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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Two Party Pigs and Graduation

heh, heh!

I'm such a funny gurl...luv the title!

I promised Erika that I would post the two sides of the 'Party Pig' Moses-Botkin Challenge for may. This is the painting that sent me off on research of Sorolla, and the idea to make 2 paintings out of one. One half was left abstracted, and the other was finished out a bit. small slideshow at the bottom.

Party Ears 1 and 2
©2009 Vicki Ross
oil on panel 6x9

Purchase Party Pig Prints Here!

Attended a HUGE highschool graduation ceremony with the fam this am. All the major high schools in 2 counties have their graduation ceremonies at the University of Arkansas Bud Walton Arena. Every 2 hours. Bentonville had theirs at 9am...which meant I had to get up at 6:15 to be at mom's house by 7:30. Well, somewhere I lost 20 minutes so brother mark/Lisa/and nephew Josh left before I got there.
Not knowing what to expect, M&D and I jumped into their car and sped off to Fayetteville. Normally a 20 minute drive...graduation traffic made it a good 45 minutes. Then park, a 20 minute walk through a park. Thank goodness for cell phones. We hooked up with the others who had been able to save seats. We sat there for 3 hours while all the pomp and circumstance (literally) replayed at least 15 times. Then sat through SIX HUNDRED FIFTY-SEVEN graduates receive their handshake/diploma/photo op.
We were brain dead. That would have been enough...but if each graduate had an average of 5 guests (we were more) that is over 3000 bodies, plus teachers, etc. Bad thing was that as we were all trying to exit the stadium, another school was trying to enter. Imagine if you will 500+ cars trying to exit the parking lots as another 500+ are trying to get in to park. It was a total gridlock. Took an hour just to get out of the parking lot!
FIVE graduates were granted scholarships of $450,000 each to attend the Air Force Academny. The Val and Sal speeches were almost professional quality. What a school opportunity this must be...from sports, to record setting scholarship levels, to national academic awards in choral, forensics/debate, just about every category in the school compete and win on national levels! Makes me wish I could go back to high school!

Now for the slideshow!


Art By Erika said...

Love those piggies!

Conrats to Jessie! Wow those scholarships are serious moolah perhaps I should join the army!

vickiandrandyrossart said...

OK, now you have to opin about whether you think I did right by cutting them in half...btw, love your new profile pic...who's the dark and handsome guy with you?