This Won’t Be Too Exciting…

by Tiya

…but it’s still a new blog post. It won’t be super long because it’s almost 11:00 and I have an 8AM the next morning.

I am already four weeks into school, and busier than I have felt in a very long time. It seems as if with late classes going on four times a week, and one project after the other, I haven’t really had time to think about much. I’ve taken a few pictures around campus, but they all seem bland to me. I just don’t believe I have been inspired lately, because my brain has been loaded with other things.

KU’s campus is beautiful. Unfortunately, whenever a photo opportunity comes up, I don’t exactly have my camera around to take the pictures. This means I usually have to settle with my iPhone. Can’t complain about the pictures taken with that though. It’s pretty darn impressive for a phone.

I just finished my first project for a 2D Class. It’s funny how intimidating Art Classes feel when you first walk into the room, yet once you get started on something and know exactly what direction you go in, the feeling of being overwhelmed in such a different environment fades away. Everything in the Art Building looks so different from a traditional classroom – you have a workshop, chords and wires hanging from the ceiling, massive tables…the list goes on. Everything is sort of surreal. Maybe that was a bit dramatic, but that’s how I felt! Things get tedious, but in the long run I think every hour I put into that project was worth it when critique day swung by. I actually spent nine hours in the Art building on Sunday finishing off my printmaking project…and hated it. I was pleasantly surprised by the response I got from people in my class. I had never, ever heard of printmaking before. Or linoleum. Or lino cut tools. Or Bristol Board. Everything was a first (except making my design on Photoshop). Needless to say I like my professors and learned a bunch. Project #2 is under way.

The weather is getting colder. I soon won’t be able to wear flip flops and shorts to class anymore, but fall is such a nice season to deal with. Like most people, I enjoy seeing the leaves change color, something I couldn’t watch for the longest time while growing up in Uganda. A lot of people I know seem to get excited about the cosiness of Fall. I don’t disagree, but I’m not all out in fancy scarves and cute hats. I’d just feel a little overdressed. Hot chocolate is great though. I highly doubt I’ll be able to curl up with a book any time soon though. That’s alright though – there is always music and solitude if you search for it.