Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mmm, delicious....

I was recently inspired by Alyssa Monks to try some super realistic painting. Foolishly, I decided on the weekend before we leave for Russia, and have spent the full two days painting. But it's finally done and I'm very pleased with it. It's acrylic on paper, and I'm calling it "Coconut Water" for now. This will be my fourth piece in the water themed show in October (here are pieces one, two, and three). I had a hard time photographing it in the dark room, but I just couldn't wait till tomorrow!


Another view to get the colors a little less washed out by the light


And a detail...


Still, I feel that there is some serious room for improvement in my work. More and more I feel that my art has no point, that the paintings are dull and static. My challenge for this winter is to break out of this rut and dish out something more juicy!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Cherry Blossom Hair Ornament

Here are a few shots of the now completed hair piece(s) for my friends wedding hair. She will be getting married October 2nd to the man she's been in love with for over nine years now, and I won't be there because I will be in Russia. Thankfully, she asked me to do her hair ornament, and I really hope she likes what I made (she says she does, but then again I am her friend :)
These are cherry blossoms, made with polymer clay and some anthers for cake decorating. The leaves I bought pre made on etsy.com. You can find some if you search for filigree leaves. There are also little crystal droplets in there, which I particularly enjoy. The combs I also purchased on etsy.

I can't wait to see pictures of my friend on her wedding day with the veil and dress and these flowers. Let's hope they stay put!
























Painting of a Gorge

I don't like this painting. I don't know why. Could be the monotone colors. Could be the poor job I did on the top and bottom parts of the painting (the cliffs with plant life and the water fall thingy). I do feel ok about the middle. Still, it is rare for me to feel dislike towards a completed painting. I almost threw it away half way through.... Perhaps tomorrow I will feel differently. Till then, I hope at least you will enjoy:

"Still Gorges"

























Thursday, September 2, 2010

2010 Election Cycle

The midterms are almost upon us, and the latest polls show Republicans overall ahead by 10%. As it stands now, Dems will probably keep the Senate majority (51 to 49) but the House is up for grabs. This is sad news indeed. And to be honest, I don't entirely understand the reason why Republicans are favored. So here is my post about why Dems are better than Republicans for the future of this country. (But mostly it's me being really mad).

The economy and jobs situation in the US is still pretty shitty. Unemployment rates are high, banks that profited from the bailout aren't lending, corporations are turning a profit but not hiring. Little guy on the street gets screwed. Surely this is bad, but has everyone forgotten WHY we are in this mess???? Did we forget the Bush tax cuts and pointless wars that depleted the treasury? Did we forget the deregulation of the banks that allowed this entire subprime-mortgage/housing bubble, economy-downturn thing to happen in the first place?

The bail out and taxes deserve their own little paragraph. Republican's bailed out the banks (upper class). Democrats bailed out the car industry (middle class). Bush cut taxes for the rich (still in effect!), Obama cut taxes for the low/middle class AND is trying to cut taxes for small business which the Republicans in Congress are blocking. And don't even get me started on all the shit the Republicans blocked these past few years, including health coverage for 9/11 rescue workers! And they are upset about a community center!??!?!?

Here is a little list of the Dems major accomplishments lately from USA today:

-- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: The $862 billion "stimulus bill" invested in transportation and energy projects, tax cuts and education grants.

-- Affordable Health Care for America Act: The law $940 billion in the first 10 years will create new health care exchanges, expand insurance coverage to 32 million people who have gone without, close gaps in Medicare prescription-drug coverage and forbid insurance companies from rejecting people for pre-existing conditions.

-- The HIRE Act: A jobs bill that provided $18 billion in tax breaks for small businesses to spur hiring and $20 billion for transit and highways programs.

-- Auto companies bailout: Billions of dollars in government loans to struggling Detroit automakers Chrysler, General Motors and GMAC.

But it adds to the deficit people complain! Where were your complaints when Bush was waging a ludicrously expensive war in Iraq for NO REASON???? And it was off the books too! The 3 trillion dollars, that's TRILLION DOLLARS spent by using emergency approrpriation bills rather than putting it on a budget. That's 12 billion a month in Iraq, 16 billion a month if include Afghanistan. And why? Because Saddam Hussein oppressed his people? Do the oppressed people in Sudan, North Korea and Iran not count? Shall we go around liberating everyone? And why is it more important than the unemployed of THIS country???

Then there is the whole Obama is a Muslim thing, or he respects Muslim people more than he does his own citizens (latest Newsweek poll says most Republicans believe this shit). Can someone tell me why this belief is so popular? I mean obviously I know why, because of our brain washed fox watching population who think that what Glenn Beck and O'Reilly tell them is fact. Sure Obama tried to mend relations with some Muslim leaders after we killed over 100,000 Iraqi people for NO REASON, but that's just good manners really.

So someone please tell me why we would want to go back to the days of reckless spending, invasion of privacy (Patriot Act anyone?) and endless cronism that was the Republican majority rule?