Art Appreciation: Gérôme’s The Tulip Folly

The Tulip Folly

Jean-Leon Gérôme’s The Tulip Folly

This is my tulip. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My tulip is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
My tulip, without me, is useless. Without my tulip, I am useless. I must tend my tulip true. I must grow it straighter than my enemy who is trying to grow his. I must sell my bulbs before he sells his. I will…
My tulip and I know that what counts in war is not the blossoms we bloom, the color of our petals, nor the smell we make. We know that it is the bulbs that count. We will bulb…
My tulip is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its stamen and its pistil. I will keep my tulip watered and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will…
Before God, I swear this creed. My tulip and I are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until victory is Netherlands’ and there is no enemy, but peace!

APE 2013: My Stuff!

All my swag

All my swag

On Monday I talked about APE and shared with you pictures of the convention floor and some of the booths and artists. Today, I want to share with you some of the comics, books, pins, and cards I picked up! There’s quite a bit of it and I want to talk about the creators and their works! So, let’s get started. Continue reading

Making Restaurant Passports

What you'll need!

What you’ll need!

D and I some times have trouble deciding where to eat when we go out for dinner. There is a lot of back and forth and statements, declarations, and assertions of “not caring,” or “up for anything.” This usually dissolves into both of us shrugging our shoulders and then going to one of the three restaurants we always went to…

D is not a fan of this system.

She saw some where on-line the idea of a food passport: a small book filled with a list of the restaurants in your town and the surrounding area you want to eat at or you have not yet been to. Instead of having the same old conversation over and over you just flip open your passport and go! Not being too fond of our current system I seconded the notion of making our own. For the passports I picked up a three pack of Moleskine’s unlined chap books. Next, I used a straight edge to draw out the lines for each page of the passport. The page was divided into three parts the upper 2/3 is blank, the bottom third divided vertically for making comments or stamping once the restaurant had been frequented.

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With the passports laid out D and I next went through our town local wiki and wrote down all of the restaurants we had not yet been to and wanted to make sure we visited. The list came to 37. I didn’t think there were nearly that many restaurants in town but these were just the ones we had never been too?! With the list drawn up I sat down to start adding some charm and personality to the passports. Using crayons, remember when I bought those, I started doodling whatever came to mind when I read the names of the restaurants. I tried to portray in some way the nature of the place or the food provided there.

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Of the 37 restaurants I’ve drawn up 16 so far. There are a lot of Thai and Indian places in Davis. It is not easy to draw, using crayons, Thai or Indian food… I’m sure I’ll figure out something…

D seems pretty excited about starting to use the passports. I’ll admit I am too! Once I finish all the art and/or once start “getting visas” from the restaurants I’ll post some more pictures.

False’s Four – Creepy Stuff

Creepy Books:

  • Algernon Blackwood’s The Willows
  • Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger’s Malleus Maleficarum
  • Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves
  • Dan Simmons’ The Song of Kali

Creepy Music:

  • Bass Communion’s Ghosts on Magnetic Tape
  • Henryck Górecki’s Symphony No. 3
  • Leonard Cohen’s A Thousand Kisses Deep
  • Sujan Steven’s John Wayne Gacy

Creepy Art:

  • Edvard Munch’s The Scream of Nature
  • Hieronymus Bosch’s The Last Judgement
  • Francisco Goya’s Saturno devorando a su hijo
  • William Blake’s The Night of Enitharmon’s Joy

Creepy Cinema:

  • F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu
  • Satoshi Kon’s Paprika
  • David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive
  • Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s The City of Lost Children

Not Creepy Creepy:

  • Pete Doctor’s Monsters, Inc.
  • James Cameron’s Aliens
  • Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away