Wild Art

December 5, 2008 at 6:11 pm (Uncategorized)

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There are two things that stand out to me in this piece: one is eyes.  Eyes are so powerful.  So deep and they draw us in.  Even the majestic eyes of a lion.  Second is color. Color invokes feeling and mood.  It is a crucial element in art.  Seeing is so amazing. Our eyes are incredible to look at and also to use!

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All in the point of view…

December 5, 2008 at 6:06 pm (Uncategorized)

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There is great use of foreground with the hand close in this picture. It’s totally different, its unique and creative.  I like art that makes you say, Wow.  Art that shows thought invested into its production.

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What America doesn’t see…

December 5, 2008 at 5:51 pm (Uncategorized)

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This to me shows the power of a picture.  My ultimate picture is taken beautifully and exposes a side of humanity that needs help, demands action, moves our hearts.  The subject in this photo is saddening, and brings to light the reality of how well off we are in America.  Most of the world lives in horrible conditions, even without shoes.  This photo also reminds me that you never know what you will see and its important to always be ready to make a photo.

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Water art

December 5, 2008 at 5:47 pm (Uncategorized)

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Water is so amazing. We need it to survive and we most of the time, just take it for granted.  Yet here it is as art, beautiful, like a gem. It is so simple and yet so valuable. So important to life as we know it. This picture is beautiuflly simple, artistic and colorful.  I think its a marvelous example of the rule of thirds and of capturing daily life in a unique way.

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MY BOOK

December 2, 2008 at 8:13 pm (Uncategorized)

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Analyzing Art…

November 26, 2008 at 10:08 pm (Uncategorized)

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I found this piece under photoshop art and liked it because of the softness of the colors and the intricate details of apple technology all together in one piece.  I like creative art because it’s different.  It’s unique.  I feel like this piece is a bit trendy just like the Apple brand.  I also feel like it creates a “universe” with the technology and in a way it symbolized the universe and whole realm of Apple products.  I like seeing the variety and variation of what can be created using photoshop.

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close up

November 25, 2008 at 10:35 pm (Uncategorized)

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Thanks to Dennis’ inspiration and talking about the details we pass everyday, I noticed this leaf in the midst of trampled, ugly, dirty ones, with perfect water drops on it.  Originally the contrasting color caught my eye, then the droplets, and I had to make a photo of it.  I tried a variety of angles and levels and this is the one I like best.  Macro photography is amazing to me and I would love to get a macro lens, this was with my wide angle because its all i had, so even if I had used my telephoto it could have been more close…anyway, I think close ups slow us down and do let us take in the details of life that we normally pass by.

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black and white vs. color

November 25, 2008 at 10:30 pm (Uncategorized)

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When I saw this photo I wondered why it was turned to black and white…I feel like it would be more beautiful in color showing a blue sky and blue water and brown sand…it made me wonder why we turn some images to black and white and not others…I think its because we are trying to achieve a new “feel.”  Maybe making the images simpler by extracting all color.  Without color to distract our minds, we can focus on the subject or the emotions.  Or, to make the photo more dramatic, with the color left up to the imagination.  Black and white can sometimes cover up mistakes in color or give the photo a more mature, older feel.  Sometimes when I see pictures I just wonder what it would be like in black and white, or vice versa.  From now on I want to think about why that thought comes into my head…what would I be trying to accomplish?  I also think sometimes b/w makes the photo cleaner.  Just better.  I love b/w, but sometimes taking color away is a crime…

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all in the angle…

November 25, 2008 at 10:24 pm (Uncategorized)

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My first thoughts: “Oh, cool..”  I love the creaive angle here and how the picture leads my eyes with the lines and circles, and yet this is a park bench!! There is potential in the most mundane things, to create beautiful photos, pieces of art.  But it takes thinking outside the box and playing around and finding what works and what doesn’t.  The use of foreground, midground and background create a great depth of field for this phto.  I would like it in black and white too.

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my shot

November 25, 2008 at 10:15 pm (Uncategorized)

So we went to Pilot Rock and I was having a blast with the fog clearing and the clouds still below us…I kept shooting my friends and trying to capture what we were experiencing.  I love photography and its a challenge to capture all the beauty and greatness of where we were and what we were seeing.  I think a good key to getting that ONE photo, is to shoot creatively, meaning trying different zoom ranges, angles, trying as much as you can in those moments so you can see what works and what doesn’t.  This one is one of my favorites from the day because it is very contextual and shows the wide angle of where we were and I like the rule of third usage with the clouds rolling behind….Thank God for brave boys who will listen to bossy girls tell them what to do so she can make her pictures!!!img_4742

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Art Critique

November 25, 2008 at 9:58 pm (Uncategorized)

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What I like about this piece is that it is extremely creative and has a story telling feel.  I love the colors and I love the orgainzed squares.  I could look at this piece for a long time and notice new things every time I looked at it.  There is a unity and yet variety.  I am noticing a pattern with art…Unity, something linking different elements, and yet a conscious variety, something different or something set apart, but on purpose.  Everything is for a reason in art even if it was done subconsciously.  Some people it just flows out of them and works well, some people have to practice and become better combinging elemets to create good art.

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Photo Critique

November 25, 2008 at 9:30 pm (Uncategorized)

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This photo is intriguing and the kind of photo you can stare at for a long time because you want to make sense of it and figure it out.  It took me a second to realize it was a reflection.  The color, angles, and dark silohette make it work and make it interesting.  It would be a lot more boring if that person wasn’t on the left side of the photo.  I like the yellow color and the style of the building that seems victorian in the middle of a busy city.  It’s out of place almost, but it makes the photo.

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My Table of Contents

November 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm (Uncategorized)

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Lego Art

November 18, 2008 at 6:06 pm (Uncategorized)

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I was inspired by this art because its unique.  I love seeing people “creating” in different ways.  This guy used legos to create a piece of art that is powerful.  This guy is opening himself and being “poured out.”  Art is all around us.  Creation is all around us.  I know personally I feel so alive when I am creating…really anything…anything can be done with a creative twist and we have to follow our hearts.  To me this lego man represents a guy who loved art following his heart…he quit his job and became a lego artist!!! WOW!

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Dolls…

November 11, 2008 at 7:02 pm (Uncategorized)

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I really like this painting by Frederick Remahl.  I love the colors and I love the shapes and bodies of these women.  I think this painting is rich and very well composed.  It’s interesting because I know it works and I know I enjoy it but I am not sure why…like why the rug adds to it and why the blue woman’s arms are extended the way they are…but if they weren’t it wouldn’t work as much.  I just like it.

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Inviting Garden

November 11, 2008 at 6:47 pm (Uncategorized)

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First…the colors!  They are beautiful and I feel like I could touch the texture through the computer screen.  I love gardens and have since I was a little girl, so naturally I was drawn to this work.  I could look at it endlessly…again, partially because of the lack of detail, I am left to fill in the gaps and create it into what I want it to be.  I also smell the flowers.  Monet was exceptionally talented and I wonder how he was inspired for this work…did he see this place?  Or was it a place of imagination?  I want to step inside and walk barefoot amongst the flowers and bask in the beauty…

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Monet Review

November 11, 2008 at 6:37 pm (Uncategorized)

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What I love about Claude Monet’s work is the lack of clarity and detail.  I am drawn to his paintings because so much is left to the imagination.  I feel as though I get to be the one to fill in the missing gaps.  It’s beautiful and soft.  The colors complement each other and there is a romance within the painting.  This one in particular is simple and yet warm.  I feel a Mother’s love.  I feel a love for a child.  I feel a warm sunny day in a field or garden.  I feel as though I could be the woman.  She loves her son and enjoys spending time with him.  This is a glimpse into their world, into their afternoon…

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Movie Poster

October 28, 2008 at 6:14 pm (Uncategorized)

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Playing with Type

October 28, 2008 at 4:44 pm (Uncategorized)

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Science and God

October 28, 2008 at 4:26 pm (Uncategorized)

I have always been drawn to outer space.  My dad and I would gaze at the stars and talk about the universe when I grew up.  Those nights mean a lot to me.  I am now taking astronomy and also met someone who works for the video department of National Geographic and did a documentary on the Hubble Space Telescope.  Someone recently asked me what its like to study science and how that affects my belief in the God of the Bible.  While studying how small I am in comparison to these stars that are lightyears away and all within an unmeasurable universe, I feel like a nothing, and yet so amazed that God loves me, knows me, cares for me, wants me!  I feel honored and it just shows how big of a God he is and how we were not created to fully be able to comprehend his greatness.  Science is man’s way of describing, defining and labeling the creative power of God.  We try so hard to comprehend it all and explain it away with “science.”  God is the original scientist.  He formed the world, he spoke it into being, he created man from dust.  He is the ultimate designer, creator, and inventor.  Those qualities in man stem from a Father in Heaven.  So my answer is that science may be looked as an avenue that reveals there is no God, or it can come along side a belief in an all loving, all knowing creator, like it does for me, and reveal his creation and the amazing beauty and order he created.

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Font/Type

October 28, 2008 at 4:14 pm (Uncategorized)

I found this font and liked it because it is modern and smooth.  I like the fact that the width of the type is larger than the height.  That aspect makes it unique compared to mots types.  I like where the gaps are within each letter, they are still completely understandable and the gaps are the right size…not too big not too small.  I could see this type used for a modeling agency or a trendy, modern company.  I do feel that to be used effectively the word would need to be over 3 letters, 3 would not do justice to the look the font gives.

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My Collage

October 21, 2008 at 6:39 pm (Uncategorized)

The feminine side of me really came out in this… I just was drawn to the elegance and romantic colors that came together to create this collage with multiple European princesses, and other elegant elements that complemented the theme.

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Picturing the Other #2…

October 14, 2008 at 6:27 pm (Uncategorized)

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Picturing the Other…

October 14, 2008 at 4:35 pm (Uncategorized)

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Colors

October 7, 2008 at 6:10 pm (Uncategorized)

After reading about colors and hearing the lecture I have started to pay more attention to the design/layouts/arrangements and colors used in book covers, magazine cover, icons, websites, television adds, movie covers, etc.  When I see something I like, something that pleases my eyes, I think about why and I dissect each element that is contributing to the whole.  I was looking at a book cover last night and the photo used was slightly crooked, not the people in it but the lines of the walls behind. It really bugged me because it was not an intentional tilt, and it could have been cropped to look perfect!  Also, the girl’s sweater and the color at the top of the book cover were similar but different enough to not work together!  They needed to either be more the same or more contrasting!  Color for me comes natural.  I have always had instincts about what works and what doesn’t.  It started when I would enter every coloring contest possible when I was little, then evolved to scrapbooking, and now interior design, photography design, and digital design all use colors.  I love looking at colors and trying to decide what feelings they invoke.

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Alphabet Soup

October 7, 2008 at 4:54 pm (Uncategorized)

This assignment slowed me down.  I would walk around and really try to see what I would normally walk by and miss.  I had time to think and just enjoy life.  I would stop and just look around and really take in what I was seeing. Another cool aspect was to see the three dimensional world in two dimensions (Look at the letter K for example).  I had so much fun I couldn’t stop at 5 letters, so I did the whole alphabet.  

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Wading in the water

December 5, 2008 at 5:41 pm (Uncategorized)

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This picture has a wonderful angle, rich color, and interesting subjects.  It has a magical feel to it and also ignites a sense of wonder.  It feels like another time era when really it is just another part of the world.  It is a great example of the background adding to the photo and contributing something.  I think it’s beautiful. 

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