Posts Tagged ‘painting’

Reflective Painting

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

If you had told me my freshman year that in a few years, I would love painting and want to do it all the time, I’d give you the evil eye. I really hated painting. I always wanted to draw. When I took Beginning Painting as a freshman, I struggled with controlling acrylic medium. I hated the concept so much, I would finger paint instead of using a brush! Now I paint for enjoyment. I really owe the switch of mindset to my professor, Sarah Brokke Erickson. She too once preferred drawing and I remember my first conference with her, where she told me she had a big feeling is be back. She’s been one heck of an inspiring professor, even when I’m not her student that semester. This summer I have been going up to the art room a lot to paint. The picture above is something I have been working on for on since last week. It’s kind of a reflection on growing up, beyond where Duluth can take me. I’m sad I’m leaving Duluth, but there’s not really any teaching opportunities here. So my painting will kind of reflect that. Stay tuned!

A Day in the Art Room

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

I’ve said it before and I’ve said it again, I love the Art Room.

Things I love about it:

  • Natural lighting
  • You can see ┬áthe lake whenever you need to
  • Silent, yet not creepy atmosphere
  • Ability to blast music without really disrupting anyone
  • The inspirational folks who I spend time with there
  • The open, welcoming, encouraging, inspiring art and phrases hidden everywhere


Painting Party

Friday, March 31st, 2017


Art People & Mural Life

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

As I headed up to 4th floor of Tower tonight for my student teaching seminar, I ran into my art friends. They were trying to finish up the huge murals we have been working on with Safe Haven and Harbor City International. They both took the mural project as credits and have a long, long amount of hours left to clock in. I promised to help them with the murals once I was done with my seminar. I ran back to my apartment after the seminar and put on painting clothes. My friends are the best because when I got back there, they had gotten me food from the POD! Nothing like friends who use their dining dollars on you. They also invited me to paint tomorrow night and have movie night, which is right up my alley. Gosh, I love my art friends.

Safe Haven + Scholastica Collaboration

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Today Sarah Brokke Erickson’s Dignitas class and a few others (including me!) Went to work on the murals at the Prove. A lot of work was done yesterday, so today our jobs were to build on that and add details. Paintings require lots and lots of layers… You always think you have enough paint and you totally don’t. Today we had some special guests join us working on the mural. Children came to work with us today and it was awesome! A lot of us were assigned painting buddies and we worked with the kids. My buddy and I painted a lot of water currents. I think it’s so cool that the kids are able to invest in and interact with the painting that will go in their current home. I think it really infuses a sense of identity and ownership. Stay tuned for more painting updates! We’ll be working on the mural until April!