Wk C1 Art and My Life

Art and My Life-
Nothing has broadened my mindset of art mediums and what art can be quite like the activities and artist interviews we have done in ART 110. Growing up the only mediums I had the opportunity to work with were pencil and pastels, with maybe some watercolor thrown in the mix here and there. ART 110 has taught me that art can come in any shape or form, all of which hold meaning and value to not only the artist but those who view the piece as well. Through this class and art itself I have learned that if you have something you love, now is the time to take the chance of pursuing it. You never know what could happen, and I for one, would always rather happy and doing something I love rather than sitting in an office job all day. That is why I am so grateful to ART 110 for opening my eyes to this fact, and showing our class that art is all around us, and we are the ones that can shape the world just by creating it.
Despite our class doing many different activities and artist interviews in the gallery this semester, there were three very distinct experiences that stuck out to me and I think back on with not only joy, but understanding that I learned something new from experiencing them. One of these such experiences was attending the artist exhibitions that involved metal work, specifically the exhibit entitled Opia by Ashley Greer, in which she used the detrimental aspects of her mental health to create beautiful wearable art. These pieces had claws, sharp edges, and encased the mannequin in almost a suffocating hold. Not only was Ashley so wonderful to talk to about her life and why she chose to get into metal work, but also learning how she started discussing her mental health in her art was almost like a revelation for me. As I have discussed many times in my blog posts, my anxiety is a large controlling force in my life. It has dictated a lot of what I do in life, but through Ashley’s exhibit I learned I can take that anxiety, take that fear, and produce art that will make me feel as though I am controlling my mental health, and it is not controlling me. I have extremely grateful to Ashley Greer for opening my eyes to this fact, and now I know that I will take my anxiety and use it to produce pieces I can be proud of and look back on to know beautiful things can come from pain. Another experience I had in ART 110 that really changed my outlook on art and its many capabilities was having the opportunity to graffiti paint for the first time in my life. I had never used spray paint to make art before, merely to color pieces of furniture. Not only did I have an absolute blast traveling to Venice Beach with my roommate Audrey and my friend Hope, but in doing so I was able to see how nervous people become when it comes to spray paint, and also how interested viewers are about what spray paint can create. I was one of these people even when spray painting my name on the art walls. I learned how hard a medium spray paint is to work with, but also how fun it can be when you gain control of it. Making different shapes, faces and animals on the art walls was a lot of fun, and having control over a medium I am working with made me really happy. Through doing the graffiti activity for class I learned that spray painting is an underappreciated medium, and one I would like to try again in the future. The final experience in Art 110 that really affected my ideas about art was the final student gallery we attended in which we were going to have to write a story about it. Those galleries were centered almost entirely around illustration and animation. As a recently switched film to animation major, it was really cool to be able to see students’ work from the major I am pursuing on display. Everyone was so good and had beautifully colorful pieces! But what really stood out to me was how every single artist in the giant exhibit had their own individual book of the sketches that were used to make their larger illustrated or animated pieces, as well as how each student had their own personalized business cards, showing how professional they have become through their time in CSULB’s program. The exhibit led me to realize how serious one must be in the art field, and how easily you can get your name and work out there by simply bringing your business card with you wherever you go. I cannot wait to eventually have the opportunity to make my own! Through having the opportunity to go to the student galleries and explore multiple mediums in ART 110, I can honestly say I have become more understanding of art as a whole and how I am in control of what I create and what fuels it, something I had never really considered or thought to be true before.
However, though my understanding of art has changed over the semester in Art 110, there are certain things that still rain true through my own experience with art. My experience with art is something I like to separate into two categories: the good and the bad. When it comes to the good that I have experiences through art, there is far more than bad. Art has always been my form of escapism from the horrible things that might be going on around me. Art is a way for me to take pencil to paper and draw characters and stories that I would love to create. Art is an outlet for me to express who I am and the thoughts in my head in a way that people might just be able to understand. I consider art to be something that can always be practiced and attempted again and again to keep improving upon. I really love the challenge that comes with creating art, the attempt to make something you can be proud of and enjoy that will in some way resonate with viewers, art pieces that audiences might enjoy as well. However, the concept of making art that others will enjoy is what leads me into ‘the bad’ experience I have had with art. More specifically, my experience with art and A.P testing. In my senior year if high school, I took A.P Studio Art with an emphasis in Drawing. Over the course of the semester I compiled a portfolio to be submitted to College Board and graded to see what score I should receive and what might be applied to college. I was so excited throughout the entire semester, and happy that I was able to focus on a topic I enjoyed and expand upon it through multiple works. However, that happiness and excitement died when I finally got my score. If anything I was hoping to get a four or a three, having seen past years’ submissions on College Board’s website. My hopes were quickly dashed when I opened up my score report to see I had received a 2, almost the lowest score possible on an A.P submission. I was crushed. For a long time I let that score define what I thought art was and how capable and worthy I was to make art. The entire summer before college I did not make a single piece of art. I tucked away my sketchbooks and put away almost all my materials, too afraid of what others might say when they saw my work. However, through having the opportunity to take ART 110, and learn that it does not matter what other people think of your art, all that matters is what you think of the things you create, I was able to start truly loving art again. I recently started drawing in my freetime again, and I do not plan on stopping anytime soon. My excitement with art again is all thanks to the experiences I have gained through ART 110 and Professor Glenn’s teaching.
Over the course of the semester, not only have I learned many new aspects of art through ART 110, but my understanding of what art can do for the artist and the art’s viewers has changed as well. I came to understand that many artists make art to get a reaction out of an audience, either good or bad. An excellent of example of this is the artist Matthew Dehnel’s exhibit which we viewed in the student galleries entitled Greetings From America. Matthew worked to build an exhibit that was a reflect of an American bomb shelter during World War II. The reactionary aspect of the exhibit however was how close the world is now to being forced to resort back to shelters such as the one Matthew created. His art is made to make viewers react in a way that makes them uncomfortable, causing them to question why the U.S uses nuclear weaponry and what America’s intended goal with such weapons will be, wondering who these weapons will inevitably hurt. Through Matthew’s exhibit I learned that art is allowed to make people uncomfortable, whether it be to create social commentary or to just produce one’s own thoughts in a visual form. The exploration of one’s self through art is another form of understanding that I gained through my time in Art 110. Countless artists in the student galleries we attended as a class used their art their art to express how they feel inside. Whether it be about mental health, one’s own sexuality or the inability to separate oneself from the imaginary reality of video games, art can be used to confront the dark sides of ourselves, or more so what many tend to hide out of fear. I have learned that art is the medium to express what cannot be said through words. However, I have also learned that many artists use the art they create for fame alone. Artists have been known to just make pieces that will earn them large sums of money, pieces that they think will be adored by audiences and get them into places such as Comic-Con or awards ceremonies. That being said, I have met and talked with countless artists over the course of this semester, and not a single one of them has said that they want to reach said heights that would present them with fame and fortune. All these artists want to do is make things they love, pieces they can look back on and be proud of for the rest of their lives. I can relate to this, and this is why I am so grateful for being able to learn so much more about art through ART 110.
Here we are, at the point in which one must question after learning so much about art, what does art have to do with not only my career, but also my future. Art has meant the world to me since I was young, which is why I wanted to pursue an artistic career. I first entered CSULB to be a film major, primarily because when I was applying to Cal State Long Beach I was not able to find the animation/illustration major. My own inability to find things aside, I knew after coming to Long Beach that I needed to pursue something I loved, I needed to go back to what I had always dreamed of. So, now that I am in the Animation/Illustration major, there are so many more aspects of art that I need to take into consideration, such as lighting, staging, color theory, and anatomy. Though I have learned so much this semester there is still so much more I need to know, and that is okay. I cannot wait to learn even more about art. Art is quite literally the driving force in my future. As an animator I will have to make art everyday, learning and growing off of what I have made before. Since I specifically want to work on video game design, I need to have a large understanding of how art can be used and effects the video game world. I am so happy to have found a career path that allows me to pursue art everyday, something that even though it might be extremely rigorous, I can be proud to discuss with strangers that art is my career. I also hope to pursue my own freelance work as well eventually. Having the opportunity to make art that can put a smile on people’s faces is all I have ever wanted. Not only do I continuously draw in my own free time, but to make art in the future that I can love and make a living off of? That is the dream, and I hope to one day get to that point. All in all, art is what keeps me going and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to make it and pursue it every single day.
Art means the world to me. It is as simple as that. Art has been there for me through rough times in my life and has allowed to pursue a major I am excited about that I know I will never be bored of. ART 110 has opened my eyes to art forms that I had never considered before, offering me the opportunity to even talk with real artists who know how rigorous an art major can be, experience and advice that I am grateful to have received. Though I am sad to be leaving Art 110 and all the memories I have made here with my friends, I am very thankful for all I have learned about myself and art along the way. If I had one message to leave for those who may be taking ART 110 next semester, it would be what I have closed each of my blog posts out with, that art can improve anyone’s day, art can be a career despite what anyone says and art can make a difference in the world as I have learned throughout my time in ART 110. I will always be grateful. With that being said, all I have left to say is with the time you might have in life, go make some art!

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Wk B10 Activity: One More (a.k.a. Erica Vlogs Again…It’s a Miracle!)

Hello everyone! We have finally made it to the last activity for my Art 110 class! This week was One More, in which we were to take a previous activity that we have done in the class and try it again.

Here’s the video for your viewing pleasure: Fair warning, it’s still long (because how could I not?):

I chose to make another vlog, despite knowing how hard it was to finish the first one. Yet even so, it was a lot of fun to do again, even if I did fall off my skateboard a few times…you’ll see. I am proud of my first vlog, but I really did not want to just sit in front of a camera again, I wanted to keep an audience entertained for as long as possible while still having a longer video. I also wanted to cover more topics than last time, as in my first vlog I only talked about my week in review. I did do another week in review in this vlog, but I discuss what comes next in my college career and what I am grateful for from this semester.

There were definitely some strengths and weaknesses about my first vlog. The strengths were that I was able to directly address the camera in a way I felt comfortable, and I gave myself a good amount of time to edit to make sure the vlog came out the way I wanted it to. However, the downsides to the first vlog were I kept getting distracted when recording by things that were going on outside, and I had some major technical difficulties which made the entire vlogging situation incredibly stressful.

My major goals for this vlog were to try something entirely different structure wise, breaking the video up in to more parts. I wanted to thank all the people that have supported me up to this point and I wanted to make something that was both fun and funny to watch. I also was really hoping to make a video that would not take too long to edit and one that I could finish in a timely manner.

In reality, making this vlog did not go too bad. Yes, there were a few sound issues that were too difficult to fix, and I learned very quickly that trying to push a skateboard and hold a camera steady can be quite a challenge, but I had an absolute blast making this vlog. I fell off my skateboard three times, which wasn’t a lot of fun, but I now have a story to tell whenever someone asks me why some of my videos cut off so abruptly! I am proud that I took a lot of time to edit the video, and I am happy that the final product almost entirely reflects the vlog I was hoping to create. The best part, if I do say so myself, is the fact that my wonderful friend Isaac Embry made some music for the end of my vlog! Thank you again Isaac!

Yes, the video has some mistakes, and it might be rough around the edges, but I am proud that I actually went out there and filmed another vlog. I am a really shy person so putting something of mine out on the internet really stresses me out. But I’m glad I did it, because I was able to prove to myself that I can. That way I now have the opportunity to make more vlogs in the future as I continue my time in college, building a type of time capsule I can one day look back upon and smile about. It’s all thanks to Art 110! Thank you Professor Zucman! Art 110 has been an incredible experience and I hope more classes I take down the line will be as rewarding and exciting as this one. Thank you.


Well we finally made it. After so many artist interviews and art activities, we have reached the end of the line. Everything has been completed! But that doesn’t mean there are not more opportunities to make things. I hope to continue writing on this blog into the future, sharing art pieces and thoughts that come to mind as I make my way through college here at Cal State Long Beach. I hope you all tag along! It has been an absolute pleasure to get to share these with you all.

And for the last time, for now, I hope you all have a fantastic week. And as always…

GO MAKE SOME ART!

Wk B9 Activity: Finger Painting

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(Above is my finger-painting! I hope you like it!)


Hello everyone! I am back once again with another post about this week’s activity in Art110 at Cal State Long Beach. This week, our class activity was to do finger painting! I honestly have not finger painted since I was in first grade, so this was definitely an experience, and it was an absolutely amazing one!

The experience of finger painting was not stressful at all which was fantastic! I had just gotten back to the dorms after my last class of the day and saw my friends Chloe and Julia sitting outside, and I brought up that I had to finger paint. I soon found out that they would love to finger paint too! So I was really excited to get my acrylic paints and some paper and come back downstairs and paint with them.

When I got upstairs to grab the supplies, I found Audrey in our dorm room and got her to come down and finger-paint with us too, our numbers growing even larger as we grabbed our friend Dylan, forming a solid group of finger painters when only two of us are actually in Art 110.

And honestly, I’m really glad we had so many friends finger-painting with us. It made the experience even more fun, and it felt like I was back in second grade again, just having fun making art with my friends. It was a really nostalgic experience that I did not know before hand that I was missing.

What I wasn’t prepared for though, funnily enough, was how hard finger painting actually can be. I did not know how hard it is to keep your colors separated when your tools are literally your fingers! Colors I did not want mixing kept getting combined and things were spilling everywhere making a pretty large mess. But the true challenge of my finger-painting experience was the fact that we chose to do it outside. It was so windy out! All of our papers kept blowing away, and the paper towel roll we had was rolling halfway down the walkway! Though it was really hard to keep track of everything, it was definitely one of the funniest art activities we have done so far!

Another challenging aspect of the activity was trying to make an art piece without a true subject. I love abstract art and looking at pieces that fall into the ideas of abstraction makes your mind whirl with a bunch of different thoughts. But trying to shut those thoughts down to just make random dots and lines? It is so difficult! I had started with rows and rows of dots, thinking back to an art project I made in high school where all we could make were dots, but by a certain point my mind started shifting to adding a large amount of blue and swirling shapes. My mind is never silent, so trying to strip back my thoughts and just paint was very hard to achieve. It was really inspiring though to have no guidelines, just painting wherever I saw fit, and it was nice to know that there were no expectations to be met, only a new art piece to be made. I think the fact that the art had to be abstract made the experience even more enjoyable to be honest.

(However, I must say that despite trying to turn my thoughts off and make an abstract piece, it still kind of looks like a pond of fish. Maybe that’s just me though.)

Comparing this piece to other pieces, I can honestly say it is definitely not as good. However, finger-painting wise I think I did really well! I’m very happy with my painting and I like that I had the opportunity to use a lot of different pastels and dark acrylic colors to make something I can truly look at and be proud of. That being said, people can do some truly incredible things with abstract art, and I would love to study the idea more and see what I can improve upon to make an even better abstract piece next time. Maybe in a different style than finger-painting though 🙂

Overall, this was a really fun project to work on, and it really made me feel like a little kid again. I hope to do more projects like this again in the future, because I don’t think anyone should let go of their childhood wonder. There is just too much creativity that can be found in one’s imagination. I hope you all get the opportunity to finger-paint sometime soon. Just let your creativity take you wherever it may!


That’s all for this post everyone. I’ll be back soon with a short story about this week’s artist conversation. All of the artists were so incredible in the gallery this week, and I can’t wait to share one with you. I hope you all have a fantastic day, now go make some art!

Wk B8 Activity: Vlogging

 

Hello everyone! I’m back again with another activity post for my adventures in Art110. This week, our activity was vlogging, in which we had the opportunity to film a video either about welcoming people to our website, or anything we could think of.

Naturally, I decided to go a little overboard, and made a vlog talking about my week in review… needless to say it got a little out of hand. Hope you enjoy it!

My video:

When making my video I was hoping it would come off as a little bit awkward, but hopefully slightly endearing as I’m still trying to figure out what is going on with my vlogs, and college in general. I decided to film my discussion of the week outside to try and get some decent audio, plus it made for some excellent quick change positions that made me laugh (which is always a plus when you have to edit a long video). I knew any video I made would not be super short, but I was hoping it would be around 13 to 15 minutes long. When I had finally gotten my video uploaded to the software I have for editing, it was 30 minutes long!

Now naturally that is way to long for a first-time vlog! So, with a lot of time and effort I was able to get my video down to 17 minutes, and I was able to get the video to a point that I really liked it.

I think I was able to accomplish what I wanted to achieve in this vlog. With the 8+ hours I put into editing it, I feel as though I really succeeded in presenting the feel I wanted to go for in my video. I just hope that everyone likes it, and that I get the opportunity to make another vlog soon.

There are definitely a few things I would do differently next time. First of all, I would film my discussing the week first, not put the videos of the events I was talking about into the software first. It made things very confusing to work with and took a lot longer than I thought it would. Another thing I would change is the length of my take of the video. I only did one take and it was 30 minutes long. Those 30 minutes were extremely hard to get from a phone to a computer. It took 3+ hours to get one video into an editing software! That is way too long! So next time, I will film the video in smaller segments, making it easier to transfer them over without extra work or stress.

All in all, despite the editing problems, I would absolutely vlog again! It was a lot of fun to look back on the week, and very cathartic to get my thoughts out. Will the layout of my vlog change next time? Possibly. But will I still try to be as genuine as my first vlog? Absolutely. I really am grateful for these activities we have been doing in Art110, and I will miss them when they are done, there is nothing better than having the opportunity to try new things!


That is all for this week folks! I hope you all enjoyed my vlog, I put a lot of work into it. I’ll be back again soon with more posts on some incredible artists and fun activities. As always, I hope you all have a fantastic week, now go make some art!

Wk B8 Art Piece: Lauren Woods’ American Monument

 

Artist’s Name: Lauren Woods

Artists’ Piece: American Monument

Piece’s Location: University Art Museum

Current Status of the Exhibit: Paused


This week for Art 110, our class went to view Lauren Woods’ art exhibit in the University Art Museum entitled American Monument. The exhibit described a powerful topic but was in a very interesting state: The exhibit is on pause.

And that pause, is what has the entire university in a state of controversy since the exhibit’s original opening date has come and passed without so much as a single change.

Lauren Woods put her exhibit on pause after the university’s recent firing of the UAM Director Kimberli Meyer. Meyer and Woods had been collaborating on the piece for two years. Lauren did not feel it right to put the exhibit up to be viewed without having Kimberli with her. Lauren Woods and the University have yet to meet a compromise on the state of the exhibit, so it has remained on pause, and might remain on pause till its term in the museum is up in December.

Now many have questioned the quick termination of Kimberli Meyer, whether it was due to the controversial topic of the exhibit, but nothing is known for certain. In fact, Kimberli herself has said that she herself was not even told about why she was being fired, just told that she no longer worked at the university and that was that.

With so much secrecy from the university, and few pieces from the exhibit left to look at, walking through the exhibit felt like I was looking at something that was meant to be great, but held less weight than it was intended to.

The exhibit is about the police brutality of black people from white police officers. Twenty five record players were put on pedestals in a single room, representing the injustice that so many black Americans have faced at the hands of the law. Those men and women whose cases are voiced on the records are: 1. Jamar Clark 2. Walter Scott 3. Sandra Bland 4. Alton Sterling 5. Anthony Hayes 6. Eric Garner 7. Danny Ray Thomas 8. Freddie Gray 9. Laquan McDonald 10. Mike Brown 11. Amadou Diallo 12. Sean Bell 13. Kimani Gray 14. Philando Castille 15. Jordan Edwards 16. Jason Harrison 17. Trayvon Martin 18. Margaret Mitchell 19. Ezell Ford 20. Oscar Grant 21. Patrick Harmon 22. Terence Crutcher 23. Samuel Dubose 24. Darrius Stewart 25. Gregory Gunn

Each and every person on this list was killed unfairly. And Lauren Woods had intended to show this through the audio of their cases, through their case documents, through the images, and in a diagram showing the entry and exit points of the bullets that have killed these poor people when they never expected it, and when they certainly did not deserve it.

Lauren had even brought in tables that emulate the exact distances that a black individual was shot and killed by a white police officer. In Lauren’s own words,

” The Longest table is 21 feet long, and refers to “‘The 21-Foot Rule,” a guideline indicating that a police officer is justified in shooting a person holding an “edged weapon” if that person is 21 feet away or closer. The “rule,” comes from an article written and published in Swat Magazine in 1983 by Lt. John Tueller, a fire arms instructor for the Salt Lake City Police Department, and quickly spread throughout the law enforcement community. This informal doctrine is often cited in officers’ defense in use-of-force incidents, yet has been criticized for not being based on scientific fact.

The middle table is 15 feet long, which is the distance at which Laquan McDonald, 12 years old, was shot in the back, in Chicago, as he was walking away. McDonald was holding a small 3-inch knife that in a folded position when he was murdered. There was no lunge or charge from the victim, who was experiencing a mental break.

The shortest table is 5 feet long, which is the estimated distance (5-8 feet) at which Margaret Mitchell, a mentally ill homeless woman in her 70s, was shot while holding a screw driver in downtown LA. As in the McDonald shooting, there was no lunge or charge from the victim, who was experiencing a mental break.” – Lauren Woods

The importance of these works cannot truly be expressed in words. The ability to visually look through the case documents, listen to the cases’ audio, and read the testimonies from witnesses and the police officers themselves is something that helps emphasize how important the discussion of police brutality is, and how often innocent people’s lives are cut short because of prejudices based on skin color.

Yet you would never know all this by just looking at the remnants of Lauren Woods’ exhibit. You would never hear the testimonies, read the documents from the court trials, you would not know that those tables represent how close those victims were to the officers that killed them. All you would see is an all white room with 25 black record players, silent pieces of a discussion that needs to be had, but can’t because the exhibit is on pause.

The silence of the exhibit feels as if the exhibit itself is the silence that cases involving police brutality against black people receive every day as they go unnoticed, ignored, and overlooked.

When our entire class was asked if any of us have been to the University Art Museum before, only two people raised their hands. Two. Out of a class of about 124. No one even knew much of anything about the exhibit or what it even is about. Honestly, the lack of understanding and the fact that we had no clue about such a relevant and powerful exhibit makes me sad.

What makes me even more sad, however, is the fact that we did not have the chance to witness the full capability of an exhibit that openly expresses something so horrible that happens to black people every day. Something that often goes ignored that Lauren Woods was going to force people to look at. Force people to acknowledge. Force people to talk about. That is, until she put the exhibit on pause.

I understand why Lauren put the exhibit on pause. An artist’s wishes should always be taken into consideration, and Lauren does not wish to carry on with her exhibit if the person who she worked on the entire exhibit with has been fired from the very university Lauren is supposed to show her exhibit in. It makes sense, in fact, I can say her choice is justified.

However, the fact that no one at the university has the opportunity to even see the exhibit the way it was meant to be presented makes me, and a lot of people question why it is still installed in the first place. Either way, the university and Lauren Woods will have to make a decision because the exhibit will have to be uninstalled in December either way. But until that time comes, it remains a ghost of what it could have been. I just am not sure if its worth it to maintain. Perhaps, by the time this post has been published, a change will have been made either way. Only time will tell. I for one, am looking forward to the final decision regardless.


That’s all for this post everyone. The topic of Lauren’s exhibit has been very controversial across the campus, and weighs heavy on a lot of minds and hearts. I hope it makes you think about what the impact of exhibits that are on pause truly is, and what recent decisions of the university means for the art museum and future directors of the museum overall. What does secrecy from the university change about art? How does it effect how much we are able to see? Just a few questions to think about.

As always, I hope you all have a fantastic week, and if you feel like it, make some art. You never know what impact you could have.

Thank you for reading.

 

 

 

Wk B7 Activity: Graffiti Writing

Hello again everyone! It’s me, Erica, back again with another post on this week’s activity in Art 110. This week, our project was graffiti writing, where we had to get some spray paint and paint our name in bubble letters on a piece of cardboard, wood, or we had the opportunity to go to the Venice Beach boardwalk and spray paint the art walls.

Well Audrey, Hope, and I were super excited at the thought of going to Venice Beach, and with Hope’s parents down in Long Beach for the weekend, we thought it was an excellent opportunity to get together and drive to Venice for a fun filled day of art and food!

When we made it to Venice Beach, I was actually nervous about spray painting. Not because I thought I couldn’t do it, or let alone do it well, but more so because I did not want to paint over the art that someone else had created. Everything was so interesting and stood out on its own. The thought of covering up such wonderful pieces made me sad.

What changed my mind however, was looking closer at each piece and realizing that those pieces I was admiring so much, were covering someone else’s piece that was below theirs, and deeper and deeper those pieces went. So instead of feeling like I was covering something important up, I felt as though I would be adding on to the artwork, making my own little mark before eventually someone comes to cover mine up as well.

Thus Hope, Audrey and I picked a wall and got to work. I have to be honest, spray painting is so much fun!!! My control was definitely not the best, there were several spots where the paint would leak downward and I though the piece was ruined, but once you cover over those drips with paint, or better yet work with them, then your fear just turns into more excitement at what the final product might look like.

I had three colors of paint; black, white, and red, and it worked really well to support my plan of making my bubble letters look like they were bleeding a little bit (so the dripping of the paint did not actually look like a mistake! Yay!). Unfortunately I did not have the multiple spray paint can tips, so the paint tended to come out as one glob rather than a single stream. But that was okay, because my graffiti name came out really well, and so did Hope and Audrey’s!

With my excess paint, because of course I wasn’t going to go home with extra paint, I spelled out with white and outline in black. I also made a face with some really angry eyebrows, which was a lot of fun! Finally, with the last of my paint I wrote out Beachside Bestside on a different wall, to commemorate our current experience living at Beachside dorms. I have to remember it somehow, why not through graffiti writing?

A funny thing that happened was as we were spray painting the wall, a large group of tourists came by and starting taking photos of us and our artwork. It was really cool actually! It’s nice to witness your art being appreciate first hand! Watching people come take photos of our art made going to the art walls in Venice Beach even better!

All in all, the graffiti writing project was a lot of fun, and though I was nervous at first, I fell right into making art I really loved. I would definitely consider going back to Venice Beach and trying this project all over again. Hopefully, with more experience and a new vision of what I want to create! I can’t wait!

Here are some photos from the experience:

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Extra Credit: Visit the LA Louvre Art Gallery

After we did our graffiti writings, the three of us decided to make the seven minute walk to the LA Louvre Art Gallery. When we got there, we were surprised to find out that the gallery would not be officially open until the 14th! However, the lovely lady at the front desk let us walk around anyway, and on the second floor of the gallery we were allowed to a take a photo with any piece we saw fit, as long as we didn’t reveal what they layout of the entire floor looked like. (No spoilers in case any of you plan on going!)

I chose to take a photo in an outside art room in which every wall was covered with brilliant shades of blue. It was so pretty to look at and even more amazing to stand within! The entire place was so gorgeous, so when the actual gallery opens on November 14th, you all should go! You might even see me there!

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Alrighty everyone, that’s all for this activity post. As I’ve said, if you have the opportunity of going to Venice Beach, you absolutely should. It is an experience unlike any other, and just a fantastic place to learn more about the people around you. And of course to make art pieces! As always, I hope you all have a fantastic week, now go make some art!

Wk B6 Activity: Environmental Portraits

Hello everyone! I’m back again to share a little bit about this week’s activity in Art 110. This week, our project was to take an environmental portrait of ourselves, showing who we are in the environment we make art, create, or pursue our passion in.

With the help of Audrey Resella and our wonderful other roommate Ally Mendrella, we set up a sheet on the floor, made some mood lighting, and gathered the tools we use to pursue our passions and majors. In my case, that would now be (due to a recent change in major, which could be its own post entirely) illustration/animation. Gathering my art pens and charcoal cases, many paintbrushes and sketches I have made in recent months to create the environment that embodies my passions.

So without further ado, here’s my environmental portrait:

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Fun fact: The last one is probably my favorite! 🙂

What I was going for in this shoot was to try and emulate the calming atmosphere that I usually like to draw and create in. That usually means putting on a string of lights, maybe a salt lamp too, grabbing a sketchbook, and just getting to work. Oddly enough, despite being in a dorm room, it is really easy to achieve great mood lighting through use of yellow towels. (The more you know huh?) I wanted to do the environmental in my own dorm room because currently, that my home base for creativity. It’s where I sketch, draw, and finish projects. It is the current so-called ‘home’ I’m staying in, and what’s better than using that area to express what you’re passionate about?

I think, (and really hope) that I was successful in presenting the environment that I use to pursue my passions. After all, until earlier this week, my environmental portrait would have looked a lot different. It would have included a camera or a script, maybe even been in another location. But that’s really telling of life isn’t it? I made the life choice to pursue what I was truly passionate about, a medium that I want to create with to connect to the people around me. Through the lighting and my multiple sketches, I think I was able to project how calm drawing and creating makes me. After all, drawing is the primary way I reduce stress and tackle my anxiety, and without it who knows where I would be. I truly think I was able to emulate that idea in this activity.

That being said, if I had the opportunity to do this activity again, there are a few things that I might do differently. For instance, maybe I would take the photoshoot outside, incorporating what I do when I go to sketch references for landscape drawings. I could have includes paintings of mine in the photo, or taken an action shot of me behind a desk, drawing something I love. There are so many options I could choose from, so many ways to grow as an artist, that its hard to list them all. First and foremost, it would be very interesting to try a different type of lighting and see how that effected not only the shot but the entire tone of the picture as a whole. I can’t wait to eventually try this activity again and see what I can mess around with to make the photoshoot better than before. I hope to show those new photos to you all too when the time comes!


That’s all for this activity folks! Thank you for taking the time to read this post, and hopefully I will have some new interviews and activities to share from Art 110 really soon. As always, I hope you all have a lovely day, now go make some art!