For VBS (Vacation Bible School) at my church, I was commissioned to paint an airship for the steampunk theme. I only had a few brushes, black, light brown, and dark brown paint, but I had a ton of fun creating it. The pipes are just PVC spray painted, the gears are cardboard (courtesy of our church secretary), the wing is an easel with cloth draped over it, and the giant balloons are, well, giant balloons.
The boat itself was named the Gangfield, which was randomly a name I chose based off a character I read in a book once. It felt airshipy enough.
Twenty-sixteen has been a year of intense emotional turmoil, starting from even just the first week of January. Several unexpected changes in friends’ families, drama in my community, the most deaths and permanent accidents on college campus in recent history, a cruelly busy semester of my own design, the build-up to elections that left me in such a panic that I could barely keep from crying as I walked to classes because just thinking about the potential future of our country made me physically sick….
Although I’m not a superstitious person, I was really looking forward to 2017. Continue reading