it's been a bit of a long hiatus, and a bit of a whirlwind end-of-summer for me. from trips home to massachusetts, to a gorgeous and adventurous week in san francisco for the outside lands music festival, to visiting philadelphia and celebrating the start of 'fall' with friends and cocktails, i feel like august existed as part of a month-long dream, from which i just woke up, and it's suddenly the middle of september.
i absolutely love this time of year. when i was younger (who am i kidding, if i had reason to do it now, i would), i used to go crazy for school supplies. color coordinated binders, folders, notebooks (3-subject, college-ruled, 5 star), mechanical pencils, black (never blue) ink pens, the list goes on. there's something refreshing, settling and exciting all at the same time about starting a new school year, and i've recently felt myself missing that sensation. maybe i should have taken my father's teasing about becoming a teacher more seriously... really though, i think this itch means that it's about time i went back to graduate school.
i've always felt that if i was going to invest more time (and more time spent paying back more loans) into another degree, it would be for something i'm really passionate about. something that i may not have looked at as a 'serious' point of study, perhaps because it's not regarded as particularly practical or career-oriented. something that i've always loved to do, that i keep coming back to subconsiously; something that i've continually tried to integrate into various areas of my life. now, there are 3 things that fit that description: performance (acting), writing and illustration. if i could find a way to include all three into my graduate studies (and post-graduate career path), i would be ecstatic. if it was possible to include two of the three, i would be thrilled. if i could only focus on one, i would be immensely happy.
whatever i'm able to find (and this is if i even get accepted to program), i know that fine art and illustration will be the main emphasis. i'm still putting my portfolio together, and these are a few pieces that i'll be including for admission. any feedback or suggestions would be more than welcome, and thank you for coming along with me on this (slightly trepidatious) journey!