Saturday, June 27, 2015


A Sweet Heart
For this heart, I used candy that I found around my house to outline and fill in the heart. By using four different types of candy, this heart creates the theme of "A Sweet Heart."  I outlined the heart in twizzlers, followed by a second outline of strawberry fruit snacks. I used the peach rings as a form of repetition to make the viewer's eyes look at the entire piece of art. This repetition also creates rhythm in the heart and makes the heart more unified. Finally,  I went in with the reese's pieces to fill in the empty space and to tie the whole heart together. The colors I chose to use are an example of analogous colors because they are all next to each other on the color wheel (red, red-orange, orange, yellow-orange, and yellow). This color scheme is also an example of warm colors and they create the feeling of fire and warmth.   

Mary B's country heart

Farmers market

For my first heart picture I used blueberries, cherries, a decorative colander, dish towels and place them on a wooden chair outdoors.  I wanted the picture to have a "farm" feeling.  I wanted it to be bright, crisp and clean.  I placed the blueberries in the center to be the focal point of the picture and then outlined them with the cherries.  I wanted the cherries and blueberries to draw the viewer in first.  I put them in the white and blue colander to emphasize their colors.  This piece uses polychromatic coloring with darker colors overlapping the neutral colors.  The butterfly was an added bonus to the piece when he happened to land on the chair as I was about to take the picture.  It actually adds to the feeling I was going for.  The cherries and blueberries are from a local farm.

Katherine's delicious heart!!!!!

For this project, I wanted to focus on my love of summertime and the colors of summertime, so for the first piece I used summertime fruits that I had in the fridge. The project is as symmetrical or nearly symmetrical as I could make it given the fact that the media (the blueberries and cherries) kept trying to roll away. It is a polychromatic piece that is mainly based on the primary color trio (R-Y-B) with the secondary color of green to add contrast within the piece and unify the piece with its background of collard leaves. The backdrop/setting is a neutral colored brown kitchen table. It is composed of heart shapes that radiate concentrically from the focal point (the blueberries) and it has repetition of shapes (hearts and circles) and color to create rhythm. It is also a piece that uses various types of (real) textures within the piece.
Materials: 16 inch round aluminum pizza tray, collard leaves, cherries, tomatoes, kiwi fruit, mangoes, blueberries
Polychromatic Colors: Primary (Red, Yellow, Blue); Secondary (Green)
Warm colors: Red and Yellow, Cool Colors Blue and Green
Neutral color: Brown
Elements/Principles of Design: Color, texture, repetition, rhythm, value, shape, balance, and unity.

Margarita is a player!

Heart 1
This heart is composed of one deck of playing cards, poker chips, poker dice, and poker buttons. The poker chips outline the heart shape made from the overlapping of cards. A polychromatic use of colors is noted as the mixture of red, white, blue hues, black, and yellow. The intersection of the playing cards with the poker chips (which are both geometric shapes) assist with the definition of the static heart shape. Shallow depth is seen by the shadows the medium places. The distribution of visual weight with a near symmetrical balance is exemplified. The poker buttons and dice are not exactly the same color though their placement is symmetrical. Repetition in the cards and chips are prevalent. The unity in this heart-inspired artwork revolves around my love of playing poker

Nicole L is awesome!

All Work – No Play
I have titled this picture as “All Work – No Play”.  I find it humorous because I had a lot of fun creating this design… while I was at work.  All of the media I used within this design are items that I use every day at my job.  This piece is formally balanced and has a lot of repetition (the post-it notes, alternating black and blue pens, and the dry erase markers around the exterior of the heart) which creates rhythm.  In addition, the vertical lines of the alternating black and blue pens create rhythm.  I incorporated a lot of variety into the design by utilizing various items with different shapes, sizes and color.  Due to the bright polychromatic colors of the post-it notes, I would say the heart is the focal point of this piece.  Which is also a reflection of how I feel about my job… I love my job! 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Megan's Medical Heart!

Heart attachment #1:     For this heart, I used some medical supplies that had expired at my work. This piece contains geometric shapes and occupies flat space. The cotton balls and gloves represent implied texture. Formal/symmetrical balance is seen in the piece as well as a pattern created by the repetition of objects and shapes.

Terra M says Rise and Shine!

Materials: #1: Frosted Mini Wheats cereal, a bowl, spoons and milk.
Line: both pieces use line, picture one has the “line” created by the spoons and also almost a circular line created within the pieces of cereal.
           #1: Mostly Neutrals, use of beige (light brown), white, black and grey and then there is the pop of deep red that draws your eye to the center. 
Shape: #1: is static, and geometricà circles and rectangles. In my media the pieces themselves encompass then entire area and so I would say they both consist of positive shapes.
Texture: Both are real texture.
Value: #1 this medium does have both dark values and light, such as the deep red bowl and white milk, also my counter in the background is dark, the cereal as very light color on it. There is no any use of shadowing/shading however.
Balance: Both: near symmetrical balance, symmetry was the goal for both pieces, in piece #1 though I noticed I was unable to get high enough above my counter to get all of the cereal pieces on the top half in the picture, however I guess that creates a balance between left and right side half in a way just not top and bottom.
Rhythm/repetition: Both: Repetition is used in both pieces, #1 has the repeated cereal pieces and pattern along with the intervals of a spoon. #2 has the double que-tips, and used in pairs repeatedly to make the outline, also with the darts.
Unity: #1 I think this has unity, all the necessary things one needs to eat cereal.

Joseph D's sweet and savory heart!

Theme - Candy


Balance - It's near symmetrical, because not all of the candies are the same size
Emphasis - The eye is drawn to the heart shaped candy in the center.


Color - The heart is comprised of complementary colors such as red,green,blue, and yellow.
Texture - Real texture from the cherry candies bordering the heart stand out against the other flat candies forming the heart.

Ibrahim Y.'s Heart of hearts!

This is the first heart I made. It is called “Turk’s Diet.”  I used different kind of grains and pasta as my medium. I incorporated chickpeas, couscous, rice, and pasta for the filling. I tried to use a cup of Turkish Tea and red pepper flakes as the focal point of the work. Also I tried to use the red color as a contrast with the natural colors. I used real texture for the work, and tried to achieve near-symmetrical balance. It has a repetitive rhythm. As a background I used my cooking/preparation surface. I used these foods in my heart, because they are my staple diet, and they are what keep me alive and functioning.  

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Jesse L shed's light on men!

            This piece is titled “A Man’s Heart” and uses tape-measures, wood rule, ratchet head, torque screwdrivers, sparkplugs, drill bits, screws, WD-40, monkey wrenches, and duct tape. The focal point in this piece is the WD-40 and duct tape because those are the most common tools in a man’s toolbox. The piece displays strong lines with the use of the screws and tools to draw the eyes to the center. The piece is uses primary color triad with the yellow wood rule and tape measures, red monkey wrench, and blue WD-40 can. It has symmetry straight down the middle of the heart.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Shelby T wows us!

For the first piece I used a heart shaped glass with flower petals, leaves, and sand as the background. I used complementary colors for this one. The light colored background makes the green and orange colors pop. The green and orange complement eachother and make the piece look bright.
For the second piece I used a neutral background with the rock. I used a glass shaped heart with flowers floating in water. I also used fern leaves and cedar tree pieces and placed those around the heart. Most of the color is nuetral. But the moss and flowers are cool colors.

Susan S. unchains her heart!

I wanted to create to hearts to be clashing with one another yet similar. I love all things nature so the first heart was very second nature to me, luckily my dad is a welder and had metal materials to compliment and counter the natural heart correctly. I put them in the same picture to show the unity between the two pieces even though they clash. I included my feet in the picture to show the size of the pieces. I painted the background of the natural heart gold to match the mud and gold to add a "metal" connection as well as the leafs, flower and shape.  I have a love for yin and yang, and in an abstract way wanted to represent them. 

Materials: Left: mud, spray paint, flowers, leafs, charcoal
                  Right: aluminum brushes, steel flowers, Iron railing bits, chains,  iron chain connectors

Line: both pieces use outline to draw the viewers eyes to the heart. 

Color: Left: Polychromatic, many colors with no specific category. 
            Right: Neutrals, use of black, white, and grey. 

Shape: Left: Organic shape, the heart is about natural nature.
              Right: Positive and Negative shape, this piece is about the inhabited and not inhabited space alike both bring great meaning to the piece.

Texture: Both are real texture.

Value: Left: this one is not about value.
             Right: contrast, to exaggerate the strong differences between the white background and the dark values within the piece.

Balance: Both: near symmetrical balance, symmetry was the goal for both pieces unfortunately the wind had a different plan for the Left and stole multiple leafs. 

Rhythm: Both: casual Repetition is used in both pieces, left- charcoal, leafs, flowers. eight- metal, flowers, leafs, paint brushes. Also repetition exists between the two pieces: "leafs" "flowers" "hearts."

Unity: Left: all natural found objects that exist in nature *except the gold spry paint which was representing actual gold. 
           Right: All man made materials that are considered very "unemotional" or the opposite of natural, almost completely made of metal. 

Jessica H.'s SWEETheart!

For my first heart design, I chose to construct the heart out of old candy from my Christmas stocking and Easter basket that I knew I would never eat. This piece has a near symmetrical balance, as I ran out of red and yellow sixlets in the top of the right hand side and had to use gumballs. The specific theme for this heart is one similar to a candy store, while the color theme is the primary color triad consisting of red, yellow, and blue.  The composition of this heart consisted of a variety of media, including: Dots, Sixlets, Skittles, peanut M&Ms, and gumballs. It also had different shades of red Twizzlers used to give it a real texture background. Repetition and rhythm can be found in multiple places in this heart. For one, the Dots that form the outline of the heart are repetitive from yellow to red. In addition, the filling of the heart repeats in lines of yellow and red. This heart also showcases an emphasis point of a blue circle of Sixlets in the middle of the heart.

Mary Jo T's Heart of the Sea!

Seashells in the Sea

This is symmetrical
I went with a beach theme
It has a mostly neutral color feel
media- shells, rocks, one of my beach images, photoshop
I used one of my 'ocean themed' photos that had the starfish in very shallow water to use as a background for my heart
This was rather difficult to sort and place the rocks and shells in a heart shape!
Very complicated, many sizes, shapes, textures
It is somewhat repetitive, while making the heart I tried to place the rocks and shells the same way so the left and right side of the heart were balance and as close to similar as I could.
My choice of background image creates a sense of rhythm with the ripples in the sand.

Jen. A.'s Hearty Hearts!


When we were given the assignment to design a piece of art in the form of a heart, I began with thinking what a heart symbolizes, which is love.  It was only natural for me to want to design something about love with my children.  Within the design I wanted to include something they love, which is summer at the beach.  For both images, the background is the beach, which adds to the theme of the entire piece.  I repeated the theme in both images to produce a series to tell a story together, in similar, but very different designs.

Line is a strong element for the basis of the design.  I used pool noodles to form the outline or silhouette of the heart and filled it with media: my children and their summer necessities (bathing suits, sunglasses and tubes).  In image 2, the water actually serves as media because it is part of the live sculpture, as well as serving as the background.

I used stronger “gesture” lines in the first design by posing the girls in a way that shows liveliness, to create a sense of movement in the still piece: curving their hips, pursing lips, feet slightly apart.  The straighter lines in the second piece and the floating in the still water exhibit a sense of relaxation.  Put together, both pieces tell two different stories of what summer can be: fun and lively or calm and relaxing. 

The color scheme of both pieces themselves are monochromatic because everything inside of the designs are shades of reds with varying tint combined with neutrals.  This was a happy accident when I discovered our pool toys were all in the same color family, so we looked for bathing suits and sunglasses to fit the color scheme.  My older daughter did not have a pink or red bathing suit, so we put her in a neutral color to maintain the monochromatic color scheme.  Using multiple shades of one color also gives the design a sense of solidarity and harmony.  When looking at the photographs as a whole, the piece becomes polychromatic because of all the colors in the background.

The props I used create repetition within the design because everything is used twice: once per child.  The theme is also repeated from one design to the next.  Both “sculptures” are set on the same beach, but because the placement and activity are differnt, they become two separate pieces. 

The balance of the pieces can be viewed in two different ways.  The hearts themselves as live sculptures are near-symmetrical because each side of the heart has very similar weight: one kid, one bathing suit, one tube (image 2), one pair of sunglasses, and half of the noodle heart.  It cannot be perfect symmetry because my children are different sizes.  As photographs, both pieces are composed using the Fibonacci Spiral to give them informal balance.  My younger daughter’s head falls in the beginning point of the Fibonacci Grid, resulting in mathematically balanced photographs.