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Hey! I know I've been gone FOREVER! The last journal entry was about TAM and since then I rode in a converted party bus across Iowa while the bike team I'm part of pedaled across the entire state, danced as a faery goddess in the middle of Oregon, visited an island off the coast of Seattle with my twin, lost my Knoxville apartment (and lots of my possessions), threw away/donated/recycled every object I owned that I didn't need, had an art sale of almost every piece I've ever made, packed up my minivan, drove across the country to Las Vegas, lived in a hotel with my cat (I smuggled her in, no kitties allowed) for over a week, finally got an apartment, partied with Criss Angel in a nightclub, did a couple interviews, applied to every job I could find, and am currently hanging out in my apartment unemployed.

So yeah, lots of adventures!

I moved to Las Vegas after graduating to pursue a career in performing. It's been difficult and disheartening, as I am STILL unemployed and am starting to panic about not being able to pay rent, but I know everything will work out in the end.

Anyway, after TAM I went home to Knoxville for about an entire day before my boyfriend and I left to go to R.A.G.B.R.A.I., which is the Registered Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. It's basically Tour de France meets OktoberFest meets State Fair. I do bus duty, which entails things like refilling ice in coolers, getting granola bars and gatorade, filling up the shower tanks, beer runs, etc. In the evening I street perform in the stop towns, which remains one of the best moments of the year for me. I love doing official contract gigs in nightclubs and whatnot, but doing street shows is so awesome and real and I will never stop doing it.

I left near the end of RAGBRAI to fly to Oregon for Faerieworlds. Faerieworlds is best described as Bonnaroo for Narnia. It's a fantasy festival in Oregon every year where one can dance with satyrs, unicorns, dragons, demons, faeries, angels, pixies, monsters, pirates, mermaids, and spirits. It's pretty much the greatest thing I get to be a part of every year. It helps that I get to experience it with my best friend Ryn :meow:

After Faerieworlds I spent time with my twin sister on Orcas Island off the coast of Seattle. It was beautiful in every way and Camp Orkila was an incredible place. I left after two days to fly back home to Tennessee. On the flight back I realized I was horrifically ill with a high fever and spent the next WEEK laying in bed with a constant fever over 100, fever blisters all over my face (my first time for those, YUCK), and generally feelings like death. I finally got better and was able to start unpacking my van, editing all my crap, then repacking for the journey across the US.

I had an amazing party on the farm where I got to have all my art on display to sell it. Thanks so much to everyone showed up! It was awesome.

Once the van was all packed up, my mother and I started the trek to Sin City. It took a few days, but was awesome. Finally cresting the hill to see the Vegas skyline was pretty spectacular. We stayed in the LVH, which is an old hotel casino on the far north end of the strip. After a few days my mom had to leave to return to TN, so I stayed in the hotel by myself. It was impossibly boring.

I finally got my apartment, which is a lovely one bedroom about 10 minutes away from the strip. I've been sleeping on the floor for about a month because I don't have any furniture, but my awesome uncle gave me money for a futon so I got one the other day that has a pretty sweet mattress. Thanks Eric!

So I've had a couple interviews so far, and applied to as many jobs as I could, but so for no luck :(. I recently applied to be a wardrobe attendant at a Cirque show, so if I got that job I would pretty much explode with excitement. I'm sure things will work out, they're just gonna take time!

Anyway, I'm gonna get back to unemployed life. Woo. :pc:


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Glenda Jordan
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I'm a 25 and live in Las Vegas after I got my BFA in drawing (the concentration doesn't really matter, I paint most of the time anyway).

I started drawing since I could hold a pencil, and art has been the driving interest in my life. I had my ups and downs in art school (read my first journal entry), but it made me who I am today.

Brief life story: I grew up on a small family farm just south of Nashville with my parents, two older brothers and fraternal twin sister. It was 85 acres of forest, field, pond, and creek bliss. My childhood was perfect in almost every way, I had loving parents that always provided for me and I never had a night were I went cold or hungry. I attended a conservative southern baptist church every sunday morning, evening, and wendesday night. As I was grew up on this beautiful farm, I gained an immense appreciation for animals and the environment. When I was 16 I became a vegetarian for personal and religious reasons (I thought it was what the kind and compassionate Jesus would want me to do in this day and age). However, when I came to church with this new ethical standard I was met with mockery and scorn. I continued through school, being relentlessly teases as usual. From middle school onward my nicknames were, among others, 'goat girl' (because I had big front teeth), 'tree girl' (I cared about them), 'freak' (the old standby), and 'glendal' (after the Beowulf monster). I started to become very passionate about environmentalism, gay rights, human rights, and women's liberation. As with the vegetarianism, all of these ideologies were condemned in my church. I cared very much about Christianity and evangelism, but I was finding it harder and harder to simply be accepted in my faith community.

I would most often retreat into my fantasy world in school, drawing endless amounts of faeries and unicorns and elves to pass the time. In church I drew on the bulletins and tried to surreptitiously read fantasy novels like Harry Potter sitting in the pews(that, too, was condemned by my church).

Tragedies happened in high school, and I lost a couple friends to car accidents and health problems. It taught me so much about the significance and brevity of life, and really pushed my personal ideologies towards love and activism for others.

I survived high school and made it to college were I fell in love for the first time and starting dating. He was British and it meant travel for me if we wanted to stay together. I spent Christmas in England, and moved to Paris to study art for my sophomore year. I lived in France for almost a year, loving almost every moment of Parisian life. I came back to America and immediately fell into new tragedy, as one of my dearest and oldest friends committed suicide just a few weeks later.

As with the other deaths it was profoundly painful, but this one really shook me to my core. It was beyond my understanding and losing a friend to suicide is one of the worst things you can go through. The why's and how's and what-if-I-had's haunt you for the rest of your life. A year later my parents got divorced and I ended my relationship with my boyfriend, and year after that we lost the family farm.

I know that's depressing information, but it's really important to know in relation to my art making, and why I create what I do. This is why (I already wrote this in my first journal entry, but I'll just copy-paste it here).

I spent so much of my time never doing what I really wanted with art because I was so caught up with what I was 'supposed' to do and what I 'wasn't' supposed to do.
I need to make an important point here - expanding your artistic horizons is completely and totally essential. You need to be shoved out of your comfort zone and crawl your way back through self-doubt and constant soul-searching. You need to look at art that makes you disgusted, art that shocks you, surprises you, arouses you, emboldens you. You need to experience art that blows your mind and art that totally leaves you nonplussed and disappointed. You need to learn ancient art history, old art history, art history of cultures completely opposite of your own, contemporary art history, and underground art history (and all the other histories in between). Read contemporary art articles and theories. Get frustrated with how egotistical some of it is and get humbled by the pure honesty and humanity of others.

However, having done all of those things and still feeling like I couldn't be free in my art, like I couldn't create anything I really wanted based on an invisible set of high-art rules that dictated what 'good art is' and what it 'isn't'. I was suffering from severe anxiety from very traumatic life events (my parents divorcing, losing one of my closest friends to suicide, breaking up with my first and only boyfriend of 3 years, losing my family farm, etc., etc., etc.), and I just didn't want to do art that spoke about these events in any way.
I asked myself,

"Why do I make art?"

And the pure, totally honest answer to that question was,

"Because it gives me joy. It makes me feel good."

I make art because it gives me pleasure. So no, I did not want to make art about my trauma, I wanted my art making to be cathartic, gratifying, enjoyable, and meditative. I had so much anxiety and pain that I just couldn't bear for my art process to be anything less than peaceful and happy. I understand that art is not a binary issue, it doesn't have to be horrible or amazing, miserable or joyful. But to me, I just couldn't find any middle ground or subject matter that I really cared making art about enough to dedicate lots of time, research, materials, and energy into. I also want my art to be genuine, and making art that is uninteresting to me just feels dishonest. When my feelings about the art process are real and engaging, it pulls my focus in entirely and not matter what the literal content matter is, it feels like Truth to me.
I was also getting very tired about how esoteric and elitist my art degree was feeling. When in my studio, it was a firestorm of ideas and discussion and laughter and beautiful engagement about art, art theory, history, technique, and so forth. Once out of the classroom, however, and I was hardpressed to get any of my friends and relatives name 5 famous artists, and if they did they would inevitably all be dead (think Picasso, Van Gogh, Davinci, Monet, Michelangelo) let alone any contemporary artists at all. The only contemporary, currently-making-work artist any non-art major could name me was Banksy.

So as a passionate and intellectual person this was incredibly frustrating and upsetting to me. I loved art so much I want to discuss and debate and wonder and question about every aspect of it, most of all with those in my life and the people I love the most. But my compilation of art education was somewhat lost and wasted once I stepped outside my studio. Also, it made me feel like such a pretentious douchebag. Like, I'm hanging out with my friends and I want to start a conversation on the Futurist Manifesto in relation to contemporary internet culture and how Dadaism is totally relevant in terms on graffiti artists. I want to be clear that I do not believe any of those topics or ideas are inherently pretentious, but to understand and appreciate them they do require a certain amount of education.

So where did that leave me? I finally decided to say a quite literal "Fuck it," and allowed myself to be free with making art that just completely, and I know my next choice of words is going to sound so cliche, felt right to me.
And right ended up being super saturated colors, intricate designs, hummingbirds, colored hair, and representational portraits of women. Nearing the end of my college career I began a retrospective of my work, looking through almost everything I've made, back to doodles I drew as a child. And I saw a pattern from the time I started really drawing.

I had been doing this subject matter and drawing style throughout my life, and I never realized the big connection until now.

I had come full circle to the subject matter that I, consciously or subconsciously, felt the most compelled to create. I finally decided to stop fighting it anymore, and just let myself be free with my art making. I struggled and butted heads with my professors and was constantly battling the glaring unspoken cry of, "BUT IT'S NOT ART!" anytime they looked at my work.
I have literally discussed with professors, either light-heartedly or no, about the fact that the more 'likes' a photo of your art gets on facebook, the less good and successful it is as 'real art'.

Thanks for reading <3 <3 <3


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TixieLix Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome to DA!

Thanks for the fave on my Zelda sketch!
NoahW Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hope you got some good networking done at TAM dude, I had a blast, though it is nice being back in small town New England with my fiance. I'm going to put up a journal entry soon promoting some artists and I'll definitely put your work in there too if you're cool with that. It was nice meeting you and getting to see more of your art here.

CalliopeHoop Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
yes and thank you! I really appreciate it! Hope to see you at the next TAM :meow:
NoahW Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah dude! :headbang:
stephenpmcd Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
great gallery
CalliopeHoop Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
BlazeJokerLace Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really hope to see your gallery grow. Your art work is beautiful.
CalliopeHoop Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks so much! It certainly will grow! :meow:
Abi-Devendorf Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the Llama badge! Your work is amazing! <3
CalliopeHoop Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks so much sweetheart!
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