Week in the Life of an Art Major


Painting II

Last week marked the half way mark for the semester, so this week we had to turn in paintings. We had to have at least five done for midterm and then we will need at least ten for finals. I had seven total started and had five finished, so I was in good shape. The only one not finished in the photo below is the blue door.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset


The Collaboration I’m working on with Kailan and Andres is coming along really nice!


Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset


I didn’t get to go to figure drawing this week, Mrs. Pace was out of town on Monday and I couldn’t make it wednesday. So I am pretty excited for monday! I’m missing this wonderful class!!

Fiber Arts II

This class (like all my classes) is full of wonderful people! One of the ladies, Patricia, finished the piece (a scarf) she had been working on. While she was weaving it she had everyone in the class pick out yarn for her to weave in so she can remember us all. It’s just the sweetest thing ever! I’m thinking about stealing the idea….and the scarf! Paula, our professor, wanted to get pictures of it and these fun photos happened. Precious moments!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetPicMonkey Collage8

I’ve been working on making material for a Mexican Poncho. I finished the material for the middle section a few weeks ago and have been working on the set up for the sides since. I picked a very difficult pattern, so the set up took me a long time! But I finally got to start weaving thursday! It’s turning out very cool!!


Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

 The picture on the right has the middle piece above it. It’s gonna look really cool!!!


PicMonkey Collage4


Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset


Printmaking I

Continuing to screen print. I’ve finished my first one and have started a second. I’m planning on a series of three sets of these geometric triangles.

PicMonkey Collage2

PicMonkey Collage3

PicMonkey Collage1

Art Clubs

In art club wednesday, cardboard weapons specialist Geoffrey did a demonstration for us and made a pirate sword! He also brought weapons he had made, it was all I could do to not hit everyone around me with a cardboard sword!!

PicMonkey Collage5


Egyptian Art Club consisted of painting Egyptian gods on chunks of carpet and starting an art attack on the steps in the hall! I had to leave before the art attack was done, but it was turning out really cool!

PicMonkey Collage6


Midterm Recap

PicMonkey Collage12

I’ve decided I’m going to start posting about my week in art every friday, but before I can do that I need to put up all I’ve done this semester up to this point. This has been an amazing semester! I was chosen at the end of last semester as a showcase scholarship winner, so at the end of this semester and next I will be in a student showcase with the other two scholarship winners. So I’ve been pumping out a ton of art in preparation for it! It’s just kind of worked out that the semester before I decided to became an art major I finished all my basics, so I have the awesome opportunity to just take art! And I’m taking a lot of art! This semester I’m taking Painting II, Figure Drawing II, Fiber Arts II, Printmaking I and Art History I. Yes, I’m having a blast! My professors and classmates are the best! I’m in love with my department!! Here is what I’ve been up to for the past seven weeks.

Painting II

Of course I had to start the semester off with a door! How could I not? I am “The Door Painter”, as they call me! I had a lot of fun working on the wash (the background) on this one, its my favorite so far. I have finished it but I don’t have a picture of it done, I keep forgetting to get a picture of it.

PicMonkey Collage1

We did a class collaboration like the second week of class. Derrick (my professor) had a roll of some kind of vellum like material, so we all got a chunk of it and went to town. The piece I did for the collab is on the left. The finished collab is on the right. I think it turned out really cool!

PicMonkey Collage3

While working on the wash of that door I had to kill time (several times) while it dried. So I just started throwing paint on a canvas. It’s really cool to me how you can just start adding paint with no direction and it can turn into something!

PicMonkey Collage2

This painting, titled “Bushman”, was a series of accidents and frustrations that turned out pretty cool!

PicMonkey Collage4

I wanted to do a larger scale painting, so I went and got the roll of canvas from Derrick’s office and cut off about six feet worth of canvas off, pinned it to the wall and primed it. I was working on it a few days ago outside of class, and the two other showcase students, Kailan and Andres where in the studio as well (along with several other awesome people). After the three of us talking about doing a collaboration piece and Andres punching it several times with paint it was turned into a collab piece, possibly for the show in december. I’m really liking what they are bringing to it, even more then what I have done!

PicMonkey Collage6

A new series I’ve started with scribble faces.

PicMonkey Collage7

 I just started my second door. I’m going to be painting an old friend from high school, Brooke, on it.

PicMonkey Collage5

 I love that The Tyler Museum of Art is on campus, because as an art major its really easy to just cross the street and see good art! And its even better with other art majors!! The TMA has a really cool exhibit right now called Contemporary Texas. It’s a must see if you’re in Tyler.

PicMonkey Collage8

Figure Drawing II

This has been a really good semester for figure drawing. We had two models last semester, we have had four models this semester and one that will be starting soon! It’s really nice because they are all shaped so differently so we get a nice contrast to draw.

PicMonkey Collage2 copy 3

Here are a few blind contour drawings I’ve done. Blind contour is where you stand beside your paper where you can’t see it and you draw what you see, usually without picking up your pencil off the paper. As a figure drawing II student I have to go into the form, so it gives some cool results!

PicMonkey Collage4 copy 2

Negative space drawings with charcoal.

PicMonkey Collage5 copy

Long Drawings, all of the charcoal drawings are still in progress.

PicMonkey Collage11PicMonkey Collage3 copy 2

Art History I

I’ve been wanting to take Art History for a while now. Its two of my favorite things in one, art and history! Its really cool to me to see how people of the past have tried to explain their surroundings, how they told stories and made their lives more beautiful. It’s also been nice because strangely enough being an art major has made me miss studying! who’d thunk it?

PicMonkey Collage1 copy 3

Printmaking I

Unlike all my other studio classes this is my first go at printmaking. I’ve pretty much fallen in love! I love the attitude that TJC professors have, you’re more likely to make better art if you make a lot of it! In the seven weeks I’ve been in class we have already made 5 prints! One collograph print, two one color linoleum prints, one reductive linoleum print and we’ve now on screen printing.

The two prints with the white around them are mine. It’s a fun feeling seeing your art hanging up!


The beautiful press!!!


“Bird in Flight”: Collograph print with embossing.

PicMonkey Collage1 copy 2

“Sheep”: Linoleum print of a photo of two sheep I took this summer.

PicMonkey Collage2 copy 2

“Pasadena Wall”: Linoleum print of a photo I took of  Jordan in Pasadena, CA.

PicMonkey Collage3 copy

“Sea Monster Attack”: Relief linoleum print

PicMonkey Collage4 copy

My first attempt at screen printing. I still have a few colors to go.

PicMonkey Collage5

Fiber Arts II

Fiber arts is so much fun! I love how easy going it is, it’s pretty much a stress free zone. Having a semester of weaving under my belt its cool to be able to just come in and set up my loom pretty much without help. This semester I’m working on a Mexican Poncho. I’m weaving the materiel in two sections, the middle section, which I’ve finished and then a second piece that I’ll cut in half for the side.

PicMonkey Collage1 copy

PicMonkey Collage2 copy

I broke down and bought an inkel loom. It’s a kind of loom that dates back around 3,000 years in india. It makes belts and straps, and it weaves very fast. I’m working on straps to make headbands.

PicMonkey Collage3

I’ve started the sides of the poncho, but I’ve picked a difficult pattern, so the set up is taking me a long time. The third image is what the pattern should look like. Hopefully it will turn out!

PicMonkey Collage4

Art Clubs!

I’m involved in two different art clubs on campus, the Art Club and the Egyptian art club.


This week in art club we did an art attack! An art attack is where we pick a spot on campus, and add some kind of art installation without permission. We covered a window in Potter Hall with gallery show postcards. It turned out really cool and it was a blast doing it with these awesome people!!!

PicMonkey Collage1


Egyptian Art Club has been meeting the last three weeks on Friday, the first two meeting I was out of town so I was able to join until this week, but it was really fun! We learned about Tribal designs and then started brainstorming for a big projects which will probably involve spray paint on carpet!

PicMonkey Collage2

Texhoma Fun!

This past weekend I had the joy of getting to drive a few hours north and see some of my favorite people! They are all people I have meet through my three travels to the European country Latvia. It’s really nice that they all live so close to each other. First was my beautiful Latvian friend Magdalena. I hadn’t see her since before summer, because she went home to Latvia. She is going to school here in the states, which I am very thankful for! It means I can see her several time a year instead of once or zero times. Magda is taking a ceramics class so she took me up to her school and we both had some fun with clay. She is working on an african drum, it’s super cool!! Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset

Several weeks ago I invested in an instant camera, I finally got to try it out on this trip! They are super adorable little prints, and they develop in like 30 seconds. Its so fun!!

PicMonkey Collage1

I had to say goodbye, so I could head over to see the Lovejoys. They 100% live up to their name! I love when they let me in her home, and enjoy them (and Lesa’s cooking).

This was a homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte that Lesa made, with homemade whip cream! It was amazing! I would venture to say I like it more that Starbuck’s!


The main reason I made the venture out is because I was wanting to paint Courtney and Kalie on a door. Here are my favorite shots from the shoot. (I’ll be painting the first one on the left.)

PicMonkey Collage7PicMonkey Collage10 Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset   That evening Rhonda, another amazing person I’d been dying to see, and her son Colton came over and brought pumpkins for us to carve…..with DRILLS!!! I’ve never use power tools to carve pumpkins, so that was way cool!! PicMonkey Collage8 Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset PicMonkey Collage2 PicMonkey Collage3

Door Portraits: Hannah

The new semester has begun and I’m really excited about all the art I’m going to be able to make during this term. I’m taking Figure Drawing II, Fiber Arts II, Printmaking I and Art history I and of course Painting II, which means I have a lot to do!!! So, to get ready for my first painting I took portrait today of my beautiful friend Hannah for my ninth door! Hannah is so fun and cute! I had a blast taking pictures of her being so goofy! These are my favorite images of the day. The image for the door will be one of the top two pictures, I’m still trying to decide, they are both so beautiful!

PicMonkey Collage3

PicMonkey Collage1

PicMonkey Collage2

Rogers Wedding

I Had the amazing privilege Sunday to photograph two dear friends of mine’s wedding, Kevin and Mackenzie. I’ve known Kevin for several years now and have loved getting to know Mackenzie the short time I’ve known her. It was a beautiful, small wedding. It was just family and close friends. I love photographing weddings like this, they are relaxed and intimate. I hadn’t seen Kevin since he joined the Navy, so it was really nice being able to see him, and in Navy garb! And Mackenzie just looked sunning!!!!! Here are a few of my favorite shots from this beautiful wedding.

PicMonkey Collage4

PicMonkey Collage1


PicMonkey Collage3




PicMonkey Collage5


PicMonkey Collage7


PicMonkey Collage6

California Day 9

Biola University

Day nine was the day Jordan moved back into her dorm and the next day she would be starting RA training. It was really fun getting to help her move in and then see the beautiful campus she has told me all about! After we got everything in and  she got some unpacking done, she gave me a tour of campus. She had an RA meeting so I did a little roaming around the campus by myself. Once she was done with the meeting, we stopped by her favorite cafe, Cafe Veronese, and then she took me back to Rancho Cucamonga. I was flying out the next morning and she was leaving for off campus training in the morning, so she dropped me off and we said our goodbyes.

“The Word”, Kent Twitchell


PicMonkey Collage1


PicMonkey Collage2

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

PicMonkey Collage3



PicMonkey Collage4

California Day 8

Niland & The Salton Sea

I found out about Salvation Mountain about six months ago. It is located in Niland, California which is only 2 hours from where Jordan lives, so it was a must see! Salvation mountain is a piece of folk art magic made by Leonard Knight. He worked on it for 28 years and lived in the back of homemade RV on the grounds. It’s 50ft tall and 150ft wide, so its pretty impressive. It’s literally in the middle of nowhere in the desert, meaning it was like a 1000 degrees, so I was surprised at the amount of people there. It’s a very popular attraction! IMG_1663

PicMonkey Collage4   IMG_1686 63660014 63660016 PicMonkey Collage3 63660019 PicMonkey Collage2 63660015 PicMonkey Collage1 63660011 PicMonkey Collage9 63660012 Our next stop was the Salton Sea. It was created is 1905 when a canal on the Colorado River broke. Something about where it is, maybe the soil or something about farming in the area has made salinity of the sea very high, and is slowly killing the fish in it. When you walk up to the beach at first glance you think sand, of course. But you would be wrong, the stuff surrounding the shore is not sand, but fish bones. As the walk to the water the waves and pulling up death fish. Its pretty much the most disturbing thing I’ve ever experienced. There was more that one instance where I sunk down past my ankles in the bones…. 63660009   PicMonkey Collage5 PicMonkey Collage6 IMG_1693 After the Salton Sea, we started heading back towards Rancho. On the way back I noticed a giant T-rex on the side of the road I had pinned on Pinterest so we turned around to see it. As we pulled up to it there was also a brontosaurus that had windows on it and it hit me, “These are the dinosaurs from “Peewee’s Big Andventure”!!!!! Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset PicMonkey Collage7

California Day 7

Packing Day

Jordan only had a few days left before she needed to move into her dorm, so we set aside Sunday for a packing day. She had all her stuff stored at her dad’s shop and she needed to figure out what was going and what was staying. We had planned on going to a church in town that morning, but the day before in LA was long and we were super tired, we ended up accidentally sleeping past 11:00. Once we woke up and got ready we headed over to In-and-Out Burger with her dad and then went over to the shop so she could get stuff done. After Jordan was done we had several hour Parks and Rec marathon and then made cupcakes. It was a really nice relaxing day!

Processed with VSCOcam with t2 preset


PicMonkey Collage1


California Day 6

Los Angeles

The roll of film I had in the camera didn’t take, which was really sad because I took some cool shots, but c’est la vie, what can you do. Luckily I took a lot with my phone. The main priority of the day was finding street art, and we found some awesome street art! It was really cool finding more than one Shepard Fairey and JR!



Shepard Fairey



Left- JR

PicMonkey Collage3





PicMonkey Collage2




These where in West Hollywood, on the library. The Top one is a Shepard Fairey, the second is Retna and the third is Kenny Scharf.




One of the first stops we made was in downtown at The Last Bookstore. It’s one of the main things that comes up on Pinterest when you search Los Angeles. It was definitely worth the walk. It was two stories, had all kind of books, with a room that had over 100,000 books for $1, tons of used records and even artist studios.

PicMonkey Collage4

We ended up in Little Tokyo, very pretty area, it was a nice clean change after some of the areas we had walked through. We stopped at a Boba place for Jordan and I got one of those awesome Asian sodas I love so much!


PicMonkey Collage1

One of our last stops of the day was in West Hollywood at Magnolia Bakery where we enjoyed some really good cupcakes, then had some fun with the graffiti wings across the street.