[ Poker With The Guys, 5"x7", pencil, c. 2002. Click to enlarge. This is drawn from an old photo I found of my Grandpa's from when he was growing up in Kansas during the Depression. ]
I know this blog is called "The Art and Musings of Amy Hood." I also know that there is probably a lot more musing than art-ing going on here. I plan to remedy this problem in the next week. While going through my art portfolio (a.k.a under my bed) trying to pick which pieces I wanted to show at tonight's art show, I hit the jackpot of old sketches and drawings. Most are from high school, all are funny. So get ready for some new old art! I dub this week "Throwback Week"
Here's one to start the week off strong. It's funny, in Kentucky they only required you to take a quarter of P.E. and a half a quarter of a quarter of art to graduate high school (on top of the usual math, social studies, science and english of course. Geez... we're not complete hicks). Yes, I said a quarter of a quarter. It was a part of a liberal arts catch all class that the freshies had to take that included dance, choir and something else. This is one of the first drawings I remember actually sitting down and taking the time to do for an assignement in said quarter of a quarter art class. It's also the first time I really realized for myself I was pretty good at art, and in a bigger way than the Homer Simpson doodles and cartoon caricatures that so impressed my classmates. This is when my childhood dreams of becoming an illustrator for Disney graduated to dreams of becoming a well rounded artist in the fashion of Michelangelo and DaVinci. (I was a pretty ambitious dreamer, obviously.) Now I still dream of being a well rounded artist, but more than anything I just want my art to speak to people (cliche alert). Really though, life is all about making connections. Art's just another way to do that.
Last but not least, It's Dressember! Dressember is like Hannakuh, except instead of a month of presents you get a month of dresses! A plus for the fellas out there who know us ladies involved, a little less fortunate for us ladies seeing as the weather is feeling less like Orange County and more like upstate New York. You can read more about Dressember on Blythe Hill's blog. She's the inventive mind behind this fun idea. It's my second year doing it and we're two days in. Each day I'll post a photo of me freezing my arse off in a cute little dress. Here are Days 1 and 2. There's even a flickr group where you can see some of the ladies participating. Apparently Dressember has really taken the nation by storm.
|[ Day 1 of Dressember. Dress: H&M, Braided Belt: Nordstrom, Tights: Betsy Johnson, and Shoes: Steve Madden. ]|
|[ Day 2 of Dressember. Dress: Urban Outfitters, Shoes: Love D. ]|
Listening to: Jay Z's "Lost One"