Wednesday, October 31, 2012

On the Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

This painting is by Richard Parkes Bonington he is a romantic landscape painter. Richard was born in October 25th, 1802 in England and he died September 23, 1828. He can be considered also as a French artist as he moved there at 14 years old, he brought an English style to France.
I like this painting because of how the author applied the gray, the white, and the black to add the different shades of light and the darkness. I also like the details of the building, they are such tiny details it nice to look at it overall. I like the view he chose to draw. The river in front of the building and the little boats typically shows Venice, Italy, where the whole city is antique and surrounded by water.

Carolina Morning

This painting by Edward Hopper, completed in 1955 has a New Realism style.  This painting is in the gallery of the Whitney Museum of Art, New York, USA.  I chose this picture because I like how there is a little bit of mystery to it.  It is very simple and not complex.  The woman looks confused or as if she is waiting for something.  But the question is, there is an open field in front of her, what could she be waiting for.  That is the beauty of art, you can imagine what you would like.

"Drawing Hands" by MC Escher

Artist: Maurits Cornelis Escher
Name: "Drawing Hands"
Date: 1948
Medium: Lithograph

M. C. Escher is one of the world's most famous graphic artists. He is most famous for his "impossible structures", such as "Ascending and Descending" and "Relativity", and his Transformation Prints. I chose this drawing because I thought it was really cool how he was able to turn one aspect of the drawing in 3D and then translate that aspect of the drawing into a 2D portion. Not only was he able to do this in general, however he was able to use the medium of lithography which is even more difficult! And what is also very cool about this piece of art, is that when he goes from the 3D portion of the hand to the 2D portion, the wrist does not have a sharp edge and automatically turn flat. It has a nice, seamless, transition from the 3D-->2D and vice versa. 

An Objectless Composition

This piece, An Objectless Composition, was done by Alexander Rodchenko in 1915. It is a Russian Avante-Garde. This was a popular type of art in the early 1900's. Alexander was influential in the Russian Revolution, and used his graphic design abilities to transform ideas into art with his painting. I like this piece because it offers a lot of ideas into one. It can be seen as many objects together working in harmony, or at a different angle no objects at all. 

Place de la Concorde

This image was created by George Seurat, in 1883 and is called Place de la Concorde, Winter.  The ground in this photo is white with light reflecting light to make it appear as if it snowed.   Seurat used Conte crayon on paper to create this image.  The top of the drawing is dark on dark, which prevents you from being able to see through the trees.

Louis Lozowick

"Storms form above Manhattan"- 1935 Lithograph,

Louis Lozowick was born in 1892 and died in 1973. He was born in the Russian empire, came to the United States in 1906, and died in NJ. He is recognized as an Art Deco and Precisionistartist, and mainly produced streamline, urban-inspired monochromatic lithographs in a career that spanned 50 years. I picked this drawing because I love the city skyline. I also love how the sky in the middle is lighter. I think its a good drawing for shading. The shading came out very good. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pablo Picasso

The piece of art was created by Pablo Picasso and it is called Landscape with Two Figures. Picasso was a Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor and is one of the most recognized figures in 20th century art. He is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles. This painting interested me because of the perspective of the painting. Picasso uses the trees on both sides to make it look as if you are working through the woods. His use of dark and light colors is also key for this painting.

Modern art was a time period from the 1860s to the 1970s. Modern art was basically an experiment to visualize the nature of material and functions of art in an absolutely new way with fresh idea. Modern art is all conceptualization art. This means that the art means whatever you see it as.

Mc Escher

This is called Ascending and Descending by Mc Escher.  This drawing is drawn very well.  It is very detailed and it really shows the ascending and descending points of the drawing.  You can really get a birds eye view of the building.  Mc Escher picked a great vantage point for this drawing.

Van Gogh Depth Perception

This is a drawing by Vincent Van Gogh. It is chalk, pencil, pastel, and watercolor. I am fascinated by this painting due to the fact of how well he did the depth perception. You can tell perfectly that the drawing goes so far back and makes the path perfectly and the people get smaller and smaller showing how far back they are.

Skull and Pitcher

This was done by Pablo Picasso in 1945, using oil on canvas. I like the contrast of the colors that he used in this. I read that at this point during his career he did a lot of things related to death and I guess this is where the skull ties in. Picasso painted in weird ways, and this is another example of that.


This drawinng is done by MC Esher and is called Drawing Hands. It was done in 1948. The reason i chose this photo is becuase how well done the hands are and how he makes it seem like both hands are coming out of the paper and also how the both seem to appear to be drawing each other. I also liked how the hands are almost three d like in a way and also the way he shaded the hands to show the bones and knuckles.

The Guidecca, Note in Flesh Tones,

This work is entitled "The Guidecca, Note in Flesh Tones" by artist James McNeil Whistler in 1879-1880.  The medium used here is chalk pastel on gray paper.  Whistler recognized the importance of color and pattern in his work and was fastidious in his choice of paper texture and tone. The Venetian pastels demonstrate his exceptional use of paper color as a medium-spectrum tone in its own right.  These rendering techniques infused Whistler’s images with a delicacy and transience that feels so fundamentally Venetian.  This piece of artwork is no bigger than a piece of printer paper and can be found in the Mead Art Museum.  

"Castrovola" MC Escher

This is MC Escher's "Castrovola." This is a lithograph painting which is a method for printing using a stone (lithographic limestone) or a metal plate with a completely smooth surface. Escher depicts a landscape from his early travels, a town known as Castrovola, Italy. Escher used a great deal of perspective in this lithograph. As you can see, the perspective creates real-life depth perception, allowing the viewer to really feel as if they are standing on the cliff viewing the rest of the landscape. I like this print because it relates to the perspective sketched that we are doing for class. 

Raven's Question

 This painting was conducted by Rick Bartow in 2008. The medium utilized was pastel, charcoal, graphite on paper. It is located at the Froelick Gallery. Rick Bartow was born in Newport, Oregon 1946 to a Yurok and Wiyot father and a Euro- American mother. His work was mainly influenced by his Native American heritage and by the traumatic events that occurred during the time he served in the Vietnam war. He also associated himself with a variety artists from Germany, Japan and Zealand, these all helped to influence his work as well. Bartow is best known for his pastel and graphite drawing, as well as, prints and mixed-media sculptures. His work is displayed widely in United States as well as internationally; The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, Indiana; The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C; The Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, Oregon; the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona; the De Saisset Museum; the Portland Art Museum; and the Westfalisches Landesmuseum  in Munster, Germany to name a few. I like this painting because you see the inter-twinning of a person, a raven and some what of a rabbit. I also like the way the colors were utilized in this painting. I like how the white was used to help the painting and not to hinder it. You see the shape of a man, the head of a Raven and the head of a rabbit all in one.

"Railroad Sunset"

"Railroad Sunset" By: Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper painted this in 1929. He used oil and canvas. Edward was born in 1882 and died May 15, 1967. He was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. while he was most popularly known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching. Both in his urban and rural scenes it reflected his personal vision of American life. Hopper derived his subject matter from two primary sources: one, the common features of American Life (gas stations, motels, restaurants, theaters, railroadsm and street scenes) and its inhabitants; and two seascapes and rural landscapes. One reason I really picked this painting was because I love sunsets. also I love the warm colors of this painting.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Clam Diggers

Willem de Kooning was born in April 24th, 1904 in Rotterdam and he died in March 19th, 1997. De Kooning painted many pictures of women and also he was regarded as a leading component of Abstract Expressionism.
I like this painting because of how the artist applied different colors on the women's body and how he painted the shapes of their body without a lot of details however, you still can identify the different parts of the body. I also like it because it is an abstract painting, but the images are pretty real. These women are clam digging, which is interesting but also a little dangerous if you don't know what you are doing.


Michalengelo's Pieta is a beautiful scultpture of The Virigin Mary and her son Jesus.  The sculpture depicts Mary holding Jesus right after his crucifixion.  The images in both faces are so real and Mary's body is actually significantly larger than Jesus'.  The scultpure is in St. Peter's Bascilica in the Vatican City. Mary acutally looks very young.  This Pieta is also unique because Michelangelo actually signed the sculpture.

Fishermen at Sea

This image is by William Turner.  The name of the image is Fishermen at Sea.  It is i Tate Gallery, London UK.  Oil on canvas in 1796.  I like this because there is only a little bit of light and dark, but still the dark isn't so dark.  I like the rough sea but the light peering in seems like it will be calmer seas soon.

The Gates, Central Park

This drawing is The Gates, Central Park, a project for New York City, done by Christos in 2003.  Christos used graphite, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, enamel paint, fabric sample, and aerial photograph and hand drawn technical data to create this image.  This view of   the gates in Central park was drawn in a one-point perspective. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Title: Girl at sewing machine
Year: 1921
Artist: Edward Hopper
Medium: Oil on Canvas
I chose this painting because while strolling through Edward Hopper's paintings on Google images this one caught my eye. Why did it catch my eye you may ask? It did so because it everything seems to be done in some shade of orange, which means that it is monochromatic. I have seen paintings that were monochromatic in the past, however this one did not seem so blunt as being one color as the other ones. It seemed like a natural scene at dawn by a window, however if you look really close it is made out of one color, which I think is a great skill to have. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

William Kentridge

 This drawing is called History of the Main Complaint by William Kentridge. William Kentridge is a South African artist best known for his prints, drawings,and animated films. This particular drawing was done with charcoal and pastel on paper. I found this drawing in the book and thought it tied in real well with what we have been working on in class. I also found it to be a very dramatic drawing. A doctor checks a patient who seems to be on his death bed.

Illusion by E.G. Boring

This is an illusion that I saw in the textbook done by E.G. Boring. It was done in 1930. The illusion is the profile of a young woman or the head of an older woman. I find this very interesting since it is one picture that can be seen as two different things depending on how you see it.

Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks"

This painting is Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks." This painting was done 1942, and the medium used was oil on canvas. This painting portrays people sitting in a downtown diner late at night. It is Hopper's most famous work and is one of the most recognizable paintings in American art.  A careful viewer will notice the unusual use of perspective, color, and light in the painting. If you squint your eyes while looking at this painting, you can actually see the depth of some of the figures made by the darker shades. This incredible use of light and dark pertains to our sketches this week. Using shadows, lighter red shades as the light coming from the diner, darker blacks on the base of the diner to show depth, and lightest greys on the sidewalk portray life at a late night diner.

This untitled piece was created by Steve DiBenedetto in 2003. Created using only ballpoint pen, the main focus is the large helicopter in the middle. Away from the helicopter are a series of lines creating the illusion that the helicopter is moving through the picture. I like DiBenedetto's use of ballpoint pen to create this piece. I feel that the pen, as well as the color, really helps to get the texture across. The pen creates fine lines so the stripes are very clear. I also liked how DiBenedetto was able to create shadows even in a medium like ballpoint pen.

Night Passage

This piece it titled, "Night Passage," by Ollie Kekalainen. This particular image caught my eye immediately. It is soothing visually, as well as enticing to further explore what lies beyond the mountain. It seems futuristic, or possibly science fiction. I really enjoy the Northern Lights look to it as this could represent extraterrestrial activity, or maybe even just a way of enhancing the ordinary.


This work is entitled "Drawing Hands" by M.C. Escher.  M.C Escher is notorious for using incorrect proportions to create illusion-like pieces of art.  Here we can see how he creates an illusion of two hands coming out of a 2-D arm into a 3-D hand.  Not only do the hands become 3-D but they are also drawing the opposing hand in the work.  We can see how Escher uses shading to create value, and also stippling in the background to create value as well.


This is a painting done by Steve DiBenedetto called "Darkopter". It was done by colored pencils on paper. It looks like he saw a helicopter on acid and just drew it, but all of his artwork is colorful and creates movement. I liked this one because I was actually able to tell what it was he was drawing. This guy has a talent for drawing things in weird, colorful ways.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Number 7

Jackson Pollock's style of "action painting" is very interesting. Most people look at abstract art and think it's so easy. This painting of his makes it a little easy for the imagination in my opinion. It almost looks like there is a female form on the right. A lot of his other works are a little harder to interpret, but are still just as fun to view.


Artist: Carmela Casuccio
Title: Cityscape
Medium: Acrylic on canvas

Carmela Casuccio designs cityscapes not from memory or life but of her imagination. She does not draw out the buildings prior to beginning painting because she claims it limits the freedom and creativity of her mind. In order to create these pieces she chooses a few colors and begins layering the background, once this is finished she uses only the colors she has chosen and variations of them to complete the work. Carmela only uses her imagination because while she loves the everyday world she also grew up with ideas or creating science fiction and magic. This is where the cityscape gets its abstract otherworldly feel. This is what drew me to the painting in the first place. Manhattan is one of my favorite places in the world so initially I noticed the painting because of this, but the second I pulled up the painting closer I really fell in love with it. We are surrounded by paintings of manhattan and other cities like it but very rarely does someone take a city and create something no one has ever seen. It is an an imaginary city and it isn't. The colors are warm and inviting though there is chaos. This is another reason I loved it. Lastly (I'll stop saying I don't like abstract pieces...because apparently I do) I like the abstract quality it has to it, while still being solid. 

Severinda by Frank Stella

Painter: Frank Stella’s 
Title: “Severinda” 
Date: (1995)

This is a painting of his that is part of a collection: Frank Stella: Painting Into Architecture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I loved stella's work so much from last weeks blog that I decided too look into some of his larger works when I came across this one. I love how random his ideas are in this sculpture/painting and how many colors he has been able to incorporate in it. Just by looking at the scale of the people vs the sculpture/painting, he definitely needed a ladder!!!

Van Gogh Church

This painting is done by oil on canvas and is by Van Gogh. He called this painting The Church at Auvers-sur-Oise. The reason I chose this photo is because of the colors used and how well blended the colors in the sky are done. Also how the orange on the roof makes it seem like a copper roof. Also i like the clock and how it add chaacter to te church.

Water Lilies by claude monet

"Water Lilies"

Claude Monet was born on 14 November 1840. Monet founded Impressionism. Along with Auguste Renoir and Camille Pissaro, he was a groundbreaking forerunner of the movement. His serene, classic series of water lily paintings, with their dreamlike atmosphere and vivid colors, continues to provide strong inspiration for abstract artists worldwide. I picked this painting because I love the Colors. Also with this painting I loved how the pond water is looks like it is floating down. I also love the water. This painting always makes me think of home with the water. 

Earl Horter

This is a drawing by Earl Horter.  I chose this drawing because he depicts the shadows and light very well.  It really caught my eye when I was searching for a drawing.  The shadows in this drawing are drawn very well and are consistent throughout the whole drawing.  This is exactly how you would see it if you were walking through that alley.

Claude Monet- Cliff Walk at Pourville

This painting is done by Claude Monet, it is called Cliff Walk at Pourville and it was done in 1882. Most of Monet's paintings have inspired by nature.  His brush strokes are not clear but combine to make an amazing work of art.  I choose this painting because I first it remind me of my home town on Long Island. Monet has been called the epic poetic artist.  His paintings are beautiful and the color usage is what I admire most in his art work.  This particular painting is in the Art Institute in Chicago. In this painting he depicts Alice Hoschede and one of her daughters looking out toward the sea.  

The Chrysler Building Under Construction

This painting is The Chrysler Building Under Construction, and the artist is  Earl Horter.  Horter used ink and water color  on paper to create this image.  This is a painting from the view of a sidewalk, Horter uses a three-point perspective to make the painting look as if you are looking up the side of a building.  The building gets smaller as the building gets taller.

A city at the river in sunset

This painting by Joseph Mallord William Turner has water color and body color.  I chose this painting because I liked how the sun was drawn in the reflection of the water as well as the other orange/yellow colors in the sky.  I also like how the bridge and the city is not the most prominent peice in this picture, the sunset is.   The color selection make this drawing. 

Nobson Central

Paul Noble was born in Dilston, Northumberland in 1969, he is a British artist and he is still living. He completed his studies at the Fine Art at Humberside college of Higher Education in 1986 before moving to London. A lot of his drawings include very detailed images.

I like this painting because of the details he puts in drawing the city. It could take you a while to observe every details he has painted in this drawing, so I can only imagine how long it took him to draw something like that. The artist made sure you saw every details of the city as if you would have seen it in real life. I like how he played with the white, black, and grey to reflect the dark areas and the areas hit by the light.

The Chinese Qingbian Mountain

This painting was conducted by Dong Qichang.  It was painted during the Ming Dynasty. The medium utilized was Hanging scroll with ink on paper. It resides in the Cleveland Museum of Art starting in 2003. Dong Qichang was born in 1555-1636. He was a Chinese painter, scholar,calligrapher and art theorist of the later period of the Ming Dynasty.  He took elements from earlier Yuan masters and placed it into his work. His artistic view played an importance in later works of individualist painters.  I picked this painting because I like the way how he created the different depths you have a view close to you and far away from you. I also like plants and trees and I love the way the bonsai tree looks in this picture. I like that it's the first tree in the front.

Claude Monet. I actually could not find the name of this painting however Claude Monet usually portrayed his art through nature. I just really love the colors in the painting I chose this because I felt it was very beautiful. His art was usually impressionist paintings.

Thursday, October 4, 2012


This is a carbon print by Steve DiBenedetto called EXCAVATOR made in 2007. A carbon print is a photographic print with an image consisting of pigmented gelatin, rather than of silver or other metallic particles suspended in a uniform layer of gelatin, as in typical black-and-white prints, or of chromogenic dyes, as in typical photographic color prints. This print caught m,y eye becausse of all the colors and just plain chaos goin on.

God reaches to Adam

This is a painting done by Michelangelo. It is God reaching out to Adam, the first man created by God. I like this painting because i have this in my house at home and it is a religious painting and means alot to me as well as many other catholics alike.

Georges Seurat

The name of this painting is the View of Fort Samson by Georges Seurat. Seurat was a Post-Impressionist painter and draftsman. He is known for his innovative use of drawing media and for devising a technique of painting known as pointillism. In this painting Seurat uses the technique oil on canvas and use it in a landscape scene. I liked this painting because of its simplicity. I also found it interesting because it reminds me of where I live right on the beach. The grassy dunes leading down to the sandy shoreline.

Vincent Van Gogh - The Mulberry Tree

This was painted in 1889 while Van Gogh was at the Saint Paul Asylum. While there he painted many paintings of the doctors, the asylum, and the gardens. He sent some paintings to his brother when he wrote to him, and out of all the paintings this was one of his favorites.
I love the colors in this painting probably because of how much I love fall. Apparently Van Gogh painted this during one of his more happy days commenting on how beautiful the leaves looked this time of year. 


This drawing is Domenico Gargiulo's Charioteer. This drawing is a 17th century small drawing, only about 5inches by 5inches. Gargiulo's medium was pen and brown ink. This drawing is known as a gesture drawing, meaning, using rapidly drawn lines to express and define space, volume, and movement. This type of style pertains to this weeks sketch book assignment. I chose this drawing because I like how the use of simple strokes of a pen can convey such fluid movement, only using an outline of the person and the chariot.

An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump

This is a painting entitled "An experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump" by Joseph Wright in 1768.  The painting reveals a wide range of individual reactions to the experiment that is taking place.  We can see frightened children, a reflective philosopher, interested youths, and indifferent young lovers.  In this painting, only one, tiny light source exists: the lamp on the table.  The way the painting is lighted, we can see a dramatic use of light into dark.  Therefore this painting shows chiaroscuro.  

I and the Village

II and the Village- By Marc Chagall in 1911. Done by oil on canvas, this Russian artist was one who used cubism and symbolism to create these types of eccentric, movie-like scenes. This one in particular reminds me of the cover of a good movie, with the main face meeting at the main point (while there is other ideas being portrayed in the background). The strong sense of layering helps create a depth perception while not sticking to a normal sense of color combinations.

Seascape Study with Rain Cloud

This painting was conducted by John Constable. The style of this painting is Romanticism and the genre is Marina. This painting was completed in 1827. John Constable; British painter  born in Suffolk, United Kingdom on June 11, 1776 and he died in London, United Kingdom on March 31, 1837. His active years of painting were 1800 to 1837.  This painting was created during his intense "skying" period. His sky paintings from 1828-1829 capture his emotion of his wife's passing; which featured dark, turbulent skies that carried the emotional weight of the work produced. 

"Tsunami" by Reuben Valdivia

Reuben Valdivia was born and raised in East Los Angeles. Attended East L.A. College for figure drawing, sculpture, and ceramics. In 1983, moved to northern California. Attended College of the Redwoods for oil painting.Reuben combines his zest for the outdoors, as an expert snowboarder, with his art. January 2000, New York City; Reuben holds his first one-man show. At the same time, he is included in the group show:Artists of the New Millenium, in NYC.I picked this painting because it looks like a wave and I love the beach. Also the colors of this painting is very interesting. In this picture you find all the items that would be in a tsunami. Its all different things that you would find in the streets.