Thursday, February 27, 2014


I apologize for not posting any photos of the day recently, I know my subscribers must be upset. This week has been really hectic with finals coming up and I felt that the pressure has made me more focused and has allowed me to produce some of my best art this term. I experimented with shading using pencil and spreading it with my hand. I feel that this process better connects me to my work.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Photo of the Day #9

Progress on Dog

Today I worked on finishing touches to the background of my dog portrait. I wanted to use a wide variety of colors and experiment with lightness and darkness. I tried adding words to my portrait to add a different dimension to the background.

Friday, February 21, 2014


Today Sammy, Emma, and I met to discuss out work and offer helpful suggestions to one another. After going over my plan before the show, Emma and Sammy saw that I tried to experiment with many materials and subjects. I explained that I wanted to make the background of my piece stunning. Looking back at the color combinations, I immediately thought of red and gold as my primary colors. As for my project, I discovered I learned about myself while talking to Sammy and Emma. I discussed that I wanted to draw a large scale full-body portrait of a person, and add paint to enhance its beauty. They recommended that I experiment with the background and facial features so I have a good grasp before I dive into my final project. They pushed me to keep experimenting and continue to find my "niche".

Photo of the Day #9

By Keltie Ferris

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Photo of the Day #8

I was really drawn to the eyes of the dog in the photograph. The shinning silver surrounded by the dark coat of the fur reminds me of the playfulness of using charcoal.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

2/19/14 Debrief

Today I painted more flowers on my dog painting, I experimented mixing colors and trying out new brush patterns. After, I wanted to experiment with spray paint. After John showed me the fundamentals I tried creating stylish patterns, playing with the proximity of the can to the wood. I liked when the bottles were almost done the paint made dots on the wood that looked like frozen raindrops. Below are a few examples which inspired me after today.

When people think of spray painting, most probably think of graffiti. After researching, I was mesmerized by the details artists created using spray paint.

Example #1

Example #2

Photo of the Day #7

I am really interested in the shadow specifically pertaining to faces. As the show continues to steadily approach, I am continually motivated to take some photographs.

Saturday, February 15, 2014


As the term continues to progress, I have realized that I haven't portrayed my photography side. Since  the Spring, my love for photography has grown greatly. I became interested in photographing portraits of people, I've noticed that the lighting when it is snowing adds a beautiful brightness to one's face. Going forward, I want to push myself to show my creativity and take risks. Below are three of my favorite photographs I look earlier this year.

Inspiring Artist and Photos of the Day #5 and #6

David Choe

"Choe is an imaginative street artist—his works are equal parts beautiful and repulsive—with a distinct aesthetic and a personality to match." - Nick Schonberger and Cedar Pasori

Photo of the Day #5 
Annie Liebovitz

Photo of the Day #6
Brian Duffy

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Photo of the Day #4

                                                        Irises by Vincent van Gogh

Progress on My Dog Portrait

After reviewing artist's backgrounds, I felt that I wanted to incorporate many different types of floral designs and patterns around the dog. Talking with Mrs. Roberts about transforming my pieces and experimenting, I have felt this stage has pushed me to take risks and go with my instincts. 

Art And Fear: Conceptual Worlds By David Bayles & Ted Orland

Henry James proposed a key questions that really make the artist think and reflect on their work. The question begs, Was it worth dong? Thinking of my past artwork, I always beg the question if I like it, but never wonder if fit was worth it. With the show quickly approaching, I knew that I would need to make art that served a purpose and not waste my time. This does not mean that experimenting is not necessary, but after talking with Mrs. Roberts, I know that if I want to achieve my goals for the show I need to be more strategic of what I create and experiment with.

Craft is often thought of as furniture, handmade clothing, and other piece made before the Industrial Revolution. Art is paintings like the Mona Lisa, a musical piece, often very valuable. With my work I was the beauty of my art to be derived from my craft and technical skills that I use to enhance my work.

An artist's style is the type of art or patterns that are common in one's work. My style is more conservative, often not touching on unrealistic images. I like the pure aesthetic beauty of natural pieces of humans, animals, and places. Though the materials and form of my art changes, the essence stays the same.

I agree with the statement that all art is autobiographical. Even if we don't know it, each piece tells a different story that is unique to the viewer. That's what makes art so special it immediately establishes an emotional connection with the viewer.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Photo of the Day #3

                                                Girl with a Pearl Earring by Jan Vermeer

Monday, February 10, 2014

Photo of the Day #2

The Card Players by Paul C├ęzanne

Progress on dog painting and looking at art differently

Today, I made progress on my dog painting. If you look closely at the painting, you can see that there are many different layers and colors within the coat of fur. The idea of making the dog was spontaneous, but I soon adapted to using new techniques to enhance my painting. After I finished panting, I noticed a piece of paper that I used to see what colors looked like. 

It made me realize that we are always surrounded by art. Even if the paper does not look like art, the process of trying new colors and experimenting makes this form of art even more special and distinct.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Inspirational Post of the Day #1

To keep my blog active, I came up with the idea to post an inspirational, photograph, painting, or picture everyday. This will also motivate me to research more artists, and discover artwork that has a lasting impact on me.

                                           - Rayven E Photography

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Inspiring Dog Paintings

When making a portrait of a dog, I was curious to see what other artist have done. When researching, three paintings caught my eye. The first one is a front facing portrait of a dog's face with an interesting color background. I like this painting because it is so raw and the aesthetic beauty of the dog is mesmerizing.

The next painting is similar to the one I am making now. It is a golden retriever facing the viewer, I found this painting extremely helpful because I am struggling to make the body of the dog realistic, especially the thick coat of fur. The simplicity of this piece makes it that much more beautiful to look at.

The last painting's facial features blew me away. The greenish-brown eyes captivated me, and I immediately felt a connection to the painting and the artist. I want my pice to incorporate all these aspects, and I want to make a realistic and aesthetically pleasing portrait. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Exhibition Formats

The really like the painting, "Marriage of the Virgin" by Kehinde Wiley. Known for portrait painting, Kehinde often tries to make naturalistic paintings of people or messages that he feels are important to convey.

Similar to my art, I want to have a personal connection to my piece. Though I am leaning towards making and animal, I still love the idea of making a portrait of a person whom I admire. Even though it is a smile setting on the wall, I like the boldness it brings from the dark background. The gold frame adds a sense of elegance and playfulness. The three people's emotions can be interpreted in many ways.

A problem I often find when I paint is choosing a background that enhances the focus and doesn't distract the viewers. Though Kehinde backgrounds are colorful and decorative, he uses classic combinations like I saw in the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA, to make his painting the center of attention.

Though it may sounds narcissistic, I LOVE being the center of attention and can only hope my piece is one that stands out among the rest. The simple painting by Kehinde has a powerful message. There is something so real about the bond between the three people that captivates my attention. I think that his choices are both instinctive and educated which only make it his final product that more special and amazing.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Reflection on today and who I am as an artist

Today, I worked on painting the dog that I created in class on Friday. I wanted to get the highlights and shaded regions as accurate as possible, this took the majority of time and patience. When Mrs. Roberts asked us to identify who we are as an artist, I was left confused and questioned myself. Who was I? Was I like others, or unique? Do my pieces hold a deeper message? As I thought about it, I realized that I am a very diverse artist. I stretch my artistic ability beyond paper. While I enjoy painting and drawing, I have a deep passion for photography. For the beginning of senior studio, I have been experimenting, but I am still trying to find my identity as an artist. I am discovering new talents and weak areas each and everyday. I hope as I work, I will continue to surprise myself and devote some time to photography, and share my message along the way.