Weekly Report 5
This past weekend was homecoming weekend; I missed homecoming. I had agreed months ago to go to my last year ISM mentor’s exhibition. It was located in a small gallery in the outskirts of Dallas, Valley House Gallery. Ms. Vernon had many paintings on display ranging in size from large to immense. Every single one of her paintings surprised and amazed me.
Ms. Vernon has a habit of painting realistic subjects, such as a landscape, through more expressive means. Her colors pop, yet look like they fit perfectly into the setting she creates. Ms. Vernon’s brush strokes are quick, expressive, and precise; she creates shapes that blew my mind with their simplicity. Ms. Vernon astounded me; I realized she had never shown me a single one of her painting. Not one painting! Ms. Vernon is incredible. She wanted me to develop as a painter, so she focused entirely on me. Everytime I see Ms. Vernon, I am surprised by her character; I could not have asked for a better mentor.
Admittedly, I did not talk much with Ms. Vernon. She was busy socializing with all the other visitors. Every single person in that gallery was different. Most of them were artists, well renowned artists too. I decided to use that opportunity to network. I enjoy learning from different artists, so it felt like the right thing to do. I met other people who studied under Ms. Vernon and even colleagues of hers. Many of these people seemed willing to share their knowledge and gave me some colleges to contact. Brook Haven was one college I was advised to contact twice. They all shared their names and contacts, and were incredibly encouraging. They all said it was impressive to see someone as young as me in an exhibition. In all honesty, I had never thought of that. I am pursuing this career young, but I still feel like I am not nearly as prepared as some of my peers. Maybe I should give myself some more credit. I mean, I am in ISM, and I am attempting to find a future career. Of course, I would not want to grow entitled, but building up my ego once in awhile can be useful.