Friday, January 29, 2010
"When it comes to art, there are very few artists and artistic pieces that I would consider myself to enjoy; but the piece of art that I love the most comes from one of my favorite artists and my best friend, Jimmy Dunn. This piece of art is a portrait of me tht Jimmy drew for my birthday, using pencil and water color pencils. Firstly, this portrait amazes me, because not only does it look exactly like me, which most would expect it should, but it is also perfectly colored and amazingly well done. But my main reasons for loving this portrait lie outside its artistic qualities. One of the main reasons I love this portrait is because it was a gift, from one best friend to another, and one that I will probably keep the rest of my life. Jimmy has always been known for drawing of his friends for gifts, and for as long as I've been asking him to draw me one, I almost thought I wouldn't be lucky enough to receive one. But now I have an original, one that will probably never be reproduced, and that belongs soley to me; and I enjoy this; because it is a reminder that Jimmy appreciates me enough as a friend to personally take the time to create a piece for me and about me. But as a whole, this portrait will always remind me of the friendship we have, how much I appreciate that friendship, and how much I miss my best friend everyday while he's off making himself into the artist he's always dreamed of being."
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I've never intentionally thrown glitter... but I'm starting to think it's one life experience I may need to make a reality. In Rittenhouse square perhaps? Anyways back to my day: So I'm definietely no master potter or anything, but I am really thankful I had ceramics right after painting today. Normally I'm not too fond of having two studios right next to eachother, but painting class was a little rough. And while I started out saying the only reason I was taking ceramics was for my teaching certificate, the more classes I have, the more I'm starting to actually enjoy it. Don't get me wrong, I'm still god awful at it, but I'm improving... today I pretty much doubled my pot size which probably doesn't mean that much to too many people. So you'll just have to trust me when I say it's kind of a big deal. I'm making a spaceship and some type of outer-space smelling concoction to put inside of it. I'll let you know what happens, but until then...Blast off!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Psych with Dee is probably going to be the bain of my existance this semester. Seriously, the only good thing o forsee about this class is not having to suffer through it alone. Dee is wonderful company... even if we do whisper loudly. That and the section about all kinds of mental diseases-- I'm looking forward to that part of the course. More and more I'm itching to get into art therapy... and while I thought I wanted to work primarily with kids, now I'm not so sure. I blame it on shows like Criminal Minds and Bones.
I'm also going to have to adjust to this HUGE lapse of time I have before my next class... Etching. Today I took a 2.5 hour nap and still had an hour to go get lunch... crazy, but could be a good thing come mid-semester when I start to get fewer hours of sleep per night.
Lastly: Etching. I am in love with this class. More specifically I am in love with Dan Dallman. He is soooo cool and the best part is he doesn't even try. This may seem weird, but I can't tell you how refreshing it is to finally see someone who is successful, follows the rules, stays on everyone's good side, holds a high status of power, respect, and work. Plus he's a super nice guy and really dedicated teacher. Today he just whipped up an intaligo print in about 15 minutes as part of our demo. He's doing a very good job selling me on the printmaking department. Add to that the fact that I have two pretty close friends in the class too and I seriously couldn't be happier.
Sidenote: Saw Zombieland at the Reel $2 movie theatre. Reaffrimed a few things: I hate zombies. I hate clowns. I hate gunshots. Scary movies aren't exactly my thing... But I love popcorn. And my friends. And the low low price of $2.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Painting: 2.5 hours. We went over the syllabus, Frank scared the crap out of me with this workload. And then we watched a documentary about cinematography and compositions for an hour and 45 minutes. And while I'm mildly terrified of the amount of out of class work... mainly because I haven't seriously painted since my senior year of high school... I think I need this.
Positives: He's strict, and slightly reminiscent of Helen Bailey, who I loved. I feel as though this will force me into working harder in order to impress him. Also, he covers both oil and acrylic, which thinking about it more is probably a really good thing for me.
Ceramics: 2.5 hours. We went over the syllabus. Took roll. And played a name game. I'm not too sure what to expect from this course, I've never done ceramics before. In fact, until today I had never actually even been in the ceramics studios at Tyler.
Positives: Class was only 15 minutes today. My professor seems super cool. He's a grad student, so I kinda feel like he's going to be a little more open to all kinds of projects.
Tomorrow: Education, Psych, and Etching.
(First education assignment! To decorate a posterboad that depicts the different types of schools you've attended.)
Monday, January 18, 2010
But I'm without a computer.
But there's good news!
I have wonderful friends that let me use thier computers.
And the tech center.
And my classes start tomorrow.
And my laptop will hopefully be fixed soon!
Wish me luck!
Friday, January 8, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
I still procrastinate.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
YES!!!! And they are both adorable!
5. What countries did you visit?
6.What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
any and all trips to the diner.
8.What was your biggest achievement of the year?
probably my new found love for sculpture.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Gold owl ceramic statue from thrift shop in Indiana, Pennsylvania.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
any and all "Jersey Shore" cast members.
the colonial park diner.
a) happier or sadder?
c) richer or poorer?
met more people.
20. How did you spend Christmas?
at 6550 Windmere rd.
21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
25. What was the best book you read?
i need to read more...
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
27. What did you want and get?
diana mini camera.
28. What did you want and not get?
multiple summer jobs.
30. What did you do on your birthday?
pulled an all-nighter.
31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
simple. solids. stripes.
33. What kept you sane?
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
35. What political issue stirred you the most?
37. Who was the best new person you met?
"I am an island underneath a setting sun. In an ocean that is churning. For all I know there may be nobody near by, but still the world it keeps on turnin. And when the sun goes down it gets brighter in my heart somehow... Sometimes we start over, and go solo."