This year

Hello again! So for my final post of the day, I am going to end on a happy note. A memory, and a good one, can be such inspiration for creativity. For me, that memory is one that I will cherish for a lifetime.

If you know me, you know that I am all about my children. Well, this memory is no exception. My boy, who turns 5 tomorrow, is normally a cautious child who has the biggest heart. He can be shy at times, but is such a free spirit. He had his very first Christmas program at the Opera House here in Minden, Ne. As I watched my little one walk up on the stage with all of his preschool friends, I wondered if he would freeze up or be loud and proud. Turns out, I have a dancer on my hands! As all of the other kids sang and barely moved about the moves they had been practicing, my boy was busting a move. And when I say dancing, I don’t mean thrashing wildly and running about, but actually dancing away with the music. All by himself. After the concert, his teacher came up and said she just loved his personality and that the other kids were supposed to dance as well, but only he did.

She also mentioned to me that she loves his taste in music, as she has him sing his 4 year old rendition of Adele’s “Hello” at least once a week in class. Being a terribly shy child myself, I was more than thrilled to hear I did not pass that trait on to him! He still loves to sing and dance, but I will always remember him dancing away as a 4 year old boy. He may hate it when he is older, but it is one of my favorite videos to watch. f only we could all be so carefree and innocent.

What I stand for

In just about every person’s life, there will come a time when you find yourself on a soapbox, or maybe even going toe to toe with someone over a cause. For me, that cause is childhood cancer research. You see, it is something I have always been passionate about but even more so now that I have been personally touched by it. One of my very best friend’s 9 year old boy is now in remission from a very rare, very deadly form of cancer. He is tough and this disease never got him down.  Also, my cousin, a 10 year old, is fighting leukemia for the second time (originally being diagnosed when he was 5). He has been fighting this horrible disease for half of his life. He is currently being treated and is expected to go back into remission. Thankfully, both boys have had excellent teams who have tried all kinds of methods to treat them.

This brings me to my stance. Did you know that of all federal funding for cancer, only 4 percent goes to the research for childhood cancer? That less than 10 new treatments have been developed to treat children with cancer since the 80s? An that many times, the treatment used to treat these kids is the same treatment used on adults? (Sometimes even the same treatment used on adults years ago!) Often times, when a new medicine is discovered that will help treat children with cancer, it will help adults. SO, naturally, the money for funding this medication goes to adult cancer research…tell me how that makes any sense? It doesn’t.

Now, I am not one to call out “Big Pharma” all the time, but when it comes to cancer treatment, sickness equals profit to them. I was told by my friend that, on average, each stay in the hospital for their son has cost $40,000. $40,000!!! He, like most kids going through treatment, was in and out of the hospital for the past year. This also goes into research. Many pharmaceutical companies will help fund cancer research for adults, but not children as it is not as profitable for them. Its a sad reality.

My point to this post is to hopefully bring awareness to this issue. If anything, shed a little light on the issue so that you may tell ten people who tell ten people and eventually enough people are on board that something is done to help raise that percentage.

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My Inspirations

So every artist has a muse, and most use other artists work as an inspiration for their own. So, here are three of my favorites!

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The first artist is Albrecht Durer. This piece is titled “Melencolia i” He has always been an inspiration for me. With his intricate work and hidden symbolism, it’s easy to see why. Albrecht makes prints come to life with his attention to even the tinniest detail. I tend to fall into the realism category, and I think this has something to do with why his work calls to me.

the swingThis painting, titled “The Swing”, is by Jean Honore. I love this artist’s use of color. This piece is from the Rococo period, which is (so far) my favorite when it comes to artwork. They really utilized color and light to create a rich, meed setting image.

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If you can’t already tell, I love moody, richly colored pieces. This painting, “Romantic Landscape with Ruined tower” by the artist Thomas Cole shows that we can successfully create depth by using color scheme and value. I love the sky and how it looks like a storm has just cleared up with the sun shining through the clouds.

Well, there are so many more to list, but these were the first images to come to mind!

Pieces by yours truly

So, for this post I am going to show you a little bit of what I do. I have posted below some of my favorite pieces to date.  hope you enjoy!

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This piece was actually done just after I graduated high school. Even though it’s a few years old (More than I care to admit!) it remains one of my favorites. I used pastels on the flowers and charcoal on the Fleur De Lis.

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This piece is actually in the kiln as we speak! I took this picture before it was fired, and have since added a glaze to the book cover and flowers as well. Once finished, the book itself will be a deep blue, and the ribbon will be a lighter shade of blue. It is a self portrait done in clay. The roses represent my two daughters, the pocket watch is set to the time my son was born, the A is for April (The month I was married), and the chess piece represents my husband.

Lastly, this anchor. I often challenge myself artistically using different mediums. For this piece, I used a technique called paper quilling. Each strip is only about 1/8″ wide and I use small tools to curl and shape them how I want. This piece contains at least 100 different strips of quilled shapes placed together to make the anchor shape. to secure them to the backing, I use glue. If you have a knack for tedious work and can sit for hours, this is the hobby for you!

I hope you have enjoyed my work!

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Hello.

Hi readers!

My name is Heather and I am an art enthusiast/student/mother. I wear many hats! I am a fun loving person and when I set my mind to something, I give it my all. Which brings me to my blog. I am writing this blog to record in writing (and a few pictures!) my work and experiences as a non-traditional student (first time freshman at 33 right here!) throughout my college career. Not only do I think this will be a fun way to look back at my struggles and accomplishments, but I am also hoping to showcase my work to future employers and possibly clients as well.

I have found myself as an artist, to lean to the realism side of things. However, since starting college I have found that I rather enjoy forcing myself to think more abstract with my work and I believe I have successfully created interesting work in doing so. I think that in order to be successful in one’s career field, you must have an all-encompassing understanding of what it offers.

I hope you enjoy my posts, and maybe learn something along the way!