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This observation is an excerpt going in my observation journal.

Everyday when I sit in the student center I see many different people walk by, sit down, interact with friends etc. But what really sticks out to me are the people who are constantly alone, they sit at the couches and quietly work or read their assignments, they are polite to other students, sometimes engage in small conversation with the people around them, but they mainly keep to themselves. I tend to feel sorry for these people because I have no idea if they have friends because I always see them alone. I hope that they do have friends and that I just don’t see them when said people are alone in the student center. I hate knowing that there are lonely people out there, I myself don’t like being completely alone. Being isolated from friendships causes self-esteem problems, trust issues etc. and I don’t want that for myself or other people. I can only hope that these people I think are alone are not really alone.

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Tonight I started #5 of 6 paintings, the 4th painting just needs the bottom painted, but I need to wait until the whole front of the painting is completely dry in a couple of days.

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Last night as I was painting the newest Marie Antoinette I had my awesome friend Gaby critique one of my paintings “They Killed Her and Your Killing Me” as I busily painted the new painting. I had her write down her critique because I was not sure if I would remember everything she was going to say and I needed to post something that would not sound jumbled from my memory.

“I really enjoy the area of displacement/decapitation and the eye contact in the painting makes with the viewer quite strong. I would get rid of the outlines around the hands, chin etc. I think this would make this piece stronger.” -Gaby

I just realized how long her critique looked on paper and how short it is typed out.

This picture below is the beginning of the new painting, and there is a double chin that needs to be painted out because for some reason I decided to give myself one sub-consciously???

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These events left a profound impact on me in my childhood as I witnessed them on television and how they affected the people around me and myself, and shaped me into the person I am today.

I couldn’t find the exact clip I saw on TV, but you get the idea.

I was captivated by this performance, still am.

This news changed me more than anything in my life. At the time I didn’t know that it was going to affect me the way it did, but I guess you could say this was the person I would soon find myself having a large amount of empathy for. It was not just about the sadness I felt while watching this as a child, but the fact that it was going to become more relevant to me than I could have ever imagined as a three year old.

(The discovery of Weezer and their video for Buddy Holly was actually from the installation disk from Windows 95 to promote the new video for the band in 1994 when we got our first computer, I loved watching Happy Day’s and my parents rushed me over to the new computer to watch this video.)

Courtney, yes. What more can I say.

I was obsessed with Gwen Stefani’s bindi’s and also the black patent leather shoes and fishnets she wore at the 1997 Billboard Awards.

My parents forced me to watch many movies with them that gave me many fears, Psycho scared me so much I took baths until the second grade when I realized taking showers was a big kid thing and if I wanted to be cool I had to brave it out and take a shower. I seriously thought someone was going to come in and stab me.

Thanks Mom and Dad for the awful visual images that I always remember because of this film. This scene is the one that scared the little toddler butt off of mine!

Out of every scary movie my parents had me watch this one was by far the most horrible. I had nightmares every year after seeing this film in December, I would wake up in a panic and I would scream for my mom and run to her room. Finally sometime in the 4th grade I had a dream where Chucky and I made a truce and became friends and never had another nightmare about him again.

I was a huge Spice Girls fan as a kid (still am) my Mom video taped this for me when it was aired on TV.

This is also not an exact video of what I saw on TV, but there were many news casts about Geri leaving the Spice Girls. I always said she would rejoin them, and I was right.

I remember everyone including myself being sad when this news came about. I felt so bad for her sons that I drew them a picture and wrote them a sympathy letter and asked my mom to send it to them.

I watched this whole scandal unfold everyday on TV before and after school. Kind of hard to forget. But I still think Clinton was a fantastic president despite his personal mistakes.

I could go on forever with videos, but you can see how pop-culture has influenced me and why my art revolves around it.

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Note: This was an unpublished post from a couple of weeks ago.

Self explanatory… some of you might be able to handle this and some may not, its all a matter of being open and personal preference.

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So here are some process photos of my latest self-portrait/Marie Antoinette painting.

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I thought it would be fun to post some pop-culture appropriation of Marie Antoinette.

 

 

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Yes, they are here, and it took me till 1:30am last night to finish them. Still deciding on which ones will get the iridescent watercolor medium.

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