Education

Finally

Finally

Well, so much for those promised updates through the semester.  I got busy with my schoolwork and, well, this blog suffered.  I am happy to report, however, that I have earned by Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Media from the University of Houston School of Art.  This was a process that took […]


Quick Updates

Quick Updates

Regarding the Rock and Roll call for entry, unfortunately I did not make it in. The juror, Paul Natkin, had a vision different from what I had submitted. I will be honest in saying that I was a little disappointed and that some of his selections left me scratching my head a little bit, but […]


It’s All About the Content

It's All About the Content

I know I should really post more than once a month.  This semester is kicking my ass a little bit, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  I’m learning a lot and finding out things about my vision that I never realized before.  But we won’t go too much into that with this post.  Let’s […]


The New Semester…

The New Semester...

… is already in Week 3.  We hit the ground running with our morning professor.  I’ll get into the breakdown of how things are working in another post. Just know that portraiture is out of my comfort zone when it comes to photography.  I guess it’s just because I’ve never really tried all that hard […]


Renewal of Germane Activity

Renewal of Germane Activity

I’m still decompressing at this point.  I edited a video assignment from earlier in the semester based on feedback received.  This final video contains the portfolio I submitted for review to enter the BFA program.  I also went to a birthday party last night for a friend of mine that was nice, even if I […]


The Decompression Chamber

The Decompression Chamber

This semester went by very slowly and very fast at the same time.  The amount of work I did this past semester exceeded my expectations (and initial cost estimates).  At least I had football to keep me grounded.  The UH Cougars went 8-4 while the Houston Texans…  well, let’s just say they’ve seen better seasons. […]


Concept #1

Concept #1

Here we are…  now I’m getting ready to enter the final stretch of getting into the BFA program at the University of Houston.  Barring any surprises in terms of academic requirements (as far as I know I’m good to go, but I still need to meet with my adviser to verify my academic standing), all […]


School’s Out (For the Summer)

School's Out (For the Summer)

The results for the semester are in. I managed to achieve one A and one A- this semester (I took 2 courses). One part of me wishes (in regards to the A-) that I had a little more feedback other than the final grade. I suppose I could just ask the professor, but if that’s […]


Quickie Update

Quickie Update

The pace is picking up as we head into the Thanksgiving break.  I’ve got another project due next week and these final prints are proving to be the most challenging yet.  I may change my mind before then, but lab time is going to be limited.  The great thing is that for part of my […]


The One Where I Share Early Morning Thoughts

The One Where I Share Early Morning Thoughts

Sorry for the post title modeled after “Friends” episode titles.  I just couldn’t help it. My Aesthetics of Faith class has definitely been very interesting and insightful.  This particular course seems to be trying to answer the question as to why we create art.  This is not the same as exploring religion and faith in […]


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Well, another summer has come and gone. In about 5 days I make my return to the classrooms of the University of Houston to further my art education. I did have plans with some things this summer, but time and money constraints brought my actions more in line with reality. But it’s not as if […]


End of June

End of June

I’m not sure where the time has gone.  One minute I’m relaxing and the next thing I know is that Summer is half over.  It’s not that I’ve been lazy as my energy has been geared more toward my activities with The Overtime Page and on my day job…  it’s just at the end of […]


New Color Theory Project

New Color Theory Project

The first project for my Color Theory course was turned in about 2 weeks ago.  The instructor has promised that she will return the projects to the class on 22 Feb.  This is welcome news because I’ve been anxious to see her feedback.  At this point, however, I’ll put it out of my mind and […]


On Forward We March

On Forward We March

Ok, the semester is finally over.  I am happy to report that I received a semester GPA of 4.0 this past Fall.  Now I’m looking forward to the Spring semester as it brings forth new challenges.  For the upcoming semester I am enrolled in 3 classes – Color, Primitive Photography, and Critical Theory.  This will bring […]


December

December

I can’t believe it’s December already.  The past 45 days have gone by in a blur.  At this point I am looking forward to relaxing (relatively, I still have to feed myself and keep the net and lights on) and preparing for the next semester.  Oh yeah, and the stretch run of the NFL season […]


It’s Almost November

It's Almost November

Again we start rolling around to another month and I haven’t posted any updates. So, here goes with the latest adventure in Rick’s Picture Corner. As you all have probably noticed lately, a lot of these posts have been focusing on works created in Photoshop. This is primarily due to my work in one of […]


It’s Almost October

It's Almost October

My English teacher wasn’t kidding when he said that I was a glutton for punishment this semester.  A total of 18 contact hours per week is kicking my butt.  Well, it’s all for the greater good of learning, correct? So now as I struggle with trying to repair a broken upright freezer (and replacing the […]


Post First Project Entry

Post First Project Entry

Well, the first project for my Computer Imaging course has been submitted for grading.  I guess I will be finding out next week what the instructor thinks of my artwork, but until then I have other things to do. The next project will be a self-portrait.  As I’ve done three self-portraits in the past twelve months, […]


Early September – Is it Finals Week Yet?

I’ve been taking classes for 3 weeks now at the University of Houston and am going into the 2nd week at Lonestar College.  This is beginning to kick my butt.  The 12 contact hours total each week at UH isn’t helping anything.  This week we’re going to be kicking things into gear in both my […]


End of Semester Crunch

End of Semester Crunch

I am happy to report that I am finished with my English course.  After the midterm we had 4 classes then moved straight into our final paper.  The professor set it up to where we had to give a presentation on our papers, but only a couple people would be presenting per night and you […]


On to Project 4 and Other Assorted Updates

So I have 3 Digital Art projects down.  The next one is moving a little bit outside the creative realm and more into the graphic design realm.  We need to create a retail package of some sort with the theme being something about self-improvement.  For this project we will need to use a container template, […]


So Much for Best Laid Plans…

So Much for Best Laid Plans...

My project is finally done!  I worked on it today thinking I only had a few adjustments to make and then after my evening classes I would spend an hour, maybe two, finishing it out, printing it, and enjoying my handiwork.  Here I am, four and a half hours later, finally pulling the print off […]


Work

Work continues apace on the Digital Art project.  I’m finding this experience frustrating as hell, but rewarding all the same.  I have the final planned element in place.  At this point, however, it’s going to be a matter of executing the steps to make it match my vision for the project.  I believe tomorrow is […]


It’s Already March…

It's Already March...

I have to begin by apologizing for the lack of updates.  I got busy the past few weeks with various work and school-related things.  Earlier this week I woke up with a fever, which was really bad because I had 2 exams scheduled that day.  I only hope the essays I wrote on them were […]