Friday, April 20, 2012

Concentration Piece - "Burst"

This piece is of four athletes, specializing in Track and Field. On the far left is Elisa Rehak - High Jump. Left center is Megan Battaglia - Hurdles. Center right is Kayla Stoots - Long Distance. To the far right is Jake Wade - Discus. This piece is different than my usual pieces, and I love it. It's the contrast of shadows and "bursts of color" that make the piece. I used chalk pastel to blend the colors and really make a statement. Track is all about little bursts of energy and having a "fire within". This piece describes it perfectly because it shows the energy within you coming out to win the race.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Lucky 13

10. The Kitchen Sink

11. Looking around a Corner

12. A messy drawer, partly open

13. "In the Mirror" 

The Lucky 13

                                                                       5. Inside a Closet

6.  Messy Desk

7. The Street

8. Looking through a...?

9. The Bathroom 

The Lucky 13

1. Household Items 

2. Glasses or bottles filled with a liquid with light behind it

3. Food

4. Objects with a Shine


Thursday, March 22, 2012

My Room

Working Title for March Maddness

1.     My name: Lauren Cook
2.     Title: “Struggle”
3.     Medium: Oil paint
4.     Relate with my concentration: I am using sport photos for my concentration, and the “struggle” to beat the opposing girl in the last stretch of the race really plays well with my concentration.
5.     Mentor Artist: Katz
6.     Idea: I am going to incorporate the struggle of the girl and the light of the sun and shadows and combine them to create a simple yet defined painting that goes well with my concentration.  

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Statement one: The central idea of my concentration is the effect both light and shadows have on moving figures. Loosely, this translates to action shots of sports. I take a picture, and try to recreate it in a new way, finding the most defined shadows and rays of light. I try to find the best picture that will convey well with my theme. The medium I usually use is oil paint, because I love the thickness of the paint and the way it appears on canvas. Recently, I have been asked to step out of my comfort zone. Reluctantly, I agreed and started working with cut paper. So far, it has really opened my eyes to how many mediums I can use, and still have the same grip on my concentration idea.
To enhance my concentration idea, I have decided to branch out of oil medium and try new ways of expressing my concentration. So far, I have tried oil, and now cut paper. I will continue branching out and using mediums such as ink, charcoal, and chalk pastel.
I am "kicking it up a notch" with this piece because I have not done this before. It is a whole new medium for me to experiment with. With this piece, I am not only exploring the medium choice, but also the values of light and dark. Instead of using colors that match the picture, I am looking at the picture in black and white, and matching the colored paper with the correct value. It is crazy colorful, and definitely out of my comfort zone!
Statement two: The new idea for my concentration is to explore more ideas. Not to limit myself to sports photos, but to other figures as well, such as dogs or everyday people. I would also like to explore more mediums.