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In Conclusion

“It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later.” – John Q

 

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As the 2016 fall semester comes to an end, a new shift for my site will emerge. My blog posts were a requirement for my digital and online media course, but this experience became so much more than I could ever have imagined. I found myself becoming attached to my blog site not because of the grades it would give me, but because it has made me a happier person. This assignment brought back my passion for writing and a new thirst for knowledge. Even though I am not required to continue blogging, it will transition into one of my favorite new hobbies.

The most effective tool I found on WordPress was the ease to connect with other social platforms. It helps build a “web” for future connections. The least effective tool was its layout/format system. Being new to blogging and WordPress, there were some technical issues that disrupted the layout style of my blogs. I could not find solutions to some questions when using the help bar.

Since this is such a new platform for me to dig my hands into, there is nothing I would recommend adding to the blog requirements. The instructions for my assignment provided me with great freedom to think creatively.

Working toward an advertising degree, this project will help with my future ambitions. I love the use of words and the role it plays in society, and I want to contribute to that the best way I can. I received a new set of tools to help set out a more confident future. Besides advertising, I am also going to school for art history. The theme for my posts will help me carry my love and appreciation for art into a potential career path.

Site Stats Overview:

  • The given data shows September 19-25 to be the most popular week for my blog site. I received twenty-five views and fourteen visitors during those seven days.
  • My most popular post was my very first one, “Thank You Bob Ross & Aunt Teresa.” It received thirty-one views. I believe it had the most views because it was the most personal. I brought personalization into all of my posts, but this one expressed an important childhood memory that gave significance toward my latter posts for my readers..
  • I was shocked to find out my site had a total of eighty-eight views. I did not expect to get that many. I do not use Twitter for personal use and I posted six out of the ten blogs on Facebook, so having eighty-eight views was exciting for me. It helped boost my confidence.

The importance of words and how we use them is obvious. The link below is a wonderful article. It brings forth raw emotions with the importance of keeping endangered languages and culture alive and present.

Click here for article, “Keeping Endangered Languages and Culture Alive”

 

 

2016 West Texas Adventures

The following slide show will give you a glimpse into my 2016 summer road trip I had with my mother. This past summer was the first time in eight years I have been on any traveling vacation. My family and I use to take summer vacations every year, but the responsibilities of adulthood came to a forefront.

I left my job this past July to become a fulltime college student once more. I was given two free months before the fall semester took off. It consisted of no obligations, no ties to any one thing, only opened opportunities for exploration.

My work involved excessive amounts of social interaction and I needed a break from it all. I love the outdoors and I have traveled to all sides of Texas except for out West. For those reasons, you cannot get much better than Ghost Town, Texas. My mother and I also traveled to other parts of Terlingua as well as Big Bend National Park, Fort Davis, and Marfa.

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Terlingua “Ghost Town” Texas

 

The Man Behind The Beard

“Since I don’t smoke, I decided to grow a mustache – it is better for the health.
However, I always carried a jewel-studded cigarette case in which, instead of tobacco, were carefully placed several mustaches, Adolphe Menjou style. I offered them politely to my friends: “Mustache? Mustache? Mustache?”
Nobody dared to touch them. This was my test regarding the sacred aspect of mustaches.” -Salvador Dali

dali-portraitYou know that wildly successful Dos Equis’ beer ad campaign, “stay thirsty my friends,” said the most interesting man in the world? When I think of Salvador Dali, that is what pops up in my head. Dali, to me, is one of the most interesting individuals we have had the pleasure of thus far. He is a pioneer of expression and his work is a lesson for us all.

In today’s era, being “strange” is becoming more and more acceptable. The new norm of society, which I think is marvelous! If our great inventors and historical figures were not so, our world would feel a little less full. I think of art as being the original outlet for executing “weirdness” and it being accepted and adorned. Creativity gives our souls a chance to speak up and it is a beautiful thing.

Dali was a Spanish surrealist. I have great admiration for the Spanish culture and I thank them for gifting the world with a man of so many visions. Like Dali’s fellow mates, Mexican artists Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo de Rivera, and American artist Andy Warhol, he was also part of the 20th century club of renowned artists. What a fascinating century, all in all historically. When you look at surface of these four individuals and their artwork, you automatically find similarities between Mr. Dali and Mr. and Mrs. Rivera. You look at their paintings and say, yeah, I totally see connections here.

Dali and Warhol’s unique strides are quite parallel. Him and Warhol did in fact live in New York at the same time. Their moment was brief together. Two strong personalities can sometimes be too much for one room. I expressed my love for Mr. Warhol’s work and his relationship with advertising in a previous blog. Oddly enough, Dali also used the media for his work, only in different ways. Like Warhol, Dali did it all. He was a painter, sculptor, writer and a man of fashion. He played with advertising and made a name for himself in filmmaking. Dali most likely knew he made it big when he collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock.

My story is simple with Salvador Dali. He is such an intricate person, the words I have for him do match up to the beauty he creates. I am left speechless when his art and I sit through a staring contest and I believe my spirit is okay with just that. It is an unsaid agreement or mutual understanding. This being said, I urge you to check out the following websites listed below, if you have any curiosities with the most interesting man the word. They paint a picture of Dali with words that I have yet to perfect.

  1. Biography
  2. The Art Story

Video: Walt Disney’s and Salvador Dali- Destino 2003

If you want to learn about the story behind this short film, click here.

 

A-Town

Bye-bye California, hello Austin, Texas. People started catching on to what this magnificent city offered and its perks. They wanted a slice of the pie, and fast. Austin is considered the new Silicon Valley for young innovators and entrepreneurs. We are widely known for our nonstop live music, film, Tex-Mex and barbecue, Mexican martinis, cultural diversity, and jaw-dropping scenery. These quirky characteristics are masterfully captivated and executed through our art and hearts. Austin has even established its own popular slogan.

There is one gentleman, in particular, who I believe made Austin a sold-out show. Scott Jackson is a name I encourage you to remember. He is a top-notch graphic designer, artist, entrepreneur, advertiser, and a man with a plan. Austin became the new land of opportunity, and branding Austin with the ‘Keep Austin Weird’ slogan became the mother ship of keeping this city alive, with Scott being its captain. While the nation is dealing with its mid-life crisis, Austin residents are keeping it “alright, alright, alright.”

It was 1985 when Scott transferred his passion into a career, creating Outhouse Designs company. He designed these shirts so personable to Austin’s evolutionary free spirit movement, this funky vibe stuck, and his career flourished. The community mutually agreed to keep Austin weird, its true nature, thus laying out the ongoing foundation of the town’s success.

I first learned of Scott Jackson twenty years ago, while riding in a minivan with my grandparents and their friends heading to an Ice Bats hockey game. My grandparents nonchalantly told my sister and I the couple taking us to the game were the parents of the son who trademarked ‘Keep Austin Weird.’ I tried to keep a cool persona, but internally I totally freaked, squealing in my seat like a craze teen meeting their favorite pop star. Then they go on to tell me my mother and uncle went to high school with him, and Scott and Uncle Milton were roommates at Southwest Texas University, now known as Texas State University. The Jackson’s are one of the most down-to-earth families I have ever met, and they raised their son mighty swell.

Scott Jackson is a local hero, a legend, a big contributor to Austin’s fate and fortune. His works, skills, talents, helped pave my direction in advertising and graphic design.

 

A Blogger of Many Talents

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I would like to take this opportunity to discuss another Blogger who is also into the arts, Loren Peralta. She, like myself, is a Bobcat at Texas State University. Her and I are both enrolled in the Mass Comminication and Jornalism program, and share a love for the arts. Not only is Loren a skillful Blogger but she is an amazing artist as well. Meeting Loren in my Account Planning class and recently finding out she is also enrolled in Fundamentals of Digital & Online Media, I have the pleasure of watching her bloom, create, and achieve great things.


If you take a look at her blog, you can see what all the fuss is about. What I enjoy most about her blogging is it shows a different spin on art than of my own. You have the opportunity to read about art, with an added bonus of illustration, in an up close and personal way. When you read each post you get more of an understanding on what it takes to be an artist and the amount of work you have to put in it. Her and I can agree, the results are well worth all of the late night trips to the art studio trying the finish a project. Loren explains different methods on how one can get their creative juices flowing. She provided her readers some tips and tricks of the trade.

She gives her readers mini-tutorials covering a variety of mediums and topics. Within each post, Loren will also insert links for you can click showing more in-depth tutorials and so forth. She states on her homepage, ‘Welcome to your new home of Imagination,’ which sums  up what her site offers perfectly. I could not say it any better myself. In Loren’s ART AND ILLUSTRATIONS, you will come across the following posts:

Loren Peralta stands as a Bobcat, Mass Communication student, art enthusiast, as a dear friend, and with this, she executes her blogs with passion. I look forward to seeing what Loren Peralta’s has in store for us in the near future and what surprises her skills may bring along the way. If you have any interest into creativity, please follow her blog. I promise you no regrets.

Glass Work: Pain, Sweat, & Beauty

“I never met a color I didn’t like.” – Dale Chihuly

Glass artists are magnificent individuals. I have worked with my fair share of art mediums, but glass is not one of them. I have worked with clay and built sculptures using bendable wires, as far as glass goes, I have no clue where to even begin. I find it quite intimidating, yet mesmerizing. Learning how to work with glass will be placed under my bucket-list for now, until then, I will continue my journey exploring famous glass artists and getting to know their individual stories and personal craftmanship. Without further a do, I welcome you one of my favorite glass artists, Dale Chihuly.

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DALE CHIHULY: The Godfather of Glass Blowing

Chihuly is one of the most prominent American glass blowers of today, but I would have to say and most would agree that he is the greatest glass blower in the world and of all time. He revolutionized this style you often see many others trying to achieve today. No one can blow glass the way this man can. He is his own breed. The detailing of his work is extraordinary and jaw-dropping. When you look at the pieces, you are often left puzzled, how can someone be capable of creating this kind of work? It is as if it is impossible to construct, wondering if magic or superpowers somehow exists in this world.

As you can tell from the pictures above, Chihuly, is a man of many rare talents. Starting with this world life-size chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, putting everyone to the edge of their seats. He also orchestrates his glass blowing talents to create gigantic sculptures using a similar technique of his chandeliers, but to which they deserve their own praise. Some of Chihuly’s works of art are displayed in slide show above. Taking a look at it, you will notice the tree sculpture is glowing of golden-yellow with a dash of orange and a hint of green. It stands in the perfect spot, mirroring itself against the building’s glass wall. You will also come across his talent in painting, applying it with his sculpted bowls, which are put into the above slides.

I hope to one day look at his creations not from a computer screen, but view it as the real thing. If you are just as captivated by Dale Chihuly as I am and would like to get to know him better, his website  is one click away, a site not worth passing up.

 

 

 

 

Simply, Warhol

“It’s the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it.” – Andy Warhol

Where could one start with a fella named, Andrew Warhola, or better known as, Andy Warhol. What an iconic figure. When I look at the 15th to  early 20th century timeline, grouping the eras with its appropriate famous artists, its seems natural, like it was meant to be. In the 15th century you have widely known painters, Leonardo da Vinci and Michael Angelo. The 16th and 17th century bring you respectable, Peter Paul Rubens and Johannes Vermeer. Who could forget the 19th century when it brought you Claude Monet, Vincent van Gough, and Pablo Picasso. Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo made their mark in the early 20th century. Then, BOOM! Life gave you Andy Warhol. There he was, part of the 20th century club. Popping out like a women anxiously hiding in a life-size birthday cake, waiting to sing happy birthday to Hugh Hefner. As if he was making an unsaid statement to his former fellow artists like fireworks on the Forth of July. There never has and never will be anyone quite like him.

If you only know him as that one weird dude, an interesting looking one at that, and his pop art, than you are in for a treat. He is more than the man behind the prints like the ones featuring the rich and famous, a display of well-known brands like Campbell soup and Coca-cola. Who could forget the lonesome banana which set as an album cover for the American rock band, Velvet Underground.

Pennsylvania born, Andy Warhol, was part of the 20th century, Post-World War II era. A time of significant change. Famous European artists packed their bags and headed to America to avoid conflicts brought on by World War. It was an innovative time for America. It became the new ‘art central.’ Television just emerged, making pop culture the new obsession. Warhol had many successes before he became the King of Pop Art, even though his art was criticized by some for not being original with his artwork as if there was little effort put into it. This was far from the truth.

His introduction to art had similarities with Frida’s story. As a young child, he became bedridden from a serious illness and used that time to pick up drawing. Picking up those skills, he became a prominent illustrator and eventually worked his was up to having a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a career as a commercial artist.

Warhol had so many achievements in his life time. As a commercial artist, he invented self-branding illustrations. He brought his unique style as a director to motion picture. He had his own studio in New York City, named The Factory, known as the ‘IT’ place to hangout amongst the stars. It was an art studio, area designated for screen testing, producing photographs, as well as a workspace for his own magazine company, Interview. The factory became a common spot for brainstorming and formulating inspirational ideas, and let us not forget, the over the top parties. I found his strength and determination inspirational for my own life journey. One could not disagree, considering his difficult childhood, insecurities taken from his illness, devastation and impact of his father’s death, scrutiny over his sexuality, hateful words thrown at him of his art style and so forth.

Though he died the year I was born, 1987, there is a special bond that will never fade. I relate to him in many ways to where he helps me feel normal. Warhol and I suffer from dyslexia. We are daydreams and rule breakers. We both carry warm hearts, but formed a defensive wall for protection. We share the Christian faith and consider our families to be close-knit. Him and I have the same obsessions over Shirley Temple, Elvis Presley, James Dean, and Marilyn Monroe. My career path aligns with his in advertising and graphic design.

His visions, is unlike anyones else, which resulted in revolutionizing a new art movement and leading pop culture in the United States. Life as we know it would be very different if Andrew Warhola never became Andy Warhol.

My blog does not give his life justice. There is so much more I could contribute in honoring one of my favorite persons of all time. Therefore, if you get a chance, please click the hyperlinks below to learn more about the artist.

  • A lengthy but well worth the time documentary, by Ric Burns. Andy Warhol: Documentary Film Part 1, and Part 2.
  • There is a good Website on interesting little known facts of Andy Warhol.
  • Bio. does an outstanding job in writing a biography on Mr. Warhol.