Friday, April 20, 2012

Self Portrait

In class, we did a self portrait. I was inspired by a French artist that does portraits in oil paint with palette knife. I used the medium of oil paint and used palette knife to apply to paint to the canvas. I used a color scheme of cool colors. I made my body a darker shade of blue and made my face lighter. I used various light cool colors for the highlights on the face. I used dark cool colors for the shadows. The background has a sense of business, but there are not specific shapes in the background. This painting is impressionistic, not showing every detail in the face.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


This is a picture of my sister at the beach taken by my friend. I used pastels on a pastel board for this work. My sister, Emily, is the clear center of interest. There is much contrast in this picture because of the various darks and lights used in each object. Also, there is contrast between the dark blue umbrellas and my sister's fair skin. There is movement in this picture in the hair, shorts, and waves. They look as if there is action in the pictures. There are converging lines that point towards my sister, leading the viewer's eye towards her.