Friday, April 17, 2009

spring has sprung!

current tune: "Perfect World" by: Sublime

I've lacked this week on keeping my blog updated because I've been sooo busy! But I have new photos of some of my paintings, new paintings on the way, and new inspiration and motivation!

I'm also in the process of creating large scale chandeliers for the annual Cazenovia College Fashion Show next Saturday. Phew! Busy as usual.

But, I'm happy that it is finally spring in Cazenovia!

I'm currently driving my father's station wagon which I loooove! It remindes me of my old '85 and the fun times I had with that and my field hockey friends in high school!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

a friend from a different time

current tune: "Peacock Tail" by: Boards of Canada

Saturday was an exceptionally long day for me consisting of 8 hours of work, 2 hours of driving, and then getting home around 10pm that night. Long, long, long! But there was a small perk that I spotted on the side of the road, surrounded in the darkness of night, and just waiting there on route 30 past Fonda as I was driving into Johnstown.

It was love at first sight. Followed by a couple three-point turns.

This fabulous chair was just sitting on the side of the road in front of a private religious school in Fonda. He caught my eye, and I couldn't ignore him. He was then placed in the trunk of my car and driven home, where he now resides until I see him again, but in the care of my family back home.

When I come home next I plan on getting him re-upholstered for cheap, with hopefully a cute 1960's vintage fabric.

After the real reason why I came home for one day (Easter family dinner and my father's b-day) I went to Wal-Mart quick with Matt for minuscule things, cookies, and a nostalgic pick me up by our local corporate representative, I saw this:

Mr. Turtle sandboxes!!!

I used to have one when I was a child, and it flooded my mind with wonderful cherished childhood memories before I ran in to buy some chips ahoy, chapstick, and a notebook.

These little perks were nice after a rough week and rough weekend.

Driving home and back and not even staying 24 hours = sucky
Not getting senior suite with friend = shitty
Finding treasure on the side of the road = priceless

Friday, April 10, 2009

save like a spender!

current tune: "New Kicks" by: Le Tigre

I found this articles on and thought I would share. As a person who admittedly cannot save effectively, I thought these were some good tips for the times around us all.

How-To: Survive the Recession Like It's 1933

I have a hard time saving partly because I am a full-time student working 20-25 hours a week at a fast food establishment for minimum wage....and art supplies are not cheap. I also am, regrettably, an impulse spender. Bad, bad, bad!

To help myself curb and better watch my impulse spending habits I think I am going to create a budget book for myself. I'll be needing to save up for rent for this summer very soon, a new window motor in my passenger side window of my merc, food, gas, coffee;etc.

If anyone has any other tips on how to become a better saver, please enlighten me!

We needs economic stability, tolerance, and peace.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

groovy cardboard love

current tune: "The Get Go" by: The New Young Pony Club

Today had a good morning. I woke up tired as usual, made some fresh coffee, and walked to painting with a travel mug of coffee in one hand, a pad of drawing paper in the other, a beanie, and a pair of 1980's sunglasses. I got in my groove and went with it! I found my groove.......for this morning.

Pictures when I can snag someone's camera to do so!

I recently just stumbled on, literally, this adorable site called carboard love. It's quite enjoyable and innocent. This one caught my attention:

I love the fact that the purpose of this self-project was to help the creator become a person with a more positive outlook on life. I've often thought of writing random sayings on cardboard pieces, but not like this. The concept and delivery are great!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

i've got to fit, i've got to get into it

***New Young Pony Club lyrical reference
current tune: "Herculean" by: The Good, The Bad, and The Queen"

(...and listening to one of maintenance shovel dirt onto pavement outside my dorm window...)

I'm sick of having bumps, potholes, and detour routes on the road to my senior year and graduation. I've been dealing with registration and all it's little gifts of bounty since Monday after my first class until I was into my shift at work. I called three people to get my professor number. And I've cried twice.

I want things to fit. I don't want to take an electives, because they're the reason I'm so tied down and restricted. I want people to listen to me, because I know what I can and can not handle and spring semesters make me lethargic. I feel misunderstood, ignored, and lost.

I started googling existentialists one day this week and think I will begin looking into it as a theory and way of life. I want to try and find myself, and my diminishing creativity and sanity.

Still trying to hang on, here are some new works that came out of no where. They are my beginning of breaking free from the oppression of art through my years of schooling. This is for painting what I want to paint. With no real perspective and balance. With my own style. My own ideas. My own methods. My own love. Of finally incorporating a style and love I've been cultivating since 6th grade into my college work and portfolio!

acrylic paint, sharpie.

acrylic paint, sharpie.

They are currently hanging up on walls in my room.

I also want to go with my "word art." This was something I developed overseas when I studied abroad in Canterbury, England. It's simple words, phrases, or questions in my own style font. I want to see where it takes me.

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When listening to the above link, listen carefully to the lead singers voice. Does he sound familiar?

That is because I felt the same way! All I could think of was the lead singer of "Gorillaz" singing. So today I decided to look up my hunches, and prove that my hearing did not deceive me. Damon Albarn, co-creator of the "Gorillaz" co-created "The Good The Bad and The Queen" as well!

They're worth a looking into! And a honest listen.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

clutter and happiness

current tune: "Play My Guitar" by: The Quicksilver Messenger Service

I had to snag my friend Mandi's camera again just so I keep my little friend updated with visual stimulus! I'm a very visual person, so it helps to show through imagery whatever is trying to be conveyed.

I thought I would snap some inspiring color schemes I've been attracted to this semester. I'm finding that I have a hidden love for the color teal/aquamarine. I normally tend to lean towards warmer colors and their associations, but teal has promised good things, so I'm hoping it will add some great pop! to my life and work!

A great find, and also fate (with a tiny story behind it) bought me this little beauty for $3 at the DeWitt Salvation Army. It doesn't work, but it's beautiful eye candy.

I tend to lean more towards illustration and pop art in my work, and old material possessions that have been tossed aside always get me!

my windowsill of clutter and happiness.

While working at my internship through the elementary school in Cazenovia I have met wonderful people with educated opinions and loves. The art teacher I intern with and I get along so well and she has been finding unusual and random things to give me each time I've come in.

Two weeks ago I was given old blue and white wallpaper with a beautiful delicate pattern that I passed on to my interior design friend Beth to use as inspiration and last week it was 5 pairs of vintage 1970's sunglasses! They're not knock offs from a department store, but authentic old sunglasses. It was such a great find! I adore the relationship I've been creating with her as I learn the ins and outs of becoming an art teacher.

I plan on listening to some 1970's music and finishing some assignments. It feels good to update my little friends with new tales, and new finds.


Monday, April 6, 2009

welcome back, april!

current tune: "Such Great Heights" by: The Postal Service

I feel like I've been neglecting my blog quite often, and that I should pay it some mind, stay for some tea and biscuits, and write some new entries for a new month!

My life is opening up for me. Or maybe I'm slowly cracking out of my walnut shell a bit. Last Tuesday night my good friend Beth introduced me to Craigslist. It has opened my eyes and changed m
y world. I started looking for rooms to rent in the Syracuse area over the summer, and of course looking for prices I could afford on a fast food paycheck. I met new people and essentially total strangers in looking for a new temp. home. I also checked up the free section, which led me on my adventures for a tyepwriter in Fayetteville and some old wooden dresser drawers, which I traded for old McDonald's boxes and orangic soil, in Orwell with two friends arguing over political issues. Then stopping to help change a tire for people who were need.

I accomplished a lot of life things this week:

found a room for rent

looked through the classifieds, contacted people, met strangers, and was completely serious about it
found a working typewriter for free
drove to Orwell
met brand new strange friends
had surprises with good friends

randomly was re-acqauinted with old friends
figured out my senior year schedule
was newly inspired by once enemies
signed up for summer courses


A quick escape to the windmills to enjoy the sunshine with good inspirational friends.

I wish I could take some pictures of some new work that I've been pumping out. I'm trying to find my style and an inner me. I'm also trying to steer away from my friends and fellow studio majors and into hand drawn illustration and political unfiltered art. The thought of political art used to appall me, when all I could think of were the political cartoons in Weekly World and News Report. Now I want to shout it out loud! The times are a-changing.

Hello, I'm Caroline. I'm trying to find myself, begin to prepare for the real world, and slowly ease out of the comfort and convenience of college life. I'm trying to be known for my art, and become a louder artist with a strong voice.

And....I would like to watch Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Anyone have a copy to lend?