Landscape Resource Post

Google Art Project: Landscape with a Goatherd and Goats by Claude

Landscape with a Goatherd and Goats by Claude (1636-7.) National Gallery.

I chose Landscape with a Goatherd and Goats by Claude because I really like the way the artist used light in this painting. The horizon shows that the sun is either rising or setting, but nevertheless a beautiful orange-yellow is used to show the transition. The goatherd lies under the shadow of presumably a large tree, which is something I can relate to as I have had the pleasure of lying under a countryside tree as the sun sets. I like the detail used in the painting as well. At first glance, I did not notice the stream in the background, the vines climbing the tree, the detail of the clouds, or the muddy beach towards the side of the painting, but all of these details became apparent after further examination. Although Claude was a European artist, this landscape reminds me of past summers spent in rural North Carolina; between the pond, overgrown flora, peacefulness, and the sunlight I can see a similarity. Finally, how I chose this painting because I like how Claude painted the leaves. He did not paint every single leaf, but the way he utilized color made gave the appearance.






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Art Article

“Anti-Snowbowl graffiti grows”- Hillary Davis. Published September 7, 2011 at 5:00am                                                                                                                                                                                                                 In response to a new Snowbowl ski area water pipeline, new works of graffiti art in opposition have been painted around Flagstaff. The pipeline would pump treated wastewater up the mountain in order for fake snow to be made. The owners of Snowbowl argue that it is crucial to remain financially sound. However, works of graffiti saying “no poop water,” “smash Snowbowl,” or “protect the peaks,” have a different way of viewing the arrangement. The artists have been very outspoken against what they see as this injustice. Rudy Preston, creator of, says none of this graffiti “surprises” him, as it is merited by such an awful thing

I selected this article for a couple of reasons. First of all, I ski often at Snowbowl and am invested in there not being any issues this or next season regarding the snow. There is going to be less than average snow in Arizona this year so the mountain would need the fake snow to compensate. But more importantly, graffiti is my favorite type of visual art. It seems a lot more real and expressive than a Picasso or Gauguin would be. Ever since Exit through the Gift Shop, I have been very interested in graffiti, especially when the piece has a politically or morally charged impetus like these in Flagstaff.






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Still Life Resource 

1. The title of this piece of art is Still Life with Three Puppies and was made by French post-impressionist Paul Gauguin in 1888.

2. This piece of artwork is a still life because Gauguin painted an arrangement of everyday things like the apples, pears, chalices, and bowl. Interestingly, however, he chose to include three puppies gathered around a water bowl, which is typically not included in still life.

3. I chose this artwork for a number of reasons. First, I thought it was very interesting that Gauguin chose to include living things (dogs) in his still life. It is an amusing break from all the other typical still lives. Second, Gauguin also broke from the typical hyper-realistic painting style that often accompanies still life paintings. The playful blue brushstrokes and smudges add an almost whimsical aspect to the dogs and background of the painting. To me, it contrasts from the seriousness of most still lives, making this particular one very enjoyable and simply beautiful. Lastly, I chose this painting because it is located in my favorite art museum which coincidentally I recently visited, the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Value Leaf Drawing



1. I created this leaf drawing using an HB, 2B, 4B, and 6B pencil. First, I drew the contour lines like I learned from my first work of the year, the blind contour lines. I examined the freshly picked leaf and drew wherever the leaf had a wrinkle, brown spot, or where it curled up on itself. Next, using the different types of pencils, I shaded in the areas according to the color of the leaf, also accounting for the veins of the leaf by leaving them white. I drew the shadow of the leaf last, after all the shading was done.


2. I used value in this work by shading the darker areas darker and the lighter areas lighter. In the picture, you can see the contrast of the shading and color of the leaf.  Using the HB pencil resulted in the lightest lines and shading, whereas using the 6B resulted in the heaviest.


3. In this work, I learned about how to represent value, using different kinds of pencils, and drawing 3-Dish shapes. Value was represented by the different levels of shading, representing different the different shades of green on the lead. Before this drawing, I had never used the different types of pencils that were presented to me. There was a slight learning curve as to utilizing the different shades, but in the end I was able to successfully use them. Lastly, I had to account for the folds of the leaf. The leaf had parts where sides curled up that and parts that jetted out the side.


4. I believe that I fared pretty well on this drawing. I worked very hard on it, even coming in early in the morning to try to attempt to perfect the values of the leaf. I can definitely see a progression and improvement in my art so far this year; especially in terms of value, shape, and proportion that I never had before. To admit, the value and contour lines were difficult, but I think that I did a good job of displaying them.

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Blind Contour Drawings

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To complete these drawings, I put a piece of paper over the pencil in order to hide what I was drawing. Then I drew the contour lines of my hand in the unique position it was in. Paying close attention, I followed all the creases and nuances of my hand, all without looking. Once I had completed my hand, I examined what I had just blindly drawn!

We did this drawing to learn how to visualize what one is drawing, rather than relying on sight. In order to feel the line of the pencil, rather than erasing and restarting every two seconds like usual. It served as useful introduction to drawing.

At first, my drawings were terrible. It was not until the third and fourth that I realized the subtle focus that is needed to successfully draw these blindly. I think my final drawing as not half bad, actually.

I learned the value of visualization when drawing, and the necessity to really feel what one is drawing and not just rely on sight. Also, I learned the importance of contour lines and how to represent them.

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Will you ever serve JUG?

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