The seasons of life sometimes seem to pass so slowly when you’re in them. But when you turn around and see how far you’ve already come, you realize just how fast time flies. I can’t believe my little boy is 15 months old. He’s been with us for over a year, yet I remember bringing him home from the hospital like it was yesterday. I’ve heard parents say that my whole life and now that I’m in the season of parenting, I understand.
Along with being in the parenting season of life, I’ve been blessed the past couple of months to find myself in a season of painting. However short this season may be, I am grateful for it because painting is one of my greatest passions. I truly believe that it is good for my soul. I have found time to do personal painting work as well as freelance painting work. I love the process of painting. From the anticipation of prep work to the fulfillment of cleaning up, each step is special.
Here are some examples of the painting I’ve been able to do. I did a personal piece that is a combination of acrylics and watercolors, a flowery watercolor piece that is being used for a ministry event, and a fun logo for which I combined paint and ink to get the look I wanted.
I painted the cabinets in our kitchen and made a few other updates. Down the road we are planning to completely remodel the kitchen, but until we can afford that, this refresh makes it much more pleasant.
According to childrenatrisk.org, “On a global scale, approximately 800,000 people are trafficked each year and become victims of commercial sex exploitation and forced labor. Eighty percent of these victims are women and children.” Here in the United States, “it is estimated that between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year.”
When I started researching for this project, I discovered that the problem of child trafficking is more prominent than I thought it was. Everyday, children who have been forced into this system are treated as slaves. And it happens right here on U.S. soil. In fact, Texas is a major hub for child trafficking.
For this illustration project, I wanted to communicate the fact that children are being exploited and they are counting on us to help them. They are trapped in their situation, being handled like merchandise. Please pay attention to the behavior of children in your community. If you witness suspicious activity involving the transportation of children, contact the police.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31:8-9
I just finished summer quarter at the Art Institute. One of the classes I completed was PAINTING! We used only oil paints. It was my first experience with oils, and I LOVE them. I have done watercolor paintings, which I enjoy, but painting with oils was a whole new experience. I was able to paint in much more detail than I can with watercolors, and with oils I can fix mistakes after it dries. But it does take a looong time to dry.
Basically there are pros and cons to each method of painting. Above are two of the oil paintings I produced for class. The apple one is not quite finished.
One week ago, I attended the 2013 AIGA Membership Party in Indy. It was a blast! I really don’t go to “parties” very often; I am more of a stay-home-and-watch-a-movie kind of person. But I am glad that I went to this party. I got to meet several other design students from different schools and hang out in an artsy environment (it was held at The Hinge Bureau-awesome space!). Sometimes you don’t realize how encouraging it is to be around people that understand and have a passion for the same things that you do.
This week I began my internship at Tamm Capital Group in downtown Indianapolis. I am loving it! I get to work with professionals and practice my professional design skills. It amazes me that I get paid to do what I love! Through this opportunity, God has really been giving me assurance that I picked the right career field.
My office at the internship doesn’t have a window, but that doesn’t mean I miss out on the great city views! The picture above is the view from the parking garage. I get to see that everyday, so I’m happy with it!