Blog Post Nine: Final Project Self Evaluation and Class Progress

Credit: “The View from the Night: Front Cover” by Logan Douglas (author) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

My final project is entitled “The View from the Night.” It contains six pieces, created with a multitude of mediums, of views of the night sky. I chose the subject matter of each individual work based off of several quotes which I found detailing different author’s perspectives of the night (see below). Overall, I was very pleased with how the book turned out. It took quite a bit of work, but the end result is worth it. There are three

pages where I would not change anything, which quite an artistic feat for me. These pages are blood moon page (page two), the starry night page (page three), and the galaxy page (page six). I really love how these turned out,

Credit: “The View from the Night: Cover” by Logan Douglas (author) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

especially the blood moon. I was pleasantly surprised by the extent to which it came out like I visualized it in my mind.

 

The first page, depicting the encompassing darkness most people associate with night, was not inspired or a favorite of mine by any means. However, I would not change anything about it because I felt like it was a good starting point for the series. In the meteor shower (page four), I wish that I had made the meteor trails a little bit thinner. As it is now, they look like simple lines instead. Because of this, I felt that the painting lost a bit

of

Credit: “The View from the Night: Back Cover” by Logan Douglas (author) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

the liveliness and wonder I was hoping to capture on that page. Finally, page five’s painting of the Northern Lights was not very well done. I felt like I wasn’t able to catch the lights ethereal quality, with the glare in the sky. The end result was an almost abstract watercolor painting of the basic outline of the lights. I wish that I had found a way to create a better depiction of the Northern Lights.

 

One thing that I was a little hesitant about was how messy the book itself looked. I used charcoal for my first three drawings, so the backs of those pages were

Credit: “The View from the Night: Page One (Darkness) by Logan Douglas (author) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

covered in charcoal dust. For a while, I was having problems with the watercolor, as water began to congregate in different sections and caused water stains. I was pleasantly surprised about the fact I was mostly able to fix that. Once I put the cover on

 

my problems with charcoal dust were fixed. For all that there were some problems, though, I think the book came together quite nicely. I felt like the simplicity of the book was able to help me reflect my own feelings about the night: that is, it is a time when everything slows down and becomes easier.

Credit: “The View from the Night: Page Two (Blood Moon) by Logan Douglas (author) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

This semester really challenged my artistic skills. I was

 

very surprised to find that I really enjoyed the class; usually, I’m not a big fan of art classes. While working with some of the mediums, such as watercolor, were difficult, I think I was able to get a good idea of how best to work with charcoals and materials similar to that. I was also surprised by the amount of detail work I was able to perfect.

I can definitely see an evolution in my artistic skills.

Before this class, defining texture

Credit: “The View from the Night: Page Three (A Starry Night) by Logan Douglas (author) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

in artwork was a foreign concept to me. I was very happy to see how I got a stronger grasp of the techniques I can use to create different types of textures. I also learned to take artistic risks, something that I had not before this class. There are some areas, though, were I still struggle. One of these areas is in defining 3-d space. While I certainly got better at it over the course of the semester, there is still plenty to be done in this area. I certainly need more

 

practice and training in all areas, but I’m pleased with how far I got this semester. All in all, though, while I still am going to focus on

Credit: “The View from the Night: Page Four (A Meteor Shower) by Logan Douglas (author) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

the art history side of art, I was
very happy to find that I am getting better at  art itself.

 

 

 

Quotes for each page:

Cover: “I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night”- Sarah Williams (“Night Quotes…).

Page One: “The day is for honest men, the night for

Credit: “The View from the Night: Page Five (The Northern Lights) by Logan Douglas (author) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

thieves”- Euripides (“Night Quotes…).

 

Page Two: “Some nights are made for torture, or reflection, or the savoring of loneliness” – Poppy Z. Bright (“Night Quotes…).

Page Three: “Night hath a thousand eyes” -John Lyly (“Night Quotes…).

Page Four: “Night, when words fade and things come alive” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery (“Night Quotes…).

 

Page Five: “Night is the other half of life, and the better

Credit: “The View from the Night: Page Six (The Galaxy) by Logan Douglas (author) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

half” -Goethe (“Night Quotes…).

Page Six: “I love the silent hour of night

For blissful dreams may then arise,

Revealing to my charmed sight

What may not bless my waking eyes!” – Anne Bronte (“Night Quotes…).

Works Cited

“Night Quotes (1029 Quotes).” Goodreads, Goodreads, www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/night.

 

 

Blog Post Eleven: Off Campus Visit to Whitespace Gallery

Whitespace Gallery’s recent exhibition of the works of Pete Schulte contained a series of interesting and seemingly unassuming paintings. At first glance, they looked like relatively simple works, made with black and white mediums, and displaying easy geometric shapes such as rectangles, circles and arches. However, on closer examination of the works, it was revealed that they actually consisted of little dots placed so closely together that the shapes they made looked concrete. Not only that, but the perspectives Schulte played with when creating his works created unique pictures out of basic shapes. Finally, tonally, these works are quite relaxing, with their muted color palette and simple nature.

The gallery itself reflected this with its atmosphere. Set in the back of the owner’s house in a converted stable, it was mostly set with white walls and black accents, almost matching the Schulte’s works. Compared to the bright day outside, it definitely encouraged me to relax and stay in the gallery and look at the work. What was especially interesting was the garden shed in Whitespace. It was a refurbished shed, complete with a dirt floor. This was perhaps the most unique gallery space that I had ever seen. However, the amount of natural light in it definitely made Schulte’s drawings look good. I do wonder, though, about the effect the direct natural light had on the conservation of each work. In this way, Whitespace Gallery and the work in it was a unique, complex and relaxing experience.

Blog Post Ten: On Campus Exhibition Visit

Dalton Gallery’s exhibition of Showing/Thinking followed the lives and works of five Agnes Scott professors: Dr. Yvonne Newsome, Dr. Julia Knowlton, Professor Jeffery Whittle, Dr. Rachel Hall-Clifford, and Dr. Willie Tolliver. Each professor was given a separate room which was designed to reflect the scholarship and influences of these professors. The exhibition was designed by Professor Maria Korol and the Exhibition Processes class, and contained art and installations from both professionals and the students themselves.

Dr. Newsome’s room, the first that visitors saw when they entered the space, focused on her remembrance of the Civil Rights Movement and study of black feminist theory, intersectionality, and the portrayal of black people in the media. This was reflected in the quilt of civil rights events in the south, the installation of a home scene featuring an I AM A MAN poster, portraits of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and the Obama family, Newsome’s recent presentation on the portrayal of black politicians, and a self-portrait of Dr. Newsome surrounded by the women who have inspired her work.

To the left, Professor Jeffery Whittle’s room reflected the process that he goes through when creating paintings, and featured some of his recently-completed works. His room included a collage of pictures of his studio, two sketch books and a wall of initial sketches, and some items from his studio which he says help inspire his work. Dr. Rachel Hall-Clifford’s room explored the health issues in Guatemala. It included an abstract color collage intended to represent the different colors of feces (which changes as health changes), a documentary about health issues in Guatemala, some pictures taken by Dr. Hall-Clifford during her studies in Guatemala, and some cultural artifacts which were given to her by the people she stayed with.

Dr. Julia Knowlton’s room explored her ties to Paris and love of French poetry and literature. It was by far the most ornate of all the rooms, painted a turquoise color and embellished with gold leaf. It included photographs of Paris, some of Knowlton’s favorite French books and poems, and an installation of a Parisian café. Finally, Dr. Willie Tolliver’s room explored his work analyzing the role of black men in the media; specifically, his studies surrounding the roles of Will Smith. It contained several films of Will Smith and other actors, a bookcase with some of the works he has studied, a wall on the six degrees of separation, and some pieces that reflect his identity as a black man. As one of the curators, it was very cool to see what everyone came up with and to see the show come together. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. There are some changes that I would have made to Dr. Newsome’s room specifically (I was one of the curators for that room). For example, that room felt, to me, very blank and formal; I would have liked to add some more color to the exhibit to make it more eye catching and to have dug further into her work on intersectionality. However, overall it was a very good show.

Blog Post Eight: Research for Final Project

I initially began this project with absolutely no idea what I wanted to do. I had originally played with the idea of looking at the different ways light and darkness intersect with each other before deciding that the idea would be a) rather simple in terms of concept, and b) would be difficult to fully pull off. After much contemplation, I decided to look at the different ways people perceive the night, collecting quotes from authors like Lord Byron and Sarah Williams all the way to Eurpides. I had planned to illustrate the quotes collected over a faint outline of said quote, but quickly lost enthusiasm in the idea. After considering what I love most about the nighttime, I ultimately decided that

I would use the quotes to inform one of my favorite things about the night: the sky. The basic concept is to show a six-panel progression of the night sky, from bad to good. I will start with a basic, starless night. The next panel will involve an ominous blood moon. After that, a basic starlit night sky will take up the third panel, before converting into a meteor shower in fourth panel. After that, the Aurea borealis will take up the fifth panel, as the book moves into the good and wondrous of the night sky. Finally, an illustration of the galaxy as seen during the nighttime from earth will be the last scene. I’ve pulled several images from the internet to help inspire each section. As the night sky is one of my favorite parts of the nighttime, I think it will look great!

Blog Post Seven: Mixed Media Critique

Credit: “Mixed Media” by Logan Douglas (author) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

I was not particularly thrilled by the outcome of this project. While there were sections I liked, overall the composition looked disjointed and not at all like how I had imagined the final picture. While I understand that attempting to reconcile the artistic styles of old, professional artists with my own amateur art is probably not the best criteria for critique, I was still left dissatisfied, as a whole.
There are some sections which I particularly enjoy. These include the charcoal section (bottom center), the photography section (second to the bottom right), the pointillism section (top center), and the pop art section (bottom left). Several which I was all right with, but not particularly inspired by, were the stained glass (second to the top, left), Rococo (top, right), Baroque (second to the top, right) and expressionism section (second to the bottom, left). I did not like the way the impressionist (second to the top, center), classical sculpture (bottom right), cave painting (top left) and naturalism (second to the bottom, center) sections looked. The cave painting looked more like someone had spilled wine than blown pigment on it, the brush strokes in the impressionist section were too big, the classical sculpture section had no good definition, and the naturalism section turned more into a contemporary Howard Finster painting than a Renaissance naturalism section. The different sections also posed a problem for me because I wasn’t able to get a cohesive picture. As a result, the composition looks more like a bunch of individual pieces glued together in a collage. That being said, I was able to use a variety of materials to create a very interesting array of images. In this way, while I think that my concept was great, the way that it was carried out was less than stellar.

Blog Post Six: Mixed Media Progress

Credit: “Logan Laughing” by Emma Wheeler is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

For this project, my biggest problem has been to figure out what each of the twelve sections of my portrait will be like. While I know that I
want to change the actual portrait from a contorted version of my face (top left) to a more sedate, contemplative (easier to draw) portrait (bottom left), I had no idea how to split the portrait. Eventually, reflecting on the context of my new portrait (I was visiting the Roman bath in Bath, England, which I had previously studied in a Roman art history course) I decided that I want to do each section inspired by a different art history movement. As an art history major, I felt

Credit: “Logan” by Mark Douglas is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

that this would characterize my approach to art itself very well. I have decided to do sections based on the stylistic tenets which characterize cave paintings, pointillism, Rococo painting, stained glass windows, impressionism, Baroque painting, expressionism, naturalism, photography, pop art, charcoal (the oldest art medium in the world), and classical sculpture. While some of these sections will be easy to finish (such as the charcoal, photography, pointillism and pop art sections), the sections inspired by Rococo and Baroque painting, naturalism and Roman classical sculpture will be very difficult, as I find it difficult to accurately draw faces, and they all rely on an accurate depiction of people. I hope to use different types media that will help me best reflect each individual artistic style. Hopefully the finished product will look very cool!

Blog Post Five: Midterm Critique

Credit: “Midterm Project” by Logan Douglas (author) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

The midterm drawing was simultaneously easier and more difficult than the Six Small Drawings assignment we started with. While I felt like my command of my materials was much stronger, the composition itself was difficult to come up with. I knew that I wanted to switch the inside/outside perspective, but I didn’t know what I wanted to be on the “outside” of my piece. Eventually, I settled on using the tree that is just visible through the windows of our studio.

There are several things that I would have changed or corrected on this piece. I felt the proportions of the framing stand in the still life were off, as they seemed too wide. Also, I wish that I had made the ink wash on the background darker, so that there would have been better contrast between the background and all of the objects in the still life. Furthermore, I would have tried to balance the composition more, as there is a lot of weight on the right side.

I do like the amount of detail work that went into this piece (specifically, that of the still life in the background). I also really enjoyed bringing my concept of reversing the indoors and outdoors to life, even though I think it could have been pulled off a little better. The ink wash was a really great material to experiment with. I hope to use it in further works. I felt like I was able to come a long way from my six small drawings, improving my technique and fixing some of the problems that people mentioned in our first critique.

It seems to me that my biggest problem is not being willing to experiment with my work. As a result, I rarely feel satisfied with my works. I think that my general artistic skills could still use some work, as well. Furthermore, all of my work is very geometric. I’d like to be able to do some free hand pieces; however, I think that will take more practice on my part. Finally, I’d like to be able to work more creatively, incorporating new, abstract ideas into my work instead of simply what is in front of me. Though my midterm composition was good and there were parts I liked, these are some things I noticed in the compositions that I will have to work on during the rest of the semester.

Blog Post Four: Nick Cave

Nick Cave is a Chicago based artist who uses a diverse array of materials to create his famous “Soundsuits.” These are suits are designed to be seen (they often incorporate riotous colors) and heard in performance art, and also use a variety of textures. He also makes sculpture pieces out of recycled materials, with these same principles in mind. According to Cave, his work was inspired by the idea of the “cast-off” and “disenfranchised,” which he reflected on after hearing about the Rodney King beatings. Since then, he has tried to reflect this idea in his work as a sort of social commentary. His first piece was made out of twigs, which he saw as another material being “cast-off” (“Chicago”). Cave’s costumes and sculptures, though not what one would traditionally think of as “art,” distinguish him from other artists. While there is obvious inspiration from other artistic styles, objects and traditions, the messages he conveys through his art are socially conscientious, important and interesting. His use of more than one of the human senses in his art, as well as the movement which results from the unsecured pieces of his costumes, means that the audience is immediately grabbed by his works in a way that they are not when looking at paintings or even muted sculpture. The fascinating compositions result in an even more powerful implicit message. Finally, Cave’s work is very interesting to look at. Because of all these things, Nick Cave’s art could be considered “good” art.

Works Cited

“Chicago.” Art21, season 8, episode 4, Public Broadcasting Service, 17 Sept. 2016, www.pbs.org/art21/home/.

Blog Post Three: Six Drawings Critique

Credit: “Drawing One: 8×8 in.; Graphite, Compressed Charcoal, Vine Charcoal, Conte Crayon, and Mars Lumograph Pencil” by Logan Douglas (author) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

The six drawings that I did for this assignment were challenging for me. As an art history major I have never truly been involved in the creation of art, only the critique and analysis of it. For this reason, when I approached the Six Small Drawings assignment I was very nervous. However, while there are some mistakes I made and some design elements I would have changed, for the most part I am happy about how my drawings turned out.

What some of my fellow classmates critiqued about my work sums up what I would change as well. I felt there was too much blank space in some of the works, and

 

Credit: “Drawing Two: 8×8 in.; Conte Crayon, Graphite, Compressed Charcoal, Mars Lumograph Pencil” by Logan Douglas (author) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

should have added some sort of light background in those where I wanted to focus on the negative space of the still life (especially in drawing five). This would have made the drawings that have rope in them, specifically, better. I also would have worked some more on getting a better sense of the three dimensionality of each object and their proportion. To me, all of the drawings but three and six are very flat. I hope to try and improve on this in my next piece. I also hope to improve with my materials, as several of my drawings had minor smudges and residue from charcoal dust which three off the lines of the pieces.

 

Credit: “Drawing Three: 8×8 in.; Charcoal Pencil, Sharpie, and Graphite” by Logan Douglas (author) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

On the other hand, I was pleasantly surprised by the effect some of the techniques I used in these pieces. I particularly loved Drawing Three, as it was such a contrast from the other pieces, and Drawing Six, as I enjoyed the effect of the cross-hatching I did to create the shadows. I felt that with this technique I could capture the shine of the metal lamps better. While any future cross-hatching I do could use some refining, I will definitely incorporate the technique into more of my drawings.

In total, I was pleasantly surprised by how well my drawings turned out. Though I still have work to do to improve my skills as an artist,

Credit: “Drawing Four: 8×8 in.; Mars Lumograph Pencil, Ebony Pencil, Graphite, Vine Charcoal, and Sharpie” by Logan Douglas (author) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

these pieces are a good starting point for me.

Credit: “Drawing Six: 8×8 in.; Vine Charcoal, Ebony Pencil, Sharpie, and Graphite” by Logan Douglas (author) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

 

Credit: “Drawing Five: 8×8 in.; Vine Charcoal, Sharpie, and Graphite” by Logan Douglas (author) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Post Two

Credit: “Exasperation” by Logan Douglas (author) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA
Credit: “Exhilaration” by Logan Douglas (author) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA
Credit: “Happiness” by Logan Douglas (author) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA