Art School: Semester 4, Week 11

Well, here we are again. Just the two of us. Staring back at the remains of the week.

I hope you had a good week. Mine wasn’t bad. It seems the most recent cold is almost gone, and there is now a light at the end of the tunnel that is the semester. And no, it’s not an oncoming train.

Tinkerbelle continues to do her thing, which is good.

All in all, I don’t have too much to complain about.

Wait, who am I kidding? I can find a zillion things to complain about it I try, but I won’t. Not for you. Not now.

So let’s review how the week went, shall we?

Professional Practice

The things remaining in this class for me:

  • turn in a self assessment about hanging the show
  • give a 13 minute talk (yes, really) about my art practice (this coming Tuesday)
  • attend the show opening (also this coming Tuesday)
  • attend everyone else’s artist talks (which continue for another class after I give my presentation)

That’s it. Done.


So this class is basically done. Review and correct the instructions, print them, then be useful. I can do that.

Aboriginal Carving

Now that I have that done — though it still needs a title — I can work on an additional project of my own design. How far that goes (and how well) remain to be seen, but I am basically done with all the required projects in here already. Amusingly, this class has been extended a week, I think, so I have an extra week to work on my supplemental project(s). That’s cool.


Here’s the current status as of a few days ago:

And here he is as of this afternoon:



All are nice works, and all very different, as I am sure you can tell.

I really like this one, though:

That’s by my friend Jessica, and she did a really nice job with it. I keep on saying how good it is to have a group that I am going through these classes with, and I mean it. When you are surrounded by people doing work like this, it pushes you hard. You have to put serious effort into things just to keep up.

Every time I stop and think “This is crazy, going back to school at my age! What am I doing?” I remember just how much fun I am having watching — and learning from — people like Jessica. Everyone should be so lucky as to be surrounded by fun people who are all doing their best. Perhaps that is cheesy and tacky, but it is definitely true.

And In Conclusion…

Sculptor/Artist. Former programmer. Former volunteer firefighter. Former fencer. Weirdest resume on the planet, I suspect.

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