Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Gluttney, Lust, and Wrath

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


The sketch below is the sin wrath using complementary colors of violet and yellow.

This sketch is the sin of lust with complementary colors of orange and blue.

This is the sin of gluttony using complementary colors of red and green.

Together they make this tryptich with a tint of blue in each as a common color.

Monday, November 26, 2007

final - part 1

I chose to do the film Lust Caution directed by Yee Ange for the sin of lust. This movie have a great color palette of many flesh tones and also prussian blue from a dress the lead character wears.

The next film i choose to use in my project is Tideland by Terry Gilliam. This film represents gluttony. In this film a 9 year old girl is taken to an old and dirty farmhouse to live with her dad. The dad soon dies from an overdose and the girl is left to frolic in the house. She finds escape in the wonderful lush orange/yellow meadow outside her doorstep and the large cloudless blue sky. She is comforted by her doll heads which she keeps on her fingers.

The last Film i choose represents wrath. This film is called

Wednesday, November 14, 2007



Below is the dancer by andrea derain. The original is the third one down. The one just below this paragraph is the painting with different colors from photo shop.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


Urban what?

Texture can be touched or have the illusion of touch depending on the way the artist manipulates the visual elements. This collage has actual and simulated texture. Simulated texture can be seen in the bottom right side which shows an iguana's tail The image may look bumpy but is actually smooth. Thus it simulates reality.

Invented texture are created when various media overlap or react on the surface of the paper or fabric which has an actual texture. Here the silver paint and the sticks and paper overlap giving us invented texture.

I really enjoyed making this collage. I used mod podge as an adhesive. Some of the visual elements used were found on the streets of my neighborhood. I also used oil paint. If you look at the top of the painting you will see "fluffy white clouds" that is actually the white stuff you find in a milk pod.

Thursday, November 1, 2007



This is an oil painting on wood i did for the value project.

For This assignment i choose singer songwriter Gary Jules' song Mad World. I choose this song to convey a mood of sadness, happiness, and contemplation. I believe the song has sad and depressing parts but also happy and uplifting parts. I did the painting while listening to this song over and over again. I had a bad headache while doing the first parts of this painting. I was able to finish the painting without a headache.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

ICA - Dumas and Bourgeois

The image at the top is called Spiral Women by artist Louise Bourgeois. It is bronze with a black slate disc at the bottom. Bourgeois was born in Paris in 1911 and in her early career as an artist she was an engraver and painter. From the 1940's on she mainly did sculptural work out of bronze, fabric, and wood. She was influence by the surrealists and memories of her childhood.

The next image is titled The Messengers by artist Marlene Dumas. Dumas is from South Africa and now resides in Amsterdam. She is well know for painting "explicit" watercolor nudes of adults and children. Two other paintings in this piece are missing and i was unable to find images of them on the web. Below is a sketch i did of the third skeleton image and the spiral woman.

In viewing the two works i notice lots of similarities and differences in their use of shape. Both images are plastic because the have depth. Dumas Has lots of implied shape in her work (positive and negative space not intentionally created by the artist). Bourgeois' uses biomorphic shapes (organic). The way each artist organized shape helped them both achieve great emotional effects.

Both works use the figure as subject matter. For Bourgeois it is more abstract and is the outside of the figure. Dumas depicts the actual inside skeletal parts of the figure with also images of children who are not skeletons.

Both paintings are inspired from very personal experiences, thoughts, and feelings. Dumas did her painting while pregnant. She said the painting was about fear of bringing another being into the world. Thus, the inspiration was derived from thoughts having to do with the future. Bourgeois's sculpture inspiration came from her childhood memories. They are both similar in that both works are derived from an internal personal experience individual to each artist. Each work has an emotionality and mystery to it. Each piece makes the viewer think about what it may be about.

The spiral and the skeleton have great spacial aspects. The spiral goes on and on forever and the image of a skeleton reminds one of oncoming death.

The way each artist used scale is interesting. Bourgeois hangs her spiral woman in mid-air about 5 feet above a black disc. The space between the disc and the spiral woman is simple but powerful. Because the spiral woman is so much smaller than the large black disc she stands out more. The color of the spiral woman also contrasts with the disc causing it to come to life more. The circle shape of the disc has harmony and unity with the circular pattern of the spiral women. The Messengers are all painted on large rectangular canvas. Dumas has 4 separate paintings lined up in a row to view. The first three are of a skeleton and the last is of a naked female child. The images are life size unlike Louise's Spiral Woman.

The Focal point in the Messengers are the skeletons. Unlike Louise's open presentation the skeletons are boxed in with long vertical and horizontal lines on the left and right side of the canvas. This creates a certain tension that forces the eyes gaze back to the skeleton.

Both artists have similar use of curvular shapes in their pieces. One can see strange rings around the skeletons arms and legs. These curvy shapes can be seen in the ribcage of the skeletons. The use of curvy shapes helps both artists create harmony in each work.

The formal elements are also very similar in that both lead the eye in an up and down motion. In the Spiral Woman one starts attending to the spiral and the eyes gaze eventually drops down to the disc and then back up to the spiral. The Messengers is similar as the eyes gaze is forced to view the work in the up and down motion because of the rectangle canvas it was created on.