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10 August 2009 @ 10:27 am
The plan ride was insane. The Enchanted forest was awesome. And now, we're hanging out in Southern Oregon with family. I'm still thinking that we'll go to Dot's Friday evening. I want to go a little earlier, to avoid the Friday night rush. I just hope there will be enough room! So, I am going to tentatively say...8pm...at Dot's. Hope to see you all there!
06 August 2009 @ 10:18 am
I'm so excited! We'll be on a plane to Oregon in 3 days!

Here is how the Oregon schedule is panning out so far...

Saturday - We're flying in late and staying in a hotel by the airport.

Sunday - We're going out to breakfast somewhere on Portland (I don't know where...suggestions???!) Then off to Enchanted Forest with Ashton

Driving down to Roseburg in the afternoon

Monday - Family get-together?

Tuesday - Diamond Lake

Wednesday - Crater Lake

Thursday - Wildlife Safari

Friday - Michael and come back up to Portland ALONE! (Ashton will stay with my mom). We really don't know what to do or where to go....so any suggestions would be awesome. The only thing I know I want to do is go to Dot's. I sincerely miss those fries.

Saturday - Ashton joins us and we fly back to Harm City, Murderland.

Anyone is welcome to join us at Enchated Forest (if you'd like to meet the little guy)...and I hope that I can see as many people as possible on Friday (once we know what we're doing exactly I'll post again! I feel so out of touch since it' been so long since I've spent quality time in Portland.

I can't wait to see everyone! :)
25 June 2009 @ 08:37 pm
A few months back a colleague of mine make a facebook page dedicated to Baltimore City art teachers. So I joined. I was skeptical. I wasn't sure I'd use it all that much. But, like the addictive personality that I have....I spend entirely too much time on it. It does seem to be better then other sites in that I really feel like I'm able to keep in touch with people easier. If you're on there too, you should be my friend. Well, that is, if you are my actual friend...which I'm pretty sure you are :)


I'm getting ready to start teaching summer school next week to all the little darlings all over the city that failed art the first time around. So far I have two classes of 3 students/ea. Yes....3 students. This is why I like teaching summer school, sometimes I feel like I'm getting away with something for almost nothing.

We're getting excited about coming out to Oregon in August, but also getting nervous about the 8 hour plane ride with a 2 year old. God, I hope he sleeps. I really don't want the entire plane glaring at me.
20 May 2009 @ 08:23 pm
The tickets are bought - Michael, Ashton and I are heading to Oregon in August! There may, just may, be a chance for those interested parties to meet this little munchkin...


Do you dare?

And I changed the address for my new blog - some of the work stuff I've been writing is rather 'sensative'..... http://paintingclea.blogspot.com
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
02 March 2009 @ 08:02 pm
It's been a crazy year at school. It's been a crazy year in general. I miss writing in LJ sometimes, but I do still read everybody elses posts when I can. Eventually I'll get into the habit of copying and pasting what I write in my other blog here - but there's always the LJ picture issue. It's such a pain in the a** to upload pictures (I'm not a paid account). I've been good about posting pictures of my paintings in progress there - which keeps motivating me to paint more :) I just posted a couple of underpaintings today, in fact - and one of Ashton drawing his little heart out.

Here it is: http://amarchewka.blogspot.com/

I'm still crossing my fingers that we can save enough money to come out to Oregon before the years end. I'm getting very, very homesick recently. It's been 3 years now since I've been back. Too long.
Current Mood: okayokay
18 August 2008 @ 04:57 pm
I decided to start a new blog. A place where I can focus on my art and hopefully keep motivating myself to keep it up when school starts (tomorrow!). Livejournal is just a pain for posting pictures - so I had to move elsewhere - since I'm not willing to *pay* to make it easier. I'll probably try to write more about teaching too - I've always wished I had done that more. Plus, my bestest artist friend Lea has a blog in the same place so it'll be easier for us to keep in touch artsy-stuff wise :) But I thought I'd pass on the new URL for anyones who's interested...you'll probably see me writing there much more often. I still plan on coming back to LJ to read everyone elses journals though :) 'Cause I'm nosey like dat....ha, ha.

Ladies and Gentlemen: http://amarchewka.blogspot.com/

Summer is over in 12 hours when I must wake up and go to real work once again.
13 August 2008 @ 08:28 pm
This is quite possibly the weirdest kids show ever (Yo Gabba Gabba).... watching this is almost as amusing as reading peoples comments about it on you tube...

This show IS strangely addictive however....it's like I keep watching it just to see HOW weird and stupid it will get.

31 July 2008 @ 02:18 pm
Today would've been my dads 58th birthday. I still miss him every single day. I still wonder what really happened in his head. And I still wonder what kind of grandfather he would have been. Here is a picture of us when I graduated with my Masters. A very proud day. Happy Birthday Dad.


Turning a corner...I am so happy to have a little 'art corner' set up in the basement:


As I said before, I've been working on a Vermeer copy: (not finished!)


And I did an underpainting today for a new painting: (VERY not finished)


I just wanted to share - this is the first time I've really gotten back into painting for YEARS, and it feels really good.
19 July 2008 @ 07:51 pm
Ashton is a sick little guy, he's been running a fever all day. Of course the doctors aren't that concerned unless he's throwing up or over 105 degrees. He's miserable though. If he doesn't get better overnight well be taking him to urgent care anyway...that's for sure. Michael capture a great 'sick baby' picture this afternoon...


In other news (if you would indeed call it news) I have been painting more - at least a couple times a week. I'm not working on my own stuff, but taking the time to copy and learn the techniques from the Masters. Namely Vermeer. I am trying to learn how he captured light so alluringly. I'm currently working on two of his paintings. I may even be brave enough to take pictures and show my progress if anyone so desires ;) Ultimately I am hoping to carry some of the techniques I learn into my own work. I am finding this process to be very inspiring and worth while! I would encourage it actually - not nessesarily from the Masters but from an artwork that inspires you that you admire. Very eye-opening.

I'm still teaching summer school - which ends next week. Money troubles are burying me alive, and I am actually considering filing for Chapter 13 banckruptcy....it's THAT bad. I have an appointment to speak with a credit counselor in a week about my situation and what they think I should do. I hope to have a 5 year plan to get this incredible debt taken care of...and believe me....it will NEVER happen again. I will always remember this terribly helpless feeling that I have right now.

Because that was so terribly depressing, I am going to end with a pic of Ashton from a few days ago that shows a much happier Ash!

23 June 2008 @ 02:36 pm
I don't remember the first time I heard or watched George Carlin. My dad was always a big fan. In some ways I feel like I grew up with George Carlin. He read his books and subscribed to HBO just so he could see Carlin specials. He even took my brother and I to see him live (when we were older of course). He was an amazing comedian and speaker and will be missed by many including myself.

The 10 Commandments
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