Friday, February 27, 2009

doo doo dee doo

I've been watching history channel documentaries.

The Greeks invented dildos.
Hindu men use to believe that having sex with a woman who was menstruating, would make him go deaf and blind.
In ancient times, the Greeks, Romans, Chinese and Japanese were all very open to homosexuality.
If a Muslim man wanted to get a divorce, all he had to say was "I divorce thee" three times.

and I finished my shoooooooooes.

For color theory we had to A. choose a band B. choose a pair of shoes (or cast a body part) that represented the band C. Choose a song D. Choose patterns that go with the song E. Paint it with Warm vs. Cool colors.

A. Pink Floyd

B. tall gladiator shoes. (mostly because they did that concert in Pompeii--which is in Rome (although I think they were Greek speaking people) But, I can also say the Romans were very innovative in that they invented new things, tried new things, borrowed things from other cultures (Greeks etc etc) and made it into their own. And in many ways Pink Floyd was extremely experimental and innovative etc etc etc. :)

C. It took me forever but finally Shine On You Crazy Diamond. It's the first track on Wish You Were Here, not the last, and I skip to about 7:34 and I'll just let the song play out until it gets too long. I think ideally it'd run all the way to the end of the track.
This is actually exactly where I it starts. yay youtube.

D. & E. :::









The color is a little offish on some of the pictures. sorryyy
and they should be wearable. It all depends on Mr. Zipper. But I think putting fingernail polish remover on the zipper before trying to open it ...loosens up the primer that I so ignorantly put on the zipper when i primed it...and lets it unzip. We shall see.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


The other day a fellow class mate called me "anally gifted," and today one of my professors called me nuts.
It feel good to be known as these things actually.
anally as in obsessive compulsive--not as in anus

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Kazoo !!!

Pink Floyd- Corporal Clegg

Jimi Hendrix- Cross Town Traffic

Blind Melon- Skinned

and that's all I got so far.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Rambling Woman

About two years ago a former drawing/painting teacher of mine suggested that I turn my work to a mirror and look at it in the mirror. This would enable me to view my piece backwards and like magic I could instantly see all of the deformities or unproportional elements within the work, that was TOTALLY not visible to my eye before hand. (its crazy)

Anyway, I got reminded about this today when I was riding my bike back from my history class. (I seem to realize many a thing while riding my bike:) ) I tend to be a big routine person by nature. I find something that works and I just go with it..and it doesn't change for a while. (hair style, clothes I wear, routes I take) Every trip to my history class to and from is the same. I'll call the street I take to class Road A and I'll call the street that I take back from class Bull street (because that's the actual name). WELLLAH, I decided today that instead of taking Bull back to the dorms, I would just backtrack and take Road A. And vuah lah! This concept of discovering new things in an old thing by looking at it backwards was reiterated in my brain!!!!
Road A seemed SO much different in the opposite direction. There's a whole car dealership there that I didn't notice at all at first!!!!!


Also, today and yesterday I recieved two bits info/advice from these two prettyyy awesome illustrators.

Bill Mayer-
"The way to do original work is to stop looking at other peoples work."

He says that many artist sit down and reference this from that artist, that from this artist, and another form that other arist.. compile it together, and call it their own. He says that's false.

And. It's true. You can't go to Wal Mart and get a shirt, K Mart to get some pants, and Target to get a hat...and call the outfit YOUR own. That's not right. It's Walartget's outfit. (I know, I'm a fashion student that has such a wide array of examples of clothing stores). It's only your outfit if you sat down, designed, and constructed the outfit. Sure, how many people are actually going to do this? Not many, but those people also don't claim to be fashion desgners. correct?
So, an artist who takes this color scheme, that subject matter, and the other style--and call it their own... I mean, its not.

But, on the other hand I totally---TOTALLY believe that it's SUPER important to search, hunt down, document, and compile anything and everything that can be of any inspiration to an artist...even if it is another artist's work...

Because, I mean, it's obviously inevitable for an artist to "use" something or other from another artist... Specially because there really isn't anything in art that hasn't been done. But this is done involunarily. This is done by the magic of experience. :)

So, I guess, over all---It's easier to find your own way, your own style when your turn inwards and just let it all out. Without TRYING to be like this or that.

Oh what a long rant that wasn't intended to go on that long... anwho.

Nathan Fox-
What I got from Nathan Fox is that it's important, when looking at artist that you like, to look into who they were inspired by.

That's such an excellent way to travel through art history! He commented on how it regularly happends that an artist is told "Ah, your work is remeniscent of Soandso!" While that artist has never seen any of Soandso's work..but he HAS seen Thisotherartist's who was influenced by Soandso. crazy world.
So much is out there.

He also mentioned how IMPORTANT it is, when illustrating some specific thing (his example was a Louisiana slave house) to educate oneself on that subject before jumping into the illustration. Every detail counts. Every inaccuracy also counts. An illustration will be SO much stronger if it's evident that the artist KNEW about what he/she was drawing. So, go to the library. He also mentioned that tangible infromation is much better/reliable than the good ole www.

That was acutally the second time Louisiana was referenced today. The other was in my history class. Apparently Louisiana is the only state to use the Julio Claudian law code for its civil law.... because we're french. Even though... Julio Claudius was an Emperor of the Byzantine Empire which was the Roman Empire before that. Oh, I don't know.

I'm ranting WAY too much tonight.

All in all.
search, absorb, collect EVERYTHING. :)

and check out those illustrators

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


I think I've fallen in love with that word.
Eructation. ahaha

Eruct -
-to belch forth, as gas from the stomach.
-to emit or issue violently, as matter from a volcano.

Apparently cows are being partly blamed for global warming.
Shame on people! Cows can't help their eructations!

"The average cow emits between 80kg and 120kg of methane a year, equivalent to the annual carbon emissions from an average family car."


I don't think Mr. Cow minds. :)


Monday, February 16, 2009

Electrical Banana

The Greeks thought pants were barbaric.

A few years back I went on a very interesting family vacation to Kansas with my moms side of the family. Probably one of the least interesting parts of the trip is the one I'm about to jump into. On our way back from Kansas we stopped in Arkansas and went walk through a cave (I don't remember which cave), and in the souvenir shop my cousins and I bought these really pretty rocks. They were cut in slices--(they kind of remind me of kiwi slices) rigid on the outside but smooth and spiral-like on the inside. (although that sounds nothing like a slice of kiwi). I got a monochromatic blue one.

So, I ended up basically putting this rock aside and eventually losing it. Now, however many years later while putting together patterns for my color theory project---I need to know the name of this rock. Thankfully my mom and aunt remember what I guess I actually never knew. The rock or mineral or crystal (i guess we'll find out) is called Agate.

The rest of this will probably be like a boring science class to most people. But I find it interesting. :D

Soooo, here is what I have::
First, I find that its easy to know what a few things are before I start investigating agate.

Silica--is the chemical compound silicon dioxide is known for its hardness. It is most commonly found in nature as sand or quartz. It is a principal component of most types of glass and substances such as concrete. It is the most abundant mineral in the earth's crust.

Quartz --is a mineral/crystal.

Chalcedony-- is a cryptocrystalline form of silica. It has a waxy lustre, and may be semitransparent or translucent. It can assume a wide range of colors, but those most commonly seen are white to gray, grayish-blue or a shade of brown ranging from pale to nearly black.

Cryptocrystalline-- is a rock texture that is EXTREMELY finely crystalline.

And finally!!!
Agate-- is a variety of chalcedony with multi-colored concentric banding. It is a semiprecious silica mineral--the most common variety of chalcedony which is a form of quartz. Although agates may be found in various kinds of rock, they are classically associated with volcanic rocks but can be common in certian metamorphic rocks.

Agate forms when gas bubbles trapped in solidifying lava become filled with alkali and silica-bearing waters, which coagulate into a gel. The alkali attacks the iron in the surrounding lava, and bands of the resulting iron hydroxide are created in the gel, which loses water and crystallizes, leaving the bands intact. Many agates, when cut in cross-section, reveal striking forms.(oooh yes they do)

Now for "fun facts"

Agate was highly valued as a talisman or amulet in ancient times.
-It was said to quench thirst and protect against fever.
-Persian magicians used agate to divert storms.
-Folk lore says it balances emotions, discerns the truth, accepts circumstances, powerful emotional healer. (I should get a piece of agate)
-Legend says that Agate improves memory and concentration, increases stamina and encourages honesty.
-Agate is said to be particularly beneficial to people born under the sign of Gemini as it helps them to remain calm and focused
-It is believed to prevent insomnia and insure pleasant dreams, to enhance personal courage and protect one against danger.
-Agate provides a calming influence, improves perception, concentration and helps to develop and increase one's analytical talents.

Nooooowwowowowoww: LOOK AT IT. It's ...crazy! It's wonderus.(trying to use new synonyms) It's...just....crazy.
I could look at it all day.

Plume Agate





Moss Agate---Looks like a landscape :)
I mean, really? THIS IS SO AMAZING. Those colors are perfect. ahh

I would like to close with this psychedelic fungus:

Thank you.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Word of the day.

froward \FROH-werd\, adjective:

not easily managed; contrary

The Greek man and I know.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Greek Afro

In my Survey of Western Art I class, we just finished covering Greek and Roman art. While taking a break from studying yesterday evening, I decided to look up sculpture from those time periods. (what a break) Wellllllah. While searching for these sculptures I came something verrryyy interestingggg.

The first "pro-life monument to birth," entitled "Monument to Pro-Life."

What could be the subject of this cause-based work of art? None other than Britney Spears provocatively sprawled out on all fours on a bear skinned rug, in the process of giving birth to her first son Sean Preston.

Now, this is old news by now. 2006 I believe.
But I'm new to here's the story.

Edward says "Britney provides inspiration for those struggling with the right choice, She was #1 on Google last year, with good reason--people are inspired by the beauty of a pregnant woman."

Although, now everyone in Hollywood is pregnant....and I don't thing people were Googling Britney to see how beautiful she looked pregnant.

The sculputre is an idealized depiction of Britney giving birth. Her breasts are large and lactiferous, her hips are widened and in the air, around the back you can see the crown of baby Sean's head coming out of her vaj.

I think the bear skinned rug gives it a nice touch. I had no idea what it symbolized-maybe a mother and her cub, bear hugs are suppose to be strong and loving--maybe?, Bears are depicted soft and cuddly, hmm actually it says that the bear rug is there because prior to her pregnancy Britney did pin up and was positioned on all fours croping the head of a bear skinned rug.

Anywho, he says that personally he is neither pro-life or pro-choice and that the sculpture is not meant to be political...

I just thought it was an interesting subject...and its a pretty cool sculpture.



So before I found this.
I was searching these ::




Oh maaannnn those FOLDS! ahhh. I could stare at those flowy-rhythmic-fabric folds all day. So gorgeous, so amazing, I want to do that.
oh man.


And I thought that this Greek man with an afro was rockin' it.
It looks like ground meat.

Monday, February 9, 2009


We went to the beach today and watched the moon rise :D
It was BEAUTIFUL! Before we got to the beach the moon was glowing a gorgeous yellow. It was full and bright--mixed with the sound of the beach, lack of city lights, and wonderful people....ah :)
oh, and frozen toes and fingers.


Today I learned that the moon "rises" and "sets" everyday. hmmmm. [at a different time every day]

and something totally unrelated.
Fashion from Balenciaga

Simple, geometric. oooh and the detail by the underarms!

Beautiful white jacket, my favorite part is...well, my favorite parts are the single button and look at how that tapers down! with the large pockets! ah nice. I also like how the blouse clashes with the patterns on the jacket...and the accent of the gold buttons. Oh, and those pants. NICE pants.

I mean, Look at that detail. Look at that NECK.

Beautiful pattern on pattern, sturdy jacket on delicate lacy dress, and neck detail is again gorgeous.

OH MAN. My favorite. Just look at the shape of that dress--how that flows! and the detail of that lace! the play of opaque and transparent! ahhh beautiful!!!!

ah, same as the one above! except look at how that shoulder explodes in an elegant poof!

oh my gooodnesss DETAIL. ruffles-bunches-embroidery! the sway of the skirt! ah and how the jacket just grabs the form and claims it! :)

Fashion? Art. ah. SO much detail. SO form fitting. So beautiful. So elegant. So. amazing.

Odwalla smoothies. yum :)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


okay, so. Yesterday I learned that a white room makes people more stupid by 12 points.
Why are all classrooms painted white!? My color theory professor was talking about color and psychology. There were studies done on room color and IQ scores. Supposedly, White, Black, and Brown rooms lower IQ scores and Orange, Yellow-Green, Yellow, and Light-Blue stimulate and heighten scores.

I was personally reintroduced to something that I learned back in science class some years ago. While riding my bike in 39 degree weather (Georgia humidity and insane wind in account for) I noticed that my ears started to hurt. It felt like I had just re-gauged my ears all of a sudden. So, as I was riding along with pain in my ears, I obviously started to think about my throbbing ears..and then I realized. when objects get cold THEY CONTRACT. and when they get hot the expand. The skin around my gauges were shrinking! That's just like in the winter when your door gets harder to shut. The door frame shrinks which makes you have to slam the door. ahh haaaa.

I also saw this curious looking man. He was bald on the top and had almost full dark hair on the sides. He had some kind of ear protection on along with a long tan trench coat with dark chocolate brown buttons. He was walking across the street in the opposite direction of me carrying this really elaborate bag. It matched his outfit and was like a large scale uber expensive woman's purse.


my title has nothing to do with the body. it's just stuck in my head.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


I got approached to do an interview by a fashion forum!!!!!
And they posted on their site and online magazine. :D

Click here :D