Yes, I do have to do homework

Only 2 more weeks left in my art class and teacher finally remember we need to do a paper.  So YES, I did have to write a 6 page paper.  But don’t be worried about my overworking on this; it was not hard.  Page 1–title page. Page 2–description of a single piece of artwork; why I liked it, what the artist tried to say, and talking about the piece in art terms.  Page 3–a photo of the artwork.  Page 4 and 5 — same thing for second piece of artwork.  And page 6, what I thought of the show.  Double spaced, 12 point type, a total of 1000 words was written.  Nothing overwhelming to someone who’s used to writing 100 page technical documents in a minimal amount of time.

When my dad was an engineer, the standard rule of thumb was 8 hours or one day for a page.  I estimated that my standard allotted time was somewhere between 30 minutes and 1 hour per page for the technical documents.  Yes, word processors do make it easier to edit and correct.  But still, the production rate is much quicker than anything he had to write.  Reality is that I can write 3-10 pages in an hour.  They need editing, but sometimes I can get by with minimal editing. The hardest part is understanding what to write.

It’s amazing that I spend my life writing.  I never had to write in school.  My first real term paper was in graduate school where the teacher was easy on me — 3 10 page papers and 1 20 page paper.  I was in tears when the first paper was due.  Another graduate student showed me how to break the paper into sections — introduction, background information, content, analysis, and summary.  Basically I learned how to turn 10 pages into a lot of small short papers.  Since then I’ve done lots of writing.  And now a 6 page, 1000 word paper does not scare me.  Especially when I get aids like including the paper.  This one was fun, I got to make up stories. And since I’m not sure what proper art speech is, I made up stuff.  And to prove it, I’ll include part of the paper.  See the end of this post

Reality is I will miss this art class.  It’s been fun learning how to draw and make pictures with lots of different tools.  Watercolor pencils and oil pastels are lots of fun.  I’ve had the chance to make some amazing pictures.  My skills have increased over the semester.  Tomorrow I enroll in the next class.  And there are three possible classes.  Drawing and composition 103 — a continuation of what I”ve been doing.  Art Illustration 101–a class where other students have found they have to do many different drawings.  One student claimed she had to draw an egg 75 times, but at the end she really knew how to draw an egg.  And Art 105 — 3 D art structures.  I want to take Art 105, but think Art Illustration 101 is the best class for improving the drawing skills.  We’ll see what I get into. Meantime, it’s late and I need to get to bed.  Thanks for reading my ramblings.

—- Proof I have to do homework is shown below —

Class paper, part 1.  Analysis of Luna’s dream.

Photo Dec 01, 11 34 59 AM

Luna’s Dream by Laura Crouch, Acrylic on Canvas, Design and Composition, $450

This picture makes me laugh while telling a story.  On the left hand side is the cat who probably spends days waiting for that bird.  It perches on small branch, seemingly uncaring about the cat.  But in reality, it taunts the cat encouraging it to leap out onto the branch.  But it might not be a branch; it could be the bones of a large animal or bird sticking up from the side.  I’m not sure what that means, but it does bring in a slightly sinister feeling to the picture.  Of course the bird will immediately fly away.  But the cat won’t able to help herself, one day she will leap.  And when she does, she probably will fall into the pond.  There she’ll be accosted to large fish wondering what this floundering object is in their home.  Eventually, the cat will climb out of the pond.  A sodden mess, she slinks home and covertly licks herself clean.

While the artist may not have meant to tell the entire story, it’s implied.  The cat hides behind the bush shown on the lower left corner.  No longer hidden, you see part of the cat in mid leap.  The location of paws directs your eye towards the bird perched in the upper middle part of the screen.  The white clouds and blue sky mask the energy of the cat and the bird covertly watching the cat.  From the bird, the artist directs your eye downward to a bright mass.  Disconcerting at first, it takes a moment to realize these are fish and that arched object in the middle of the picture is a bridge or the edge of a pond.  The artist has been playing with perspective.  The orientation of the fish and water is not quite right with respect to the sky.  But this is a story or fable and anything can happen in a story; something the artist used to her advantage.  She shows a good command of her medium, acrylic paints, and a good eye for color.  She uses the same sky blue in the fish and a bit of the red in the sky.

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Author: Heres to ART not Cockroaches

Welcome to my life. My life as a mom is changing as the kids grow up, leave home, and build their own lives. This gives me a chance to rebuild myself as an artist, develop a spiritual path, and most fun of all, start going out on dates with my husband. Come here the stories about the small things in life that can make one very happy. Dogs running on a beach, great breakfast dates, kids and their adventures, and my own adventures in this wacky life. I'll share some of my progress in learning art while juggling a full time job as an engineer. And best of all, it's a chance for me to practice writing stories while keeping in touch with my kids. I look forward to hearing from you. Comments, thoughts, and invitations to meet for coffee are all welcomed. Enjoy the stories.

One thought on “Yes, I do have to do homework”

  1. Excellent critique Robine. You really studied every part of this canvas. To me, the branch on which the bird is perched is even more significant. It is definitely a human skeleton arm. I can clearly see the humerus, then ulna and radius, and finally the metacarpals and phalanges. Having the bird perched there is somewhat sinister for the cat. I loved reading your post. It helped me to look at this art piece in a totally new and enjoyable way. I will do this in the future. Thanks, Robine.

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