Painting Comparative Church Architecture Post 1: Drawing and Absorbing Information

Well, with the safe landing of my flight back home, the first leg of my project has come to an end. Before initially leaving the States, I thought I had a fairly good idea of what to expect in the Algarve. I had done some preliminary reading, I’d looked at pictures, scouted locations online. But when it finally came to going to all of these buildings, I realized that there was a lot more to it than I had previously assumed. During my ten days in Portugal, I drove through the towns of Loulé, Silves, Boliquieme, Faro, Alte, Almancil, and Albufeira, visiting, taking pictures of, and drawing churches along the way. While doing so, the unique attributes of the area–such as the graffiti–inspired me greatly to conduct the practical art aspect of this research with one painting focusing on an accurate historic representation of these buildings and another more abstract, interpretive piece representing the general impression and feeling of the area. Images of the Portugal paintings will be included in the next post.

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Post 1: Immunocontraception and Chemical Sterilization

I know… It’s July. Where has the summer gone? The time from April til now has given me more opportunity to really think about my research.

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Post #1 Art Therapy

I have decided to focus on a wellness intervention called creative art therapy. This workshop aims to explore individuals’ feelings and help provide much needed relaxation. This workshop requires no prior art experience as the goal is not to create the best painting or drawing, but to express yourself in the best possible way. Participants explore their emotions, gain insight into themselves, and use this information to create coping methods for their daily life.

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Post #1: End of Research

During the initial stage of research for my project, I went chronologically through the most well-known economic literature on gun violence in the United States from the past twenty five years, beginning with the notorious “More Guns, Less Crime” book by John Lott (1998) and ending with a 2018 study that incorporated recent mass shooting statistics from the past decade. After going through many of these studies, I have found that there is great disagreement among economists about the effect of various gun laws on crime rates, with some finding that legal gun ownership deters criminals from committing most types of crime and others finding that a higher prevalence of guns generally increases violent crime, two very contradictory conclusions. 

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