Study finds candy improves test results
Okay, so the claim that “Candy Improves Test Results” probably isn’t true. I read it in a dream state.
Last night, in my dream, I perused a magazine that I read for my day job at the university. As I flipped though the pages, I came across an article citing a “research” study. The study found that students who reviewed test materials in a malt shoppe-type setting did better on tests than their counterparts who studied in dank spaces.
The article featured a picture of four smart-looking college-age girls dressed in bright purple cardigans matched with plaid skirts. They sat in an old-fashioned ice-cream parlor with some serious looking books open while eating vanilla ice-cream sprinkled with various colorful candies. Juxtaposed beside that photo, a set of sad souls in Harry Potter-style fashions looked over the same textbooks, but chained in a dungeon. According to the dreamed-induced study, the happy ice-cream eaters scored higher than the dungeon prisoners on a test the next day.
I’m sure you could poke a few holes in findings. Let’s start with the fact that sugar is horrible for concentration. But you have to admit that there is something to be said about positive surroundings. Fortunately I’m way past my test-taking days so I have no reason to try out this theory. My take-away from the dream is that I need a bowl of ice-cream and a really comfy purple cardigan.
So what colors/themes make you feel the most productive?
Animals are my favorite subjects, and nothing is more fun for me than working on animals wearing fancy clothes. This classy lady is “Take 2” on a piece I did earlier this summer called Jazz Hands. The original sold already so I figured the idea was a good one. This finished work is now available in my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarieYoungCreative
Polymer Animal Sculpture: The Process
This time I wanted to do a more anthropomorphic, art doll interpretation of the “Jazz Hands” concept. Here you can see some in progress shots. I had worked on her head earlier this month and today was time for some body shaping. My muse was really cooperating so I made great progress.
I love how these projects lead to some interesting conversations between my husband and me. Today’s quality-control collaboration:
Me: “Are my raccoon’s boobs lopsided?
Rob: No words, but a squinty face that means “I want to say something, but I’m afraid to.”
Rob: “Don’t ask if you don’t really want my opinion.”
Me: “I’ll take that as a yes.”
Rob: “Yes, the left one is bigger”
Original Jazz Hands
The piece below is the first take on the theme. It sold this fall when I featured it at Grin Gallery in Bedford, PA.
Yay, It’s Ornament Season.
Ornaments are tiny little windows into the soul. Each one holds special meaning for both the creator and the one displaying it.
Most of the ornaments in my 2016 collection feature whimsical critters. They offer me joy through the creation process and you, the collector, a little bit of fairytale escape.
Sculpted from polymer clay over hand blown chicken eggs they are durable yet lightweight.
Free Shipping: Now through Dec. 11 you can get free shipping on any order over $50 when you use the code FREE50 at check out. Shop here.