Artist Profile 2

My second artist profile is about Jason De Graff.  He was born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1971.  His painting genre is hyper-realism, which is paintings and drawings made to look like a high definition photograph.  He went to college for illustration and design, but later decided to become a painter.  Jason De Graff says that his paintings are about light and reflective/transparent surfaces.  He says he never reproduces what he sees completely, but adds his own ideas to everything he paints/draws.  Here is a link to a selection of artwork by him:

Below is one of Jason De Graff’s Paintings:

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My French Artist 2017

For the intermediate class Cultural Fair we all were required to select a French artist and recreate one of their paintings.  I chose to recreate “White Sail” by Jean Marc Janiaczyc.  Jean Marc Janiaczyk’s art style is a cross between realism and impressionism, and he often uses a palette knife in his work.  Before he started impressionism and realism, he did a style called hyperrealism, which is made to resemble a photo.

Jean Marc Janiaczyk was born in 1966 and only began painting at the age of 24.  His work can be found in a number of private collections in over 11 countries.  Below is a picture of his “White Sail”.

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Just under two weeks ago, I got my braces on.  I had them done at Shoreline Orthodontics (by the way, I highly suggest going to them).  I originally went for my consultation only, having no expectation of getting braces.  After I had my x-rays and exams done, they told me that they were ready to put the braces on right then.  This is not my full treatment, as in a couple weeks I will also be receiving a MARA appliance (mandibular anterior repositioning appliance) on top and bottom, and elastic bands (for my overbite).

Getting the braces on did not hurt at all!  My teeth just felt really tight and my mouth felt full.  It only actually started hurting later in the day, when my teeth would ache and hurt even worse whenever I touched them, with my tongue, teeth, or food.  I cut up all my food into small enough bits to just swallow without having to chew.  Now, I still have to cut up my food, but it doesn’t hurt anymore.

I am definitely not looking forward to my 26 months in braces, but I’m sure that it will be just fine!


2 Kyu Brown Belt

As promised, here is my update on karate.  I passed to my second degree brown belt!  At this level I have to wear sparring gloves and a mouth guard (so I have insurance).

In each karate test there are three sections.  The sections are as follows:

  • Kata (a sequence of moves you have to memorize and perform)
  • Kihone (basic technique).
  • Kumite (sparring

Next is brown belt #3!

Missoula Children’s Theater

This week we had Missoula Children’s Theater come to our school from Monday to Friday to put on a production of “Peter and Wendy”.  On Monday we were cast in our parts and on Friday and Saturday we presented our musical to the community, complete with sound, a set, makeup, and costumes.

This year I was cast as Wendy.  Yay!  I had 82 lines (not including songs).  I had so much fun and I loved the part!

I hope we get MCT again next year!