January 2015 – I was allowed to sit on a Drawing I class for the fall 2014 semester. The class was Art 153: Drawing I, taught by Professor Jane Brucker. I wanted to (re)learn how to draw since I haven’t spent time drawing in years. I have been wanting too, but never gave myself the time and focus to sit down and just draw.
I learned a lot in class: negative spaces, blind and contour line drawing, perspective, light and dark and ways of tricking your brain to draw detail images. I was in a class comprised of mostly Animation majors and one or two Studio Arts majors. One of the challenges I experienced was time and focus. Some class sessions were good and some class sessions were frustrating. It was not the class itself. It was me. The frustration was allowing myself time to 1) take a break from work, especially since I am the type of person who works through her lunch hour or eats while working and 2) shut my work brain off and get into a zone and draw. Sometimes my brain moved so fast running through a mental list of things to do and take care of on the work front. As a result, during some of the class sessions, I would get frustrated with myself and my drawings not feeling they were not up to par as I wanted my drawings to be.
Even though I experienced these challenges, I still learned a lot. I took this class with a lot of humility, especially since the students around me had had more time and experience drawing. I got excited at times when I saw I was able to draw some of the things I never thought I could draw. I also got excited that I can draw even the simple, basic things that sometimes an experience artist can take for granted.
The photos below are some of my drawing projects in the class. The projects focused on blind and contour line drawings, light and dark and negative spaces.
It was also a good experience to take a class with a Professor who is part of the department I provide support for. It was a pleasure to work alongside with the students and getting to know some of them, especially when we worked as a group on the puzzle mural project.
Sunday, July 10, 2014 – Everyday, on my way to work and back, the Expo train passes the Los Angeles Trade Technical College. The college’s own students from one of the classes, “Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting,” led by Art Mortimer painted a series of murals on the walls of the college facing the Expo train on Flower Street in Downtown Los Angeles. I’ve seen the artists a couple of times – 3-4 college age adults – working on the first set of murals in the early evening when I was on my home from work. The artists completed this set last year. About two or three months ago, while on my way to work, I saw five large white squares with penciled in grids on each of them. That made my morning. I was so excited to see more murals and curious to know what they will be. Each mural is the same size, give or take, depending on the image. One of the main themes of the murals is a celebration and/or reflection of Los Angeles’ culture, history, art and its people. I took photos of the first set of the murals when they were completed. For the second set, I took photos of the murals as they were developed over a period of time. I never saw the artists working on the second set of the murals as I did on the first set. I did notice that they worked on the murals during the weekends because by Monday I would see added colors and sketches.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 – The murals in Culver City that I wrote about earlier on June 29, 2013, remained untouched (with the exception of other artists putting their own work over another’s) for a lot longer than planned. The scheduled demolition of the old car dealership apparently got delayed until now. This past month the builder started demolishing parts of the dealership and tearing down walls and ceilings in other areas. You can see that in the photos I took. As I wrote in my blog entry, “Culver City Murals”:
Street art is a form of expression and is created for a variety of reasons. But the actual art itself isn’t meant to be forever. The art work can be whitewashed, painted over by other artists, or demolished. However which way it works out, l agree with the organizer: I will miss seeing these murals every morning while waiting for the bus. I rather see an old decrypted building cover with amazing murals than another mini shopping center, especially since there are quite a few of those in the area.