I came back to school last Saturday and moved into my new place with 4 new suite mates and my own (air-conditioned!) room. I'm pretty particular about the way my room looks, as in it's hard for me to feel at home in a place that doesn't look like a home. My mom has a name for this sort of thing- it's called "The Problem of Plenty". Anyhow, it took me a few days to organize everything and fix the place up to par. I had a lot of barren walls to fill, so I hung up some of my old artwork and also took the opportunity to make some new stuff. So, late last Tuesday night, I treated myself to a grande chai tea latte from Starbucks, busted out my art supplies, and indulged in a night of painting. Of course the Starbucks chai doesn't even compare to my mom's (can you tell that I miss my mom?), but it did the job. Here's some of the work that's now hanging up in my room:
I took a photography class last semester, and had to buy photo paper that came packaged in little cardboard boxes with lids. For some reason, I never threw those boxes away. I found them as I was moving my things in, and decided to paint trees insides the lids of the boxes. I like the way the sides of the lids ended up framing the picture!
And finally, here are a couple older chalk pastel drawings that I also hung up in my room:
Since my room is now well decorated, I'm ready for whatever my third year of college has to bring, I think. Hopefully :].
I left most of my art stuff in Cleveland when I came home for the summer... not very smart of me. But it was an excuse to make a trip down to the Hobby Lobby (yay)! I bought watercolors, a packet of paintbrushes, new paper, charcoal, and one watercolor pencil (I'm still not entirely sure what a watercolor pencil actually is... I haven't really been successful with it as of yet but if something magical happens as I try to figure it out, I'll be sure to post about it).
Hobby Lobby is smart because they are aware that self-proclaimed artists such as myself will get excited about (and probably purchase) something that they actually know nothing about. For that reason, they provide free 'How To' brochures explaining the fundamentals of a given medium. Equipped with my new materials and brochure, I decided to tackle watercolor. Here is my attempt:
Not gonna lie, watercolor is pretty daunting. Hopefully I'll gather enough courage to try again sometime soon!
Today I ran into this video (linked above) on Talia Castellano and was so impressed by her. Watch it! She's an amazing, confident, beautiful little girl. She spent more than half of her short life battling cancer- first neuroblastoma and then leukemia; still, an unmistakable love for life oozes out of her (so naturally, I had to draw her).
We so often get caught up in our own woes, and sometimes the world seems so complicated. But this little girl seems to understand that life and love are simple, and she was able to make the absolute best of what she was given. I can definitely learn from her. Talia passed away a couple of days ago.
I've been thinking of making a site for a long time but never got around to actually doing it. BUT yesterday night on a complete whim (and with the help of a good friend) we bought a domain name and began the whole shabang! I'm still getting used to this and it definitely is still a liiiitle weird- so forgive my clumsiness for now :]. I'd like for this site to serve as a way to document the progression of my work, and as personal incentive to keep making art (since sometimes I'm bad about keeping up with it). I've mostly stuck to pencil sketches thus far, and have posted some of my previous work to the Portfolio page. I look forward to playing more with paints soon!