Mixed bag

December 22, 2010

So the semester ended…lots of mixed feelings, Hopefully the break will give me the time I need to feel …”refreshed” as I return to finish up.

I’ve been working on sorting out an idea I had a while back that all started with this:

Which resulted in this: 

If that didn’t keep your interest, basically Im photographing every single thing I own. In a mock studio lighting set up. The past couple of weeks i’ve been purging, which at first I thought would be detrimental to the integrity of the project but A.) I still will own a ton ( literally) of ‘stuff ‘ and B.) If I ever want to feel like I can actually accomplish something, and/or finish in a weeks timeline, I had to get rid of roughly 6 black garbage bags of crap. 3 bags of clothes went to Salvation Army ( shirts and pants i hung on to from high school, hoping I would one day fit back into them) , boxes of an assortment of art supplies went to young kids that I know will benefit and use them, and roughly 2 bags of just trash, ( i.e. old papers, broken bits, old containers no one wants..etc.)  I’ve worked on categories and sub categories of how to organize it all . So far I have:

1. ART.

  • my art
  • other peoples art that I own
  • supplies ( cameras, painting , print, paper, jewelry making, dark room set up, craft/sewing supplies, drawing , tools, )


  • undergarments ( bras, underwear)
  • pajamas
  • jeans
  • t-shirts, blouses, and tank tops
  • dresses/dress clothes
  • shoes, boots, sneakers
  • summer wear ( bathing suits, shorts)
  • winter wear ( coats, scarves, gloves, hats)
  • accessories ( jewelry, bags, tights , belts )


  • lamps/ lighting
  • plants
  • knickknacks/decor/ bottles
  • crockery( bowls, silverware, pots and pans)
  • family photos ( ? does this belong here?)
  • Frames
  • Papers/documentation/ manuals (?)


  • art
  • text
  • fiction
  • non-fiction
  • magazines/pamphlets/undergrad and grad school catalogs.


  • dental care ( toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, etc)
  • make up , perfume
  • tampons
  • general hygiene products ( shampoo, razor, soap, deodorant, etc )
  • towels


  • laptop/accessories
  • hard drive
  • cellphones ( current and old/broken)
  • cables
  • digital camera(s?)
  • tablet
  • records/record player
  • cds/dvds
  • boxes for said items(?)


  • paper, stationary
  • pens, pencils, staplers, paper clips, rubber bands, scissors


  • wallets
  • bank statements ( with private info blotted out)
  • check book
  • cards ( bank card, license, membership cards, etc.)


  • old toys

It shall be an interesting endeavor. I’ve gotten over the ‘bashful’ aspect of it ( a.k.a . that my professors will undoubtedly see all my underwear.)   Im hoping another purge will ensue after the photographing. Maybe this will help me once and for all start on the track to simplifying my life/possessions….

but I highly doubt it.


Day 10 . 07. 28.10

July 29, 2010

Paper: An old hand out from an art history class explaining the Bauhaus curriculum

Materials: Cyanotype bleeds , pen, frustration.

It reads ( roughly)

“Did you know Bauhaus was in fact the main inspiration of not only Harder Hall but the influence and driving force of Freshman Foundations and the whole art program at Alfred for that matter. What is ironic about all of this is that this piece of paper, this very piece of paper which is a detailed diagram of the art curriculum at Bauhaus is what made me do poorly on an exam given at Alfred the very school that is modeled after Bauhaus”

Half inside joke with my friend. 100% truth.

Day 9. 07.27.2010

July 28, 2010

Paper: Graph paper with cyanotype bleeds

Materials: paper, box cutter, spray paint, double stick tape.

Made a stencil today… I wish I was more graphic…in general

Day 8 . 07.26.2010

July 27, 2010

Paper: newsprint ( with old cyanotype stains from a previous entry)

Materials : a cut out from an old James Stewart book I saved from the dumpster, markers, glue stick, scissors.

Day 7. 07. 25.2010

July 26, 2010


paper: cheap canvas pad

materials : pencil. a marker set that I bought but never use

I have an obsession with backs. His looks a bit femmy to me still.. and his hands and twisted profile are all wrong..but honestly it was 10:30 at night and relized I hadnt done my drawing excersize of the day…

( I will always have an excuse)

I have noticed that my dates on my blog are wrong. I think it has me in a different time zone, thus screwing up my dates. My dates that I post in the title are right I swear that I am not cheating. Does anyone know how to fix?

Day 6. 07.24.10

July 25, 2010

Paper: yupo

Materials: an old ( incorrectly done) emulsion lift from a 3 1/4x 4 1/4 polaroid I took . and a glue stick

so the aftermath of me soaking the cyanotype paper showed through today ; it bled through to half of the pages of my sketchbook.. so do not be alarmed by the blue on the left side of my entries for the next week and half ( or more.

Day 5 07.23.10

July 24, 2010

Paper : blue old cyanotype chemistry( messed up and stained) on arches?( or stonehedge, I tend to be cheap and only use arches when I score some for free)

Materials: water, straw, water soluble crayons charcoal

my intent was to use the water as a “reverse drawing” so to speak and remove the chemistry from the paper leaving a wicked cool composition left behind.

However I got a little heavy handed with the water and it soaked up much of the chemistry ( you can only see a little bit of left in the photo) so then I busted out the crayons and went wild. ehh ( shrugs shoulders) tomorrows another day

Day 4 07.22.2010

July 22, 2010

Paper- tracing paper

materials – blind contour done with pen, watercolor, and coffee,

I do enjoy the ol’ blind contour. its something different

‘Paper’- recycled paper bag

Materials- charcoal, chalk pastel, found water soluble crayons, spray fixative.

So I have a roommate for the summer…

a taxadermied rooster

its my roommates from college, a four dollar find at the antique store. I offered to give him a place to stay for the summer.

follow him on facebook, he is bound to be the only fergus chuckelton around….

Day 2. 07.20.2010

July 21, 2010


‘Paper’ -Acetate

Materials- an old eye liner pencil, thread ( both machine and hand stitching) and sharpie.

my plan was to make this art nuevo  meets colorful  acrylics, but instead I wallowed in self pity and refused to add color ( I don”t have enough space to create as my bedroom serves as both sleeping quarters and studio space ) After I added some bookshelves to my  cramped space with help from mi padre I feel a bit better about things ( that and the fact millions have it worse than me and I have no need to complain) Hopefully tomorrows entry is more ….positive, and one that I am not completely embarrassed about.