I have been working on "Canopy" all day today and it is just not working out like I had planned it in my head. There just isn't enough contrast between the leaves even with acrylic accents and machine stitching. I also keep second guessing my composition. At this point, I am ready to abandon the whole project. Maybe this was one concept that was not meant to be translated into fibers.
Oh, well. Some things just weren't meant to be.
Yesterday was my last day interning at Hope Middle School in Greenville, NC. I had a great time there with my teacher and my kids and I was very sad to leave. The encore teachers threw me a going away party at lunch which was a very nice gesture, and I am not afraid to admit that I did cry a little bit at the 3:30 bell. I will definitely miss that school.
In addition, I have not been feeling very well, so I have gotten nothing done this week on "Canopy". I really hate that because I have 2 more weeks before my show goes up and a TON left to do. I can't afford to take time off. Hopefully, I can just take tomorrow and relax since it is a teacher workday and get back to work on Saturday. I am still hoping to have this piece finished by the end of the weekend, but we'll have to wait and see if I just feel like crud or I actually have something.
I finally got the letter I have been looking for! I got accepted into graduate school!
I finished "Specimens"!
I took the past couple of days off from blogging to really focus on my senior show. It is so close and I have so much to do. This is what has happened in the last five days:
First, I ordered and received my postcards. I went with the postcard featuring "Mask Temple". They look awesome. Postcards will be going out to family and friends tomorrow (if my mother calls me back with all the addresses I asked for) and will go up around campus next weekend.
Secondly, I am ALMOST finished with "Specimens". I will get everything done tonight except for 1 coat of stain on 1/2 of my box and a coat of polyurethane on each each and 1 coral. I underestimated how big my arm was and how narrow 1 piece of tube coral was. So I will have to take it to school with me tomorrow and then pour paint into it. I should have thought about that when I was building it. Once this piece is finished, it will take up residence in the back of my car until my show.
So, I took the advice my professors gave me and added just a hint of color to the coral pieces in my reef. I am not sure exactly how I feel about it yet. I was told to make it a very light hint of color. so I used watercolor washes of blue-green, purple, and a blue-violet. When I am working on them, the color seems really overpowering. When I stand up and look down on them, it is the perfect combination. And when I stand away from them, the color is barely noticeable. I also worry that once I get them in the box with the sand that, since I applied the color at the bottom of the pieces, that it will be covered up. I guess I will just have to use less sand than I thought I would and strategically place mounds of sand in areas that have more color. Right now, I have about nine pieces and the box left to finish. I kind of put painting during school on the back burner today. I have been putting off my student teaching portfolio for the past couple of weeks, and I am being observed tomorrow afternoon, so I have spent the day trying to catch up on that. I hope to get back to it tomorrow.
My review today went really well. I was a little nervous at first, but as I talked about my pieces I got more and more comfortable and more and more confident. My professors didn't even have anything horrendous to say about my work. Just a couple tips on how I can finish my pieces to make them show quality. First, I have to refinish all of my pieces that are mounted on canvases. This is about 4 pieces which will probably take me about two days to do. They need to be softer they said. So I am supposed to put batting between the frame and the canvas. They also want me to mount my jaguar weaving on a canvas, so that it relates back to the other two. They also really liked my "Specimens" piece. The only comment they had was that they wanted me to add a little bit of color to some of the corals to make it look like they are in the process of dying, not already dead. No problem! I think I might just come in with light watercolor washes in blue and green and add that to the bottom of my corals. Lastly, I just need to finish the three pieces that I started within the last couple of weeks.
I am a little nervous about all of the work that I have to do, but it is not an insurmountable pile.
I spent a lot of time planning very minute details of all of my projects and I have come to the conclusion that I have a week to spend on each project if I want to get "Specimens", "Canopy", and "Gallon Jug" completed by the time my show goes up. Taking three weeks to work on these will also give me about a week to finish other projects, collect hanging materials, buy food for the reception, and bake. Where my internship is supposed to fit in between all of this I haven't figured out. After today, I am going to work on each piece individually. I hope to have specimens finished by the end of this coming week ( I am already ahead of schedule on this piece) and "Canopy" finished by the end of the month. I took an hour or so today to cut out all of my leaf shapes for "Canopy", So far, I can't tell if I like the piece or if I hate it. I don't want it to look too much like "Sub Umbra Florero", but to me it is already heading down that route. By the end of the night tonight, I hope to have at least three leaves stitched down (cross your fingers that that actually happens). As for "Gallon Jug", I am just thankful that it requires a lot of cutting. My clinical teacher at my Middle School has been gracious enough to let me work on "Specimens" during lunch, but I do not think that my Elementary School teacher will be that kind. The pieces are large, I tend to make a mess, and she is in a trailer, so there isn't room for me and my expansive nature. At least with "Gallon Jug", I will be able to keep myself contained.
On another note, my Senior Show review is tomorrow! Ah! What happened to the past two weeks? Wish me luck!
Well, I didn't get much artwork done today because my parents came to visit, but I did design two potential postcards for my show (and I got my box for "Specimens"). Which do you like better?
I chose to feature two very different designs: one more organic and one more architectural. My show will run April 10-16 2011 at the Greenville Museum of Art 802 Evans Street, Greenville, NC 27834. The opening reception will be from 1:30-4 p.m. on April 10th. Come out and bring a friend!
First, let me say that crocheting is really addicting.
Second, this is a general progress report. There are three days left until my senior show review and I am in over drive. I have about ten pieces of coral finished: a little less than half of my total pieces. My box is being delivered tomorrow (I had my father build it since I loathe working with power tools) and instead of painting it white (my original plan) I think I want to simply stain it a really dark color. The piece will not be finished by Monday, but enough of it will be complete for the textiles professors to get the idea. "Canopy" is still just a background laying on my living room floor, but I have all the fabric I will need dyed and a drawing waiting to be translated into fabric. That piece will also not be done by Monday, and honestly I don't know if I will get any work done on it this weekend. Lastly, I decided to take a piece I had started last semester out of my drawer and re-evaluate it. I really like the concept. I was using coffee from Belize and the bag that it came in to create a abstract piece with repeating quadrilateral elements. It was immediately evident to me that it did not look at all like I wanted it too. So, you guessed it, I am starting over. I am hoping to at least get the fabric I want to use dyed for that piece by my review.
I have one month til my show goes up. Three projects to complete in that month. And right now, the prospect of getting them all done in that time frame is looking pretty impossible.
I learned how to do something new today. It is something that I have been wanting to learn for a while: crochet! I am so excited! My clinical teacher is teaching her 8th grade how to crochet granny squares and I sat in on the lesson. Now that I know the basics, I want to expound upon my knowledge and use it for a future project. Know, I want to learn how to knit. Here are some inspirational artworks that use crochet.