Continuing my organizational mission in my studio, I found some charcoal sketches from a portraiture class I had enrolled in 10 years ago at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts — WOW, has it really been that long?! At the time, I wasn’t really sure if I would be any good at drawing faces, but I wanted to give it a try. As it turned out, I really loved this subject, and I realized that pencil sketching each day would open me up to clearer observations of the details and sharpen my skills little by little. So now that I am gearing up for my Drawing class that begins in the Fall, I thought I would post a few of my favorites. I decided to add a few of the smaller sketches that were a part of my daily practice routine, as well. This is a conscious reminder that I need to get that drawing pad out again for my down times… Did I really write that? I am a mother of 4, there are no downtimes!!! So in Momspeak, that is to say that I need to carve some time into my quiet hours ~ which equates to the time that the children are in bed sleeping, and when I probably should be doing the same. But who has time for sleep when there are creative conquests on the horizon! These are the moments when you recognize that you are doing what you were created to do. You are recharged with a second wind of passion that drives you into the wee hours of invigorating process until you reluctantly surrender to your pillow. With a breath of fresh morning light your workscape beckons to you… ahh yes, THIS is my Fitztopia…
Project #1 Objective: Create a blog to share things you are learning and researching that relate to visual art (film, animation, graphic design, painting, photography, etc.). The goal of this assignment is to gain an understanding of the internet and web design.
Here I am, winding down at the end of the summer semester. My Project 1 parameters have almost been met, and the whole exercise has become somewhat addictive. This blog has been a great tool for keeping track of research that I make mental note of along the way and sharing my progress as a student. But admittedly, I find myself getting more excited about the traffic to the site by the day. It started out with my online classmates, then trickled to family and friends… until international flags started lighting up on the Stats map! Then my whole family was hooked, from which stemmed the realization, “We must conquer the world!” (in your best Dr. Evil voice)
While I am fairly certain where the Canadian hits originated (…a shout out to my cousin, Sandra, & sister-in-law, Tanya! Thanks for being the first to bridge the international gateway! 🙂 …), I’m not sure what drew visitors from the UK, Brazil & Germany. Regardless of the reason, my son has now determined that we must gain recognition in Madagascar. You can imagine where the interest was born. Here is a hint:
Polka-dot, Polka-dot, Polka-dot… MOVE IT!!!
Yeah, what can I say, we love the movies. Anyway, I can see the value in continuing to ‘journal’ about this academic road I travel. This will help me to maintain focus, to keep trudging toward my goals – my ultimate “Fitztopia” – and with hope in my heart, may even inspire a few other moms to open their minds to their own possibilities. So with my bright pink Jansport on my back, and a constant stream of java in my cup, I am unstoppable…