Inktober!

It’s almost Halloween!! YAAAY! While waiting for the fabulous day to arrive I’ve been doing an artists’ challenge called Inktober. It’s exactly what you’d expect: one ink drawing a day for the month of October! It’s harder than I expected because drawing with sharpies or ink or markers really forces you to be confident in your mark making, even if its just a doodle like most of mine are. Here’s mine up until yesterday, the 7th! (A quick warning, many of them are How to Train Your Dragon themed towards the end… it was the campus film this past weekend and it just reawakened by obsession)

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More Poetry

Time for another poem! This time the assignment was to write about a significant person. See if you can guess what “person” I chose! (;

At Four Years Old I Found a Friend

When I let myself in

from [the] cold [light]

[of] 3am stars

with an empty chest

and a doubting mind,

[your] reassurance

is silent and warm

and your tolerance

for my heavy forehead

against yours

is admirable.

Your unspoken

intelligence

and steady [memory]

almost make me glad

you can’t repeat

what I tell you.

I can’t imagine

what you’d say if

you [could] speak,

but it’s lucky for me

that you’re an

unmatched listener

with a bed time

as late as mine.

I [never] thought

that in the [fade] of winter

I’d miss finding

dog hair

on all my clothes.

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More Printmaking

This week I had my first critique for the first big print project in my relief and intaglio class. The theme was the broad idea of “every day,” so I went a little more abstract and chose to design a print that featured not necessarily something I use every day, but something I think about. Since I’m from southern California, I associate home with the beach, so I used that as starting inspiration for my print. Here’s some pictures of my process!

My preliminary thumbnail sketch

My preliminary thumbnail sketch

Transferred the HUGE piece of linoleum, started carving!

Transferred the HUGE piece of linoleum, started carving!

Done carving, inking now!

Done carving, inking now!

All inked!

All inked!

My final 26.5x15 inch print!

My final 26.5×15 inch print!

I’m pretty happy with how this turned out, though it was certainly a challenge working at such a large size. This print, along with all the others in my class, will be put on display in the library this week!

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memory poem

As Maddie mentioned before, we are both in beginning poetry this semester. I just put together a “memory” poem about my trip 8 years ago to Ireland, a very important trip for my mom and I. Even though you wouldn’t guess it, my family’s Irish heritage is very important to us, including my dad, who could have some Irish background, but we’re not sure. Anyway, long story short, here’s my (FIRST) draft of this poem:

Céad Míle Fáilte (A Hundred Thousand Welcomes):

A Love Letter to Ireland

There are no pictures to help remember,

But maybe that’s best.

Every once in a while

A smell with tickle my nose

And it takes me back to the nice Manor

With scented toilet paper.

 

My memory is a scrap book

Of when we visited the land

Where our ancestors walked for centuries.

 

The old men looked like dolls,

Sitting in pubs, speaking Gaelic,

Hair white and cheeks pink.

Butterflies fill my stomach as

I think of listening to British pop

While looking at grey rocks and skies.

 

Driving past green hills dotted with sheep

And casual 500 year old castles

Standing like abandoned barns in the country.

 

The most meaningful part was probably

When I laid down on the old castle bricks

And trusted an old man to support me

As I pulled myself towards the ancient stone,

Hanging upside down as I kissed Blarney

And received the gift of gab.

 

Nowhere compares to Eire

The Emerald of the world

Erin go bragh

 

There you go! Again, this a first draft!

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Farmer’s Market Fun

It’s the weekend, hooray! And Saturday means the Proctor Farmer’s Market is on. My friend Lindsey and I took a trip to see all the people and pretty produce lining the streets.

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So many people!!

So many people!!

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Me ft. dahlias

Me ft. dahlias

On the way home, we popped by Starbucks and had some tea and caught up. It was a really good Saturday!

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Plus, my suite has some awesome flowers that really brighten up studying. (Just ask my suitemates Eden and Kabir)

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KITTEN PARTY

Title says it all. My friend got a cat. She brought her to visit campus on a little leash. She was wearing a little sweater. Her name is Dinah. We had a kitten party.

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My buddy John with Dinah!

My buddy John with Dinah!

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Poetry!

This semester Olivia and I are in the same poetry class, so we thought we might post some of the poems we’ve been working on in class. Here’s one of the first ones I wrote for an assignment called the “narrative/place” poem. It’s based off my multiple trips to June Lake with my parents every summer. Still a work in progress!

June

Through the sage brush

and wildflowers,

along the softly

speaking

stream,

past the trembling aspens

of a thousand carved out names,

lies a place out of a dream.

Where tiny hooves

line dusty paths,

and the air is crisp

and

thin,

over beds of fallen needles

is where summer oft begin.

Where green reeds sway

on silver shores,

and gulls chatter from

the

sky,

the trees sprout hooks and sinkers

that taunt the passers-by.

It’s here among

the quiet pines,

where jays stretch their wings

and

land,

that love, laughter, and lessons,

start with fishing rod in hand.

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Old Tacoma with an old friend

One of my best friends since my freshman year, Michael Mulay ’15, and I spent this last Sunday exploring Old Tacoma. Since I’m always the one behind the camera, I wanted to take series of photos with Michael backed by some interesting spots around town. I only snapped a couple pictures, but I like how they turned out so I might take a few more on another excursion!

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Senior Year!!!

It’s been a while since I have written a post, but that’s because I used this summer to prepare myself emotionally and mentally for my SENIOR YEAR OF COLLEGE! It is strange being back at school knowing that in 8 months I’ll be walking across a stage and accepting a diploma.

I was welcomed home with new pets:

My roommates rats, Mulder and Scully (I don't know which is which...)

My roommates rats, Mulder and Scully (I don’t know which is which…)

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I was also welcomed back by a very ecstatic Louis the rabbit:

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It’s been nice being back and seeing the Sound:

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The waterfront

The waterfront

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Starting senior year has been a struggle, with advanced classes and friends working on their theses. But it’s nice to have my friends from freshman year still by my side

TP floor 1 2011-2012 reuniting for a birthday

TP floor 1 2011-2012 reuniting for a birthday

My best friends and freshman year roommates: Riley, Allison, my freshman year roommate Lauren, and Cassidy

My best friends and freshman year roommates: Riley, Allison, my freshman year roommate Lauren, and Cassidy

Also, it’s great having all of my friends who were abroad back, including my freshman year roommate and best friend Lauren back!

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This year should be interesting and I can’t wait to keep you guys updated!

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Preliminary Prints

Getting back into the college-life groove means fun and friends, but also homework. Luckily for me, my homework is often doing what I love most: art! This semester I’m taking another printmaking class, this time in relief and intaglio.

Our first project was a little experiment with a material called “speedy cut”, which is sort of like a soft, porous rubber. (However, it smells like my father’s office back home, and since he’s a polymer chemist, I’m sure it’s something a little more fancy that just that!) I sketched a quick design and transferred it onto my little block with tracing paper and began cutting! Here’s some pictures of the process of my first linocut relief print!

My block and the first bit of cutting!

My block and the first bit of cutting!

The completely cut design--inking next!

The completely cut design–inking next!

Process shot of inking my block...

Process shot of inking my block…

...And the final, first print!

…And the final, first print!

With relief printing, you have to work in reverse. The area that you carve away is left white, while the remaining negative spaces are what collect and print ink, sort of like a stamp. You also have to be sure to mirror your image when you carve it so that when it prints, it comes out facing the direction you want. (This is especially important with text, but can lead to some pretty funny mishaps) I went on to print a few more since this was just a test on some cheap newsprint paper, but I was really happy with how it came out!

My printed image and my mirrored block!

My printed image and my mirrored block!

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