Anna Perkins

The Purpose of Life

Unfortunately I don't have a definitive answer here. But the purpose of this website is to be my online portfolio and a place for me to explore my technological creativity. But hey, I'll keep you posted if I find the definitive purpose of life.


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A Confederacy of Dunces is one of my all-time favorites. Funny, clever, and one-of-a-kind, this 1969 (published posthumously in 1980) novel by John Kennedy Toole paints the tragicomic picture of Ignatius J. Reilly - an unmotivated, unemployed, and obese "genius" with a masters degree and a superiority complex who lives with his mother in New Orleans, crossing paths with an array of uniquely-New Orleanian characters and unknowlingly setting in motion a plot he never recognizes.
A Confederacy of Dunces

6"x6" Reveal: Cat on Quilt

Cat on Quilt, 2018
Anna Perkins
Cat on Quilt, 2018
Acrylic on canvas
6" x 6"

My painting for the annual RoCo 6"x6" is revealed! I was inspired by my cat, Jasper, and this quilt (also featured in Assembly, 2017) that I found at a secondhand store. Click the image for a larger view. Someone bought it on opening night, which certainly boosted my ego. I'm actually amazed someone bought it so soon, considering it was in the back room, in the corner, and at the bottom near the floor. Took me a while to find it in there. I used Golden Open Acrylics for this painting, my first time in a few years painting with acrylics. Of course, now that I work so much with acrylics for my job, I will certainly be experimenting with more acrylic materials.

Open Acrylics are slower-drying than typical acrylics, making them a good choice for slow workers like myself and oil painters who may be looking for an acrylic compromise. In the low humidity of January, I found they dried fairly quickly, and I dismissed them. I found that when I tried them again in February/March, they were slower-drying, and to my pleasant surprise, I could leave them out overnight with no problem. Actually, once I mixed all the colors I would need for this painting and finished my first session, I covered them with plastic wrap and didn't come back to them for a week - still wet! Thicker puddles take forever to dry, so your colors on the palette will stay wet, while your thin strokes on your painting substrate will dry in the span of a few hours (of course, depending on the humidity). While they don't feel or behave at all like oil paints, Open Acrylics eliminate a big drawback for me of using acrylics - drying time.

Written by: Anna

Posted on: August 12, 2018

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This website in its early days (circa 2006) was a Neopets fansite - hence the domain name. I taught myself how to code because I wanted to customize my Neopets profile, which as I grew older turned into a desire to make pretty websites and learn graphic design. Though heavily modified in 2018, I originally created this website layout in 2012 as a challenge to create a layout without images; thus all of the elements are pure code. Of course all of my artwork on here has to be in image format, but I am proud that the structure is HTML5, CSS, and php.

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