Colour Journal

Andrew Harding's Colour Journal
Artist Loui Jover 
Title: 

Critique:
This illustration, while trying to evoke a feeling of sympathy from the audience, and trying to display an emotion of sadness/depression/remorse, does so in an unfortunately cliche way.  While the use of high to low contrast works for the intended piece, the pose of the woman in front is too simple to understand, and the dripping paint technique, furthers this feeling of similarity to other pieces.  As well the inclusion of the book pages in the back is reminiscent of the numerous paintings done on newspaper. I believe what would set this piece apart from others, and get the message across in a less obvious way would be subtlety.  What I would change about this would be to show the expression through the eyes in a very minimal way in which you can tell it is not a straight portrait of someones likeness, but that there is a  slight feeling of emotion that would contrast with the dark background as to express that something does not sit easy with the viewer.  Another thing I would change is that if there had to be text in this piece, is to juxtapose or include it in a different way, possibly playing around with scale, or maybe overlaying a layer of gesso on the paper so they are barely visible and then begin the painting so the viewer upon closer inspection of the piece could notice that it was not just a white washed background.

Artist Loui Jover 

Title: 

Critique:

This illustration, while trying to evoke a feeling of sympathy from the audience, and trying to display an emotion of sadness/depression/remorse, does so in an unfortunately cliche way.  While the use of high to low contrast works for the intended piece, the pose of the woman in front is too simple to understand, and the dripping paint technique, furthers this feeling of similarity to other pieces.  As well the inclusion of the book pages in the back is reminiscent of the numerous paintings done on newspaper. I believe what would set this piece apart from others, and get the message across in a less obvious way would be subtlety.  What I would change about this would be to show the expression through the eyes in a very minimal way in which you can tell it is not a straight portrait of someones likeness, but that there is a  slight feeling of emotion that would contrast with the dark background as to express that something does not sit easy with the viewer.  Another thing I would change is that if there had to be text in this piece, is to juxtapose or include it in a different way, possibly playing around with scale, or maybe overlaying a layer of gesso on the paper so they are barely visible and then begin the painting so the viewer upon closer inspection of the piece could notice that it was not just a white washed background.

Where Good Ideas Come From - TED Talk

Steven Johnson’s TED talk raised many interesting points and explained thoroughly his point, in a persuasive and a manner in which one can easily understand.  His main point being that individual work, and isolation is not conducive for the further exploration of an idea, and that the best outcomes usually come from collaboration as he said that two people usually have each “half” of an idea.  I believe that from feedback, collaboration and understanding others perspectives, it enriches our ideas, and can improve on how we may approach or further our exploration.

My ideas usually come from inspiration of other artists, or reactions towards certain daily, social, or any events which spark or interest me.  My creative process and my representation of such events in my artwork is usually from a deductive standpoint in where I take all of the information, and then from there take symbols, words, ideas, and anything which I can represent in collaboration with other imagery or ideas.  I strive and find a great deal of helpfulness from feedback, as people may be able to see something compositionally or conceptually that may evoke something unintended, or maybe something that should be pushed to further a message or concept.

Exhibit at OCADU Learning Zone

     Visiting this exhibit I learned several things, in which one was the different teaching opportunities that is offered in the ADEL program, and the varying pathways in which it can lead you.  Not only is teaching limited to a classroom setting, but some of the student teachers were teaching through art therapy, or to children, or at a Museum.  There are many possibilities to teaching with art, and can be done for several reasons.  The pieces were curated by the student teachers, and included a mix of their work, student work, and collaboration work, which was very interesting as it gives you varying perspectives of how the students were creating.

     My time here at OCADU thus far has been interesting to say the least and informative even if it was not through direct means of teaching.  I find that the only learning done in class is through critiques, and most of the artistic exploration and creativity is formed when one is doing their own work or a project.  I have learned few things while in the classroom, asides from feedback from critiques, but what I have learned is the path that I want to go in, but through understanding what I do not like.  While in Illustration, I have learned that this is not the path for me, but rather from information from peers and teachers that rather I would be a better fit and would be able to produce and work in the field that i want to in Drawing and Painting.  So even though currently I am not doing what I want to do, I now understand what I do not want to do, which is just as valuable.

5 Gum Advertisement - Flare
source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Wrigleys-5-Gum-Advertisements/167648
Itten’s Colour Contrast: Light-Dark
This 5 Gum advertisement uses the light-dark colour contrast very effectively.  This piece uses value contrast with the flame being very vibrant and bright, while slowly fading and becoming black at the corners of the page.  The gum package itself has a dramatic contrast itself due to the artists placement of this black package directly in front of the brightest and most vibrant part of the composition.  Overall, the focal point of this composition was created using extreme contrast which works well to draw the viewers eye towards the package, which works well for advertising so viewers get a clear impression of the item itself.

Gum Advertisement - Flare

source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Wrigleys-5-Gum-Advertisements/167648

Itten’s Colour Contrast: Light-Dark

This 5 Gum advertisement uses the light-dark colour contrast very effectively.  This piece uses value contrast with the flame being very vibrant and bright, while slowly fading and becoming black at the corners of the page.  The gum package itself has a dramatic contrast itself due to the artists placement of this black package directly in front of the brightest and most vibrant part of the composition.  Overall, the focal point of this composition was created using extreme contrast which works well to draw the viewers eye towards the package, which works well for advertising so viewers get a clear impression of the item itself.

The Unknown Room 
Isabelle Menin
source: http://isabellemenin.tumblr.com
Appearing to be an oil painting at first glance, this piece is actually a photo, and what the artist calls “fine art photography.”
The piece is compositionally strong with the placement of still life, and is strengthened by the use of extreme contrast with the dark blacks.  Colour is another element in which this piece is strengthened by as it stands in strong contrast with the dark background, and the use of the degradation of colours help to create depth.

The Unknown Room 

Isabelle Menin

source: http://isabellemenin.tumblr.com

Appearing to be an oil painting at first glance, this piece is actually a photo, and what the artist calls “fine art photography.”

The piece is compositionally strong with the placement of still life, and is strengthened by the use of extreme contrast with the dark blacks.  Colour is another element in which this piece is strengthened by as it stands in strong contrast with the dark background, and the use of the degradation of colours help to create depth.

Portrait at the Edge of an Infinity Pool (20x20”), Oil on Canvas
Winston Chmielinski
Source: http://www.wi-ch.com
This striking oil painting, created by Winston Chmielinski, collages many elements of the principles of design and colour.  This painting uses a polychromatic colour scheme, and techniques of blending in a successful way, especially towards the centre of the painting where the pink bleeds and transitions into darker shades of pink, cyan blue, and yellow.  This painting has a central radial balance, almost reminiscent of a spiral. The dark and more developed brushstrokes denote an outward movement, and recede as the colour disintegrates, or blends into the pink area or background.  The organic shapes and brushstrokes used in this painting work well in creating movement, and an atmospheric energy that otherwise may not have been achieved using rigid and more geometric shapes, especially with this colour palette. 
Date Posted October 15 2013

Portrait at the Edge of an Infinity Pool (20x20”), Oil on Canvas

Winston Chmielinski

Source: http://www.wi-ch.com

This striking oil painting, created by Winston Chmielinski, collages many elements of the principles of design and colour.  This painting uses a polychromatic colour scheme, and techniques of blending in a successful way, especially towards the centre of the painting where the pink bleeds and transitions into darker shades of pink, cyan blue, and yellow.  This painting has a central radial balance, almost reminiscent of a spiral. The dark and more developed brushstrokes denote an outward movement, and recede as the colour disintegrates, or blends into the pink area or background.  The organic shapes and brushstrokes used in this painting work well in creating movement, and an atmospheric energy that otherwise may not have been achieved using rigid and more geometric shapes, especially with this colour palette. 

Date Posted October 15 2013

Grapes, 2011, wooden stool from Qing Dynasty, Ai Wei Wei

Divina Proportione, 2006, Huali wood, Ai Wei Wei

Visiting the AGO and after visiting the Ai Wei Wei exhibit, I chose to compare and contrast the formal elements of these two pieces.

Both pieces shown above by artist, Ai Wei Wei, are created from wood (albeit different kinds) and both take a similar, circular form.  While both sculptures are around the same height, the girth of the uppermost image, Grapes, takes up much more space.  With the legs of the stools protruding outwards, and the seats formed in the middle, the middle has a spherical shape that is not defined by lines, but rather by negative space, while compared to Divina Proportione, geometric shapes (pentagons) and lines are used to create a spherical shape.  A major difference between these two pieces is the fact that while Divina Proportione contains an internal spherical shape, Grapes displays an outward and protruding undefined spherical shape.

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Photos taken at the Ai Wei Wei exhibit, AGO, 2013

Posted on October 8, 2013

Array
Lost Nation - Designer Katie Barnstaple
source:http://comeuptomyroom.com/portfolio_pages/lost-nation/
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The piece shown above is entitled Array and is created by Katie Barnstaple.  This object appears to be plugged into an outlet, and the centre of the object is wrapped in a cloth/canvas material, which would leave me to believe that this is a very ornate, and intricately designed lamp.  
This piece uses many strong elements of design.  The first and boldest element used would have to be line.  The lines used take geometric shapes, obvious through the sharp corners, as well, it is bilaterally symmetrical.  The symmetry makes the piece seem not only balanced, but also strong.  This piece successfully creates eye movement through the many corners, and angles in which the wood is placed.
While many aspects of this piece create for an interesting composition and overall design, what seems to not work would be the cloth-like object, found in the middle of the structure.  While the cloth does add another element and texture to the piece, if it were not there, and there were openings between the wood like the rest of the piece, it would create for a lighter, and more spacious piece.
Date posted: Sunday September 22 2013 

Array

Lost Nation - Designer Katie Barnstaple

source:http://comeuptomyroom.com/portfolio_pages/lost-nation/

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The piece shown above is entitled Array and is created by Katie Barnstaple.  This object appears to be plugged into an outlet, and the centre of the object is wrapped in a cloth/canvas material, which would leave me to believe that this is a very ornate, and intricately designed lamp.  

This piece uses many strong elements of design.  The first and boldest element used would have to be line.  The lines used take geometric shapes, obvious through the sharp corners, as well, it is bilaterally symmetrical.  The symmetry makes the piece seem not only balanced, but also strong.  This piece successfully creates eye movement through the many corners, and angles in which the wood is placed.

While many aspects of this piece create for an interesting composition and overall design, what seems to not work would be the cloth-like object, found in the middle of the structure.  While the cloth does add another element and texture to the piece, if it were not there, and there were openings between the wood like the rest of the piece, it would create for a lighter, and more spacious piece.

Date posted: Sunday September 22 2013 

Rubens Flap, 1999
Jenny Saville
     Jenny Saville is a British contemporary artist, who paints large murals of the human body, mainly female figures in the nude.  This piece entitled, Rubens Flap, appears to be a collage of a nude female, who highly resembles the artist herself, and is painted with oil on canvas measuring at 120x96 inches.  This painting may not have an intended audience, but one can assume that the purpose or message of this painting is to catch the viewers attention with its great size and non-traditionally, grotesquely painted figures.  But the fashion the figures are composed and painted may also reflect her own personal view of the human body in todays society.  Saville is quite successful in capturing light and colour on the figures, but also takes it another step further and through her brushworks, creates a lifelike skin texture.  
Date Posted: September Friday 13 2013
source: http://www.gagosian.com/exhibitions/october-02-1999—jenny-saville/exhibition-images

Rubens Flap, 1999

Jenny Saville

     Jenny Saville is a British contemporary artist, who paints large murals of the human body, mainly female figures in the nude.  This piece entitled, Rubens Flap, appears to be a collage of a nude female, who highly resembles the artist herself, and is painted with oil on canvas measuring at 120x96 inches.  This painting may not have an intended audience, but one can assume that the purpose or message of this painting is to catch the viewers attention with its great size and non-traditionally, grotesquely painted figures.  But the fashion the figures are composed and painted may also reflect her own personal view of the human body in todays society.  Saville is quite successful in capturing light and colour on the figures, but also takes it another step further and through her brushworks, creates a lifelike skin texture.  

Date Posted: September Friday 13 2013

source: http://www.gagosian.com/exhibitions/october-02-1999—jenny-saville/exhibition-images