Friday, May 6, 2011

Big Idea Final





for my big idea i decided to make a willow tree that represents me.
for the base i bought, cut, and screwed together the whole thing. i cut a hole in the center for a light to be mounted. i used a belt sander to curve all of the edges of my base then stained it. For the trunk of my tree I used metal rod that i bent and covered in material then covered them with vines. For the leaves i sewed a sheer material with a none sheer material and left the thread hanging. 
leaves= there is a leaf for every season i have been living
vines= me still needing support
nails= what i try to build myself up to be
fortunes= what i really am
thread= a womanly duty and shows imperfections

Friday, April 29, 2011

Painting Survey lecture assignment

komar and melamid...
What is your favorite color?
Green
How important is the appearance or design of the following products in your decision to purchase the product?
new car:   somewhat      
underwear:   somewhat      
tv set:        somewhat      
winter coat:       very 
What is your 2nd favorite color?
Purple/Violet
"When you select pictures, photographs, or other pieces of art for your home, do you find you lean more toward modern or more toward traditional styles?"
modern

"If you had to choose from the following list, which type of art would you say you prefer?"

African

Which of the following statements applies to you more?
"When choosing pictures, photographs, or other art for my home, I usually try to select pieces that fit into the general decor of my home"
Would you say you prefer older objects or newer objects to collect or decorate you home?
older objects

"Would you say that you prefer seing paintings of wild animals, like lions, giraffes, or deer, or that you prefer seeing paintings of domestic animals, like dogs, cats or other pets?"
wild animals

"In general, would you rather see paintings of outdoor scenes or would you rather see paintings of indoor scenes?"

indoors
Which of the following outdoor scenes appeals to you the most?
Paintings of:

fields & rural scenes

Which season would you most like to see depicted in a painting?

spring
fall
Which of the following types of indoor scenes appeals to you most?
still life paintings of/domestic scenes with:
people

Do you tend to prefer paintings that are related to religion or those that are not related to religion?
Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

"Paintings don't necessarily have to teach us any lessons, but can just be something a person likes to look at."
Which of the following statements is closest to your view?
"I prefer paintings that are realistic-looking: the more they resemble a photograph, the better"

"Do you prefer paintings that exaggerate the dimensions or reality of objects we already know, or ones that feature imaginary objects which have no connection to everyday life?"
exaggerated dimensions

"Do you prefer seeing bold, stark designs or more playful, whimsical designs?"
whimsical
Do you tend to favor paintings with sharp angles or ones with soft curves?
soft curves
"Which patterns do you like better: geometric patterns or more random uneven patterns?"
geometric patterns
"Do you like to see expressive brush-strokes on the canvas, or do you prefer that the surface of the canvas be smooth, more like a photograph?"
expressive but smooth

Do you like to see colors blend into each other or do you like it when different colors are kept apart?
extremely blended

"Every color has a wide range of shades. Take the color blue, for example. An artist can use a bright, vibrant shade of blue, like a royal blue, a pale, muted shade of blue, like light blue, or a darker tone of blue, like dark or midnight blue. In general, which would you say that you prefer? when the artist uses more vibrant shades, paler shades, or darker shades of color?"
darker shades
"In general, do you enjoy paintings that have a more serious or a more festive mood?"
serious

"And how about the painting itself - do you like it to be busy and contain lots of people or objects, or do you like it to be as simple as possible?"
either one


How about the size of paintings: do you prefer larger paintings or smaller paintings?
larger

dishwasher size
full-size refridgerator
full wall
"19"" television"
a magazine
paperback book
"Some paintings are of famous historical figures and others are of more ordinary people. Do you generally prefer paintings of famous people, or ones of more ordinary paintings."
ordinary people

"If you prefer famous people, do you prefer figures from a long time ago, like Lincoln or Jesus, or more recent figures, like John F. Kennedy or Elvis Presley?"
n/a

"Do you prefer paintings which are predominantly of children, of women, or of men, or doesn't it matter?"
"Thinking back to the paintings of people that you have like in the past, for the most part were  the figure working, at leisure, or were they posed portraits?"
posed portraits

"Which do you think you like better, a painting of one person or of a group of people?"
doesn't matter


"And from what you've seen, would you say that you prefer paintings in which the person or people are nude, partially clothed or fully clothed?"
doesn't matter

If you were given the choice of a gift - a sum of money or a piece of art that you genuinely like and which was of equal value to the money, which would you choose?
art worth same amount of money
Which one of the following would be most important to you in deciding how much money you would spend on a painting?

whether you think it will increase in value
What is the most amount of money you would consider spending on a piece of art you really like?
doesn't matter how much hypothetically I would spend however much it was if i wanted it

"For each of the following names, indicate if your impressions of that artist's work are very favorable, favorable, or very unfavorable. Some of these artists are not very well known, so if you have never heard of someone, or don't know enough about their work to have an opinion, just say so."
Pablo Picasso very unfav
Norman Rockwell favorable
Jackson Pollock very unfav
Salvador Dali very fav
Leroy Neiman didn't know of but when i looked him up i didnt like him
Claude Monet favorable
Rembrandt favorable
Andy Warhol favoralbe
Georgia O'Keefe unfavorable
"If you could pick one type of person you'd most enjoy having dinner with, would you choose an artist, a television or movie actor, an author, or a sports star?"
author
"How often, on average, would you say that you go to art museums - more than two times a year, one or two times a year, less than once a year, or not at all?
one or two times a year

The following are some reasons people have given in the past as to why they do not go to art museums more often. For each reason, please tell whether it is a major reason why you do not go to musuems more often, a minor reason, or not a reason at all:
1. there is not an art museum in my area:    minor   
2. I do not have enough spare time:   minor   
3. I don't feel comfortable in art museums because I don't know alot about art:    not a reason
4. the cost of admission is too expensive: major  
5. I simply don't enjoy looking at art:  not a reason
Would you favor or oppose spending more money in federal taxes than we do on the arts?
oppose
Some works of art are displayed in public places. Do you think that average citizens should or should not have a say in determining which works of art are appropriate to be displayed in public?
peoples choice
"When it comes to most political issues, do you think of yourself as a liberal, a conservative, or a moderate? If moderate, do you think of yourself as being closer to being liberal or being conservative?"
moderate closer to liberal
Which of the following income categories includes your total family income in 1992 before taxes?
50,000 or a little less
What is your gender?
female

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Inflatopia - jellyfish



Our inflatopia went very well we got our jelly up and running before anyone else and had no problems other than the wind being a little harsh. Inside of our jellyfish we had a small treasure chest covered in a fishing net, several bricks cover in tinfoil to go along with the treasure idea they also help keep our jelly in place, and bubbles to blow while inside. There was a vent hole at the top of our inflatable to allow some air to escape so when we shut the door it wouldn't bust or fly away.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Val's color project


in this piece i wish i would 
have added darker shades to the shadows of the trees.
in this piece wish i would    
have added more depth by building up the tree that is
closest to the viewer.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

identity essentials





I used the body as a Container of thoughts and soul. These tattoos
are meaningful and they show the thoughts and in a way the 
soul of the owner. The ink is contained in the skin forever.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

mark making piece...



materials:
-feathers
-hot glue
-black wire
-old suitcase
-christmas lights


This piece was about conformity and my journey to find my voice. I got an A-...




metaphor project

For my metaphor project I used a broken light bulb to represent how it is for my to try to recall memories. I used an oddly shaped piece of firewood I saved for art, copper from the cord to the old light, a broken light bulb and the cord of course. I stripped some of the wire and put the copper in the groves of the wood so it wasn't just a piece of wood. then i wrapped the cord of the light bulb around the wood and hung it from the wall.

pics to come...