Thursday, December 1, 2011

little girls

I chose this picture of a pencil drawing because it was simple. it was very realisic, and cute. there is a lot of detail even in the face. some place have shadying. i really like this pic of the child.

Dora Maar au Chat

This is Pablo Picasso's painting Dora Maar au Chat created in 1941. It is an example of an abstract painting, which is our next drawing in class. It is a painting of his Croatian mistress, seated on a chair with a small cat perched on her shoulders. It is one of the worlds most expensive paintings and is world famous. This is a good example of abstract art.

Blue Boy

This is a drawing called Blue Boy its an abstract piece done on a 11 by 14 piece of paper. This drawing was done with markers watercolors and paint pens on paper. It is done by and unknown artists. This is similar to what we are doing in class and I found it interesting. Although it is an abstract drawing with flowing lines there still is a picture inside which i found to be excellent. Also there was a video on how this drawing was made which i also found to be cool.

one point perspective

I found this drawing on google. I am still currently working on my one point perspective drawing so I wanted to find one online as well. I like this drawing because if you look at it for a while it looks as if the black and white checkers are moving. The contrast between the two makes the picture look like its moving.

The Awakening

The Awakening is an abstract painting by Steve Kreuscher. This is a very wonderful abstract painting. I like this paing because there is a lot going on in this painting. At first it looks like a good scene, but it gets more complex than that. There is also a face in the painting, and then there looks like there is a man hanging.

Allegory of the Planets and Continents

This is an example of Italian Rococo art. It is a painting by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770), and is found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The medium is oil on canvas.

I was curious to look into Italian Rococo art on Wikipedia, since Rococo style and era in art seems most typical of France. I like this painting since it seems to use themes of mythology to describe the planets and the continents of Earth, and since it depicts an early understanding of our world and our solar system.


This is a abstract painting made by Chidi Okoye, a modern artist using mixed media on masonite. I chose this painting because this is our final project and I like how the artist put a bunch of shapes together and made art. Its not a conventional way of doing art but it is fun to look at and looks cool.

This piece is called Woman with Dead Child by Kathe Kollwitz, who was a German painter. It was done in 1903, and the medium is etching. She is very well known for depicting horrors of war and poverty, and knowing that she was an anti-war protestor because she lost her son, it makes me wonder if this etching was reflecting her own emotions at the time since I thought the image was overwhelmingly powerful.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This is a painting that many of you should know. The element of color is being used here. It was painted in 1969. Can you name this artist?

"On White 2" by Wassily Kardinsky 1923

Wassily Kardinsky was born Dec 16 1866, he is credited with painting the first purely-abstract works. The painting "On White 2" was painting while Kardinsky was teaching at Bauhaus during 1922-1933

Michael McNicholas
This is Jackson Pollock's Untitled 1951 black and sepia ink on mulberry paper. He was an abstract expressionists, and this image reflects the concept of all overness. He used many gestures, lines, erasures, smudges and so on to create an image. This style of drawing is non representational rather it reflects the artists feeling about a subject.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Two Women in the country

Two Women in the Country by Willem De Kooning is an oil, enamel and charcoal on canvas. In the book, the painting was in black and white. Now that i see it in color, I can see the shapes that shows the figures are actually women. Also, you can distinguish between the two. I like the colors and the sketches of the two women.

The Blindman's Meal

This is a piece done by Picasso in 1903, during his blue period. It is done using oil on canvas. It is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a 95.3 x94.6 cm canvas. This image shows a blind man having a meal of just bread. Picasso was depressed during his blue period and felt that humanity was suffering, which is depicted in this piece. Picasso purposely made his fingers lanky and his shoulder oddly positioned to convey this feeling.

Vincent Van Gogh Self Portrait

This is a self-portrait painting by Vincent Van Gogh. This painting was made in 1888. The media used in this painting is oil on canvas. The artist uses an array of implied texture throughout the painting to portray the felt hat, jacket, and the subject's facial hair. The background of the self portrait painting by Van Gogh also contains texture that blends in with the subject. I chose this painting because it is a self-portrait like the ones we are working on in class and it incorporates the element of texture.

Picasso: "Weeping Woman"

This is a 608 by 500 mm oil on canvas painting, done by Picasso in 1937. This painting is called "Weeping Woman." I chose to do this painting because this painting is known as an abstract painting, and this is our next assignment in class. I thought it would be more interesting to see a famous painted abstract painting rather than looking at one from an unknown artist. Picasso is well know for these types of paintings. At first you look at such a painting like this and you wonder how it was even approved to be known as art since you can barely know what it is and many wouldn't agree that this painting is so called "pretty" compared to others. But Picasso was original within his artwork in which is a great technique in the art industry. I think Picasso is a very good artist and i think this abstract painting well describes the point of knowing that art can be art to some that may not seem like art to others. Abstract paintings are interesting in a sense that behind that painting you can see the personality of the artist in what they include into their artwork.

The Tree Dancers

The Three Dancers, Pablo Picasso, 1925. I liked this painting because it is abstract and I like the colors, he used cool colors with a hit or warm. I also like how Picasso used the different shapes to make the bodies and the instruments. I choose this painting because it gives me an idea to get started with my abstract drawing.


"Firedance" was done by Mark Tobey in 1957 and it is considered to be abstract. This piece of work was done by sumi ink and pale gray wash on Japanese paper.

Within the work, black forms seem to be jumping, almost as an expression. According the text, the black against the white background is for a dramatic effect. Although it is impossible to say exactly what type of emotions are being shown within this piece of work, it is obvious that whatever feelings Tobey was trying to convey, he was really expressive about it.

The reason why I chose this piece of work is because we are doing it in class as our last project and without even reading the words "jumping figures" - I immediately picked up on the fact that the author was expressing something with excitement.

Three Musicians

The "Three Musicians" was painted by Pablo Picasso. It was done in the year of 1921 in Paris, France. The media is oil on canvas. I thought this was interesting because it exemplifies two of Picasso's pieces of art. One version is displayed in NYC and the other at a museum in Philadelphia. The men in this painting were his close friends back in 1910. Cubism is the theme throughout this piece of art, is was a 20th century art movement.

Jackson Pollock

This is a painting done by Jackson Pollock titled No. 9, 1949. I chose to blog this painting because our topic this week is Abstract art. I find this painting interesting because of the technique he used to create it. Rather than use standard painting methods, he would apply the paint to the canvas by dripping the paint onto his paper. He also used a stream of consciousness technique to create his paintings, which I found interesting because this actually came up in one of my psychology classes. Another cool thing about his paintings is his perspective on painting and where he placed his canvas. When creating the painting, the canvas would be placed on the the ground. The purpose of this according to Pollock was that gave him alot of perspective on the painting because he could walk around and view it from all four sides. Pollock also stated that this allowed him to "literally be in the painting". I find his approach and views on painting to be really interesting because its very out of the box and different but still produces cool works in my opinion.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali

The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali

This painting maybe the most famous painting by Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory was created in 1931 and is now displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Salvador Dali introduced the melting pocket watches in this piece.

Michael McNicholas


This is a painting by the famous artist Giotto di Bondone. I learned about this painting in my art history class. What i learned about it was the composition. The flow is constant to the right with foreshortening. The colors that strike you are primary colors such as the yellow used on the cloke and half. Everything in the picture is organic besides the structure that is holding baby Jesus.

The Scream

This painting is a one perspective painting done by Edvard Munch in 1893. This painting is oil, tempra, and pastel on cardboard. This is a classic painting and I was not aware it was a one perspective until I did some more research. Something interesting I found out was that in 2004 this painting was stolen from Munch Museum and then a few years later it was recovered in 2006. They had sustained some damage but they were put back on display in 2008.

Anamorphic Drawings

Julian Beever is the artisit of these anamorphic drawings. A student posted one of these paintings last week and i was fascnited by it so I decided to post one of my own. These drawings are created to be viewed from a certain view. They are meant to be life like and 3D. These paintings are not permanent.

City Street

This is a one perspective drawing of a city street that I found on google images. It is drawn by an unknown artist. I like this drawing because it is a quick sketch and has simple detail. It is done using pencil and has a vanishing point to the left of the paper which is more interesting than the middle. The town itself looks deserted, and has an eery sense to it which adds to the creativity.


This picture is awesome! Its a photograph. I'm not sure who did it or the history behind it, but it really caught my eye. One of my favorite things to see in art is black and white. The other is the sky! Its one of those naturally beautiful things that you really can't explain in words why you like it so much but you just do. It does what art does. Its inspiring, innovative, and a wonder of God.
This is a painting done by Robert Sloan. I new our upcoming project was one dealing with oil pastels so I researched those drawings. I came across Robert's website and was intrigued by some of his drawings. This one in particular I liked. You notice the detail he was able to accomplish using just oil pastels. All the different colors blended together very nicely. I also think the eagle screams America which is another nice touch.

Rainy Day

This is a two point perspective oil on canvas painted by Gustave Caillebotte. He is most noted for being a French Impressionist painter. I really liked this because i struggled to do a simple one point perspective drawing and this is a very complicated and very detailed and i appreciate all the work that went into it to make it so beautiful.

Scotch Plains House Portrait

this is oil painting of a house. This picture has nice colors. the artist was mood by the warm color of spring. the trees are changing colors. the house has very nice detail. looks very real. the artist was a woman name Sharon Sayegh. she had a collection of painting like this. they are called High Land Park houses.

Water Lillies

This is a painting by Claude Monet called "Water Lillies". This painting was made in 1908. The media used in this painting is oil on canvas. The artist uses cool colors to portray the pond water and warm colors to portray the lillies. The aim of Monet's painting was to supply the illusion of an endless whole of water without horizon or bank.

King David

This fifteenth-century sculpture is the bronze David by Donatello. an early Renaissance Italian artist. David often known from the Bible Story of "David and Goliath". There was a battle going on between the Israelites and the Philistines. Goliath was the champion warrior of the Philistines and he would beckon the Israelites twice a day to send out one of their own to fight. King Saul at the time and the rest of the army were afraid.

Now David (the future king) was very young, fair, beautiful and tended after the flock. He went out to battle as well but to help out with water and minute things like that. But one day, David accepted the challenge. His brothers laughed at him, but reluctantly King Saul gave the small but brave David his hefty armor. David said to Goliath “This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down, and cut off your head..." THAT'S deep. Long story short David kept his promise to Goliath, slayed him with a sling and sword and swipe his head right off by the sword.

As far as the sculpture is concerned, I like it because of the story it represents. I understand how Donatello was trying to portray the "fairness" of David because he was young, and pretty for a boy. But I don't like his stance, at all, or the total fact that he looks like a girl in this art piece. Nevertheless, I really like the story behind the sculpture.