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I'm in a perpetual phase of transition which doesn't seem to be phasing out.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Pretty pictures and stuff.

I don't believe that I've mentioned this on my blog, but I was classically trained in visual art from age 11 to 20  ( that sounds all high falutin' and arrogant, but I'm not sure how else to word it, besides "I took classes on how to make perty pictures for the majority of my life").  Then one day I decided  that I despised art, quit producing, and developed weird and silly opinions about the worthlessness of visual art, yeah pretty terrible, I know. I was knee deep in that terrible early adulthood existential angst or at least that's what this lady I worked for called it. I just hated everything for a while I suppose.  Nobody likes a Negative Nancy or a Debbie Downer though so I've been forcing myself to be more positive and happy and crap.

Lately I've just been sort of neutral toward art, but don't make any myself.  I think my neutrality/ general disinterest in the art world is finally fading and I'm back to appreciating art again.  Maybe I'll even pick sup some pen and ink or charcoal one of these days.  Last time I did that I just wasted money and got too frustrated with how out of practice I was and gave up quickly. 

Caleb showed me some really cool work by an artist Jean-Pierre Velly.  It's very intricate stuff.  I googled him again today and came across a gallery website that included his work as well as other artists.  I started looking at the art of this man Miguel Conde.  Realllllly love it. a lot.

those are all works by conde from
I feel so out of the loop with art these days.  I feel out of the loop with everything for that matter.  I have been trying to play catch up with what's going on in the world because I've been in robot mode for weeks now.  I streamed Thursdays "Talk of the Nation" which dealt with the realities vs. myth of public sector worker compensation/ unionization and whatnot.  I was felt so ashamed, a huge labor history lover, and I'm totally out of it while Wiscousiners (not sure if thats what's theyre called) are making history!  I really need to spend more time reading the news, have been trying to play catch up through google reader, al-jazeera, npr and the oh so wonderful Paul Krugman economic blogs through the New York times.  Now to find time to get updated on the world of art and culture! geez.   I totally suck at being a Renaissance (whoah) man.  If anyone out there is really good at self-educating despite the hustle and bustle of life, pleasssse give me some pointers!  I'm supposed to be getting some beginner Arabic books in mail soon.  As if I have time to learn some Arabic.  Just thought it'd be fun and useful and would help work on that part of my brain that is very under-developed, if not borderline disabled.  Maybe then my GRE math practice test scores will improve too. who knows!!!!