Autumn is my favorite time of the year, you can probably already tell this by the abundance of pumpkins and leaves decorating my blog. My birthday is on the 29th of October and my moms is right after on the 30th, and then of course comes Halloween! As you can imagine that whole week is an ongoing party; cake, good food, and family is definitely something to look forward to! I have only ever seen the trees change color once, and that was when I went to Pennsylvania in October a few years back. Sometimes I wish that it got cold enough in Florida... but at the same time I can imagine that the cold weather would become tiresome after a while. This year I am turning 18, which is supposedly a big change but just like the Florida trees I don't feel or think I look any different. Birthdays are generally not to big of a deal for me, so this year I will probably just go canoeing with my family on the Wekiva river to celebrate. There is nothing I enjoy more than getting out and paddling around in my little blue kayak. For my mothers birthday I made her a pumpkin sculpture that you can put a candle inside. I just finished it this week in my art class at school. My mom has always been such a great supporter of everything I do, especially my art. When I was younger she put me in so many sculpting and painting classes, and on the weekends we would spend time together making home made play dough and drawing bugs and animals we saw outside. Here are some pictures , hope you enjoy! And happy Halloween everyone!
Tiger I drew for AP Lit, its an illustration to the poem
It has been a difficult couple of weeks for me, which is why I haven't gotten around to update my blog lately. Nine weeks exams and the end of the school quarter are drawing near and I've been scrambling to get all of my homework done each night after swim and cross country practice. The only time that I've really had to relax is in my art 3D class, but unfortunately it only lasts an hour... which to me feels like five minutes. The past few weeks we worked on "Sea creatures and amphibians" , I was very happy with how my frog turned out, and I was looking forward to painting it once it came out of the kiln. The next day I walked into class I found my frog broken into little bits and pieces, I almost didn't recognize it. I talked to my teacher and evidently there was an air pocket in the lily pad and my poor frog must have blown up in the big oven. Although I was pretty upset I did find out some good news; the penguin pinch pot I made in class was going to be displayed at an art show near by. This surprised me, I honestly did not like my penguin pot after I had glazed it.. (the glaze is patchy in some spots where I didn't brush on enough, and some of the glaze smeared around the little details like the eyes and toes.) Maybe I am being to hard on myself, who knows. Either way I don't think it will look half that bad filled with Halloween candy :). Among other things I have been running a lot lately, this is my first year doing cross country and wow is it tiring. I finally got my 5k time down to a 24 (My PR was a 20 back when I was doing 12 mile swims out in the middle of the ocean and lakes) and right when I thought things were improving I started noticing a lot of pain in my right knee. A day before our big meet I tripped at practice and of course landed right on my injury and skidded a couple of feet. The next day I tried running in the meet anyways (not one of my best ideas) and I ended up barely finishing the race (I came in with a high 25. ) Yesterday I went to the doctor who believes that I might have sprained or torn my meniscus, and now I am not allowed to run or swim until I see an orthopedic. I am so upset about this, I was really looking forward to running in the nice new fall weather we have been having... but I guess on the bright side I now have more time to do college applications and work on my art projects.
What the frog looked like before it exploded...
(No sorry I didn't take an after shot)
A one inch tall clay tiger I made for fun at home. I am still working
on the panda bear as well but it is taking much longer than I expected.