Friday, April 15, 2011

I'm Not Dead

After seeing some of the great work my old USM art department buddies have been doing on their blogs, I've realized how much I really neglected this thing! The truth is, I have not been doing a lot of artwork lately. Other than my figure drawing class my own work has been pretty non-existent except for a few pastels in a sketchbook over Spring Break. Another reason I want to do a lot more on this blog is because of a discussion I had with some other art ed. colleagues after class tonight. Balancing teaching and creating your own work is really difficult. (Especially if YOU are in school too!) It seems for the most part all we have been doing is talking about theory and writing papers. For the summer semester Libba, Brooke, Tammy, and I have decided to remedy this. We are planning to meet once a week and just work on art after class. I am really looking forward to this! With as crazy as the summer semesters get not only will this be a good way to squeeze in some creativity, but it will help me keep my sanity. Sorry this is such a short post. I'll get some of my figure drawings up here after portfolio review next weekend. In the meantime, here's a short list of things that have happened or that I've been working on making happen over the past months:

  • In 7 more months I will be COMPLETELY done with grad school! This is really exciting, but I'm also terrified that I won't be able to find a job with as crazy as the economy is. 
  • For the past semester I have been working as a tour guide at the Georgia Museum of Art. I cannot tell you what a great opportunity this has been for me. Not just the experience working with kids again, but being able to see some of the works in the exhibitions: Picasso, Rodin, Dali, Matisse, Joan Mitchell, O'Keeffe, and Richard Diebenkorn just to name a few. 
  • With all the good things going on in my life right now, there has been one major hit to my family this month. My mom recently had heart surgery. It wasn't anything life threatening (she had a pacemaker put in), but this experience has put things in perspective for me. I am really hoping to get a job on the Gulf Coast to stay closer to my family and friends. Life is way too short to not be with the people you love.
  • My computer is DEAD. After four years of faithful service my Hp has had all it can take. I'm finally biting the bullet and buying a MacBook. It makes me sick to spend that much money on anything, but I think it will be a really good investment. They are not prone to viruses and an unreliable computer is the last thing I need while writing my thesis.
  • While I thought summer school was going to take up my entire summer, I was glad to find out that I'm only in class for a month. This makes for some much needed reconnection time with family and friends. I'm also pretty sure I will be teaching a figure drawing class at the Meridian Museum of Art since I'll have some time off. I'll keep everyone posted.
Well, that's it from me for awhile. I hope things are going great with all of you (whoever reads this thing). Expect more posts soon!

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