Illustrate your Motivation – Lisa's 30-Day Challenge

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Pushing yourself to be your best can be tough. You know all your own weak spots – procrastination, distraction, rationalization – recognizing them and learning to overcome them is extremely important in the creative profession. Lisa Taylor, an illustration instructor at Nossi College of Art, took a challenge to push herself by creating one new painting each day for 30 days. Many artists know this as a 30-Day Challenge, and in addition to finding inspiration for herself; Lisa is giving inspiration to other artists as well. “I am not a morning person at all,” said Lisa when discussing finding the time to paint each day. “I tend to be more active in the afternoon.” Lisa limits her painting hours to late evening because “It is one of the little flaws I have found (about myself),” she said. “If I have too much time, I get too meticulous and too much into detail.” She took that into consideration when starting her 30-Day Challenge in September. When painting every day, an artist learns about her approach, mixing colors and variations on brush strokes. She also discovered her drawing skills improved and decisions could be made at a much quicker pace. “It helps you in determining what kind of stuff you like painting and the colors you lean towards, and you may not realize it until you are done,” she said. Lisa’s focus as an artist changes and morphs because she doesn’t want to get burned out by staying on the same subject….

Bringing Murals to Life

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Walking down a hallway in Antioch, a giant orca jumps out of the ocean, it’s black and white, slippery skin glittery from the water droplets. The orca is playing with her new friend, a vivid, pink octopus wildly waving its tentacles. The children’s eyes light up as they watch the scene unfold in their imagination. “When Lance sent me proofs, I loved the sea world [mural],” said Marcus Meneese, Director of Stronger than my Father, a non-profit based in Antioch, Tenn. “We want the kids to have something fun to look at every afternoon, something that will inspire them to live out their dreams.” Stronger Than My Father was excited to showcase three murals commissioned by Lance Askins during their Grand Opening featuring Mayor Megan Barry. The non-profit is an after-school program designed to give encouragement and education assistance to students in kindergarten through eighth grades within the Antioch Community. “After listening to what Marcus was trying to achieve with this new community center, I was excited to be part of the project,” said Lance. “This organization helps children who do not have a father figure at home,” he continued. “Kids who grow up in single-parent homes need some kind of guidance. [Marcus] is trying to help these young people get pointed in the right direction so they can get a good start in life and achieve their own goals.” Lance is currently getting his degree at Nossi College of Art in Commercial Illustration. Working on projects outside the classroom…

Meet Tom Stanford, Nossi's New Photography Coordinator

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Veteran photo editor Tom Stanford now Photography Coordinator at Nossi College of Art, Story by Les Kerr   Tom Stanford, Nossi College of Art’s new Photography Coordinator, brings thirty years of experience that includes managing and editing photos and journalistic art that won national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Gannett Company and National Press Photographers Association. A longtime photo editor for The Tennessean, Nashville’s daily newspaper, and other publications, Tom has edited and organized photos of NFL games, Presidential debates, Bonnaroo and a host of other events and stories. In addition to teaching and working with instructors at Nossi College, he will continue his work in photo editing and photography. Having already served as an adjunct instructor at Nossi College, Tom has shared his hands-on experience with students. He also appreciates the fact that the other instructors are also actively making a living in photography. “Nossi College wants instructors that are in the field doing it,” Tom said, adding that the other photography instructors offer the knowledge of current trends and practices. “Jim Brown works for USA Today Sports Images. Grant Lovett is a successful, corporate fashion photographer. Sheri Oneal works in the fashion and commercial fields. They are all ‘doing it.’” In the courses he has taught, Tom has taken students on location in outdoor and indoor environments. For a Location and Lighting course, students went to the Shelby Street Bridge at night, set up lights and photographed people who volunteered to participate. The experience not only taught…

Capturing Olympians in Photos!

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Photos, Photo Story and Blog by Katherine Seghers Earlier this summer, people all over the world watched the Olympics, cheering on the best athletes from their country. Team USA was filled with top competitors in a variety of sports. Arguably, the most dominate sports team within Team USA was the Women’s Basketball team. They won the gold medal for their sixth consecutive Olympics. Weeks after the Olympics, Team USA athletes returned home, to their WNBA teams. After resuming the last weeks of the regular season, they found themselves playing against Team USA teammates. On Sunday, September 4, 2016, Angel McCoughtry and the Atlanta Dream hosted Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Storm. The game was exciting, especially the first half. The teams traded baskets, with the lead going back and forth, and the score always staying close. At halftime, Seattle was winning by the narrow margin of eight points. The second half was not as close. At one point in the third quarter, Seattle had a 26-point advantage over Atlanta. Angel McCoughtry’s team battled back but, in the end, it wasn’t enough. The final score was Seattle – 91 over Atlanta – 82. The three Olympians demonstrated why they were part of Team USA; they combined for 78 of the 173 total points scored. The athleticism displayed by all of the players was beautiful and exciting to watch. With less than two weeks left in the regular season, both the Atlanta Dream and the Seattle Storm could find themselves…

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