Thursday, March 20, 2014

Year 26: 26 pieces of art in one year

The night before I turned 24, I made a list of 24 things I wanted to do while I was 24. It was a bucket list of sorts. All though I did not complete every thing on the list, I really enjoyed having that list through out the year. It challenged me to do something more for myself. 

In that same vein, I'm going to make a "bucket list" for the year I am 26. Year 25's "bucket list" was "Get to New York and Figure Out How to Stay"- it's a work in progress challenge. This year  I am challenging myself to do 26 pieces of art through out the entire year. Basically one new piece of art every two weeks. Does that sound crazy?

Well it is. But I want the challenge. I recently visited the Carnegie Mellon University Drama Department. I have made it no secret that I want to go to Grad School, and right now CMU is my top choice. The very kind faculty encouraged me do to more art on my own and to go to more museums- to immerse myself with more art. I am embracing their advice and making my own challenge and goal. This time next year, I will be in the process of interviewing for schools and I will hopefully have lots more personal artwork to show in my applications. I want to be a better artist, better student, better designer. This is my own way of challenging myself to be those things. 

So here we go Year 26. Bring it on!

Oh, and Happy Birthday to ME!!!

PS. 26 different pieces of art... I am open to suggestions, inspirations, and encouragements. 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

It's the Best day of the Year!

I, normally, am award show obsessed. I'll see all the movies, watch all the shows and know exactly who is going to win in every category. This year has been different. With movie tickets the prices that they are in New York City, I haven't gone to the theatre much. In fact, of all the movies nominated this year in every category, I've only seen 4. So this year will be interesting. I'll make my normal predictions, but I don't expect to be as accurate as I have been in the past. I'm also watching the show for the first time with another person. That might sound nutty, but I normally hate having an audience while watching the Oscars. But not having a TV kind of forces you to share the night with someone. I'm very excited to be watching with Mary. I think it will be a lot of fun. Maybe her predictions will be more accurate than mine- she's at least seen more than a handful of movies this year.

Best Film: 12 Years A Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Best Animated Feature: Frozen
Best Cinematography: Gravity
Best Costume Design: 12 Years A Slave
Best Film Editing: Gravity
Best Foreign Film: The Great Beauty
Best Make-up and Hairstyling: Dallas Buyers Club
Best Original Score: Gravity
Best Original Song: "Let It Go," Frozen
Best Production Design: The Great Gatsby
Best Sound Editing: Gravity
Best Sound Mixing: Gravity
Best Visual Effects: Gravity
Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years A Slave
Best Original Screenplay: Her