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Update on Leather Handbag Practice Project

My fingers are really sore from the hand sewing.  That was to be expected especially when using a thick material such as leather.  Despite the special three sided needle and poking holes with the awl like tool, it is still

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Posted in Art, Goals, Preparation

Delays and how to make good use of that time during waiting

So if you have been following my blog, then you may know about a project that I am doing for a friend.  You know, the Star Wars costume project.  Well, I just keep running into walls, and I think my

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Posted in Costume, Inspiration

Feeling Lost

I have been waiting for the refund for my online class.   I am actually afraid to complain because I am worried that I will not get my funds returned.   Logically, that would be highly unethical, but lately, people and organizations

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Posted in Art, Education, Goals, Online Study

Not what I expected….

It looks like my quest for the MFA degree that I had wanted may be coming to an end without a happy conclusion.   It’s weird how things can unravel within a 2 week period or less. I had been looking

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Posted in Art, Education, Goals, Online Study, Professionalism

The Straw that might Break the Artist’s Back

Color Theory is an important class for any artist to study and understand.  I don’t have a problem with being required to learn about Color Theory.  It’s just like being a composer and learning about music theory, it is an

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Posted in Art, Education, Online Study

More Freaking Out about School!

The Fall Semester has begun again at the Academy of Art University, and I am an online only student.  Not that I would not like to be in the pleasant company of fellow artists sharing and doing projects together, but

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Posted in Art, Education, Goals, Inspiration, Online Study

Three courses completed and still cheering

I have just finished my third online class with the Academy of Art University, and despite my woes about it being expensive, more difficult than a traditional art class, and missing the close interaction with instructors and students, I am

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Posted in Art, Education, Goals, Inspiration

To Smudge or Not to Smudge? – That is the Question.

To smudge or not to smudge?  That is the question when working with charcoal.  And if you were expecting some New Age Magic topic…  Well, sorry I am talking about charcoal renderings. Smudging, smearing, rubbing, smoothing, and blending… That’s what

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Posted in Art

When I work with Charcoal – I wear black

At first the thought of wearing black while working with charcoal,  may conjure up images of an emotional state of mind.  It is somber.  It is depressed.  It is full of resignation that I will have to endure something that

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Posted in Art, Education

Ode to Charcoal

Okay, the charcoal class is driving me nuts, but I don’t think I am the only one who thinks that charcoal is some kind of medium of  torture.  I have noticed other students in my online class mentioning that they

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Posted in Art, Poetry