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In 2009, I will create 365 pieces of art. Some days might see the creation of several pieces. Some pieces might be more complex and require the dedication of several days' work. Some days might be too busy or too short or too anything to accomplish art. But that's okay. Because I will have 365 pieces of art created by me by December 31st of this year.
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Jan. 12th, 2009 @ 12:34 am #005 || Dottie
Current Location: Atlanta, GA
Current Music: The Big Bang Theory Theme || Barenaked Ladies
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title: Dottie
materials: oil pastel, white hotel paper
date: 01.09.09

After moving back to my ATL apartment sans TV, I quickly blasted through the entire first season on The Big Bang Theory followed by the third season of The Facts of Life. It was while watching the latter that I just started doodling with my pastels, until suddenly I had covered the whole paper. The episode I was watching when I finished was Tootie-centric, thus my Dottie.
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converse, everyday art
Jan. 5th, 2009 @ 12:21 am #004 || 1234
Current Location: Knoxville, TN
Current Music: Hell Yes || Beck
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title: 1234
materials: oil pastel, cream paper, hairspray
date: 01.04.09

After "Baby Liberachi," I needed to cleanse my hand and my mind. I put on the Sesame Street version of Feist's "1234" and just let it go.
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converse, everyday art
Jan. 5th, 2009 @ 12:13 am #003 || Baby Liberachi
Current Location: Knoxville, TN
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: Sentimental Heart || She & Him
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title: Baby Liberachi
materials: oil pastel, cream paper, hairspray
date: 01.04.09

To make an incredibly long and dramatic story short, my teenage sister's ex-boyfriend (who may or may not be gay), created an epic real-life wankfest out of the end of their relationship. While high, he accused her of being an "immature psycho bitch" and told her that her church youth group needed her to leave. She let most of what he said roll off her back, capping it off with, "let me know if you need help coming out!" This is my tribute to watching this explosion from the sidelines and surviving. If anyone tries to use religion as a petty excuse to hurt my sister again, I will kill them. Kill them.
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back door policy, hippies
Jan. 1st, 2009 @ 09:03 pm #002 || Damask De-masked
Current Location: Knoxville, TN
Current Music: Breakable || Ingrid Michaelson
Damask De-masked


title: Damask De-masked
materials oil pastel, cream paper, hairspray
date: 01.01.09

I have this romantic notion that once I move into a new apartment after my college graduation in May, my bedroom will be decorated around the idea of Damask. I hope to paint part of it by hand, so I might as well start my interpretations now.
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art is art, graffiti
Jan. 1st, 2009 @ 08:56 pm #001 || 2009
Current Location: Knoxville, TN
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Eleanor Rigby || The Beatles
2009


title: 2009
materials: oil pastel, cream paper, hairspray
date: 01.01.09

As the year changed, my father quipped, "2008 can suck my ass. This way in, 2009!" I find that I tend to agree. This is my hope that 2009 will be everything that 2008 was supposed to be, but wasn't. This year will bring change, growth, and improvement for me, and I am nothing if not optimistic about this immediate future.
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converse, everyday art
Jan. 1st, 2009 @ 08:24 pm Becoming Artsy Fartsy in 2009
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
Current Music: Like a Rolling Stone || Bob Dylan
In 2008, I read 50 books in one year. It had taken me four years of trying to accomplish what I had once through impossible.

At this juncture in my life, I am exploring forms of therapy that go beyond leather couches and balding men hiding behind twenty-year-old frames. While I was in high school, writing was a great comfort to me, but it no longer provides the outlet that is necessary for me to deal with 2008 brought to me and my family. For the latter part of last year, reading became my therapy, and hiding in books became a necessary luxury. I have always been an avid reader and probably always will be, but my mind has also always craved variety.

I cannot draw. I have never been capable of taking pen, pencil, crayon, paint, or any other creative utensil in hand and create something worth looking at. I barely passed my college "Design for the Stage" class, and afterward I swore to myself that I would never again put my hand, brain, and self through such punishment. But if there's one thing I've learned in the past few years of my life, one should never say "never."

In 2009, I will create 365 pieces of art. Some days might see the creation of several pieces. Some pieces might be more complex and require the dedication of several days' work. Some days might be too busy or too short or too anything to accomplish art. But that's okay. Because I will have 365 pieces of art created by me by December 31st of this year. I am not this type of artist, but I am going to try to become one. Not a great one, probably, but, like I said, I can't draw. This is about quality in the traditional sense. This is me, art therapy, and a promise to myself that I aim to keep.

As I create these works of art, I will be posting them in this journal to log my progress. I will attempt to use a variety of materials, techniques, subjects, and inspirations. Who knows? I may just learn how to draw.
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back door policy, hippies