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otherwise...here's a little rambling...in case anyone gives a damn, which I don't expect anyone to.
First off... I feel old. I'm not old old... but I'm 32 and I just started(with serious intent) with the art and art school in Sept 07. I used to be a chemist, and I was working my PhD in intermetallic solid state chemistry but after 5 years of that, I decided that my thesis wasn't worth finishing and dropped out. Not that I'm trying to say how smart I am...trust me...the one thing you need more than anything else to get a PhD is the ability to get through mountains and mountains of boring crap, and I really didn't have the stomach for that. So I guess I wasn't really chemistry PhD material. Anyhow. I see people younger, older and with more experience and talent than I, and I wonder why the hell I'm doing this. Sometimes I felt like that in chemistry, but I didn't bother me the way it does now.
But I do miss the community. Anyways. Knowing that I could have been making art this whole time, instead of squandering it away wondering what the hell I was going to do with my life, has lead me to dedication I've never had before. The problem is getting over all my bad habits...the rushing(mostly)...missing the details. I don't want to make crap...I spent so long making crap, and I want it to stop. But it's habitual... anyhow...I'm trying to take my time, and when I find myself rushing I try to take a break instead of rushing a piece to ruin.
So far, the art thing is treating me well. I got my first real commission. Ok, so it's just for the school, but it was a juried thing and I won. Woo. I was paid to draw caricatures for a highschool aftergrad... Most of them turned out, there were a couple I wish I had taken back and started over again...but I'll remember that for next time. When I had a moment to look around I saw that aftergrad was just as lame as I remember it. I guess they call it a prom in other parts...
Well...I do a lot of drawing...and I've been painting a lot because I have a show at the end of September that I'm working towards...they won't be portraits...generally... oh well. Well...I've gone on...enjoy...
Last edited by Santon; October 7th, 2008 at 01:19 AM.
Haha your wood carving is tripping me out. Your stylized ink drawings are very appealing, but I think your oil painting needs a little more work. Overall, kudos to you! I'm glad you're pursuing the arts after chemistry haha
I was supposed to do a "performance" piece for my drawing class, and take a b/w photo as documentation. However, my idea would be impossible to carry out legally, so....here it is. Comments would be welcome.
The pig and moose was popular....
the watercolor sold for a sandwich,
the tissue paper one sold for an alcoholic beverage
the balloon pig sold for...I forget,
and the pig with 4 moose sold for a can of five-alive(which was later mixed with vodka)
Wow you've got a lot of interesting stuff going on in here! I'm definitely going to keep watching. I like your sculptures the most, especially the one of the man's head carved into the striped wood. That one is rockin'
"This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy." -Douglas Adams
I'm working on a sculpture project that includes a metal box. I made the box, I'm pretty damned proud of it.
But what I'm amazed by is the texture I got with the patina. I love it. Here's some before and after pictures with a couple of close ups. There's some engraved text at the bottom that I did before the patina...it's really not visible unless you have a (very strong) light shining nearly parallel to the surface.