Week in the Life of an Art Major

This was a really good week, I got the stained glass windows done with help of some amazing people on Sunday, and turned them in on Monday. It was a fun project but it was nice for it to be over! Also there was the realization of how close the show I’ll be in with Kailan and Andres is! Installation is on December 1st and the show runs from the 2nd through the 11th. Which is really exciting, but oh so close. I was a little stressed at the beginning of the week, but I’m feeling a little more confident that I’ll get all I want done. The photo below is an ad for the show Derrick made. I’m so honored and excited to show my art with these two amazing artists!!

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 Here are the finished stained glass windows.

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Painting II

I wasn’t able to get  a lot done in painting this week. Monday I had to drop off the windows and Wednesday I ended up doing some work for printmaking. But I did get a little done on this two paintings on paper.

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Figure Drawing II

We continued the drawing from last week on both Monday and Wednesday. I didn’t take a picture of the finished drawing for some reason, but this one was pretty close to the final product.

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Fiber Arts II

I’m almost done with my Poncho! I have it sewed together and have the head hole cut out, now I just have a little hemming to do and I’ll be done and wearing it!!

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I finished the second of my three scarves this week, so just one more to go!

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Printmaking I

This was a pretty productive week for me in printmaking. I finished my lino-cut of St. Peters and got it printed. I made two editions of three, one with a black background and one with more of a white background. I really like the way they turned out!

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I also got a lot done on my third screen print. It probably only needs one more color, but we will see!

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Art Club

In Art Club this week we had a reception for Artist Sonia Semone who has a show in the wise gallery right now. She paints on the back of glass, and its really cool stuff!!

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Egyptian Art Club

We are having a show in Egyptian Art club right now! It’s in the art hallway, so be sure to come over and check it out if you can!

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At our meeting Dalia taught us how to spell our names in Egyptian! So there is a fun skill I have now! Writing my name in Egyptian!

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Week in the Life of an Art Magor

Painting II

I didn’t get as much as I wanted done this week in Painting because of a project I’m working on for one of the choirs on campus. But I did get two paintings on paper started.

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Figure Drawing II

Monday we continued the long drawing of Ariel from the previous week, I sadly left my board at home that had my drawing on it. So, I started a quick line drawing. Wednesday we started a new long drawing with SirIssac.

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Fiber Arts II

I finally got the sleeves for my poncho off the loom!

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On tuesday I’ll be taking the two materials I’ve woven, and I’ll be sewing them together. So hopefully I will have a new poncho on tuesday! On the left are the two materials. On the right is my friend Amanda being silly with my material!

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 I started the second of the three scarfs this week, I’m almost halfway done with it.

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Paula, my professor, went to a fiber festival over the weekend and brought me back some yarn! She got an amazing deal on all of them, for all five it was only $16.25. I am in love with all of them!!

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Printmaking I

Last week was not a very productive, but this week was a difference story, I got two new prints going. First another Triangle screen print and second a large Lino-cut.

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Art Clubs

Art club this week was a little different. The project I mentioned earlier in the post was taking a little longer then I had the time for, so Derrick, my wonderful professor and head of the art club suggested I recruit some help, so I did. My art club is the best! And a total life saver!! Also, TJC  has been working with the Make a Wish Foundation to help a little girl named Londyn get her wish to be in a big rodeo. There was a parade for her on friday.

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 Egyptian Art will be having a show in the art department hallway, so this week we got some last minute stuff done for it. Here are two things I worked on this week.

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This is a photo from a few weeks ago, I didn’t have it when I blogged about that so I thought I would share it now. It’s a rather silly photo, I love it!

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October 2014

October is one of my favorite months of the year! Halloween fun, pumpkin flavor is all around and fall finally happens! I love fall leaves!! Becuase of school I didn’t get to do as much as I had planned for the month, but it was still a great month! Here are my favorite moments from the spooky month!

Glen Rose Trip

My church’s youth group takes a annual trip to Glenn Rose Tx to see the Promise play and have some dino fun! I had the privilege of getting to go as a sponsor this year. We took ten students, all of them being girls because all the boys were busy that weekend. It was such a wonderful trip, I was so blessed to get to go and spend time with these amazing girls!! I love them so much!!! I took my Canon AE-1 Program, but the film I brought isn’t the kind I can get developed close by, and I still haven’t had the chance to send it off.

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Tyler Comic Con

I experienced my frist Comic Con. Dad and I took my brother Danny and his wife Amanda for his birthday. It was pretty fun! Where else are you going to see Chewbacca? Or Batman holding a goodie bag? And yes I got a Ewok hat!

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FBC Harvest Festival

My church does a harvest festival every year on the last sunday of October. This year I was asked to take care of a photo taking area,basically a photo booth. So my wonderfully creative friend Maddy and I did some brian storming and came up with some fun ideas, which ended up with a fall leaf hunt!

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Art Club Costume Contest

I’ve already blogged about this, but it was so Octobery that I hate to put it in this post. I was a Roy Liechtenstein painting and I was a runner up.

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October Goodies!

One of the biggest reason I get so excited about october is Frankenberry cereal!! It’s my favorite and it’s only around in october! I definitely got my share of it this year. Also, Starbucks has this wonderful drink called a Frankenfrappuccino, which tastes just like mint chocolate ice cream! Sooo good! And what is october without a Carmel apple?

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Proton Pack Fabrication

My dad, being the cool guy he is, found out a friends son was going as a ghost buster and he offered to make the proton park. Needless to say it was way cool!!!!!!

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Scooter

Halloween wouldn’t be halloween without forcing scooter, my Chihuahua, to dress in adorable clothes! This year she was Elsa, and a T-Rex…or being eaten by a T-Rex. Your choice!

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Week in the Life of an Art Major

This week went by so fast, and I got a ton done! All submissions for The Bell Tower (TJC’s yearly arts journal) were due this week, so I waited till the last possible moment, but I got my stuff in. You’re allowed three submissions, so I entered two lino-cut prints and one of my door paintings. I also submitted the collaboration piece I did with Kailan and Andres. Below are the four pieces. Hopefully something will make it in!!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

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Painting II

I’ve got seven different painting in progress. It’s safe to say I have a lot going on!

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Figure Drawing II

We started a long drawing on monday and continued it wednesday, we will have one more night to work on it.

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Fiber Arts II

Last week I started a warp that was long enough to make three scarves. I finished the first one thursday! I’m having a lot of fun experimenting with different patterns and yarns!
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 Still chugging along on the sleeves for my poncho!

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I made my first headband this week. I’m going to start making a lot of them and hopefully sell them.

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Printmaking I

I didn’t get a ton done this week in printmaking, but I did get a little more done on the intaglio.

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Kailan did this gorgeous lino-cut owl print last semester, I’ve been wanting one since I saw them! So, we worked out a trade! A scarf for a print! Definitely a fair trade!!! The photo on the right is Kailan wearing the scarf!

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Art History I

This was a good week in Art History, we had a Test tuesday which I surprisingly made an A on!  Thursday we started the Dark Ages and Chris used Monty Python and the Holy Grail to explain feudalism! Pretty much the best thing that has ever happened in a history class! “Dennis”!!

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I stole this photo from Facebook because I didn’t get any photos, but we took all the food for the food drive, in the rain! It was really fun….and cold!!!IMG_4408

We got done in Egyptian art club this week! Berry finished his Obama Pharaoh, which is super funny and cool!!! We had three carpets done at the beginning of the week, pictured on the right. We got three more done today.

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Week in the Life of an Art Major

 Painting II

So the collaboration piece is coming to a close. If it’s not finished now it will be by the end of next week so we can submit it to the arts journal on campus. Kailan and I were looking at it on Tuesday and we found some cool paint on a palette in the sink room that was still wet, so Kailan added it too her design, it really makes it pop!!!

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 I got a little further on the door of Brooke, and I think I’ve finished the one on the right.

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A couple of paintings I got started. Not sure where I am going with them yet.

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Wonderful Berry, from the art department, knowing how I feel about doors, brought me two cabinet doors! I got them cleaned and primed and then started doing some experimenting with different things.

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Figure Drawing II

Monday evening Mrs. Pace took us to a show opening at the UT Tyler Meadows gallery for Karin Broker. She is the printmaking professor at Rice University and is wonderfully feminist! Her art was just phenomenal!!!! Wednesday we finished up the long drawing from last week.

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 Fiber Art II

I’m slowly moving on with the selves for my poncho. The pattern is very complicated and I really have to focus when I’m doing it, so I decided to start a second project, so I can take breaks from it.

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This is the second piece I’ve started. It’s seven yards long and when I’m done with it will be three different scarves.

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Printmaking I

We’ve started intaglio etchings this week so I went ahead and started another linoleum print because there is a lot of waiting time for the intaglio.

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There is quite a few steps with the intaglio. You have to prepare your plate, (we use some sort of floor polish) then you scratch our your image. After that it soaks in an acid bath, which is whats happening on the right, then you pull some proofs and then add an aquatint and etch a little more.

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Here are some proofs.

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Art Clubs

To celebrate the fun that is halloween, we had a costume contest in art club! I came as a Roy Liechtenstein painting. I was a runner up and got a discount card, so that was exciting!

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Kailan came as April Ludgate as a clown, which lead to a four or five hour Parks and Rec marathon in the art lobby! Luckily for me Derrick let me not go to painting class so I could binge with some Leslie Knope!!!

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Egyptian art club was a big deal this week, not only was it our fearless leader Dalia’s birthday, but the president of the school came to check out the club, also someone from the journalism department came and will be doing an article over us! We made a little art and had some cake!

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Week in the Life of an Art Major

 Painting II

I finally got the image of Brooke hashed out today after lots of projector problems and wonderful professors (I have the best!). I did a shot of Brooke not to long ago and they turned out great! So I thought she would be perfect to paint on a door! I’m ready for Monday to roll around so I can get some more done!

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 These are two paintings I started this week. The one on the left is just a scrap of canvas I found and the right is on a used piece of watercolor paper. Both are in progress.

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The collaboration is coming along really nicely. I’m not quite sure if its done yet or not. Kailan and I were working on it Tuesday and decided it was finished, but that evening the three of us took it outside and hung it on some railing so we could really step back and see it, we all changed our mind. Some white was added and we shall see from there.

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 while contemplating our piece we took some usies with it!

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 Figure Drawing II

I didn’t get to go to figure drawing at all last week, so it was so nice to hope back in!!! It’s been kind of crazy, last semester we only had two models, we had a new model on wednesday which makes five models! We had to turn in midterm portfolios this week, and I didn’t get a picture of the one on the left finished (I fixed that knee and leg!), and we will have the model of the left again on monday to finish.

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Fiber Arts II

I’m chugging on with the material for the sleeves of my mexican poncho. The pattern is very complicated so I have to really pay attention to what I’m doing, so I decided to start a new project so I can take breaks and still have something to do. I got it all counted out and will be putting it on the loom possibly on tuesday.

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Printmaking I

I finished my second screen print this week. I will probably do a third in this triangle series soon.

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I went ahead and got a new linoleum block set up! I’m ready to get some carving done on it!!

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Art Clubs

I didn’t get any photos from art club, but we had guest artist Aaron Flynn come and speak about his art. He does a lot with clay and sculpture. It was so really cool stuff!

Egyptian art club met twice this week to work on projects. We are working on doing an Egyptian inspired installation in the art hallway using carpets. It’s turning out really cool so far!

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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.

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

 

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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!!

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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!

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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!!

 

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

 

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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.

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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!!

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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!

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Midterm Recap

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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

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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!

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A new series I’ve started with scribble faces.

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

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 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.

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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.

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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!

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Negative space drawings with charcoal.

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

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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?

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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!

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The beautiful press!!!

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“Bird in Flight”: Collograph print with embossing.

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

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

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“Sea Monster Attack”: Relief linoleum print

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Art Clubs!

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

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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!!!

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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!

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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!!

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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!

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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.)

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