gender dysphoria is a disorder to which a person experiences extreme discomfort with one's own biological sex. As a psychology major, I wanted to have my final project reflect my fascination with the workings of the mind and abnormal disorders. Gender dysphoria is a disorder that I am deeply interested in.
My first idea was to have a young woman looking at herself in a mirror at an angle. Her body will be towards the viewer while her head will be turned toward the reflection in the mirror. She may be partially nude to reveal a feminine physique, but her reflection would be of a male version of her. I wanted there to be a contrast between what people see her as and what she sees herself as. The inspiration for this idea came from an artist named Gulyas Laszlo, who does oil paintings mainly of women that emphasize their feminine physique and qualities. Most paintings that he has made are of women looking at themselves in a mirror:
My second idea was to take a darker perspective of gender dysphoria and focus mainly on expressing the discomfort that those with this disorder may feel. I wanted to represent discomfort with distorted supernatural imagery such as cracks on the body, or the body being broken down/faded/torn to pieces. This idea was inspired by an artist named Eric Lacombe, who does acrylic and oil paintings of dark subject matters that focus on, "melancholy intended as a negative and yet unavoidable feeling that is often accompanied by fear, anxiety and sadness." Fear, anxiety, and sadness are also a part of a gender dysphoric experience:
I actually have two sketches prepared for my second idea:
I was inspired by Edgar Degas how he has paintings of ballerinas and I did ballet myself since I was 5 until I was 12. I always wanted to go further into it but in 2010 I was diagnosed with brain cancer and I lost my whole right side. For my final I want to paint a ballerina sitting on a brain so that can resemble what happened to me. I like the way Edgar paints especially his backgrounds but looks very hard to do.
Gray Tree was painted by Piet Mondrian in 1911. Gray Tree was one of Mondrian's first attempts to utilize cubism in his paintings. Mondrian was known for the purity of his abstractions and his methodical approach towards his art. He simplified the elements of his paintings in order to show what he believed was the spiritual order underneath the physical world. For my independent project, I would also like to create a simple but meaningful work of art. I could use acrylic paint or oil paint to paint something captivating based on a single object, much like Mondrian did with the Gray Tree.
"Infant Mortality," was made by Käthe Kollwitz in 1925. This painting showed the emotions of a woman who had lost her newborn child. Kollwitz often created dark pieces that depicted somber events like war, poverty, and hunger. These pieces were often etched, woodcut, painted, or drawn. I really like the look of her woodcut pieces. For my final project, I am going to create a painting of two canvases that imitates the look of a woodcut piece. Since Kollwitz was famous for her somber pieces, I am going to do a happy piece. I think doing a painting of a baby would contrast her "Infant Mortality" piece. This will be done in acrylic paint.
I was inspired by the painting, "Big Ben" by Derain. This painting used bright clashing colors with expressive brushstrokes to distort reality. Big Ben is a nick name for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. Big Ben is a British Cultural icon, like how our Newburgh Beacon Bridge is a prominent beauty point in the Hudson Valley. I want to paint this landscape with a mix of water colors and acrylic paint. I was planning on using water colors on the sky and the water, while acrylic on the bridge. I want to use clashing colors with abstract brushstrokes to emphasize the water and the sky. I either want to take a picture from slightly under the bridge, or on the walkway of the bridge.