Well, as I close up this blog for the semester, there are two things that I realize I have left out:
1) Nature drawing
2) Off campus art exhibit
I did both things, but I did not write blog entries for them, so I will describe them here.
For my nature drawing, I actually drew something that wasn’t growing at the moment. I had a rose in my room from the ring ceremony and I took it outside and drew it with oil pastels, one of my favorite mediums. My attempt was to capture the colors accurately.
I did not succeed in that respect, since I wasn’t able to blend the pastels well in the crevices and small shapes of the petals. So the colors are extremely exaggerated and much closer to the available shades of my oil pastels than the true colors of the rose. I unfortunately cannot find my camera connector at this time (all packed up!) so I do not have an image to show. I wish that oil pastels had been used this semester, I have a lot of them and would really like to learn more about using them properly. Perhaps I can take some of what I learned from vine charcoal to get better with pastels? In any case, I think with pastels you have to work on a bigger scale than I did, because you have to blend colors and it takes a certain degree of space to blend colors well. Otherwise you’re just layering them one on top of another- although now that I say it, I wonder if by layering lightly I might be able to create new colors in a small space? Well, that’s an experiment to do this summer!
The gallery that I saw was the Seen Gallery in Decatur. It was quite a while ago, and although I wrote down the name of some of the pieces I liked in particular I lost the paper while packing. Oh, well. The work at the Seen Gallery is all modern and seems to be mostly by local artists, although some of the pieces are from far away. Although it is modern, much of the work is “modern” in a way that pays homage to classical art or incorporates classical technique. For example, there is a good deal of sculpture that I would describe as stylized realism. I don’t mean modern sculpture in the sense of a big wire square or something like that, I mean that a lot of the sculptures are actually renderings of people or objects. I really liked these sculptures of animals that were there when I visited, I think it was a goose?
I was pretty impressed with the paintings, too. Some of the paintings are realist in technique and abstract in concept (they express a surreal scene or use colors and shapes that are somehow different than reality to convey a mood). Actually, some of the coolest paintings I’ve seen in the past year were in a gallery in Savannah. I wish for the life of me that I could remember the name! In any case, it’s right by Vinnie Van Go Go’s pizza and a gelatto shop. They have a lot of contemporary paintings of musicians, which are just fantastic because they combine realistic rendering with unique attitudes, established typically by the use of color and contrast. The only problem I have with them is that they tend to look like they were done in Photoshop and then painted from the computer screen.
There was also a lot of artwork that was fairly suggestive, sexually. The art didn’t expressly contain nudity or anything but some of the paintings in the gallery looked like pinup work. Some of them were well done in terms of composition and technique, but a lot of them were just average and looked pretty devoid of style. It made me wonder if those pieces were just designed to sell based on their content. I mean, I have seen some pinup work that is legitimately fun to look at because of the way it is portrayed. Some have really unique lighting, styles, or moods. I just have trouble understanding exactly how something is art when it looks like an amateur painting done from a computer screenshot.