Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Scientific Panel Project: Complete

My final mounted Scientific Panel Project

Brief Artist's Statement:

            The initial inspiration for my scientific panel project was the bird of paradise flower.  Native to Africa, the bird of paradise propelled me to develop an African paradise theme throughout my piece.  The flower became the microcosm portion of my work.  Located to the left of this is the macrocosm section of my painting which is suggestive of an African landscape.  For the area of my panel that focuses on the Fibonacci sequence, I took inspiration from plant life and the natural growth patterns of vines and leaves. 
            When working I sought to achieve a pleasing aesthetic quality with an overall harmonious feeling.  To adhere to the given criteria, I incorporated many of the design elements taught to us in class.  I strived to achieve establish a foreground, middle ground, and background.  Also, through the use of striations, an imaginary light source, and varying values I hoped to create a sense of depth and perspective.

Monday, December 10, 2012

"Design is thinking made visual."
-Saul Bass

The Art of Saul Bass
by Anton Warkentin
Click here to visit Anton Warkentin's website 

Panel Process

These are a few shots of the steps I went through to complete my scientific panel painting. 
Soon I'll be posting photos of the finished piece all mounted & ready for the critique. I just have to wait for the rubber cement to dry!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

I got a decent amount of work done on my panel today in class, but there's still so much to do!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Painting Progress!!

My scientific panel project is starting to come together. I worked late after class last week and am about 1/2 way done. I really like how it is turning out so far & can't wait to see the finished product!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

"Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated."  
-Paul Rand

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Scientific Art

In our studio class we are exploring scientific principles in order to incorporate them into our design panel.  This led me to research work that combines scientific ideas and principles with art.
I came across the Scientific Art Studio.  They describe themselves as a "multi faceted design and fabrication facility housed in a large complex of well equipped shops and studios located in Richmond, California."  Their list of services includes...
  • Content development and science research
  • Exhibit concept development
  • Exhibit Design
  • Illustrations for presentation and fundraising
  • Scale and life sized models of humans,animals, plants, environments and planets etc.
  • Reconstructions of extinct animals and plants
  • Realistic and stylized animal sculpture
  • Diorama production and installation
  • Murals painted and/or photographic
  • Digital Mural
  • Architectural models
Below you can see some examples of their artwork!

Tidal Marsh Background
California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco, California

Hummingbird, Red Tailed Hawk and Quail
Morango Casino Resort
Cabazon, California