Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Do Not Erase

Saturday, April 4, will be the opening of the student exhibition, "Do Not Erase", at Two Rivers Gallery http://tworiversartgallery.com/ in Prince George, from 1pm to 3pm. The work of the Fine Arts students from the College of New Caledonia will be on display in the Galleria for the month of April. If you are in the neighborhood, I would encourage you to visit the gallery at some time during the month, to see the work of the artists from the Fine Arts Certificate program! Artwork will range from pencil and charcoal drawings to acrylic paintings, fabric art and other three-dimensional art. Yours truly has four pieces displayed there.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Women in Art

At our Art History class on Thursday night, our instructor showed us a really fascinating YouTube video which portrays 500 years of portraits of women. It is well worth watching:

Friday, March 27, 2009

Looking Ahead

Well, the semester (and the school year) are almost at an end. There will be some more assignments to post in the next few weeks, as the final projects are completed.

In the meantime, I am looking past the 22nd of April, and starting to plan what comes next. I am thinking of taking the next step in website development and creating a website for posting artwork that is for sale. My plan is to have a website without the pop-up ads that my free website currently has! The only issue at the moment is to come up with a domain name. I had hoped to use my blog name (artbyam) as a domain name, but Amanda-Marie in Denver, Colorado, seems to have beaten me to it. Her website address is artbyam.com. I suppose I could use the .ca version, but people might get lost in Denver when looking for me online. Another alternative that is not yet taken, and yet is very simple, would be amlawrie.com or .ca. Hmmm. What to do....

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Digital Self Portrait

The latest project in Digital Art was to create an expressive self portrait from a photo. Using Adobe Photoshop, we had to separate the photo into the 4 color channels (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black), and replicate what we saw in these channels onto 4 separate pieces of paper (well, OK, we traced what we saw -- but using expressive lines and scribbles). After scanning the resulting images into the computer, we recombined them to create one image -- a portrait of ourselves. With a bit of Photoshop magic, the background came together (still don't know quite exactly what I did!), and voila:

I have to say that I really do like this self portrait. I rushed right out and found a mat and frame to fit it, too! And to think I made it all with words! Only the blue shadows on the face are actually scribbles; the red, yellow and black are words.

Digital Jellyfish

The next project was to use Adobe Photoshop to color a drawing we had made. Since I was working on a big jellyfish wallhanging (pictures coming soon), I decided to keep with the theme and make some digital jellyfish as well. I had seen this trio at the Vancouver Aquarium, and was entranced by the way they glowed orange against a blue background. They spent their days, rising in the water currents and slowly sinking to the bottom of the tank before lifting off again in the stream of bubbles. It was very relaxing to watch them, and I snapped lots of photos (useful reference pieces, if I do say so myself).

Digital Art a la Chan-Schatz

We've had a productive semester in digital art, learning lots about Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, making animations, scanning images, and more. Our first project involved using Illustrator to make "modules" that could be placed on different backgrounds. Our "modules" were to be images you could find under a microscope -- drawn by hand, scanned into the computer, and then re-drawn using vectors in Illustrator. The backgrounds were made separately (also with Illustrator). We then combined modules and backgrounds -- first in our own combinations, and then having people around the school make up new combinations, similar to what Chan Schatz do with their artwork (see the newspaper article about one of their pieces of art: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/05/arts/design/05shee.html?ex=1299214800&en=f9023dc8f4bdfff1&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss).
My module was based off of a larval crab:

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Monotypes and "Found" Images

This project was a fun one -- create random shapes in colors and then "find" images within them which can be brought out with paint, pencils, ink , etc. We first created Monotypes, which involved pouring/spattering/brushing watercolor paint onto a plexiglass sheet, and then laying a piece of rice paper over the sheet and "printing" the paint onto the paper. This created wonderful blobs of color and special effects, depending on how the paper soaked up the paint. Once the paint was dry, we had to look at the blobs and random spatterings and "find" images which could be developed further. I've finished the two "realistic" pieces, and thought I'd post them here. The monotype for the turtle was made on a piece of sketchbook paper, rather than rice paper, and the patterns of the paint that were created when the paper was pulled off of the plexiglass reminded me of the underwater reefs I saw when scuba diving many years ago. My son has claimed this one to add to his turtle collection!

Terrapin (9" x 11.5")

"Toward the Light" is a bit different for me, as it can have all sorts of spiritual meanings, depending on the viewer. That being said, I often see faces and figures in random patterns (spackled ceilings, bark on trees, etc.). The swirls and patterns of paint on this monotype, combined with the bright yellow cloud-like shape in the upper left-hand corner, suggested an ethereal scene for these figures.

"Toward the Light" (11.5" x 9")

Now I need to peruse my other monotypes and develop two of them into abstract pieces. I think finding people and animals is easier!!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Body Image

New drawing from our Drawing class. The theme was "relationships". We had to pick a relationship, explore it, and draw it in black and white (with minimal use of color). The title of my piece is "Body Image -- She Thought Food was the Enemy". It examines different body image ideals, and takes a good look at the headlines we in our western society are bombarded with on a daily basis. For a person with eating disorders, what or who is the real enemy? Is it food? Or is it societal pressures and expectations?