Wednesday, January 18, 2017

So. Excited.

It's the 2nd week of classes and the weather is still fall-like.
That's great but this is exciting.
Earlier in the fall, one of my favorite professors asked if I would be interested in contributing pieces to a gallery exhibit she wanted to put together. I had helped with the putting together and organizing of a campus-wide mosaic mural.
Students and Alumni were able to paint a piece of the mosaic and after all of the pieces were painted, I helped put them in order to create the picture.
My obvious answer was yesyesyesyes and then she proceeded to ask for examples of my work. I really didn't have examples of 2D work (still sorta don't lol) but I went out on a limb and brought some of my model horse tack.
She. Loved. It.
So I'm going to be in an art gallery.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 In Review

2016 is ticking down to usher in 2017. I took a couple thousand or so pictures so here are some of my favorite pictures from the past year. 











































Now to books. 

This was the last book of 2016. The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff. 
Last year I read 100 new books. This year I managed to hit 55. Even though I didn't hit as many as last year, I still read some great books. So out of the 55, here are the best ones. 
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. 
This is a new adult fantasy series with a strong female protagonist (she's a talented assassin with a taste for the finer things in life. I really enjoyed these and can't wait for the next one. 

Next up is It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. 
I was still on the cruise when it came out and the second I got home I went to buy it. I wasn't disappointed. It's a contemporary hard issues new adult book that stayed with me long after I read the last page. The author's note at the end made the novel even more real. 
My last favorite book of 2016 was also by Sarah J. Maas. It's A Court of Thorns and Roses series. 
It's another aew adult fantasy set in a really cool world. When Feyre goes hunting to try to feed her family, she kills a wolf. Not long after a creature comes to demand retribution and Feyre is sucked into the world of the Fae. I loved the characters in this and again, Maas created a strong female protagonist. 
How was 2016 for you? Do you have anything that you're happy about accomplishing? Read any good books?

Tiny Tack

When I first started this saddle I was nervous about not getting enough detail into it. After the tree came out as planned, the next step was resizing my pattern using a scanner. Then came tooling, dying, cutting and assembling. When it was a pile of pieces it wasn't nearly as interesting. Now that I've been putting it together, I'm happy to say that even in doing this smaller scale I didn't have to sacrifice any detail.