Thursday, November 20, 2014

Family Photos // GIF Outtakes

These are some outtakes from last week that are just too funny not to make into a gif :P 


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Goin' to the chapel...

I hadn't announced this on my blog yet, but Jeran and I are getting married less than a month from now!

I have been extremely distracted obviously.

Shutterfly has some amazing deals going on right now if you're in need of a special photo book. We ended up saving nearly $60 for our guestbook! Check it out:


Ordered our wedding guestbook via Shutterfly photo books today!

Monday, June 10, 2013

June Bug Blues

I am sitting here sipping on a hot chai tea, contemplating many things. June has been wonderful. I've finally had a break from the hustle and bustle of classes, although I have replaced that time with more hours as a barista. However, it is a lot less stressful and I am soaking it all up still. I have not had a lot of time just yet to be content and still, but maybe I just need to schedule in time to meditate and reflect... anyone else struggle with this? I feel like I am still going 90 miles a minute!
I'm glad I took the time to blog today, I think I needed this. Thanks for reading!

Artist Highlight // Lupita Murillo Tinnen

I had the opportunity to listen to a lecture given by Lupita Murillo Tinnen at Amarillo College last semester. Her work, American DREAM, is inspiring.


I love that she is a professor, and finds time to create her own work and further her own ideas. I love that she is a member of the SPE (Society Photographic Educators). I love that she was influenced by German photographer August Sander . I love that she uses her photography as a sort of therapy, a way to deal with grief and other feelings. I love that her art is moving, and is used as a means to an end. I love that I can see a progression throughout her career as a photographer. Most of all, I love that she inspired me.

Go view her work and think about what she has to say :)

<3 Rita Jo

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

AC/WT Student Art Show!

AC/WT Student Faculty Exhibition at AMoA
Opening: Friday, April 5
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


I have two artworks in the above mentioned show! I'm pretty excited. I was in this show while I was a student at Amarillo College (AC). Now I am a student at WT (West Texas A&M University), so it will be interesting to have been on both sides. 
There is some really amazing work going in to this show and I know how hard all the students have worked. Go out and support us by attending! 

I will be taking $5 so I can finally try out the Amarillo Museum of Art's Art-O-Mat machine -- it is a refurbished cigarette dispenser that has been altered to dispense original works of art instead! I will let you know if it makes it to my list of awesome date ideas :) 

To learn more about Art-O-Mat, visit their website. I think once I get my classroom, my students and I will look into becoming contributing artists :) 


Now I will leave you with process photos for my work that made it into the show :) 

(painting clouds on "Soaring High")

(before and after Raku firing ceramic sculpture "Chance Encounter")

I hope you make it out if you're in the area to see my art up close and finished! If you're in Amarillo, don't worry, I will eventually take high-res photos to post online. 

<3 Rita Jo


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Local Events

Well guys, I have buried my head in the sand again on the blogging front. However, this week seems full of too many things that need to be shared so I will pass them along here!
Last week was Spring Break and I took a trip to see my sister in Austin, TX -- hopefully I can find time to share my amazing vacation -- so I was not really ready to come back to school and work (womp womp womp).
This week there is an Educator's Expo being held at my college that I hope to check out and get more information from, a lecture given by a photographer at Amarillo College, an art show my grandmother is involved with, and a new local art shop in Canyon is hosting an animal shelter awareness type of thing. Lots to do!!!

Here are some more details on each:

As a future art educator (if all goes according to plan) I want to find as many opportunities to get my face and enthusiasm noticed! Hope to see any of my fellow education majors there :)

Amarillo College is providing a lecture given by photographer Lupita Murillo Tinnen. Here is a little information:
Tinnen, a professional photographer and professor of photography at Collin College, is an advocate of the DREAM Act. Her portraits of undocumented college students that she collectively titled “American DREAM” will be on display March 4 through April 19 at Amarillo College.
She also will deliver a lecture at AC, on March 20. The exhibit and the lecture are free and open to the public.
Tinnen’s photographs will hang in the Southern Light Gallery on the first floor of Lynn Library on the Washington Street Campus. The artist’s lecture will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 in the building directly north of the library—the College Union Building, upstairs in the Oak Room.
A reception for the artist will precede the lecture and commence at 6:30 p.m.


My Mimaw, Beth Thomas, will have artworks hanging at Craig Methodist Retirement Community here in Amarillo, TX. The reception for the show, Art is Ageless, will be held this Saturday (March 23rd) from 4 PM to 6 PM. I can't wait to go out and support my strong, beautiful grandmother in her passionate pursuit of what makes her happy. She is a very talented artist, working mostly with pastels. 


The Paper Crane (facebook) is an art store in Canyon, TX. Here is their invite for the event:
This Saturday the Texas Panhandle Pet Savers will be teaming up with The Paper Crane in order to adopt out sweet pups! The TPPS nonprofit organization gets dogs who are at risk of being put down by the pound to adopt them to out to people all over Texas! Help us find these pups good homes! Show your support by coming out and engaging in the fun activities of a large scale paint by number surprise, painting small pictures of dogs, and a silent auction of dog focused art pieces. A portion of our proceeds from the activities will go towards TPPS! Bring the whole family for a fun filled Saturday afternoon!!!


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So all of that, plus the mound of homework I've been half-heartedly chipping away at, have got me filled up with things to do :) 

Monday, February 4, 2013

So...school is going really well so far. I just popped in to share some nice documentaries I stumbled upon recently through my studies...

Printing the Panhandle, created by my friend Anna O'Brien, is a splendid little film about printing processes in my local area (the panhandle of Texas).


Irish Folk Furniture - this was suggested to me by an artist who I'm helping on a special and exciting project right now (more to come on that subject!). I found it to be darling, and since it won best animated short at Sundance Film Festival, I think many would agree with that assessment.