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It's kind of a major relief not to have exams, but instead I need to finish a few of my paintings for review. I'm close to being done with a few of them, so I'm not too concerned with getting done in time. The mixed media piece will take the longest, but that's primarily due to the different drying times on the paints. I figure I could do one type, let it dry while working on another piece, then come back and repeat the steps until I'm done.

Niou, after finals are over, we're going to use my prize from the Valentine's Day scavenger hunt unless you're not in town, then I'll go by myself.

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Winning the tournament gave me a great surge of inspiration and motivation, so I wrapped up all the pieces I had been working on over the break. After that, I spent some time looking at found art for some new inspiration. I came across this series of works by Danielle Clough called "What a Racket."

The idea was wonderfully executed and I find myself wondering how many rackets I have at home that I could turn into works of art. No embroidery though. I was thinking using the racket as the frame and stretching canvas where the gut would be, but using the gut strings to secure the canvas in place. I'll have to think on it more and maybe talk to my restringer to see if it could be done using metal eyelets to prevent the gut from damaging the canvas.

This is my favorite one of the series:
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Text to Niou )

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We won! I finished my match quickly. Only because Yanagi told me not to drag it out. I swear he sets out to ruin my fun. The rest of the team did well too, obviously. We play Shirataiiku, but I feel confident in my game. Kind of hope we get to face Johoga. If only because I want to play Niou.

Other than tennis, I've been trying to study for art history. I know all art is important, but I'm not all that fond of pointillism. It's kind of boring.

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suisaigaka: (sleepy)
You know, I had a costume and everything picked out for Halloween, but I lost track of time working on something for class last minute since I've ramped up my tennis training. It was close to midnight when I decided to go home and crash. Which I did for all of Sunday. If you called/texted/emailed/whatever, I totally missed it since I kind of accidentally-on-purpose misplaced my phone when I got back to my room. I still haven't found it and I'm pretty sure it's died by now. Oops.

You might want to fill me in if I missed anything. Sorry.

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Screened to Niou )

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suisaigaka: (painting)
I finished putting gesso on a few canvases then I took one while it was still wet and practiced painting with acrylics and the blade set I got. My technique still needs some work to match up with how long I have to work with the paint before it starts to dry and become unmanageable, but it worked for just practice.

Even though I didn’t participate in the bonfire, I was close enough to get some good pictures as reference for a painting I want to try using watercolors. I thought about taking one of my folding screen-style sketchbooks and doing a whole panorama, but the paper’s not right for watercolors. I could always try colored pencils and see what happens.

Unrelated, but I wish these ball machines had a faster setting.

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suisaigaka: (watercolors)
Back in Toyama. It was really great spending time with my family and beating people at tennis. However, there's something almost as important as tennis and that's my art supply store haul. Dad was amazing, as usual, and let me pick up a few things.

- New Yasutomo Haboku Artist Brushes (in four sizes: S, M, L, XL)
- Iroshizuku bottled inks (one of every color available)
- Some more watercolors
- Set of palette knives
- 10 tubes of Liquitex white acrylic
- Porcelain :D
- Watercolor sketchbook

Nishinoya-kun, I have a small package of porcelain just for you. I'm heading to the studio tomorrow, so I'll just leave it at your station.

I have some plans with the ink and Liquitex. I cannot wait.
suisaigaka: (painting)
I am still pissed off that we lost. How could we lose at tennis? If I could play every position, we would've won. Of course, that's completely unrealistic, but still. Losing. At. Tennis. Ugh.

Back in Yokohama. Managed to schedule tennis with Sanada, Yanagi, and Kirihara. I might have partial hearing loss from that. My sister is being kind and spending a couple of days with her big brother before abandoning him to go hang out with her friends. Mom made me promise not to spend all my time in the garden and dad locked up his art supplies so I wouldn't "borrow" any. I brought my own, but he has this clay that I've wanted to work with for awhile now. Maybe I can convince him to take me to the art supply store and get it for me. Silver Week gift or something.

Anyway, I'm glad I'm home. I was spending far too much time obsessing overthinking one of the paintings I'm working on. The time away should help. Besides, I have art history to study for.

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