• Loving Vincent


    Do you enjoy visiting museums?

    I certainly do and I love to study creative work from talented artists. I admire them.

    The first time I visited an art museum was in college when I enrolled in an Art History course. Our semester end project was to chose a museum on the required list, and then our assignment would be given to us. I chose the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and was assigned a Dutch painter.  I located my artist and his painting in the museum, and then made notes on style, and technique. I loved this assignment because it was somewhat similar to a treasure hunt!

    Here’s my personal opinion: Art History projects are important since they encourage students to investigate and analyze visual work and then refine the process into a clear written and sometimes oral record. As a writer, I love this  process.  You can think of it in the same way as how math people love to solve those endless equations.

    So imagine how I felt when I discovered this film project called Loving Vincent . It’s the world’s first painting animation film. Loving Vincent is a beautiful creative endeavor that is worthy of sharing and passing along to you, especially because I’d love for this movie to come out worldwide so others can enjoy it. I’m not familiar with how or why movies are not able to  be showcased worldwide, but I hope it becomes available.

    The movie is directed by DOROTA KOBIELA & HUGH WELCHMAN. The undertaking of the film is amazing as it consists entirely of  66,960 paintings from various artists. It’s an incredible undertaking when you combine these paintings to CGI effects, and professional actors.

    Some of the actors starring in this film are:  Saoirse Ronan (Oscar Nominee Brooklyn), Aidan Turner (The Hobbit), Helen McCrory (Harry Potter) and Douglas Booth (Noah).

    Enjoy this behind-the-scene short film and let me know your thoughts. It runs about 6:30 minutes long.

    Have a great weekend!




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  • Proteigon on Vimeo

    I stumbled upon this discovery…once again… by accident this weekend. I love it and had to pass it along to you.

    It’s a very creative video directed by Steven Braind.

    Enjoy this one!


  • How To Get A Job At Vogue : Series

    When I first discovered that Alexa Chung was going to be taking readers into Vogue, I was ecstatic. I’m a huge fan of the magazine industry, especially with Vogue. It’s not just the editorials that I’m fascinated about, but there’s such a rich history with this brand. Social history in what the trends are, how fashion has evolved, and the artistry from the photographers. I love them all.

    In this series, Alexa gives us an inside look at how to get a job at Vogue. Perhaps everyone’s dream job is to be inside Vogue, especially if you love fashion.

  • Finding the story inside a painting

    I first saw this Ted talk about two years ago. It was by accident, but I don’t believe in accidents because that would just make it too easy to believe. I originally went to the internet to research on finding inspiration from photos.

    So in my research, I discovered  Tracy Chevalier’s Ted talk that she hosted back in 2012 in London, England. Here she enlightens us with her writing and research process for her book, Girl With The Pearl Earring.

    Girl with a Pearl Earring, oil on canvas, 1665.
    Girl with a Pearl Earring, oil on canvas, 1665.

    I’m in love with this talk mostly because she shares the same love that I have with art galleries and museums. Tracy Chevalier does exactly what I do when I visit  an art gallery. She goes fast and looks at everything around her at first, then she goes back and stops at the pieces that caught her attention.  When she discovers a painting she tells herself a story from it. Fascinating!

    One important item that I picked up from Tracy Chevalier is her keen sense of observation. The amount of details that she reflects on a piece of art, and how much she allows her imagination to expand from having made those observations. At the end of the talk, she shares a short excerpt of her writing ability. It’s inspiring to watch.

    Take a few minutes to explore this inspirational Ted talk from author Tracy Chevalier. Let me know what you glean from it.

    If the video doesn’t start for you here, you can go directly to this link.

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