Saturday, April 24

lost to the mists of time

sorry i've been absent from here, i've been very busy doing absolutely nothing. i miss not worrying about school, it's quite delightful. although i have added many more law & order episodes to my 'watched list', it's nice to be home.

turns out i did use different images for my paper. i turned it in last friday, and since i chose different images i just wanted to share them. my paper's main argument was that Berthe Morisot pushed the boundaries of female artists by incorporating landscapes into her work. i used the Corot and Monet as comparisons and i wrote about female restrictions in the nineteenth century.

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, The Valley, 1855-1860

Berthe Morisot, The Artist’s Sister Edma with her Daughter Jeanne, 1872

Morisot, Hide-and-Seek, 1874

Claude Monet, Landscape: The Parc Monceau, 1876

Morisot, Laundresses Hanging Out the Wash, 1875

i've been recently addicted to this indie band au revoir simone, they have a way of capturing an ideal emotion in their music. enjoy

i'm starting my ceramics class next week, i can't wait. until then, i'll be unpacking and getting ready to start summer. be back soon,


Wednesday, April 21

just breathe, just believe

if there is ever something that can either bring all your emotions into the present, it's taking a deep breath. maybe you think this is cliche, but try it. take a slow deep breath. take five deep, meaningful breaths.

sometimes we let our stress take over our emotions, take over our actions, take over our thoughts. i feel horrible when i let this happen. it's usually around the times of finals if i've barely slept and i'm not eating well. but last night before i went to sleep, i did some yoga breathing and although a bunch of emotions flood you at once (especially if you're overwhelmed with thoughts), it felt better. it felt like i was getting rid of my negative energy and going to enjoy my rest.

so if you're feeling stressed out or just tired. stop. take a breath or a few. and it can help you keep going.

i hope you have a wonderful rest of the week, and i hope things are less stressful on your end.



Tuesday, April 20

the joys of people knowing your interests

this completes me. i really have no other words to say. i am eternally grateful to the individual who came across this and sent it to me. and i would really like to meet the individual who made this. so i could give them a high five.

- Genevieve

the love of caffeine runs through my veins

"cheer up and dry your damp eyes and tell me when it rains
and i'll blend up that rainbow above you and shoot it through your veins
your nerves gather with the altitude...
exhale the stress so you don't come unglued
somewhere there is a happy affair, a ghost of a good mood"

it's getting there. i'm almost at the point where lack of sleep and too much caffeine and a never ending to-do list is finally kicking in.

but it's ok. why? because when you listen to lyrics so eloquent like Owl City, things don't seem so impossible. music, especially happy things, help me sit down, take a breath and mentally focus. reggae always puts me back into a calm that i can't formulate into words.

i have been looking at Morisot images like crazy and guess what i found. you'll never guess. ok, maybe you will. a painting with a cat lol you can't even imagine how much i wanted to write my paper on it. but sadly it's in a private collection. these are the moments that i wish i was part of a group of thieves like ocean's eleven so that i could get this dream of a painting.

Young girl with a cat, 1892

the colors are amazing. they are so vibrant, that i feel infused with youth and i feel invigorated.

anyway, i'm sitting around the fine arts building waiting for my central African art class to start. i shall come and put up some images of things that i've fallen in love with this semester, sometime this week. i never thought that i would enjoy that class so much. if i can fit it in, i definitely want to take another class in African arts or at least take non-western art with the same professor.

this time, i will resist with not putting any music. but i wanted to share something that i feel combines the best of both worlds. coffee and art. yep, i am the nerd that watches youtube latte art vids. and i am pretty much in love with this one artist in the video below. i plan on going to NYC to have one of his lattes lol enjoy

very addicted to caffeine,


Monday, April 19

back in the day mommy and me

as promised, i did find some time to procrastinate. i'm studying for linguistics and although it can be interesting, it's not the easy elective i was hoping for lol anyway, here are some of the images i'm using for my paper. i couldn't find the other couple on google, so these will have to do...

Berthe Morisot, The Mother and Sister of the Artist (Reading), c.1869-70

Morisot, The Cradle, 1872

Morisot, Butterfly Hunt, 1874

Morisot, Young Woman and Child Sitting in the Grass, 1875

depending on the comments that my prof gives me for the first two pages and outline that i submitted to her will depend my topic mostly and well where ever my references take me. i want to look at why she painted mothers and children, why she had to paint what she painted, how she incorporated landscapes into them. women in 19th century weren't supposed to paint outside or well be outside and get their hair messy. at least not of her social class. i'm just mostly intrigued by the fact that she had a decently successful run as a female artist and how impressionism allowed for female artists. it's neat, but we'll see what happens.

"Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength."

ok, i think my studies really need me back. be back soon. and don't stop believin',


Sunday, April 18

you're not a baby if you feel the world

hmm. it seems that my calendar went from february to april. i am terribly sorry.

school has been very busy this semester. for some reason i felt compelled to be super-woman and take on a lot of credits, but it will all be over soon.

life is funny. people are funny. i've noticed that a lot this semester. i've also learned that things have a weird way of working out. sometimes there's something that you really want, but you don't get it. and at first you go through the sadness that you didn't get it, but eventually there comes a point (if you're really paying attention) that you realize why it wasn't meant for at that moment. maybe, it was never meant to be.

i volunteer at the art museum and it's strange how people come specifically to see one piece of artwork. granted, it is a Monet, but it's not one of his best. it's simply the name that they came to see. and i'm not saying that i don't do that but i give the rest of the artwork a chance. i don't ignore and skip over the rest to go see that one name. it makes me laugh. i secretly wish that i could tell them what i consider to be more interesting in the museum and show them that instead. and the best part of the whole thing is that the Monet has an alarm, so if you get too close to it, it will go off. never fails that after you show the person where it is, about five seconds later you hear the thing go off. gets me every time.

here's what i've been pretty into lately...

i think that should get you pumped lol. it certainly gets me pumped. i'm taking french this semester (well i guess i should start saying i took french this semester), finals start this week. it was a lot of fun, my t.a. was hilarious and really kept the class interesting. we had it monday through friday at 9:30, but it think that was the first morning class i've ever really enjoyed. i'm going to miss it. j'aime le cours de fran├žias!

i'm (trying to) write a term paper on Berthe Morisot. i would tell you the topic, but i don't think i'll know until it's finished lol but i shall come back and put up all the her paintings i'm using for my illustrations. and this time i will be back. there's going to be a lot of free time to procrastinate studying the next two weeks.

i will try to be back as soon as possible, i have to get back into the swing of blogging again. it feels like it's been ages. but i won't let my little minute square of the interwebz die so easily. we made a year this past february, this is pretty incredible for me. so i won't disappear, promise.

leave you with a happy image:

incidently, if you're ever having a bad day, just google image 'kittens i love you' or 'puppies i love you'. for some reason, you forget your worries for a bit. i have a weakness. it's a problem.