NYC Day 4

Washington Square

Day four was the last day in New York. Washington square was high on my list of things to see so I woke up around 7 and headed out that way. It was a nice morning ride and walk, and the arch is so beautiful! Definitely worth seeing.

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Street Art Tour

When I was in San Francisco in February I had looked into a street art tour there. I didn’t have the time to do it, but I’ve been thinking about it since. When I was doing planning for this trip it occurred to me that I should try to find one for Manhattan! I was very happy to find that several other people in the group wanted to do it as well. It was such a cool experience. Not just getting to see the art, but getting to learn about the history of where it all started.

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After the tour I wanted to stop by Fishs Eddy before I left New York, so I headed that way with Dave and TJ. Fishs Eddy is a super hip dish wear store. We stopped in, I bought a New York skyline bowl and then we had the “worlds best” mac and cheese across the street at The Cellar. It was incredible mac and cheese!

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Our flight left LaGuardia airport at 6:45 and I got arrived back home around 1:00, so it was a long night!

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NYC Day 3

Day three I ended up sleeping a little later than I had planned. The group was meeting at The Metropolitan Museum of Art at 10:30 so I was gonna spend my morning exploring central park. Christina and I left the hotel around 8:30 and hopped on the subway towards central park.

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We both bought cheese pretzels for breakfast, and I’ve literally been craving them ever since! They were oh so good!!!

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Hans Christian Anderson sculpture and Alice in Wonderland sculpture.

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The Met

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These two were so cool!! I’ve seen both in several textbook. They are both close to 3,000 years old!

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“The Harvesters” Pieter Bruegel the Elder and “Christ’s Descent into Hell” Hieronymus Bosch. I was so excited to get to see a Bosch! There are only like four in the U.S. and he’s one of my favorites, so it was a big deal for me!!

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Claude Monet, Edgar Degas

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“Buddha of Medicine”, “The Great Wave” Katsushika Hokusai

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The Temple of Dendor

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A group of us meet out front and enjoyed some hotdogs on the steps of the Met.

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My favorite piece I saw at the Met was “Lucas 1”. It was my first Chuck Close in person! Absolutely beautiful piece! The photo on the right is a close up view.

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Chartes Demuth, Georgia O’keffe, Piet Mondrian

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I sat in and listened to two different tour guides talk about different paintings. It was really cool getting to hear from two different people that know what they are talking about explain  stuff behind the art! Next time I’m there I’d like to have an actual guide!

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More Central Park

After I spent about five hours at the Met I headed back to the Time Square area and bought another Broadway ticket for that evening. I hadn’t seen everything I wanted to in central park that morning so I headed back up towards central park, which wasn’t my best decision because the two are not close. So I did the back and forth thing several times which killed a lot of my time. But I did get to see Belvedere Castle that overlooks Turtle pond and Shakespeare Garden.

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I had only planned on seeing one show while I was there, but I really wanted to see Beautiful: The Carole King Musical! Gentleman’s Guide ended up being a lot cheaper than I thought it was going to be, so I was able to swing a second show. It was such a good decision. As much as I loved Carole King before, I love her even more now! She is an incredible woman with an incredible story! Also she has written an incredible amount of great music!!

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Amanda had pizza in the room, so afterwards I headed back to the hotel, enjoyed some pizza and relaxed! It was a nice way to end the night.

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NYC day 2

Day two was a long day! I woke up at 5:00am and didn’t get to bed until close 1:00am. But it was totally worth it! I saw an incredible amount of stuff. I would almost venture to say that I saw more this day then I did the last time I was in New York.

Staten Island Ferry

I started the day with Staten Island Ferry with five other girls. We left the hotel at 6:15 and took the subway all the way down to the tip of Manhattan! We made it in time for the 7:10 ferry and rode it there and back. Staten Island Ferry is the best free way that I know of the see The Statue of Liberty. She’s a little far, but you can definitely see her! It’s also just a nice relaxing ride. You do so much walking and doing in a place like Manhattan that sometimes its nice to find something that makes you slow down and just enjoy. And of course the New York Bay is beautiful!

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We past by the garbage barge. It was pretty smelly, and crazy seeing the amount of trash New York City produces!

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9/11 Memorial

The One World Trade Center and 9/11 memorial are also lower Manhattan so we had to stop by and see it. I was in New York City 5 years ago and the One World Trade Center wasn’t up yet, they had barely even started building it, so it was insane seeing the massive skyscraper dominate the sky that literally wasn’t there a few years ago! The memorial was so beautiful. It’s so strange how much time has pasted since the tragedy of 9/11, and even stranger standing there know there use to be two colossal building there! Fourteen yeas ago the view standing there would have been completely different!

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They put flowers in the names of the people who have birthdays. It was hard seeing that. There were so many names, people who don’t get to celebrate anymore birthdays or watch their kids grow up. It was just hard, but I’m glad I went.

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After that I headed up towards MOMA, where I did a little walking around and enjoyed a hotdog from a street cart.

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MOMA

The Museum of Modern Art was so amazing! It crazy that that many famous pieces of art can all live under one roof! It blows my mind that you can see that many artist that totally changed the world of art in one day!! I got to see works I’ve see in textbook after textbook! Also there was a Yoko Ono exhibit up that was crazy weird and cool!

“Starry Night” – Vincent Van Gogh

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Freda Kahlo, “The Persistence of Memory” Salvador Dali, Vincent Van Gogh

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Pablo Picasso

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Claude Monet

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Broadway Boogie Woogie, Piet Mondrian , and then four others of his.

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Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstien

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“Christina’s World” Andrew Wyeth, “I and the Village”Marc Chagall, “Object” Meret Oppenheim,

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Andy Warhol

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Gustav Klimt

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Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol

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This is possibly my favorite piece at the museum. “10/27/69” Sam Gilliam

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Around 2 o’clock, Hannah, Abby and I were hungry so we found an Irish pub that was across the street, Amanda meet us there. I of course got shepard’s pie, which was incredible!

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We headed back to the hotel, stopping by Time Square on the way. Back at the hotel I took a much needed power nap and then headed back into the city!

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The Flat Iron building was high on my last, so I headed out that way.

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Madison Square Park is across the street from the Flat Iron building so I stopped in, walked around a little but and then sat down on a bench and did a little reading. It was so nice and relaxing!! It’s a beautiful little park.

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House Works Bookstore and Cafe

That evening we attended a reading of Saul Bellow’s works, which was such a cool experience! It was less of a touristy thing and more of what locals would do. There was live music and big name readers from the world of journalism and writing. The reading was hosted in a Bookstore cafe called House Works. They are a nonprofit organization that helps the homeless community in New York City dealing with AID and HIV. All of their books are donated and everyone that works there is a volunteer. It was such a rad place! I of course bought three books!

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China Town

After the reading we headed over to China Town for authentic Chinese dumplings! Best thing I ate in New York!!!

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NYC Day 1

Last semester I had been picked for a scholarship for a summer study abroad program in Florence Italy through TJC. When we got to our third payment the administration pulled the plug on it due to some legal reason, I never got the full story. The scholarship money was still there so one of the amazing professors in charge of the trip planned us a four day New York trip with the money we didn’t get to use for Florence. It was a crazy fast trip, but I got to see a ton of stuff!!! It was a fun packed trip with a wonderful group!

We flew out of Dallas Love at 7am and we landed at LaGuardia at 11:15. We took a cab from the airport to the Time Square Weston, and got stuck in some crazy traffic. Our cab driver said is was unusually bad traffic. The ten minute drive turned into a 45 min drive! Also one of the girls on the trip was in a cab by herself and she witnessed a suicide hanging! So it was an interesting start.
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Is was around two o’clock when we finally got to the hotel and checked in, so of course everyone was super hungry. Shake Shack was right across the street so we hit it up for lunch! It was absolutely packed! And at two a o’clock! But it was one hundred percent worth the wait.

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After lunch my broadway crew and I ran over to Walter Kerr Theatre to buy tickets for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. It was only a ten minute walk from the hotel, which was super nice!

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I was on the 24th floor of the Weston, this was my view from my room! An absolutely incredible view!

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Next we all headed down into the subway, got our Metro passes and then headed to The Natural History Museum.

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The floor of us enjoyed the museum of a few hours and then left the group early to head over to the show. Gentleman’s Guide was such a hilarious show! And the music was phenomenal! It’s no surprise that it got best musical at the Tony’s last year!!

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When we were walking to Shake Shack earlier that day we pasted by a felafel place and they were handing out felafel samples, I also didn’t continue on the Shake Shack it was so good! It was on my mind of course for the rest of the day so I stopped by and grabbed some from that shop after the show. It was so yummy!

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The hotel package can with a free ticket to the Empire State Building Observatory, which was super nice because tickets are round $30! Something else that was nice was it didn’t close until 2am! It was a great decision seeing it at night. The New York City skyline is incredible at night!

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Week in the Life of an Art Major

This post will be my last “week in the life” for a while, because this was my last week at TJC and summer is here! I’ll be attending UT Tyler in the fall, so this was a little bit of a sad week, saying goodbyes and knowing people are moving off to other places. We finished up painting last week, so I didn’t have that class at all, and all the others were winding down. Most days were clean up days in the studios. May 7th was the last day the show was up, so we took it down at 3:00 on that day. It was a little sad, but we had a lot of fun so it made up for it.

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Not only was Tuesday Cinco De Mayo it was also Derricks birthday! My friend Yeseina suggested we get him a cake, so a few of us gathered some money came up with ideas and Kailan got a cake from a place in Rusk that she loves. Then We surprised him!

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Printmaking II

We turned in our trade print this week. There were 16 of us trading in all so we each had to make 16 of our prints, then we trade and we all get one of each. There were some incredible prints this semester!!

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Robbie used oil based ink, which takes sometimes more than 12 hour to dry. She still had one more color to run wednesday when they were due. I walked in and she had Chris with a heat gun in one hand and a blowdrying in the other drying her prints while she carved! It was hilarious!

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I had been wanting the do more with my St. Peters lino-block from last semester, so I carved away on it wednesday night and printed it on Thursday (which was the last day the studios where open). The backgrounds are water and ink.

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I finished and printed my intaglio, which is a long and messy process!

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I wasn’t able to get my screen print of the painted ladies done, but I’ll be doing something with them later.

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Drawing II

My drawing portfolio was due tuesday so I did last minute touches and then got stuff turned in!

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Design II

I finally finished my fish!! And he’s been totemed!!! They all look so good together. I would venture to say we have the best totem outside. I had fun doing it but I really hope I never have to use concrete again! It was a hard and very tiring process!!

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I didn’t think it would happen, but I finally got the globe done!!! It wasnt my orginal idea, but I’m really happy with it. I am so thankful for the amount of amazing people in my life that gave me keys!!

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Ceramics I

Tuesday we had a ceramics sale. I sold several things and ended up making $61!!!

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Of course I spend $76. I bought four cups, a Dave Funk Bowl and a clay elephant that my friend Lena made. The pitcher I traded for with my friend Chris for a drawing.

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Art History

I did A Lot of art history this week! Everything was due Friday and I had about four weeks worth of work to get done. Thanks to lots of coffee I got it all done! And even made an A!

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Trades

I made a lot of really great trades this semester! Here are the last of them that I made this week. The drawing the left is a Cole Beckham, and the drawing on the right is a LeTeia Larkin.

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On Thursday night I was the last student left and I said my goodbyes to all the studios, which is really dorky I know, but I couldn’t help myself. It was so strange seeing them so empty, and clean (well clean in comparison). So much has happened and been created in this rooms in the past few year for me. I’m going to miss it!

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Week in the Life of an Art Major

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This was a jam packed week! Kailan, Andres and I installed our show monday, Thunderdome happened Wednesday and then we had the talk and reception for the show on Thursday and then finished the day with a celebratory dinner with some wonderful people! Next week is my last week as a TJC student! It’s crazy how fast this semester few by! I’m going to miss my department so much. I’ll be transferring to UT Tyler in the fall and continuing my studies in art.

Installation Day

Installation started at 9 o’clock on Monday and didn’t end until 6 o’clock that evening! So it took us 9 hours! It was a long day but we had tons of fun, and help from some of our amazing classmates. As great as the show was last semester I think we out did ourselves with this one. I’m so honored to get to show my art with two other artist that are as incredible as they are!!

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Thunderdome

Thunderdome is a battle to the death art competition. Two pieces of art go head to head. Different people in the crowd vote, whichever one wins advances to the next round, the other is destroyed. So in the end only one piece survives! I entered one of my door, we’ll just say it didn’t make it! haha

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Reception and Talk

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After the reception a big group of us met at Texas road house, to celebrate the show and as a goodbye dinner for the three of us showcase students. It was so much fun! I’m going to miss these people terribly!

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Printmaking II

I got quiet a bit done it printmaking this week. I got my tiny lino-block printed, started a screen print and got my intaglio in an acid bath. I’ll be printing the intaglio next week.

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Painting II

last week was the last week for studio time in painting, Monday our portfolios were due. I didn’t get to share the picture on the left last week so I thought I would this week.

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DrawingII

I’m finishing up my line work drawings in drawing. My portfolio is due tuesday so I’ve been adding the finishing touches, I also started a new one on Wednesday.

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Design II

I made some real headway on my concrete fish, just several more hours….

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Ceramics I

We had critique this week in ceramics, which was really insightful. It was fun getting to see everyones stuff all together and hear their processes and what they wished they had done differently.

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Art Trades

I got to do some incredible trades this week! I got a painting for my Paul Jones (jughead Jones) who was my drawing I professor and was one of the main influnces of me being an art major. Its the one of the guy riding a shark with a rainbow. Very Paul Jones!! The beautiful ladscape is by my friend Leah Scott. The mug is a Yesenia Gonzalez, I’m calling it my mermaid mug. The next one is and Andres Breffitt! I’ve been trying to trade with him for a while now! It was really exciting getting to go through his portfolio. The last one was a plate my Chris Garrett or Sunshine, as we call him. He over glazed it and didn’t like it, which worked for me, because I love it!

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Week in the Life of an Art Major

Next Monday the 27th, Kailan, Andres and I will be installing our show! So this was pretty much the last studio time we had to get stuff ready for it. This might have been the most productive week I’ve had all semester! Deadlines are great for making art!

Printmaking II

This was definitly the most productive week I’ve had this semester for printmaking, I got three things completely printed and got another thing finished, just not printed. This first one I started carving on friday, which is crazy! I got it all done in less than a week, and its not small. It’s titled “Life Thoughts”. It will be up in the show next week.

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Like last semester, our final is a trade print. We have to make enough for everyone taking printmaking and we each get a copy. The print below is what I did for the trade. I ran the yellow on wood so it has a woodgrain design on it. I’m really happy with it. I ended up printing 20 of them, so I kind of took over the print room!

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I finally got the sheep print done, It should be up in the show next week also.

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I got the two prints I’m putting in the show on matte board and weights on them for over the weekend.

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Painting II

This was the last week for studio time in painting, so I got everything finished up and will be turning in my portfolio on monday.

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This is why you wear shoes in the painting studio! There’s no telling how long those have been there!

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Drawing II

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Design II

I finally broke down and just got a globe to attach the keys too, its not my favorite, but its the only thing I can get to work.

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We started our concrete sculptures this week. We mixed and pour it on tuesday and then started carving on thursday. My arms are so sore from the carving! It’s a lot of work, but I’m having fun with it!

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Ceramics I

I glazed the last of my projects this week which means I’m done with ceramics for the semester. Which makes me a little sad. Now I just have to wait for everything to get in and out of the kiln. I had five of my cups and my plate come out of the kiln.

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When I made the plate I didn’t get the legs on correctly so I had to put them on with glaze, one of them shifted, so it doesn’t stand up right, maybe next time!

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Here are all the things I got glazed this week. I should get most of it out next week.

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Week in the Life of an Art Major

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This was a crazy, busy and rainy week! It started up the TJC Arts Festival, which involved a lot of events! The Amazing Hancock Brothers, who are Outlaw Printmakers, took over the art lobby for demonstrations. They were nothing short of incredible! The Bell Tower Journal reception and the Art Club Auction were also apart of the festival activites. This was the last week to get anything bisque fired (which is a low fire before you can glaze and then high fire ceramic pieces), so I had to get everything finished. On top of those things I stepped on a strew saturday and had to get a tetanus shot, which was an ordeal to figure out but I finally got that done, so no lockjaw for me!

Last Semester I entered a few prints into a international print show at Minia University in Egypt and one of my prints was chosen! Chris mailed my print last semester and the show in Egypt should be up in August. The catalog for the show came in the mail this week! It’s a huge honor to be in this show! I’m officially an international artist!

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The Amazing Hancock Brothers not only did demestrations for us, but also had a show up in the wise gallery. There art is so fun and out there, I’m a huge fan!! On Wednesday they were in the art lobby showing off their screen printing skills, then on Thursday they moved to the press and printed their work on anything you wanted printed on!

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The Bell Tower reception was monday. The collaberate piece I did with Kailan and Andres was one of the art pieces chosen for it. It was a very nice reception.

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I was very scuessful in the art auction! I ended up buying four incredible pieces, and all for under $100! I even had a print sell. Below are the four pieces I got: the top two are Chris Stewarts, the bottom left is a Dalia Gayed, and the bottom right is a Derrick White.

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Painting II

More progress on this painting. I’m thinking its done, but maybe not.

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Drawing II

Still a ways to go on this drawing, but it’s getting there.

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Printmaking II

Because of the Hancock Brothers using all the printing stuff, I wasn’t able to get as much done in printmaking this week, but I did get a intaglio started.

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Design II

since what I was doing with my key sculpture wasn’t working, I decided to try something else. I made a sphere frame out of chicken wire (which is a hateful substance, says my bleeding hands) and I’ll be glue the keys to the fame.

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Ceramics I

I finally tried out black slip! I had been wanting to try it for a while and really wish I had done it sooner!

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I accidentally cut a hole in my cup when I was trimming the bottom! It was sad, I guess it will be a tiny planter!

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