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Спасибо, что посетили мой журнал! Для тех, кто забрел сюда в первый раз: я — Дегтярева Мария или в сети порой появляюсь под именем ganza.
thank you for visiting my journal. I would like to introduce myself for people who are here at the first time. I am Degtyareva Maria or Ganza as an art name.
ganza durak
Я художник монументального искусства, сейчас обучаюсь в Новосибирской архитектурной академии и изучаю монументальной живописи. Я стараюсь уметь и успевать все возможное.
Я занимаюсь живописью, графикой и всем, что касается росписи и дизайна стен как снаружи, так и внутри. Мои работы можно посмотреть здесь.
I am an artist of mural art currently studying at Novosibirsk fine art university in Russia. I try to be able to do and manage everything possible. I do painting, graphics and everything relating to design and walls painting either inside and outside. My works are always there.
ответ пикассо reply to picasso
Так же я стараюсь пробовать себя в иллюстрации, дизайне всего-всего, в том числе и в веб-дизайне. Какое-то время я занималась изготовлением украшений из пластики и легчайшей полимерной массы.
Я являюсь счастливым(а может, и несчастливым) носителем мании анализирования и поиска ошибок, а также разного рода планирования. Все свои выводы, глупые и не очень, я записываю сюда, их можно обсудить и также поучиться жизни друг у друга. как, например, здесь.
Еще здесь я представляю свои идеи, для которых может потребоваться ваша помощь.
Если я натыкаюсь на что-либо интересное, увлекательное и прекрасное, я делюсь этой информацией, будь то фильм или музыка, а также искусство, которое вдохновило меня или произвело впечатление.
Очень серьезно я подхожу к изучению языков. В данный момент я изучаю английский и хинди, поэтому здесь частенько появляются посты на других языках(в рамках которых я стараюсь учиться)
Also I try illustration, to design everything and web-design in addition. There was a time I made jeweleries from polymeric masses and plastic.
I happily(or probably, unhappily) have a planning and analyzing mania. All my conclusions I post here, where we could discuss about and also learn how to live by each other. there is an example.
Also I present here my ideas and project which I could need some your help to make them real.
If I found something interesting, fascinating and beautiful I share this. It could be a movie or music and art which inspired or impressed me.
I'm very serious in languages learning. I study english and hindi, that's why here is a lot entries in english and russian. (not in hindi because I know less, but it's in progress)

Second year emotions. Panel proposals

20:05 06.09.2014
Second year emotions. Panel proposals

Still I cannot believe that I am in this school studying Architecture. I cannot believe that I crossed this threshold of summer vacations and started my second year. I cannot believe that my crazy dream about working in collaboration with Building Construction Science people came true. I cannot believe we are creating a real building this semester.
It seems that there is nothing more natural than going to the second year after the first one, but not in my case. Since last four to five years (maybe less) I change schools each year. The feeling of starting the second year is awesome. I am looking forward to completing the second year and starting the third one! What is interesting, during the first year study seems to be incredibly long, while now I feel that diploma is not so far me! Maybe it comes with skills and responsibility. And i am truly happy for this!
Amazing, that education in USA I imagined to be a constant collaboration with BCS guys; however, when I came, my teachers told me that only two schools in USA offer this kind of program. Interesting, how true is it? Anyway, I am happy to be in one of those schools.
So far I have not much to say about the process, maybe emotions do not form so fast. Our small buildings, which will be wheelchair accessible restrooms in a local Golf Course, will have a panelized envelope. Right now we are working on proposals for the panel design, and I wish to show you a few of them.

 

 

The last image is the render of the entire wall and how it should look like

Looking forward to updating about the progress :)



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vacations of an architecture student

23:50 11.08.2014
vacations of an architecture student

I am glad to find myself on vacations, even after two more days. Nowadays I really make myself busy with different legal stuff and self-learning along with cooking, and cleaning of the apartments. I really enjoy the summer days, however, I am so much excited about the new semester.

The university is about to start again, the students came here a few days ago, the campus is full of people who explore surroundings. There are so many cars from different states and I cannot stop staring around pointing interesting car number plates. There is a car from New York parked next door, which is really amazing to see here, in Mississippi!!! Each time when I see something like this, I wish to ask the person why he decided to apply in this school and anything closer. I know that they could ask me the same question, as my car should have a Russian number plate though :)

I am also glad to return back to my self-study. I do not know yet how i would benefit from all this knowledge about sustainable design at this moment but I am pretty sure it would save a lot of time later. There is a question, has anyone completed the BPA course from Autodesk? How do you feel about that?

Dallas Opera House, by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Norman Foster

Dallas Opera House, by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Norman Foster

I took the photograph in my last trip to Dallas, it shows the incredible care to details and craft. I really love the structure!!!



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07:43 10.08.2014
How people could feel like an architect after two months of school

Hello everyone! I was not here for while, and now I am coming as a totally different person. During the time of being away, I grew up and changed so many things. During this time I finished my first year of architecture studio in two months. Now no more no less, I feel like entering the architecture market. Being so much excited nowadays, I could not imagine how I would transform into such a serious person like all other professional architects.  Could be funny but that is my feeling. I learned so many things and I am really inspired to do it more and more!

When I came here from Russia last October, I was so much worried for being away from architecture for one whole year. Fortunately, my university offered summer studio, which covers the past year in two months. The structure of the program made us work all days and nights on projects, drawings, and models. What could I say? It was an awesome experience. I was dead tired by the end, but what have I got with it? I have got a true love towards my future… my current job!! There is nothing more exciting than to develop a complicated order of columns and walls or to understand the idea of another great architect… Breathtaking, eye-opening! Just to think that after few more semesters, I will open my eyes once more, when I would find myself serious, powerful, and mindful about the work I do. Beginning of the summer studio I had no idea how to design, however, by the end I just made my first design feeling like a pro. That is amazing! And I am really so much glad that there are so many designs remaining in my career!

swimming pool house, wood model, summer 2014, Maria Ganza Degtyareva (Vaghani)

swimming pool house, wood model, summer 2014, Maria Ganza Degtyareva (Vaghani)

swimming pool house, wood model, summer 2014 , Maria Ganza Degtyareva (Vaghani)

swimming pool house, wood model, summer 2014 , Maria Ganza Degtyareva (Vaghani)



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milestone is almost reached

21:53 27.04.2014
milestone is almost reached

I am still here, in Starkville. The first semester is going to finish. It was full of general courses and I really feel I become more professional in something general :) The study is going to be a little bit hectic, as it is right now. I would like to notice how I will be changing throughout my study, how my language and perception will change. There are so many things developing in this period. I suppose the next four-five years will be all about change. Maybe that is the reason why people remember the college days with, even through we hate it in the process (I really do)

By the way, I must accept the fact, I do not have much time for drawing. All my materials stay untouched, however, I never forget how to use them, and am never going to. Nevertheless, I still think that art will be part of my life, maybe a hobby, maybe monetized hobby. I would like it to be monetized. Why? Because it would be global. Art needs to be global, otherwise, it is not art but minute entertainment. It is not bad, but it is not quite about my nature.

I just wanted to remind about myself really and to fulfill my inspiration from reading English composition book before starting my final essay. The last sentense I would like to say just for the history: I really wish to finish my education. I want to be professional but no longer amateur.



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Fruitimal

07:33 31.03.2014
Fruitimal

So long I was not writing here. Life is busy and we will never be tired of informing the readers about that. Here is one smiling Hello from Mississippi State!!!

Fennek Fox – peach!!! Enjoy!!! All of the images are insolently taken from Google. Thank you the author who has taken the picture of the fox, I just love it!!!!

Maria Ganza, Fennek Fox - peach, photoshop, 2014

Maria Ganza, Fennek Fox – peach, photoshop, 2014



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07:29 24.02.2014
The street sign project “No shaving while riding tricycle”

Whoohoo! The street sign project is finished! The next one is coming soon, here I will post the development process of that. life is getting crazy, leaving me without even a minute for rest… That is the cost of setting up home from total zero… But we are strong, we will do it!

Maria Ganza, street sign project, MSU, vector graphics, 2014

Maria Ganza, street sign project, MSU, vector graphics, 2014



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Developing the street sign sketches

19:31 05.02.2014
Developing the street sign sketches

Life is going and going and going on. I happy to realize that anything I do is not a repetition completely. I really spent so much time sitting on Illustrator, I have done so many random tutorials. I asked Google so many ‘how to’s questions but now I see how much I missed! I did not know what to ask!!! Now I feel that the approach and perception of the software are changing. This is magic. Here, two majors are almost fighting. Here are my two passions, and the question is whether it could be combined in one person who has only 24 hours per day. Thinking more positive i still can say about 168 per week!!! pretty nice, i hope it is manageable…

So the street sign project is getting its face…

Maria Ganza, street sign project, sketch, 2014

  Maria Ganza, street sign project, sketch, 2014

Maria Ganza, street sign project, sketch, 2014
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Maria Ganza, street sign project, sketch, 2014

Maria Ganza, street sign project, sketch, 2014

Maria Ganza, street sign project, sketch, 2014

Maria Ganza, street sign project, sketch, 2014

 

Good run, I hope….



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First voice from 2014

05:13 02.01.2014
First voice from 2014

Now we live here, in the New Year!! How is it here? Pretty nice, you know! Even though we went to sleep so late (after our overate party!!!) I woke up at 7 o’clock and found myself checking my email. There I found one letter from an employer, offering me paid audition soon. If I understand everything correctly, I am very glad for the beginning, I also found of a group in Facebook, which is created especially for students looking for job. I am pretty inspired about this, I believe in this year, hope I can be calm, studying and learning new skills. I introduced myself to the new freelance website, where I really see the opportunity to start, I already had an account there, but so far did not know how it works there. Somehow I do not have much to say, I simply enjoy some small opportunities, which it seems I am near to get. So what is inside of me now? Joy, inspiration, excitement… Good? simply perfect!

Maria Ganza, sketch, 2013

Maria Ganza, sketch, 2013



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Christmas in Starkville?!?!?

06:03 21.12.2013
Christmas in Starkville?!?!?

My vacations I am spending in a library. Me, my husband and a few chinese guys. That is pretty cool. The most important that eventually Akshay’s exams will be done and we will be able to take rest of all this official part of his PhD program (which surely touches me in most sides). Yeah, regardless of my major, it is our common PhD program. I do not mind it, it is pretty cool to receive PhD before my bachelor.

So many people asked me where I am going for Christmas and they were so much amazed, that I am staying in Starkville. There is nothing to do really, Sanderson sport center is closing this Monday, today is the last day of the library… What is next? Physics department!!! It supposed to become my second home already, but still I have enough fingers to count how many times I was there!

I am enjoying my rest now, I am not distracted from my creativity, my study (which I believe will lead me somewhere). Maybe I supposed to cook a lot, but today I realized that it seems I am not that kind of wife, hopefully Akshay does not mind it. I promise to earn enough to feed him with restaurant food (after his turn of inviting me for restaurant!!!)

What about your plan for Christmas? And how many people are having exams this winter?

Maria Ganza sketch 2013

Maria Ganza sketch 2013



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transportation and poverty

07:51 16.12.2013
transportation and poverty

Nowadays, it seems I have pretty nothing to do… Hmm, It might be true actually, but still the schedule is pretty busy, with a lot of lazy time. I am going to concentrate on job searching again. Today I applied for a few companies, and in one of the posting I can see the number of candidates applied with me. 17!! Yes, I think, definitely I have no chance to get the job (as far as all others are american with american experience). For some time I decided to switch to volunteering activities, and I have already participated at two events of sorting and packing can for poor people. I was amazed, knowing that next time we will deliver the pockets with cans to parking lot in the peoples’ cars! CARS! Might be, it sounds routinely for american ear, but in my home country I did not travel with car, because I did not afford fuel. That is funny, here I am same poor (even much below than just poor), but I travel with car… Otherwise, how to travel here?

Interesting, it seems that launching public transportation in Starkville is not profitable, but it is profitable in the New York City… What is the rating of size of a city which makes public transportation profitable? And how they would realize that it is time to launch? Thinking that public transportation in Russia is everywhere, I get the same question, is it profitable there? or in some areas the government faces losses?

Maria Ganza sketch 2013

Maria Ganza sketch 2013

This sketch I made a few days after arriving in my new apartment, which appeared so dirty, that i had been tidying up for whole day!



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Going through the open door?

02:50 14.12.2013
Going through the open door?

Finally, I am here, having vacations again. My two months online courses are done, and I resumed my Autodesk course again. It seems, that after finishing semester, a person finds himself even more busy with daily routine, which accumulated during the time. Also this natural desire of rest, I hope it should be normal.

Now I feel that my education is totally secured, and I am really thankful for our government for that. I hope, I will bring multiplied amount to the economy in future as an architect (you remember, I want to be the best).

I have just visited the school of Architecture. There I have seen advertisement of one course about ecological architecture. My counselor suggested that I can talk with this professor and probably he will accept me to do research under him. I am so excited about the opportunity and am going to meet him as soon as possible!!! Hopefully, here my dream is gradually coming true!!! Will it work out? Am I just in front of the open door, facing my future as a great person?

maria ganza sketch 2013

maria ganza sketch 2013



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This is real judgement of EMCC

04:56 09.12.2013
This is real judgement of EMCC

Tomorrow I have my first academic exam in the United States. This week I feel I know everything, but now I am really scared. What if not? What if i am really not ready? I read the book again, but I can not find any point, which I do not remember. Looking around I found that only thing I wish to do is to resume my Autodesk course. I have not done anything for more than one and half months!! Unfortunately, I found that some parts are now missing and I have to refresh it in my mind. I suppose they should compose a pdf-copy of the course for future references.

What is new? Many things! Really I received grant from U.S. financial aid for my education, which covers almost all my educational expenditures!!! I am so happy, that I am really to put US flag in front of my doors :) I suppose in some time there really will be a flag of Mississippi State, if I would find the education in an appropriate level. Why? I am enrolled in a college now. Being so bad I will say, East Mississippi Community College, which I personally do not like. So far I came in the Mississippi State for answers not bringing anything back, they treated me so nicely. Because they requested the grant for me and arranged it. During my FAFSA application I listed both schools, because from very beginning EMCC told that they will refund my fees for this semester. What do I have now? Mississippi State requested the grant and EMCC is still silent. They just put me on hold in the business office.

I was taking two online-courses about economy in the college. as far as I had experience with online courses, I expected video-lectures, interesting assignments or at least communication with the instructor. In reality, I just was asked to read the book and answer some questions (I even feel uncomfortable describing the level). So I paid around 1,000 dollars for two months of the courses and the only study, which I had, was my own reading of the book, which I bought for 7 dollars. Honestly, I can read by myself. Tomorrow I will know the level of the exam, but so far I do not feel this as high education.

As a good point, I love the book for 7 dollars so much!!! We did not cover all the chapters but during the holidays I am going to finish the whole book. I really like how economy is explained and how it works! The system is really wise, and I am happy that eventually I can comprehend the mechanism!!! So exciting!

Maria Ganza, sketch, 2013

Maria Ganza, sketch, 2013

This sketch I made while I had no access to my scanner. But pretty soon they will be again scanned as appropriate. (excuse my laziness)

Hope you all are having good exam week!!!



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complaining, yeah-yeah!

08:35 04.12.2013
complaining, yeah-yeah!

I am getting pretty scared looking how time runs. Really fast, huh… It seemed to me that my last post was not that much long ago, but half a month passed! That is truly worrisome. I have an exam now, seems to be very busy, but somehow I finish some stuff earlier. Just now I found myself doing nothing surfing the Internet. What to say, at the morning I got an idea to learn how to park parallel, just after dinner I got the time to do so. Very soon I have my driving test (once there will be a better day, that is a day, when the road is totally dry!). Hopefully I mastered my parking well enough to pass the test.

Oh, I am dreaming how I will paint after the exam!!! I want to take a canvas and paints!!! and make a new picture! Just now I have only little time to sketch (might be I do something incorrectly, why I do never have time for anything?) Also my autodesk course stays unattended for almost two months! I wish after the exam I will finish the course!!

Everyone has a good evening, yeah?

Maria Ganza, sketch, 2013

Maria Ganza, sketch, 2013



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My new happy Repins!!!

00:38 15.11.2013
My new happy Repins!!!

Last days I received many repins of my works in Pinterest. I am really so glad that somehow I got a few followers on my special board.

These month I am so much busy with different stuff and literally have no time for anything (even for yoga :( ) I realize that it is even not matter of timing, but portion of attention. Surely, sometimes I even watch videos in Youtube or check my social networks, collecting this empty time I can win time for writing one more entry here, but..! The nature is cruel.

Just today, when I got my new repin of my sketch, I thought Hey! I must pin more, but I can not pin without an entry. Still I keep on sketching, hardly daily, but at least something. I have a queue of sketches, which are awaiting for uploading, so very soon the quality and format of my sketches will change. It will be a notice of change of my location. First weeks I did not have a scanner installed, so there are no scans, but photographs of my works. I hope that someone really enjoys my art. (I remember how I was cheering at my home in Russia, when I received my first repin. And I keep on cheering to each time)

Maria Ganza, sketch, 2013

Maria Ganza, sketch, 2013

Hopefully, very soon, I will start making creative works in more serious scale, but still I am pretty busy with my courses and making my resume (as a customer service worker), searching for job… Everything must be great, right?

By the way, any sketch I post is clickable, the links directs to my Pinterest Board



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The third week is running

22:22 04.11.2013
The third week is running

It seemed I made a perfect plan on daily routine, but somehow I can not do whatever I was going to do. Now the family life shows its true face, hehe ) so much work, so less time for my activities. But I can not say that I am frustrated, On the contrary, I like my new life so much. I am happy.

I have heard that when a man gets married, he hopes that his wife will never change, but she does, and when a woman gets married, she hopes that her husband will change but he does not. In my case, I hope Akshay  will never change, and I hope he will change me. My character is awful, I am glad he teaches me how to be better. Whenever something bad happens, he shows me good points, and why there were no bad points at all. This is most important. I can manage less nowadays, but now I know that even though I do not make any great things now (studying economics and making sketches almost every day), but eventually I will build awesome creatures! I am sure. I have diamonds in my hands. The most important, that I have the goal, which I am reaching steadily.

Really, now, when I think about the timing, i have no idea, how it will be, but I know it will be good.

Maria Ganza, sketch, 2013

Maria Ganza, sketch, 2013

It was a fast message from me, as nowadays, it seems I am getting away. I wish to keep on posting about the changes. This period is one of most significant in my life, I got my new family, started to live with my fiance and moved to the United States, definitely it should be described!

And, yes!!! If anyone here wants a painting (or illustration, digital or alive) from me, I am ready to paint for you!!!



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last portion of sketches. part 3

06:21 26.10.2013
last portion of sketches. part 3

Tonight I am going to finish with posting my old sketches (they should be called expired, since my arrival I have not been drawing properly. As everything now i do not do properly). I am glad of how everything is going on and I hope that things will get better next week. I am searching for a job now. I remember about my wish to start an acrylic painting on canvas in November. I hope as soon as I have my first job here, I would be able to afford buying canvas, also I hope I can manage with time (my courses and housekeeping)

I decided to change way of my scheduling again. The method I am going to use now I have already tried before. It is about dividing activities regarding their nature and write separate to-do lists for each one. So now I just need to decide what I want to do and open the appropriate list. So far it works pretty fine, mostly because I do not mess up among all the tasks I must complete.

Maria Ganza, sketch of nude model, 2013

Maria Ganza, sketch of nude model, 2013

 

 

Maria Ganza, sketch of nude model, 2013

Maria Ganza, sketch of nude model, 2013

Maria Ganza, sketch of a nude model, 2013

Maria Ganza, sketch of a nude model, 2013

 



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New portion of sketches. Part 2

22:19 20.10.2013
New portion of sketches. Part 2

First of all, I am sorry for the great delay in posting. Everyone here might forget I have started my report about the last sketching session in my academy in Novosibirsk.

Now I moved to the USA and currently I am settling down in Starkville Mississippi, going to pursue my bachelor degree in architecture at Mississippi State University. After some visits there I find the university perfect!!! Really! I am just in love with everything. People and staff are very nice and friendly. Nowadays I try to solve some misunderstanding with acceptance of my courses from my academy. Hope that the issue is not serious and I will not have to study same subjects again.

Wish me good luck!

Maria Ganza nude model sketch 2013

Maria Ganza nude model sketch 2013

 

Maria Ganza, nude model sketch, 2013

Maria Ganza, nude model sketch, 2013

 

Maria Ganza, nude model sketch, 2013

Maria Ganza, nude model sketch, 2013

 

Maria Ganza, nude model sketch, 2013

Maria Ganza, nude model sketch, 2013

PS Recently I started a new online-course from University of Pennsylvania about sustainable city design. So far the course seems so interesting and with each new week it gets more and more amusing

 



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Sketching class. part 1

21:17 05.10.2013
Sketching class. part 1

Days here, Novosibirsk, Russia, are getting faster and faster. I can no longer predict length of a day. Today it was too short, as short as it always happens when it comes to last days. First you think that it would last for months and it will never end actually. Now whatever i do is marked with “last time” tag… This is pretty sad to realize. Just few days before i visited the last drawing lesson. This lesson was advertised in vk.com(our social network), my classmates promised me a pretty sculpturesque girl. I came there and it was really pretty awesome! First I was thinking, that my sketches were really bad and i lost everything i gained doing sketches in high school. But afterwards (it seems i do not judge properly) i think that it was not too bad. I suppose, i made as much sketches, so i would divide them into a few entries:

Maria Ganza

Maria Ganza

Maria Ganza

Maria Ganza

Maria Ganza

Maria Ganza

Maria Ganza

 

More images will be at the next time!

 

 



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Psychrometric Charts in Green Architecture

22:43 03.10.2013
Psychrometric Charts in Green Architecture

I was informed that most probably I would not see the room completed. There are so many things remaining, such as baseboard for floor and ceiling levels. So they can not start moving furniture back. The design is not finished!!! I will have to ask someone else to take the images of the completed room.

Recently I was so much excited, when in the Autodesk course we studied Psychrometric charts and its  application into sustainable project. Actually it is so much powerful tool! I was amazed that such a complicated table can tell volumes about appearance and content of the building! As Autodesk says first the image of the chart could confuse a lot, but if you know the concept and understand the meaning of each axis and all of the dots, it becomes the great aid for your sustainable design!

psychrometric chart Autodesk

psychrometric chart Autodesk

The first purpose of the charts is to represent a climate of the chosen location, it tells about temperature, humidity and gives information of how ‘comfortable’ the climate is. And the dots actually represent hours with the weather on axis. So looking at distribution of the dots we can say how the climate is various.

Climatic-conditioning processes expressed on the psychrometric chart.  Autodesk

Climatic-conditioning processes expressed on the psychrometric chart. Autodesk

Psychrometric Chart could be found in the special software(Climate Consultant) which could be taken from http://www.energy-design-tools.aud.ucla.edu/ website for free. To access the data we need input weather files, which are distributed for free on the same website (most of the cities in the world could be found there, however i was trying to find the place where i live and it is not available). Once we open a weather file the most interesting part begins! The software shows you the range of comfort conditions with the quadrangle.  The legend shows the design strategies we can use, it provides information of how reasonable is the particular strategy and how many hours would be effective. Each strategy is marked with particular color and we can actually see how the strategy extends the comfort zone.

Climate Consultant screenshot

Climate Consultant screenshot

Each lesson I do of the certificate program, I feel more and more energetic, willing to study more and more and apply everything I know as soon as possible!!! Now we are going to start the most interesting part of the sustainable architecture – energy use analysis!!!!



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First last day. Tuesday

22:59 01.10.2013
First last day. Tuesday

Well. the day left without planning… But I completed one huge project! Yes, the room is finished! now You can ask  something like: And where are the photographs you promised?!

They are not ready yet. And I must tell you, that I FORGOT to take a picture of the walls when they were simply yellow covered with the first layer of paints. So now I have just photographs of the starting point, the prepared walls and the result. There photos I will post here at the next as the lighting was not nice at the moment. At least now I have one task less before my adventures. I am not sure now, whether we will finish the sculpture with ‘my sculptor’ as conditions are that we can not work this week, but next week I have flight on Tuesday morning! Of course, I do not think I will go to him on Monday as my last day I supposed to spend in packaging my luggage.

Because of the stress, it seems i am not as concentrated on my works as I should be, even sometimes my days in daily planner are left blank  (ok, today only)

From the morning, I was thinking that today started the sequence of Last-Days… I must spend them meaningful! I should do something very great! Just after the first last day, still I have no idea what…

Maria ganza sketch

Maria ganza sketch

I suppose the entry might be quite nervous or depressed, it is true actually… Yeah…



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About one learned mistake

21:48 29.09.2013
About one learned mistake

Today we started to paint the room, which I was assigned to paint. So the project was pending since this July and August and now it is going to finish. I promised to finish before my leaving and hopefully I am running right in time. I am very glad for that.  Actually, it is very sad to tell that I made a mistake. Yeah, that happened, I just must tell to make myself feeling shame, that I wanted to make economy with materials (as I did not want to waste them actually). The technology in decorative painting, which I used, is that we apply the first layer of a base color and then we apply the finishing layer with a sponge. I did not take photos of the process, but I will try to make it tomorrow morning.  The amount of paints we bought was not enough and we had only few square centimeters  blank. I did not want to go to the shop again and buy a whole bucket of the color. So I decided to make the same color by myself. And I did it. I matched them and the two colors I made were totally equal. Then what is the matter? What happened? I did two cups of the color, but I thought it would not be enough. First I did the first attempt in making the color and it was too hot (as the walls are cold green/yellow light color). I decided to try to change the temperature of the color adding cold components. Might be there was the rule not to mix cold and hot colors. So I made it almost equal to the wall color. Then I agreed with everyone that I should really use the color. I got permission, mixed all the paints I got (thinking that better to use same color and it will give perfect result in blend). When I started to paint, the color appeared much darker!!! (and we remembered the words of the seller in shop, that paints of this company get darker after applying on walls). I got a few patches on the wall in different places!!! I am very disappointed.  Then we decided to try the next layer, thinking it will hide the color difference.

First I was disappointed even more, as I was able to see the difference very clearly. But fortunately, now when I look at the wall I can not identify the place of the mistake. So I have lots of work for tomorrow, one area on another side is still blank. We do not have enough place there to arrange the stairs with the furniture, which remain in the room, so we have to make rearrangement each time we start a new area. I am looking forward to making that equal color again, as I already know the right formula. The mistake is learned and I hope it was the last one of the kind.

Promise to make photo-report of the process once it will be finished.

The picture today is the ornament on a wall, which I did in fine art academy (you can say university college)

Maria Ganza, painting on wall, flower, acrylic, 2011

Maria Ganza, painting on wall, flower, acrylic, 2011



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Medical leave

21:46 27.09.2013
Medical leave

It seems the day fell into my sickness. Somehow I got terrible dreams the night and was not able to sleep normally.

I removed one of my teeth of wisdom and now I do not have any. So my braces experience has a chance to be successful. I was tired today so much in spending too much time doing subtle things as going to the dental hospital and job with the sculptor.

I just look at my Pinterest workflow board and do not like how colorless it is!!! I wish to apply more colors into my works! Now I am looking forward to doing more colorful sketches and illustrations, I want to learn how to use colors more freely.

Maria Ganza, sketch

Maria Ganza, sketch



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22:07 25.09.2013
My Autodesk BPA certificate course is running

The day was pretty busy, that is why I am not going to write a lot. We are searching for a car and could not find a good deal (however funny it sounds but that is our bad luck as we are looking for a used car in Dallas or nearby).

I have finished the tutorial course, I liked that a lot and love the result we got. I continue learning with the Autodesk BPA certificate course. Now we are going to study each aspect of green building more thoroughly. I am so much excited about that and want to read more and more! But I have so much work besides the course (such as coursera creativity course and a new one is coming soon), painting in the sleeping room (i am going to paint, the preparation is done!!!!)

So, Life is running!!! Time goes pretty fast and still I do not understand whether it is good or not

Maria Ganza, Autodesk Tutorial course, BPA certificate

Maria Ganza, Autodesk Tutorial course, BPA certificate



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Small break and style for an illustrator

21:14 23.09.2013
Small break and style for an illustrator

Today my day started very late. I do not know what happened with me, but I was really disappointed! The entire day I felt destroyed. It seems I have done nothing and so far I have so many things to finish. All these tasks I myself created, however, I must complete it (otherwise I will not have a bright future!) Now I again want to read books! Even now I am looking forward to reading fiction literature. it seems my language skills need support! Last days I feel so and my self-confidence decreases dramatically. Might be that is because of stress of forthcoming immigration…

I realized today, that any illustrator has his own world or so-called style. Definitely I need to find the one! When I draw, I want to create something cool, something which could be published in The New York Times or Vogue. I like the illustrations published there and I wish to be part of the team. However, when I start to draw or even paint, I get something childish. I think it might be unfair!!! Better to be able to think in both directions at least!!! At this stage I would like to work on diversity of my views… My next sketches must be cool!!

as I told about today issue, I just made a very fast sketch, and running to finish my Autodesk Revit classes!!!

Maria Ganza, sketch

Maria Ganza, sketch



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21:44 21.09.2013
Just thinking about the Autodesk Online Course

Nowadays, I feel very strange. It seems I almost do not worry about my coming shift, but my mood is not in its proper stage. (somehow last years it seems so, so i am getting the fear that it is my proper stage!!!) I feel unable to concentrate on anything!!! I can be focused on one thing only (maybe the fall is coming so fast!)

Now I enjoy learning new software. It seems to me that the whole day I am just switching from one software to another, from one online course to another. That is really so exciting to see how a building appears in front of you, how you can control its look, its properties. I was thinking for numbers of years that architects work with Autocad only, but now Revit seems to me a really great tool for that. I enjoy the process of following the tutorials instructios. I like to see the logic inherited in the software, in the workflow. I am so excited to see how a rectangle can become a daedal shape of a sustainable building.

The Autodesk course I take nowadays inspire me a lot. I was wondering for years about how exactly we will work as architects, how non-engineers connect their work with engineers, how a shape takes the infrasctuctural contains, how people do make a building sustainable. I can do any amount of reading, but will never understand the meaning of how it comes into the shape! But now it takes the right place in my head!

I love that it is going to be my job and can not wait for the semester to begin my studies!!!!

Maria Ganza. sketch

Maria Ganza. sketch



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Small dream!!! the big plan!

21:26 19.09.2013
Small dream!!! the big plan!

Nowadays I am going to mess up all the software I know! The Autodesk course, as I told is required to learn Revit and Vasari, so the course extended by a few lessons, where I am studying using the provided tutorials. This is actually really exciting to see how with new software you get new possibilities. I hope to use it very soon in my professional life!

Once in shower I was dreaming about future career and saw how exactly I want it to be. I saw an architect, who projects sustainable buildings, and paints in free time. Oil, acrylic, vector, raster, small jewelleries… everything! I have a small etsy.com shop there, art blog (hope, this one), some sells… the art job for weekends, for pleasure! there is no stress about getting the client satisfied. the architecture job is so ideal for me. I study this course and like it more and more. Hope I will survive the educational process, get the bachelor, master degree. (I think I would think very hard about PhD, maybe few years later). This is my nice dream, in this dream I have time for everything. I just want to study fast and everything!!!

Maria Ganza, sketch, pencil, 2013

Maria Ganza, sketch, pencil, 2013



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intelligent Fast Failure Day

21:20 17.09.2013
intelligent Fast Failure Day

Today I started my new illustration in colors. I have been painting for while, but somehow my mood was down the whole day. I was doing and did not like what appears on my paper. I consider this as an exercise of intelligent Fast Failure from the coursera course which I take. Still I have the feeling, when I afraid of doing the illustration, like I will fail in it. But as I have a certain picture of it in my mind, all I must do is to paint. Layer by layer it will appear.

As once I told that I swear, I will share my sketches every day, even if it would be very ugly (in order to make myself feeling guilty). I must share the one I made today…

Maria Ganza, sketch, pencil, 2013

Maria Ganza, sketch, pencil, 2013

So everything tells that today was day of failure!!! Even my lesson from Autodesk was not complete, because half of the time, alloted to the course, I have been installing the needed software, which was needed to complete the course. What is good, now I am going to know two new softwares: Autodesk Vasari and Autodesk Revit! Hope it is going to be quite beneficial. What is not good, I wanted to study the software I already know completely and do not mess it with others!



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Running for goals

20:56 15.09.2013
Running for goals

I am full of thoughts now. Some of them about opportunities I am about to get, some are about fears I am about to feel. My life is too unpredictable to judge now. Interesting how much more years I must live in this kind of stress (some people may say that I do not feel, but they are mistaken) to accustom to the rule: I can not predict my future. Anything could happen in one month. I am now doing preparation, it is proceeding, slowly, because there are too many things I must learn during this month. The biggest targets of this month are Adobe Illustrator, online courses, the room with decorative paints and portfolio things… So many actually, but I am running for that!!!

Maria Ganza, sketch, pencil, 2013

Maria Ganza, sketch, pencil, 2013



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New one is coming with number of 2843!!!!

20:46 13.09.2013
New one is coming with number of 2843!!!!

As I told recently, I started my new illustration. Now I do sketching for different parts of the illustration and try to develop my personages. This is really hard to be in time with everything, as I also drive my new wall project, decorative paint in a sleeping room. As soon as it will be finished i am going to post the process and the result at one time. It goes quite slow, as some parts of the walls are still closed with furniture and my host is reluctant to move her wardrobe from there. So, I have to insist to give me my job. But from weekends, when I get access to the walls completely, the process will go much faster.

Tomorrow I am going to run my fisrt running race in my life. I already have my back number, I am 2843!!! The distance is quite short, but considering my current situation (as I just recently removed one tooth and I was restricted to work out, I now feel near to ill, but I must stay healthy as Monday I must remove my nex tooth) this is pretty good race!

Online courses take much more time than I planned, because I must to forget that It seems I do not have official enrollment, but I will receive real certificates and I must try really hard to get best scores. I already have one certicate from online course of green facade design with score of 100%, and I am going to receive two more certificates from coursera creativity course and Autodesk workshop course.

Combining these activities(there are much more sub-activities also!) I get that i have only small amount of time to draw for myself!! Anyway, day by day my new illustration is coming…

Maria Ganza, sketch for &apos;Medicine&apos;, pastel, 2013

Maria Ganza, sketch for ‘Medicine’, pastel, 2013



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