Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Studio Project Analysis + Semester Reflection

For my final Studio Project, I decided to embrace my artist, Frida Kahlo in her most famous style of painting. In a portrait.  The elements that I drew from Frida were her portrait, the identification of her culture, and what she was going through in life. The eye path of my painting starts from the middle and into a circle counter clockwise, however this is relevant to the person and but it's preferred if the viewer looked from left to right to understand each section of my painting. When drawing and painting myself it actually took me four times to make it just to my liking and I still doubt that it looks like me. I had to make my facial features proportional and not too cartoonish and also big enough, but small enough that I would still have space to draw other things. It was also very hard to mix colors for flesh tones that would match and I even had to add water to make it just right. Out of my chest comes a lotus flower because I feel like what the lotus flower means and how it grows represents my life. Meaning that the flower grows from the bottom of muddy, swampy waters to bloom as a beautiful sight at the top. I know that Frida paints many flowers throughout her paintings so I wanted to add that as well. At the top of my painting I put both the flags of where my family comes from. Guatemala on my mothers side, and El Salvador on my fathers side. Frida also used many different ways to represent her Mexican culture like painting her traditional Mexican dresses that she usually wears or the Mexican flag as well. At the bottom section I split night and day on either sides of my body. The night and day goes with the boat called "S.S Dreams" and it's journey to paradise. At night waves are more aggressive and during the day it is smooth sailing. When ever Frida painted, she painted what was happening and what she was feeling in that moment in time. So the journey of the boat is because I feel like I'm never going to get to my dreams and accomplish what I want because I'm weighed down my many things right now. Color wise, I used the primary, secondary, tertiary color schemes.

Semester Reflection:

I enjoyed Studio Art very much, it was very fun to be able to explore my creativity in many ways not just painting but also photo shop and textures. I definitely know how to think in many different perspectives and can use that in my everyday life. However, the things assigned in class were difficult to keep track because various things were due each class like a reading, blog post and project and sometimes I forgot to do the blog post or readings.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Data Visualization

Honestly haven't thought that deep about data visualization until I saw a video called "The Art of Data Visualization" produced by PBS. There are so many ways to present data that keeps it fun and appealing but also real and informing. Data visualization is very effective because I feel like more often than not, people are visual learners which helps them comprehend what is being talked about. Also the designs of the data and how it's presented can shock people.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Whitescapes Assignment

In this picture, all the lights were on, making the plate look
very bright and a warm white, while making the white
container look cooler.


In this picture, one light was off, and it made both the plate and container look cool (as in temperature), but the container looked more like a gray-white.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Photoshop Advertisement

I wanted to turn the Tabasco bottle into something that was portrayed as not spicy because personally for me Tabasco isn't spicy.

Image result for tabasco picture
This is the old ad

This is the new ad

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Ways of Seeing by John Berger

"The way we see things is affected by what we know or what we believe". It's called point of view which I agree with one hundred percent. The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus said "Donkeys prefer garbage to gold". But humans prefer gold to garbage. It matters who the person, animal, alien, is, because we all have different beliefs. I think the great thing about art is that anybody who sees it has an input and can interpret it in their own way that makes it relative to their lives. However, people put these great ideas and theories that are far away from the artists true reason being the art. For example, some people say that a picture of fruit is amazing, and a new twist to fruit, but what if the artist was just really passionate about fruit?

Monday, January 30, 2017

Visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art

     I visited the Baltimore Museum of Art for the first time, and I really enjoyed walking around observing all that the pieces had to offer. I liked some more than others. Its easy for me to like and understand art if its simple and it's straight forward. There were three paintings in particular that appealed to my inner artist.
     First was Jean-HonorĂ© Fragonard's "Rest on the Flight" oil on canvas painting. I liked it because all the other paintings were nice and crisp but this one was blurry which was one of the ways it looks mysterious. A second way it looked mysterious was that when I looked up close I couldn't see any brush strokes, the whole painting was cracking. To tie all the mystery in, I think the painting portrayed the mystery of God.
     Second was "The Earth and Air" by Yves Tanguy. It's my second favorite painting because its so simple. A big space, with little objects filling it. The design and the execution is amazing and crisp. It's fun to look up close and see the heavy and light lines, and the contrast between color and shadow. It reminds me of the Dream graveyard where dreams go to die in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava girl.
     Lastly, my favorite was John D. Graham's "Landscape of Beucaine, Near Province". I love this piece because it reminds me of my uncles home in Guatemala. He built it from scratch right across from his tire shop. The material looks exactly like the type my uncle used, and also the design of it.
It was just nice to see something familiar that reminded me of my family.
John D. Graham "Landscape of Beucaine, Near Province"

Jean-Honoré Fragnard "Rest on the Flight"

Yves Tanguy "The Earth and Air"

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Visibility by Italio Calvino Reflection

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Sandro Botticelli's "Mappa dell'Inferno"

      Before reading Visibility by Italio Calvino I didn't know what Dante's Inferno was. A movie? A book? A painting? I had no idea all I knew was that it had something to do with the concept of Hell. It seems to me that there just some things that are easy to imagine, but hard to explain, put on paper or draw, its just easier from your head. On the topic of imagination, it was cool to be explained the process in which we imagine as people, because we've always imagined ever since we were children when your parents tell you a bed time story or possibly even from the womb you imagine what it's like on the outside.

Art Show Reflection

Essentia- Ink Bias: Seven Tattoos by Rob Moore Reflection

  Essentia was the theme for the art exhibition in the Julio Fine Arts Gallery from December 14th to January 22nd. While walking through and looking at all the art work, I really enjoyed a work by Rob Moore called Ink Bias: Seven Tattoos. I've always wanted a tattoo but my Hispanic heritage (in general) and my mother look down upon tattoos. My mom always asked me "Porque te vas a manchar tu cuerpo" which translates to "Why are you going to stain your body?" and if I got a tattoo without her permission, she wouldn't be very happy. But she told me I could get one once I'm 22, because she wants to see if me wanting a tattoo is a phase, which is a fair compromise. I don't like that tattoos are judged upon because it's not your body it's theirs. Sure to some it's disturbing but it's their body in the end, and everybody has a right to their body, as long as they don't hurt themselves in a negative way. I think tattoos are cool and should be appreciated, tattoos are art, just as much as those on the walls.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Whole Ball of Wax by Jerry Saltz

Genesis Romero

The Whole Ball of Wax by Jerry Saltz Reflection

          To me, Art is a painting on the wall of a museum, or a sculpture down town, but in reality art can be anything. A poem, spoken word, and even makeup. I agree that Art can change the world through other people and not necessarily by it's self. It takes a certain eye and person to appreciate and understand the art and the message is trying to represent. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people who understand art completely (unless its really straight forward),but I enjoy seeing art and pondering in my own thoughts and emotions. Through these experiences, this is where people get inspired to change themselves, their community, and the world.