Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Death Note

Ever since I was introduced to the Death Note from my brother's Japanese girlfriend, Miki, I've been a huge fan. Not only is the art awesome, but the story is amazing. It's complicated, and I love the literal genius of Light, L, Near, and Mello.

The story of the death note and Shinigami  is very interesting, but Tsugumi Ohba and manga artist Takeshi Obata turn it into something incredible. I highly recommend checking the series out!

I've yet to see the movie, but I definitely will asap!

Also, I'd recommend taking a look at the Veronica Fish's blog, to check out the new graphic novel, Pirates of Mars she illustrated (by JJ Kahrs), you can read the comic on Pirates of Mars or buy a special preview at Lulu, plus she has a discount code on her blog. 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Black Lights

Tonight was the high school art show! I demonstrated watercolor, I'm painting a mountain from a quote in Frankenstein for my English class.. so might as well work on it! Over the past couple of days me and some other kids in our studio art class have been setting up our black light installation for the show. Basically, we took the big boards we hang art on, and put it against the wall to form a sort of triangle - but there was an entrance. We covered the top with a dark, thick sheet, and then inside included hung a lot of black-and-white artwork! We set up five black lights inside, and people at the show could walk in and check it out (It was like a little room)! Plus, you could put on 3-d glasses for a cool effect. 

This is me (right) and my twin, Megan, when we got our senior pics done earlier this year! 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Peek puff

My cat Peekaboo died earlier this year :(
I kinda wanted to put some pics up of her, I like looking at them from time to time
Peeks had an attitude and hated to be held!
In her last few months she became outdoors-crazed

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


I have an interest in photography and graphic design aside from the studio arts. A lot of time I just like to take photographs of what I enjoy, or think is beautiful; I'm not looking for a particularly unique shot.

Girls' districts, 400m hurdles, 2010
Girls' districts, pole vault, 2010

Tessellation, 2010 

Monday, December 6, 2010


Hidden field, 2010

I'm excited that December has begun! I love the winter, and once December begins, I really start anticipating all the snowy days. I've been up to Wachusett Mt. twice so far, it's been open a little over a week, but there aren't many runs to choose from yet! My dad and I just went up and down Conifer 9 times both days we went; the second time, there was some new snow (i.e. snow-maker) and a few mini-moguls to work on my turns. I can't wait for some snow to actually build up and go cross country skiing, but cold weather would be good too (for ice-skating!) And, of course, I'll look forward to a break from school, though I don't get out till the 23rd. Thankfully, I won't have to work on calculus over the break, because that class is on break from December 15- January 5th (time to catch up on sleep).

Skiing at Wachusett, 2010 
Hidden ice-skating spot, 2010 
Sunday River, plenty of snow, 2010 
Lake ski-skating! 2008
Sunday River 2009 
Ice storm effects, 2008 
After the ice storm, 2008 

Ice-storm lights, 2008 
New snow! 2009 
Snow-capped bushes, 2009 
Typical ski at the golf course, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


I've been wicked busy for weeks now with calculus and art and english... not including all the stuff I'm doing to get ready for college applications! I reached my goal on the SAT's though, which I was really excited about (I got a 2060!).

But, the release of the trailer for Uncertain Ice lifted my spirits!!! I love this little clip, and it made me realize how excited I am to see the movie. I can only imagine how excited my dad (Mauri Pelto) must be! I'm the blond girl you occasionally see wondering around, hiking, and drawing :D Check it out!
And check out my old glacier- related posts! October 13th & North Cascades 2010! & Glaciers

North Cascades Glacier Documentary Promo from Cory Kelley on Vimeo.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Portfolio Day in Boston

I have a pretty busy weekend. I'm retaking the SAT's tomorrow in hopes of reaching my goal score, and on Sunday I'm heading out with my sister to the Portfolio review day in Boston! Even though I won't be applying to the many art schools there, it'll still be a great experience, it's always good to hear a critique and the strengths/weaknesses of your work. I'm bringing about 10-15 pieces... still deciding on the final group! I included three here that I might bring: the crampon (in pencil) I did for the black and white requirement for our AP summer assignment. The still-life (if you can tell that's what it is) I did in art class a couple of weeks ago. We had a whole set-up and we could choose our own composition and (dry) medium. I chose pastel, and decided to focus on the blue glass vase because I found it the most interesting. I drew a close-up view of it, with the little (fake) flower-things inside, and made the glass china vase behind it look like a background, rather than an object. Lastly, is my latest homework assignment that I did for Halloween. It was supposed to be "baroque" style (i.e. dramatic lighting, vitality, vivid colors, etc.). I just feel okay about it, I like it but don't love it...

Friday, October 29, 2010


Besides homework projects every few weeks for art, we have to do a series of studies with a theme. I decided on eyes. At first, while I was deciding, I wasn't sure I should choose eyes, because it seemed kind of obvious and boring. But, I love to draw them, so I'm going to try to all types of different things with my studies to make them interesting. I'm going to use emotion, reflections, different compositions, whatever I come up with. My first few studies involve a straight-on and a slightly-turned view of my eye, and then one of my friend Magda's eye. They don't have particular emotion, but that's definitely something I'll be doing. I'll also try out different medias: colored pencil, acrylics, watercolor, pastel.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October 13th

My dad was born Friday, October 13th!

I've spent about 15 hours over the past two weeks on this painting for him, it was from a picture I took this year when we were on the Daniels Glacier, on our way up to the main summit!

I doodled the little thing and "what the hey?" on my hand while I was doing calculus homework last night... I was wicked confused about the topic and I could absolutely not concentrate. Since I'm taking calculus online through VHS, I'm basically teaching it to myself from an ebook... Hard!!