Sunday, September 23, 2012

Wild Thing

You know what is both awesome and terrifying about children? 

            Their wild enthusiasm.

       They love to soak in information, which is great, but bring up ice cream and the situation escalates like crazy. I wanted to capture that mad energy, whether it be good or bad, in this new painting. My first concept was of kids in animal costumes kicking around in a lake. After sketching it out, the concept felt too busy, so I paired it down to one kid. I drew him roaring with excitement, fingers clenched like lion claws. I love how his body is so full of energy it's almost twisting and spinning around on itself. 

I guess this little guy is my own version of a "Wild Thing".

Sarah Bosserman

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Red, Blue and Purple Hair Equals Confidence

Oh my goodness, I have four college papers to write this weekend. Usually it's just one, but this weekend is "extra special".

 Anyways, I  thought I should get this post up nice and early before my brain turns into study goo. 

       This painting is becoming one of my favorites. It's fun using thick bold lines and layers of paint, where as I would normally use thin, watery layers. I guess the different use of medium technique comes from the subject itself. This girl is bold and beautiful, obviously a strong character. Thin layers of paint would have been to delicate for her. All of my paintings have a small back story. Her story is simply that she is a strong confident person. 

Edited: After posting this, I realized why confidence was such a desirable element in my painting, an element which I had just assigned to it. Yesterday I met someone who, without a doubt had the lowest self confidence I have ever seen in a person. This person was continually in the act of self deprecation, and would play it off as a bizarre joke. In the face of such self loathing my initial reaction was to run away. I couldn't handle the burden of self hate this person was living under, and it was sickening from an outside point of view. I did stick around for a bit though, and tried to plant some seeds of confidence and empowerment. Today, when I think back to this person I feel a deep sadness. I wish I could fix the problems people have, to take away that horrible mental states they live in. But all I can do is to just be there, to remind them that yes, they are valuable human beings. Hopefully this person will begin to see that they are a person with worth.

Sarah Bosserman

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How to make your own light box!

           You know those beautiful pictures of items in front of an ultra white wall? Well, those photos are taken with the assistance of a crazy expensive camera, and a not so expensive light box. Well, as of today I know have one of those items! No, not a super fancy camera.. but I made my own light box! I was able to do it thanks to this handy site, I found on Pinterest. (This is my Pinterest by the way). It was pretty easy, and the only money i needed to spend was on a seven dollar light bulb. Well, I haven't bought it yet, and that's why my photos came out slightly grainy and yellowish. All together though, I think this is pretty cool! Also, I updated my blog header, pretty cute huh? 

Sarah Bosserman

p.s. these are part of my oh-so adored toy collection. No, I'm not to old to have toys.. 
Can you guess who the screaming lady is? 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Saving Wednesdays

           Right now I'm a college student. My job is to take in information, process it and spit it out again. At the end of each day my saving grace is painting. It requires little thought and a lot of intuition. Another brain saver is working with children on Wednesdays. At first I was hesitant to volunteer watching pre-kindergartners at my church, but now I wouldn't give it up. After 3 days of school and 4 days of studying each week, I welcome those crazy nights. I need the mental break! I need the simpleness of teaching kids about animals after analyzing a philosophy paper all day. Wednesdays keep me sane. Those kids have no idea how much I gain from them as they learn from me.
Sarah Bosserman
p.s. the surfer painting is taking a long time because of my studies, but I have made some progress!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Don't Let the Muggles Get You Down

So I've been buried by college papers for the last two days, and as you obviously know, haven't been able to post. I hate making excuses, but that's the way it's been. Soon I'll fall into a school routine and posting will continue as normal. Until then though, here is a Harry Potter meme I've put together. Tumblr it, pintereste it, re-blog it, do what you like with it! 

Don't you love a quote that warps reality like a banana in a blender? 
I sure do. :)

Sarah Bosserman

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Meeting Voltaire, and Surfer Painting

The painting continues

In other news, I've been reading papers and essays by famous long dead philosophers. 
It's quite interesting and I like having my brain stretched by big ideas, except when it get's creepy. 

This is where the amusing story comes in. While I traveled through France and Paris last year, I saw many tombs. Like, a lot of dead people. The great majority of them being famous thinkers revered in history. One of these dead guys I happened to see was a political philosopher named Voltaire. I remember being freaked out  (understandably), standing in the underground vault next to his stone coffin which contained is gross dead  remains. May I pause here to say YUCK. Well today I had to read a paper written by him way back in 1733. I was supposed to be focused on the content of said paper. Much as I tried, I couldn't. All my brain could do was travel back through my memories to that creepy,  cold tomb that smelled of mildew. Gah, just thinking about it gives me the shivers! 

This is probably the worst instance of making history "come to life" that I have ever experienced.

Again, YUCK.

Sarah Bosserman

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Windows into the Soul

Still figuring out this color pallet, but all is going well. The challenge is the eyes, those little windows into the soul. So simple, and so frustratingly hard to capture. I'll get it eventually, but until then..

Sarah Bosserman

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Cookie Monster Hair and Doctor Who



Excuse me for that outburst, I'm a teeny bit excited. 

Any WHO, I've been having so much fun working on this painting. The milky orange background and the electric blue hair highlights make me smile just thinking about it. That's one of the best things about being an artist.. good taste? Forget it I'm giving her BLUE hair! Forget society and it's conforming pressure, she's gonna rock it cookie monster style! Okay enough of this silliness, I've got a recorded brand new episode of Doctor Who to watch, good night!

Sarah Bosserman