Thursday, June 5, 2014

Art Journaling

My art journaling assignments were:
1) Darkness
2) A trip you took to somewhere

Land Art

Emma, Hannah, and I all wove flowers and various plants in to a tiara for our Land Art Project.

When did you step back and analyze you work during this project? 
After nearly every flower placement, Emma&Hannah had to stop and be sure it wasnt going to fall off and bring the whole thing down with it.  We ended having to stop and completely start over with a new tiara at one point because the other one was so destroyed. Some flowers and leaves had to be replaced since they were falling down, which took some time.

Did you consider how ideas would work before you tried them?
Emma had originally tried to create the circle (the foundation of the tiara) from a different branch of some kind of plant (sorry I know nothing at all about plants..) and tie them together with a hair tie.  This quickly failed, and we used thicker, longer weeds as the base for the crown.  We ended up having to both wrap my hair around that base and stick the flowers around my ears to get them all to stay in place.  

Did you find inspiration from another artist or culture?
I do not know where Emma came up with the idea of a flower crown, I suspect she just knew she had roses/flowers in her yard and had seen the idea somewhere.

Did you use technology as a tool?
Except to take pictures, the only non-naturey thing we used were the hair ties and the flower cutter scissors that Emma used to cut off weeds/flowers from their plants.
Did you participate as an art community member?
Being the model there was not much I was able to do except be poked with plants...but I was able to catch all of the flowers that fell and do my best to not be stabbed with the thorns.  I helped to keep the crown from sliding completely off and helped adjust the flowers when necessary.


For my project, I am curling ombre-colored paper in to wearable jewelry.   The twisted paper is meant to represent life, and as life goes on it gets more and more twisted. This is also represented in the color, with life getting darker and more twisted, so the bottom is continually darker than the top.

After making and attaching the earrings, I used a clear-drying glue and added sparkles (I think embossing powder?) I used white powder on the top 2/3 of the spiral, and a dark blue powder on the last 1/3 which was black.

1.How did you use your own unique ideas?

Originally, I hadn't wanted to do wearable art. But, once I got an idea I liked, I wanted a way to make them. A necklace would look weird, a bracelet would likely come undone.  Earrings would be perfect.  A small spiral would be more likely to hold the shape, and they would be easy to get the wire around. The ombré and and ombré glitter were my idea. 

Did you use a source for inspiration, then combine it with your own ideas to make it original?
The idea of spiraled paper was mentioned to me by Emma-all I needed was a story to go with it. I chose to make the spiraled paper in to jewelry (wearable art) rather than relief art. 

Did you ask another student for feedback during your work process?
The idea itself came from Emma, and I got her feedback throughout the process.  I even had her try them on to see how they actually looked on, and made adjustments (mostly referring to the wire) after seeing them realistically. 
Did someone help you understand important information or inspire you?
The idea still came from Emma, but no, no one really explained any part of the project to me.  Most of the time I was explaining the project to them! Clearly, you cant really "see" the message, but I still like them at least by appearance, even if the message isnt evident.  

Thursday, May 8, 2014


Michael Smith, shibori, living and dyes his art in Asheville, NC.

ruanna and 2 layer skirt

Michael Smith makes shibori here in NC, and hand-dyes each of his pieces.  Each of his pieces are made one-at-a-time and are one-of-a-kid.  As far as technique, he uses the 5 basic techniques for shibori.  The first, Miura Shibori, which involves looped binding, which keeps more dye out of the cloth. This effect creates softer patterns.  The second technique, Arashi Shibori, where the cloth is wrapped around a 4-meter pole and then dyed.  The third technique, Kumo, is known as "spider-web shibori".  Nui Shibori, involves the fabric being sewn in to the pattern before dying.  The fifth and final basic technique is Suji Shibori.  The fabric is folded over a rope core before being bound and tied.  

His art is made for retail, and is available on Etsy.  He makes each of pieces individually, and can make the pieces in either silk or cotton.  He has worked under the names of Three Wishes, Chaos, and Mystic Eye, and is now working on getting his works more well-known.  I picked Michael Smith because of the beautiful bright colors in his works.  His designs are all intricate and eye-catching.  He also works right here in NC, making his work more locally known.  


What is this artwork intended to say?
  It is supposed to be a stage, specifically the auditorium at school.  It is meant to be a representation of how the auditorium looks from the perspective of the performer.  Since its not an angle many people see, I wanted to show how it looks on the opposite side of the theatre.

What issues are you examining through your artwork?
All of the doors and lights are quite small, as well as the lights, compared to the size of the stage.  I also had issues with making it look realistic.

How is this artwork about who you are or what you like?
  Im in theatre this semester, and I'm a dancer, so I perform pretty often.  I love to dance, and I am greatly enjoying theatre, so a stage was a good fit for what I like.  I have performed several times for dance and we perform regularly during theatre, so it is a part of me.

How did you use your own unique ideas in your work?
  I added the lights on the side walls that are slowly getting better.  Those lights don't exist in the stage I was drawing, but they are in a movie theatre.  The walls seemed bare, and the ceiling lights were very small, so I added more lighting.

Did you use a source for inspiration, then combine it with your own ideas to make it original?
  Rather than the school stage, I wanted a picture of the Halle stage.  This was the first actual stage I danced on, opposed to performances in our studio, and the stage we usually dance on.  But I was unable to get a picture on-stage at Halle, so I used a picture of our own stage at school to inspire me.  The colors and general shapes all came from the school auditorium.  I originally had intended to have the stage lights all shining so the audience would be much brighter and blurry, but ended up not, despite that the lights were on in the picture.  I altered some of the colors and the shape of the stage to make it more original, and take on its own characteristics.  

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Art History

Megan, Hannah, Judith, and I all chose John's 3 Flags to recreate.

The piece is classified as pre-pop art and was designed to defy traditional art.  In the past, art had always been very realistic and traditional, and did not have a creative element to them.  John's 3-flags has 3 canvases stacked on top of each other, each smaller than the latter.  Traditional flags had 48 stars (at this time) but John's flags have a total of 84 stars visible.  We chose pop art because it would be more modern, with bright colors and easy to recreate ideas, rather than old paintings, with backgrounds and objects that would be harder to recreate.

We all worked on taping the cardboard together in to the shape it needed to be--a large rectangle.  Rather than 3 canvases, we tried to just create the illusion of them being stacked, while being 2-D.  After taping, we took turns helping to draw the lines for the stripes, and Megan labeled the colors they would be.  We all painted the blue section first (on all the flags) then let that dry over night.  The next day we finished drawing the outline for the flags and drew some more stripes on.  Then we all--Well,Judith wasnt here most days, but contributed while she was here--painted the stripes that were labeled.  We moved along down the flag, drawing more stripes when necessary.  When we got towards the bottom of the flags, Hannah and I finished painting the stripes while Megan painted the shadow of the flags and the stars.

While we were doing this project, someone came up with the idea that we should have instead painted the whole canvas with the red and white stripes, then painted ourselves to be the stars.  If we were to do this project again, I probably wouldve wanted to follow through with that idea.  It would have been a more humorous way to incorporate people in to the painting.



I was given the idea of--instead of traditional drawing--cutting out paper to form a picture.  I started by tracing the general shapes of the original photo (#2) by the shade of the shape.  The picture was converted in to 4 different shades and I then traced the shapes formed and numbered them.  The final product looked like the picture combined by a series of shapes (#1).  I then would cut the piece of white paper out shape by shape and by what number it was cut out construction paper of the exact shape. Color 1 was the pale pink color used to show the lightest parts of the picture, like skin.  Color 2 was a light purple, and color 3 was a dark purple.  Color 4 was black which was the background, and showed the darkest parts of the picture, like my black glasses.  I wasnt able to finish this project, but it was starting to look like the original picture!  Picture #3 shows how far I got.  It was great to get an introduction in to using the shades of a color to make shapes to form a bigger picture.  It was a new technique,and I was glad to learn some way of recreating a picture without paint/drawing.  I had cut out shapes to form a picture before, but never thought of tracing an actual picture and creating shapes like this.  I chose the picture (#2) because it is one of my favourite pictures of my best friend and I after a concert we went to.  I would have liked to have been able to finish this project, but I am glad to have at least learned the technique and gotten an idea how to execute it and recreate a picture in a new way.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


First Arabesque: my favorite arabesque!
The last pic is her grabbing her back after the pose, by the way....


How did you use your own unique ideas in your work?

Did you use a source for inspiration, then combine it with your own ideas to make it original?

1) I thought that a ballerina would be an interesting work for the project, since people don't generally think of ballet in any context, but everyone does know what a ballerina is and can recognize a basic picture of one.  I tried to come up with original ideas, though with ballet that is challenging.  I tried to be creative with the tutu by adding the lines and adding zig-zag at the end.

2) I tried to use the following picture as a guide for how to draw the supporting leg, since it clearly shows the angle and turn-out.  I did have to try to adjust it a little to have one foot sideways and in the air, and the other almost straight underneath the dancer.

I used the following picture as a guide for the pose itself:
My drawing had the legs swapped, and the working leg pressed against the dancer more, and with one arm in second position.  I had an incredibly hard time trying to draw the fingers, so eventually I just decided to extend the arms so that the hands were outside of the picture.

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Friday, March 7, 2014


Just to explain: 
Releve: rise (in slang called standing on your toes, though that would be en pointe but whatever...) to rise on to the ball of your foot, where it's hard to balance but a lot of dance moves are on releve. 

My old definition of art: a piece of work, movement, or sound that someone views as creative or beautiful. 

Work is supposed to represent visual arts, movement being dance, and sound being music or instruments.  I still think that is the definition of art, so I don't have a new definition. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Color Project


I did the theme explore referring to exploring the universe. During the space race, Russia and the US were eager to get a man on the moon to prove we had explored beyond the earths atmosphere. To prove we had explored the moon, we put a flag on the moon, so I thought it was imperative to put a flag on the moon.  And with the flag being the only bright object around it, it helps add emphasis to it. I chose to do oil pastels. But I do have had difficulty getting detail in with the oil pastels. 


If I were to redo this project, I would probably redo the moon to make the craters look more realistic. The project turned out better than I thought it would, so I would say its a success. The project did take a while and has little detail, but I am fairly happy with it. In this project I learned that oil pastels are very messy and do not easily come off clothes...

Sunday, February 9, 2014

2 in 1 Project

      Our first art project was a 2 in 1 sketch.  I combined an eye and a flower, because of their similar shapes, with the iris becoming the center of the flower.  The flowers of the petal match eyelashes of an eye.  Also, I thought that the 2 things (an eye and a flower) each beautiful individually, would look very nice together. The theme I was trying to emphasize was the beauty of the 2 objects being beautiful together. 

      I am doing the drawing in graphite on a rectangle paper.  I think that the way I draw works best with pencil, and I love being able to erase any mistakes. The biggest obstacle I have run in to is the drawing itself.  I have never felt that I was good at drawing or shading, and never cared for visual art.  But, I am hoping that after watching tutorials, I will be able to draw the items better. 

     The project is now finished, with graphite on a rectangular paper.  The hardest part for me was trying to draw the shape of the flower petals evenly and realistically, which I would try to do better if done again. I think the most successful part of the sketch was the iris, with all of the detail and shading I tried to put in to it, which I am most proud of.  From this project I learned that you can find some great tutorials online on drawing specific things.