Still learning to code my website. Learning a little more as I go. The most difficulty I was having was figuring out how to keep my navigation menu from shifting and stacking onto itself as my screen resolution changed. As you can see I fixed it. I did not specify a specific height and width for the <div> tag that the menu was encased in. I am feeling more confident with the information that I have been able to learn from doing this.
Not done yet!
I still have to.
Add the image gallery.
I might add a “News/Upcoming Events” Tag in the navigation bar.
I also need to change my CV so it caters strictly to my artwork.
So much to do. So little time to do it….

Still learning to code my website. Learning a little more as I go. The most difficulty I was having was figuring out how to keep my navigation menu from shifting and stacking onto itself as my screen resolution changed. As you can see I fixed it. I did not specify a specific height and width for the <div> tag that the menu was encased in. I am feeling more confident with the information that I have been able to learn from doing this.

Not done yet!

I still have to.

Add the image gallery.

I might add a “News/Upcoming Events” Tag in the navigation bar.

I also need to change my CV so it caters strictly to my artwork.

So much to do. So little time to do it….

I have a critique in 6 hours so I don’t know why am up writing this. I wanted to make a video today but I never got around to it. (https://www.youtube.com/user/MrAlexReynolds) So I am just going to write to you guys. I literally was having a realization about how painting works and what I need to do to make everything fall into place the way it needs to. I often times fall into moments where I do not remember how to paint anymore or I might have a moment when I feel like I don’t know if I can follow up on a painting I just finished. Then I just kept telling myself. “It is only paint.” Nothing more, nothing less. I stopped looking at painting as filling in spaces that have been isolated and need to be filled in, but seeing the painting as a series of pigments, mediums, colors, strategically layered on top of each other. I don’t even feel like I am working representational, when I am painting something obviously representational. It is rather strange but I am just going with it and it seems to be working.

The only thing that is bothering me now is WHAT THE HELL AM I GOING TO DO WITH THESE SMALL CANVASES????!!!! These paintings are about 20 inches give or take on each side and they have been just sitting on the corner taking up space. My mark does not translate that well onto a smaller canvas but I still need to make them work somehow. Just because I am having shows coming up and I need to have something on them because the chances of being able to sell large work is very slim. I need something they can just take away. I’ll figure it out. Its just when I’m painting I wonder where the rest of the canvas is. I am incredibly heavy handed (even in how I write). I just need a big surface to work with and have my way with.

I am getting sleepier now, that guava and rum is making it worse lol. I am so ready to give the children what they need at this critique in class in a few hours. I love showing off especially when I have been dormant for so long. I’m gonna make them EAT it haha!

Installation View of my final from 2013.

(Source: alexanderreynolds)

Working working working
Fantasia Barrino in the background lol Working working working
Fantasia Barrino in the background lol

Working working working

Fantasia Barrino in the background lol

Web-Site Update

I am finally making progress on my portfolio website. I just finished the front page. This page alone contains about 116 lines of code (Both HTML/CSS) The drop down menu gave me the most trouble. The links work too, so when I click them they take you directly to my tumblr and my twitter. I still have a bit to go with this. Just thought I share my small achievement <3

New and Improved portfolio website coming soon!

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I keep saying I am going to write more on this blog so here goes!

     If you have kept up with my videos, you would know about my growing interest in HTML, CSS, and other forms of graphic/web design. Today I started putting together the first few pieces of my custom portfolio website. I have never done anything like this and I didn’t realize how interesting and gratifying this could be. I also saw it as a way for me to stumble on a way to make money to support my art making practice after I graduate college. This was a serious concern I had going through art school. The same question was echoing in my head while as I came closer to my senior year. “How am I going to support myself while I am building my painting career?” The amount of money that is being spent to go to this school, I felt I definitely deserved to make a decent income after I leave here. I am very adamant about finding stability outside of my parental aid that I am so blessed to have at this point in my life. So I feel determined to take advantage of every opportunity I have to educate myself. There is no reason to leave my college with no useful skills that can help me earn cash before my career gets serious attention.

     I do not want to be limited to janitorial work or food service as a form of income. (Not saying that I look down on anyone who does these things. I was a janitor for a while to make money a few years ago.) I think it is funny that I never really considered web design as something I could be interested in. I just never thought about it in this way before. I considered teaching (It just seemed the obvious thing to do since I wanted to be a painter, but I never wanted to be an educator because I needed to make a paycheck and a classroom setting isn’t appealing to me. I only wanted to educate if I felt I had something relevant to say and teach.) I even considered gallery/museum work. (I am far too biased in my opinions to work in a gallery. I just want to be represented and shown in galleries. Not work in them) Then I decided that web design is something just about everyone needs and is willing to pay for so here I am now learning how to make this work. The occupation is flexible to any schedule and I can do it on my terms. My portfolio website is my first project and I am taking a web design course this summer to have a more formal learning atmosphere. I’m excited to see where this goes and I can finally let out a breath of relief knowing that I have a chance for stability.

     It is very disturbing to me that seniors are leaving this school without knowing where there income is coming from. They spent 4+ years in an art school institution under the impression that they will be able to live off painting until they realize that the world does not work that way. (At least not immediately. It is certainly possible, but we have to figure out what to do in the mean time.) The art institution that I am attending teaches you a CRAFT and it is up to the individual to make it an ART FORM that is lucrative. There is a business side to all of this and at the end of the day we have to eat and have a place to live and work. I think that’s all I have to say about that.

Hope you guys are having a fabulous spring <3

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