comment to huiying’s blog:

michelleljf Says: i like your chandelier too! i think your painting look overall very impressive:) but maybe you should add more details to the girl since she is the main focus. but well, you have no reference…. so overall, i think its a good job!:D
September 28, 2009 at 8:37 am

comment to mabel’s blog:

i like your ipod design! good use of silhouette. the person looks like he is having fun swinging even though i can only see the silhouettex) (body language..heeX))colour scheme is also good and goes well together.i love the front design!:) but mayb the back design can improve more by making it relate a little bit more to the front design?

comments to cynthia’s blog:

i like your design!so nice!
and you noe like in ur badge rite?like there are different patterns within it so mayb each pattern represent different aspect of ur class. however different yet united as they form 4/3(within the heart). you get what i mean???????
ya.has the regal feel.maybe you can have a class badge?hee:D:D:D:

comments to maria’s blog:

i like the one in pen because i think it must be quite difficult to do since you cannot erase after you pen down. i love the details, how the pen marks curves along with the creases on the shirt and the shadings, etc. The dynamic pen lines are kind of directional too, kind of induce the perception of movement and rhythm. heh.
and i went through all your skeches in ur artwork session and it is good that you explored different mediums such as pen, pencil, colour pencil(?) and focus a lot on softball (duh) since it is your main interest.

comments to adalyn’s blog: more!your art works are like so nice! i love the streets!!!!i hope there’s one like this in singapore!omg!!!shocking thing is without reference!!!…i think maybe you just have to leave some space for people to write stuff since it is an organiser planner…… but the drawing is fab!!!!:D:D:D:D:D


Migrant Mother, Nipomo Valley by Dorothea Lange 1935

Gelatin Silver Print

1a) Describe the subject matter of the painting

The “Migrant Mother, Nipomo Valley” depict of a women a mother as suggested from the title, porbably in her thirties dressed in shabby clothes. Her face is filled with worries and frowns. There are many wrinkles on her face probably caused by her worries. There are two people, backs facing us each on her left and right, leaning on her shoulders,seemingly asleep, probably her children. The mother seems to be the centre of focusin the printas the children beside her,back facingus seems to blur into the background.

b) What does this work suggest about the lifestyle of the people depicted? 

This work suggests of the fugitive life of them as children lies on the shoulders of their mother which suggests that they are homeless and deprived of beds. The bamboo at the right side of the painting also tells us that they are out in the open which further enforce the fact that they are nameless. The shabby, plain clothes they are dressed in also shows the poverty they are in. The expression on the mother face, the frowns on her face also suggest the poor living conditions of them.

c) How effectively has the artist used proportion and emphasis in this photograph? 

The mother is in the centre of focus of the print, perhaps by using the golden rule, the mother is placed in a way that she is the emphasis of the print. The details of the children beside her are missed out probably on purpose and the children, back facing us seems to be fading into background. This is so that the details protrayed in the children will overcrowd the detail of facial features on the mother’s face, the worries and the mother’s face. This makes the mother stands out even more in the print. The giqures are aslo proportionate and the print looks symmetrically balanced with one child on each side and the mother in the centre, this creates a feel that the mother is centre of support, the centre of pillar for her children to lean on, depend on.

Section B

Another Place by Antony Gormley 2005-6

Cast iron, 100 figures, 189x53x29cm each

Cosby Beach

Age of Bronze by Auguste Rodin 1876

Bronze, 175x60x60cm

Rodin Museum

3a) Discuss the theme, in relation to the artists’ intenions of these two works.

 In “Another Place” by Antony Gormley 2005-6, the artist intention is to reflect the man’s impact on the enivronment. 100 iron male fiqures each of 1890m tall are placed facing out to the seain Cosbt Beach.  Each weighs about 650kg. There are palced spaced out deliberately getting more congregated as they reach out to the shore. The fiqure are submerged and revealed as the waves and tides varies.They are placed far apart from each other yet strangelyseem to relate to one another. The stillness of the figures creates on austere atmosphere.

In “Age of Bronze” by Auguste Rodin. A life size figure are made in bronze. As the title of the work, “Age of Bronze”suggest the work depicting the bronze age. The sculpture is modelled from a belgan soldier and is perhaps to suggest the vitality, robustness in the soldier.

3b)How does each work make use of form, scale and texture?

“Another Place”is a large scale work with 100 male figures place far apart from each other, it requires you to go there to experience the atmosphere created by it, to be “part”of the artwork as well. The space created is important to the artwork as well, as the waves and tides submerged and rise, teh figures are also being embdedded in the waves and revealed as the waves submerged. This creates a relation of the artwork, the figures to the environment. Form of the figure in “another place”is more simplified, is nude as well but is not as detailed in terms of tension of muscle, texture of skin compared to “Age of Bronze”. The overall feel of the figures together matters more than each individual figures which explains why the figure s are more simplified compared to “Age of Bronze”. Both artworks are made up of life-sized figures probably to create a realistic feel.

In “Age of Bronze”, details are created through the tension of muscles, the tense arm through the clenching of fist and the texture of the skin. Auguste Rodin emphasizes more the physical appearance as he thinks that character and emotion are created through the physical appearance, the tension of each an every muscles, the clenched fist. The first was initially clenching a fist. however, was removed as Auguste Rodin felt that the spear obstructured the torso in a certain way. The contraction and relaxation of each and every muscle is made in such a realistic way that crtics accused Rodin of making cast out of the soldier and directly, a practice that is normally frown upon.

3c)Which of the work(s) are site-specific? Explain your answer, beginning with your definition of site-specific

Site specificity means that the artworks are placed in a certain place, which forces you to visit the place if you want to see the artwork where the space and the atmosphere created through the space is important to the artwork as well. Installation of art is normally site-specific.

I think “Another Place” is site specific as the movement of waves, the stillness of the figure relate to each other and is considered as an artwork together and if the figures are moved to a different space, place, will result in a different feel.

However, “Age of Bronze”is not site- specific as it is the same whenever you placed it. The space does not matter. It can be moved to any place and does not affect the sculpture.

4) Self-Portrait by Affandi 1975 Oil on Canvas

Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear by Vincent Van Gogh 1889

Oil on canvas, 60 x 49 cm

Courtauld Institute Galleries

4a) Discuss the use of brush stroke and colour in both paintings.

 In “Self-Portrait”by Affandi 1975, the brushstrokes are more expressive and dynamic and directional. A variety of brushstrokes are used, swirly, wavy and specks of paint. The directional and dynamic brushstrokes gives the painting a sense of unruliness and unleash Affandi’s creatives onto the canvas upon deep impasto. Movement and rhythm have created through the use of directional dynamic brustrokes as well. Form are more abstract, one can vaguely make out the facial features, it is more of a representative of emotional state than physical state. Vibrant, primary, basic, colours such as yellow and red wre used. A large portion of yellow was used. The background was painted black, while part of the canvas was not being painted, and the vibrant colours used to paint the face constrast with the black background and stands out. The face was emphasized through the contrasting, clashing colours against the black background. The vibrant colours used to paint the face also gives a robust vitality look. Strong light source was also created as portions of the face are submerged in dark shadows while some portions of the face is starkly illuminated. This creates a sense of depth to the painting as ell.

There was not much contrast of colours in “Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear”by Vincent Van Gogh compared to “Self Portrait” by Affandi.Darker colours such as dark yellow were used to paint the figures as compared to the colours that are lighter in value used in the background such as light green and light blue. This creates a sense of depth in the pianting as the darker colours seems to advance forward while the lighter cool colours seems to recede backwards. Brushstrokes are short and choppy of one direction. The short and choppy brushstrokes displays rythm and movement in the painting. Strong vertical lines are displayed in the picture. Shadings are applied in graduated tones in “Self-Portrait with Bandage Ear”whereas colours of complementary colours are placed side by side in “Self-Portrait”by Affandi which seems more intense from far than if mixed in the palette. Strong bold outlines were used perhaps to emphasize on the figure.

b)What inspired these two artists? Discuss in relation to their biography

Affandi painted his self portrait in relation to an artist award he is going to receive. His portraits are normally full of emotions and expressions and depict the preoccupations of human life and conditions, the mortality of growing old. He is an Indonesian artists and come from a group Yogya which focus on realism and expressionism. However, his latter works borders towards semi-abstraction. This “self portrait is drawn so as to express that although he is physically growing old, portrayed through the unkempt, thinning of hair, he is still emotionally strong and full of vitality, young at his heart which is portray from his use of vibrant colours to express his emotional state.

Vincent Van Gogh painted “Self portrait with Bandaged Ear”after he had a heated arguement with his friend, Paul Gauguin, in which after that he cut off his ear probably out of depression after Gauguin left. The “Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear”is probably painted to express his depression after Gauguin left. The “self-portrait with Bandaged Ear” is probably painted to express his depressed emotional feelings. Less intense colours in contrast to vibrant colours in “self-portrait” by Affandi was used to create a solemn atmosphere. His expression on his face with solemn dejected eyes also gives us a hint of his dejected feelings.

c) In your opinion, which artist is more successful in creating a unique style?

I feel that Affandi is more successful in creating a unique style. His paintings move towards semi-abstraction, forms are comparatively less recognisable and thus, more free for interpretation. In addition, colours of shadings are placed side by side instead of being mixed on the palette first as perceived in Van Gogh self portrait where shadings are made in graduated tone. Thus, in Affandi’s self portrait, colours look more intense and stands out from far than if mixed on palette. Brushstrokes are also more dynamic and directional, there are a variety of brushstrokes used for example, swirly, wavy, choppy, short brushstrokes were used and are of only one vertical direction. The dynamic directional brushstrokes gives the painting a sense of unruliness and energy being unleashed upon it in deep impasto. Vibrant colours were used contrasting and clashing with the background and unlike colours that are less in value and intensity being used in Van Gogh self portrait. Thus, Affansi’s self-portrait is more unique in style and appeals to me more.

Photographs again.okay. i know it is kind of repetitive but i try to get a lot of inspirations from photograph because i did that for my coursework and i feel that i get more inspired in face of photography than paintings because im really bad at painting and i find photography more interesting:)

******NOTE: FIRST PHOTO CREDITS TO Annamir™ on flickr******

just using this first photo as a preview sample on this blog. there is a series of that cute boy silhouettes jumping in this url too: …i like the first photo in that page best because the jumping pose looks very natural and he looks like he is having a lot of fun and what really surprises me is that the photographer say he did not use photoshop to edit the photo????!!!! it still looks so nice!!!!too niceeeee…heee….envy…

i think what is important in a silhouette picture is the sky and in that picture, i think its either sun rise or sun set so the sky is really very beautiful and hence attracts the viewer. This photographer’s series of silhouettes pictures inspire me to take silhouette picture as i find them very interesting and special(different from normal photography. Even though, details are lacked in the subject, it is just a black silhouette of the object, the captivating and glistering sky make up for that and result in a whole different feel of the picture.

Anyway, i tried taking my own silhouette picture (last two pictures in the post)but it was a fail fail because the sky is not beautiful enough(it was going to rain at the time:() although i like the poses because it gives me a sense of feeling at ease and it looks natural too.

HAIZ. i shall attempt to take another silhouette pictures in future making sure that the weather is good!:):)(preferably during the time of sun set or sun rise)

Which interpretation(s) of the artist’s work (or from the curatorial text) do you agree or disagree with? You may use any of the sources to support you answer. Do give reference to the paintings-use of composition, colour, brushstorkes and principles of art (emphasis, focal point, unity, rhythm, balance)

Artwork: Chinese Portrait Series

Since 2000, Feng Zhengjie has been producing large-scale oil protraits of galmourous women. His works are striking,depicting women in close-up. His paintings reflect a vision of futuristic pop.

It is said that his use of vivid colours has “displayed emotions of joy and elation but also create feelings of misgiving and unease” and I agree with the curatiorial texts. The colours of his palette are luring, mainly consist of red and turquoise,which  clashes with each other when put together. The enticing hues had caught the viewer attention but the acidic tones had in turn also rendered a great deal of unease and sceptic. It raises questions about the definition of beauty and its relationship to being superficial  and vanity. Their richly hued, wind machine hair and luscious intense coloured lips make them appear irresistibly dazzling. However, the exotic colours also possessed an ominous aura that seems unnatural.

Also, Feng Zhengjie trademark diverging eyes of the women have made them appear frivolous and vacant. The wabdering expressions in their eyes make them difficult to read and thus, render them enigmatic.

The acidic tones used had created a promotional imagery with the atypical coloured hair and luscious lips, “a representation, of the commercial nature of modern China”.Simultaneously enchanting and repulsive, these portraits suggest the contradictions of an emotionally complex, individual existence in a superficial consumer society, living under a facade.

Eventhough his paintings “depict traditional symbols with exaggerated gaiety, they also critique the excesses of comtemporary China.” This reflects a contradiction of China threading uncomfortably between capitalism and communism. This may be the result of China going partially capitalistic and during the period of China’s movement during capitalism, women becoming more sensual. “The paintings are rendered with almost air-brushed precision which have adual effect on the viewer.” Brushstroke are hardly visible in the portraits, texture is not created and therefore, the almost air-brushed precision has also contributed to the surreal feel of the viewer.

 Neither western nor Chinese in appearance, his subjects are a “super-hybrid of commercial beauty, a science fiction product of globalisation.” And this may be due to the more fashionable products available, the western influence because of China’s globalisation.

His thick white and subdued tone of outline of the shape has created an electrified auras around the woman protrayed. The outline and the exotic colours used on the object and the background had made the subjects in the protraits seemed surreal.

The subjects are in close up and thus little space is left with the background also being painted with rich hues. The protraits are quite balanced as the fiqures occupied most of the area of canvas and the canvas is covered with enticing hues throughout including the background. Shading of the fiqures are painted with the subdued tone of red or turquoise. Thus, depth is being created and contributed to the tangibility of the fiqures. The background is painted flat without any shadows and therefore makes the fiqures the emphasis of the protraits.

Photographer:jam343 on flickr

although the flower looks very lone and simple in this photo, i felt that it is simplicity that brings it out. The fact that it is only one stalk of flower on its own growing on the pavement(supposingly conditions hard to thrive in?) all the more expresses the resilence in it. The vibrant colour of the flower petal also makes it stand out. There is also a strong control of the colour and depth of field created(background is blur) which brings about another aspect that i have to take note of in taking photo which is the depth of field. This photo inspires me to take photo consisting of vibrant colour and have a field of depth( lower aperture?).

The composition is also very important as it can be since from this photo that there is strong diagonal lines leading the viewers view to the flower which is the focus.

****NOTE**** photos credits to m0thyyku mArta on deviant art.

his or her photos are really NICE NICE NICE. do take a look or at least a glimpse at his or her gallery!:) (i am afraid to put too many of his or her photos here due to copyright issue…i am assuming that a few of the photos on this post is okay as long as i credit the photographer….after all i am sort of helping her to advertise a gallery:))

okay.i like the photos as there is a strong vibrant use of colour…really vibrant colours that captivates you on first sight. the images are sharp and clear as well. The composition is balanced as well. The subject is focused and brings an immediate view of the subject to the viewer. In order to focus on the subject, she would blur the background sometimes such as the third photo. I think i should do that in some of my photos as well, blurring the background of my photos so that details of the background cannot be seen, in order to make the subject stand out. Besides, blurring of background of my photos also help to eliminate distracting elements spotted in some of my photos.

i really love those photos mainly because the colours attracts my attention:D:D:D:D:D:D so when i go about to take picture in future, maybe i should keep in mind of the colour scheme and take those pictures which i think the colours would be vibrant or lively enough to captivate the viewer. (i think colour is very impt:))

sec3 assignment

Compare and contrast the works by Piet Mondrian to Mark Rothko.

Piet Mondrian is the contributor of De stijl which is an art movement and group. He evolved a non-representational form which is Neo-plasticism. Mark Rothko created a new and impassioned form of abstract painting. Rothko’s work is characterized by rigorous elements such as colours, shapes, balance, depth, composition and scale.

Piet Mondrain paintings consist of grid of vertical and horizontal black lines and mostly the use of three primary colours. Through horizontal and vertical lines, they constructed awareness and brought to harmony and rhythm. They are of geometrical shapes which create the basic forms of beauty. Whereas, Mark Rothko artworks used expanding dimensions, simplified use of form, briliant hues and broad, thin washes of colour. His artworks consit of large, floating rectangles of colour and they had an expressive potential of colour contrast.

In Piet Mondrian early works (1919), the lines delineating rectangular forms are thin, gray and not black. Lines tend to fade as they approach edge of painting. The forms are smaller and numerous than in later paintings and are filled with basic primary colours such as Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red, 1921, oil on canvas. Whereas, in the early works of Mark Rothko, he painted mostly of street scenes and interiors with figures, deliberate deformations and uses crude application of paint.

Piet Mondrian works in his middle years demonstrate an unprecedented busy-ness, with more lines than his previous works, places in an overlapping arrangement that is almost cartographical in appearance. He uses thick, coloured lines instead of black. Whereas, the works done by Mark Rothko in his middle years are virtually eliminated of all elements of surrealism or mythic imagery from his workds and it consists of nonobjective compositions. Asymmetrically arranged patches of colour became the basis of his compositions.

Piet Mondrian did wall works in his late years. He painted the high walls the same off-white he used on his easel and on the seats, tables and storage cases he designed and fashioned meticulously from discarded orange and apple-crates. Whereas, Piet Mondrian’s late works began to draken dramatically and his motif change from a closed to open form and he developed a technique of overlaying colours and distinctions between the shape and the ground of his late works are difficult to discern.

While in Paris, the influence of the style Cubism of Picasso and Braque appeared almost immeditely in Mondrian’s work. Paintings such as The Sea (1912) and his various studies of tree from that year still contain a measure of representation, but they are increasingly dominated by the geometrical shapes and interlocking planes commonly found in Cubism. However, while Mondrian was eager to absorb the Cubist influence into his work, it semms clear that he saw Cubism as port of call on his artistic journey, rather than as a destination. Whereas, for Mark Rothko, he was deeply influenced by Nietzsche. He was influenced to have a new vision which was attempting to address modern man’s spirtual and creative mythological requirements, and would, as Nietzsche claimed Greek tragedy had, seek to redeem man from the terrors of a mortal life. Rothko’s work became increasingly abstract; perhaps ironically, Rothko himself described the process as being one towards “clarity”. In the Museum of Modern Art, he became fascinated by Matisse’s Red Room, later attributing to it the source of inspiration for his later abstract paintings.