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Introduction to Visual Arts Sandra: She’s a Beauty, is a photograph by Mickalene Thomas dated in 2009/12 with the
use of realism art style. This artwork led to the creation of Mama Bush series. Mickalene
photographed her mother to show the special relationship the two had. From the photograph,
Sandra gazes at the photographer directly with a firm and unwavering confidence and wisdom
that is boosted by the maternal fingers. This work is a unique one compared to her other works
and viewers can tell that the artist has a special relationship with the person in the photograph
(Scwendener, 19- 25) Surname 2 Embroidery from Uzbekistan is an artwork on oil on canvas by Janet Fish, dated 2008. In
this work, she uses a celebration of light band color which is meant to capture the attention of the
viewer’s eyes and mind. She combines her elements in a unique manner to show how much she
is into using light and color at the same time. In her work, we can see glass bowls that are
overflowing with fruits, exotic vases filled with vibrant flowers, high-quality textiles, and
seashells. Her works are meant to show that she has a special interest in beauty because she grew
up in a place with dazzling brightness and vibrant tropical colors. The combination of light and
color in this work affirms to her origin (Clinard et al. 18- 24). Flying Pup King is a painting by Yoshitomo Nara dated 2000 with use of acrylic on
canvas. Nara is a popular artist in Japan and he is known for simplifying the themes used in Surname 3
Japanese narratives by use of paintings. The painting shows a flying puppy with a loyal crowd.
The image shows the social and political issues that exist in Japan. The flying puppy has a loyal
crown which shows that the Japanese are used to brandishing weapons and flying them due to
the issues the country has within itself and with other countries (Kwon, 14- 20). a) The scene in Yosemite Valley b) Early Morning Calm The scene in Yosemite Valley is a painting by Albert Bierstadt dated 1864- 1874 while, Early
Morning Calm is a painting by Childe Hassam dated 1901. In his work, Albert wanted to show
that the American landscape had pristine quality with breath and expansiveness and on the other
hand Childe used this work to make people feel the atmosphere and the sense of great space by
using his painting skills to interpret light and color close-up. In the scene in Yosemite Valley we
see a beautiful landscape full of trees and animals, this fuels romance and encourages the citizens
of a war-torn America (Miller, 40- 102). In Early Morning Calm painting we see a rocky shore
this shows that there is room for expansion. Surname 4 The portrait of a man holding a letter is attributed to an Italian artist known as Francesco
Salviati. The portrait is an oil on wood panel painting with the man leaning on a counter with a
letter in his hands. The man seems to be listening to someone since the viewers cannot see his
direct gaze. The frame of the portrait is made of ceramic material as we can see it has a unique
pattern of intertwining flowers.
All the parts are related because they include a visual description of the artwork required
in each part. Each part shows the used artwork especially painting to communicate to the
viewers. The comparative size of an object depends on the style or techniques used by the artist.
What makes the size of the objects to differ is the type of artwork. You cannot have a painting
and a photograph of the same size. Of all the pictures that were taken at the museum only the
portrait of a man holding a letter an attribute to Francesco that has used thick painting. The
others have used thin to medium painting. The painting by Janet fish The Embroidery Uzbekistan
is an art created on a flat surface for easy use of light and color to get the viewer’s attention. The
photograph; Sandra: she’s a beauty by Mickalene Thomas is a picture with height and width. The
photograph was in a strategic position while taking the photograph. All the four paintings that are Surname 5
outside painting have shown great emphases to the use of light with the intention of making
viewers feel the sense of using light and color at the same time.
The two landscape painting have used the technique of blurring to show distance within
the painting. The blurring shows that the painting covers a large area of the landscape and
atmosphere. All the paintings have used an appropriate visual degree of lightness or darkness to
show whether a painting is an outside painting or an indoor painting. The artists for the above
works used materials like paint (oil or acrylic), canvases, wooden panel, and brushes. They used
building on textile and dry brushing techniques. In all the above works none of them had mirror
image balance. The two landscape paintings are other objects that had mass and volume and
occupies space in height, width, and depth.
In all the objects the formal elements that are the color, form, shape, space, texture,
pattern, and tone are organized in an appropriate manner to communicate the intended message
to the viewers. They are all organized in a way they complement each other. Realism is the style
or rather the movement of art that is used to makes things the painting to appear like real objects.
Minimalism is a style or movement of art, predominantly American, which dates from the midtwentieth century; it is characterized by its rejection of expressive content and its use of minimal
formal (Chesney, 637- 655). In drawing and painting, chiaroscuro is the use of light and dark to
create the effect of 3 dimensional, modeled surfaces on emphasis or center of interest Work cited
Chesney, Duncan McColl. "Beckett, Minimalism, and the Question of Postmodernism."
Modernism/modernity 19.4 (2012): 637-655.
Clinard, Janice, and Lenoar Foster. "Putting art standards into practice with aesthetic literacy."
NASSP Bulletin 82.597 (1998): 18-24. Surname 6
Kwon, Aera. A study of visual artists who are successful both as illustrators and fine artists.
Diss. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, 2011.
Miller, Angela. "Albert Bierstadt, landscape aesthetics, and the meanings of the West in the Civil
War era." Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 27.1 (2001): 40-102.
Scwendener, Martha. "Museum & Gallery Listings for Feb. 19-25." The New York Times (2016). ...
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