Final Video: Grandma Tamara’s Famous Cheesecake


Music by: Daen Jellson, Bust Stop


Third and Final Blog Post: My Own Artwork

Last but not least, I will be talking about one of my own works of art for my third blog post. For this post I decided to choose my own painting I did titled “Corruption”.  This painting was inspired by my desire to promote saving dolphins. Many people do not know about the corrupt world of killing dolphins in Japan to sell as illegal cheap fish meet. They also capture few that they strip from their families and ship them across the world to put in a small tank of water as entertainment. This small tank of water is called Sea World. While the dolphins look like they are having fun, they are actually miserable in tiny tank with loud noises rather than being our in the free ocean. 

For my painting I incorporated James Rosenquists style of painting by layering on different images. I started with an acrylic paint base of ocean backdrop and then layered on an image of a captured dolphin and stuck on netting-like material to give it a sense of being captured in a net. Then over on the left hand side I painted a the dolphins family and cut it into pieces to mimic Rosenquists style of chopped up images, yet you can still see the overall picture. As for color I decided to have the ocean be dark where the dolphin was being captures and show the sun beaming through the ocean on the left where the family is to show the dolphin was being taken from the light and its family. 

If I were to reflect back on my painting I am very proud of it in terms of overall composition and incorporating Rosenquists style, however I would have liked to make the water red and bold to reflect on the killing of the dolphins and the blood in the water. I think it would have provoked more emotion.

Overall I had fun with the assignment and was able to paint about something I have a passion for.


Here is a picture of a James Rosenquist masterpiece in which I tried to use his style on my own art.


Second Blog Post: Graham Nickson

Graham Nickson is an artist whom I am greatly inspired by, which is why I decided to write my second blog post on him. His use of simple strokes and minimal composition with vibrant colors is intriguing to the eye and shows a very unique style of painting. Nicksons work is abstract yet objective and in many of his paintings he will focus on one subject, whether it be a tree or even someone simply standing and will use his skills with shape and color combinations to create a beautiful landscape surrounding the subject creating artwork unlike any other.


Graham Nickson is a New York based British artist who strives to turn everyday sights and landscapes and turns them into very unique beautiful pieces of art in a style unlike any other. He would turn something as cliché as a sunset into his own. Nickson is now Dean of the New York Studio School and has been since 1988.  Nicksons artwork is featured in numerous famous art galleries and his mission now is to pass on his own teachings and skills to future artists.


I am currently working on a charcoal piece that is mimicking Graham Nicksons style yet with my own composition. I would have loved to use oil paint as the medium but my class assignment required charcoal, however it is still turning out very nicely and I am able to capture the simplistic composition and strokes with great detail in the landscape. I am excited to see the final product!


One of my favorite quotes from the artist:


“The challenge, of course, is to move people to look at an image they’ve seen many times before – something as banal as someone taking off their shirt on the beach – and to have them realize they’ve never quite seen it that way. (Graham Nickson)”



First Blog Post: Jackson Pollock

For my first blog post I wanted to talk about an artist that I have admired since the beginning of high school when I really started to take my art more seriously. This artist Jackson Pollock, or as some might call him, “Jack the Dripper”.  While he does not like being call “Jack the Dripper” it is a name well suited for him that was given to him because he is known for his unique use of dripping paint on large canvases to create masterpieces. Pollock is an American artist whose artwork was very popular during the abstract expressionist movement.  Pollock tragically died at age 44 in an alcohol related car accident, which did not come to surprise being that he battled alcoholism for most of his life. Even though Pollock died, his work still lives on. In fact, in a recent auction in 2012, Pollock’s artwork, “Number 19” sold for roughly $ 58.5 million. Pollocks work was very popular in pop culture whether it was used in films or even as album covers.

My love for Pollocks artwork comes from the freedom it expresses. Every drip of paint looks so effortless and free, yet every drip is placed with purpose and for a reason. The layers of paint give a sense of depth to the artwork. For a final project my senior year of high school I did a painting inspired by Pollocks style of a Willow tree in fog and the will tree was made out of dripping paint. I had a lot of fun with this style of art, which is why, to this day, I am a huge fan of Jackson Pollock.

ImageThis is a photo of Jackson Pollock creating a work of art.