This week I had control of what I wanted to do for my activity for Art110, so I chose to do Microsoft Paint. I like to go on Paint on my free time. For the one with my name, I zoomed in, and got the biggest size spray can. I randomly colored the background in many different colors, and then I got the medium sized black spray can and sprayed my name alongside an exclamation point. For the LB State one I colored the whole background black, got the medium sized yellow spray can and sprayed “LB.” To finish it off, I got the small sized yellow spray can and sprayed “State” at the bottom. This was a very good week in Art110; I liked Glenn’s idea of letting us choose our own thing, giving us some variety in life.
This week in class I got to look at Romina’s art works. Her gallery was called “Shifting Focus,” and all of the pieces are a series of portraits done from direct observation with a live model. Out of all of her portraits, which there were 8 of them, this one was my favorite. I really like the shading that is done with this piece. His facial expression makes the tone of this very mysterious, almost telling you a story. This piece was called “The Portrait of Victor.” It was done with charcoal and pastel on a 38×50 inch canvas, and it was done in 2014. Romina limited her tools and attempted to explore the full potential of the charcoal and pastel. She did a really good job with this live model.
This week in class I met Alex. Alex is a 2nd year at CSULB and similarly to me, he is a Kinesiology major; however, his major is Exercise Science while mine is Physical Education. Alex and I had a lot of similarities. For instance, we both played football in high school, he has no art background besides the high school art requirements and he is a 2nd year at CSULB, like me. He went to high school in Rosemead, California which is about 40 minutes away. When I asked him if he commutes to school every day or dorms, he said he commutes. When I asked him where he lives I assumed he moved out of his parent’s house, he hadn’t. He commutes 40 minutes to school every day he has class (hats off to ya Alex.) Alex likes to go to the Rec in his free time. The reason I put this picture in this post is because this is where Alex and I were talking, but I forgot to take a picture with him.
This week’s activity was called “Landscape With a Corpse.” As you can see, this picture was taken in my room. I do not really get to sleep during school that much, from ROTC and taking a lot of classes. Right now, my favorite place during my life is my bed. I chose my room/bed because it will be comfortable when I die, and get the rest I have needed.
In class we had a group called #sculptured showing off all of their sculptures. Unfortunately all of the artists were not there, so I was not able to interview Almira. Her artwork is called “Time and Money.” As you can see it is made out of a bunch of pennies stacked. If she was there, I would have wanted to ask her a lot of questions about this piece in particular. I would ask “What are all of these pennies held together by? Or are they even held together?” “Do you know how many pennies you used?” and “How much time did it take you?”
This week in class I was pleasured to meet Juventino Cisneros. Juventino is a 2nd year at CSULB, similarly to me. He went to Lindsay High School which is located up in the valley area. His family still lives in Lindsay, California; however, he dorms at CSULB. Juventino played soccer all 4 years of high school. I asked him about his art background, and similarly to me, the only art experience he has is from the high school requirements. In his free time he goes to the gym, plays soccer, and does homework. He is a Mechanical Engineering major at CSULB and he wants to take his degree and become an Automotive Engineer.
This week in class Cynthia Lujan had her drawing displayed, and it was a part of a group gallery alongside Jesse Minott. This drawing is named “Sith Lord.” It is composed of Acrylic and Wax Pencil on Lenox. I really like this drawing because I liked the colors she picked, and I like the time and effort she must have put into this piece. It looks very time consuming, and I like how she only used a few colors, yet it is so detailed to see different parts of the whole piece. This drawing is very straightforward, yet it also gets you thinking to what the meaning behind it is.
Same as Jesse, Cynthia was not there with her work. In her statement she says people are very aware of their physical appearance and the way they project themselves. She says that her inspiration is “finding the nuances of these identities through portraiture,” to capture the specifics of one person. I think that is very cool, and her inspiration does come through in her work.
I like her style of art and if she were there I would have asked if she traced it in pencil before coloring it in. I also would have asked her how long it took her to draw.