Welcome! This blog began as an assignment in a digital art class. That was in 2008. I decided to keep it going as my art journal. It is fascinating for me to see how a painting develops, so this is where I post my painting progressions and exciting new things I find on creative blogs and websites. I hope you will learn along with me about painting, drawing and all kinds of art.


Wacom tablets!!

Today we learned how to use the Wacom pad in Corel Painter. OMG! i loaded a scanned line drawing onto Painter and began working with it .... it is really fun. See work (Snettisham) on right. Got out a bit early today because it's a gorgeous day here. Barbara C and i went to the State Museum to see the Garry Kaulitz exhibit, there until 29th of March. His work is beautiful - in both design and colors....very much his story (history) of 64 years of life as told by his 15 x 22-inch, and the 30 x 59-inch monoprints. I loved it....go! Kaulitz's work is titled Sankofa, an Akan (African) word that means, "We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today."


Extra lab

Finally got my collage scans on-blog....hard to see tho'.... Now, on to more projects!
Thanks John!


Feb 16 - missed class :(

Sadly, i was sick for class today and since i couldn't download my collage photo on my PC, i haven't made much headway on it and don't have it pictured on my blog yet....rats! i am planning on going to the open lab on Friday (22nd) and do more scanning and more work.


Re: 3rd ArtnTech class Feb 2 - Collage +

In spite of the fact i forgot a media storage device and borrowed Dan's for my collage scan (thanks Dan!) - i had a great time in class.

Making our collages from magazines was amazingly fun, opening my brain even further... i hope. i do feel lost and confused at times and if i can just use my McGyver approach more often and not be afraid of doing something wrong (and break the computer) all the time, i just might get this Photoshop thing! i didn't get to try the digital collage and i would like to do that.

i really enjoyed watching the youtube videos and i thought they ALL were art! Performance art, and engineering marvels are very much art...to me. i believe the question of whether or not something is art is entirely a personal opinion. We have also been discussing "cheating" and i thought, what if the idea comes from another piece of art? Is that cheating? Where do ideas come from? All of our art talk and sharing opinions is what makes the world go 'round and broadens the mind.

Listening to my classmates voice their opinions makes me wonder about each of your philosophy of art and how would you actually voice/write that. i am still developing my "philosophy of art" and at some point will write it down....but it seems to me that even before i write it, that it will change as i expand my "art knowledge". Below is a first try to describe my concept of "art":

Art, to me, is an expression/representation of the way a being (yes, even an elephant...they are very intelligent) "views...senses" (this is hard!) the world or universe or dream or unknown. And expresses it the method they desire, or possess, or are able(genetic gift)/skilled/trained.

How many methods of art expression can you list?....singing, dancing, acting, photography, painting, cooking, writing, keyboarding/clicking and dragging, sculpting, carving, constructing.....they are myriad....infinite?

Ok, that is my blog after a thought-provoking couple of classes!