a year in art

during my sophomore year of high school, i took 2D art classes one and two. 2D one is the art class that comes right after the foundations intro class. 2D one continues the basics of art, teaching the elements and principals of design, as well as the color wheel. projects in the class were more structured and included certain criteria that 2D two didn't focus on. 2D two was more up to the student to find their style and learn time management while working on projects. even though each class was entirely different, i enjoyed them both equally for opposite aspects. 

here is my year in art (starting in december): 

DECEMBER: 

2D one

MUST HAVE:  realistic feature, interesting angle, background with colored paper

the objective of the project was to draw a part of the face as realistically as possible. i chose an ear from reference and used only a dark green colored pencil with exception to the yellow highlighted above the earrings. 

 

February:

2D two

Metaphorical Self Portrait

aim of the project was to create a portrait selecting one negitive trait about yourself and one positive then to create a piece focused around those traits. can you guess what two traits i chose to create my piece? 

 

March-APRIL:

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2D two

Memory Self Portrait 

this piece started out as a collage from magazines which was used as a sketch for the final painting which is acrylic. each object represents a memory from my life. from the sketch, i only changed the colors and locations on the world split in two. 

 

May: 

 

2D two

Best of Times; Worst of Times

This cohesive piece shows a juxtaposition between a good time and a bad time in my life. i used watercolor to paint the cameras and created collages around to add to the subject. 

 

JUNE:

2D two

Printing and Inking

this project started as a still life drawing, i chose a child's shoe, lock and light bulb. from there, i carved my sketch into a piece of styrofoam to use as my printing stamp. after many attempts, i was able to create these three prints in the last week of class. 

summer art

this collage was made from mid to end june on a half inch canvas. 

 

summer art

mini collages inside a chocolate sampler box, matchbox and earrings box. 

blueberry lemon cake

whether you're celebrating fourth of july, or just the summer holiday, this blueberry lemon cake is perfect for any occasion. 

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WHAT YOU WILL NEED: (glaze) 

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. milk

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: (cake) 

  • 1 cup (or 2 sticks) butter, room temp.
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt
  • 1 pound fresh blueberries
  • pinch of salt
 

HERE'S HOW TO DO IT: 

  1. pre-heat oven to 325 degrees ferinheight. 
  2. in an electric mixer, cream the butter, eggs and sugar together. add in vanilla, lemon juice and zest. 
  3. in a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. 
  4. slowly alternate between mixing the flour mixture, milk and plain greek yogurt into the electric mixer. 
  5. once completely mixed together, fold in blueberries with spoon or spatula. 
  6. spray bunt pan with cooking oil and fill pan. 
  7. cook for 60-70 minutes until golden on top. 
  8. for glaze, mix powdered sugar, lemon juice and milk together then drizzle on top of cooled cake. 
  9. serve plain or with ice-cream!
 
 

let me know if you make this blueberry lemon cake! (recipe adapted from the country cook) 

three years later

May thirteenth marks the three year anniversary of pressing publish on my first blog post. Subsequently, I called it My First Post and if you scroll all the way back in the contents section, you can still read it. Although, there isn't much to read, it's a compilation of my favorite photos I found on my laptop at the time. 

It's a pretty mundane post, the photos aren't even that good. But they wrap up everything I was at thirteen. An amateur photographer with a point and shoot, hardcore sweatshirt wearer, lover of flowers and my dog. So for that, I love My First Post because it's not trying to be anything it's not- it just is

Every post after My First Post was trying to be something. Sundays are Sunny was a food blog and a fashion blog and a makeup blog. I completed tags and copied posts from other popular websites. I started 12 Days of Christmas and did that for two years, which was it's own battle. But after awhile, it all became so repetitive and expected. Still, I felt like tags and reviews were the only things people were going to click on and like. I wanted a following like other blogs I read. 

My First Post is the most viewed post on this website. Which might have something to do with the fact that my mom put it on Facebook and half my family read it. But it could also have something to do with it's originality and bluntness. 

Believe it or not, posting content has deemed itself as a hard task as the years have on. Around mid-end 2016 when I started high school, I realized how boring popular content was and I was stuck in what I was supposed to be posting. I found a new realm of what I liked and what inspired me. I began to shape this blog into that. I started calling Sundays are Sunny my website. 

I gave up on a posting scheduled because it restricted my creativity and gave a small widow of time for what I wanted to create. I also gave up on talking to an audience in posts. Technically, I have an audience because of what my analytics tell me, but now, post 2016, I try to post for myself- sorry to my audience, I know it's selfish. 

But, if I'm just posting to post and go along with the blog algorithm to ultimately have readers and a following, then I'm not posting for myself to grow and become better at my craft, which was always the intent of Sundays are Sunny. Creating posts was fun at first, then it became a chore and something with pressure. I stopped for awhile and came back early in February which felt good. But when I stopped again, I didn't feel like I owed anything to anyone or was jipping them out of something. 

Throughout managing Sundays are Sunny, I've learned a lot. How to design a website and code at a very small level, how to make internet friends, how to turn down brands because I don't completely support what they're selling, how to keep a private life from the internet but manage a website at the same time, and write to be read.  

Going back to My First Post, I'm glad that was my start and what I can look back on as the first thing I put online under my name- even if I'm not one hundred percent proud of everything else in between. It gave me a good launch into my blogging career and ultimately, where I wanted to end up again after experimenting for a few years. 

With that, I've recreated My First Post at sixteen, a lover of Lady Bird, Joe Keery and writing: 

As always, thank you for reading and continuing to follow my work. Here's to three more years and all the years after. 

- M