Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thursday Thought - 025

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Jackson Pollock- "The method of painting is the natural growth out of a need." 

Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thursday Thought - 024

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Henery Moore- "There's no retirement for an artist, it's your way of living so there's no end to it." 

Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thursday Thought - 023

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Mark Rothko- "It's widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it's well painted." 


Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thursday Thought - 022

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Henry Moore- "I've always loved drawings... when you draw you look much more intensely at something." 


Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thursday Thought - 021

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Edward Hopper- "If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint." 

Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thursday Thought - 020

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Edgar Degas- "Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things." 

Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thursday Thought - 019

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Leonardo da Vinci- "Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his teacher." 


Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thursday Thought - 018

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Gustav Klimt- "Art is a line around your thoughts." 
Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thursday Thought - 017

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Pablo Picasso- "Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?" 


Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thursday Thought - 016

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Joan Miro- "To be an artist is to believe in life." 


Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Monday, August 27, 2012

iPhone-ography: Exit Glacier

Exit Glacier
iphone & instagram

7am hike to Exit Glacier.  Unfortunately it was unsafe to get close enough to the glacier to touch it :(

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thursday Thought - 015

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Jean Cocteau- "It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child." 

Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Monday, August 20, 2012

iPhone-ography: Tranquility

Tranquility
iphone & instagram

The Cook Inlet.  Taken while biking the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thursdat Thought - 014

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Robert Schumann- "To send light into the darkness of men's hearts- such is the duty of the artist." 
Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Monday, August 13, 2012

iPhone-ography: Glen Alps Valley

Glen Alps Valley
iphone & instagram

From the top of Flattop Mountain. Long, hard, cold, windy hike but totally worth it when we got to the top. 

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Thursday Thought - 013

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Ernst Levy- "Man will begin to recover the moment he takes art as seriously as physics, chemistry or money." 


Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Monday, August 6, 2012

iPhone-ography: Lake Castaic

Lake Castaic
iphone & instagram 

Taken from the air while flying to Alaska.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Thursday Thought - 012

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Scott Adams- "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep." 

Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thursday Thought - 011

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Dave Dory- "To own a piece of work done by an artist is to possess one of their facets one of the windows of their life." 


Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Thursday Thought - 010

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Paul Klee- "Art does not reproduce the visible, it makes visible." 


Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thursday Thought - 009

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from David Hockney- "The pictures on the walls aren't like movies.  They don't move, they don't talk, and they'll last longer." 


Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Thursday Thought - 008

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Robert Motherwell- "Art is an experience, not an object." 


Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thursday Though - 007

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Jackson Pollock- "It's all a big game of construction, some with a brush, some with a shovel, some choose a pen." 


Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Hera's Feather

Hera's Feather
11 x 15
tea, watercolor, colored pencil, pen on Reeves BFK
 I have had this idea floating around in my mind for a few weeks now and I finally sat down and executed it. Peacocks are amazing birds with the most beautiful feathers. 

"Peacock symbolism speaks of attributes such as:
Glory, Vision, Royalty, Spirituality, Awakening, Immortality, Refinement, Incorruptibility

It is a possessor of some of the most admired human characteristics, and is a model of integrity and the beauty we can achieve when we endeavor to show our true colors.

In history, myth, legend and lore, the Peacock symbolism carries:
Nobility
Holiness
Guidance
Protection
Watchfulness

In Greco-Roman mythology the Peacock is identified with Hera (Juno) who created the Peacock from Argus whose hundred eyes (seen on the tail feathers of the Peacock) symbolize the vault of heaven and the "eyes" of the stars.

In Hinduism the Peacock is associated with Lakshmi who is a deity representing benevolence, patience, kindness, compassion and good luck.

Similar to Lakshmi, the Peacock is associated with Kwan-yin in Asian spirituality. Kwan-yin (or Quan Yin) is also an emblem of love, compassionate watchfulness, good-will, nurturing, and kind-heartedness. Legend tells us she chose to remain a mortal even though she could be immortal because she wished to stay behind and aid humanity in their spiritual evolution.

In Babylonia and Persia the Peacock is seen as a guardian to royalty, and is often seen in engravings upon the thrones of royalty.

In Christianity the Peacock symbolism represents the "all-seeing" church, along with the holiness and sanctity associated with it. Additionally, the Peacock represents resurrection, renewal and immortality within the spiritual teachings of Christianity. Themes of renewal are also linked to alchemical traditions to, as many schools of thought compare the resurrecting phoenix to the modern-day Peacock.

Contemplate the powers of the Peacock when you need more vibrancy and vitality in your experience. The Peacock can also help you on your spiritual Path, and breath new life into your walk of faith.

The Peacock can rejuvenate self-esteem levels too. If you're feeling "blah" and blue, imagine the glorious, techno-color display the Peacock provides. This puts us in a proper mood to embrace your own nobility. In no time, you'll be walking tall and proud as a Peacock too!

Peacock Feathers have been used for healing for tens of thousands of years in every culture throughout time. They are said to carry Spiritual Healing Energy that can be used to assist people seeking balance and harmony in their lives. With the proper guidelines of use, they allow the individual to connect with the Universal Healing Energy and use this energy to heal people of all of their complaints, imbalances and disease. This tradition is based on this principle."

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thursday Thought - 006

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 

Today's quote is from Jean Cocteau- "An artist cannot talk about his art more than a plant can discuss horticulture." 

Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thursday Thought - 005

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Salvador Dali- "I do not take drugs. I am drugs." 

Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Thursday Thought - 004

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Leonardo da Vinci- "How painting surpasses all human works by reason of the subtle possibilities which it contains." 


Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thursday Thought - 003

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Frank Zappa- "Art is making something out of nothing and selling it."



Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Graduation

 
 I did it!  
I stuck it out, I saw it through, I finished college and graduated with a BFA in Fine Art! 
I was a long morning but a fun one.  Having done my degree 100% online I felt a little lonely at times, but the energy in the room was so exciting it was easy for me to find people to talk to.  
The ceremony lasted about 2 hours.  I was so nervous and excited I was shaking! I made it across the stage and down the stairs without tripping thankfully. 
Sitting in the crowd.  Can you find me?  Hint: I have a decorated cap on :)
Outside the arena, after the ceremony
My family and me






So what now?

 That is the question, isnt it?  
The question every college graduate dreads.  
You spent x amount of years on your degree so what are you going to do now?  
My short term goals: 
I plan to work on commissions, 
build my business, 
and grow my portfolio. 
I want to be represented by at least one gallery in the next year. 
There is also a local co-op gallery I want to join and start volunteering at.

I am excited for my future and the good things that it holds :) 

Graduation Cap
9 x 9
acrylic on 100% polyester 
Painted for my graduation.  I figured 1) I am graduating from art school so why wouldnt I paint my hat and 2) I wanted to stand out in the crowd from the other 1,000 graduates who would all be in black caps and gowns.  My family said it was very helpful when they were trying to find me :)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Thursday Thought - 002

Welcome to Thursday Thought. 
Today's quote is from Picasso - "I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it." 


Thursday Thought is a series of mostly art quotes that are interesting or inspirational.  
I hope you enjoy reading them.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Thistle, Snap Dragon, Poppies, Rose & Last Day

Thistle, Snap Dragon, Poppies, and Rose
11 x 15
tea, watercolor, colored pencil, pen on Reeves BFK
For Mixed Media.  My final project.  Inspired by my Sketchbook Project 2012.   
I love using pen because it forces me to commit to my marks.  No erasing, no going back.  Once a mark is on the paper it is there forever.   
Thistle was suggested by my step brother.  He is studying in Scotland right now and the Thistle is the flower of Scotland.  Snapdragons were my favorite flower when I was a child.  Poppies for my grandfather whose nickname was Poppy and a Rose from my garden.  
I would like to do a series in this style of the state flowers for all 50 states.  I would also like to experiment more with making these pieces even bigger, maybe a whole sheet of Reeves.  

 

On another note 

Today is my very last, last day of school.  I will be attending my graduation from Academy of Art University next week.  I am excited and terrified all at the same time.


I began my college education journey in 2005 at Georgia Military College.  I was working toward my AA in Education.  After a year there I moved on to Valdosta State University where I majored in Art Education with the hopes of one day becoming an art teacher.  In February of 2007 my world was turned upside down when I found out I would be moving to a tiny Portuguese island in the Azores for 2 years.

At this point I had 2 choices.  Quit school and hope to pick it up again when I moved back to the states or find something that worked.  I was afraid that if quit school I would never go back so I decided to find something that worked.  I knew I needed to find a program I could do online as 1) I didnt speak Portugues and 2) there were no art schools on the island.  Many schools offer online programs, most in graphic design, interior design, or photography.  I wanted a fine art program.  After much searching I found the Academy of Art University online program.  I was the perfect fit.  I could continue my studies and pursue my passion.
When I began at AAU I thought I was talented.  I had taken some art classes at VSU and done well, so I thought the classes at AAU would be a breeze.  Boy was I wrong.  My first few semesters I struggled with the workload, finding the necessary supplies while living on a tiny island, and measuring up to my teachers expectations.  It was not easy and sometimes it wasnt very fun but I stuck with it.  I was learning a ton and I began to see a great improvement in my art.  
After our 2 years in the Azores we moved back to California.  The beauty of doing my school online is I didnt have to skip a semester when I moved or traveled nor did I have to find another school and start all over.  I could "go to school" wherever I had an internet connection.
With each 15 week semester at AAU I saw my work improve.  I was amazing.  I was growing and learning every week.  It was hard and challenging and frustrating but in the end it was all worth it.

So here I am.  I have turned in my very last final.  In a week I will don a cap and gown, walk across a stage, and have my Bachelors of Fine Art.  It has been a 7 year journey through 3 schools, across 2  countries, and in 2 states.  It feels so good to have reached the end, reached my goal that I set out to achieve back when I was in high school.

I have had a lot of support though this journey.  My friends, my family all believing in me and reminding me when I was hating my assignments that it would be worth it.  Reminding me of how far I have come.  Of how much my art has grown.  Thank you all.
A special thank to my amazing husband who has been by my side the entire time.  Loving me and supporting me through my lowest most frustrating points, and encouraging me to keep going.  He was always happy to look at my new pieces as I proudly displayed to him what I created.  He was the best critic when something wasnt working and I just couldnt figure it out.  He listened to my frustrations and my worries.  Supported my dreams and my goals.  He hugged me through rejections and reminded me that there would be many more opportunities.  Thank you Adam for being there all of these years.  I know I could not have done this without you.  I love you.  
I know my posts are usually this wordy but I am in a reflective mood.  This is the ending of a very big chapter of my life.  I have been attending school for almost 20 years and now it is all over... It is time for a new unknown chapter to begin.

BRING IT ON!
 

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