"the artist has one function--to affirm and glorify life."
- w. edward brown

Sunday, May 27, 2007


All my bags are packed,
I'm ready to go...

No seriously, I'm ready already.
While exccedingly wonderful and great it has been to hang out with my friends, and how amazing it has been to sleep in late and stay up even later. I'm ready to go.

I'm looking forward to the challenges that are coming up, and while it kinda stinks to say goodbye for now to so many friends, it's time for me to go.

I can't wait to live with Bee and explore a new city and look for a job and all kinds of things.

I'm ready to go.

Monday, May 21, 2007


So there it went. My graduation day.
It was a lot of fun, and I got to see a lot of good friends walk across the front of Van Andel Arena and get their diplomas...
The party/open house afterward was fun and I was surprised as to how many prople came! It was lots of fun.

Not too many words today to describe how it feels, so instead I'll just show some pictures.

Me and my friend Christy before the ceremony.

We three BFA...

With the BFA to prove it!

Organized chaos

From the floor... surrounded by friends and family.

Heather and Brad

Exiting after the whoo-hoo.

People people everywhere, and where's my family?

There they are!! Mom, Dad & me.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

My life in Disarray

So now that I'm officially done with classes, I have been focusing on attempting to really begin packing and getting ready for my westward move. Needless to say as the images will show, I have a lot of stuff and it's spread all over the basement/my room/which is the basement.

Three things I'm looking forward to the most about moving to Denver:
1) My walls won't be cracked foundation letting in the rain/melt water to soak my carpet and create ideal mold living conditions.
2) I will be above ground.
and a big ol' 3) living with Bee!!!

Really though, the house has been really good. I've loved living here this past year and will miss my roommates terribly.

On to the photos showing the disaster area that is packing central...

My once orderly shelves, a mess and half emptied...

My bed, covered in random stuff to be boxed/sorted/who knows what... unmade, with boxes ready to be filled.

The rest of the basement. No not all that is mine, but that is a lot of my art supplies... not all, but a lot. Hmm...

So, I think I have a good start on things. I should be able to get everything packed and done by May 30. But for now, I need to head to bed; tomorrow is another day.

But first I have to clean off my bed...

Monday, May 14, 2007


So while perusing CNN's headlines while at work this evening, I found an ironic and somewhat frustrating story.
This compounded not only by the fact that I disagree with what originally happened, but by the reasoning for his resignation...

From CNN:
"The No. 2 official at the Justice Department, Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, submitted his resignation to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the Justice Department announced Monday.

McNulty cited personal reasons for his resignation.

"The financial realities of college-age children and two decades of public service lead me to a long overdue transition in my career," he wrote in his resignation letter.

A source close to McNulty told CNN that the deputy attorney general had planned to resign from the $165,000-a-year job about a month ago, but decided to announce the move at a conference of U.S. attorneys in Texas."

Ok, so the politics aside, he's getting $165,000 a year, and he claims hardship for putting his children through college?! What has he been spending his money on?! I do believe that all 4 of the Bosschers went through CALVIN on two Christian school teacher's salaries, and unless I'm mistaken that's no where near $165,000. Talk about money-mismanagement.

This the same week I sign my loan repayment plan does not make me happy.

Done done.

Well, after taking my final art history exam, I am officially finished with my undergraduate work at Calvin.

In less than a week, I will be though commencement and I will be getting a diploma.


Sunday Studying

So, after a very nice Sunday dinner with the family, I went home to continue my studying for my final exam which I will take tomorrow at 1:30pm.

It's art history of Baroque and Rococo, and it was a very interesting and good class to take. But I'm kinda glad it will be over tomorrow. All my undergrad stuff will be over tomorrow!

Anyway, so after studying for about 5 minutes inside, I decided it was too nice outside not to study there. After a short while, my roommate Jose decided to join me, but since he's not taking exams anymore (he graduated last year) he read a book. I got some nice sun and my skin is no longer scary white winter pale. And boy was it a georgeous day!

To prove I actually was studying- that top card is 'Versailles' designed by leVau and Mansart, 1670's-

Mmmmm, green.... I love the springtime.

Beautiful blue sky...

After studying for a few hours, and taking a short nap as well, I went inside and studied some more, only to discover I was getting a migrane.
So, off to bed for a few hours with some Excedrine, and then I was up and back to work this evening.

Now, however, I'm uber-awake, thanks to that nap and the caffeine in the Excedrine.
But on the plus side, my migrane didn't wipe out any of the dates or names of the paintings and buildings I need to know!

With one exam left, I'm very anxious in both a good and nervous way. But, it's time for bed, and later today will bring a close to my undergrad course work. Hooray!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Unseen Interim work

So, I realized that I never posted my Interim art stuff... here are a few works.
It was a fibers class, if you didn't remember, and I actually did a lot, but only photographed a couple. We used a lot of different techniques and media, so it was always something different.

This basket was made by wrapping raffia around a paper core, and then wrapping the layers together... its called coiling... and its super fun but painstakingly slow... but very cool. I then covered the outside with a handmade paper and looped waxed linen around the rim for a lace-like look.... This took about 30 hours in total to make (if not more).

This was an experiment with the looping technique. I took three pieces of bark and drilled holes in them with a dremel and then looped them together. It was interesting, but difficult since the bark was extremely fragile and dry.

This was one of two baskets I made with the plaiting method, familiar to Bosscher children as the method most often used by Mom in her reed basket construction. This one is made of the inner bark of the apple tree that my landlord cut down and left in our yard. I went out, snagged a couple logs and stripped the bark and spent hours prepping the strips for use. For a long time, it smelled really nice, like apples, as it dried. This one is about 4 inches high and has outer bark strips as a decorative rim lashed on with waxed linen. Again super fun and very intense to try this with uneven strips of the bark.

So I hope you enjoy this delayed proof that yes, basket weaving can be a college course and very worthwhile!!
Seriously, I learned more in the month of January in that course than in some other classes I've taken for a semester... then again, Prof. Van Reewyk is amazing and a blast to work with. The class as a whole was really good and I had a lot of fun. A great last Interim.

Hello college debt...

So, I just finished my online exit loan counseling, and I have to say, it's not as bad as I once feared... Oh, don't get me wrong, it's terrifying. But knowing that I'll be paying off my lovely Calvin education for the next 25 years is actually comforting! Something called regularity... I can rest assured that it will be there for years to come, giving me stability in my time of uncertainty.

Indeed, I look on it as a good thing, this constant presence of debt. It's reassuring. It's like a warm blanket... or maybe smothering blanket, I can't tell...

Anyway, first of the last exams is tomorrow afternoon, so I need some sleep. Japanese should go fairly well, and it will be nice to have one more finished!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Advanced painting

So, here are some paintings I've been working on this semester...
They are inspired by cells and cell cultures, along with other biological images...

Oh, and my thumb is better. No more numb thumb!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Numb Thumb

So... today at work, I discovered that there is an area on my right thumb that is numb. I believe that this happened recently, but as of yet have not diagnosed a cause.
The numb spot is about the size of a dime and it is right on the pad of the thumb, almost centered on the whorl of my finger print...

here's a photo for clarification...

No, the skin is not actually discolored. I colored it with a highlighter to see how big it actually was because I couldn't feel it... and then I outlined it with a pen... to make it visible for photos... yes that's what I do when I'm not doing homework in the last week of class... I color my numb thumb and take photos of it...

By the way, do you know how awkard it is to take a photo of your dominant thumb with your non-dominant hand... very.

So, anyway, it's not really problematic right now, just kinda annoying. Oh, and for more info, only the center is completely numb. Around the edges of the spot it's that tingly feeling like when you've had novacaine at the dentist and your lips are all puffy and tingly feeling... not the pins and needles of a sleeping foot... but just tinglely. Yes, I said tinglely...

So... if anyone has suggestions, causes, remedies for restoring feeling to my Numb Thumb, I'm very interested in hearing them...
Oh, and let me know if you think it's serious...
I doubt it, but you never know.