My Art.

It’s been a long time since I sat down to write an ACTUAL blog post. You know, the kind where I actually just chat about life and don’t just announce something. 😊 Sorry ya’ll.. I’ve been busy. Busy living, busy creating, busy art-ing.  Okay, so I made that last word up. 😂 But you know what I mean! ✏️🎨

So in Spring 2009, I took my first photography class at Wilmington University. It was my first formal photography class.. up until then I had just played with cameras.. sometimes tried to take artistic shots.. and didn’t really understand the mechanics of it AT ALL. I used both film and digital as I was growing up.. but had only ever owned point and shoot cameras (some with manual functions but not to the extent that an SLR camera has.

That same semester, I took a digital drawing class. It was another formal introduction into something I had an interest in, but had never really given much effort.

That semester (and the rest of my college career) pretty much changed the course of my life drastically. I finally felt PASSION for something that I could turn into a career. It has been an amazing journey to where I am now.. and I continue to be excited about what I do EVERY DAY.

Since I was a child, I have always happily bounced around from one creative venture to another.. rubber stamping, crocheting, quilling, and obviously drawing and photography. You name it and I’ve probably tried it.

After taking all of the photography and art classes that I could at WilmU, my current creative habits are refining the skills I learned and trying out different mediums. With my art, so far I’ve tried acrylic paint, charcoal, pan pastel, graphite, colored pencils, pen, and water color. I still meet up with one of my art teachers (Gail Piazza!) who has become a wonderful friend and we’ve been getting together (often times with other artists as well!) every week or so for #artparties since the fall. It’s been amazing trying different mediums and techniques with her guidance, since she has been doing this a lot longer than I have!

So lately, I’ve been REALLY loving black colored pencil for portrait drawing. Fellow (#artparty) artist, Deshawn King, suggested that one and I can see why! It’s not as messy as charcoal, but you can get really deep contrast with careful layering. It’s awesome. Pen and watercolor has been fun for doodling cupcakes. And I’m still finishing two portraits with acrylic paint.. that’s been really challenging. I should probably start working on those again… I took a break out of frustration and I’m pretty sure it’s been months since I touched them. Woops.

Anyway.. I figured it was time for a random blog post about what I’ve been up to lately, so I’ll leave you with a few recent drawings. Enjoy! 💗

How did I get here?

So one week from today (actually, yesterday… I wrote most of this last night..), I will be walking at my Wilmington University graduation ceremony. The funny thing is, I’ve had not one, but TWO dreams that I arrived to the ceremony only to realize I had forgotten my cap and gown. I’m not sure why my sub-conscience is so concerned about that.. But I sure have gotten a few laughs about it.

Coming to the end of my college career (finally) has obviously inspired some reflection on the last 10 years, and my journey to a bachelors in media design and photography.

Did you know that I had four different majors in the last 10 years? Yep. FOUR! When I graduated high school, I really wasn’t sure about what I wanted. I knew I like to help people.. And I knew I love kids. So I figured, okay.. I can become a nurse and work in labor and delivery. So for my first year of college (at DelTech), I was an allied health major. I quickly realized that memorization is not my strong suit… And also, dissecting things is really gross (sometimes fascinating, but always gross). So I moved on to my second choice: kindergarten teacher! I switched my major to early childhood education, and suddenly was acing all my classes. It was awesome. Until I realized the politics behind teaching.

My personal feelings on education are simple: as humans, I feel that we fear things we don’t know or understand, and fear breeds hate. So I was extremely disappointed to learn all the rules that limit teachers on what they are allowed to teach students, as to not offend someone or cross the barriers into what other cultures or religions believe or celebrate. After about a year of early childhood education classes, I realized I’d probably get fired as a teacher for not sticking to the “core” curriculum, or crossing some fine line into religion if a student asked. So I went looking for a new plan.

One of my favorite parts as an early childhood education major was designing games for kids, then actually getting to work with the preschoolers at the center on campus. So after looking into graphic design programs, I decided to take a little time off from school and just work full-time, as the graphic design program was only offered at DelTech in Dover, and was more expensive anywhere closer.

After two years off from school, working full-time in retail, I realized I had to finish my education if I didn’t want to get stuck in a job I didn’t love. So I found an office job that offered partial tuition reimbursement, and I applied to Wilmington University for the Media Design program. WU offered night and weekend classes which fit my schedule perfectly… And I was super excited to get back to school, learning about design.

In my first semester at WU, I took the basic photography class. Somewhere in those 7 weeks, I realized that I had found my passion, and ran over to the registration office and changed my major to photography, and added a minor in print media. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with those, but I knew I loved photography and all things related to art & design, and was going to find a way to make a living off of those things.

Fast forward five & a half years, and here we are. I started Katy Rose Photography & Design (probably way earlier than I should have) in May of 2010. In my first year of classes at WU, I had learned that I wanted to work for myself one day… And figured I should start right away, part-time, so I could apply the things I was learning and build my business on the best foundation I could manage.

Now, I have been self-employed (full-time) for over a year, and I’m finally getting that expensive piece of paper that signifies knowledge, persistence and accomplishment. I’ve never felt that a degree was necessary for me to be successful, but it is something that I’ve always wanted to complete, and once I found my calling, the journey was not only fun, but I met so many amazing like-minded individuals that continue to be a source of inspiration for me. I think I’m going to miss it…

What was your favorite thing about school (grade school or high education)? Let me know @katyrosephoto on Twitter, or on Facebook!