Royal items from Megan’s favorite museum, The Walters Art Museum
Hair ornamentThis pair of ornaments (with Walters 86.1) and headdress (Walters 86.3) were likely once worn by the empress dowager, the effective ruler of China during the later years of the Qing Dynasty. It is an exquisite example of Chinese decoration and the symbolism used to express one’s rank. The small phoenixes emerging from the surface represent the empress, while the myriad of pearls and gemstones mark this piece as something special for the adornment of the highest ranking woman in Chinese society. The brilliant blue feathers of the kingfisher give these accessories an eye-catching quality that anyone interested in being recognized would certainly embrace.
Mermersing Paper Art Made From Strips Of Colored Paper by Yulia Brodskaya
There are a million and one ways to make art of paper (as we proved in our paper art post), but there’s one artist who recently caught our eye (again). Yulia Brodskaya, an artist and illustrator born in Moscow, creates stunning works of art using the quilled paper technique.
While quilled paper seems simple at first glance, we’ve never seen someone whose work matches Brodskaya’s in terms of detail, color and expressiveness. This art is create by rolling or bending strips of paper and gluing their side to the surface. This makes them essentially lines, but the paper’s width gives these “lines” a depth that 2d art can lack.
None wish to be an object of obession. Yet in this world exists many that obsess. I too am among those who obsess. I do not know what is love, nor can I properly give love. The only form close to love that I can give is obsession. And… you probably would never want me to cross those boundaries that keep you safe, nor wish to become my object of obsession. You would never return even a fragment of your interest. Is it worth it even? Is it worth it to obsess over you? At least my creations can give me the purest joy…. at least some of my obsessions fulfills my fantasy.
But you? I can’t determine if it is worth it. I can’t determine how much should I pursue. If I search harder, I can probably find and corner you. But is it worth it to have a hallow shell? Desire…. simply desire. But I always desire what I cannot obtain. A silly fool I am.
Character designs and sample pages from a discarded project called Journey (this is the one I sent to Kana).
I might reuse some of the designs or remake the story someday… I don’t like the way it is now anyway, no wonder they weren’t interested *laughs*
I’m working on a different project now. I’m satisfied with the story for this other one, so I hope I’ll have more luck? (TwT)
It reads from right to left, by the way.
OMG THIS IS SO AMAZING D= I WISH I CAN DRAW THIS WELL
Christina Mrozik has spent the majority of her life observing the natural world and the types of relationships that form within it. Having grown up on the Grand River in Michigan, she was inspired by it’s habitats at an early age. Blending the external world with her own understanding of the human condition has led to her distinct style, in which flora and fauna stand in, representing the simultaneous and often opposing matters of the human heart. She often draws with ink and marker on paper, adding bursts of color with watercolor and high pigmented acrylics. Christina is inspired by many of the early naturalists such as Audobon, but also by visual storytellers such as Rackham. She views the art making process as one of portraiture, in which analyzing the drawing helps make sense of peoples’ histories and abilities. Based in Grand Rapids Michigan, she has shown both regionally and nationally. Currently she is helping finish the Mesoamerica Resiste poster illustration with the Beehive Design Collective, an artist/activist group based in Machias Maine.
Sarah A. Smith’s Corroded Gold Leaf Drawings
Sarah A. Smith creates shimmering gold drawings with a combination of gold metal leaf, corrosive, ink, and pencil on paper. After she arranges the metal leaf that was mined and manufactured in China, she brushes it with copper sulfate, causing a chemical reaction that tarnishes and corrodes the gold metal along the surface of the . In the natural environment, this erosion process can take hundreds of years to complete. “The oxidation illustrates pollution, disintegration, transformation of elements, changes, and the passage of time,” Smith says. The result is an incredibly detailed and textured series that while extravagant is also evocative of restraint because it emerges from a process of decay.
I have a brother, but it’s almost as if I don’t have one. My mouth is too full of cheeky comments for that one to even respect. Yet I should know better, since I too am also a cancer.
A moment of simply happiness, a life time of depression. Acceptance is difficult. Every move I do can be deemed as wrong because of the desire for acceptance.
I should be happy right? I have so much, but yet it is not enough. Is it greed? Is it jealousy? Effort, to put in effort. If one puts in effort, the other will follow. But yet there is only so much a person can do. I count my fingers, it’s a handful. There is a saying “friends are plenty, but only a few are close, perhaps only one or maybe none.”
I have many. I am glad to have many, but…. why do I say “but?”
"But it’s difficult isn’t it?" To spend time with so many, to maintain connections. I will always be there for them… or at least I try to. The problem is money. I am not in a desperate need for money, but everything I do seems to require it. I am a dependent, I am a leech. There is so much that I want to do that requires money. Without money, it’ll be difficult to do the same things, to enjoy or spend time with friends.
Of course there are ways to spend time without money, but what about food? Transportation? Even to see someone. I feel limited. I searched for a job. I’ve found a part-time job, but the labor… may not be as safe for the hours that were offered to me. But what should I do? I know i plan to quit soon to return back to school anyways, but am I handing the situation properly? Will I be able to end it cleanly?
Money / Fear / Anxiety / Confusion
I’m not rich. I don’t have to be rich. Being rich doesn’t necessary solve problems completely, there will always be more problems. All for money huh? I don’t even know if I’ll have a successfull career or even land a job at something I enjoy doing. I work to create pieces that I pray others would admire. I try and try and try. I want to show people that I can do things too, but I am never acknowledged.
Family vs Friends
Most people that I know have their share of family problems. I have mine too, but it may be slightly minor compared to theirs. But it’s still enough to make me go slightly berserk. My random rages when my imagination gets too deep. Weapons…. I love and fear weapons. I would love to use one, but I fear I may kill myself in the process.
But which is better? Even I don’t know. At times I prefer friends over family, but at times family is the one supporting me. It’s hard to say.
Dietmar Voorworld is an artist who takes rocks, pebbles and leaves he finds in nature and turns them into memorable pieces of circular land art.