Fine 120/121 Artwork

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The first 2 pieces here were done in FINE 120. The instructor was Tony Urquhart, it was also his last term before retirement. Tony was really supportive about my painting despite being in computer science. He was also a great prof!

The focus of FINE 120 was in design.

The images are scanned from photos and slides of the artwork, so the colour, size etc is probably more than a little distorted. For some pieces I was unable to get rid of the glare from the varnish as well. Click on the images for a larger version of the painting. Comments, suggestions, criticisms are more than welcome! If you wish to know when my artwork is updated, let me know and I'll notify you when I add new pieces.


Size: 9 3/4" x 6 7/8"
Medium: acrylic on illustration board
Date: October 1998
Status: hanging in Ina's room

This is an exercise in designing using shapes and basic design rules.




Size: 9" x 11 3/8"
Medium: acrylic on illustration board
Date: October 1998
Status: hanging in Ina's room

This is an exercise in designing using both shapes and lines. The result looks a little organic.

The next 2 pieces I did in FINE 121 under the instruction of Art Green. Art got sick partway through the term and Will Gorlitz took over for him. Fortunately, Art is better now.

FINE 121 was a course on colour.


Size: 16" x 16"
Medium: acrylic on masonite
Date: January 1999
Status: given to Cindy and Dave Swart. hanging in their den

This is an exercise in colour and value. Each student was given a square piece cut from a photocopy of a black and white photo. We were supposed to match the value in the photo, but use whatever colours we want to depict a different picture. I got the top right piece, which is the corner of the window of a house with a dirty-ish wall. My design was some bird prints on some maple leafs over a blend of rainbow colours. If you squint at it, the bird prints and leafs should disappear, and only the value changes will be prominent.




Size: 8" x 8"
Medium: acrylic on masonite
Date: February 1999
Status: given to Ina; hanging in the living room

This exercise was to take a primary colour, and paint variations of it (I chose blue, so I used colours from blue greens to purples). We also had to add a bit of complimentary colour to the picture. I wanted to paint a pinecone, so I did. I guess it turned out okay.

The remaining pieces was done under the instruction of Will Gorlitz.


Medium: acrylic on masonite
Date: March 1999
Status: hanging in Thanh's apartment

This exercise was in mixing and visualizing colours and getting across the idea of transparency. The idea is that each patch of colour would act as a colour transparency sheet (forgot the technical name), so when they overlap, the overlapped region would be the colour of those 2 sheets overlapped together. This is actually not that trivial, since the resulting colour is NOT just taking equal amount of paints and mixing them. For example, if you have 2 equal value sheets and put them on top of each other, the result would be in a darker shade. We had a sheaf of coloured sheets we could check against, and I think the results for this painting was fairly accurate.

There is also a black frame painted around it, but I cropped it out since the painting in the photo taken wasn't quite rectangular.




Size: 18" x 24"
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Date: March 1999
Status: hanging in Thanh's apartment

This is another exercise on transparency. The painting is a still life of plastic cups filled with water coloured with food colouring on a white palette. And yes, the rims of the cups were round! The challenge is in the interaction of the colours with each other. For whatever dumb reason, I decided to do a sort of textured background, so then I had to make the way my cups look to match. I like how the green glass turned out, but not crazy about the rest of it.




Size: 24" x 18"
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Date: April 1999
Status: molding in my room in my parent's house

This is one of those self portrait things they make you do in introductory art courses. I hate painting people. We were supposed to emulate an artist. The one I chose was Magritte, since I like a lot of his paintings. He had this one painting (attempting the impossible) of him with a woman. The woman looked solid but he is actually painting her in the scene. I took the idea and reversed it. As a protest to painting self protraits, I painted myself staring out a window and then painted paint brushes painting myself out. Thanx to my friend Linda for suggesting floating paint brushes! I use 2 mirrors to get the angle, which is from the side, looking up slightly. I'm told it actually kind of looks like me, but I guess you'll just have to verify with a photo of me (if you can find one in my web page!).




Size: 16" x 16"
Medium: pieces of my life
Date: April 1999
Status: somewhere in my closet

I don't really like collages, but we had to do one that shows the past month in our lives. Since I'm in computer science and it was the last month in the term, I was very busy working on my artificial intelligence project and the last splines assignment (anyone who had taken CS679 might recognize those diagrams). My diet was mostly coke, mars bars, and chips. The other half of my life consists of my ferrets, of course, and mending things for them with duct tape. Now that I think about it, I probably should have just filled 3/4 of the board with the litter they use.

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