Thursday, February 19, 2009

Photo Compositions from a Day Trip

In my photography, I enjoy exploring light and shadow and a range of compositions, particularly cropping, altering the photo plane and angle, and capturing compositions in unexpected places.

Zooming in to capture details is like painting a small object in a large, abstract way.

In portraiture, I experiment with backgrounds and how to make the person blend in or stand out from his surroundings.

Click trips & treks, my travel blog, for more info
about these locations and my day trip to get here.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Quoting Another Art Student

The following is a conversation that took place near the end of the school day with yet another third grade class.

(Photo taken in the Enchanted Forest at the Children's Museum)

Third Grade Student X, aka Governor, and other students at his table, discuss colors of yarn being used in weavings.

Student X: "Most girls like pink. Mrs. Gordon, do you like pink?"
Mrs. G: "Not really."
Student X: "Why?"
Mrs. G: "I don't know..."
Other students: "You're a girl."
Mrs. G: "Yeah, maybe I don't like it because most people think all girls like pink."
(My striped shirt I am wearing with sweater shrug over it actually has a hint of pink. :) )

Student X: "Do you like... (orange, blue, green, etc.) purple?"
(I mention colors I like to all students at the table.)

Mrs. G: "Somewhat... my husband really likes purple."
Mrs. G: "Yeah, it's okay. Having a husband is a good thing."
(I'm thinking, as opposed to other standards he may see or know in the world.)

Student X: "I thought you were a teenager."
Mrs. G: "Well, how old do you think I am?"

Student X: "43."

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Quoting an Art Student

(Photo taken at the Children's Museum)

Setting: My Art Classroom at the end of the School Day

Characters: 2 boys in the 3rd grade

Student A: quiet, usually works hard

Student L: interesting, surprisingly informed in some areas for a 3rd grader, hypochondriac (loves visiting the school nurse)

Plot: Apparently Student L felt the need to comment to Student A about his weaving.


Student A: "Don't make fun of my artwork."

Student L: "I'm not making fun of it. It's called art criticism."

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Drawing with Lines, Shapes & Patterns

Title: "Keeping the Beat"

Medium: Ink

Style: Abstract

Materials: Ballpoint Pen

Date: February 3, 2009

I had fun with this drawing.

The large, white "music notes" provide an interesting contrast to the details in the background. The layering and overlapping of shapes and lines give the illusion of depth.

This drawing was actually a gift for a buddy who is my former high school chorus and music teacher.