Friday, March 29, 2013
Come join our SLC Pop-Up Shop Saturday, April 20th. It begins at 10AM and will go until 5PM. We will have fellow bloggers and crafters from The House that Lars Built, Freshly Picked, Noble Town Vintage, My Little Belleville, Friends Who Make Prints, and many more. We will have craft demonstrations, waffles from Waffle Luv, a braiding bar, floral arrangements, jewelry, dishware, and so many more beautiful things for people to buy, just in time for Mother's Day.
So stop by here or just come. Hope to see you there!
Saturday, March 23, 2013
This is Max Weber for Friends Who Draw (this month is philosophers) Max was the German father of modern sociology. He suffered from depression, anxiety, and insomnia, which kept him in sanatoriums for many years. Between his attendance of these asylums, he was a teacher most of his life- though he studied to be a lawyer. He wrote several books; The Religion of China, The Religion of India, Ancient Judaism, and several essays on religion. He intended to write additional books on Christianity and Islam, but contracted the Spanish Flu and died in Munich on June 14, 1920 (it was rough back then!!). I love his beard and his soft eyes. I feel like those who are philosophical, intellectual, or artistic geniuses tend to battle their mental demons.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Happy St. Paddy's!
I spoke with a friend today who lives in Boston and said that the parade there was a little crazy- lots of Irish blood in that town. Though Utah does it's best- I made some green sugared Hot Chocolate Cookies, which are still some of my favorites (and vegan!) - to church I wore my jade necklace from The Dirt Market in Beijing, and when I was home I just left on my little chip of green emerald ring- just to prove whoever pinched me that I indeed kept the day in mind. I made sure to pinch Brandon hard for forgetting- though he still pinched me back.
I love these triptychs. The top, because of the colors together- and the bottom for the slivers and slices of faces that seem to be etching their way to the viewer.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Here's a new one for Friends Who Draw- this month's theme is Philosophers. Simone Weil was a French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist. She would go to extremes to feel what others less fortunate than herself would feel- total complete empathy for others- like when soldiers in WWI went without food, she did too, to the point of starvation. She did this often, until she caught turburculosis... and died.
Still, you've got to admire her hutzpa.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Carl Christian Anton (C.C.A.) Christensen was my Great- great- great grandfather. He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1831. He studied at the Royal Academy of Art -which still exists in today. He served his mission in Denmark and Norway. While on his mission, he was actually put in prison twice because the government disliked the church and it's teachings. He met his wife Elsie in Liverpool, England. They got engaged and had their sights set on moving to Utah with the other saints who were making their way there. They were encouraged to marry before leaving, to make the journey somewhat easier. So they did and then traveled by boat (The Westmoreland) to New York, traveled by railroad to Iowa City, then joined the Christian Christiansen handcart company and made their way to Ephraim, Utah.
When he arrived in Utah, his artistic skills weren't needed much so he became a housepainter, and did odd jobs like brick-laying, as well as farming.
He was then commissioned to do a series of paintings based on the Book of Mormon. He began painting many scenes from it. Then he did a large series of 23 paintings- 175 ft long- which depicted a panoramic of the history of the church- the early pioneers and their story and trek West. He would do tours throughout Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho with these paintings, and have a presentation to go along with it. He also did murals in the Manti and St. George temple, which I have yet to see.
After his death, the panoramic was stored away and forgotten about until it was once again discovered (by a relative of mine I think) in a barn, all wrapped up with all of these other paintings he had done. After it's rediscovery, the panorama was featured at The Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York City.
My grandpa actually has an original of his, which is always fun to see. I know that specific skill-sets aren't always inherited, but I like to think that my artistic inclinations and passion for anything Scandinavian, come from him.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Shadna of Ugly Magazine asked me to design "Chou" and they are now out and ready to purchase. The characters are Chinese for "Ugly". Buy yours while their still in stock- they're going fast! Also featuring t-shirts from fellow designers Nick James and Robin Banks.
Stay cool//Stay Ugly.
I've been loving still-life food paintings lately and acrylics. I primarily use oils, but acrylics have spoken to my senses lately. This is a quick study of a pear I did this morning.
I'm also very excited to start on some work on my recent India trip. I'll be doing posts on parts of my trip that I found particularly intriguing.