Saturday, March 29, 2014

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

I have wanted to read this book for a long time; it's one of my favorite movies. So the Back to the Classics challenge was just the push I needed to finally read it.
I enjoyed most of it, although I found it very slow going. There were parts through the middle of the book where I got bogged down, but overall it was a good story and well written.
The description on Goodreads is as follows: "In the grand tradition of the epic novel, Boris Pasternak’s masterpiece brings to life the drama and immensity of the Russian Revolution through the story of the gifted physician-poet, Zhivago; the revolutionary, Strelnikov; and Lara, the passionate woman they both love. Caught up in the great events of politics and war that eventually destroy him and millions of others, Zhivago clings to the private world of family life and love, embodied especially in the magical Lara."
I rated it 3 out of 5. I'm counting this for my Classic in Translation category.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Lesson 5 Photo Value Study

In this lesson, we were to choose an inspiration photo, crop it to create a tight composition, and recreate it in an achromatic color scheme (using only black, gray, and white fabrics).  I exaggerated the value contrast from the photo to make a more dynamic piece.  I also simplified it by leaving out the water droplets (didn't think I could reproduce them in fabric!).  This is my inspiration photo:

And here is the cropped version:

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Lesson 4 Lost and Found Line

I'm working on a series for my Color, Composition & Design class with Katie Pasquini Masopust. This lesson is about lost and found line, engaging the edges, and avoiding the centers. I used an achromatic plus color scheme (black, gray, and white plus red) and a diagonal layout.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Lesson 3 Negative Space

I'm working with the same shapes as lessons 1 & 2, but since circles were dominant in lesson 2, I made the triangles dominant in this lesson. I used a split complementary color scheme again, this time with red, orange (my 2 warms) and blue-green (my cool). And I chose a vertical layout. In order to add interest to the negative space, I pieced the background, and in order to stay with the vertical layout, I pieced it as vertical strips. I had all the triangles pointing up for the same reason.