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October 18, 2010

Optical Mixing

Filed under: Color Theory — Mia @ 5:50 pm

Here’s a Color Theory acrylic paint project. The objective was to show form with points of color. I used a Wayan Kandiyasa sandstone statue, called “Woman’s Nature,” as my still life subject. I’m starting to enjoy acrylic paint but watercolor is still my preference.

Optical Mixing Project

Media Production

Filed under: Introduction to Media Production — Mia @ 5:18 pm

Introduction to Media Production was a third 2010 spring class. We learned about studio equipment and different jobs on a movie set. Now, when I read movie credits, I know what a gaffer and a best boy do!

One of our assignments was to share two digital images: one that illustrated depth of field and another that showed the use of longer shutter speeds. These are both images from downtown Denver.

Denver Art Complex fountain

Coors Field fireworks

We also presented a class speech that included images and imbedded video clips. My topic was about current unmanned space missions and was titled, “What’s Up in Space?”

Visual Thinking

Filed under: Visual Thinking — Mia @ 4:43 pm

Another of my Spring 2010 classes was an experience in Visual Thinking. We began with Illustrator design assignments and ended with a more polished print project.  The initial squares were arranged to convey a descriptive word.





Then there was the design created from the letters of my name. I attempted to conceptualize a scene from outer space.

Letters of My Name

There were two assignments that involved a self-portrait. The first was an exercise in using Illustrator’s pen tool to trace a photo and the second assignment was to affect a scanned image in Photoshop. I used the Illustrator line drawing as one of the Photoshop layers—to simulate the pencil sketch of a watercolor painting.

Drawing in Illustrator

Digital Watercolor

Photoshop Layers Palette

2012 Max Bill Calendar

Max Bill Home Page

Max Bill Biography Page

Choosing a graphic designer and presenting his work was the beginning of a multi-faceted project. We studied the designer; created a printed work that was, conceptually, in the designer’s style; and then posted Dreamweaver Web pages that also followed our selected designer’s style. I chose Max Bill.

October 12, 2010

Constructing the Digital Image

Filed under: Constructing the Digital Image — Mia @ 4:49 pm

There are several assignments from my Spring 2010 class that were opportunities to explore the world of digital images. The primary software was Photoshop and the images were my photos.

There are four 16″ gallery wrapped canvas prints. The intention was to create texture from images of water—clouds, surf foam, beach sand, and a river splash. I selected complementary colors in the Okinawan surf and Daytona sunrise, so the pieces that were hung together would have visual impact.

Another assignment was to design postcards and mail them to our instructor, Natascha Seideneck. I used clear envelopes and custom stamps to mail my water bird cards. The cut-out shapes in the cover textures were from a Visual Thinking design assignment. The digital watercolor Photoshop effect was also explored in Visual Thinking.

Creating a virtual gallery was a challenge in photo editing, perspective, and lighting. I took photos during a class fieldtrip to RedLine Gallery. The gallery artworks were digitally taken off the walls and my virtual gallery images were inserted into the clean digital space. The virtual experience begins with the gallery entrance and concludes with the metalwork statue outside the door. The virtual fine art photography exhibit includes a walk through time with landscape photographers, Ansel Adams, Christopher Burkett, John Fielder, and me. My four digital images are posted separately, after the virtual show.

Egret Stamp

Egret Card Cover

Inside Egret Card

Blue Heron Card Cover

Inside Blue Heron Card

Seagull Card Cover

Inside Seagull Card

Laughing Gull Card Cover

Inside Laughing Gull Card

Pelican Card Cover

Inside Pelican Card

Gallery Entrance

RedLine Sign

Sales Case

Curator's Statement

Introduction Wall

Ansel Adams Images

John Fielder Images

John Fielder's Winter Sunrise

Christopher Burkett Images

Mia Woody's Images

Rainbow Lake

Aspen Leaves

Trees of Gold

Colorado Colors

RedLine Door

Outdoor Sculpture

Leaving the Gallery

Exhibit Announcement

Desaturation and the Pleasantville Effect

Filed under: Color Theory — Mia @ 1:58 am

October 11, 2010

Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing

Filed under: Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing — Mia @ 11:06 pm

I’ve spent the first half of the semester studying Art History of the 20th and 21st Centuries, Color Theory, and Metalsmithing. All three classes provide learning opportunities and their challenges. Art History PowerPoints have been converted to .pdf files so I can study slides with my iPod touch—on the go. A Livescribe pen records the lectures as I take three hours of notes each week; the audio files hitch a ride on the iPod, too.

Our first Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing assignment was to create a grayscale collage and then list twenty words that were inspired by the collage. I created a digital collage with images of ink—ink in water, dripped on paper, air brushed over templates, pressed on with cardboard, and ink rings made with cups. I was trying to achieve the feel of looking through a warehouse window. Some of my descriptive words were: dissolve, mysterious, and mist.

Images of Ink: a digital collage

I was surprised by how much I enjoy annealing metals with a torch and creating intricate shapes with a jeweler’s saw. This is my first cuff bracelet—in progress—that is an interpretation of ocean waves. I’m also working on forming a silver ring from a strip of sterling. We’re practicing various solder joints, too. After weeks of learning with NO power tools, I certainly appreciate a new Foredom flex shaft and the metalworking lab’s belt sander!

Copper Cuff Bracelet—hand sawed and sanded

The top of the bracelet fits onto the top of the wrist.

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