Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Esao Andrews The First Day
18" x 24" oil on wood 2011

Esao Andrew's paintings are usually characterized as surreal, gothic, or grotesque, and also tend to invoke emotion very well. For me this painting gives me a sense of mysteriousness and perplexity. The hot air balloons are contrasted and made to stand out more by the white and the blue of the hot air balloon against the dark orangey-yellowish color of the clouds. The smaller balloon is put in place to provide asymmetry, and the position of the flags suggests the hot air balloon in motion. Overall I think this is an amazing painting by a very talented artist.

-Andrew Chen

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

Georgia on My Mind

"I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me - shapes and ideas so near to me - so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn't occurred to me to put them down."

The first paper I ever wrote was about Georgia O'Keeffe. I was drown to her flat landscapes, overlaid in masculine skulls contrasted with feminine flowers. I always assumed that her talent just transcends human ability, so I was somewhat pleased to discover most of her paintings were done in complimentary colors. It's reassuring she has to rely on the fundamentals like the rest of us. The blue shade in the mountains works so well with the orange earth tucked into it.

I went to Georgia's home in New Mexico last summer and saw this mesa she frequently painted. She wrote in a letter at one point that she thought if she painted it enough, God would give it to her.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Yellow Red Blue- Wassily Kandinsky

This is "Yellow Red Blue" by Kandinsky. I chose this painting because it demonstrates the primary and secondary colors very well to create an abstracts work. The painting itself is abstract but shows the mixing of the primary colors, which make the others presented in the painting.    -Joshua Dodd

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Chair Man (Red Interior) "Primary Colors"

This is a painting by Guy Phillips. Its a man sitting in a chair that is presented in using only primary colors. As discussed in class, primary colors consist of red, blue, and yellow and make up the rest of the color wheel if mixed together. The artist added black and white to add depth and seperation of the colors in the painting.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"Split Complementary Colors"
by Bev Larson

This is just a simple purple glass and beads, juxtaposed with what seem to be yellow apples or rather yellow fruit, all on a yellow table. As discussed in class, yellow and purple are complementary colors. Not only are the objects in the photo complimentary colors, but the wall behind the objects is painted with yellows and purples to further push the complementary color subject.

- Taylor