When Parents Let Their Children Roam

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As someone that works in the service industry, I see a variety of different people and families on a daily basis. Because of this, I understand that some families have different beliefs and ways to raise their children etc,.

But something I will never understand is how some parents can leave their children unattended while in a store. And I’m not talking like kid is 14 and is looking at one thing while their parent is looking at another. I’m talking about like four and ten year olds.

I frequently see kids wandering around the store where I work, desperately searching for their parent. Now I don’t have children myself, but if I was in a crowded store with a mixture of high class people and the scum of the earth, I would not let my child roam around alone.

I mean, how do you know there isn’t some creep watching your child and fantasizing about luring them into the bathroom or out of the store? What if some crazy lady that’s going through baby with drawl decides to snap up your kid?

Or what if they steal something? Not everyone has saints for children.

Or what if they get hurt? What if something falls off a shelf and hits them in the head and you’re no where around to help them?

It just sickens me to hear people say things like, “They’re 10! They’re old enough to be walking around by themselves!”

Yeah, maybe at home or at school. Not a place filled with strangers who you don’t know the background of.

Or here’s a good example: I went into the bathroom at work one day and saw a little girl crying. I asked her what was wrong and she said she couldn’t find her mommy. She said her mom told her to go to the bathroom by herself cause she had shopping to do. The girl had just turned five.

I don’t know if it’s a new trend among parents or what to just leave their offspring to their own devices in a place full of creeps or if the wrong people are breeding, but you’ll never see my future kids roaming a busy store alone.

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Accounting: An Unwanted Need

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This semester, I have to take accounting. Since it’s for my major, there’s no possible way I can just not take it. It sucks. I hate it. A lot.

It’s not too hard to understand, what I mostly have trouble with is writing balance sheets and income statements, which of course is something I have to do for my business. Either way I’m not going to win.

I’ve been sitting here for almost two hours studying for this exam I have today and nothing is sticking in my brain. I’m almost certain I’m going to fail it.

I find it sort of ironic that the one class I’m bad at is the one I need the most this year.

Painting Process #2-Autumn Night

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Last night was a rare thing. I actually had some free time! I decided to use it to the fullest and work on a painting.

I have a thing for painting and drawing trees and since autumn themed everything seems to be in full gear, I thought an autumn tree watercolor would be nice to paint.

I started out with just a blue wash for the background, but after looking at it for awhile, I threw some purple in there to give it more life. Image

After waiting forever for it to dry (I always add way too much water and paint) I started on the moon. I kept noticing that the paint was acting weird. I thought at first that it was just old (I hadn’t done a painting in awhile where I needed white paint) so I tried thinning it with more water. The more water I used, the weirder it got. I looked at the bottle and realized it wasn’t watercolor paint, but acrylic. Awesome. No freaking wonder it was being weird. Image

Luckily, it turned out to be ok. Next I started on the tree. I just used a basic brown, nothing fancy. After the tree limbs and trunk was painted, I decided to paint the land underneath it. i probably should’ve done that first, but hey I don’t have a brain! Image

It was then time for the leaves! I have a very rough, old brush that I like to use to paint leaves. It gives it a kind of stubbly effect. I didn’t mix the crimson, vermillion, and gold paint but instead poured them side by side on my paper paint holder and just kept dabbing the brush into all three colors until they mixed themselves into the brush. I then dabbed the brush all over the top of the tree. Image

It still looked like it needed something a little more autumn-ish. I added a tiny little pumpkin at the base of the tree. I didn’t think to wait until the background had dried some and ended up repainting the pumpkin twice. Image

And my painting was complete! I was going to add stars, but I think it didn’t need them. Image

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Follow Your Bliss

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As some of my avid readers know, I’m a junior in college, majoring in Art Management. But what you may not know is that I have not always been an art major. I started out as an early childhood education major. I switched when I realized that one, it would be extremely difficult to find a teaching job today and two, art has and always will be my passion in life. I think switching majors was one of the best things I’ve ever done.

So, yesterday, as I was walking through campus, I overheard a girl telling her friends about how she’s not allowed to major in anything else except psychology or else her parents will not help her with school. They believe that that’s the best path for her to take.

It made me remember when I was switching majors. My mother was pissed! She told me for weeks I’d never find a decent job and that she had already told everyone that I was going to be a teacher. My advisor however, told me to follow my bliss. He said if art made me happy, then fuck how much money I made, just as long as I was happy. And I am. I’m very happy.

I wanted to give that advice to that girl so badly, but as I thought about it, I don’t think it would have helped much. Her situation was a lot different than mine. As I listened more, she explained how her family was very strict and everyone in it was some form of doctor. She also said she knew no other life.

I can’t imagine being told you can’t have help with school because of what you want to study. I love my major and can’t wait to find a job in my field.

Back To School = Less Time For Art

College. Somewhere that I love to go, but is also somewhere that kills my wallet. It’s also somewhere that drains me of any energy that I had saved up to use on artwork. Since I go back on Tuesday, I’m declaring it “Terrible Tuesday: The Day Art Was Put On Hold.”

I’m a junior this year, so that means I really have less time for artwork. I can’t exactly complain though. I’m working my way to hopefully what is a brighter future for myself and my boyfriend. I’ve worked hard to get where I’m at. I have a stable job and make a decent amount of money. I use that to pay my loans and bills toward school (and for more art supplies!)

So, not having the time to work on some projects is only a small sacrifice to me.

Beauty In Black And Red

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So after a vacation from Hell and now crap going on at work, I have been seriously tired of just making bracelets and working on the same necklace. I just needed a change. I decided to go to Michael’s and see what kind of pendants they had for possible hair accessories.

I went in having no intention on buying anything. I was simply going to look around and get ideas. But this one piece stood out to me. I have a thing for the color red, you see. I also have a passion for the color black, as I tend to lean toward things from the darker side of life.

I ended up spending around thirty dollars in supplies and spent two days cleaning up glue, but this was my end result!

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It turns out that making these is not as easy as I thought it would be. I had to wait days for the glue to dry completely and ended up getting it everywhere.

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But I think it turned out pretty nice! This one is for sale. I’m selling it for only $15.

If you’re interested in buying this piece, simply click the link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/107598855/beauty-in-black-and-red-hair-clip

Purple Pearls!

After a very long and not so great vacation, I came home to a clean desk….

I don’t know about anyone else, but I work better in a chaotic environment. My mom had cleaned up and organized my desk when I left. I couldn’t find anything and decided instead of freaking out, that I would just make a bracelet to cool off.

So I did! I made this! Image

It’s dark purple and lavender colored glass pearls on memory wire. I think it was simple to make yet also makes a statement. I also tried wearing it as an anklet. It works as one but not really. Only if you have ankles the size of a twig, which I don’t.

But, it’s for sale here on my etsy page: https://www.etsy.com/listing/106298307/dark-purple-and-light-lavender-pearl

I have a lot more of those pearls and I really like using them, so there should be more bracelets like that to come. I also have different colored ones so stay tuned for some neat-o pieces!

Painting Process 1–“Parrot”

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I like to log the progress of my paintings using photos and such whenever I can. I feel that going back to see what I did first and how I did it could possibly be used to further my skill. So I decided that I’m going to use this blog to not only document my life as an artist, but to also show my process.

Lately I’ve been seeing parrots everywhere (especially in the ads for the beach I go to) and thought I’d try doing a thirty minute watercolor of one.

So I did what everyone else does and Googled a picture of a parrot for my source image. I chose this one. Image

Credit goes to this site where I found it: http://www.fatherlyadviceandrants.com/the-parrot-and-the-freezer.html

I then started with a basic, light blue wash. Image

I started with the beak, since it seemed going from left to right would be the easiest thing to do.Image

Then I went on to some more painting…Image

I started to add some of the little details. I try to add the minute stuff last, but that usually doesn’t happen. Image

The best part was painting the wings. My paintings usually only consist of a few colors and are normally very dark. This colorful work was very different from what I usually do. Image

And after about twenty minutes, I had a finished parrot! I know the picture is really light. My scanner is an ancient brick. I also apologize for the dry read. I tried to be brief and just include the photos. Image

To see more of my work, you can check out my art page at: https://www.facebook.com/LindsHuss

Girls Love Pearls!

If you read my last post, then you know I spent some four hours browsing through jewelry making materials to add to my repertoire of resources. After much browsing, I finally made a selection! 

Pearls!!

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I already have so many different pieces in mind! I plan on using these little beauties with some elements of fantasy to make some mystical looking pieces!

Unfortunately, it won’t be for awhile. I’m sort of poor and could only afford to pay for standard shipping. I probably won’t have these for at least 10 days.

Until then, I’ve got some paintings to do and some more jewelry to make for my shop!

Under A Spell

I sat down to my laptop around noon to browse my favorite jewelry suppliers sales. I just realized it’s not 4:08pm here. I can’t believe how the time has flown! There has to be a spell of some sort that jewelry and art supply sites put you under. Either that or I just have too much time on my hands. The worst part is, I have yet to buy anything!

Hopefully I will soon have some new materials on the way. I don’t want to think I just spent four hours sitting here for nothing!