4. Rowan University Advanced Painting Spring 2014

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Madeline De Fino
Madeline De Fino

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Maddy DeFino
Maddy DeFino

 

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Paige Stecklair
Paige Stecklair

In Paige Stecklair’s work you can see her handling the challenge of atmospheric perspective very well. The way she handles the paint in the top right corner and background really allows the woodland to go back in space and lets light in to allow good perspective. Paige’s image has a very painterly feeling to it. She uses a semi-neutral color palate and brushstroke techniques that give the image a very natural feeling. The intertwining rock planes, vines, and trees give the image a interesting composition that allows your eyes to travel around with a great push and pull affect. The light and shadow Paige depicts in her image are very consistent throughout and has a very realistic look. Gabriela Zardus

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Paige Stecklair
Paige Stecklair

 

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Aleana Almeida
Aleana Almeida

 

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Gabriella Zardus
Gabriella Zardus

 

 

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Gabriella Zardus
Gabriella Zardus

 

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Coleen Tryner
Coleen Tryner

This Impressionistic piece at first glance does not use a huge array of colors nor have great detail. It is a very simplified experience. However, the longer I looked at the piece, the more I began to actually see the subject matter in further detail. I began to see the small changes of color which created greater suggestion of detail. Then my eyes began to invent more of the scene behind the painting.
The lower left corner looks almost water-like. When focusing on just this corner, it looks like a reflection. This corner is most reminiscent of Monet’s Water Lilies. The strokes of paint are very similar as well as the way the colors blend and overlap each other.
The use of the more saturated red and orange in both the trees and concrete disturb my eye very slightly, but in a good way. Once I focused on them, I couldn’t stop noticing the shape they make. It almost adds another element to the piece and could give it a whole different feel if you let it.
The decision to continue the yellow stripe slightly above where the concrete ends, I believe, was a fabulous decision. Without it the painting would seem very broken. This small decision opens up the background and connects it with the foreground. It also seems to open up new possibilities within the depth of the piece. Allyson Cook

Coleen Tryner
Coleen Tryner

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Melissa Sylvestri
Melissa Sylvestri

 

Personally, I enjoyed all of the pieces that were exhibited within the painting show. I believe that everyone displayed their use of time and effort into their works of art. Yet, I really enjoyed Melissa Sylvestri’s piece due to the aspects hidden within the creation of the image. I found it interesting that she had captivated her dreams and that she is using them to form her paintings. The eerie feeling that one gets when observing her piece is an extremely appealing concept to me as I look at her work. I also enjoy the idea that the viewer doesn’t truly know if they are receiving or giving the box within her painting. Without knowing about Melissa’s dream, this idea leaves the viewer thinking about what could be within that box and whether they have just been given it away or received it. I also enjoy the painting technique that she uses within her work, it leaves her with a style that is both noticeable and interesting.Natalia Navarra

Melissa Sylvestri
Melissa Sylvestri

 

 

 

 

 

I really like Nicole’s painting. I like the colors she used. It gives it this mystery and mystical feeling. I can imagine a Hobbit living in there from Lord of the Rings. I get that kind of atmosphere from her painting. She also did really well on the water. The waves look great! The choppy water makes the painting also makes me think about what is going to happen next. I get this feeling like something dramatic is going to happen. So I think she did a really great job. Julianna Kraft

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Victoria Butler
Victoria Butler

The subject matter immediately reminded me of Van Gogh’s Trees and Undergrowth. Both pieces are still extremely different in many aspects including color, brush stroke and style. However, they both give the viewer a look into the woods while playing with depth and the suggestion of distant trees.
One of the first things I noticed and really enjoyed about the painting was that the trees and background were simply a play of color and line.
Something about how the leaves in the foreground are very obviously sitting on top is very beautiful especially in the bottom left hand corner. There is not much I really have to say about this other than it was something that my eye kept coming back to over and over again most likely because of how the colors so drastically play off of each other.
This artist has a great hold of her color. The way that color from both the background and the foreground are suggested on the lit side of the trees were wonderful decisions. The horizontal brush strokes of these colors in the vertical trees also contribute to the unity throughout the piece. This evens out the composition.
Allyson Cook

Victoria Butler
Victoria Butler

 

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Natalia Navarra
Natalia Navarra

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Natalia Navarra
Natalia Navarra

 

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Stephanie Blasco
Stephanie Blasco

Overall, I enjoy Stephanie’s painting of her dog. She did a good job of capturing the texture of the fur the expression in his eyes. I think future paintings could benefit from more attention being paid to the cropping of the subject; the dogs paw is cropped at the bottom while there space remains at the top of the painting. Also, I would have enjoyed if there were more contrast between the dogs face and body. The face is an important part of what is being depicted, and I would have enjoyed if it stood out more. Colleen Tryner

 

Stefanie Blasco
Stefanie Blasco

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Nicole Smedile
Nicole Smedile

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Nicole Smedlie
Nicole Smedlie

I really like Nicole’s painting. I like the colors she used. It gives it this mystery and mystical feeling. I can imagine a Hobbit living in there from Lord of the Rings. I get that kind of atmosphere from her painting. She also did really well on the water. The waves look great! The choppy water makes the painting also makes me think about what is going to happen next. I get this feeling like something dramatic is going to happen. So I think she did a really great job. Julianna Kraft

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Marlena Hirshfield
Marlena Hirshfield

 

There is something simple and beautiful about Marlena’s landscape painting. I love the painterly and expressive quality of it. The bright oranges, yellows and blues complement each other really well and stand out against the dark ground. The composition is simple, which is nice because your eye focuses on the overall feeling that the painting gives through the use of color and technique, rather than having a complicated composition which moves your eye all around the piece. It is portraying a beautiful subject as well as a beautiful moment in time. You can see the sense of time and a moment through the bright colors of the sunset emanating above the horizon and surrounded by a darker sky, as if the sun is about to go down, but it gives me a sense of stillness and really captivates me when I look at it. Perhaps it is because the water, rocks and plant in the foreground seem stagnant. Also, the reflection is painted so beautifully! I love how the colors are more muted in the water than the sky as well as the trees are blurred. I wonder what it would look like on a larger canvas. Overall the palette, painterly quality and subject really catch my eye, and I think she did a wonderful job!
-Nicole Smedile

Marlena Hirshfield
Marlena Hirshfield

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Juliana Kraft
Juliana Kraft

I also found Juliana Kraft’s painting to be extremely appealing. The technique that went into this work is interesting to look at when viewed. Each stroke is noticeable, yet it does not take away from the subject. The viewer is still able to see what is within the painting. I find this to be fascinating and believe that this technique is quite hard to work with, yet she pulled it off successfully. As well as this, I believe that her palette is gorgeous. The soft pastel tones with the harsh dark black and blues really draw all the colors together, also helping the eye form the subject when viewing the piece. Natalia Navarra

I’m drawn most to Juliana’s painting of the elephant. She doesn’t actually paint a clear cut elephant, but anyone who looks at this painting, and has seen an elephant before, knows that it is a painting of an elephant. She uses lights and darks, colors, and the suggestion of line with those three elements to imply the figure of an elephant. It’s almost as if she was painting from a dream or a memory of an elephant – it’s fuzzy and not quite clear-cut… it’s almost as if the elephant is coming out of some sort of colorful abyss and the only way its presence is known is by the way the colors drape over its figure. Samantha O’Neill

Juliana Kraft’s image is very interesting to me because of her innovative brush technique and color palette. I find it interesting that she chose to take a realistic subject matter and approach it in a very abstract way with the large square brush strokes and pastel colors choices. I love the depth she has created within the image by working the light and shadow on the top and bottom layers. The image has a very strong presence that is magnified by the subject being completely centered and having a strong symmetrical and vertical design. I really enjoy the overall design of the image with the light hues being the main colors going off the sides. By allowing the light to go off the edges it gives the painting an even larger look that really seems to emanate off the canvas. Gabriela Zardus

Juliana’s elephant painting is very intriguing and captivating. The blues, pinks, and yellows work well together to create a calming atmosphere which is further emphasized by the kind eyes of the elephant. The most interesting aspect of this painting is the way the paint was applied with rough stamps of color. There is no contour line to outline the elephant; what makes the elephant visible is the placement of lights and darks which creates a very unique final result. Steph Blasco

Juliana Kraft
Juliana Kraft

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Jordan Clark
Jordan Clark

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Jordan Clark
Jordan Clark

 

David Benjamin
David Benjamin

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David Benjamin
David Benjamin
Anna Reyes
Anna Reyes

I watched Anna throughout the process of her painting her pathway. I was very happy when she was able to relax with her subject. The comfort with her composition allowed her to paint more freely. Towards the end, branches were added in the background and different strokes were used within the trees. I think the painting could benefit from more stroke and shape variation throughout the background. Also, more hints of red in the left side of the background. Colleen Tryner

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Anna Reyes
Anna Reyes

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Allyson Cook
Allyson Cook

 

Allyson’s painting of a church is impressively linear and precise. The thin, steady, even brushstrokes make for a very realistic representation. The variation of color in the bricks is visually pleasing. Allyson does a good job of showing depth and perspective with the angles and shades used on the bricks. The dark windows add an element of mystery to the painting as the viewer is not sure what the inside holds. Steph Blasco

Allyson Cook
Allyson Cook

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3 comments on “4. Rowan University Advanced Painting Spring 2014

  1. Overall, I enjoy Stephanie’s painting of her dog. She did a good job of capturing the texture of the fur the expression in his eyes. I think think future paintings could benefit from more attention being paid to the cropping of the subject; the dogs paw is cropped at the bottom while there space remains at the top of the painting. Also, I would have enjoyed if there was more contrast between the dogs face and body. The face is an important part of what is being depicted, and I would have enjoyed if it stood out more.

    I watched Anna throughout the process of her painting her pathway. I was very happy when she was able to relax with her subject. The comfort with her composition allowed her to paint more freely. Towards the end, branches were added in the background and different strokes were used within the trees. I think the painting could benefit from more stroke and shape variation throughout the background. Also, more hints of red in the left side of the background. Colleen Tryner

    • There is something simple and beautiful about Marlena’s landscape painting. I love the painterly and expressive quality of it. The bright oranges, yellows and blues complement each other really well and stand out against the dark ground. The composition is simple, which is nice because your eye focuses on the overall feeling that the painting gives through the use of color and technique, rather than having a complicated composition which moves your eye all around the piece. It is portraying a beautiful subject as well as a beautiful moment in time. You can see the sense of time and a moment through the bright colors of the sunset emanating above the horizon and surrounded by a darker sky, as if the sun is about to go down, but it gives me a sense of stillness and really captivates me when I look at it. Perhaps it is because the water, rocks and plant in the foreground seem stagnant. Also, the reflection is painted so beautifully! I love how the colors are more muted in the water than the sky as well as the trees are blurred. I wonder what it would look like on a larger canvas. Overall the palette, painterly quality and subject really catch my eye, and I think she did a wonderful job!
      -Nicole Smedile

  2. Personally, I enjoyed all of the pieces that were exhibited within the painting show. I believe that everyone displayed their use of time and effort into their works of art. Yet, I really enjoyed Melissa Sylvestri’s piece due to the aspects hidden within the creation of the image. I found it interesting that she had captivated her dreams and that she is using them to form her paintings. The eerie feeling that one gets when observing her piece is an extremely appealing concept to me as I look at her work. I also enjoy the idea that the viewer doesn’t truly know if they are receiving or giving the box within her painting. Without knowing about Melissa’s dream, this idea leaves the viewer thinking about what could be within that box and whether they have just been given it away or received it. I also enjoy the painting technique that she uses within her work, it leaves her with a style that is both noticeable and interesting.

    As well as this, I also found Juliana Kraft’s painting to be extremely appealing. The technique that went into this work is interesting to look at when viewed. Each stroke is noticeable, yet it does not take away from the subject. The viewer is still able to see what is within the painting. I find this to be fascinating and believe that this technique is quite hard to work with, yet she pulled it off successfully. As well as this, I believe that her palette is gorgeous. The soft pastel tones with the harsh dark black and blues really draw all the colors together, also helping the eye form the subject when viewing the piece. Natalia Navarra

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