Sunday, May 13, 2007

I'm working on my final painting now, and it is going pretty well. I'm trying to do a lot of glazes in the water to create a sense of space. I'm still trying to work with the algae to get the right color and texture, and working at a muddy color to add in a few parts of the painting. I started two other paintings, just really rough under paintings to try to keep up with the routine of painting every day and finishing paintings every couple of weeks. I figured by starting a few paintings I wouldn't get out of school and not know what to paint. This will be the first summer for me painting in oils.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

I'm really interested in landscapes; there is something about the colors, shapes and the way they interact that really intrigues me. Creating a deep illusion of space is another idea I'm working with, by experimenting with different brushstrokes and thicknesses of paint. I spend most of my time painting landscapes, and being outside, which led me to the topic of pollution. I create paintings that at first sight look really beautiful, but then the longer you look at them, the more obvious the pollution becomes. For an example, the painting I'm working on now refers back to Monet's water lilies, but instead of the reflection of the landscape and water lilies in the water I'm painting algae. I live on a small lake, where many houses use chemicals on their lawns in order to keep them looking perfect. These chemicals sink into the lake, where algae begins to grow. This algae uses up most of the oxygen in the lake, which in return kills the fish and plants in the pond over time.
I think that our society doesn't see the small problems that are building up, because there are so many images of extreme situations that they are worrying about. It is important for me to show that some pollution is not blatantly obvious, but as it builds up it will become a very large problem that we need to address.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

I'm working on the micro macro painting now, and a lot of it is working out, but I'm still have a few problems. This weekend I went and got another pink, I think it really helps the painting. It almost looks like a candy pink. I'm trying to think of what I want to do for my next and final painting, but I'm still not sure. I know I want it to be something with landscapes, because that's what I like to paint, but not sure what specifically. Hopefully it will come together more this week.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Today was such a beautiful day, a great day to paint outside. I'm working on my micro macro painting, and trying to get the cells to look like a landscape. I haven't been able to plan it out, I figure that as I paint more it will come together. I'm trying to use bright colors that are close to being fake, but sometimes you can see them in nature. Today I also went on a small raft down white clay creek and it was so beautiful. It makes me want to take some water colors on the way down for some very small on site paintings. It is a different view point being on the water, and one that I haven't painted from before.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Amy Wilson

I went to Amy Wilson's talk on Thursday and really enjoyed it. I thought that she was a really interesting person and I loved the way she talked about her work. All of the stories were really great and made her work more approachable and understandable for me. It was much easier to relate to her work after she talked about what she was going through personally at the time. Her experiences were definitely reflected in her work. I thought that her lecture was the best artist lecture I've been to. I also liked the contrast in her work, the bright and fun water colors and the dark more rigid text.She seemed like a really kind and interesting person, and I would love to see her work in person.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

I'm working on my narrative and anti-narrative painting now, and trying to use glazes as well as thicker paint to play off of each other. I'm experimenting with both of them trying to get the look I want. I'm also working with lighting, and the way light can be expressed in a painting really interests me. While I was home last weekend, I went to a small gallery and I saw a show that really interested me. This painter worked with light, and the way he expressed it was really amazing. He painted mostly landscapes, and worked with how the light reflected off of different parts of a landscape, and how light shows through, for example trees in a forest. The way he captured this lighting really caught me attention and has made me interested in this type of lighting. The lighting was really beautiful in all of his paintings. I'm really glad I was able to see his show, now I want to look for other artist with similar ideas about lighting, and see how they created it in their paintings.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Narrative Painting

A narrative is a story and a narrative painting to me is a painting that tells a story. In many of the narrative paintings that I've been looking at, there are multiple things that support the narrative. As I look around the composition of the painting each thing makes sense, and re-emphasizes the story of the painting. When I first thought about the idea of a narrative painting I thought about the old religious paintings that told religious stories and made the stories of the bible visual. It is like one moment captured in time, or a picture. After thinking about religious paintings I thought about comics, and having one frame after the other giving a sequence of events, which also tells a story. I think that there are many ways to tell a story in a painting, and even on an unconscious level I think that viewers make up their own stories for paintings that weren't even meant to be stories, but since they are possibly a record of a moment in time viewers create in their mind what happened before and after the painting, creating a story for themselves. I think that if the painter wants to make a specific story more obvious it is helpful to have many things in the painting that all lead the viewer to a final story. I was also wondering what it would look like to make a painting that was almost like a collage of comic frames, but seamlessly putting them together into a composition. An anti-narrative is hard for me to define, I know it would be opposite of a story, but I think that almost all paintings have a narrative whether the artist wants it to or not, because the viewer creates the story, not the artist. This makes me think that maybe an artist tries to create an anti-narrative, but maybe it's not possible because of the viewer making up their own story. I'm still not completely sure about it.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Spring Break

I'm so glad it's almost spring break. I'm going to go to Florida with my roommates, and can not wait. I'm hoping to get some pictures done down there. I'm taking watercolors and pastels. I think bringing paintings home really helps me to remember the trip, and painting really helps me to relax. I can't wait.It is a well needed break.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

I started my painting and it has been going pretty well so far. I'm having a little bit of trouble using different styles, and having the two styles come together. Hopefully it will come together better with some more work. Mid-terms have gotten in the way and kept me from working on it for a day. I would choose painting over studying any day. It will be nice to be able to work on this piece after my mid-term is over with, painting is so much more fun.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Mala Iqbal

While I was looking at works by artists we talked about in class I came across Mala Iqbal, who I really liked. I think that the contrast between the blurry spray paint looking lines and the sharp crisp lines of some of the subjects is a really interesting idea. I also really liked her color palette, and bringing the bright colors into landscape painting. I love painting landscapes, they are definitely my favorite, and there has always been something about landscapes that has really interested me. By looking at Mala Iqbal, I am able to see landscape paintings in a new way, which is really exciting. Even though some landscape paintings can be mundane and boring, she makes them bright, interesting and beautiful. I think that since so many landscapes have been painted in the same way, it is important to branch out and bring another element into the painting. I will definitely keep her in mind the next time I go to paint a landscape. Here’s her website-

Sunday, March 4, 2007

I am really excited about the painting project we are working on now. I'm actually taking a geology class, which I thought wouldn't be so exciting, but I've been able to use some of that information in the painting I'm working on now. The rock formations really interest me,and their amazing colors and textures. I want to incorporate those colors and textures into my painting, but having no experience in painting that type of subject I'm just trying to experiment with the paint and glazes to see the colors and textures I can achieve. I'm trying to bring together the glazes and brush strokes in order to achieve a rocky textured look. I'm not there yet, but I'm hoping with a few more glazes the rocks will begin to look like actual rock formations from out west. I think the formations and colors overall in the west are really beautiful, and want to work with them a lot more.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Armory Show

This weekend I went to the Armory Show in New York. It was really amazing seeing work from all over the world. Everything was so different and interesting. The show is huge. I spent hours walking around seeing everything, and didn't even get to see the entire show. It's amazing to see the different ways mediums are used and the different effects they have. It was so great, I definitely want to go back next year and spend two days, so that I can see everything. Everyone should go check it out. There were so many great things, I don't think I had a favorite; everything was so different you couldn't even compare them. I also really enjoyed looking at how the work was displayed, and was able to get different ideas about displaying my own work. I will definitely try to go every year from now on. It was great.

Sunday, February 18, 2007


I thought that the writing by Kandinsky was really interesting. When he started off by saying “ It is impossible for us to live and feel, as did the ancient Greeks”, an idea that I had roughly thought about before, but in a different way. I think that a lot of the time we try to imitate the masters, but we don’t have those same feelings they had, and are not in the same situation. We can never recreate something that someone else has created, and I don’t think we can understand completely. Kandinsky says “ In the same way those who strive to follow the Greek methods in sculpture achieve only a similarity of form, the work remaining soulless for all time.” Which pretty much sums it up. It seems like a simple idea, but really makes sense once you think about it. A piece of work can resemble another, but there isn’t the same type of emotion in it. I also enjoyed when he talked about how “Such works of art at least preserve the soul from coarseness; they “key it up,” so to speak, to certain height, as tuning –key the strings of a musical instrument.” I think that as an artist you want your work to speak to the viewer and make an impact.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Astrid Dahl

I was looking around on the internet and found an artist I really liked, her name is Astrid Dahl. I really like the colors she uses as well as the textures. I think the organic shapes are really interesting and beautiful. Here's an address that shows some of her paintings :