|Savannah Schroll Guz, "Space-Time Continuum", 2012|
Over the past few weeks, I've been so consumed with class prep, grading, and other responsibilities that I haven't had a chance to post. However, this coming Saturday will be my last two classes for the semester. Already, I have an incredible sense of relief, since I finished up my long commutes to and from Wheeling last night. After some of my experiences this semester and last semester, I will not return to my current adjuncting post. Although I enjoy teaching very much, especially to those students who care, the drama that comes with my current position is something I really want to get away from, especially since I make almost nothing. It's definitely not a living wage, and I don't get combat pay. So I've begun to seriously consider concentrating my efforts in a different direction, one that is more rewarding, even if those rewards are only personal.
On this happier note, I mentioned a project that I had begun, and once I submit my grades, I can devote more time to it. I hope to have some new things to post by next week, although I want to send them to the person with whom I am working first and get his feedback as well.
|A Mercer Mayer illustration from the |
the book Beauty and the Beast by Marianna Mayer
Many years ago, my Mum got me a perfect bound softcover of Beauty and the Beast. It was illustrated by Mercer Mayer, with some of the loveliest, most delicate pen and watercolor drawings I have seen. And in a period largely dominated by the Disney conception of what the two characters should look like, Mayer's Beauty and Beast are even more baroquely beautiful. I brought the book back to West Virginia from my parents' home when we visited at Easter, so I could more carefully examine every puddle of color and ink arabesque on the pages. Mercer Mayer also wrote and illustrated another of my favorite books from childhood: Just Me and My Dad.
Excitingly, I've also begun selling a few items from my Etsy store. I make art pins from polymer clay that I bake and paint. Here's a piece that sold last Tuesday:
|"Cherry Pie Slice" (an art pin)|