Stuart Davis: In Full Swing

Stuart Davis (1892–1964), Place Pasdeloup, 1928. Oil on canvas, 36 3/8 × 29 in. (92.4 × 73.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.170. © Estate of Stuart Davis/Licensed by VAGA, New York Stuart Davis (1892–1964), New York Mural, 1932. Oil on canvas, 84 × 48 in. (213.4 × 122 cm). Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida; purchase, R. H. Norton Trust. © Estate of Stuart Davis/Licensed by VAGA, New York Stuart Davis (1892–1964), Lucky Strike, 1924. Oil on paperboard, 18 × 24 in. (45.6 × 60.9 cm). Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photograph by Cathy Carver

How did Stuart Davis communicate PLACE in abstract paintings?  

in his  work he used a lot of elements taken from advertising which I think suggested the time he was living in a fast-paced post-modern world, it might not be a physical place but you can know the time period and see the importance of advertising.

in the Paris paintings and the New York mural he uses icons to represent place, in the Paris paintings he uses architectural and cultural elements like the cafe and also the typography inn french makes it more obvious. the New York  mural includes iconic buildings but also symbols from the time period the mural was made even the fact of it being a mural represents time the great depression.


Drawing from photography

Mandala Drafts

in my digital mandala my focus was on memories and how they fade with time but we try to frame them, that is the explanation of why I used geometric shapes to complement the images. the other reason why the geometric shapes are there is because I think that people look back to their past to make sense of their present, they try to find the missing pieces.the images are of people in my life friends and family the colors are vivid and also enhanced on photoshop to make more emphasis on the happiness this memories provoke, also water and fog overlap symbolizing the passage of time and how sometimes we remember something being better than it actually was. the fog also represents my hometown because of the altitude it gets foggy and it is something that I remember as beautiful and unique.

my handmade mandala was more about my personality. I  considered the quiz which I’ve done before and I always get the same result, the debater (ENTP),The ENTP personality type is the ultimate devil’s advocate, thriving on the process of shredding arguments and beliefs and letting the ribbons drift in the wind for all to see. No one loves the process of mental sparring more than ENTPs, as it gives them a chance to exercise their effortlessly quick wit, broad accumulated knowledge base, and capacity for connecting disparate ideas to prove their points. I tried to play with the percentages in my proportion with the circle in the middle and the shapes emanating from it, my personality typical be dominant and tends to have great ideas but the execution is the problem thats why I left unfinished parts in my mandala. the pattern has integrity in the middle but it becomes erratic and random toward the edge represent the different ideas I can have and my love for playing devil’s advocate. the fragmentation in the paper pieces represents my name because it is long and has to be fragmented to be processed it also shows the strategic and calculating side of my personality. I decided to not use color to let the list and shadow demonstrate the duality within a personality.


AP portfolio



Parsons Challenge

Line VS. Value


I personally prefer working with line over value, because it allows me to place the objects in the drawing easily in a more technical way and I feel in control of the drawing. I think that working with value is more about the drawing guiding you. even though I’m not the biggest fan of value I liked the results and the experience of working differently.

Drawing+Imaging, East Village/ Lower East Side

I decided to explore the neighborhood that I live in, the East Village, because it is easy to overlook the place that you live in and forget about the things that make it special. I mostly photographed trash and forgotten objects because I think that they represent the character of the neighborhood, bohemian, artistic and a mixture of different cultures.


The picture I chose for my drawing is the featured image on this post. I picked it because I think it has an interesting composition, there is some perspective and depth in the grid but also a lot of value in the different textures, also contrast happens between the geometric rocks and the delicate foliage.