So during one of my I-am-finally-getting-my-apartment-organized-once-and-for-all cleaning frenzies this past week, I was incredibly excited to find a bunch of my drawings (and a few paintings) from my 2-D classes at Centre, and have finally gotten most of them up on the 'drawing and paintings' page. But, what to do with the nudes? I am a substitute teacher for k-8 and sometimes give students my site info when they say they'd like to see some of my work. I don't exactly want young'ns on here going "Oh my gosh Mrs. Robinson draws NAKED PEOPLE!" I'm definitely not going to try to break through the middle school force field to explain that yes, drawing the human figure is indeed beautiful artwork and not a weird sexualized faux pas. To that end, I think I'm going to title a page "18 and over", so any possible student inquiriers will be consciously 'breaking the rules' rather than accidently caught unawares. Cheers!
This image really hits home for me.
I went to a college that was really expensive when I could have gone to one that I had a full ride to. I was told that I was completely off my rocker to pay so much money for a degree that didn't make any. I was told that it was such a shame I was wasting my intelligence on art. Go to school for something serious. Get a real job. Grow up.
If that sounds familiar to you, don't listen to them. Following your dreams is a scary thing. It's hard. It's more work than seems possible at times. But if you work hard to follow your dreams, you can look back on your life with the satisfaction of knowing that you gave your all. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't. But if you live life not in the 'rat race', not in the day-to-day routine, not just by trying to meet the expectations of others, but by meeting your own expectations- being the very best, most passionate 'you' you can be, now that is a life worth living.
And try to be loving and gracious. Especially loving.
I'm pretty sure that sums up a fulfilling life. I'll check back in when I'm 90, just in case.
With the plaster cast ready to go, it's time to make the sculpture. For this piece I used low-fire white clay with grog, sliped and scored the seams, reinforced with coils when necessary, and dried it extremely slowly under a layer of plastic. I used the basic clay tools: a bowl of slip, serrated rib, rubber kidney, sponge, and stick tool. (Nope, I didn't use a slab roller or even a rolling pin- I 'throw out' my slabs by hand). If you have any questions or comments about the process, please feel free to post them at the bottom of the page or on my contacts page.
Here is a quick step-by-step reference for bust-making as I know it, with a slide show of the basic process at the end.