Happy Saturday to all. As I’ve mentioned before, I am an art + design major here and Butler. I absolutely love being an art major, and am in two art classes this semester. One of these classes is painting.
Last week in my painting class, we looked at work by an artist named Chuck Close. I learned briefly about Close in one of my art classes first semester last year, so I was glad to see more work by him in painting. Close is an American painter and photographer widely known for his photo-realistic large-scale portraits. Close’s paintings are huge, and many of them are so realistic, you’d swear you’re looking at a photograph.
In addition to his hyper-realistic paintings, Close also follows a grid pattern to create more large portraits made up of different colors and shapes. Even these portraits with abstracted shapes and colors still look fairly realistic, and that just blows my mind. Close is also partially paralyzed due to a spinal artery collapse, so he compensates by strapping the paintbrush to his wrist, painting in a wheelchair, and having his canvas fit through a hole in the floor on pulley system that mechanically adjusts what part of the canvas he can reach. How incredible is that?!
I’m such a huge fan of Close’s work, and I am so incredibly inspired that he still paints despite his injury. Here’s a video of him explaining a bit of his work, but be sure to check out more of him on his website.
Have an A+ weekend and thanks for reading
Classes have been in full swing for officially two weeks now, and surprisingly I am enjoying being back at school. I know I have only been at Butler for about two and a half weeks, but I am already loving it. College is so much better than high school because of all of the different types of people and all of the opportunities to learn. Another great thing is all of the different clubs and activities. There is never a dull moment here, which is great. So far I have met a ton of new people and I have joined several clubs. I am on Dance Team, and I am going to call out meetings for ADrenaline, the Dance Marathon, and ECO, so hopefully I will continue to become more involved. As far as my classes go, I am enjoying most of them.
My FYS is called Rock and Roll High School and it is about how literature and music have influence youth culture. I am also taking a literature class where we will be reading classic books such as The Great Gatsby, Grapes of Wrath, and The Things They Carried. My anthropology class is probably my most challenging class because I am not really too interested in anthropology, so it is the least exciting to me. I am also taking modern dance for my Physical Well Being requirement and I am loving it! My favorite class is my drawing class, which is required for all Art + Design majors. The final class I am taking is JC110 The First Year Experience. This is a new class developed to get all of the freshman within the College of Fine Arts to get to know each other and become inspired by other artistic disciplines. We will be going to performances throughout the year and I am very excited for it! If the rest of the year is as fun as these past two weeks have been, I cannot wait! Happy Wednesday and thanks for reading