Saturday, September 28, 2013

I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. I loafe and invite my soul, I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass. Walt Whitman, Song of Myself (excerpt) IMG_1927 IMG_1926 IMG_1917 IMG_1919 Wildflowers, grasses and silver snags along the Red Eagle Lake along St. Marys IMG_0638 View of Lake McDonald. IMG_0621 IMG_0565 IMG_0605 Flora and fungus wonders along the Trout Lake hike in West Glacier. IMG_2127 IMG_2187 IMG_2185 Spiders, wildflowers and bones on the Iceberg Lake trail. IMG_1611 IMG_1635 Lichen and a ladybug on a hike up Mount Oberlin, on Logan's Pass. IMG_0153 IMG_0201 Goat's Beard lichen and a gnome home, Snyder Creek Trail, West Glacier IMG_1183 IMG_1145 Bear grass and wildflowers, St. Mary's IMG_0655 IMG_0665 On the Avalanche Lake trail, West Glacier

Sunday, January 23, 2011

about me

This is me, last year, in my room, which was pretty fantastic before I stripped the walls bare on a whim.
Taken by the lovely Lauren Poor, photo-genius, amazing friend, and constant source of inspiration.

All my favorite photos of myself are ones she's taken.


This was on canal street... I was brandishing those toy swords and a person to my right remarked that I was a ninja- girl or something to that affect.
It's hard to see in these pictures, but under that hat is some bleached-up hair.  I was going for white.  It didn't work out, but I may give it a try again.
I'm not really bothered by this though... sometimes it's more satisfying to mess something up than to try and make it perfect.


Let's see.... me in a nutshell.  I'm an art student in Philadelphia. I'm interested in illustration, fashion, video art and animation.  My favorite mediums are guache, acrylic, and bic ballpoint pens.  I'm not completely sure what I hope to achieve with art, my life's ambition is really just to travel. Everywhere. I'm trying to learn roller derby and start a team at my school.  I'm an environmentalist, a feminist, and a democrat-- politics is very important to me.  I'm an atheist Quaker, of sorts.

I'm inspired by Henry Darger, Impressionists (Toulouse-Lautrec and Degas especially), E. E. Cummings, Sherman Alexie, and my favorite musician of all time is Elliott Smith. I also love Salem, Santigold, TV on the Radio, Diplo, Sufjan Stevens, LCD Soundsystem, Neutral Milk Hotel, Mumford and Sons, Beirut, and M.I.A. There's lot's I'm forgetting though.

Anyhooo off to do homework, I'm going to draw creepy baby dolls.

(I love being an art student.)

Saturday, January 1, 2011


I just finished Water For Elephants, which was pretty good. This picture is actually one I scanned in from an old Nat'l Geographic. Its from an editorial about Barnum and Bailey, circa 1915-1920 er sumthin

Here's my new years resolutions:
- make lots of art. do lots of side projects. work harder at researching, constantly learning and finding inspiration from new sources.

- more adventures! don't hesitate to make time for new, fun experiences, always be planning good stuff. I'm already doing this, but I could do more.

- Actualize things. I want to stop living in my head so much.




2011 is going to be great. I have a good feeling.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Drawing

for my drawing class final project, I did a 7 by 5 foot drawing.
thats 36 square feet, for those of us who are bad at math.
I planned the composition for about a week-- researching artists, looking at different types of compositions, and making sketches.

I wanted to make a symmetrical composition that had elements of surrealism, hyper-realism, and illustration.  I drew inspiration from some of my favorite artists-- Henry Darger, Michelangelo, Frida Kahlo (master of the self portrait) and Klimt.

Then I got started!

I worked on it pretty consistently for a week-- I just totaled it up and it was about 40 hours, but that includes breaks. So probably about 35ish. I just really wanted to push myself and see what I could do.  I considered everything I'd heard in crit this semester.  I made sure that I didn't make the same mistakes in my drawing-- no outlines, no illustration. I tried to not stylize the figure by making sure to carefully measure the figure so it was in proportion.


I really like the color distortions here.

What else, what else....
basically, this drawing really kicked my ass. I gave it 500 percent, and I'm happy with the outcome.

I totally forgot to take a finished picture though.
That's coming soon.


 the eff?

this looks weird.... why can't I get gifs to work?

ah well.

Monday, December 6, 2010

computers, final project

So for my final project for computers, I wanted to experiment with animation-- and the easiest way of doing that was through gifs. I was inspired by BLU...

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

... to create something multimedia.  For all of my gifs, I used a combination of text, drawing, or found images.

The image in the gif at the top is from an old National Geographic I found in my old art class.  I sampled the drawing on top from a something I'd done in my journal a while ago.

I wanted to experiment with changing the meaning of an image, having a photograph tell a different story.

Below is a gif made with an image of a clown (also from the National Geographic) and an image of glitter I found online.  It didn't work when I tried (3 times) to upload it but I still think it looks sort of cool so Im keeping it on here... maybe Prof. Blinebury can show me what I did wrong?


I think I may actually like it better this way, all deconstructed and odd.

I also wanted to experiment with drawing directly into photographs, to get some variety within my compositions...


Below I created different layers of a Henry Darger piece, and put in a quote from the Realms of the Unreal. I LOVE Henry Darger. I have a book of his checked out from the library that's racking up some major late fees because I can't bring myself to return it....


(It has some weird pixelation happening on the edge/ the timing is off.  How do I keep that from happening?? However, although it's unintentional, I sort of love it)

aaaand the last one isn't uploading, sadly...
 I'm going to get this to work. Eventually.