Sunday, May 15, 2011

Week 11

Word of the week:
Plangent (adj)

1.Beating with a loud or deep sound, as, "the plangent wave."

2.Expressing sadness; plaintive.

This week, I want to share with you a painting calls "The Outsider" by a famous 20th century American Illustrator, Norman Rockwell. The artist is known for his impressive, almost photographic technique. His paintings are beautiful and realistic. This piece depicts a young woman wearing a white dress looking at herself through the big mirror. There is an open magazine placing on top of her lap, and a doll on the floor on the left side of the mirror. The magazine page shows a big picture of a beautiful women’s face. The girls' eyes reflect a sense of confusion. The audience can only see her face through the reflection of the mirror, leaving the question about whether her real face is the same as the one we see in the mirror? 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Week 10

Word of the week:
Misnomer (noun)
1.The misnaming of a person in a legal instrument, as in a complaint or indictment.
2.Any misnaming of a person or thing; also, a wrong or inapplicable name or designation
This week I want to talk about an illustration entitles "Golden Head by Golden Heada", illustration for Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862). This is a woodblock print. The line designs of this piece is so beautiful. There are so much tension in the hands but the facial expression is calm. The way their head tiled give so much emotions to the piece. It makes me want to be in place of the girl who sleep so peacefully in her man's arms. Above to the lefts are the illustration of their dreams, which is bright and spirited. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

week 9

Word of the week:
Irenic (adj) : Tending to promote peace; conciliatory

This week, I want to talk about one of the BEST GOOGLE DOODLES on May 11, 2011 calls "The Martha Graham". Google celebrate the 117th birthday of pioneering dancer-choreographer and “mother of modern dance” Martha Graham with an animated logo. "The line. The leap. The leg kick. It is arguably the most elegant Google Doodle yet." said Michael Cavna, a writter from Washington Post Entertainment. This logo is so unique and stand out from other still image we usually see on Google home page. Even though it is in black and white, but the figure's dance movements is more than enough to capture the audience's interest. The figure started with a half standing pose from the left and dance her way across the page to created the word GOOGLE with her moves. Simply breath taking!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Week 8

Word of the week:
Splenetic (adj)
1.Irritable; peevish; spiteful.
2.Of the spleen.
3.Archaic: Affected with, characterized by, or tending to produce melancholy.
Max Klinger's a glove series
This drawing is in the series "A glove", a series of etching with pen and ink in 1881. This specific piece entitled "Action". It took place in the late afternoon at an ice skating ring next to a forest. A man in the foreground is picking up a glove on the ground while a women in front of him is skating away from the viewers. In front of the women is three other people, 2 man skating with a women in the middle. The artist get his inspiration to do this series after picked up a glove from an attractive women, and from then on, he kept the glove and fantasizing about the women.