Art School, Week 10 – Chia Pets, T-shirts, and Heroes (oh, my!)

Week 10 of art school at El Camino College is on and cracking!  Things are heating up and the due dates on projects are rolling in like thunder.  This weeks’ pictures are at the bottom of the post.

In ceramics we glazed our cups and worked on our chia pets.  Fortunately our teacher gave us the option of making a sculpture rather than a chia pet.   I hate chia pets with a passion.  The hatred is neither healthy nor rational, but it is real.  Therefore, I finished my ceramic horse and will be glazing him this week.  He is a Clydesdale, strong and beautiful, and I love him!

In sculpture we are working on our Hero project.  We have to choose a hero, or remake an existing hero, and then sculpt him/her/it.  Most of the class chose comic book-type heroes and thus are doing muscle-bound men and women with extraordinary powers.  I, on the other hand, love real heroes – people who exist in the past or present; people who gave their lives to make the world a better place, who stood up to injustice or who fought seemingly insurmountable obstacles to become successful.  I had a laundry list of wonderful African-American men and women I wanted to do, but I have narrowed it down to three: Malcolm X, Oprah Winfrey, and Muhammad Ali.  We had to choose poses that we thought reflected their nature and why we chose them as heroes.  My favorites are Oprah giving a thumbs up, Muhammad Ali praying in the ring, and Malcolm X dressed in Muslim garb.

My Art History 2 class is the study of prehistoric art through Gothic times.  Today I hauled myself over to LACMA in order to work on my museum report.  It isn’t due for a few weeks, but I am not one for putting things off.  I scrawled my entire report and sketched my subject in about an hour.  I will fix it up later, of course, but it feels good to have gotten the bulk of it off my back.  I chose the Assyrian reliefs of Nimrud from the 9th century.  It sounds boring but it is actually quite interesting!  And walking around LACMA is always inspiring.  God, I love art!!!

In Beginning Drawing, we have been working on 2 point perspective.  We’ve been drawing endless stacks of boxes made to look like cityscapes.  Happily, last week was the end of that; in the upcoming weeks we will focus on charcoal and pastels.

Pictures of all these things follow.  I have been using some of these photos for my portfolio submissions for Undergraduate art programs.  (I already have a Bachelor’s degree, but it is in an unrelated field).  The top two contenders are California College of the Arts and Laguna College of Art and Design, both private colleges.  I can only attend with a full scholarship due to the cost.   So, my back-up plan is to stay at dear old El Camino for an extra year, take every art class I can, and then apply to a state school for an MFA.  I am learning patience and flexibility through this process and trying not to stress about anything.  I know things will work out as they are meant to.

Not everything in my life is as I want it to be.  I lost a relationship I dearly valued for what seemed, at first, to be no reason.  As it turns out, the reason was apathy on his part along with a healthy dose of egotism, selfishness, and, judging from our last interaction, a crush on his “work wife”.   As hard as it was to face this rejection, I know it’s not really about me.  People do things for their own reasons; they cannot always be predicted and can never be controlled.   I heard a great saying today that I had to write down:  “If someone cannot accept you at your worst, they don’t deserve you at your best.”  I gave this individual my best; he never actually saw my worst, but, in the end, if he were worth being with, he’d still be here.

The good news is that that relationship inspired an awesome T-shirt I designed in Digital Art.  The characters are Boo and CDog and they rock!

The great thing about art is that you consistently get out what you put in.  That is why it is my one and only True Love!

Now, go follow YOUR bliss…

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