Monday, July 4, 2011

An Entry in the Neglected Blog

Wow, I'm reeeeeally bad at keeping up with this blog.

Yesterday I started what I hope will be a series of oil paintings that are inspired by photographs I took at Topsfield Fair last year.

Hopefully I'll get them done, and update the blog more!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Lincoln's Done!

Just gotta varnish him now!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I really should update this blog more...

Right now my biggest project (outside of schoolwork) is replicating a John Denison Crocker painting of Abraham Lincoln for a competition. I hope I win! Here's a few images of the process so far:
He's gotta be done by April 15... it's gonna be a stretch, but I think it's possible!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Back to School

So here I am, a little over 3 weeks into the new semester, and I have neglected to post to this blog (until now). Things have been insanely hectic on every front, and dealing with the pressure has caused me to make some sacrifices. I figured that while I had a few spare hours on a Sunday afternoon, I should post something new on here for anyone who actually reads this.

My class schedule for this semester is as full as it can be... and I am enjoying all of my classes. I have three studios this semester: Intro to Photo, Perspectives in Anatomy, and Illustration I. I am also taking three liberal arts courses: Concepts in Science, Humanities I, and Art Since 1945. This class load is heavy, but I don't feel like I'm drowning in homework or assignments (yet!). Haha!

I'm so glad that the transition back to school has been a relatively smooth one. I was legitimately concerned that not producing any art over the summer was going to make for a "rusty" art student. However, I found that I sprang right back into my old routines, and don't feel like I've lost my touch. They say that some things are like riding a bike, you never forget how to do them. Apparently, art is the same way.

My Illustration class requires that I keep a blog... and I have a link to that on my profile page. I will post here as soon as I begin posting work there. In the mean time, here are some photographs that I have taken recently:

Thursday, May 13, 2010

End of Semester Stuff...

The end is near! I officially have one assignment remaining, and after it is completed, I will be officially done with the semester. That is very good news... I am ready to go home for summer break.

The past couple days, I have been painting pretty much non-stop in an effort to finish my allegorical still life. I decided to photograph the progress of the piece, just to see how I work in steps. Here are the photos, as well as an image of the final piece:

I am happy with the result of this piece. I feel like I was really able to let go, and allow myself to put some feeling into it. Maybe it was because the objects in the piece are my own... but for some reason I was connected to this piece in a different way than the others. Because of that, I feel that it was more successful.

So, it was another year of school. My first year of college... done. I can't believe it. It was a year of growth, frustration, homesickness, and joy. The experience tested my skills, emotions, relationships, and limits. Though it wasn't all perfect, I feel that I am walking away from the year feeling like I accomplished a lot.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wrapping Up the Semester

Well, here I am, a mere 8 school days left of the semester. For most classes, that means I will only be meeting with them twice more before the end of semester evaluations. My evaluation this semester will be with 4 professors. One I had as a teacher last year, I know another one, and the other two I have never met. It should be interesting to get their opinions on my work.

I finished my self portrait, and also just finished another painting for my painting class (see photographs below). I feel that the still life is far more successful than the self portrait, but that neither are fully completed. I hope to go in and refine them more for my evaluation. I am currently working on yet another still life, which is due on May 17th. I am finally beginning to feel that I have reached the peak of my school work and finals, and that I am on the home stretch to summer.

Just because it will be summer break does not mean that my artistic endeavors will stop. I actually have a few pieces that I plan to complete while at home for the summer months. I hope to continue to update this blog on a semi-regular basis until I start up full swing in the fall.

I plan to photograph all of my college artwork to date, and post it here in the blog, as well as in a new section of my website. I want to digitally keep track of my progress throughout the college experience. Since my school does not have a yearbook, I have also toyed with the idea of creating a scrapbook for each academic year (two semesters) I complete.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Beverly, Massachusetts

Beverly, Massachusetts has been my home since the last week of August 2009 when I moved here to attend the Montserrat College of Art. Despite some unfortunate experiences with student housing during my first semester, my experience here has validated my decision to attend this college. I know that Montserrat is the right school for me.

It is certainly apparent that spring has sprung around Beverly, and the college. Unfortunately, I am too bogged down with final projects at the moment to spend a ton of time outdoors. However, when I feel that familiar burned out feeling, I know it's time to step away from the easel and take a walk outdoors. Here are some images I snapped yesterday of the Hardie building (my school's main building), and some of the surrounding scenes here in Beverly.