Friday, September 30, 2011

rule of thirds in modern art

The rule of thirds highlights certain aspects of images and allows the viewer to move around the piece of art without having to focus on one part. In De Chirico's oil painting, The Soothsayer's Recompense, the rule of thirds is apparent but important to the structure of the painting. Although the statue may be the main figure, it is still off to the the side and lies on one of the main focal points indicating some importance. This allows the viewer to look further into the background and foreground and give it a sense of depth. I believe the layout makes the painting more interesting and makes me question what the artist was trying to portray by having the statue there is the first place.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sir Zhang Xiaogang

Zhang Xiaogang is currently one of the top selling artists. I wanted to note his use of color...We spoke often of the color popping out in an image...But what does that color indicate? What does it mean? Zhang bases this piece from photos taken at the cultural revolution. Zhang bases his work on family: immediate, extended and societal. Check him out!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Color Harmony

acrylic paint
artist St. Vincent Scarpace

This painting shows a good example of color harmony, especially in the eye of the fish.

Looking closely at the area surrounding the eye, you can see a very interesting relationship between all of the colors that were used. They all seem to blend together with ease which is exactly what colors exhibit when there's harmony between them. I want to say the artist used a square color scheme for the eye, using shades of green, blue, yellow, and red. I really enjoy looking at the yellow/red part of the eye. It makes me feel like I definitely don't want to know what's inside the fish's mind since it has that black hole effect going on, targeting all of my attention to the white circle.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

emotional colors

Colorful Sunsets - Original Oil Paintings, by Gina De Gorna

everyone can picture their ideal sun set, and this painting is the only one that has come close to mine. when i look at this painting the closer cool blues create a sense of calm serenity, while it encompasses the red, and orange glow of the sun. with the sun setting in the background, its hard not to tie the colors of the setting sun with deeper personal emotions, like love. because it's a sunset the center focus doesn't need to be completely in the center, giving more room for the sky to breath. someday i wish i could share a similar sunset with the girl i care the most about.

Friday, September 23, 2011


I think this photograph by Rahmat Mulyono is a prime example of using perspective to produce a unique image that is interesting to look at and evokes a response. In this case, the photographer turned the camera upside-down and took the photo at such an angle that he was able to create a very different perspective of what the average passerby might just see as a man riding his bike. The photo creates a mystifying sense of wonder that would likely be very unachievable at an average straight-on angle of someone riding their bike.

Color & Composition

     This picture is called Holding Back the Flood by Daniel Conway. Cooler colors are arranged around the top edge and the bottom edges. Toward the middle of the picture where the warm and cool colors meet, it "sparks" a fire, which is really cool in my opinion! If you look down at the pebble pathway, there are also warm colors which makes the pathway look pretty hot to walk on. However, On the bottom right corner near the pathway is a cool windy, wispy looking object (perhaps paper??), which makes it appear to be "cooling the pathway down" a little. The two female figures (wrapped in cool colors) appear to be a calmness in the midst of naturistic mayhem. 

Art is a divine thing. It can only be rightly expressed if opposed, to bring out its inner beauty that lies behind.

Art is one of the sources through which the soul expresses itself and inspires others. But to express art thoroughly, one must have the inner emotions opened thoroughly. (Meher Baba)

To look at art and not feel something on an emotional level is quite impossible. Art is a direct communication between man and man without relying upon words. To use art simply for aesthetics is quite a shame. One of my favorite painters of the 20th century. His work has a great emotional impact on the viewer.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Madonna and Child

Veneziano was active in Venice, Padua, Vicenza, Bologna, Imola and Udine. He was the most celebrated Venetian painter of the second half of the 15th century. Veneziano’s style features elements derived from Gothic art. He also included motifs derived from first-hand observation and real life, which was innovative within the context of Venetian art, and in general his paintings reveal a particular interest emphasizing the relationships between the sweet, gentle figures.

This is what we see in his painting
"Madonna and Child". He used oil on canvas which was very different from what the artists of 14th, 15th century were using; fresco style was widely used in that era. His depiction of Madonna and Child also differs from the Cimabue and few other earlier painters who painted Madonna with saints, angels, and prophets. In this painting Madonna is very colorful and lively figure as opposed to the ones painted before. Also the figures in this painting are in motion and have depth, which was unlikely to find in the earlier byzantine and Italian style. Those earlier figures were stiff, very frontal and not so colorful. His different style makes him stand out and i like his motion and use of colors in his paintings.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Massacio's "Holy Trinity" - Perspective

This is Massacio's "Holy Trinity". This fresco is one of the first known pieces of work to utilize a one-point perspective to create a sense of depth within the work. The perspective gives you a sense that the subject is deep in the space and the base of the fresco appears protrude out towards the viewer and helps integrate the viewer into the scene. The fresco also appears to look like more of a sculpture than a painting. This effect works well because the fresco is built into a church in a more confined space that would not be conducive for the environment. I feel that this piece is an excellent early example of perspective in art.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Bill Brandt, Nude


This photograph is pretty straight forward, Brant shot this image from an unusual angle creating a unique and dynamic composition which elongates and accentuates the figures form. Had this image been taken "snap shot" style it would have not created the same visual effect and would have lacked in visual aesthetics.

Piet Mondrain, Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow

Composition and Color

Piet Mondrain, Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow

Mondrain believed in pure "plastic" art (where plastic refers to the formal values of art...the elements of design). He believed that the expression of pure plastics expressed universal reality and that art had polar coexistent goals. By this point in time he had limited his work to express the formal values (three primary colors: red, yellow and blue, three primary values: black, white and grey, and two primary directions: vertical and horizontal). These formal elements were what he used to create harmonious compositions which he used to symbolize/reflect the underlying duality of the universe.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Rule of Thirds - In Perspective

I have chosen someone who I would consider an artist, my InDesign teacher, Hudson. He always harps on the "Rule of Thirds", and I definitely believe it is a great thing to keep in mind during our perspective project. The Rule of Thirds is the splitting up of a piece of paper (or whatever you may be using), into thirds. The lines intersecting create "power points". These power points are where the eyes are automatically drawn to when looking at a piece of art. The empty space in the middle of the squares are called the "weak" spots, especially in the very center of the page. I think that this is important to keep in mind, especially when working with our perspective stamps in order to create more interesting designs.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Passport Stamps

I like to investigate the stamps I get on my passport and see the difference between them. Some can be surprisingly intricate. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Cut Ups

How you deal with your space on a flat surface has a great deal to do with two dimensional design. Different compositions have been discussed this week and it is interesting to me how one can use a 7x7 square and a stamp to evoke a sense of motion or emptiness or anything else for that matter. William Burrough's "cut up method has always been interesting to me. He uses various pieces of art to create one simple composition. He alters the intentionality of the original artist to create a new work. Check him out here: it!

or here is a piece:


this is a photo called "cross roads" by, an artist named aeioux, i find it interesting that the moment you change your perspective , even if its just looking up at the sky, you can seen a new part of the world that you never knew existed

Sunday, September 4, 2011

This piece is by Bao Pham, who goes by the online name of thienbao. I thought this would be an interesting image to share as it displays a wide spectrum of red tints and shades. It's got a beautiful movement and flow and the subject really pops! The artist has a lot of unique works, I suggest checking him out.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Color Genius

Mr. Frank Stella is one of my favorite artists. He uses simple shapes and geometric forms to create something that is rather beautiful. Here is uses of color is rather genius and works entirely too well for me to comprehend. He uses very precise clean lines with the addition of intriguing colors to form dynamic works of art. I highly suggest checking out some of his other works if you haven't already!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Green Marilyn - 1962 - Andy Warhol

I have selected this piece of art by Andy Warhol titled "Green Marilyn" There are many variations of this picture as there are so many different varieties of colors. Andy Warhol is known worldwide for his pop art, and this is a prime example. This painting relates directly to our class based on color. Many of his paintings, especially this particular one, demonstrates his use in using the CMYK colorwheel rather than the RYB color wheel. I believe it displays almost every single color from the CMYK color wheel, which I find interesting because they are bright and bold rather than the normal primary colors you usually see in artwork!