My 100 Day Project

Just a reminder that I started my own 100 Day Project over on Instagram. My hashtags are #100DaysOfShowingUp // #100DaysOfArt //#100DaysOfFiberArt Please check it out! @captnshamrock

This past week I wasn't able to work on a felted creature until yesterday.

Even so, it was a false start. 

But, I believe that progress is made even if I show up for 30 minutes to an hour every day and show off what I’m working on.

I DID do a couple other things this past week: 1) I started a new pair of socks (some of the fabric is shown in the first image) and 2) I did a small watercolor study. 

Giraffe Skull

Giraffe Skull

I haven’t done watercolors in a long time, probably not since before I graduated college. Doing a small quick study showed me that I still have a little skill there which makes me super excited. I’ll be adding a few to my 100 Day Project. 

So, that’s it for this week. More to follow soon! Thank you for all the support, it really boosts my confidence and keeps me writing/making art. 

Dragonflies

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(via Milind Shah)

I consider dragonflies to be some sort of personal spirit animal.  They're extremely symbolic to me.  My day can be going downhill in the worst way, I'll spot a dragonfly, and things get better almost instantly.  Or it's a personal reminder that everything is going to be okay.  I'm not sure why that is exactly, but it happens.  This week alone I've seen at least two or three dragonflies each day.  Sure, maybe it's because of all the humid weather Arizona has had this week.  But I always like to believe that someone somewhere knows I've been needing them as a sign that no matter how down I get, everything will be okay.

I think the first time I noticed this phenomenon happen was on a day my ex was leaving to go back home.  We maintained a long distance relationship and he had been visiting for a few days.  I was crying as he left and driving back to my apartment.  And then a dragonfly flew by and I felt better.  I felt that everything was going to be okay.

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The first time I incorporated a dragonfly into my art was during a watercolor class.  We were supposed to be doing a sort of self portrait with objects.  I had a dragonfly finger puppet that I've had since I was little and used that as one of the objects.  That was the first critique I ever cried in (come on, admit you've cried during a critique or a class at one point or another at least once) because I realized the absolute significance of dragonflies to me personally.

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I've since used dragonflies in other projects and all my friends and peers know what they mean.  Everything is going to be okay.

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Fall 2012 Recap

Last Semester, I had 5 classes and 15 credit hours.  They were as follows:

  • Roman Art
  • Contemporary Mexican Photography
  • Watercolor II
  • Printed Textiles
  • 3D Fibers

Roman Art was a blast.  Contemporary Mexican Photography was a joke.  Watercolor II was alright.  Printed Textiles was amazing.  3D Fibers was also a joke.

That about sums it up.  But let me show you some images.  Let's start with Watercolor.

I don't have too many images that I took from Watercolor II.  That class build upon what I had previously learned in Watercolor I.  It was an odd semester, though, because our professor was sick for about a month and we'd come to class only to see a sign on the door stating that she was not going to be there and we were encouraged to work on our paintings during class time.  Ha.  Haha.  Hahahaha.  My friend, Kelly, and I decided that it we could work on our paintings better at home and spent the time in some other productive way until 3D Fibers later in the day.  I've never done so many self portraits though.  Our assignments were a 21st century art piece, 7 self portraits in different styles, another self portrait utilizing geometric shapes, white on white, an imagined landscape, and an artist study.

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I enjoyed revisiting watercolor, however, I did not enjoy studying my face so much.  I hope to upload images to my Drawing and Painting portfolio.

3D Fibers.  Ohhh...3D Fibers.  Let's just say that our first assignment was 5 weeks spent on creating a group project with paper plates.  Paper.  Plates.  PAPER.  PLATES.  What a joke.  I don't meant to be so negative, but I was expecting something more from an upper division class!  My group's project came out fairly well regardless of the material we were given to use.  We made a barn owl we fondly named Wesley after Wesley the Owl.

Wesley the Owl

After that project, we had something a little more of what we were expecting, however, with less time to work on it.  I made jellyfish.

Jellyfish in Progress

I totally want to revisit this project and make better jellies.

Dyeing the Jellies

I believe after that was a wearable project...I don't have images of it though.  I made a "Security Jacket."  I basically altered a shirt I bought at Goodwill and made knitted, crocheted and sewn pieces to go on it.

The project after the wearable one was a felted project.  I felted over wolf figurines that I've had since I was a kid.

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Clever title, no?  I made 5 total, but the three pictured above were the best.

Printed Textiles had to be my favorite studio class of the semester.  We learned so many new techniques that I'm continuing to explore.  Our first print was a random one.

Barney and Baby-Bop at the Beach

Seriously.  That's what it looks like.  Haha.  I guess it was just the colors I subconsciously chose.

Our next assignment was to explore tessalations.

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Leap-Frog was next.

Leap Frog in Progress

I did all of that in one night.  It sat like this for a while because I wasn't sure of a border.  I ended up putting one on, but I'm not too fond of it.

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The last assignment was pretty much anything we wanted.  I chose to do a compositional piece about my dream studio.

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At this point we had learned the photo process of making screens for screen printing.  You can see here that I really utilized this technique.

Finished Dream Studio

During the critique, we decided that this print looked much better with the sides cropped.

So, that's a brief synopsis of last semester.  A lot seemed to happen both inside and outside of school.  I was hired and laid off, relationships were haywire.  But, hey, I survived.  I also was accepted into the Annual Undergraduate Juried Show in the Harry Wood Gallery.  More about that in the next post!

Sometimes the Store is Dead or Catching Up on the Blog

As I prepare to write this post, I notice I'm sitting in a completely empty store.  A few people have wandered in and out, but no one remains.  It's a beautiful day outside...the type of day that when I look out the door, I sort of get that emotional high feeling that I got when I was at Balboa Park.  I got a cheese danish and iced coffee (with vanilla shots) from Rebecca's across the street to start my Friday.  The sounds of Andrew Bird play over my iPod.  The past two days were Madeline Peyroux days, so I thought a change was in order.  No iPhone or wifi to use Pandora on my iTouch...oh well.

The Summer Walkabout in South Park was a great success.  I had a blast, even though I was stuck at the desk all evening.  Erich and Jack came to visit me while I was working.  That was a nice surprise.  The theme was Summer of Love and so I had a lot of fun dressing up like a little Flower Child.

My travels home are on my mind.  Pretty soon I'll have to start packing my things for the drive home.  It's going to be truly bittersweet.  I'm going to really miss my new friends and my new surroundings.  My head is almost in a place where I can start thinking about going home and moving into my new apartment and starting school again.  Senior year...wow.  I can remember being a freshman at Benedictine College thinking that my final year of college was so far off...and now here it is!

I wanted to go back to the Self-Realization Fellowship Gardens last Monday to do some watercolor painting, but they were closed.  I was rather bummed.  I haven't gotten to use my travel watercolor set that I received for Christmas yet.  I feel like I've neglected it.  I thought about then going to the Quail Botanical Garden (Or San Diego Botanical Gardens as the website says), but I think I was just so miffed about the other garden being closed that I didn't feel very much like paying $12 to enter.  I think I was just overall not having a very good day and needed a nap instead.  Hopefully before I leave I can get some painting done.

Before I leave, we're going to take pictures of all the sample work I've done for the store.  That way I can update my portfolios.  When I return home, I plan to take pictures of all my work from last semester since I haven't been able to do that yet.

I'm planning on creating a Facebook Page for myself as an artist.  By planning, I mean I've already created it, it just needs pictures.  That will be my next online project.

 

Happy weekend!