Showing posts from 2013

Harmless enough?

I was on Facebook classifieds this morning, when I saw someone in search of a Disney's Little Mermaid DVD. Another person replied that she had one, and would burn a copy of it for free. Then other people wanted her to burn a copy, offering to pay her to do it, and she was more than willing to burn copies for everyone. I didn't make myself very well liked when I replied that I didn't think she should be posting that she is willing to do something illegal, especially in a public forum. She stated that she was willing to burn copies for free, and that wasn't illegal. But according to Federal copyright laws, copying and distribution of copyright protected dvds is illegal, and you can be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. On the basest level here of reasons not to copy dvds, it isn't smart to announce you are willing to violate laws, even if it is a gesture of good will. Let's look a little deeper into why this isn't okay. One might think that a couple

Criticizing Art

As an artist, I believe one must be able to take and use criticism to improve their work. In class, I actually look forward to being critiqued, to find out what is off and needs work. I like improving. I would like to add that in my art, I am not seeking people's approval, not looking for a pat on the's nice, but not necessary.However, I have come to the conclusion that some people will never like my work. Some people will always be negative about it no matter what I do. They will always have something to say about it---not constructive criticism, just something to let me know that I missed the mark, that they are upset with it or disappointed that I didn't do a better job. They look for me to fail and when I do, it gives them satisfaction in knowing they were right about me all along. And yes, it does sting, especially when those people are ones that are supposed to love and support you.  I think some people may have personal issues that they are dealing wi

Deep Conversation from Art Class

When I taught art classes at a private school, this was a conversation among the children in my first grade class: Child 1: My mom has hairy armpits. Child 2: My mom shaves her armpits every morning. Child 3: My mom raises my arms and sniffs MY armpits. Child 4: My mom sniffs her own armpits.

Terri Axness: A Retrospective

This was my art review for my Composition for the Artist class in 2010 (I got an A!). Please check out her website to see the art I have described, and more: November's First Friday event in Baker City, Oregon, was an exciting event for local artists, but especially for Terri Axness, featured solo artist at Crossroads Art Center. Her show, Terri Axness—A Retrospective, was her first show as a Crossroads featured artist, and many of her fans have anticipated this show for a long time. This show displayed a large body of her work, mainly focusing on the beauty of eastern Oregon and rural living. On display were pieces of artwork she created in the past, as well as more current work and commissioned pieces on loan from private collections (Crossroads 5). Viewing her show made it easy to see how Terri's love for rural life has influenced her art and has made her successful. It seemed as though all of Baker City came out to view Terri's sh

Sculpted Skull

Here is a sculpture that I did for my sculpting class. The white one is the resin model I used in sculpting my skull on the right. I think it turned out pretty well, but unfortunately, after the assignment is over, the clay goes back in the bucket to be reused for the next week. But like the professors say, if I can make it once, I can make it again.