Below are a couple of watercolor works from my college years, way back in the 1990s…
If I Could Walk on Water © 1996 Jeff Thomann
Media: Water Color Painting
Website Link: http://jeffthomann.cwahi.net/artfolio/watercolor.shtml#2
Media: Water Color Painting
Website Link: http://jeffthomann.cwahi.net/artfolio/watercolor.shtml#3″
Both of the above works are fairly cliché. The Walking on Water work was done as a part of an introduction to typography class, and the Vampire work was done an experimental work exploring salt’s effects on watercolor paintings. The Vampire work was inspired by expersionistic works such as those created by Edward Munch.
Although If I Could Walk on Water was not the greatest artwork in the world, it became a significant part of my college career as it was the last work I turned in to the Typography teacher before deciding that going in to the graphic design was not my cup of tea, and that I wanted to REALLY go in to painting instead of graphic design. I dropped the typography class, which was the first intro class in to the graphic design upper level classes the day after this work was turned in, 5 minutes before the window at the office closed at 5 PM, which happened to just be the very last day that we were allowed to drop classes that semester. The following Semesters I started taking upper level painting classes, spending hundreds of hours, and many all nighters in the painting studio creating some of the works you see on this very blog…
I don’t regret dropping out of graphic design as a major back then at all because back then Photoshop was at version 3 or 4, and I’m glad I didn’t spend my college tuition learning software like that that would become outdated the next year when a newer version came out. Instead I spent the tuition money and my time learning ancient tools and techniques that will never become outdated.
I still have a ways to go, but by plotting this stuff out more, and keeping better track with a very detailed exercise and diet log that I’ve recently started making way more detailed than in the past, I’ll get there eventually! 🙂 Recently obtained a new position at work that has a few more duties than the previous job, so I haven’t been sticking to the diet as closely as I should have the last week or two, but going forward plan to start doing much better.
Planning on following NO S diet in this process a lot closer… (actually charting out each S for each meal of the day and writing down in the log what was eaten when, etc. ).
As for exercise, planning on walking the kid in a stroller in mornings and/or maybe doing some other cardio inside when that’s not possible. For evenings, I plan on doing some kettlebell workouts as well as the various video workouts I’ve been trying to do for a long time, but keep straying from slightly from time to time, only cutting out that straying and staying the course this time round. (I know that the sugar looks high in these, and it is, but it was mainly there due to eating badly the last couple of weeks with overcarbing and occasionally having candy/ice cream due to a pre-Halloween stash that is now gone and a couple of Nieces’ birthdays that were recently celebrated… now that I’m going to watch things more closely that should fix up pretty quickly. I’m hoping that I can break the ‘typical Holiday’s overeating’ thing here at the end of the year by starting all of this up heavy handed now instead if waiting a month or whatever as I’ve messed up on in some previous years)
I see a Doctor next week for the first time in over a year, so hopefully they’ll have some helpful advice too?…