Thursday, February 25, 2010

Art Class take 3

One of the major interests of my life has always been visual art. Good art. I love looking at it, learning about it, admiring it, and sharing it; and I've always been envious of those with obvious artistic talent. My grandma Betty is a wonderful painter. My friends Anne and Karilee are students and great sources of many art mediums, and Carrie taught me the joy of it. My husband is a great sketch artist and drawer, and his mom is just as talented in painting and drawing. My mom can make anything known to crafting, beautifully, and my Aunt Cynthia could make any home gorgeous. My Aunt Debbie can do anything, and my sister Ashley has a degree in Art History. No wonder I love art!

Surrounded by all of this I often wondered if I could do any of it. I already know that I don't have the vision for decorating, or the patience for anything my mom does. I didn't have the skills for the rest of it; but if I learned, would I be any good? Good art takes appreciation, skill, mastery and talent. Do I have talent? I'm learning the answer to that question, but the good news is I finally decided to be brave enough to try! Here's what I've learned so far:

In high school I took an elective art class and learned that I couldn't draw a straight line or a round circle. In college I took a beginning art class and learned that I can't draw upside down and have no sense of proportion. At least I knew where I needed to start this time: at the very beginning. I have a habit of having high aspirations. For instance, whenever I would see an instructional art book I would pick it up and think, "Maybe I can do this. I want to do this! I'm sure I could do this." As a result, I've been lugging around a 'how to' book on portrait drawing for years. Probably not the best place to start for a beginner, but it was what I had. Guess what! It taught me proportions! I just thought that was something you could do, or couldn't. I didn't know you could learn it! So, I've been practicing with what little time and energy I can have, when I happen to have them at the same time. So far I've only practiced profiles of women, but my plan is to make it through the book. This is a scan of my first attempt of a profile portrait.

I tried to copy one of the portraits in the book but they don't look exactly the same. Of course, it would probably help if she had hair. I'm drawing this one again so I can have a comparison. Derek's teaching me about shading and, thankfully, he tells me if something is off. Hopefully, with practice and guidance I can progress. I'm excited! I'll have to keep everyone updated. Did you know Q-tips make great blenders?! I love them! And they're much better than paper blenders. Derek taught me that too.

I'll leave you with some of my charcoal adventures. I don't have a book for this so its just me messing around and having fun. I usually end up with my hands and face covered, but I love it. When Ethan's old enough not to eat it, we'll have a blast. We'll make life art.

Some other random funness:

The End.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Westwood Film Festival

Just a heads up that my documentary was accepted into the Westwood Film Festival today. The Festival will be held next Friday and Saturday (Mar. 5-6). My video will play at 7:00 P.M. on Saturday. Nominations for awards will be announced that Friday and awards will be given that Saturday. To learn more about the Festival or to purchase tickets (wink wink), click here.
To see the documentary, follow the link in the previous post.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Macbeth Documentary

Sorry, this won't be an amazing or creative post, just a plug for the documentary I've been working on for 2 months. Last semester I was asked by the BYU-Idaho Theater Department to create a documentary for the play Macbeth that is currently being performed. The video was meant as a promo/lobby display to be played during the show's 3-week run. So click here to see the video.
Tell me what you guys think of my work.
This video was for a practicum credit and so I did everything by myself, minus a few camera shots and the music. I arranged the music, but it was produced by Andrew Kramer. Hope you like it.