Rush at Ole Miss started yesterday. I remember going through Rush. It was crazy and fun and sort of awkward and totally weird too. I really wasn't sure about the whole sorority thing, but I ended up pledging Kappa Alpha Theta and loving every second of it. Probably sounds corny, but I swear those girls are still my very best friends and I know they always will be. There's just something about the whole experience that never really leaves you.
"The House" is the epicenter of all things sorority. It's where you eat, where you live, where you study, where you meet up, hang out, goof off and where you make about a million memories of the funniest/craziest/stupidest/saddest/silliest/happiest/bestest thing ever.
I lived in the Theta house for nearly 3 years and by the time it was all said and done, I knew that place inside and out, even all the places you weren't really supposed to go- on the roof, out the window, through the kitchen, in the attic, behind every locked door... I still remember exactly the way it smelled too.
That house truly was my home away from home throughout college. I always felt completely comfortable and welcome there. At one point, someone gave me a black and white photo of it, matted and signed by the photographer. For years that picture hung proudly on my wall and although at present, it's tucked safely away in my closet, I'm so glad I have it. Especially since the house underwent renovations and now looks much different than it did when I was there (still smells exactly the same though!).
This summer I was happy to complete a series of the current Ole Miss sorority houses so that maybe somebody else can have a fond memento of their sorority gal days to hang onto too. I wanted each painting to easily convey two pieces of information- 1) which sorority and 2) at which school - so I added the sorority mascots and something representative of Ole Miss to each one. Plus I think the extras on there just make the paintings more fun!
All of the prints are available for purchase here on my website or you can buy one at Sugar Magnolia or Oxford Floral in Oxford. Oxford Floral will even wrap it up really cute and deliver it on campus if you'd like to call ahead and purchase one as a Bid Day gift! Give them a shout at (662) 234-2515.
And what if you're looking for Mississippi State sorority houses? I've got those coming soon too! Several months ago I visited campus, took the pictures, started the sketches, and then... and then... my new pregnancy left me hopelessly nauseous and completely useless ALL friggin' day long. For about a month. and a half. I felt like such a wimp but I swear all I could do was alternate between the bathroom floor and the couch, with dear sweet Rusty faithfully at my side in either location. Once I started feeling better I had to pick a project to temporarily ditch in order to catch back up on everything else and the State sorority series suffered the blow, BUT I'm back on the case now. So stay tuned if that's something you're interested in!