Pardon my dust…

This is a little something that my bestie shared with me. She sweetly said that it reminded her of me – if only!!!  In other great news (and for those of you who follow me on instagram/twitter, already know)… I’m painting again. Had I really been thinking, I would have gone for a smaller canvas, but no. It’s a 5′ x 7′. It’s bigger than me. Well hell, go big or go home.


Weekend Getaway


We got away this weekend to Illinois in order to celebrate my fathers 60th birthday. It was lovely and we are now completely exhausted and still trying to make it home at 10:00 pm. Only one more hour of driving to go. 5:00 am tomorrow morning is going to feel a little earlier than normal. Oh yeah, I have a surprise to tell y’all … Later 🙂


So, I’ve been busy… but I haven’t been doing anything too interesting. I’ve been working, dog sitting, visiting, redecorating, reorganizing, taking on a new commission (I think), and about to go down for another interview. But as I’ve been decorating someone’s home, I’ve begun to think about my own art collection. It’s small but I like the good pieces I have. But I’m hungry for more… and a little hungry to create… and for those of you who know me… I’m just hungry in general. The print above is one of my favorites on my new Wishlist. I’ve been finding a lot of great stuff on Etsy. Here are some other pieces that I have found.

Lucy Snow PhotographyHargreaves Art

Leah Giberson: As Good As It GetsAlecia Bock: The Start of Something Good

Today I am thankful for: a shopping day with my bestie.

Hmmmmm… I. Want. To. Paint.

Beijing: The Forbidden City + Tiananmen Square

Oh, scary dragon! Today we went to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Ok, I have a few things to say about this… Do you like crowds, do you like people with loud speakers, do you like people coming up to you asking you if you would like a tour??? If you said yes to any of the above, than this place is for you. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed that I’ve developed some agorphobic/demophobic tendencies. I hate crowds. They make me incredibly anxious. I know that I have become more reclusive because of this too — and how I am making it in China is a small miracle. So instead of enjoying the Forbidden Palace, I got anxious and got the hell out. But not without a few pics. Being a detail oriented person… that’s what I focused on. The patterns. They were so beautiful. Please see below.

The color palette here was so interesting and so beautiful. I love the brightness and even the contrast to some of the other colors around them.

I love these colors. There is something almost romantic about them. Note to self: must have a room in my house with all of these beautiful colors. Ohh, a bathroom!

Haha. I don’t like serious pictures. Everyone who knows me, knows this little fact about me. They aren’t the ones you look at 20 years from now. Hopefully, we’ll both have this framed and somewhere in our house and the kids can ask us about that one time in China…

Aren’t they cute? They both have their super touristy t-shirts on to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party in China. WoopTeeDoo. Boo Communism. I have more to say on this but I’ll wait until I’m back to The States. I would hate for the Chinese Government to shut down my blog… so, Dear Chinese Government, Please don’t shut down my blog. Sincerely, AAC.

What can I say… I work out… sometimes. This lasted for about 2 seconds, and then I dropped him. Dear former cheerleaders who read this — I still gots it!

My favorite picture from the day. I took this on our walk back to the hotel and after a Bailey’s Irish Cream milkshake. YUM.


Today I am thankful for: a really yummy lunch/dinner. We got some of the most basic food and it was absolutely delicious. I guess that’s a good thing to mention — start with the basics and then work your way up. If they can’t do fried rice right… then leave. haha. They did it right. 🙂

Jiang Zhiqiang: The Space Between Real & Unreal Body

I went to the Shanghai Sculpture Space today — and finally, it was open! Note to self: they are not open on Mondays and they close at 4 p.m. Long story short — this space is really amazing (longer post to come). There were a bunch of pieces that I really loved, but this one was my absolute favorite. I love her expression, her stance, her… color. I think there is something really beautiful about her. And there’s something really nice in her eyes. It’s like you can see an iris yet she’s all one color — LOVE IT.

Artist Statement: The molding of [the] human body constitutes a relationship between real and unreal spaces. With the rapid andvance[ment] of human society, man is giving special concern over the space man relies on to survive.


Today is my Momma’s Birthday!!! Today, (6/18) I am thankful for my Mom. She has to be one of the most wonderful people in the whole wide world. I love my mother sooooooo much. There is nothing stronger than the love my mother has for my brother and me — we have been so loved. Momma, Happy Birthday. I hope you have a wonderful day. I wish I was there to spend it with you.



M50 ART GALLERY: Cao Yingbin

So as many of you know, I’m not feeling well. I took a half day from work today and took a long nap, after which, I was going crazy from being inside. So I went for a walk… in the rain. For better or worse, I ended up at M50. If you want to know something about contemporary art in Shanghai, “M50” is the place to come. This is where I go to find all of the new and wonderful tags in town. But this is also a space for inspiration. And y’all know, I’m all about some inspiration. I’ve been here once before, and I remember seeing this piece of art, it was totally bizarre and something that you could stare at for a good long while. It’s the piece of artwork that everyone looks at whether they want to or not. It’s humorous, it’s interesting, and it’s pretty simplistic when you get right down to it.

  • Artist: Cao Yingbin
  • Medium: Acrylic on Canvas in addition to several mixed media works
  • What the Deal?: Satirical/Comedic art
  • Note: These images may not be acceptable for all audiences
I absolutely love this painting. It has to be one of my favorites at M50. And everyone in this gallery stops to look at it – again, whether they want to or not. Which gallery, you might ask? It was around the corner and through the woods and up the stairs at the OFOTO Gallery. Side Note: My absolute dream job – art collector. And this would be added to my esteemed collection. This painting title is: Everyday Life
Here are two details of the painting. Interested? Of course you are. My best friend and I have this theory — never leave something behind that you think you might regret not having. Well, today I asked how much this little winner would be… I was informed that each painting could be sold separately (but let’s be honest… these two are a pair and should stay together) and for these 30 x 40 cm (each) pieces of art — they will run you an estimated 20,000 RMB. Which is approximately $3,076 USD. YIKES!!!! Now I’m sure you could bargain… but still… that’s pricey for my pocket book. But hey, Cao Yingbin, when I’ve made my fortune… maybe we can talk.
Today I am thankful for: it being hump day. At least we’re onto thursday tomorrow! And then the weekend will be here.

Sexy Beast…

This weekend we went to The Shanghai Sculpture Space. This place is super cool. We spent so much time outside, that it closed by the time we made it to the inside exhibition space. But that’s okay… because now I can definitely go back with my Big Bro and Sis when they come into town! Woohoo. Anyways… what I’m really here to tell you about today is that there was piece of artwork that I really loved – maybe cause I feel as though I relate to it. And it makes me happy… and it’s just wonderful. Check this baby out!!

World, meet the Fat Thinker, Fat Thinker… meet my wonderful blog readers!

The Glamour Shots…

I told you that this guy is a sexy beast!

I thought y’all might appreciate this! I know, I know… y’all are jealous. I hope y’all had a great Memorial Day. Instead of Memorial Day… we get next Monday off for the Dragon Boat Festival. But — I think I’ll have to work on Saturday… flurf.


Today I am thankful for: not getting run over by a bus… there was a very close call this morning.

Spring Break: Day 1

Day 1 of Spring Break has come and gone and I’m already exhausted and I wasn’t even doing any of the hard work. We decided after a leisurely morning of sleeping in (gasp) and watching a little Sebring (no judgements, please — it’s classy racing) that we would have a productive day and take the kayak out.  We went to the Mulberry and it was a perfect day. The weather had to have been in the mid-80s with beautiful blue skies and icy cold water.

This is one of the old bridges that crosses over the Mulberry. It’s closed to cars now… and probably for good reason. But I love the beautiful rusted steel.

The hard work and play time of the day…


Today I am thankful for: lifejackets and a boyfriend who looks out for me more than himself when floating down stream.

Listening to: Alexi Murdoch Pandora Radio Station

Venice, Italy: La Biennale di Venezia

I am a lover of art. And one of my favorite galleries to enjoy art is at the Biennale in Venice. The gallery is quite expansive. Part of it is located in The Arsenal; an abandoned shipyard of sorts and an amazing place to find abandoned buildings where there is some really impressive art. There is also a garden portion where there are buildings from an old world expo highlighting different countries and their contemporary architecture form around the world. This post focuses mostly on the art found in the old Arsenal. Unfortunately, I was so immersed by the art that I forgot to take pictures of the artist’s name and title. Please inform me if you know the title name and artist of these separate works. They were all so amazing!

This work, I had to show first. It was my absolute favorite out of the entire gallery. And it was literally breathtaking. This work was set up in a large room with low lights and and each of these components were made up of reflective strands that collectively made these incredible large forms. Some of the strands passed through the other forms making it so that when you moved the form would take a different shape. It was amazing. I could have sat in there for hours.

I would love to be an art collector… it’s slowly in the works; however, graduate school isn’t helping.


Today I am thankful that: in 61 days I will be finished with my graduate education.

These pictures were taken in Venice, Italy at The Arsenal art gallery in the Fall of 2009 while I studying abroad in Italy.




A Wonderful Weekend

So, I must apologize for not blogging… life has been hectic — mid-term reviews, and all — and as I’ve always been told, “School comes first”. Anyways, you might remember that sometime last week I had one of the best weekends ever. And it lasted only 24 hours. I came home for a friends 40th birthday party and had so much fun at this totally cool venue and restaurant called the Cantina (where I must go with Food Team). I got to catch up with old friends and coworkers. There was a DJ, awesome food, and an open bar — Need I say more???

Then my Boyfriend and I were invited to a Mountain Bike Race by one of the sponser’s of the race, Red Mountain Rovers (and they are some totally cool guys). The race was at Stoney Lonesome, check it out here.  We had sooo much fun, even if it did involve waking up at 5 a.m. in the morning. I never voluntarily wake up that early — that would be miserable. Here are some pics from the event. I think I might want to give it a try during the next go-round.

By the way, this car is pretty BAD–in a good way – ya know?

Pre-race talk (+/- a few participants). They even had a canon to start the race.

Our new friends, post race, discussing the difficulties of the course. I love that they have beverages 🙂 — but the beverages started shortly after arriving — it was just that kind of day. Hearts of a champion 🙂 After the race and race activities we caught lunch at an awesome place on Highlands called Rojo. Might have to be a new weekend favorite 🙂 Gosh, I sure am happy, look at all of these smiley faces.

After we went to Rojo for 3 hours we were exhausted, water logged from more beverages, full from a delicious lunch, and yet we wanted more… So we went to Railroad Park. It was just such a beautiful day. And the park was packed–it was beautiful–who ever thought that an urban park would be successful–hmmmmm?

You know I had to find some street art.

Then after Railroad Park we went to both our momma’s houses. The first was planting tomatoes for the coming summer! At the second, we met up with neighbors and drank more beverages until it was dark. The neighbor’s girls’ were still playing on the tire swing, the dog still wanted the ball/frisbee to be thrown, and there were still good conversations to be had — and after an hour or so we had to go home and crash. What a good weekend! But alas, it had to come to an end… and I had to go back to Clemson the following day – bright and early.


Today I am thankful for: getting to go by one of my favorite sushi restaurant’s – DOZO.