Art o’ Mine

I have some pictures of my artwork that have been taking up space on my camera since before Thanksgiving. I figured it was time to show them off blog-style.

All Hail the Heartbreaker lyrics, The Spill Canvas lyrics, The Spill Canvas

This is a piece that I did for my friend Shannon. I started with a 22×30 inch piece of watercolor paper and stained it with yellow ochre watercolor and sepia ink. I burned the edges on a tiki torch of all things, then I did the lettering. The words are lyrics from The Spill Canvas song “All Hail the Heartbreaker.”

Black Holes

This is an 8×10″ acrylic painting called “Black Holes” that I did while visiting DZ in Miami. I didn’t really go in with a set plan and ended up getting really frustrated with it, but once I used that anger, it started to become something I liked.

This is a portrait that I drew of one of my best friends, DZ. She didn’t have any drawing paper at her apartment so I used canvas paper and charcoal pencils, which is why it looks gritty. In some ways it feels like I drew a portrait of Jennifer Aniston, which is a nice compliment to DZ.

Being an unemployed graduate from an art school, my favorite way to do Christmas presents is to make them. This year I made mixed CDs for friends and family, which is not uncommon for me. The part that was really cool was that I painted the album art for each one with watercolors. Here are two that came out well:

This is the cover for a Slightly Stoopid mix that I made for my brother Paul.

This is the cover of a CD mix that I made for my grandma. It’s a portrait of my dad and me.

Not all of the art that I did over the holidays was two-dimensional.

This was an arrangement of white pine and holly and other trimmings cut from my grandma’s yard.

So that is the extent of my holiday artwork, I hope you enjoyed it.

 

The Wordpress Challenge

Since I started this blog back in the Fall of 2009 for a Writing for the Web class at SCAD, I have found that the more I post, the more creative I get and the better I feel.

That is why, as one of my New Year’s resolutions, I have chosen to participate in the WordPress PostAWeek2011 challenge. This particular program encourages bloggers to write a new post once a week every week this year. I plan on pushing myself to post at least two or three times a week.

Another thing that keeps me blogging is feedback from my readers. I love getting comments from people, whether they are positive or negative. If something I write pisses you off, let me know! If something is funny, tell me!

Happy New Year to everyone and if you haven’t started your own blog yet, now is the time!

A quick hipster bash

After my Writing for the Web class, which should have essentially been called “Blog class,” I thought briefly about letting my blog die a slow and natural death.

I am the kind of person who, if not actually forced to do something for a grade, I tend not to do anything at all. It would be cute to say that updating my blog was my New Years’ resolution, but that’s not the case. Rather, I found something that made me audibly chuckle (ac: it’s the new lol because 0.001% of people actually laugh out loud when they write that). Because of my reaction, I thought that surely other people would enjoy it too:

“This blows. Let’s play Oregon Trail on the computer next time.”

The caption is obviously the best part. I found this image and the caption on a Web site called Look At This Fucking Hipster. It’s amazing. It’s a great site if you feel like wasting half an hour and–for some of you–laughing reflexively. I have to give credit to Lee Burbage, another writing major and author of The Pedicab Confessions, for pointing it out in class.

I’ve come to realize that my friends from back home have no idea what hipsters are and I find myself trying to explain it. While I could list some stereotypical attributes of hipsters, I’ll let this Craigslist post explain it to you in a much wittier way than I can.

The other day in class, Elyse Findley told a joke that I will never forget:

Q: How many hipsters does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: It’s a really obscure number, you’ve probably never heard of it.

So that concludes my re-entry into the blogosphere. Stay tuned for an upcoming post about everyone’s favorite game from elementary school: Oregon Trail!