Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Data Visualization Video

Drawings and visualization has been used throughout time and has become more intricate.  Humans used to draw maps in stone to draw information from them and we continue to do so, but it has become much more developed, for example Google Maps.  The history of Visualization is essentially the history of Science.  Galileo saw sun spots through his telescope and put his visions in a drawing to express his findings to others.  There are a few principles in Visualization.  This includes you, the reader, and the actual data.  Using shapes, colors, and designs will influence what the brain sees and the emotions the drawings cause.  This is very useful.  An author and convey complicated data through a simple visual image that allows anyone to understand it.  Data Visualization has always been associated with the development of society and it will continue to be there.

Friday, March 3, 2017

BMA Drawings

 "Still Life with Pitcher and Plate" by Felix Vallotton

 "Basket of Fruit" by Pierre Bonnard


 "Landscape of Beaucaire, near Provence" by John D. Graham


Sunday, February 26, 2017

White Objects



I chose three white items to examine: drawing paper, printer paper, and a tissue.  On the top, I had a lamp on next to the items.  On the bottom, I just used sunlight.  It is easier to see the difference in color with the lamp light.  This may be because the light gives off a yellow vibe.  The printer paper is the most clean in regards to being white.  The drawing paper appears to be a little yellow.  Lastly, the tissue is in the middle in regards to color.  This may be because it is also very thin.  The sizes and textures of the objects do play a role in how white they are.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Ways of Seeing

First Insight
One line that really stood out to me was "The way we see things is affected by what we know or what we believe".  This affects are to a great deal.  The article gave the example that fire in the Middle Ages probably meant something different to what fire means to us today.  Art is the same way.  The things that people saw and experienced in the past are drastically different than what we know today.  For example, in the 15th century Da Vinci's painting of the Last Supper probably had a very different meaning.  Maybe at that time people were more or less religious.  There are many factors.  This also makes art very unique.  Every person has seen different things in their lifetime, so everyone gets a different message out of a painting or drawing.  This makes art timeless.

Second Insight
It never occurred to me that the camera had such a strong influence on art, particularly paintings.  In the past, a painting in a building often captured the atmosphere and represented the individuality of the building.  Having a beautiful painting made a person very proud.  The reason for this is that there was only one of the painting.  The only place that piece of art could be seen was in that building.  The camera changed this forever.  The camera was able to capture an image and reproduce it.  This allows the image to be seen by everyone and everywhere.  The uniqueness of that painting and the building is gone, "Because of the camera, the painting now travels to the spectator rather than the spectator to the painting".  The invention of the camera allowed the works of artists to be seen by many more people which is good, but it also diminished how much people appreciate art because it can be found so easily.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Trip to Baltimore Museum of Art

 Last week we went to the Baltimore Museum of Art.  We were able to look at real art up close instead of a picture on the computer screen.  This allowed us to view the details that can not be truly appreciated on the computer screen.  Two examples of this are the brush marks that artists use and the pure size of the actual painting.  Viewing art in person is much more fulfilling than just scrolling through pictures on the internet
    While we toured the museum, we were asked to pick three works of art that we liked the most.  The three I chose were: "Still Life with Pitcher and Plate" by Felix Vallotton, "Basket of Fruit" by Pierre Bonnard, and "Landscape of Beaucaire, near Provence" by John D. Graham.  My personal favorite was "Landscape of Beaucaire, near Provence" for many reasons.  The two main reasons were because the colors were very vibrant and full.  It made the image really pop out and I enjoyed that.  Also, the use of shadows.  I was memorized at how the artist utilized darker colors and angles to make the image of a shadow.  I know many artists do this, but this just stuck out to me.