What happened to the amazingly controlled, albeit somewhat unhappy me? What happened to the girl who would study every single day, read her art history book and be soooo uber-prepared for tests?
I don't know. I think it has something to do with the insane schedule of an art student, finishing a novel and planning (and painting a series for) a gallery show, serving on a planning committee for a women's group for my church, and taking two art history classes all at the same time. Yes. I know that all of this is my fault. I could have said, "No, I am way to busy to plan a show right before the end of semester." I could have said, "Huh uh, I am not taking a calling right now. I don't have time." I could have said, "Lee, you don't need to finish your book before June, just take it easy." I could have laughed at Kenna when she said taking two art history classes at the same time is awesome.... actually, I did laugh, but I believed her too, and now here I am.
So I have a 20th Century Art and Architecture test today. It's an essay test, like all of Courtney's tests. I got my most recent test in ARTH 2710 back yesterday, I got a 100%. But am I prepared for today's test? Guess how much I studied for it. I mean, before this morning, on the day of the test, guess how much I studied. That's right, ZERO. Who is this person who completely blows off studying - over SPRING BREAK?? What happened to her?
So I studied this morning. Like it would help.
I can say that the only time I really miss that girl is when I'm cramming for a test, otherwise, she is pretty much gone. This new girl is happier, laughs more, eats more (obviously) and makes happier art than the other girl. :)
So what did you do over spring break? I watched Charlton Heston movies...
What am I DOING? I'm going to read over my notes again. My test is at 2:30.
In other news: Will Terry taught us this rad technique, I discussed it here. We were told to prepare a sketch for this technique. Then he had us do a cool underpainting with a warm overpainting, or the reverse. I did the reverse: burnt sienna underpainting with cools to render it out. I showed it to Luke and he goes, "I'm an Avatar!"
I think it's kinda cool. You should see Will Terry's paintings done this way! Click here.
So, once an artist that I admire told me as he was working on a project: "Wow, this is a really great sketch. I am a damn good artist." On another occasion, he said to me: "Wow, this is awful. I think this might be the ugliest drawing I've ever made."
About a week ago, I made the ugliest painting ever in the history of my career. I was "experimenting", as Will Terry encourages us to do. There was cardboard involved, and Sharpies and acrylic paint and bubble wrap.
Ginny was there. We laughed a lot.
I have been thinking since then, about the ugly painting and about the aforementioned artist, who admitted that he could create ugly things, but then again, admit that he could be brilliant. It's okay that I made the ugliest painting ever.
Because in the end, I am a damn good artist, and sometimes I make ugly paintings.
And that's okay.
(And no, I am not posting a picture of that painting. It's just better if you don't see it.)
I only take one kind of test this semester. Art history essay tests. I took one yesterday. Ty did too. It was an exam on unit two of the ARTH 2710 class covering ancient Greek and Roman art.
I typed it. It was nine pages. It took three and a half hours. My brain was fried later
In other news, my typing skills have gotten worse. Maybe it's because of this new laptop. The keyboard is different. Yeah, that's it...
Found out that Warp & Weave is publishing three of my pieces this semester! Happy, happy. Joy, joy. I'll let you know if there's a reading.
Will Terry had us do another portrait with the warm/cool contrast, this time doing the opposite of what we did with the last one. He says that this is more natural looking than warm in the shadows and cools in the highlight. But I dunno... he made it look really good. So this is a portrait of Luke. When I showed it to him he said, "Looks like I'm carved out of ice."
Also, Will Terry brought in some of his original book illustrations yesterday. All of them were acrylic on 140 lb hot press Arches. Okay, Will is a gangsta. We were all so impressed. Here is a picture of my favorite one.
Will Terry is so skilled. I'm grateful to have him for an instructor.
I used to sell a lot more back in Arizona. I showed in several galleries, had a lot more people passing the word around for me. I did festivals and shows all over the valley. I had a new commission every week.
It's been harder here. The art market is more conservative. I suppose the economy has something to do with it. People say so.
So I decided to put together an Etsy store where I can sell originals and prints. Here it is:
In other news, Will Terry had us do a portrait with a specific assignment: strong light source, warms in the shadows and cools in the highlights. Will Terry worked on a portrait of Will Smith, he auctioned it off on Facebook. It was awesome. Mine turned out super creepy and monster looking, partly because of the colors and partly because my reference has pointy teeth. It's a portrait of my toddler cousin Peter. Sorry Peter, you are in no way creepy or monstrous:
Prometheus was a titan who stole fire from Zeus and brought it to mortals. As punishment, he was chained to a rock where an eagle would fly down to devour his liver every day. Then it would grow back during the night.
Here is a study we did for homework. Acrylic on canvas.
So she planned her birthday up the canyon. In the first week of March.
It was quite sunny and warm down in the valley. Not up in the canyon. It was grey. There was snow. And a chilly wind. Of course, we were only too happy to come visit Kenna, to wish her a happy birthday and to give her presents. We also passed along Stewart's present. She was happy.
But we couldn't stay for the barbeque. It was SOOO cold!
Pictured are the members of The Collective bold enough to brave the cold.
Reality: it's cold outside much of the time. I have to get up and workout. I don't have money to buy all the books I want. I have allergies. I am tired. I might never finish that koi painting I started.
Fantasy: Unicorns. Dragons. Mermaids. Aliens. Sentient octopoda. I have ninja skillz.
I'm attracted to fantasy. I suppose everyone is, in their own way.
Will Terry told us at the beginning of the semester, "If you experiment and fail, you will be successful in this class." He explained that the only way to learn how not to do things is to do things, lots of things, and find out the ones that work for us. Not just the ways we're used to. He wants us to create using new techniques, things we've never tried. "Your time in school should be used to learn through experimentation. I will teach you how to use the medium, but you need to go invent ways yourself." He said that if we made really ugly paintings because we were trying something we had never done before, he would be happy with us.
So, here's to experimentation!
Acrylic on cork board and canvas panel. Never painted on cork board before. The paint soaks right in, so once you put down color, it's staying there. The board was adhered to the panel with acrylic modelling paste extender, which was also used for the texture on the panel.