Friday, January 30, 2015

Brett Whiteley

Week four is taught by Robin Jane Fingher who studied Brett Whiteley.

Brett Whitelely was an Australian Avant-grade artist. He started drawing as a child and started painting when he was a teenager. He met the owner of a gallery who asked to include one of his paintings in a show. During that show his painting was bought by an art gallery in London.

He moved to London and worked for a number of years before winning the Harkness Fellowship to study in New York City. After a year in New York he decided it wasn't for him and fled to Fiji, eventually moving back to Australia

-   He dabbled in almost everything but it was almost always swirly and distorted. He believed in adding parts of his everyday life into his painting to give a sense of who he was.

What I learned:
-  I didn't connect much with Brett Whiteley. His art and his life style were just wild and so different but he was very profilic and highly regarded in the art world during his time.

 The easiest thing to grasp about Brett Whitely is that he saw things very distorted and differently than others around him. I swirled part of this girls face kind of he did in a lot of his portraits kind of like she is confused about something or fading off into her own world.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Romans 5:3-5

"Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."
Romans 5:3-5

Monday, January 26, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

Max Beckmann

Week three is Max Beckmann taught by Gillian Lee Smith.

Max Beckmann was a German expressionist that specialized in self portraits. The amount of self portraits he has done have only rivaled by Rembrandt and Picasso.

Aside from painting he was well read, interested in Philopshy, and spent a lot time contemplating the meaning of "self". This is thought to be why he focused so much on self portraits. He looked to express his feelings and what he was going through with pictures of himself.

-   Mac Beckmann was heavy into expressionism and showing his emotions through color and symbolism. Which for him was often very dark because he lived through the two world wars.

What I learned: 
-   The idea of a self portrait is scary. I'm not the best at copying anything exact let alone knowing how to copy what I see in the mirror. Beckmann wasn't so concerned about how real his self portraits looked, he wanted them to show what he was feeling. When I look at it as a form of expression it takes pressure off of having an exact portrait whether of myself or someone else.

For my inspired by Beckmann I tried to stick with his darker color palette and strong props. I love to draw dresses so i put a girl fluffy, deep purple dress.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Isaiah 66:9

" In the same way, I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born.”

The Lord says this: “I promise that if I cause you the pain of birth, I will not stop you from having your new nation.” Your God said this."

Isaiah 66:9

Monday, January 19, 2015

Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” Luke 1:45

Friday, January 16, 2015

Pablo Picasso

Week two of Studying of the Masters: Portraits  and Self- portraits is taught by Teressa Mcfayden and we're a studying Pablo Picasso.

Pablo Picasso's father was an art teacher so Picasso started drawing at two or three years old and spent most of formative years in the classroom with his father. At thirteen years old Picasso out did his father
and his father handed over all of his paintbrushes, vowing to never paint again!

He went to art school in Barcelona, Spain and then moved to Paris with his friend because that is where is all the successful artist were at the time. He spent his time painting with Matisse , Cezanne, Gertrude Stein, Paul  Gauguinn and many other famous artists.

Picasso was known for inventing the collage. He also also dabbled in ballet costumes and sets,  poetry, & play writing.


His techniques really depend on the period you are looking at in art. So many were trademarked by him like the blue period, rose period, and African period. He is especially known for cubism. But this class we are looking at his portraits.

-  In portraits he was drawn to geometric shapes & thick black line.

- He goal was to draw with childlike abandonment.

What I learned:
-   Art doesn't have to line up perfectly for it be done well.  Being able to let your gaurd down and just paint like a child is on the best things you can do!

- take time to identify periods I go through it art. It'll help me see my growth and be a bit of a journal along the way.

For this portrait I divided it up in sections like he did, added think black line, and filled it with bright colors and patterns.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2 Corinthians 4:16

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day." 2 Corinthians 4:16

Monday, January 12, 2015

Ephesians 3:20

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us" Ephesians 3:20

Friday, January 9, 2015

Vincent Van Gogh

The first "Studying Under The Masters" course was so well received, Jeanne Oliver quickly was hard at work creating a second one. This one is based in portraits and self-portraits. I could'nt help but sign up.

Week one was taught by Jeanne Oliver and we studied Vincent Van Gogh.
Although I knew his name, had seen copies of his painting "Starry Night" and heard that he had strangely cut off his ear, I didn't know anything about his techniques or what made his art so well know.

Vincent Van Gogh had to start working at the age of fifteen to help support his family. He start out working for an art dealership. He quickly moved up in the art dealing business and was transfered to London.  In London he soaked in the English culture and fell in love with his landlady's daughter. She rejected him and this led to his first emotional breakdown where he threw away all his books and would tell people at the art dealership not to buy "worthless art".

During his breakdown he decided to give his life to his religion and become a Methodist preacher, but found himself not to fit in as a preacher. He decided to move to Brussels, Belgium to pursue being an artist, even though he had no formal training. His brother Theo, who worked as an art dealer in Paris, France agreed to support him for a short time.

This is where he began to really develop his skills as an artist and spent the next ten years till his death creating art.

-   He used lines and pattern to create movement. It's something I'd never have noticed it if hadn't been pointed out but once I saw it I was in awe. Before I had noticed in his paitning "Starry Night" had a multi- color swirling quality to the but I had no idea it's composed of teeny, tiny lines.

- Van Gogh believed deeply in thoroughly sketching before laying down any paint. In fact he spent over six years only sketching and drawing in order to refine his skills.

What I learned:
-  Not to overlook basics. There's  always room for improvement and always new ways  to use what you are already familiar with.

-  Lines of any thickness and length can add to a piece through shading and movement. Entire paintings be made if lines in different patterns.

-  Follow your heart and don't give up.

For my inspired by Van Gogh piece, I did a portrait of a woman, like he often did and added swirling lines to the background. I also added lines to the shirt to add depth (I was told the lines look like fur!) and then added my own touch of glitter.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Beside Bethesda

Beside Bethesda
By Joni Eareckson Tada

About the book:

A 31-day devotional from bestselling author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada that takes readers on a month-long journey toward the deepest healing God offers. The entire book is framed against Joni’s visit to the healing pool of Bethesda to seek healing where Jesus healed.

As Joni relates aspects of her own journey in dealing with the most painful “unanswered prayer” of her life, readers will learn to see beyond potential quick fixes to the deepest and greatest solutions God has for them. As the journey continues, readers deal with topics such as contentment, patience, unanswered prayer, transformation through suffering, wrestling with God, and hoping in God.

My thoughts:
I LOVED this book. It's the newest book from Joni Eareckson Tada and is a 31 day devotional about waiting at the feet of the Lord for healing. It's very practical, open, and encouraging like every one of her books. God really spoke through Joni with this book, she wrote each day exactly what I need to here. I would close the day's devotional and my heart would be full.

*I received this book free from Tyndale Rewards*

Rating: a full gem parcel

Monday, January 5, 2015

Jeremiah 29:11-14

Sprinkle On Glitter Blog// Jeremiah 29:11-14

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

This is one of my favorite verses and probably one of the most popular out there. We all like to lean on it during hard times, especially like today when so much of the future is unknown. So much focus is on verse eleven but have you read further, do you know what the next few verses say?!

"Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and you will find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the Lord, "and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the Lord, " and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile."

Friday, January 2, 2015

Edward Hopper

Our bittersweet  last week of "Studying Under The  Masters" is Edward Hopper, taught by Stephanie Lee.

Edward Hopper grew up interested in art, went to an art school in New York City, and then went off to work and study in Europe. He quickly learned that he wasn't interested in Impressionism like other artists of the time. He was much more fascinated by light and color. Hopper once said "All I want to do is capture sunlight."

When he moved back to the US he made living as a commercial artist but didn't enjoy that kind of art and struggled over what to work paint on the side. He said, "it is hard for me to decide what I want to paint. I go for months without finding it sometimes. It comes slowly."
His breakthrough came when he was visitng a friend on Cape Cod, Massachussetts and he painted a house on the beach. He saw
realism is what spoke to his heart.

Thursday, January 1, 2015