After being inspired by Anna‘s posts and Bella Dia‘s, I thought I’d give the Encyclopedia of Me a go. By the time I get to Z, you may be saying enough already, but you’ll know more about me. And hey, I might even learn a thing or two about myself.
Art: Art has always been a huge part of my life. Growing up my parents took me to the museum, and I have a strong recollection of standing before Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party and being completely blown away. I loved art in high school and was one of four people who actually took Art IV in my senior year. That was a fun class, since there were only four of us. I was a member of the Art Club too. When I went off to college, I started as a dual Archaeology/Anthropology major (two more A’s for this meme, mind you), then I dropped the Archaeology and just majored in Anthropology for awhile. After a whole lotta stuff happened, that put my life on a different course, I fell back and reassessed. I moved to an Art History major. Although I loved my studio art classes (painting, drawing, ceramics, etching, etc.), I didn’t want to plan a career around it. So, after having taken my first Survey of Art History classes, and loving them, I made the move to Art History. In case you haven’t already guessed, I was in school a long time – mainly because I loved it. For a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History, I was required to take a selection of different genres in art. For example, I could choose between taking 17th, 18th or 19th century art history – I took all three. I could choose between Greek and Roman or Medieval, I took both. I couldn’t fathom having to pick only small portions out of the whole of history, so I went on art overload. I minored in Anthropology though, and my intention upon graduating was to go into restoration and conservation. Reality set in after graduation, and I needed A Job, so I never ended up going back to school. My thoughts about what I’d like to be when I grow up have changed, but art is still a huge passion of mine. I am a member of one of the local museums, and as you know I also attend their book club, Artful Readings. I can’t think of a time when art has not been a part of my life. I do paint and draw on occasion still, and I do hope one day to go back to school for my art-related “big idea” of what I want to do with my life.
Here are a couple of pieces I’ve done. The first is an etching and it is called “Shiva”.
This next one was my first and only time doing watercolor, called “Strength”. It is a companion piece to a poem I wrote, but you’ll have to wait for “P” for that discussion. It’s about the size of a post card.
Anyway, that’s all for me today. I’m feeling really under the weather, and also having a lot of anxiety that I’ve done something to upset a friend. Here’s hoping the weekend eases both of these.
I am grateful for my art.