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.