Feeling Artsy Fartsy – Art Attack II

Ya'll might remember the post I did a while back about my stint in the industrial arts class where I made the lamp?  Well, my junior year, I signed up for Industrial Arts II, hated the teacher, and along with Kyle Wallace, dropped the class and took regular Art I instead.

The class was fun.  We got to go outside a lot, and the teacher, Lee Henneberry, was a pretty lax grader.  So that was good, too.

Now, I've always been a doodler, and this class REALLY helped out my doodling.  But, senior year, I had too many college prep classes to take to burn a period on art, so Mr. Henneberry and I parted ways.  Too make up for it, I dated his daughter Maria, so he wouldn't feel like I was shunning him or anything.

While going through a box when I moved a year ago, I ran across some of the old artwork from that class.  For a kid who had never held a paint brush, I think some of them turned out pretty good.

Like back HERE, when I gave you the original "Art Attack" and challenged you to show me what was on your walls, now I'm challenging you to show me what you made in high school.  (And yes, Cowguy, shop class is art as much as sculpting is.)

(Confession – Some of these pictures have not done so well in storage, so there have been a few digital restorations done to get them looking right.)

Sunset-Barn-CropThe purpose of this exercise was to practice blending.  We did sunsets.  That's supposed to be an old corn crib we had out at the farm where I grew up.  The building is long gone now, and I realize now, too, that the sky at the top should be blending in some darker hues with a little purple dropped in there, but what's a guy to do?

Originally, this was longer, but I cropped it a little and moved the signature up.  Ah, Photoshop.

Sunset-MediumThis one is Cora's favorite.  I brought them out when she was here.  I like it myself, too.  Again, the sunset study.  Don't know why I chose to silhouette the people instead of putting in a windmill or something, but I'm sure glad I did. 

Parking-Lot-MediumArtistically, this is my second favorite.  It's the parking lot behind the high school.  Like I said, we got to go outside in the nice weather, and the class was an after noon class, so I remember this a beautiful spring day under the blue Central Illinois sky.


Here's one for Cowguy.  Did you have that deck of card growing up?  (For the city slickers, Furadan was a very popular pesticide in the 80's, but is effectively banned in the US, now, nematodes aren't toads, they are round worms, and 'yes' it appears that the corn stalk is growing fire dildos.)

Shapes-MotionThis is my favorite.  It is actually 4 bits that when assembled form three sides and a top.  Go figure I would like the technical one the most.

Here is what it looks like put all together.

Now, I've shown you mine.

You show me yours.


Not The Rockefellers said...

I really like the first one, the barn..I have a place in my family room for it. How much? :)

Peace - Rene

Soda and Candy said...

I like the shapes one the best as well, especially the from-above one.

SkylersDad said...

I'm with Cora, I like that one best. I would proudly display my greatest work, "Stick Man Wears A Hat", but I don't want to one-up you...

Cora said...

Ohhhh, I'll soooo show you mine.... as soon as I dig 'em out of the garage.... which, admittedly, probably won't be until after your visit next week. (Oh my God! How fun is it to say THAT?! You're visit NEXT WEEK!! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee!!)

The sunset one is GORGEOUS and is definitely better with people instead of a windmill of something along those lines. And it makes a STUNNING banner up there, Scope. Bravo!!

mo.stoneskin said...

I always knew you were a closet artist, I mean, I've seen your banners and stuff. As for me, I didn't make anything in high school. Well I made a kid cry once but...

Jan @ Struck by Serendipity said...

I love the new header. I actually looked through my art work when I was on vaca...I store it at my parents' house otherwise I'd share.

J.J. in L.A. said...

Sorry, no art pics. I didn't take it in high school. I like the 2-people sunset pic the best too.

Scope said...

Rene - Reprint are free. :-)

S&C - When I tried the video the first time, I called them "geoGRAPHIC" shapes not "geoMETRIC" shapes.

SkyDad - Then how about your other classic, "Stick Man Gets Excited"

Cora - I can't wait to get out there and root around in your junk. Wait, huh?

Mo - So, you're more of a performance artist then?

Jan - We'll wait. In the mean time, how about a photo of the sun setting over the gulf to make us all jealous?

JJ - I'me sure your mom has a macaroni necklace that you made her in camp hidden somewhere.