In fall of 2009 I started classes at Heartland CC with Basic Drawing and Art Appreciation. I've continued the spring semester with Life Drawing with quite a bit of trepidation but had a great time. I do most of my art on the computer these days but this is so much fun. I'd forgotten how much I enjoy it.
I've also considered my photography and my gardening as a kind of art form as well. I've uploaded a lot of my more or less single bloom pictures. I have it set so they can be downloaded but if you use them on a copyright compliant site where you are required to identify your sources you can say "picture by hollyscloset. com". That's my web site and I use that when I use my photos and show my copyright which would be İhollyscloset.com. As I go along I will probably not allow some of my photos to be used without copyright. For these there will be no download option but if you copy them in another way the copyright should be shown when you use it.
For the 2010 Spring Semester I took a life drawing class and, after overcoming my initial trepidation, I really enjoyed it. Will post some of the results at a later date.
I completed my Fall 2010 classes in Intermediate art where we experienced various media. I have uploaded most of the work produced here. I'm not being that selective but have posted all of the pictures except for the watercolor ones. My main reason for this is I can't really say what's good and what is not. Every time I think something is terrible the teacher says it's good. Of course, it follows if I think it's good she thinks the opposite. Oh, well. I learned a lot and that's the purpose after all.
Here I am now, Spring 2011, in the midst or waning days of the 3D Design class and, up to now, I've felt pretty confident. Now I'm frustrated. We are carving a sculpture in polyvinyl which is supposed to be easier than wood or plaster and I just don't have the strength to whack the surplus stuff away expeditiously. I am making progress but look around and see the kids so much farther along. Only a few more weeks until the final and I guess I'll have to accept that I might not finish it in time.
Well I finished and got my A so can't complain. This is now Fall 2011 and I'm 5 weeks into Ceramics 1 and am enjoying it very much. Lots to learn, as always.
I completed the Ceramics course, and although I learned a lot (and squeaked out an A), I decided to take the course again. First, because there wasn't anything else that I wanted to take and because I knew I needed more experience. It's proved really true. I'm getting so much more out of it this time. May even make something else I'm proud of.
March 2014 - Since posting this I've completed Ceramics I the second time, Ceramics II and Sculpture. Unfortunately, although I managed an A in the first two courses I had my first B in Sculpture. I really tried but I'm not a perfectionist and I completed three assignments where some only did two, the results weren't as good as they should be. I will be posting some of the ceramics and sculpture results as soon as I find time.
Last fall (2013) I signed up for a Graphics Design class but a couple of things made me drop out. I was cast in a play at the university and after several weeks in the course I realized that I didn't belong there. First everything is done on a MAC and I use a pc, and then they used Adobe Illustrator and I use Corel Paint Shop Pro. I kept having to ask "how tos" both about the computer functions and the software so I was taking away from the other students. Also, it is designed for people who plan a career in graphic arts and, obviously, that's not why I'm studying. I took the spring session off because of weather concerns and I'm glad I did because we had the worst winter, snow wise and temperature wise in 23 years so I spent a lot of time inside.
I hope to resume my studies in August but my schedule has changed for other things and I don't know if I'll be able to fit it in. Maybe just some one day things will be the only way to go.
Current Residence: Illinois