My stomach has been really off
the last few days. I don't feel outrightly sick, but just constantly, mildly nauseous and exhausted. I've had to get up early every day for the last couple weeks, but Sat I was in bed before 11, and last night I went to bed at 9. I don't know if I'm just worn out, or if my body is trying to tell me something, or if I have a mild illness or what... but I'm just sapped. There's just no end of things to do... and I can't really put anything off because I'll just be screwing myself later. "Ugh" pretty much sums it up.
On the bright side, I did well on my Logic exam! The professor has spent the whole semester thus far trying to impress upon us the fact that if we don't study for at least 30 minutes a day we will utterly crash and burn, and our only hope of achieving any level of success is to do the wark every day. Yeeaaahhhhh, sure it's a good idea. I'm all in favor of students doing their work. However, I naturally prioritize my homework, and Logic generally is lowest on my list. This means that before the 1st exam I maybe cracked open my book once or twice and didn't do any of the exercises. In spite of this lack of dedication, I still managed to get an 87 on the exam... and while that isn't a grade of miracles, it's still above the class average of 84 and is a fairly solid, respectable grade. I'm quite pleased... but will probably put in a bit
more effort for the next one.
Lately I've been having fairly serious thoughts about my future as an artist, and what I'll be doing with myself come graduation. When I sat down and considered everything, it boggled my mind that I hadn't thought these things before, and that I hadn't really been thinking beyond school. Take, for instance, something like art galleries. At the present I don't go to galleries, I don't research galleries, and until I went through the phone book I (naively) had no idea that Grand Rapids had any art galleries let alone 18! I need to make a habit of visiting galleries regularly, and at least getting a feel for the local art scene before expanding my horizons.
Another big thing is equipment. I have access to everything I ever need here at school... computers, lights, cameras, wood-shop and metals studio, etc. Once I graduate I will have to be self-sufficient, meaning I will have to OWN everything I need. So far all I have is an easel. I won't get very far with that. I've written up a list of all the essential equipment that I won't be able to do without, and have resolved to whittle it down at every opportunity. My dad seems to think that I should worry about paying back student loans before even considering buying expensive art "supplies", but one has to put something out before being able to make a return in any business, and art is nothing if not a business.
Oh! And as a part of the general paranoia surrounding a post-graduation world, some of us illustrators have been putting together art blogs. That way we'll still be able to have some level of community and sounding-board after we're out on our own. Mine is Binding Eyelets
(name suggested by Gill and Adrianne after I had been finishing off my regency stays at Adrianne's apartment and I mentioned that all I had left to do was bind a couple eyelets... they thought it would make an amazing name for a show or blog... and I must say I agree... after all, in the grand scheme of things it is quite unique.) And speaking of those two wonderful friends and artists, here are their blogs too: Christina Mrozik
(Gill) and Adrianne Hollemans
. Seriously, CHECK THEM OUT!!! They are amazingly talented, and I have no doubts that they will be very successful.