5 Years!

Yesterday was Spencer's and my 5th wedding anniversary! It's amazing to think that we've been married for so long. At the same time, it feels like we've always been together. Probably because we almost always have. We've been friends for 12 years now, and we started dating 9 years ago. Nine! Spencer pointed out that another 5 years and we will have been together in our lives longer than we've been apart. What an amazing thought. We didn't have a lot of money to do anything extravagant this year (economy is still getting to us and all our extra money is going to my education) and my mom just had surgery again so we didn't really have a babysitter at our disposal. So last night we waited until Evie was asleep and then my mom (wonderful as she is) stood guard over the sleeping child (who graciously stayed asleep) while Spencer and I went out to dinner at Rodizio Grill. I put my diet on hold for an evening and just enjoyed the occasion. I had a passion fruit martini and gorged myself on grilled pineapple. I enjoyed making Spencer's gifts this year. He's always teasing me about getting on pinterest but he sure enjoyed getting presents inspired by pinterest projects! I made him one of those "52 Things I Love About You" things out of a deck of cards, and I made a chalkboard print that kind of chronicles the last 5 years of our lives. I framed it in white and it's going on our wall in the living room. The last five (9/12) years have been so amazing, I can't wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us!


The Learning Process

At the beginning of this year, I found myself extremely intimidated by the classes I have to take. I was looking at them not as greater opportunities for learning and growing as an artist, but as roadblocks: boundaries between me and what I really want most. These classes are required for all art students in the first year of the program no matter what your emphasis is, and they're designed to give you a VERY general overview of arts and art history.

I have never considered myself very good at drawing. I have always thought of there being this disconnect between my brain and my hand and what I see in my mind just doesn't come out on paper.

I assumed* that my 2D studio would be a year of show up, draw this, and you'd better be good at it. It never occurred to me that they might actually TEACH me to draw along the way.

My 3D studio intimidates me the most. I have almost no experience working in sculpture, and I will admit, fairly little interest in it. I have few ideas for things to build and even fewer ideas on how to build them. But I realized something the other day. I don't have to get through this whole year in one big block of time. Just one day at a time. And anyone can make it through three hours of playing with a hot glue gun.