Bringing this back to the other blog, re-combining art and thoughts as it were.


June 29, 2011 at 8:29 pm Leave a comment

Up the Week: 9

Hey there, sorry this is late.

I really do try to update on time, but this week the semester came to a close and I forgot what day it was.

This week in weather: 

Spring is here. Finally.

I am currently sitting in my apartment with all of the windows open. I can hear the sounds of church bells, seagulls, children playing, and a (slightly grating, but nonetheless indicative of spring) chorus of lawnmowers drifting in.

plus, my radishes are becoming radishes.

This week in silly doodles:

I’ve been playing around on the computer doing silly drawings using the trackpad on my laptop. They are not exactly high art, but they are fun.

This is a drawing of Graham wearing a t-shirt on his beard.

A donkey

and finally some kittenflies.

This week in legit artmaking: 

First, here is a much better picture of one of my cut paper portraits that I did for my final 2D project.

and secondly, here is my art storage area (which leaves  lot to be desired) and all of my prints from this semester (most of which are wrapped up in newsprint).

I haven’t been making much this week, as it was finals. Right now I’m trying to get myself together and set up an etsy shop.

and finally,

This week in Light Refraction: 

This has been on my ceiling every morning this week.

See you guys next week,


May 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm Leave a comment

Up the Week: 8

This weeks realization:

If hell exists as the catholic church believes it exists, I am going there.

I finished this set of scientists as saints (2.5×3.5″) prints! From left to right: Nikola Tesla, Sigmund Freud  , and Gregor Mendel.

This week’s joyous celebration:

On Wednesday, I finished the last project I will ever have to do for 2D design. I did this three-part series of cut-paper portraits of my friend Nancy. I repeat: cut paper. Sorry about the picture quality, these are from photobooth.

This week’s  distraction and antisocial behavior enabler: 

Google Art Project 

Look at that zoom. LOOK AT IT.

It’s currently a work in progress, but it is an impressive work in progress.

This week’s print, and poem: 

The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski
there is enough treachery, hatred violence absurdity in the average
human being to supply any given army on any given day

and the best at murder are those who preach against it
and the best at hate are those who preach love
and the best at war finally are those who preach peace

those who preach god, need god
those who preach peace do not have peace
those who preach peace do not have love

beware the preachers
beware the knowers
beware those who are always reading books
beware those who either detest poverty
or are proud of it
beware those quick to praise
for they need praise in return
beware those who are quick to censor
they are afraid of what they do not know
beware those who seek constant crowds for
they are nothing alone
beware the average man the average woman
beware their love, their love is average
seeks average

but there is genius in their hatred
there is enough genius in their hatred to kill you
to kill anybody
not wanting solitude
not understanding solitude
they will attempt to destroy anything
that differs from their own
not being able to create art
they will not understand art
they will consider their failure as creators
only as a failure of the world
not being able to love fully
they will believe your love incomplete
and then they will hate you
and their hatred will be perfect

like a shining diamond
like a knife
like a mountain
like a tiger
like hemlock

their finest art

See you next week,

April 24, 2011 at 12:35 am Leave a comment

Up the Week: 7

This week’s big news: Spring!

well, almost spring. It’s been in the high 50’s for about a week, and we all know what that means.

Time to start early-season seedlings! Radishes!

Woohoo! Hopefully I’ll be seeing some sprouts in the next couple days.

This week’s plates:

First, I’ve been working on my scientists as saints project, here are the sketches,

Here are the plates before I etched them,

and here are the proofs. I am going to go back in to the plates and drypoint some things and try to solve problems. The shading is a little weird, I had used stippling to shade, but then I think something was wrong with my hard ground, because the acid bit it really deep and kind of spread out. oh well.

Next, here is the design for my final project this semester in print, I’m bringing back the rats.

And the plate: I still haven’t printed it yet.

I may have to re-expose this, there are a couple parts that are kind of peeling up.

This week’s apology: I’m sorry I missed last week, I offer up my calendar as a flimsy excuse. Everything in green are is a due date for a project.

April 16, 2011 at 9:41 pm Leave a comment


I was out of town this weekend! keep an eye out for an up the folks studio update later this week!


April 11, 2011 at 1:50 am Leave a comment

Up the Week: 5

Hello all!

The semester is coming to a screeching halt, violent conclusion, sudden stop. Whichever terminology you prefer,  it’s going to be a short update this week.

This week’s prints

Well, they’re actually from the beginning of the semester, but I just got them back.
We started off the semester with zinc relief and collagraph.

First, Rat zinc relief.

Onion series (collagraph)

They’re not the best prints I’ve ever done, but it was a fun project.

This week’s desk shot

It’s a bit chaotic around here right now. The semester is coming to a close with a speed usually reserved for large jungle cats and humming bird wings. Thus, things like cleaning and organizing have gone by the wayside.

So naturally, my desk has fallen first from grace.

I have no idea where to store art. Do any of you have suggestions? right now everything I’ve made since I got here is sitting in a pile in the corner of my living room.



I need it to be spring.

Oh well.

See you next week,


April 3, 2011 at 8:06 am Leave a comment

Up the Week: 4

This week’s studio blog is brought to you by our main sponsor: stress.

This week’s happening: Merit Show!

As I was taking this picture I realized how devoid of color most of my work is. Oh, and the paper on the left may look blank, but it is not. It has millions of tiny dashes on it in pencil.

This show is home to two of the worst mats I have ever cut. Things just were not working for me last night.

I kept cutting wrong, measuring wrong, and not getting the corners to line up, but I did eventually bang out two usable (barely passable) mats. I will not be secure in this show until the walkthrough monday is done. I am so anxious about it that it’s been interfering with sleep.

This week’s Print: (still in progress)

Close up of bigger block:

I’ve still got to print the other sides and assemble these in to pamphlets,  but I’m hopeful about these.

I did run out of this color though, so I’ll have to mix more tomorrow.

This week’s Outing: Target!

on the way to which I was afforded this view of my adorable little city

I had to buy a mouse to plug in to my laptop, because I am an idiot.

I spilled water all over my laptop.

Good news: everything except the click-y part of the touchpad seems to be working perfectly.
Bad news: The click-y part of the touchpad isn’t working.

Hopefully next week I will be exponentially less stressed, See you then.


March 26, 2011 at 9:17 pm Leave a comment

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