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12 / 11 / 13


There comes a point in an art student’s career where they are at a crossroads. I’m sure my peers can agree with me. It’s where you have so much to do, you don’t even know where to begin.  Bed seems most tempting, but fear of final critique keeps you from sleeping. As we approach finals (next week), suddenly all your work, which you were excited for at one point, seems mediocre. But this mediocrity can be fixed with enough time, enough paint, and enough alcohol. Good luck everyone!

11 / 21 / 13

ms. saville

I have been wrestling with my final for Figure Painting 3 for quite some time. Kenny (Harris) recommended a self-portrait, after all what model is more reliable to paint then yourself. And like any normal person, the concept of a self portrait is horrifying. Both daunting and difficult, my frustration began to reveal itself as a chose my pose.  Once I had the idea sketched out (usually the more difficult part), I found I needed inspiration as to how to go about painting it.  This search brought me to our... View Article

10 / 25 / 13

lattes and things

There are two women who come in to my work almost everyday, Thing 1 and Thing 2.   When they approach, we all shudder.  These two women are the most picky, incessantly rude, condescending women I have ever met.  One of them (Thing 2) asked if I did “anything else?” I fought a laugh and said I went to school (“No I’m not just a barista”).  She asked “where?”, and I told her “LCAD”.  Her response:   “Wow I think it’s so great they have a place like that, for people... View Article

10 / 16 / 13

beginner’s luck

Art school is a difficult concept for people to grasp. Why anyone would want to dedicate his or her life and studies to something so unrealistic and financially unstable?  I had begun my journey at LCAD with the sole intention of receiving my BFA to continue to a MA in Art Therapy.  I sat in my studio classes as a writer sits in math class, wondering: “why the hell am I taking this?” During my final critique in my first figure painting class, my professor, Hope Railey warned me.  She... View Article

03 / 08 / 12

scout’s honor

I promise I will post some WIP and other things I’ve been making soon. Been super busy with 18 units, complain, whine, pout. But this morning I saw this new(ish?)Nigel Cooke painting on the internet. I went bananas. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it on the blog yet but this year I find myself being highly influenced/inspired by the work of Nigel Cooke. He’s my hero right now. So check it out:   The Bathers – Nigel Cooke, 2011   So go paint like that or go paint like... View Article

02 / 12 / 12

flies are out

The seasons are changing again. I thought it would never happen. Winter has been long and cold in my studio. I’ve been neglecting this blog for too long. I found photos I took this past Friday from my Figure Drawing IV class. John Brosio, our instructor, had us spend about 2 hours of the class this week working with blind contour. If you’re unfamiliar with the process, give it a shot: look at something, anything, and with pencil/pen/marker/crayon in hand begin to follow the contours of that thing using your... View Article

01 / 21 / 12

hide and seek: composition

After spending half of my life on the internet and the first 3 years of my adult life in art school, I’ve found myself with a very heavy collection of images. While some of my image collecting is done by taking photos on my phone, others have been attained by making screen captures of phone/computer glitches and photographing television screens (I am going to forego with these, personal, images and disregard any collected images that I have not created myself). Sometimes I find compositional elements in things that exist as... View Article

01 / 14 / 12


I am back from my hiatus from the blog and I have a great many things to share. 2011 ended and 2012 has been welcomed by my wide open arms. I have been on adventures, seen museums and galleries, and enjoyed more than any 21-year-old girl’s fair share of bacon cheeseburgers. Mainly, I decided to end my hiatus today after thinking long and hard about my note-taking behaviors last night. I am prone to taking short fragmented notes on my iPhone, written on the backs of receipts, and in the margins of... View Article

12 / 15 / 11

fin. (almost)

2011 is almost over. Let’s punch numbers: I turned 21 in september. I painted a 4 foot square painting. I made it through my 5th semester at LCAD. not too bad, I made it through finals without ripping out too much of my hair (save for accidentally burning some of it on a candle…) and learned a lot about painting and drawing through the process. The 4 foot painting I mentioned earlier was a constant trial and error struggle for me. The assignment was for Perin Mahler’s Figure Painting 3... View Article