Monday, April 17, 2017

Postmodernism Project Write Up

      The quote I chose was, "It is always the same: once you are liberated, you are forced to ask who you are".  My project displays the thoughts that first came to my mind when reading this quote.  The denotative meaning of my project is focusing on the idea of being liberated.  The printed picture is cut up, but it shows a person being freed from chains.  It also focuses on the main question of being "Who am I?".  There are question marks throughout as well to show that this is a question that is constantly asked.  The paint is very unorganized to show a flood of emotions and thoughts that come with this question.
      The connotative meaning applies more to the paint than the actual picture made in Photoshop.  I used strictly primary colors because I thought these were the most basic and controlling colors.  I wanted to show that this was limiting the creativity and that people have to be "liberated" and try other colors.  Although this may be tough to get, I tried to make this symbolize society because there is a picture and painting that shows a city.  By making this art, I tried to free myself of constantly trying to make everything symmetrical, so that is why the paint is wild.  I tried to live the message my project was sending.

Sunday, April 2, 2017


I like idea the postmodernism is revolutionary and combines a little bit of everything.  This is very appealing because you can always find something new and something that relates to you.  That being said, it is also hard to grasp.  For example, the author described it as having "a new kind of flatness or depthlessness".  If a painting is 2D I find this very hard to understand.  Does the author mean the picture is not as 3D or there is not as much meaning?  This mystery also is appealing because there is never one correct answer.  Postmodernism is confusing, but very interesting.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Shape of Time

I found it very interesting when the reading said, "Times and opportunities differ more than the degree of talent" (6).  I took this as meaning it matters more who you know than what you know and that timing is everything.  This is why the author says it is pointless to compare artists such as Leonardo and Raphael.  They were both skilled in different ways and both achieved this talent in different ways.  I liked that the author said that Bernardino Luini and Giulio Romano were both very talented, they just had the poor luck of entering the art world at a time when the art world was saturated with great artists.  These are two people I have never heard of, yet they are being compared to great painters such as Leonardo and Raphael.  This stood out to me because it gave me hope.  As an unskilled artist, it gave me more motivation to keep striving to improve my work.

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.