Jared Scribbles

An awkward artist recording her progression in life.

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The Semester is Finally Over

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Wednesday was the last day of my classes for this semester. It went pretty well since all we had to do was turn in our portfolio in intaglio to be graded and collect our trade portfolio in which we made a print for everyone in the class including our teacher and the TA. Last week, we went to my relief teacher’s house to do our final critique and potluck. I ended up making a pi√Īata out of some test prints that I printed on newsprint for one of my 5 variable multiples that we needed to do for our final. We ended up hanging it outside and a few people were able to smack the crap out of it. I think we all had a good time. I wish I could post some pictures of it but I was only able to take some film photos and not digital since my phone was freaking out on me. Luckily my teacher did take some photos so here they are:

Lookin’ like a goofball.

Our relief class along with our teacher Sandra Fernandez and our TA.


I will be heading back home for a week but when I come back to Austin I will take photos of my prints and post them on here later. Bye for now!


Written by Monklin

May 11, 2013 at 12:49 am

Two Weeks

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Throughout this Spring semester I’ve been trying to get myself to post onto this blog but surprisingly I’ve spent most of my time at school trying to make tons of prints and such. I stupidly decided that it would be awesome to take four studio classes at the same time (three printmaking and one painting class) and it was the worst idea ever. (Also, I decided to do that again for NEXT semester, hooray!) I have about two more weeks until classes end and I’m racking my brain with projects and trying to catch up on deadlines. Most of my things are due this week and it’s killing me. I’m honestly scared that I’m not going to pass any of my classes but none of my teachers have told me I’m failing or anything.

I actually had a really bad individual critique the other day in intaglio and it really tore me apart. Apparently I don’t have enough work and it didn’t seem like I put too much effort into it. After that critique I went to the 4th floor deck and had a mental breakdown. If only my teacher knew how many hours I spent in the studio outside of class and how much more time I put into intaglio than I do to any of my other classes. I know I’m a lot better in relief but my heart is (or now was) in intaglio.

I’ll be posting some of my work soon from the fall semester and this current semester. Soon I will be starting to put my senior portfolio together. Which by the way, I got a scholarship! All I need to do is send my acceptance letter and I’m hopefully getting $1,200 to use towards said portfolio. And you know what that means? NEW PRINTMAKING TOOLS! ūüėÄ

Hopefully this summer I will be able to get some serious sketches going on for the coming fall semester. I want to have some more serious work and I really love what I’m doing. Printmaking is absolutely wonderful and I hope I can continue with it after I graduate in December (if all goes well).

Here’s hoping for a better tomorrow.

Written by Monklin

April 28, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Quick Thoughts on Art and Critiques

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One thing I’ve always loved about my art classes is critique days. Many people dread it but I honestly find it¬†invigorating even though sometimes there are some people who absolutely nothing good to say about your work. Sometimes it is even hard to even hear certain things because they may be true.

My artwork always tends to be personal because I know myself better than anyone, and when someone notices that and actually appreciates it, it really makes me feel good about myself even if some of the subject matter is about something negative. Most of my art teachers tell me that they like that my work is personal and not generic.

I believe that sometimes artwork shouldn’t have a message of some sort but should just appeal to your own self. When I make artwork about my life or even about my thoughts I feel like I’m allowing someone to see things through my own eyes. Sometimes people forget how others can¬†perceive¬†things differently and how different a person’s lifestyle is from their own.

I don’t know.. just some quick thoughts.

Note to self: write about Warped Tour, the Sketchbook Project, David Byrne & St. Vincent, and Motion City Soundtrack.

Written by Monklin

November 1, 2012 at 10:40 am

Photos From My Summer Vacation 2012

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Summer went as fast as it came. It was filled with a few terrible things but a lot of great memories. Luckily I was able to go out of town a few times with my family and capture some nice photographs since my goal for this summer was to use my camera more after it had been collecting dust in the closet. I would’ve posted some of these images earlier but I didn’t get around to sending my film to develop just until two weeks ago.

As a fair warning, this post is going to be a bit pic-heavy so don’t forget to click the link below the photo to see the rest of this post!

Gratuitous picture of my demon dog. Don’t let her cuteness fool you. She’s a monster!

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As of late, I’ve been trying to get myself out of the apartment and enjoy all the art and music events that are going on around Austin. Last week I went to the VAC’s opening, a few days ago I went to a lecture series by some art critiques, and today I went to the Blanton Museum’s SoundSpace event which was in celebration of John Cage’s 100th Birthday (even though I think his birthday is in September) in which they performed John Cage’s MUSICIRCUS. According to the program they gave us MUSICIRCUS was first performed in 1967 and it is “a cacophony of concurrent performances, determined by chance distribution.”

If you don’t know what chance music is, then I suggest that you read up on it as soon as possible. Honestly, it’s pretty self-explanatory, but just in case you don’t have time to read or have no idea what I am talking about, here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

Aleatoric¬†music¬†(also¬†aleatory music¬†or¬†chance music; from the¬†Latin¬†word¬†alea, meaning “dice“) is¬†music¬†in which some¬†element of the composition¬†is left to¬†chance, and/or some primary element of a composed work’s realization is left to the determination of its performer(s). The term is most often associated with procedures in which the chance element involves a relatively limited number of possibilities.”¬†

John Cage¬†was a¬†music theorist, writer, philosopher, artist, and one of the most¬†influential¬†American composers of the 20th century. He was known for his experimental music and for his creation of the prepared piano (and of course several other things). One of his most famous and most¬†controversial¬†pieces was entitled 4’33” (pronounced “four minutes, thirty-three seconds”). Since there is no video of him performing this piece, here is someone else playing it.

A good piece that you can see John Cage perform in is in his performance of Water Walk which was aired on television back in the day.

John Cage was such a strange individual and many people don’t understand why he was and still is such an¬†influential¬†composer. I think it just takes a very open mind in order to enjoy his pieces. In all honesty, I enjoy listening to his stuff on occasion and absolutely enjoy reading about him and his work. I’m pretty sure John Cage would be my perfect match.

I wanted to record some video of today’s performances but my camera on my phone was acting funny so I was only able to take some pictures. But here’s a video of someone else, just to show which piece opened and closed today’s performance. It’s entitled Suite for Toy Piano, by John Cage.

Anyways, here are some photos from the event:

At this point of the performance they started talking about moustaches and this guy (above) put on a fake moustache. After that, they all began chanting “moustache.”

Also, here’s one of my favorite art pieces at the Blanton.

Honestly, it was such an entertaining event, I wish they would do this again.

Austin, you’re weird, but I like you that way.


Architects of Art: Mirazozo Luminarium

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Earlier today my friend Vanessa and I went to the Long Center for Performing Arts to go see this thing called the Mirazozo Luminarium.

“What is the Mirazozo Luminarium?” you might ask. Good question!

The Mirazozo Luminarium is one of four air-filled structures made from this thin colored PVC (or plastic) and its design is based off of Islamic art and¬†architecture. It is compared to an aquarium but instead of being filled with water, it’s filled with beautiful light. The structure is completely hand-glued and took four months to make each structure (correct me if I’m wrong).

Before entering the structure, you have to remove your shoes and leave your belongings at the entrance. After doing so, they would let a number of people in at the same time so the air does not escape the structure. Once you’re inside, you are allowed to roam around the maze-like structure, spin around, or even sit on the floor and just look around at all the amazing colors. And honestly, it was just a beautiful experience.

I honestly don’t know how to put my experience into words. It was just breathtaking and just absolutely serene. It felt like I was totally in a different world. (Or maybe even a space ship. Or even the inside of somebody’s mind. Or even Tron!) The colors were magnificent and the place was just filled with such positive feelings. If you ever have a chance to visit one of these luminariums, you absolutely must go.¬†Currently there are four luminariums touring around the world so if you ever spot one, do not pass this wonderful¬†opportunity. It’s for all ages and is even wheelchair¬†accessible so absolutely no one is left out from this amazing experience.

If you want to know more about this project, you should visit their website at: http://www.architects-of-air.com/.

Lucky Friday the Thirteenth

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I’ve never understood why Friday the 13th is considered to be the unluckiest day of the year. In all honesty, I’m pretty sure I’ve had great luck on this particular day of the year, but mostly today. I went out on my weekend thrifting spree as always, but today I felt like I had unbelievable luck today. I checked out a total of four thrift stores today (Goodwill on Brodie, Goodwill at Oak Hills, Thrift Town, and Thrift Land)¬†and left with these awesome plates, a metal basket to hold our fruit, a magazine rack, a¬†porcelain¬†owl, and a set of plastic chairs with a table for my niece and nephew. Sadly, though I didn’t find anything Thrift Land. I’m not going to lie but the people there seemed kind of on the¬†pessimistic¬†side and the store just had this negative atmosphere so I cut my visit short there and left really quick. Oh, well.. here’s what I found today:

The impressionism paintings on the plate are: Dance in the City by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, le Foyer de la danse (the Dance Foyer at the Opera) by Edgar Degas, Les Coquelicots (Poppies Blooming) by Claude Monet, and the Night Cafe Terrace by Vincent van Gogh. 8 plates for $13.77 and my favorite find of today! I tried looking up how much they costs but couldn’t really find anything. Though I found an old post that someone sold a set of four dishes like these for $20, so I think I got a pretty good deal!

I’ve been wanting a basket to hold the fruit on the counter for several months now. It looked brand new so I decided to get it. It cost me $4.32 at Thrift Town which is not too bad. I stumbled across the owl above at Goodwill along with the magazine rack and the table & chairs below. My total for that came out to $11.85, not too bad either! I’m thinking of painting the owl but I’m not sure if I just want to do it white, black, or a different color. Also, I accidentally chipped the “ear” part of it a bit when I got back to the apartment.

I use to have this table and chairs when I was a kid and it’s still in our family today. My ¬†niece and nephew use it to eat in the kitchen. When we moved into our new house before my niece and nephew lived with us in my hometown, we brought the table and one chair with us. We left the other one back at the old either because we used it to sit down when we were still cleaning up the whole house while we were moving or because it was somewhere lost at the time. One time we were in San Antonio thrifting, we came across one of the yellow chairs and decided to get it since we were missing the other. So finally when my momma recently sold the old house a couple of months ago, we brought the other yellow chair and ended up with 3 little yellow chairs. So today when I came across the table and chairs, I called my momma and asked her if I should buy it or just leave it. I thought she was going to say to only buy one yellow chair but she told me to get the whole thing since we always have her side of the family over and everyone has a million kids.

Normally a brand new Little Tikes set costs $54.99 (before tax) and I paid $7.97 (before tax).

Have you ever sat in one of these Little Tikes chairs? They are seriously the sturdiest chairs ever made. I believe they should totally make adult furniture out of the same material. I bet those would last forever like my old set!

Written by Monklin

January 14, 2012 at 1:43 am