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.

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Art.

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.

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.

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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
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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.
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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.

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

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.

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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.

 

 

 

My Top 10 Songs From 2010

Alright. No judgements please. Here’s a lot of what I’ve been listening to this past year. If it’s something that I can sing to or dance to in the shower — then I like it.

Band/Artist: Augustana | Album: Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt | Song: Sweet and Low

Band/Artist: B.O.B | Album: The Adventures of Bobby Ray | Song: Airplanes ft. Hayley Williams of Paramore

Band/Artist: Britney Spears | Album: Britney (let’s be honest, I love it all — every album)

Band/Artist: Joe Cocker | Album: Mad Dogs & Englishmen | Song: Girl from the North Country

Band/Artist: Jerrod Niemann | Album: Single | Song: Lover, Lover

Band/Artist: Joshua James | Album: Build Me This | Song: Coal War

Band/Artist: Nelly| Album: Single | Song: Just a Dream

Band/Artist: Hanson | Album: Single | Song: Penny & Me

Band/Artist: Sister Hazel | Album: Live . Live | Song: Sword and Shield

Band/Artist: Tim McGraw | Album: Single | Song: Felt Good on my Lips

 

The Art Building

I love art (and CAKE).

Even though I majored in Fine Art in undergrad, sometimes I have a hard time remembering that I love art . AND furthermore — I’m good at it. Far better than I could ever hope to be in Architecture. Yeah, I know… Let’s start the pitty party. Back to the topic at hand, I love getting immersed in other people’s work. Spending a few minutes getting lost in the strokes of a charcoal drawing might be one of my favorite past times. So again, as I was patiently waiting to get things done in the wood shop… I went on a little tour…

Both of these pieces are made out of electrical tape and line the walls in the art building.

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It’s probably obvious that I LOVE these huge drawings. I love that the artist didn’t erase the earlier marking and kept moving the placement of the foot, head, and horns. Also, as it was taught to me… REMEMBER: the eraser is as much a tool as your pencil. ughhhhh… I miss drawing. It’s my goal to start back this winter — no excuses.

All drawings/artworks are property of Clemson University as I don’t know who the artist are. Please feel free to let me know.

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Johnny Selman: Islamists Seize Somali Radio Stations

 

So I found this awesome graphic artist, Johny Selman.  And I’ve been checking his website daily. Let me tell you what his mission is. He found that more and more of us today are getting our news online and if these stories were more graphically interesting… maybe more of us would be checking in to see what they were all about. Cool, right? Here’s what he had to say:

I will do this by creating a more visually interesting vehicle for the news, use a credible news source (BBC), and promote, market, and network. I will design a poster a day for 365 days in reaction to a headline on the BBC news website and update this website everyday with the poster and the accompanying news story.

What I really enjoy about him is that he has done these amazing graphic designs to tell the news story from the BBC and unlike most artists’ he doesn’t explain his process in a little paragraph below his work… instead he only has the article which inspired the design. LOVE it. Here are some of my favorites. And add him to your blogroll because he is the bomb.dot.com.

 

Johnny Selman: Hundreds of Kenyan Teachers Sacked Over Sex Abuse

Horribly upsetting story; however, I love the historical art reference. You can never have too much Venus of Willendorf (22,000 BCE)- one of the oldest art history artifacts and known for its fertillity symbology. Smart Art… I love it.

Johnny Selman: One Year to Clean Toxic Spill in Hungary

Johnny Selman: Israeli PM Urges West Bank Settlers to Show Restraint

Johnny Selman: Belgian Skydiver 'Murdered Love Rival' During Jump

Johnny Selman, you rock. Check him out at his website HERE.

PLTW.

 

My Love for Bracelets

For those of you who don’t know me, I love bracelets.

All kinds.

Here are some that inspire me… and the one’s I wear everyday. They provide so much character. I LOVE IT.

Ms. Mimi Rose

One of my bestest buddies, Ms. Mimi Rose, is the person who first inspired my collection. Her bracelets jingle and jangle and they are full of amazing stories about where they come from, who made them, how she came to find them, and what they mean to her. I love them all and her so much!

Kate Lanphear

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I saw this image on my friends blog, SouthernFemme.com, and I love this amazing magazine editors collection of cool jewels. They are so fashionable and provide information about the woman herself. I know I love bracelets but look at those rings too!!! She’s so chic and yet has a hardcore rocker/biker look. Love, Love, Love.

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I saw these this morning on a new blog I came across, styleblueprint.com, super cool stuff. I love the layering. I love the message. Rock on.

Silly Bandz

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Kids have gotten into these things called silly bands. You collect them and trade them — its kinda like those silly WWJD bracelets when I was younger. But cool and silly.

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On a singular note, I love this bracelet. It’s on my wishlist. You can find them here.

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On a much less affordable note… I would love some of these. A girl can wish, right??

These are mine. I’ve gotten them all over the world and from people who love me most.

Here’s the story:

The Brown One : Prague, Czech Republic

The Blue One: My momma gave it to me. It’s from China when she went back in the ’70s.

The Awesomely Large Suunto Watch: My wonderful boyfriend. It tells you everything from Time, Compass, Weather, Hiking, Chrono — it can save times that you go running and it can record your heart rate and even graph stuff out. It’ll tell you changes in elevation and the temp outside and, and, and… and it’s just amazing! You can find some awesome watches here!

The Purple-y Threaded One: J. Jill years ago. I just thought it looked cool.

Black Hair Band: Nothing too special there… just got lost in the mix.

The Jade Colored One: Leather Bracelet that was picked up in a Florence, Italy marketplace.

The Red Leather One: I love this one. I got this one at a market in Budapest. My favorite part is not it’s lovely RED color but the clasp. This is what started my collection. The clasp is too difficult to get on and off by myself… so it just stays on. And the rest followed.

The Brown Beaded One: These aren’t actually beads but coral. I picked them up on my last trip to Hawaii celebrating my grandfather’s 90th Birthday. He’s awesome.

The Brassy Beaded One: My amazing second mother has owned and operated an amazing jewelry shop. I started working for her at age 13. Since then I’ve been collected her amazing pieces. This piece is one that she made by hand. The two brassy-copper ones next to it are also from her shop.

The Fabric One with Leather Connection: This one was given to me by one of the dearest people I know. And this bracelet in particular is very very dear to me. Although I have a little trouble with the leather connection I love it so so much. And it reminds me of her and my “sister” and all of our wonderful adventures together.

And finally The Green and Yellow One: Given to me by my boy. And I love it because it provides so much color! And it reminds me of him of course.

 

Remember: Spread the Message — Peace and Love Throughout the World.

I feel like such a hippie some times 🙂