My Portfolio

newlogoHello all!

Welcome to my blog Something Poetic! Now I know that this title may lead to me being a poet, but I am an artist not a poet. I came up with the name when one of my professors was telling my class to come up with interesting names for our projects and he said “make it something poetic” and hence how this name came to life.

I am a art student and I have recently created my own personal website from scratch. Everything on my website is created by me! I even coded the entire website so it has my fingerprint all over it.

http://digitalarts.lmu.edu/berghausen/index.html

Please don’t be shy, explore and enjoy my website. I have lots of different types of artwork hidden in the website. One of my favorite pieces is under the category “NetArt”. NetArt is artwork made online that cannot be made without a computer. My teacher assigned it as a project to push our imaginations to places they had never been.

Best,

Nina

ART

bagthumbI thought I would write a post just giving you a background of what mediums I work in. On my blog I like to write about other artists but this post is going to give you a small and short glimpse on what mediums I love.

Oil

Acrylic

Wire

Jewelry

Sculpture

Ceramics

Plaster

Paper

Watercolor

Digital Art

Film Photography

I think that just about sums up my different mediums of artwork. I started working with jewelry when I was only five. My mom started bringing home beads and she would let me play with them. Creating jewelry is perhaps the earliest indication in my life that I wanted to become an artist. Artwork has always been a form of escape for me.

Many of the mediums you see above I have learned on my own or taken classes on. In high school I would take art classes in the summer on my own to learn about mediums that fascinated me. I am really grateful that I have grown up in a family that supports me and my artwork and has always helped me explore new mediums.

Best,

Nina

 

 

Poetry Anyone

 

10686851_525135340964375_6533768571023146_nI know I am an artist, therefore my blog typically focuses on my life which revolves around making art but I wanted to share a part of my life that brings me a lot of happiness. I stumbled across the Poetic Underground a few years ago, and since then I have been checking her website every single day. She is an eighteen year old poet from Australia and she has a garden within her mind.

Whenever I am upset after a long hard day, right before I fall asleep I type in her websites name into my phone. Her poems are calming and wise, they can bring a smile on my face no matter my mood. I am not a poet in any means but I am awe of her talent. This blog post is a way of me thanking her for all of her encouraging and beautiful words that she shares.

If you do not like poetry I will not be offended in the slightest! I just thought it would be fun to share with you her poetic artwork. Enjoy!

https://instagram.com/thepoeticunderground/

Best,

Nina

Wire=Art

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a fabulous day. Finals week is fast approaching for me and I am feeling the warmth of summer. As summer comes closer and closer my desire to paint, draw, and make jewelry grows. I am an art major and my preferred mediums are well spread out. It keeps life very exciting for me.

I have some exiting news to share. I submitted a seven foot wire sculpture into an art show and (drum roll please) and I won first place. I won out of one hundred and fifty submissions. It was a really special experience for me and I was able to share it with my family and friends.

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That’s what I love about art! You can take one spool of wire and bend it, cut it, mold it, and twist it and turn it into a work of art. Do not get intimidated by different mediums of art, instead let them inspire you and shape you. It’s okay to make artwork that you aren’t proud of. Life would be boring if we didn’t have to try hard. Stay true to what you love and everything else will fall         into place!

 

Best,

Nina

Critique Inslee Hanyes

Hope you are all having a wonderful day! On my portfolio website I have a page dedicated to my favorite artists that inspire me. All of these artists inspire me in a different way, but one artist’s website in particular, I wanted to show you. I decided to dedicate a blog post to Inslee Haynes. Who is Inslee Haynes you ask? Well I am going to tell you how I have grown to love this artist and her beautiful website.

 

http://inslee.net

 

logo            Stumbling across Inslee Haynes’ website during my freshman year of college was extraordinarily exciting for me. Her style reminded me of my own artwork but she has clearly been practicing longer. She is a fashion illustrator that prides herself on her feminine and whimsical touch using ink and watercolor paint. Starting off as a mere college student she began her career and now she is a successful Illustrator that has found her niche in everything from fashion design to stationary design to posters.

As most artists know, a distinct and superior website can separate the mediocre from the sensational illustrators. Inslee’s website is dynamic and exciting and keeps viewers intrigued while providing a straightforward website to navigate through her works. A good website is needed to highlight someone’s assets opposed as serving as a negative distraction. The opening page of her website is an automatically moving slide show of her artwork. Using a slide show to display artwork is a smart tactic because it means every time you enter the website a new image appears. Another element of her brand that I enjoyed is her beautiful logo, it is her black signature sitting on a white background. Her signature is fitting because of her use of black in her artwork. Logos need to tie into your style and brand.

Her minimalistic touches within her website reminds me of what one of my professors used to tell me, K.I.S.S. which means Keep It Simple Stupid. It is important to start with a simplistic foundation and work up without creating too much distraction. Distractions can destroy a website is used incorrectly. Along with her perfect balance of color and simplicity Inslee’s website provides many different art pieces that showcase her talents that appeal to a wide variety of viewers. While there is a clear appeal to those in the wedding industry, her calendars, portraits, nudes, and fashion paintings keep those of us non-marriage folk intrigued.

Inslee is no one trick pony, we can see this through her wide variety of works. She has found success while living and working in New York City which is one of the most fashionable cities in the world. On her website she says that she has made artwork for fashion brands such as Neiman Marcus, Lela Rose, Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman, Moda Operandi and Stella & Dot among others. It is incredibly challenging to become recognized as an artist especially and Illustrator and she has found great success regardless of the odds.

Inslee reminds me that artists do not have to be “starving artists” they can make a life, a career, a dream come true just as any doctor or athlete could. If you type in the words “Fashion Sketch” into the website Pinterest Inslee Haynes artwork shows up. I first learned of Inslee after stumbling across her artwork on Pinterest. Afterwards I was immediately captivated by her soft strokes of paint alongside her mighty pen strokes.

I personally have always wanted to become more comfortable using watercolor. I have my fair share of works that were created with watercolor and ink alone but I tend to use other mediums. I am going to be illustrating some children’s books this summer and I am hoping to delve into the world of watercolors for some of them. Her artwork, her website, and her style inspires me to work hard to achieve success. She not only has stunning artwork but a website that enhances the viewing experience that brings viewers back every time.

I cannot stress this enough, having a website that magnifies and highlights your skills as a professional separates the average from the magnificent. I am reminded of the importance of personal websites, portfolios, and branding almost every day whether it be through my peers, professors, or fellow artists. Please check out Inslee’s website you will not be disappointed.

Thank you for reading dear readers! I hope you are having a wonderful day. Good luck with the end of your year! Summer is quickly approaching :)

 

Best,

Nina

Magazine Art

Hello Everyone!

Hope you are having a wonderful week. For this blog post I wanted to do something a little similar to what I have blogged about before. My sister and I have a blog called TheMissesPots and a few years back we posted on our website a post called “Magazine Art”. Instead of recreating that entire blog post I thought it would be fun to give you a link to show you a fun little post my sister and I wrote together!

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As a little precursor, my sister and I used to buy teen magazines and instead of reading them we would get all of our sharpies out and color through them. We found this quite a lot more entertaining that any article the magazine had to offer. It was a fun way to be artistic and also recycle an old magazine long forgotten, because let’s face it! Not many of us go back to magazines we haven’t read in years.

There are so many ways to be creative! This is a cheap and fun way to have your own coloring book! I am expanding your artistic horizons aren’t I? Enjoy ;)

https://themissespots.wordpress.com/2012/11/22/magazine-art/

 

Best,

Nina

P.S. I refer to myself as “Pie” in my old blog

Life Update!

Hey guys! So I am going to be working with a children’s author to help her illustrate five books! I am really excited but also a little anxious to see how it goes. I have never illustrated professionally before, but I am ready to take on the challenge. Since hearing about this job opportunity I have been looking at my favorite children’s books for inspiration and guidance. When I was a tiny tyke I never thought about how much work and effort went in to my favorite bed time stories. Now that I am trying to get in the mindset of an illustrator my appreciation for children’s book authors and illustrators has grown tremendously.

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

 

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 

The Lupine Lady by Barbara Cooney (writer and illustrator)

 

Nina, Nina Ballerina by Jane O’Connor and DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan

 

Ticki Ticki Tembo by Arlene Mosel and Blair Lent

 

Dr. Suess Books by Theodor Seuss Geise

 

Toot and Puddle by Holly Hobbie

 

The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado

 

You Are Special by Max Lucado

 

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

 

Caps for Sale Esphyr Slobodkina

 

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Pat Hancock

 

The Little Engine that Could

 

Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams by Watty Piper

 

Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

 

If you have any interest in the illustrations in Children’s books I definitely recommend looking at these stories. There are some of my go-to books when I am babysitting and when I am needing inspiration for artwork. I hope you enjoy them!

 

Best,

Nina

A is For Andy Warhol

Hey guys! I thought I would share with you a paper I wrote a while back on Andy Warhol after I went to see his Shadow Series displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Art. It was an amazing experience! I had never seen such a large quantity of work by one person even though he had a lot of help, which I will talk about in my paper.

 

Andy Warhol: Quantity vs. Quality

 

Many people believe that to be a great artist, you must be unique, irreplaceable, and bring a new special touch to everything you create. Andy Warhol not only disagreed with this idea but he went one step further, to prove this theory wrong by demonstrating that the individuality aspect of art is insignificant and thus irrelevant. We can see that Andy Warhol rebelled against academic artwork by showing that he could contradict everything he has been taught by throwing away the idea of being unique and embracing the concept of working as a machine.  He is often referred to as the father of pop art because was not afraid to step out of the box. He used techniques such as screen-printing to create exact replicas of his artwork and he hired workers to help him paint his pieces, such as the Shadow Series. In his interview with Gene Swenson Warhol says that,  “The reason I’m painting this way is that I want to be a machine, and I feel that whatever I do and do machine-like is what I want to do” (Swenson). He gravitated towards unity and sameness in his artwork and felt like the quality of the piece was irrelevant in comparison to its quantity. This brings up a new style of artwork that Andy holds near and dear, a technique of art that can be easily replicated to the point where the artist almost becomes insignificant. This is shown in Andy Warhol’s Shadow Series where he and his workers worked as a machine to create one hundred and two of the same paintings with slightly different colors, textures, and composition. It is clear in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Andy Warhol exhibition that his underlying objective was to become a machine, this was encompassed by his works. The beauty of this exhibit is that it illuminates the feeling of grandeur and darkness.

The Shadow Series depicts a triangle figure to the left of the composition with its size varying depending on the canvas. Each canvas is six feet tall and four feet wide, and he chose to create each painting big enough to make a statement. He believed in the power of numbers, he even admitted that, “The show only looks good because it’s so big”(Knight). Next to the triangular figure is what appears to be a shadow that moves away and out of the composition to the right. This fluid movement helps the eye travel in and out of the piece. The bottom corner of the piece is a large “L” shape that sits near the triangle and then moves down and to the right of the edge following the right angle of the canvas. The entire series has a fluid movement throughout it and it moves the viewers from one painting to the next. The beauty of each of these pieces is that no two are exactly the same and in some, they vary between positive and negative imprints. It creates a radical dream-like feeling, leaving viewers unsettled and also intrigued. The unity of each painting relates to what Andy Warhol said in his interview that, “It doesn’t matter what you do. Everybody just goes on thinking the same thing, and every year it gets more and more alike” (Swenson). This is reflected into his exhibition of the Shadow Series because most viewers initially believe that all 102 paintings are identical, simply varying in color; however, he challenges viewers to not only see the similarities of each piece but to also differentiate the details of how they are unalike.

Andy’s career took a sudden change when he discovered the process of silk-screening. Silk screen printing is the process of making exact replicas of images by forcing paint through an article of silk cloth. The design occurs because certain pores of the cloth are blocked, therefore the paint cannot pass through. The squeegee pushes the paint perfectly through the other side of the stretched silk. This creates an almost pixilated or grainy effect in his paintings. The paintings trick the eye, because there are copious amounts of pain marks on each canvas but the printed image contrasts heavily. In the article Andy Warhol and His Process, Roger Kamholz said that, “Once he (Andy Warhol) discovered the process and implications of working with silk screens, the content of Warhol’s output as a painter became inextricably linked to the process by which he created his art” (Kamholz). Andy began experimenting with screen-printing in the year of 1962 but he did not paint the Shadow Series until 1978.

Andy Warhol went to great extremes to turn his artistic life into that of a working machine; he even named his studio “The Factory”. He was not alone when working in his studio, he and his workers served as the gears of the metaphorical machine in the factory to help this project run smoothly. He had an attraction to repetition, and that is one of the key elements that made the Shadow paintings such a big success. His eccentricity steered him to create the artwork we are still familiar with to this day. It is ironic that he believed the way to be a distinctive artist was to create artwork that was the same, and easily replicated. What I mean by this is that, Andy wanted his artwork to be something that could be replicated and that was not incredibly unique. His Shadow paintings were only unique, because of the way he executed his idea not because of their intricacy. He took an abstract image, silk printed it, and mass produced the image in varying colors. His idea became beautiful not in the conception of the Shadow paintings but in their entirety when they were hung next to each other repeating one hundred and two times. It shows the importance of a collection opposed to a single art piece, just like when he stressed in his interview the importance of unity and oneness among people and artwork. His exhibition also displayed the power associated with size.

The beauty of the Shadow Series is through the collections abstraction people are attracted to the show. Every person sees something different, but the people who are exposed to it are drawn to the artwork. When I saw this exhibition I was intrigued by the artwork, and it was fascinating to hear my classmates’ responses to the collection, some of us felt that it was dark and mysterious, while others felt like it was comparable to a reel of film or the repeating of the chorus of a song. In the article published by the MOCA museum they state that, “The Shadows are one of Warhol’s most mysterious and beautiful works, full of mood and feeling, repeated over and over, not unlike a song” (MOCA). The images found in this series of paintings were of photographs that Andy took in a dark factory. This is what made Andy Warhol so great; he gave his viewers the freedom to see whatever they wanted to see in his artwork. Andy Warhol shared his fascination with repetition through his artwork to touch people’s lives.

The Shadow paintings correlate strongly to Andy Warhol’s interview with Gene Swenson. By analyzing his artwork and his interview I have come to the conclusion that Andy Warhol had a fascination with reality and how he could evoke feelings. His Shadow paintings put his desire to become a mechanism to the test. He relied on his employees to help him to carry out his artistic process. Without the workers at “The Factory” the Shadow paintings may never have come into existence. His choices to unify each painting were beautifully executed, from how they were displayed to how they were similarly painted and printed. He went to great lengths to reject academic art and he did this through his creative actions. The Museum of Contemporary Art’s Andy Warhol exhibit displays the Shadow Series and highlights their pure beauty and mystery. He challenges us all, even non-artists, to never accept styles or the norms of life at the first glance. Through uniqueness beauty can be found, but Andy wanted to show that through the repetition of his art, he could create something that was completely unified and replicable and simultaneously distinct in its quantity, not its quality.

 Best,

Nina

Music To Inspire

Hey guys! I wanted to do something a little different and fun for this blog post! Since I am an art major I spend a lot of college life working at art projects and listening to music.

It suddenly hit me! To write a blog post about some of my favorite songs J

A lot of my art pieces have been inspired by the music playing in the background while I am creating. I realized it might be kind of fun to share with you some of my ideal-art-creating-songs! Here are my top thirty songs that I love listening to!

 

  1. She Is The Sunlight by Trading Yesterday
  2. Big Black Car by Gregory Alan Isakov
  3. Broken Stereo (Acoustic Version) by Sean Fournier
  4. Merry Go ‘Round by Kacey Musgraves
  5. Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood <3
  6. Rooftop by Melissa McClelland
  7. Terrible Love by Birdy
  8. I’ll Never Forget You by Birdy
  9. Cough Syrup by (I have the glee version XD sung by Darren Criss)
  10. Hero by Regina Spektor <3
  11. One Of The Boys by Katy Perry
  12. Flapper Girl by The Lumineers
  13. Dead Sea by The Lumineers <3
  14. Bedouin Dress by Fleet Foxes
  15. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes <3
  16. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
  17. Bleeding Out by Imagine Dragons
  18. Demons by Imagine Dragons
  19. Nicest Thing by Kate Nash <3
  20. Every Few Days by Theo Katzman
  21. White Picket Castle by Theo Katzman
  22. Brooklyn by Theo Katzman
  23. Country Bachroads by Theo Katzman ( He opened for Darren Criss’ concert!)
  24. I’m Through by Ingrid Michaelson <3
  25. Ghosts (Demo) by Florence + The Machine <3
  26. Stop and Stare by OneRepublic
  27. Dear John by Taylor Swift
  28. Speechless by Lady GaGa
  29. Six Feet Under by Jon Auer
  30. More like Her Miranda Lambert

 

And there you have it! My top thirty songs, check em out. Now you know the secrets of my art process.

Best,

Nina

PhotoLA

Hey guys! So I went to Photo L.A. this year and it was absolutely amazing! I recommend it to anyone that loves art or just photography. I am currently taking a photography class and my professor told me about the event. Even though I am a graphic design major, I have still found myself falling in love with this form of artwork.

The first booth that I went to was Ann Mitchell’s table. The image that caught my eye was her piece entitled, “Swimming the Infinite”. This photograph’s composition is one fourth sky, one fourth land, and two fourths water. It depicts a blonde little girl swimming up to the grassy shore and there appears to be a ghostly house upon the shore. The house’s reflection shows that the windows are lit, but the actual house does not have lit widows. The pastel colors make the entire image cohesive and Ann Mitchell only used variations of greens, blues, and whites.

What drew me to Swimming the Infinite is the overall sense of surrealism. This piece looks more like an illustration than a photography (which is clearly what caught my attention). Nothing in the photograph seemed to fit together but it still looks seamless. It makes me feel like I am in a dream and the water is floating me to the shore. The only part that makes me feel uneasy is the fact that it is not clear if the house is actually there. You can see through the house but it has a reflection in the water. On land the windows are dark but the reflection of the house in the water scares me because there are two windows clearly lit. Even though after further inspection I can see that this photograph is made up of different pictures and also adjusted on Photoshop, Mitchell mad them

To me, Swimming the Infinite shows the childlike longing for adventure and exploration. Everything seems magical and nothing can hurt you or touch you. At the same time, with every adventure there is always something that seems unknown and that is what this child is facing. She is looking at this eerie house that she is approaching and it seems like the photograph has her frozen in a moment of uncertainty. Almost as if she is questioning whether or not she should swim to land or stay in the water where she is safe. Ann Mitchell explains that she is,

“Inspired by a love of surrealist painters, such as Magritte, these images often come to me through meditation, dreams, memories and intuitive explorations. With each image I’m pushing into the feelings that we experience when life changes radically. Fear, happiness, confusion, insight, joy…all of these are on the path we are often forced to take”(Mitchell). The way she describes her inspiration for the piece fits in perfectly for how I interpreted this picture. It leaves you with a similar emotion that one also feels after looking at Magritte’s works.

This image is beautifully composed and crafted, it is impactful because even though I saw it over a month ago and I still thinking of her piece. The most unsettling part of the photograph is the unknown of the house in the distance. It is unsettling seeing a child who is swimming towards an unsafe house. It reminds me of the action of falling into a dream and slipping away from reality. Dreams are made up of elements that make sense but when they come together they do not fit and that is exactly how this piece comes across. I truly enjoyed this piece and this artist’s raw talent.

Best,

Nina