Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Progress Shall Be Made!

A busy busy bee I have been of late. There are only two more weeks in the  semester, so it's crack-down time. Then finals week. Moral of the story being: don't expect too much from me for a little while, but after the semester is over I have a few amazing things to share with y'all . . . when I have time to write them up.

However, I needed to make this post for two reasons:

1. All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. All work and no play make . . . Whatever.

2. I am really super excited about this piece of art I am working on.

So, I wanted to give you a quick glance at the progress I made just yesterday. Then, hopefully, I can update you when it is finished in the next two weeks and you will know part of the process and have some insight!

This work is part of a series, the first of which I have already completed.
The first of the Pattern Girl Series
There will be one more work after the current one, which I am hoping to complete before portfolios are due for graduate school.

Hand to the right
I began with the above completion yesterday. I had blocked in the right hand but hadn't filled it in yet, though the fingers are finished.

Hand to the right.
The right hand is now darkened to my liking, so it's time to start on the left arm.

Left arm.
More blocking in. I find it really important to map out my values before I begin darkening up a section.

Left forearm.
Now the upper and forearm are darkened to my liking. Notice that part of the forearm blends in with the upper arm. This may look strange, but it's really important to keep parts like these as you see them to allows the work to maintain believability.

Left rope and hand.
The rope around the left hand is completed and the left hand is now blocked in. Home stretch!

Left hand.
I did a little more after this point last night but this is a wonderful place to leave off. I hope you enjoyed this glimpse in to my work. Check out my newly updated portfolio, I would love your feedback on it: http://whitneygoller.wix.com/portfolio

Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad. - Salvador Dali 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Maybe I Am.

I have seen a trend lately of hyper-monotone outfits and I just absolutely love it. I have always been a fan of all black outfits, but I have gathered up a few really interesting ways to go about putting it all together.

Words to the wise: watch out for subtleties in shade differences, they can really make or break an outfit; use a mono-chrome outfit to chose pieces with amazing textures

All black + knee highs

Little black dress

all white

Leather leather

Classy Anne Hathaway

shear shirt with a high-waisted skirt. love it.


photographed by Arthur Elgort

So pretty

I wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It's still my symbol of rebellion -- against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others' ideas. ― Johnny Cash

Monday, November 5, 2012

Back In the Oven Again

Happy Guy Fawkes Day! Remember that your government should stand in fear of its people, not the people in fear of their government.

I have to admit: October was tough blogging for me. Even though I loved posting about happiness all the time (even though I fell off the face of the Earth there at the end), I hated that I didn't have the freedom to share the random things I want to blog about!

For example, I haven't posted a Favorite Author or Favorite Artist blog in almost 2 months, I haven't posted any of the awesome recipes I have used, or anything about how my rugby team was State Runner-Up in our first year of being a team. I also have 2 large artworks under way, have scheduled an amazing course load for next semester, and have painted a new coffee table as well as updated my bar stools.

We have some catching up to do.

My “raw images” folder in my Why Is Why section of my computer is metaphorically spilling over the edges with new things I have made and slash or have done. Maybe it's best if I just go in order.

First thing up: Baked Oatmeal Casserole (as seen on Urban Nester

Total Time: 50 minutes
Serves: 6

2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnut pieces
1 cup strawberries {any berries work}
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
2 cups milk
1 large egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 ripe banana, peeled, 1/2-inch slices


1. Preheat oven to 375°F and generously spray the inside of a 10-1/2 by 7 inch baking dish with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, half the walnuts, half the strawberries and half the chocolate. (Save the other half of strawberries, walnuts and chocolate for the top of the oatmeal).

3. In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter and vanilla extract.

4. Add the oat mixture to prepared baking dish. Arrange the remaining strawberries, walnuts and chocolate on top. Add the banana slices to the top then pour the milk mixture over everything. Gently shake the baking dish to help the milk mixture go throughout the oats.

5. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is nicely golden brown and the milk mixture has set. For an extra tasty top, sprinkle a tablespoon or so of extra brown sugar.

I found that if I offered to cook for a girl, my odds improved radically over simply asking a girl out. Through my efforts to attract the opposite sex, I found that not only did cooking work, but that it was actually fun. - Alton Brown
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