Tag: fall

November + December Inspiration

“We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.” -Stephen King

1. My fall semester instructors/advisors/mentors: Gerry Bannan, Tim Nickodemus, and Pamela Sneed


2. Illustrations by Maira Kalman


3. Documentary: Jiro Dreams of Sushi


4. Cut paper art by Rogan Brown


5. The life and afterlife of Henrietta Lacks a.k.a. He-La


6. Book: Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth

“Guaranteeing to “get well” similarly reinforces the notion that health is a binary, with sickness on one side and wellness on the other. Is it? Doctors increasingly diagnose conditions pre-cancerous, pre-diabetic, pre-bad, and everyone’s health is constantly fluctuating, like one’s pulse or blood pressure.”

7. Article: The Pressure to Say You’re OK by Adam Baer

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8. Book: The Reality Shows by Karen Finley

Links: 1a/1b/1c/2/3/4/5/6/7/8


Fall 2015: Work

The past semester was a bit overwhelming–hence the lack of activity on here–but I’m so excited about the work I’m making. Here are some photos of the things I’ve been working on for the past few months. Next up: thesis!















The Gallery U | Fall 2015

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Last winter/spring, I did an online internship with The Gallery U, a web-based gallery founded by Marcie Browne. The gallery is full of inspiring work by talented college students from across the U.S. and I’m happy to be participating again this fall. Below are links to my posts from each week. We are currently finishing week 11 (time is flying!). Enjoy :)

Week 1: Self-Portrait
Week 2: Process (After Lucier)
Week 3: Color Studies (Cells)
Week 4: Untitled (Mechanical)
Week 5: Color Studies (Blobs/Blocks)
Week 6: Blind Portrait Series
Week 7: Color Study (Red Drop)
Week 8: Body
Week 9: Untitled (Spacey)
Week 10: Untitled (Hover)
Week 11: Self-Destruct


The Gallery U x The Alternative Gallery


I’m interning with The Gallery U again this semester, and we recently had the opportunity to submit work for our first live group show. Two of my pieces were selected and will be on display at The Alternative Gallery in Allentown, Pennsylvania until January. The opening is this Thursday October 29th from 6-10pm.

Click here to go to the Facebook event page.

12080113_10153342700815547_2284145706321033169_oFrom top to bottom: Wear and Inside/Outside


Fall Semester Work

Untitled (Oil and Water)

Last semester was intense. Along with working a couple part-time jobs and working on side projects, I took my first online MFA class and attempted to maintain a regular studio practice for school. Read more


Still Here


I’ve been absent for a couple weeks now and my excuse is just that I’ve been busy (this is a valid excuse, I promise). Anyway, things are wrapping up (no pun intended) as the holiday season quickly approaches, so I am finally finding time to return to the things I’ve had to place on the back burner recently.

Today I am finishing the first paper of my graduate school career (it has been no easy task, but it’s almost done!) Maybe I will post the finished paper in its entirety on the site later, or at least a link to it…but here is a peek:

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In the next two weeks I will teach my last museum classes and gifted art classes of the year. Here are some of the projects we have been or will be working on:


Literal art gouache paintings


Monochromatic paintings


Abstract sculptures inspired by Chihuly’s glass pieces

My goals for this month are to finish a commissioned painting, start a new personal project (which I’m really excited and will share details about soon), and relax! I have a lot more to do, but I’ll spare you the list. Hopefully I will be able to post on here more frequently again, but for now, here is some more evidence that I have been alive and well:







Medical Avatar Opening Reception

Ana and Virgil Wong

Last night, I attended the Medical Avatar opening reception with some of my family. There was a great turnout and I was able to meet and talk to Virgil Wong, the man behind the show and the company Medical Avatar. His own artwork was included in the show and he gave a great lecture discussing his process as well as his background and an overview of his work with medical avatars. It was fascinating to hear about this technology that we will probably become very familiar with in the near future.

Wong 1       Wong 2


I’ve been putting up images of these pieces for the past several weeks, but I never really explained the meaning behind them. The first piece in the series, In the Works, depicts the present me. There is a lot of potential in this piece. The pencil grid in the background indicates an ongoing process and a plan. My facial features were drawn or painted and covered up multiple times to represent how I’m still at a point where I can reverse damage that is caused by diabetes and lack of control.

In the Works

The next piece, In Repair, is me five years from now if I continue living with poor control of my diabetes. In this case, poor control can mean several things including poor diet, lack of exercise, neglect to administer insulin and check my bloodsugar levels, etc. This portrait illustrates a combination of symptoms from a variety of complications such as kidney damage and eye disease. Fatigue, weight-loss, burst blood vessels, and nausea are some of the symptoms I chose to depict. The circular shapes in the background are made from a sugar and paint mixture and symbolize a chaotic lifestyle. The peeling away of the paper indicates my approaching death.

In Repair

The last piece in the series, In Control, is me five years from now if I am proactive about my diabetes control. I wanted to make sure to show that even with good control, actually even with near perfect control, I can still suffer from complications. This is why I didn’t want to make the grid in the background too perfect and why I added tiny X’s around my body. The blue ring over my chest is the symbol for diabetes.

In Control

I’m really glad I was able to find time to create work for this show. It was a great experience! The show will be up through March 2015, so make sure to check it out if you are in the Roanoke area. Thanks for reading :]



Fall Home Show in Roanoke

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This past weekend, I exhibited some of my work at the 19th annual Fall Home Show in Roanoke, VA. The show took place on Saturday from 10-6PM and Sunday from 12-5PM. This was the first time I’ve ever done a show like this so it was definitely a learning experience.

home show work

There was a decent amount of visitors (the event wasn’t free) and several people took my business card, but I made no sales. I sort of expected this. My main goal was to get more people to see my work and my name and if I sold something then that was a bonus. It was also a chance for me to see how the non-artist community reacted to my work. Several people had nice things to say, and others not so much (no one said anything rude to my face, just loud enough to where I could hear them…).

home show (Ana)

Anyway, I’m happy that I got this opportunity to show my work in Roanoke and talk to new people. And if any of you happen to be reading this, thanks for coming out! :]


New Camera!


This past week, I was fortunate enough to get a new camera. I had been using a small Sony Cyber-shot digital camera for the past few years and I got tons of great pictures out of it, but it was time for an upgrade. I started doing some research on DSLR cameras and soon found one that seemed worth the investment. I wanted a camera that was user-friendly, but would also allow me to grow the more I used it. After reading lots of reviews and debating a little bit, I ultimately went with a Nikon d5200. I’m so happy with it! I just got it a few days ago so I’m still learning about all the features, but my boyfriend and I tested it out this weekend on the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and we were really impressed with the quality. It was a perfect day for taking pictures :]

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DSC_0297Thanks for reading! :]


Fall 2013 Update

Mmmmmm I love the fall. The smells, the sights, the feels…it’s all just so cozy and inspiring. I’m sure I’m not alone here, but I think I feel the most inspired during the fall season. It’s probably because I associate this season with the beginning of a new school year. No, I’m not in school anymore, but I was for the past…17 years? It’s pretty much wired into my subconscious now.


This fall, I’m definitely feeling inspired, but also very overwhelmed. I guess you could say I’m out in the “real world” now and I’m at a crossroads, trying to decide what I need/want to do at this point in my life. My brain is overflowing with ideas and prioritizing isn’t coming to me so easily right now. There’s no doubt that being an artist is risky. It’s hard to prepare for something unknown, you know? But more and more, I’m feeling the urge to take the risks. I’m writing a lot, reading a lot, and thinking a lot in an attempt to go into this with as much knowledge and confidence as I can. I’ve been more active in asking for help from others who know more than I do, and even the smallest bits of advice have been really eye opening and helpful.

I’ve learned a lot of things about myself since graduating from college. One thing I learned is that apparently I’m not ready to stop taking classes. I’m currently enrolled in about 11 online classes and I took two more over the summer. The majority are free classes offered by several different universities, which is so awesome because anyone with Internet access can take them. I will include the links at the end.

I only paid for two classes and neither one was overpriced in my opinion. I took the first one over the summer through Blue Ridge Community College. This 8-week class, taught by the knowledgeable Teri King, was all about starting your own arts and crafts business. It was filled with tons and tons of useful information that I’m still referring to now.


The second class I paid for is actually an e-course written by the owners of A Beautiful Mess. This class is about creating your dream job, and I haven’t read through all the content yet, but it seems very similar to the class I previously mentioned only more personal and with a sort of different perspective. I will share more of my thoughts on the e-course once I finish it.

dream job pichttp://redvelvetshop.myshopify.com/collections/e-course/products/dream-job-e-course

Although being unemployed is frustrating for sure, I have to look on the bright side and say that all this time to myself is super beneficial. I’m really thankful that I’m able to do this right now. Besides taking a million classes, I’ve also been creating more products for my Etsy shop, working on grad school applications (yes, I decided to apply—more on that soon!), and attempting to get a handle on the business aspects of my art (making it more legit).


Since not all my plans and ideas are fully developed/make a lot of sense, I’m keeping things kind of under wraps for now. I feel like I need to keep them somewhat to myself while I work out the kinks and all the confusing stuff. Don’t fret though, because like I said in my last post, I have lots of other content coming up to keep you occupied while I work on this other stuff :] Thanks for reading and have an awesome day!

P.S. Here are some links to click if you’re feeling the thirst to learn: