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Thank goodness this video came to me today in the form of a facebook share by my older cousin, Lara Heist. I needed to hear this advice. I needed to know that not being satisfied with what is coming out of me is normal.
I needed to know it is most important to keep going.
The Predator or Prey show is finally over, and almost all of the paintings have been distributed to buyers. It was an incredible experience because A) it was a huge success in multiple ways, and B) I learned lessons the hard way and I'm stronger for it. The show was a success in a tangible way, in that I sold 6 of 9 paintings displayed. It was also a success on a more personal, intangible way because the turnout for opening night was better than I expected. Not only did a ton of my friends show up, but their parents, and my parents' friends also came. Everyone stayed the entire night and wanted explanations of all the work. The interest and excitement my show generated was overwhelming. A giant rubber duck even showed up that night.
Double click and zoom on the panoramic picture below to see Predator or Prey in full.
A few months ago I found a place called Tech Shop. In the two months I have been a member I have made stuff like I've never made stuff before. I'm doing the kind of for-me work I used to do in high school when I would have never considered myself a real artist. I am working alongside other makers who are working on truly incredible projects.
The best way I know how to explain Tech Shop to someone who has never been there is to have them imagine a community center. At a community center you become a member, and with membership you have access to their equipment and facility. Tech Shop is the same way, but instead of gaining access to fitness equipment and a pool I get access to a million dollars worth of professional equipment and software. Most importantly I get to interact with an entire community of people who are into the same things as I am. There's classes too! I belong here.
So far at Tech shop I have learned...
Last night was a usual Sunday night for me, aka a "catch up on all the painting I expected to get done over the weekend" type of night... Except last night, I invited the whole world into my studio to watch me work. Well technically, I invited 638 people (my facebook friend list) to watch, but anyone with an Internet connection was able to get a look. 44 people showed up in a span of 2 hours. I'd say that's a successful first shot. The overall reaction to last night's "event" was a positive one, but some people said they felt creepy watching me. I think if anyone should feel creepy, it should be the girl with a web cam in her studio, but that's just me. So, thanks to those who did watch, and if you missed last night's event, keep an eye out because the next broadcast I plan to do from Cancun, Mexico.
I've been wanting to find a nude model go-to for a while. In college I took all the free nudity for granted. We always had a model in class and it was easy to find a fellow art student who understood you weren't coming onto them when you said "want to get naked for me?" Obviously things are a lot different outside of school... not really a new concept this year. Anyway, I am really struggling with where to go to get a model and struggling a little bit with finding new inspiration so I employed a little technique I learned in therapy and journaled my thought process. The resulting flow chart basically says three things about me:
fig. 3.11 - a visual representation of my frustrations in finding a nude model
This is the greatest music video I've ever seen. It doesn't have anything to do with art specifically, but I felt like I had to share this with you guys. The message is clear...
I am now officially working at the Carnegie Museum of Art as a teacher's assistant.
I start April 13th.
To be affiliated with such an organization is an honor in itself.
In other news, remember this picture from November? The responses to the poll came in over the past few months and the consensus (something like 93%) said "don't change a thing." If you don't remember the poll, it was asking whether the salmon painting was done or not. Anyway, despite the overwhelming support, I ended up deciding the painting could use some improvements. The final image is below. Tadaaaaaaaa.
Victoria Jon is an artist living and working in Pittsburgh. She likes to paint, draw, and read your awesome comments and fan mail. Victoria is a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh.