Second Reflection Blog

While going out to take pictures, one of the main subject matters I focused on was light and how to incorporate light with Gestalts principles. In my first picture, I tried my best at showing the law of closure and maybe even the law of common fate. I tried to use the edges of the speed limit sign to lead our eyes off of the picture. I also tried to capture the law of closure by not including the whole speed limit sign. In my second picture, I captured the law of symmetry by using the window by the light as a mirror. I thought it was a simple and effective way of showing this law. Finally, in my last picture, I captured the law of continuity. I achieved this by using the light bulbs to form lines and patterns within the photo. 

Blog Post #1 by Taylor Gonzalez

Part 1

1 . What are the main points of each article?

       The point of the first article is to inform the reader that people can learn a thing or two from artists. Artists have a nice understanding of this world and it would be nice for everyone, especially entrepreneurs, to understand how they think. The second article’s point is to show the similarities between entrepreneurs and artists.

2. What can artists learn from their “entrepreneurial cousins”?

       Artists can learn how to take risks and how to implement their dreams from an entrepreneur.

3. Do you agree that artists are entrepreneurs? why?

   Yes, I do believe that artists are entrepreneurs because they have the passion needed for these lifestyles. For the most part, entrepreneurs and artists typically think the same and have the same thought processes, which is enough reason for me to think that artists are entrepreneurs.Which of the 12 characteristics of artists do you agree with?

4. Which of the 12 characteristics of artists do you agree with?

       I agree with the characteristic of “Artists are like children”. Ultimately, I believe that an artist should be in touch with his or her’s inner child to make wonderful art. It’s hard to become more creative as we grow older, so having a mind like a child could change the way an artist sees and creates things.

5. What others would you add to the list?

       I would add to the list that artists are brilliant. Not everyone is blessed with a mind like artists. An artist’s mind can create things that are unimaginable to normal intelligence. If one were to think like an artist, they will be opened up to a whole new world.

6.Additional thoughts

      I thought these two articles were very informing and made me realize things that I have not thought of before. I had never considered an artist an entrepreneur before reading these articles, but now I do.

Part 2

  1. I would say that I have some grit but it is definitely something I should work on.

  2. Some things I could do to increase my level of grit are to stick to things I am passionate about and to never give up even if it seems like it’s the only thing to do. Having this motivation would increase my grit by a great amount.

Taylor Gonzalez Reaction Paper #2

After reading this recent passage about repetition, unity and variety, emphasis, and subordination, I found a few key points that became very interesting to me. The first point I found was that repetition can actually be good. Typically, in writing, we usually hear that repetition in a paper can be catastrophic. But, as I read this passage, I realized that repetition in art can be pleasing to a viewer’s eye. Another thing I found interesting is that balance in art is a major contributor to making pieces look aesthetically pleasing. Determining how much unity or variety is being used in a piece can either make or break it. Overall, I thought the passage was informing and it made me realize that art doesn’t have to abide by rules to be considered art.



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      After watching Amy Tan’s TED talk and reading “What Is Design?”, my mind has been exposed to things that have never came to my attention before.

     In the TED talk, I found it interesting that creativity can be formed in many different ways such as having childhood trauma or even brain seizures. I also agree with Amy Tan when she says that uncertainty is good. Being uncertain could lead to some of your most creative thoughts.

     While reading “What is Design?”, my thoughts were all over the place. One thing I thought was compelling was that the author, in a way, told the history of design in certain countries.

     Overall, the video and the reading both made me think in a different way than I usually do.

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