Charcoal/Pastel vs. Graphite as a Precursor to Oil Painting.

I would like to make clear that the comparisons presented here are limited to the pencil forms of both compressed charcoal and graphite. I am not taking into account powdered graphite/charcoal, charcoal or graphite mixed with alcohol, or any other significantly less-common (in modern day atelier training) application of either material. Additionally, this comparison is… Continue reading

Regarding Accuracy…

“It is this difference between scientific accuracy and artistic accuracy that puzzles so many people. Science demands that phenomena be observed with the unemotional accuracy of a weighing machine, while artistic accuracy demands that things be observed by a sentient individual recording the sensations produced in him by the phenomena of life.” –Harold Speed, The… Continue reading

Automatcity and Visual Art Skill Development (VIDEO)

A significant issue that continues to plague the growth and development of quality arts education is the deficit of quantifiable learning objectives and effective outcome assessment. With increasingly vague parameters and seemingly elusive learning objectives, art programs continue to rely on problematic assertions of collateral contribution to justify their existence. In 2007 the New York… Continue reading

Oh phi…

Rather than launching into the arguments from neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, and vision science that quickly dismantles phi-beauty claims–let’s instead try some some good ‘ol common sense.  The three most popular examples of nature’s aesthetic prowess with the Golden Mean or Fibonacci sequence are Sunflowers, Pine cones, and Pineapples. (I know that some people will want… Continue reading

Scan, Stereo and Squint.

Limiting our focus to value for this paper, let’s begin with a review of “value” in regards to objective representational art. A common definition for value is relative lightness or darkness. Within a representational visual art context, value is often used to represent some measure of light or luminance. “Luminance is an objective measurement of… Continue reading

The “Pitfalls” of reading about Photography “Pitfalls”

The article began by establishing the idea that just because you have seen a photograph of something does not mean you know “exactly” what something may look like. While I understood the basic groundwork that the author was trying to establish here, the opening signaled that what would most likely follow would be a series… Continue reading