Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sticky Situation

1. Explain how you developed your ideas for "Sticky Situation" First I just started writing down the first sticky items that came to my head when I thought of the theme, things such as gum, honey, and maple syrup. I also tried to think of ideas that weren't as literal, such as being chased by a wild animal or falling from an airplane without a parachute, but I didn't like those ideas that much. 
2. Were you able to think outside the box when you were thinking about ideas? I thought outside the box with some of my ideas, such as being chased by a wild animal, but the idea I ended up picking wasn't too creative. But I think I made it unique by the layout I chose and the colors I used. 
3. You were to incorporate repetition, rhythm or pattern. How did you accomplish this? I created repetition by adding honey bees around the jar of honey. Originally I was just going to paint the jar, but I realized I needed to create repetition so I added bees around the top of the jar and so I think it added repetition and turned out nicely. 
4. Describe your choice of media (acrylic, watercolor) and your challenges and successes while using it. I choose acrylic for my media because I decided it would give me a more variety of colors. Also, I have more experience with acrylic paint so I figured I could use that to my advantage. I had trouble creating the same color twice, such as when I was painting the purple background and I ran out of paint, so I had trouble recreating the same purple. One success I had was being able to blend the colors of the honey jar.
5. How important were the mini lessons to the success of your final product? The mini lessons helped me decide which type of media I wanted to use, acrylic or watercolor and also which one I was more successful with. It also gave me practice with creating value so that I could apply it to the painting once I started it. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Up Close and Personal

1. Upclose and Personal was our theme. How did you develop your ideas for this project and why did you choose your subject? I developed my ideas for this project by thinking of things that I could draw and add emphasis and detail to. I choose to do a butterfly so that i could focus on the color/medium and creating different shades.
2. How did you demonstrate Emphasis in your work? I demonstrated emphasis in my work by paying close attention to the value of the colors in the butterfly's wing.
3. What medium did you decide to use and why did you choose this medium over the others? Discuss how it enhances your piece. I choose colored pencil as my medium because I felt it best suited what I was drawing. It would have been difficult to use chalk/pastel in such small places, but with colored pencils I could make it work.
We encourage risk taking in art. Risk taking can be as simple as trying a new technique or learning about a new medium to as complex as trying something totally new.
4.. Did you take any risks with this project? Explain. I sort of took a risk in this project by using the color black. Black is normally not used when drawing/coloring pictures of nature, but I took this risk because I thought it would make the orange/yellows show.

5. Of the 5 characteristics of great art (technique, concept, emotion, new, medium) which did you include in your art? Of the 5 characteristics of great art, I choose to include medium in my art and focus on that by using the colored pencils and value.