Ormal Description of a oil painting(harvest moon)

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1. An introductory paragraph, stating what the essay is about and how you intend to proceed with it. This should include a full identification of the work you have chosen and state how you will proceed in describing it.
2. A very short statement of the works broader historical and/or cultural category and, where appropriate, an indication of the artists circumstances (remember: this essay is not about an artist but about a work of art).
3. A physical description (medium, materials, methods of working the materials, size, etc.  if you are unsure of the meaning of these terms, see the glossaries in Honour and Fleming and in Maranci)
4. A formal description (subject matter, shapes, colours, textures, etc.)
5. You might briefly include your reactions to the work (including your thoughts about its current placement, lighting, visibility, etc
The bulk of your effort should go into sections 3 and 4, with the other sections forming a background to the main task of putting your visual impressions into your own words.
The essay should be five pages long, typed in 12-point font, and double spaced. It should be accompanied by a sketch of the work (as stated above, this does not have to be elaborate but can be if you wish; this can be a helpful way of getting to know a work). The essay should be preceded by a title page, as for your Book Report, but also including the title or description of the work you are dealing with, and if known, the name of the artist. You will be graded on the organization of your essay, the soundness of its content and the clarity of your expression, which includes grammar and spelling. Since this is not a research essay, you will not be expected to include notes or a bibliography, and you will receive no marks for the use of any sources. The object of the exercise is for you to hone your abilities to look, to think about visual objects critically, and to put into words what you are seeing and what you are thinking about works of art.
You might want to read Chapter 3 in Maranci,  Putting Words to Images: Mastering the Response Essay(pp. 33-70) in order to help you formulate an approach to the the assignment (but be aware that Maranci deals with various types of essays). This can give you specific ideas about how to proceed, about making an outline before you try writing, about writing a draft of the essay, going over your draft to tighten your arguments and refine your writing. Particularly if you are using a word processor, it is a very good idea to print out your first drafts; it is much easier to revise your work on paper than on a screen. Remember: the Maranci text offers suggestions, not unchangeable formulae. There is no single correct way to write an essay, and you may very well find  or have already developed  writing techniques tailored to your own abilities and needs.

there is the useful tips from Chapter 3 in Maranci,  Putting Words to Images: Mastering the Response Essay(pp. 33-70)
Medium: oil painting
Materials use: oil painting on canvas
1. What is the medium used?
2. What are the materials?
3. Do these elements shape the work s effect on you? How?
4. How would it feel if you touched the work? Would it be hard or soft? Prickly? Smooth?
5. Do you get a sense of different textures, such as cloth, skin, and hair?

Dimensions (size)
1. What are the dimensions of the work?
2. What is the physical relationship between you and the work? Are you overwhelmed by it? Do you tower over it?
3. Does proportion play a role in the effect of the work on you? How?

Display of the object (view: distance  near-medium distancefar away; different angle; what kind of lighting is best suited to it?)
1. How is your object display?
2. From what angle should it be viewed? Why?
3. From what distance should it be viewed? Why?
4. How is it lit, and hoe does that affect your experience?
5. What is the original context of the work of art?

Not very useful-Formal elements (line)
Line: 1.contour line (three or twodimensional)
2. Balanced compositions
3. twodimensional: volume and hatching use of lines
1. What are the dominant lines of the work?
2. Do the lines suggest movement and direction? Or do the forms seem planted in the ground?
3. To where do the lines lead your eye?
4. If you are dealing with a twodimensional work, are the lines thick or thin?
5. is their width consistent?
6. Are they straight or wavy?
7. Are they predominantly vertical, horizontal or diagonal?
8. How does line contribute to the overall effect of the work?

Shape and space (color)
Shape: in painting (1.by use of tonal gradations or modeling. 2. geometric, biomorphicnatural forms such as animal and plants)
1. What shapes are used in your work?
2. If it is a two-dimensional work, has the artist suggested a threedimensional shape?
3. How is done?
Space (positive and negative shape):1.often discern different layers of pictorial depth,2.perspective 3.diminution:in which the farther object is made smaller
1. If you are working with a two-dimensional work, what are the shapes present?
2. How are mass and volume conveyed?
3. How is negative space conveyed?
4. Has the author used these forms to further his message?
5. Is the work open or does it seem more solid?
6. Is spatial recession conveyed and if so, how?
7. How does the artist s treatment of shape and space inform your experience of the work?

P54-Composition and Relative Scale
1. How do the various formal elements interact?
2. Does the relationship convey the unity of the forms? How?
3. Are all the forms clustered toward the center, or are they balanced at either side?
4. Is the composition symmetrical?
5. How is emphasis achieved through form?
6. What is the focal point of the composition?
7. How is this focal point created?
8. What is the theme or idea conveyed by the focal point?

Light and color
Light: is used to convey the volumes of solids. (In painting, light and dark as a technique)
Think of how different the piece would be if the whole rooms were  lit up by artist!
1. What role does light play in the work you have selected?
2. Is it uniform and gentle? Or dramatic and theatrical?
3. Where does it lead your eye?
4. Is it disturbing or comforting? Why?
5. Does it help to convey the message or theme of the work? How?
Color:
1. What is the dominant palette of your work? Worm or cool colors?
2. What is their value?
3. What is their intensity?
4. Is color used to help convey the work s theme or message?
5. Does it add drama or tension, or is it claming?

Style
In painting: nonrepresentational and representational (also have expressionism and abstract expressionism)
The elements of style: realism, naturalism, idealism, and abstraction
1. in what style is your artist working?
2. Do you see elements of abstraction? What are these elements?
3. What do you think the artist meant to convey through his abstraction?
4. Is it a naturalistic form? To what extent is it inspired b nature? To what extent does it depart from nature?
5 is it a realistic form? What makes it realistic? What seems  real about it?
6. Is it an ideal form? How do you know? What makes it characteristic of ideal beauty? And if so, to what culture does it belong?
7. Is it expressionistic? Does it appeal primarily to your emotions? Which emotions and how?

Writing the paper
The introduction:
Step1: write a short description of the work you have chosen .the first section will serve to introduce your reader to the work of art. It should be no more than one or two sentences and describe the work in plain and simple term, mentioning subject matter, medium, scale, and location.
Step2: second step will be to express the main theme of your paper. Think back to the first moment you encountered your work. Remember the feeling or thought