The Blog So Far

I have enjoyed running this blog thus far! It’s been fun to explore different topics and images. I’ve focused on visual art for the majority of posts. I’ve shared some personal opinions, as well as my interpretations of the art I’ve shown.

The hardest part is remembering to post. It takes me some time to research and reflect before a post. I also find media to enhance my posts, so it takes some planning. Accountability will be key in the fall! I’ll be running a professional blog, and posts can’t be late or rushed.

My summer has been visual arts heavy. My strength has always been literature, but I need to be well-versed in both lit and art. I’m grateful for this blog, because it has made me far more aware of the types and intricacies of visual art.

Three Dimensional Digital Art

This week in my art class, we learned how to use Google Sketchup to create 3D models digitally. This is an interesting area of the art world, because it combines digital art with sculptural art.

Here is an example of a Google Sketchup art piece. This must have required a lot of time and attention to detail. I used to believe that digital art must be somewhat easier to create, considering all the features of art software. I now know that it requires a high level of attention to detail and a serious time commitment.

Here are some other cool examples of three dimensional digital art.


Food Art

I worked as a barista last summer.

My shifts were always 7 + hours long, and not very busy. I had tons of free time at the espresso machine. This led to some creative coffee activity. I tried raspberry lattes, teas with orange-flavored syrup, blended hot chocolates with peanut butter.

However, I was never able to master latte art. I could almost do the basic foam heart, but it always fell flat. I admire those who can create artistic food presentations, and this post will showcase some examples.

Here is a pretty example. The color contrast between the shrimp and cucumber is gorgeous, and the shape is unique.

Here is an interesting example. On first glance, it resembles an abstract art piece. The shapes and colors compliment each other (plus it probably tastes great).

Last but not least, fun and cute art works great in the culinary world.

Video and Digital Art

This week, I started a new class called Computers in Visual Art. It’s really interesting to explore the ways technology opens so many doors for artists. There are limits to pen and paper, as weird as that sounds to me. I think one of the biggest advantages of art technology is video. Movement can be expanded on and used in new ways through video.

The above video, entitled Decay, is incredible. The music, the movement, the human silhouettes and the images of nature all combine into a unique experience. It expresses an incredible amount of melancholy and tells a story without even sharing a word.

Interior Design as a form of art

I wanted to be an interior designer for a brief period in high school. It seemed like a great job, based on HGTV and my experiences building houses in Sims (usually while I watched HGTV).

I think interior design is considered art. You have to consider the same elements, such as balance, color, and the aesthetic associated with it. Most people go for calm and quiet spaces for the majority of their homes, but some like a level of excitement. So how is that communicated through interior design? Here are some examples.

#1- Calm living space

This image is from a blog entitled Stockholm Vitt Interior Design, based on Scandinavian influenced design (see it here). The room has a simple gray and blue color scheme, which is relaxing and makes the room appear bright and cozy. The cohesive tables are all modernist, but are rustic in color to match the darker pillows on the furniture. The flowers and simple sculptures tie the room together. All in all, the room evokes serenity, just as a piece of art can.

#2- Energetic living space

This image is from Freshome, an architecture/interior design/lifestyle website (find it here). This room, while still inviting like the above one, is clearly more energetic. This is done through the contrast of colors, the different prints used, and the pop of a bright color (yellow). It has a classy aesthetic through the chandelier and floor-to-ceiling curtains, but it isn’t stuffy due to the colors and prints.

My Inspiration #2

This week, I’ll be discussing my favorite writers. I write both personally and publicly, as a reporter for my campus newspaper. My passion for writing originates with the books of my childhood, and evolved through the works I explored as I grew up.

I’m going to discuss two of my favorite writers, one from my childhood and one that I grew to love in high school. I’ll also showcase some lines from their work and a short bio.

J.K. ROWLING = I grew up with the Harry Potter books. I credit most of my personality and passion to Rowling. Her writing is a major source of inspiration for me. It beautifully blends every emotion with gorgeous imagery and vital lessons. According to Rowling’s page (here), she was an avid reader growing up. Her ideas for the Harry Potter series were recorded onto scraps of paper and napkins. She also writes successful crime novels.


EMILY DICKINSON = I was introduced to Dickinson in middle school, but her work didn’t really resonate with me and I quickly forgot it. When I revisited Dickinson in high school, I was hooked. In growing up and gaining more experiences, it became easier to identify to Dickinson. Her poetry is moving and mysterious, beautiful in a way that can’t be easily identified. I found it to be incredibly powerful. According to her bio (here), Dickinson wrote almost 1800 poems. Her work was personal, only shared with friends and family, until after her death. Dickinson is now regarded as one of the best American poets.

My Inspiration

For my second blog post, I’m going to discuss my favorite artists. These are the people that drive my creativity and passion. I will include one picture of their work, a short bio, and why I admire them.

ANSEL ADAMS = I grew up with an Adams work (below!) in my room. I don’t remember when my parents put it there, I just remember looking at it daily. It had a calming and inspiring effect on me. Adams was an environmentalist and a photographer, almost exclusively focusing his life and work on nature. He never included any sign of humanity in his photos. I think I am largely inspired by Adams because of this. He found a creative way to represent what already existed without adding anything, as I strive to do within my own work. For more information:

FRIDA KAHLO = The art of Kahlo is unique and experimental. Her life was tumultuous, as she suffered horrible injuries after she was hit by a bus and struggled through an abusive relationship with fellow artist Diego Rivera. I greatly admire Kahlo for her ability to create powerful works of art from her hardships. All her work is grounded in painful truth, represented through her unique perspective on paper. For more information:

Next week, I plan on tackling my favorite writers!

Until then,


Pens and Swords


My name is Erin and this is my WR303 blog! I will be posting about all forms of art, but will focus on literature and visual art. As a highly creative individual, these topics are of great interest to me. I hope this experience will educate me about writing on a blog platform and the internet in general.

Next year, I will be taking on the role of Assistant Editor for Prism, Oregon State University’s art and literary journal. While our priority will be creating the print journal, one of my other main tasks will be running the Prism blog, Backmatter. A good portion of the posts will be submitted content, but the rest will be on me and the Editor in Chief to create. By running this blog, I hope to explore what I want to research and write for our publication. However, this blog will likely have a personal edge, as it’s a chance for my own self-expression, and my Backmatter posts will be journalism-based.

I believe the audience for this blog is anyone who enjoys creativity. I plan on exploring both creations and the artists behind it, as well as the connections between art and current events. Some posts will showcase types of visual art I rarely see discussed in an artistic format- food, makeup, interior design, and landscaping. I’m also planning on exploring literature, especially poetry. I may even include some of my own. I hope this page is interesting and inspiring to those who come across it!


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