Note: Sometimes the things I include in these posts directly influence something I’m working on; other times I include things that just inspire and motivate me to continue making work.
1. Flower parade featuring floats inspired by Vincent van Gogh in the Netherlands
2. This heartbeat gif
“Envy will eat you alive; cynicism will eat your work alive.”
3. Jerry Saltz’s tips for art students
4. Paintings by Guayasamín
5. Exhibition: Queen by Molly Zuckerman-Hartung and Dana DeGiulio
6. This sewing gif
7. Poetry Readings
“One of the hardest things about being chronically ill is that most people find what you’re going through incomprehensible—if they believe you are going through it. In your loneliness, your preoccupation with an enduring new reality, you want to be understood in a way that you can’t be. “Pain is always new to the sufferer, but loses its originality for those around him,” the nineteenth-century French writer Alphonse Daudet observes in his account of living with syphilis, “In the Land of Pain.” “Everyone will get used to it except me.””
8. New Yorker article: What’s Wrong with Me? by Meghan O’Rourke
9. Videos of the old masters at work
10. Vintage NASA Posters
11. Isabelle Arsenault and her illustrations for Jane, the Fox, and Me
“I’m not a celebrity, I’m a worker. I’ve always worked. I was working before people read anything about me, and the day they stopped reading about me, I was doing even more work. And the idea that if you’re a mother, you’re not doing anything—it’s the hardest job there is, being a mother or father requires great sacrifice, discipline, selflessness, and to think that we weren’t doing anything while we were raising a son or daughter is appalling. It makes me understand why some human beings question their worth if they’re not making a huge amount of money or aren’t famous, and that’s not right.”
12. Interview with Patti Smith by Alan Light
1. Poetry by Sandra Stone (Cocktails with Brueghel at the Museum Cafe)
I have some exciting news! But first, some background info. Many of you may have been around for at least one of the many times I’ve mentioned Diabetes Art Day. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, Diabetes Art Day was created by art therapist and diabetes blogger Lee Ann Thill three years ago. I was a sophomore in college at the time, and I heard about the event from my sister Sysy who is also a diabetes blogger. On Diabetes Art Day, people of all ages and skill levels can submit artwork about diabetes to an online gallery for anyone to view. I participated, and my sister also shared my work on her blog. The response was awesome! I had hardly ever made artwork about diabetes, but after participating in the first Diabetes Art Day, I sort of felt a calling to do it. It has quickly evolved into an effort to raise awareness and now I have a fairly large body of work that illustrates my life with diabetes.
Anyway, onto the exciting news! Earlier this year, Lee Ann mentioned on Facebook that the magazine Diabetic Living was going to do a story on Diabetes Art Day and they needed past participants to send in images of their work for the article. My painting from the first Diabetes Art Day was one of the pieces chosen to be featured in the article. I was contacted and interviewed via email by the author, Martha Miller Johnson in early June.
The Winter 2013 edition of the magazine just hit the stands and I’m happy to share part of the article with you :]
A huge thank you to writer, Martha Johnson, and to Lee Ann for creating this awesome event! Here is a link to Lee Ann’s blog: The Butter Compartment. The next Diabetes Art Day takes place on February 3, 2014 :]
If you’ve been keeping up with my posts recently, you know that I got a teaching license this year and I’ve been looking for a job as an art teacher. I didn’t find a full time teaching position over the summer, so I’ve been keeping myself occupied while I patiently waited for a job opportunity. It’s actually worked out pretty well! Two Mondays ago, I got a call from the coordinator of art for Roanoke County Public Schools. There was an opening for an after school gifted art teacher and he wanted me to come in for an interview! It was very unexpected so I was super excited but also extremely nervous. I agreed to come in the next day.
The interview went really well and I was offered the job unofficially (I still had to do a background check before it could be official). I actually started working the next day! It was very bizarre going from being unemployed to interviewing and working in just two days, but it’s a good bizarre :] This is a part time position, so I’ll be teaching once a week on Thursdays for 12 weeks. I currently have three students, which is a real treat because I’m able to spend one-on-one time with them. I’m really grateful for this opportunity and I’m excited to see what my little artists create! As always, thanks for reading :]
Hey guys! I was recently interviewed by Catherine Price for the website The DX (The Diabetes Experience) about using my diabetes as a subject for my artwork. Check it out here!