Photography/Art

By Angel lopez : ducks in the evening
I started my digital photography class. I am completely excited and hopeful to learn new things. I have always taken tons of photos and actually used some techniques the pros do that I didn’t know I had. It’s been a quite adventure so far. For our first assignment we were to go out and explore. Which is quite difficult in some aspects. I had to get on my knees to take photographs of flowers and had to chase ducks around a pond. Its been an eventful week. However, a very inspiring week at that. It was beautiful site watching the sunset and the water sprinkler in the lake glisten. The ducks flapped there wings and floated gently on the current. So there were perks to a hard working week! Very gratifying. The flower picture below I thought was beautiful because of the dullness the background suggested. Part of the plant was dead but still bright enought to catch my eye. Everything else around the plant was dead. This sparked my attention and I had to photograph it. I will post more photos up soon. If you wish to use one of my photos make sure you give me credit by typing By: Angel Lopez some where. It’s greatly apperciated.

By Angel Lopez

My instructor also told us simplicity is key. You do not want a photo with a sophisticated background because then who ever looks at it won’t know the main focal point.  A simple item can be enlighted by the angle of your camera or perhaps lighting.

by : Angel Lopez

Basic Photography Techniques

Lines

«The picture to the left of the cigarette and the gutter was just a quick snapshot. I did not think it would turn out like it did. I think because of the angle I took the picture from gave it a unique look.

* Shooting lines or imaginary lines points the viewer in that direction. Making the line or imaginary line the focus of the photo.

The picture to the right is a self portrait of myself. It may look as if I used a tri-pod however I simply held my digital camera way down and focused on a subject and took the picture. I edited all these pictures in bridge-raw and Photoshop. »

Rule of thirds-self portrait

*Taking a photograph in the dead center is quite common to those who are not photographers. Rule of thirds is based on taking a picture within a grid line, where the intersecting points would be where the subject should be aligned with. Rule of thirds are points where our eyes go. Using this technique creates more artistic photographs. It also helps with subjects not being cut off in a photo.

Simple background-wine glasses

«These wine glasses I actually had help with. The background I used a dress that I had and my mother held it up behind it. I draped the bottom of the dress on the black marble table we have.  This idea gave the picture texture. I filled one glass up with tea because the light would shine through the liquid better .  The cold tea gave the glass good condensation making the glass look even more artistic. I then edited the picture in Photoshop.

*Simple backgrounds help keep the subject in focus, allowing emotion to be caught. Noise can distract from the main focal point and a viewer may not know what or who the photograph is focused on.

This little gorilla baby made my day! I was at the Omha zoo in Nebraska. He was tuckered out after playing with some children and came straight to me. He took a little pose and then went on playing again.  Like most children, even baby gorillas have a short attention spans!»

* On the gorilla picture I was practicing the framing technique. Framing doesn’t necessarily mean the frame has to be entirely around the subject or even have to be in a frame per-say. Framing is an object in front of another object; giving a three-d like affect.

Framing- boredem has no words

New look- little red door

«The little red door to the right was found in a run-down storage like train area. The door was red and the paint was peeling so it struck my interest immediately. I am one for vintage pictures. I edited the shadows in bridge-raw and sharpened the picture for extra detail on the paint shedding in Photoshop.

* I was told to find objects that we look at everyday at and take a look at the object at a different angle. Doing this can create some very unique photographs. It also helps to looking at life in a different perspective- “what if I were a flower or a caterpillar? What would the world look from their view point?” 

 

 

Mission Impossible

I created this master piece in photoshop! I have to credit the person who took the guitar and the womens picture however after I was done you could barely tell someone else took the picture.. a parody if you will.

All the art and perspective is all mine. It’s amazing what you can do with software and an artistic eye and my teacher said. Enjoy! If you use my art please credit-simply say its by Angel Lopez, thanks!

Salina October Art Rush
October 4 salina held thier downtown art rush. They provide a list of free places to attend to view art, sample, taste and hear. I decided to take my mother and we both had a blast! First we went to the Salina Art Center. We experianced Stephen Vitiello: Tall Grasses, solo exhibition of explorations in the phenomenological aspects of sound.  The first room we entered was dim and in the cent4er of the room were four been bag chairs and four black long square stools surounding them completing a square. We were suppose to sit and relax and close our eyes and listen to the brilliant sounds. It felt as if we were in the middle of a tall grass prarie listening to wild birds and the noises that surrounded us. Then the experiance continued, we went into a dark room with just a bit of light and listened to another recording… at this point I wanted to fall asleep.. feeling in a different place can really make you relaxed. The second place my mother and I went to was ArtXpressions where we viewed clay jewelry by Judy Irvin and paintings.
 
 This was a delight! They also had great snacks. The small room was packed with people viewing art and socializing so my mom and I decided to head over to the Smoky Hill Museum. We were late to this event but what I caught from it was Albert N. Hamscher talking about art of tombstones. It seemed rather morbid but an interesting concept we overlook because well the art is on tombstones. He was a very enthusiastic speaker. The audience was a coincidently an older crowd which I thought was amusing..Overall my mother and I enjoyed our outting and it was a great experiance.
Autumn Sunset by Starla Fauci-Wills

By Starla Fauci-Wills called Diffenbachia; mixed media

 * I would have taken more pictures except my batteries died .. so always carry extra!

My Mideval corndog advertisement!

We were to take a product from present and advertise it in a different era. I chose Foster Farms corndogs and the renissance time.

By angel lopez.. click to view in original size

All art work is done by me.

Gustav Klimt

By Angel Lopez

Gustav Klimt was an enthusiast of style, symbolism and women. His art was an expression of all three subjects. His time consist of working on his art and making discreet love to multiple women. Klimt was a carefree soul in search of ideals greater than his time. To the eye Klimt seemed to be an exhibitionist.

Klimt came from an artistic and musically talented family. His father, Ernst Klimt was a gold engraver and his mother Anna was a musical performer. Times were tough for Gustav as a child, living a poverty stricken environment his family never stayed in place for a long time. Klimt was born on July 14, 1862 in Baumgarten, near Vienna and in those times work was scarce and economic advancement was difficult for immigrants (Wikipedia).

Personality wise Gustav was an outgoing man who spent his time on his art and women. Gustav was a ladies man however he kept his encounters discreet. From Klimt’s broad shoulders to his manly hands one would not look upon Gustav as a man of in creditable artistic talent. Besides his burliness women sought after him to paint there portraits. Several well known artists have self portraits but you will not find one of Gustav Klimt. “I have never painted a self-portrait. I am less interested in myself as a subject for a painting that I am other people, above all women….There is nothing special about me. I am a painter who paints from day after day from morning to night…Who ever wants to know something about me….out to look carefully at my pictures.”

It was not long before Gustav would make his way into the world of art. In 1876, Klimt was awarded a scholarship to the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts. There he studied until 1883 as an architectural painter. Later, Klimt began his professional career painting interior murals in Vienna. While doing so he was matched up with a team of two other artists, his brother Ernst and their friend Franz Matsch. In 1888, Klimt received the golden order of the Merit from Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria for his contributions to murals painted in the Burgtheater in Vienna. He also became an honorary member of the University of Munich and the University of Vienna (Wikipedia). During these times Klimt’s works started consisting of murals, paintings and sketches among other forms of art.

In 1892, tragedy struck for the Klimt family, Gustav’s father and brother both died. Therefore Gustav was now financially responsible for not only his father’s family but his brother’s as well. Around this time Klimt was heartily smitten for a woman namedEmilie Floge who was not enthused by his relationships with other women. Despite this, Emlie Floge would be Klimt’s life long companion. Through Klimt’s life he fathered fourteen children. People who study Gustav’s art believe different transitions of his life are perceived through his art.

Klimt dabbled in several different styles. Several of his paintings consisted of the idea of pointillism like one of his landscape paintings, Poppy Field painted in 1907, Park painted before 1910. Gustav had three main themes he concentrated on they were human life, erotic mythology and nature (W. Hofmann). His first works were more for educational purposes such as Study For Medicine, drawn in 1887/1900 and then he went on to paint interior murals, women and landscapes. Klimt’s “Golden Phase” was his one of his most successful attributes that helater quit due to lack of emotion in his paintings. The extravagant gold in his paintings was achieved by using gold leaf.  This style can be seen in his paintings called Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) and The Kiss (1907-1908). Some of Gustav’s influences were Egyptian, Minoan, Classical Greek, and Byzantine inspirations. Klimt was also inspired by Albrecht Durer, late medieval painting, and Japanese Rimpa School. Gustav was also known for his symbolism and in the time of succession he received rejection. Psychologically he portrayed ideals of “freedom” of art from traditional culture (Wikipedia).

Gustav was commissioned to create three paintings to decorate the Great Hall in the University of Vienna. His three paintings were Philosophy, Medicine, and Jurisprudence. These paintings were rejected by eighty-seven university professors who claimed the art work was “pornographic” and was looked down upon because of the radical themes. Klimt’s paintings contained sexual symbolism because of this they were not displayed on the ceiling of the Great Hall. Unfortunately, this was the last commission accepted by Gustav. Later, these three paintings were destroyed by Nazi forces in May of 1945! After the outcry from these works; during the 1890’s he took several trips with the Floge family to the shores of Attersee; there he painted most of his landscape pieces. His Attersee paintings are consider of number and high quality. The landscapes reflect his figure paintings filled with patterns and design ethics. These works are so flattened to a single plane; it is believed Klimt painted them through a telescope (Wikipedia).

Despite all the negativity Gustav received, he went on to painted in his erotic fashion. When Klimt got older he felt as if any part of the human anatomy was beautiful. In 1911 his painting Death and Life received first prize in Rome, one of the greatest highlights in his career (Art History Archive). In 1915 his mother Anna died following her death was Gustav’s. He died in Vienna on February 6, 1918; he suffered from a stroke on January 11 and pneumonia.

            Several of Klimt’s pieces remain unfinished upon his death. According to the writer Frank Whitford: “Klimt of course, is an important artist-he’s a very popular artist-but in terms of the history of art, he’s very unimportant artist. Although he sums up so much in his work, about the society in which he found himself – in art historical terms his effect was negligible. So he’s an artist really in a cul-de-sac.” Even if this quote may be true but some and not by others Klimt’s art work has been bought for astounding prices. His piece Adele Bloch-Bauer 1, was purchased for the Neue Galerie in New York by Ronald Lauder for 135 million American dollars, the highest ever paid for a painting (Wikipedia).

 

 

Bibliography

Alessandra Comini-Gustav Klimt, George Braziller, Ince. One Park Avenue, New York, New York 10016. copy right by Vertag Galerie Welz Salzburg. Published 1975

 W. Hofman- Gustav Klimt 1971 Verlag Galerie, Welz Salzburg.Published 1975

 Wikipedia, www.wikipedia.com; Gustav Klimt

 The Art History Archive-Gustav Klimt; http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/symbolism/Gustav-Klimt.html

 

Chapter 16 Review questions.

1.) Define the term style.

A) A style is a technique used to created a certain design. Style can also be referenced as an artistic movement. An artistic movement is recongnized by creating a style of a historical period. For an example: a fashion designer goes back to the time when women wear hoops skirts and apply them to now.

2.) What are several ideas that can be conveyed using style?

A) Depending on the vision a designer has and what he wants to portray, there can be several ideas. A designer can portray emotion, historical period or specific designs. On page 264 gives a list of different styles of artists who use certain techniques. some examples are: Georges Seurat(pointillism), Gustav Klimt(symbolism), Andy Warhol(pop art).

Photo analyzing

 

>>This picture of the women with splattered paint shows a few characteristics I have learned this semester of photography.  Her body isn’t centered in the photograph; hince rule of thirds. The background is plain black which gives the viewer the ability to capture emotion. In the artistic sense

the bright magneta paint explodes on this picture because the black background; creating an amazing effect.  This photo is made by: Lain Crawford.

This photo to the left of this cute dog reminds me of another aspect I learned. Point of focus. Point of focus in this case an imaginary line in which the viewers eyes directly go to the point of where the dog is looking. This picture also indicates rule of thirds and great lighting. This photo is by: Rares Cuciureanu

The picture to the right has a portrait speed on a camera. The background is white and blurry giving the focus to the very attractive women. The blurriness also gives the feel of it really being cold outside as you can see it has snowed. The light background also lets the detail of the women’s clothing to come out of the picture. I love how the snow showes up so well on her hat, it is quite beautiful. This photo is also by: Rares Cuciureanu


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