February 12, 2011

Art of being a Student

I met Susan briefly at Bird Key Park near downtown.  I say 'briefly' because it was too chilly to chat comfortably and she was occupied -- not only painting but trying to keep her fingers warm enough to maintain enough flexibility for her brushstrokes.  Susan, as most people in Sarasota would guess, is a student at the Ringling School of Art & Design.  She's a sophomore studying computer animation, which is what Ringling is really well known for.  (Think of any Pixar movie and Ringling grads helped create it.)  With an impeccable American accent she told me she's from Hong Kong (studied at an international school) and attended a seminar there, where (tho and behold) a Ringling recruiter gave a presentation detailing what the school has to offer.  Apparently, she liked what she heard!  By the way, she was painting Sarasota Bay for a landscape painting class.  (I wouldn't even know where to begin with an assignment like that.)  

9 comments:

clamco said...

How wonderful to sit by the water and paint!
My daughter has a friend currently attending Ringling and she hopes to go there also, but I'm afraid it's way out of our price range. Lucky if you can afford it!

Birdman said...

That's dedication... I'd like to see her try it here this AM at 9F. Ha!

Halcyon said...

A lovely portrait. Glad you got to meet her!

Farmchick said...

That is dedication. I am not sure I could sit out in the cold like that.

Kathy said...

Another great people picture for your portfolio! This shot and the one of a couple of days ago of the gentleman on the bike would make great starts for a 100 Strangers project.

Mimi McMe said...

I love this, too! What a great way to meet artists, create art and give back to Sarasota. Yea, you! Thanks!

EG Wow said...

I really like the shot and your story about it as well.

Linda said...

I didn't know about this connection with Pixar - interesting.
And I like her boots.

Jack said...

Very good, SRQ. I can see that you are working hard on portraiture and having a dialog with your subjects.

Re Lincoln and biography, I have friends who raved about Goodwin's Rivals book, but I too got bored about one third of the way through it. I don't know of a better Lincoln bio . . . sorry.