Monday, August 31, 2009

We're Back

Today's the first day of classes. I'll admit I've been neglecting my blog something awful.... I promise to pick up the pace and start posting more. Wish me luck on my senior year!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Mystery Behind Obama-As-Joker Picture Halfway Solved
"When cryptic posters portraying President Obama as the Joker from Batman began popping up around Los Angeles and other cities, the question many asked was, Who is behind the image? Was it an ultra-conservative grassroots group or a disgruntled street artist going against the grain? Nope, it turns out, just a 20-year-old college student from Chicago." (The question of who added the word "socialism" and spread the image around remains unanswered.) Los Angeles Times 08/17/09

Friday, August 14, 2009

Woman Attacks Mona Lisa

Read this article a few days back...absolutely crazy. Found it here, published by Telegraph.

Woman attacks Mona Lisa
A Russian tourist sparked a security alert when she threw a mug at the Mona Lisa, the world's best-known painting, officials at Louvre Museum in Paris have revealed.

By Henry Samuel in Paris
Published: 12:11PM BST 11 Aug 2009

Screams erupted from the 40-odd tourists jostling for position around Leonardo da Vinci's enigmatic painted lady when the empty terracotta mug flew over their heads and smashed into the portrait.

The Russian woman is thought to have bought it minutes earlier at the museum gift shop.

However, the Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile was unaffected by the commotion, as the mug bounced harmlessly off the bullet-proof glass shielding her and shattered on the floor, according to the team of staff paid to guard her.

"There was no damage done to the painting whatsoever," a museum official told Le Parisien.

"Naturally the Mona Lisa is a carefully watched and protected painting. It is kept in a special sealed box to protect it from vibrations, heat and humidity. It is protected by thick glass resistant to bullets and any other object hurled at it," he said.

The woman was seized by two museum security guards and handed over to central Paris police after the incident on August 2.

The remaining tourists were then left in peace to gaze at the work, viewed by 8.5 million people each year.

The Russian is being held in custody and has reportedly undergone a psychological examination.

Doctors were trying to assess whether she was suffering from Stendhal Syndrome, a rare condition in which often perfectly sane individuals momentarily lose all reason and attack a work of art.

In July last year, a 32-year-old woman wearing lipstick kissed a painting by the American artist Cy Twombly on display in Avignon, leaving left a large red smudge. She was sentenced to community work.

At the Orsay Museum in Paris the previous year, a man ripped a hole in a painting by impressionist Claude Monet.

The last attack on a work of art at the Louvre was in 1998, when a mathematics professor and calm family man suddenly attacked a statue of the Roman philosopher Seneca with a hammer.

The Mona Lisa is the only painting ever to have been stolen from the Louvre, in 1911, and then recovered.

In 1956, it was damaged when a vandal threw acid over it while it was on display at a museum in Montauban, in France.

The same year, a Bolivian man threw a rock at the painting, damaging paintwork below the Mona Lisa's left elbow.

The painting belongs to the French state.

Glass Hermit Crab

HOW COOL IS THIS?! For real, this is amazing. Go here to get the full scoop on this little guy.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Kaylee Girl

This is Kaylee, my boyfriend's amazing dog. She's an absolute joy; she's extremely well behaved and always happy. And she lives to play fetch. We took her to Downs Memorial Park earlier this week where they have a dog beach and I snapped a few photos while she was retrieving her ball from the Chesapeake. At first, she stayed clear of the water, but as soon as the ball started getting thrown in, she dove right in. Proof that she lives to play fetch :P

Even after about an hour of playing and her almost collapsing every time she got back to shore, the second anyone touched that ball again she was up. She slept for about 2 days solid after this little adventure :)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki is an Academy Award-winning director that has produced quite a few amazing animated movies. I've only ever seen Spirited Away, the movie he won the Academy Award for, however it was absolutely stunning. The story was awesome and the beauty of the film was mind-blowing. Because I enjoyed that one so much, I think I'm going to start working my way through the rest of his major films. They're all featured below, starting with the oldest and ending with the trailer for his newest movie, Ponyo, due out in August. I'm excited to start this new endeavor :)

Monday, August 3, 2009


I haven't visited Threadless in a while and these were my some of my favorite designs. Almost all of these I think I prefer as prints over a t-shirt design. I also pulled these out because they inspire me for my sketchbook work.

This one made me laugh out loud. It's title was Nothing Rhythms with Orange :P

Another one that made me laugh out loud...

Adore this- so cute and so clever.

HILARIOUS. And you know it.
This one is probably my favorite. I definitely want this one as both a print and a t-shirt :P

I've been neglecting my blog much more than I'd like to be lately. I'm hoping that once school starts again (which is coming up super fast) I'll have better things to blog about more often.