Well, hopefully soon I’ll be able to get out and replace the two paints which I need to (Raw Umber and Cadmium Red Medium Hue, now — the neck screwed off of the tube in the latter today, too), and maybe pick up an Ivory Black. Due to multiple prior commitments (and the fact that the cheaper art stores are farther away), I wasn’t able to do it, today.
I am considering dropping one of the Library School courses in Fall to give myself more time to go through the work for my Vocational program, and to do art — and to restart my Communication group. Taking only six units in Fall would also mean my tuition would be entirely covered by my grant, meaning the only expenses I would have would be for computer hardware and my books. This would mean that I wouldn’t be out of much if I decided it wasn’t for me.
My technical course is really the make-or-break of all this. If I do well and I like it, I should be able to move forward with the Technical Services track. If I don’t do well and/or don’t like it…I’ve really got to question whether Library School is my best option. Social skills have been my weakest area…and without that, my main focus would be Cataloging (which is outsourced in my system) or Management (which doesn’t seem compatible with a lack of good social skills).
I could try for the Special Librarianship track, but if I’m serious about it, that might take more than three years (and this is one of the tracks of which my technical course might predict the outcome). Or: I’d need to take 12 units for a couple of semesters. Doable, if I don’t have to worry about work…but it’s relatively vital to remain employed in LIS while doing a degree in LIS.
Of course, the Vocational program should be able to help me out with making decisions around this. Right now, Editing, Graphic Design, and Web Design are all looking alluring — due to the paperwork I’ve been filling out which has started me thinking about what I’ve liked to do best in my (meager) past employment. One of those things was reworking the layout and editing of a course reader: I felt confident at my verbal editing skills, and happy when the layout turned out the way I wanted it to.
(Of course, though, I was using MS Word, which was fairly buggy when it came to formatting images, text boxes, columns, etc. The experience did help, though, when putting together a List of Works for my final Artist Talk in Creative Process. It’s likely that if I had used a page-layout program like Quark or InDesign for the reader, the desired results would have been easier to achieve.)
It was work, as regarded what I was doing and the fact that readability was a major goal; I left the Graphic Design track because I was told that I “could do more” than be a Graphic Designer. I didn’t know what that meant, and I kind of still don’t; but the person who told me this doesn’t seem to be teaching at that location, anymore. That advice (and a rather stupid run-in with a collectively paranoid Graphic Arts e-group) was the reason I got the Art AA first, though, instead of diving fully into Multimedia Arts or completing the Graphic Design series.
The major drawback to working in Graphic Design is that I would need an apprenticeship, plus more schooling (though relatively cheap schooling — unless I went for an MFA). The minor drawback is occupational exposure to toxins (not so minor if you ask the teachers I’ve had who are cancer survivors), and the fact that I may need to pay for health insurance on my own. Graphic Design is also not a particularly lucrative field, so far as I know.
There is something of an art community in Oakland…I remember going on field trips to a few design studios, but that must have been almost a decade ago. There are also a number of galleries (enough to have regular Art Walks and Open Studios)…and, of course, the Museum.
Of course, Oakland isn’t the safest place to live, but I’ll save discussion on that for another day. Granted that if it’s my life mission to be creative, losing my life in pursuit of that mission is just one of those things that could happen. If my drive is strong enough to risk cancer, it’s probably strong enough to brave Downtown to see the galleries, or to live in an urban area (though I seriously don’t want to do the latter).
It’s also notable that there is a ceramics supply outlet and a jewelry supply outlet on this side of the water, though neither are close to me. It’s possible that the East Bay has more of a thriving Arts community than I’m used to thinking about us having.
I should also note that I’ve identified my writing skills and art skills as something which counterbalances my lack of social skills. It was nice to hear people say I had “mad skillz” tonight. 🙂
I’m getting tired at this point; I need to sign off…