Sunday, December 28, 2008

Latest Art Work

I know I just posted yesterday, but I've been excited about my latest artwork and wanted to give you all a taste.
The first is a project we had to do for my application preparation course. The idea was to make up a news story and create a sort of cartoon expressing it. Mine was the First Underwater Nudist Resort. I used water colors and ink.

This is an illustration to the book Jane Eyre. It's the scene where Mr. Rochester examines Jane's extraordinary art work. Here my medium was my favorite Copic markers. I achieved many of the deeper colors by mixing two markers, Mr. Rochester's vest for example is a combination of green and purple.
My latest piece for my famous portfolio is a cookie. I was inspired by the Christmas cookie decorating session with my friends Lisa and Claire. It took several atempts to get a good sheet of cookie, and in fact the one I ended up using is broken in two. I was really satisfied with the calmer colors I got by mixing the rather garish food coloring. It was my mom's idea to use marzipan for rocks, and Paul Hugh's idea to make a sand castle. During the creation of the cookie everybody kept passing by and eating bits of frosting and spare cookies. I'm surprised it survived the night with my dog on the lose (entire bags of Swedish Fish have been known to dissapear, as well as plates off cookies left ungaurded on the table).

Well, thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed looking at my latest creations!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays Faithful Blog Readers!
I hope you had a lovely Christmas remembering Jesus' birth and spending time with family and loved ones. I had a wonderful Christmas. On Christmas Eve we went to our friends the Pitcher's house to celebrate with the other American families, as we do every year. Of course our family came an hour late, because someone, who shall remain nameless, mixed up the time. It was alright in the end, even though we didn't get any appetizers, my mom and I had enough time to do each other's makeup in a very girly fashion.
After a lovely evening of singing carols, Wise and Otherwise (an imaginative game involving proverbs) and fellowship, we went home to exchange one gift and watch numerous episodes of Firefly (a very imaginative sci-fi show). My little brother and I carried on the age old tradition of sleeping in close proximity to the tree. Patrick, too old for such frivolity, slept upstairs.
On Christmas morning we gathered in our living room and exchanged gifts. The most bizarre of these were strange blue geckos (rubber, not live) from the Shedd Aquarium. The most unexpected was a lighter for my brother (this was unexpected because my brother has been known to set fire to piles of dried leaves inside ancient wooden villages). And the most moving was a picture my mom drew of my dad with my grandma, who died this year.
We finished the day with a meal of buffalo chicken wings and a game of Texas Hold'em.
One of the best things was the fact that it snowed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!. I had been praying for at least a little snow.

Thanks for reading about my Christmas! Hope the rest of your break is very relaxing...