Tuesday, November 26, 2013
This is by artist Bryan Lewis Saunders He conducted a very cool experiment over the course of 45 days he took different drugs and each day he would make a new self portrait the top one is done on abilify and the bottom on huffing lighter fluid please enjoy caution we do not endorse a lot of drug use but some never hurt
Friday, November 22, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
I chose this picture because I liked the unique way he did a portrait. His usage of color is really interesting as well as all the layers of color . The way he did the eyes was also very interesting because they're the least realistic part.
Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening
Oil on canvas
This long titled painting is shortened to Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee. If I could rename this rather long-titled piece, I would change it to Acid Trip. There are so many different things going on in this painting. Theres an open pomegranate with a fish coming out of it. That fish is eating a tiger. That tiger's friend is jumping at a gun that is about to be stabbed into the floating woman on an edge. And then there is a random long legged elephant sailboat in the background? I'm confused, but everything is very well done. Although I am thoroughly tripped out by this painting, I enjoy it and find it insanely interesting.
I just found this painting, as well as other paintings by Estes mesmerizing. He is a photo realist painter, so absolutely everything he paints looks so incredibly real that a person would think it's a photograph. He also has many paintings of the subway (which were rather tricky to find online). My favorite part about this one was how strong the reflections are.
This is Sam Taylor Woods' XV Seconds, done in 2000. It is the installation for the facade of Selfridges in London. This piece of work was said to be "the worlds largest photograph." I chose to use it for my blog because I really liked how there is this focal point in the picture. As an observer it allows you to easily view what the artist was trying to emphasize or show. I also found this picture an interesting work of realism. I appreciate the realistic qualities to pictures and that is why I found this photograph stimulating. The timing of the photograph impacts the outcome. If the photo was taken during the day then there would not be individual lights on the building to emphasize its beauty. This was clever on the artists' part. It is amazing to think that the time of day could have changed the complete outcome of the picture.
Caspar David Friedrich
I chose this painting this week because I didn't know this painting even existed until this week. I like the use of the foreground and the background and how the main subject is clearer than the background. I also like the use of more earth colors and neutral colors. It has sort of a muted tone and its one of those paintings that makes you appreciate the whole work. I also like how its like we are almost standing behind, so the point of view is really interesting.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The Old King
Georges Rouault worked as part of the fauves movement for a brief time and has characteristics such as expressive brushwork and glowing color. Rouault's' difference from the fauvists were that he painted canvases that were filled with pain and suffering. As a youth Rouault apprenticed with a stained glass maker. His works often were characterized by outlines in black, similar to stained glass windows. I like this painting because it reminds me of stained glass and I think that the black lines make a statement.
Oil on canvas
Known as Constable's "most famous image," I found this painting to be beautiful at first glance. I love how he avoided using extremely bright colors, focusing specifically on earth tones to really capture the time of day while giving it a very realistic look. Here, Constable uses accents of red to introduce balance and color throughout this predominantly green landscape. Whether looking at the center of the image or the outer edges, you will see and appreciate Constable's great detail.
Friday, November 15, 2013
I liked this picture because I have never seen anything like it before. It reminds me of an Alice in Wonderland kind of picture. It is actually Oscar Wilde's play Salome that was originally published in French in 1893, that is the reason why the quote on the flier is in French. The saying on the picture says, "I kiss your lips Jonathan." There is also blood dripping down from the of what looks like a man's head and a woman is holding up the head to kiss it. It looks as if she had to kill in order to kiss this man that she is holding. Also it looks as if the head is connected to the flower that is below it. This is his original photo and the next photo that he made that is identical has got green water colors incorporated into it.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Still Life with Skull
I choose this painting because I like Cezanne's style. I think the contrast between the warm colors in the front and the dark background make an interesting composition. I also like the white sheet in the corner, it draws the eye in and looks very realistic. I like the brushstrokes that Cezanne uses and the different shades of dark in the background. I also really enjoy that he uses a skull among the fruit. I think it juxtaposes the ideas of life with the fruit and death with the skull.
I chose to analyze Paul Cezanne's Still-Life with Apples, Bottle, Glass, and Chair, completed between 1904 and 1906. The picture is graphite and water color on paper. It portrays these" imaginary lines' or lines that should form an outline, but do not join up. Cezanne successfully displays implied lines and makes the brains of those who look at the picture join the lines and fill in the gaps. It chose this picture for that very reason. It amazed me how a painter could create something that makes the interpreter "fill in the gaps" and join the lines. Cezanne uses soft edges to help connect the objects in the picture. Value is another element used in the picture. Darker colors are used to show shadows on the table.