Lots of 16-year-olds love to play video games, but not many of them transform that love into beautiful, fanciful pieces of art - and that’s exactly what 11th grader Melissa does.
I am thrilled to have my first guest blogger! Francesca McDaniel is a senior in high school, and like many young women she is preparing to go away to college. Francesca will be writing for Precocious Bee about the excitement and nerves that often accompany leaving home, friends and family for the first time.
Time Magazine recently came out with their list of the Most Influential Teens of 2014. There were the usual nominations for actresses, singers, famous people, etc., but included on the list were also some amazing less-famous girls doing extraordinary things.
For the first time ever, I rang in the new year in bed with a book (Red Rising - I highly recommend it!) and a box of tissues. Sigh. Before you feel too sorry for me, I did watch the insane/incredible fireworks display from my bedroom window that the neighbors set off and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
January 1, 2015 is almost here and I've got that clean slate feeling going on! I'll bet you know the feeling too - there's a big bright year ahead of you with no mistakes, no failures, no entire days wasted on Netflix. (Damn you House of Cards! And Downton Abbey... and Sherlock)
Here's the thing - January 1st is a day like any other. It just feels different because of the expectations we put on that date.
I’ve always been a fan of Gillian’s art and while putting this story together I became even more enthusiastic about her work. While scrolling through her Instagram account (art_by_gillian) I caught myself saying - “Oooooh! This is my favorite,” - only to scroll down to the next photo and say, “Never mind. THIS is my favorite.
Gillian’s style is impossible to pin down. Sometimes her art is intricate and layered, while other times a few precise lines say it all. She uses bold in-your-face colors, and she also embraces a black-and-white palette. Some of her work is whimsical, with an almost comic book quality to it, but much of her art is firmly rooted in reality. And perhaps this diversity is why I am so drawn to Gillian’s work.