Quotes from Great People


“I think it’s a mistake to pretend we only have a good side; showing our faults and our incapacities is the best statement of absolute value to our neighbor.” -André Derain

Isn’t it funny how we forget that our heroes and mentors were once where we were? They had much anxiety through their lives and stressed to attain perfection. I’ve been reflecting on how we are sharing our artwork on a social network. Our artwork is competing for everyone’s attention, so we try hard to be perfect with everything we post. I’m letting go of that now because I’m not perfect. Why should I pretend like I am?

Neitzshe said, “The first and foremost duty of Art should be to beautify life”. My way is to build people up. I don’t want to do anything of the opposite, and I hope a lot of artists would say that. But sometimes we feel like we are just so small in our efforts of influence. How can we possibly make a difference? Max Liebermann said, “Form… is born anew with every succeeding artist.” That means to me that we all see life so differently. It’s amazing how unique we all are, and divine. The way I see it is, if you have good thoughts, your works will follow suit in one way or another. 🙂

A few drawings from the first few weeks of the semester:

Ten Minute Gesture DrawingFigure Study



Self-Portrait 2015

Here is my completed self-portrait done in graphite.

Today was my first last day of school. What a bittersweet time for me! While I’d love to finish school, I feel sadness when thinking of leaving Rexburg. I came to love this windy/icey little city tucked away in the drylands of Idaho. Worry overcomes me as well as I move onto the next chapter in life. Did I learn enough? Isn’t there one more class I should take before I’m ready? But no, I need to move on. And perhaps the next chapter may be ever more exquisite, if you can imagine that. Even better than this?

A few drawings from this week:

I move a LOT


So life’s been insane for me. We’ve moved three times since January because Jared had internships. Now we’re settled down (for now) in Rexburg, Idaho awaiting the fall semester. And then we will both graduate in December! What a year, huh? 🙂 The only question left is what now? I wonder where we’ll move to next.

About the sketches:

  1. That’s my Mama watching Little Women. We stinkin love that movie. She had a faint smile throughout the entirety of it. 🙂
  2. Jared grew a beard for about a month! He is now immortalized that way since I drew him and put him on the internet (multiple times). Love you, honey!

mom watching little women

Jared the moutain-man