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a snowday with kids

Some of you may not live in the South. We have a bit of a reputation when it comes to the way we deal with winter weather and with our recent winter event I thought it might be a good time to tell you how it really is down here. Usually when there's any mention of the word "snow" by a meteorologist, it generates a buzz among snowbirds. Show More Summary

binge watching

Remember when TV was memorable? I’m talking about a TV series that would offer season after season of half hour or hour-long entertainment. There used to be shows that told stories and had jokes and maybe they weren’t the best quality stories or jokes, but you could remember them. Show More Summary

coffee talk

For a few years, comedian Jerry Seinfeld quietly went about making an interesting series of videos. After ending his sitcom he had lived his life laying low and doing comedy when he wanted. Then he had the idea to record himself going to coffee with several of his comedian friends. Show More Summary

an actual break

So the crazy-busy semester ended and Christmas break began. The break started out weird by having a whole week between the last exam and graduation. So we were kind of out of school and kind of not out of school. I had several end of semester sorts of things to attend to on the computer but I managed to stay off campus most of the week. Show More Summary

that new semester smell

"spring 2018" That's what the little blue folder says on my computer. It's a very exciting folder. I taught my first university level class 15.5 years ago. The class was "3D Design 1" and was an intro class to three dimensional materials and composition. Show More Summary

the truth about butts

You want to know the truth behind Butt Drawing Monday? For a year and a half now I've been drawing one butt each week and featuring it on Instagram with the hashtag #buttdrawingmonday. If you haven't seen this yet, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Show More Summary

do you remember stillness?

The bathroom door in my childhood home had a Native American lady carrying her son bundled on her back. It was right there on the back of the door. If I had been raised Catholic I’m sure it would have been the Virgin Mary. Some days it almost became a dragon’s face. Show More Summary

i'm writing this to you

Hey, This semester has had some pretty heavy moments that happened mostly second hand. What I mean is, I've watched other people go through stuff and felt terrible for them. When you're me, you spend a lot of time pretending you don't have emotions when actually you feel so much empathy for the people around you. Show More Summary

remember fall semester?

So since I left you hanging all semester long, here's a quick tour of the fall semester: We welcomed the start of the semester with a pancake breakfast for our Art majors living in our new Art Village on campus. Oh, and remember the Great American Eclipse of 2017? It was pretty cool. Show More Summary

dear blog

2 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

ok, so this is awkward. we haven't talked in a while, blog. i know i've said i'd update a few times over the last few months but other things got in the way. it's my fault. i'm sorry. the thing is, school started after that last post. Show More Summary

John Angel Sculptor

Central, in Kings Square Bridgwater is this amazing war memorial which caught my eye recently. I looked for a signature but could find none. I am assured however that it is signed and it is 'an Angel', that is John Angel, a celebrated sculptor on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Show More Summary

turns out it was the summer of sand sculpture

5 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

Who knew? Sometimes you name the summer and sometimes the summer names itself. This summer started out as "The Summer of Free" in the hopes that we would be able to find free adventures all summer. The summer budget is a mess here. There's...Show More Summary

oops we did it again

6 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

The last beach trip of summer is done. It felt like the days flew by but when I think back on the events of the week, we packed a lot of stuff in those 7 days. No wonder we were tired when we got back home. This photo pretty much sums up the week. Show More Summary

fun is a dog

6 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

This summer has been busy. Probably sounds lame coming from a person who is "off" for summer break. Especially if you're one of the people who has seen pics from our summer adventures on Instagram. It looks like the McAbees are always having fun and always going somewhere. Show More Summary


7 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

It's time for the Summer Studio Sale. The one day of the year you can come to my house without fear of being shot at! Saturday, July 22 you'll be able to tour my small drawing and sculpture studios and purchase super cool artwork at super affordable prices. Show More Summary

vacation part two

7 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

Packing up and getting out of town for a few days refocuses my brain. I become hyper-aware of the people around me. I notice the pattern and fit of their clothing. I observe their behavior and wonder how it compares to their behavior back home. Show More Summary

vacation part one

7 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

Vacation was good to me. It always is. I’m not just talking about rest and relaxation or getting away from the normal day to day. I’m talking about imagery and concept related to making art. When my brain is able to coast a little, space opens up and ideas fill that space. Show More Summary

life after advice

7 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

My undergraduate degree was a BA in Studio Art with teacher certification. I wanted to be a teacher and I thought that working in a K-12 public school was probably the way to go. Near the end of my degree, one of my mentor professors had a conversation with me and told me I should switch to the BFA degree. Show More Summary

the difference between mermaids and noise

8 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

I'm sitting at my dining room table. Ten feet in front of me several teams of hummingbirds are warring over the favored nectar bank. The window that separates us is one of the best features of the house. Just beyond the window is the front porch and hummingbird traffic zone. Show More Summary

that time we had class on the beach

8 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

Two years ago I was building a sand fort on the beach with my kids. We had spent the week in the sand building new and interesting things each day. Beach walkers would stop and ask questions and say nice things. I joked with G whileShow More Summary

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