The world will show up for you

Octavio Ocampo, Forever Always

Today marks exactly one month since the beginning of my third year as a college student majoring in art. This year is a little bit different, however, given that I have transferred out of my community college in the Bay Area and into the University of Santa Barbara in southern California. Moving away from home has forced me to completely step outside of my comfort zone which is why during the past month I have been absorbing every setting, every sound and every smell just so that I can fully explore this new reality of mine.

Having been accepted into a school like this one has been a dream come true and my new art classes have been nothing less than mind blowing. Some days during my oil painting class, we’ll paint facing the beach--in plein air. Others, we stay inside and work in a class consisting of rows and rows of easels as well as unlimited art supplies. My print class has introduced me to a whole new medium, one that I already know I will continue to use and enjoy for a long, long time. My contemporary art class consists of an auditorium filled with 200+ students and a different artist guest speaker every week. There, they speak over their techniques and what sorts of inspirations from the past led them to the making of their modern day art pieces. I always come out of this class incredibly inspired to make something of my very own. I always do, which is the reason why I will go to bed at two in the morning almost every single Thursday night...hehe!

Something that has been going in circles within my head is something that I have found to be a common theme among each of my art classes here at UCSB. This involves the topic of vision and how our lived experiences determine how we take information in and well, see things. And it's true, have you ever looked at something with a friend and they interpret the image in a completely different way than you have? It will literally take them having to explain