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41  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Forever Folding Card (finally a tutorial with pictures) on: November 26, 2005 03:21:30 PM
Woah. That's majorly impressive. I could probably never do that right.
42  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: show/concert photography on: November 23, 2005 03:18:27 PM
Concert photography is really cool. Here's a little thing about shutter speeds:
43  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Writing--Be Brutal. Make Me Hate This. on: November 21, 2005 04:23:37 PM
I've seen some posts on here get way out of hand. I know you're an opinionated bunch. I wrote this and I want to enter it to our school's lit. magazine. But I want you to tell me about the WRITING... not so much about the opinions expressed in it. They aren't exactly what I think... it's what the person speaking in the story thinks... and I'm not that person. Don't lose sight of that. Anyway, here it is:

An Artist's Rendition

An artists rendition of what something is supposed to look like has always bored me. Countless times Ive gone into art museums and left feeling unimpressed. Surely I shouldnt critique the paintings after all; theyre hanging in a museum, so surely there mustnt be anything wrong with them. But as I wandered the art museum that one Sunday morning, I sawfor the very first timethat all artists are liars.

Art is simply a perception of what the world doesnt look like. They say art imitates life, but Ive yet to see any art like that. Everything I saw that one morning in the museum was so far from what the world really is. The sky isnt that perfectly blended shade of bluehavent these people heard of pollution? Havent they ever seen a rainy, overcast day? And the grass! Oh, dont get me started on the grass! Grass isnt green, people! Seriously, grass is mostly a muddy shade of brown-yellow-green, all blended together in the most disgusting fashion! Ive never seen grass that perfect color they always make it bright and fresh and artificial. I bet they even used paint named, Grass Green and Sky Blue, which is so stupid, since the sky isnt always that color, and neither is the grass!

Maybe I just cant relate because Ive yet to see a piece of art that looks like my life. My house isnt a nineteenth-century Victorian, and I dont have a white picket fence. My flowers never look so bright and fragrant, and my home-grown tomatoes always get eaten by rabbits. I never make my bed, and I never leave my slippers at the foot of it. Why, then, does every picture I see depict these little moments? Why are all the beds covered in heirloom quilts and feathered pillows? Why is every house surrounded by a white picket fence? Why are all the flowers always alive, even when it appears to be a picture painted of December?

Why dont any artists show what life really entails? Why am I always staring at a portrait of a beautiful person, and never a plain one? Why isnt there a painting of rundown apartment buildings in sight?

I imagine artists dont intend to lie. Maybe they are really just idealistic always seeing what they want to see and never looking at reality. Or maybe they want to balance out the imperfection they see everywhere. Maybe theyre like editors, who fix all the mistakes and dont think twice about itits their job, after all. But nonetheless, art never shows what reality is like.

And for once, Id like to see a perfectly painted picture of imperfection.
44  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: does anyone here read zines? on: November 16, 2005 02:58:56 PM
I wish I had enough time to get back into this. I used to make them all the time with friends or just by myself or whatever. Here are some websites you should check out:

http://home.graffiti.net/distro.e:graffiti.net/catalogue.htm -- some of those are free... others only cost a dollar. I've never sent away for any, but it seems like a good way to get some examples.

http://mymy.girlswirl.net/ -- this also sells zines, seems a little more secure... a little more pricey, though.

45  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: The most talented artist I've ever seen!!! on: November 16, 2005 02:54:49 PM
Yeah, I love that work... I bookmarked that site a while back. I wish someone would do that around here, too! But you have to realize how that art has to be approached the right way. Example (it's that picture of the swimmer from the wrong side of the street):

46  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: my room's nuts. (rasterbation info on pg. 3) on: November 12, 2005 12:59:33 PM
Awesome room! I love how great you manage your space. I also think the writing on the rug thing is cool... like a yearbook, except it never goes away and you can always look at it. And I'm so jealous you had a camera obscura! Stupid homeowners associations...
47  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Perfect Day in a box on: November 12, 2005 12:54:27 PM
What about some bath stuff? You know, like shampoos and bubble baths for the end of the perfect day.
48  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: What are your web obsessions?? on: November 09, 2005 04:11:49 PM
1 of the other memebers on here has a blog that is so funny! she always makes my day. i love her sarcasam & "mini dramas" & "open letters"

http://home.comcast.net/~kerris4321/blog.html


Wow... you can't be serious! That's my blog! Wow. Thanks! I thought only some random blogger members and my friends actually read that. Wow.
49  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: What are your web obsessions?? on: November 07, 2005 06:42:49 PM
I LOVE THIS! Haha

http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/

50  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Shaving Cream Cards-- With Tutorial--MUST TRY! on: November 07, 2005 06:33:58 PM
WOW. Princesskill... that is AMAZING! I love that! And koolaide smells better than shaving cream, no doubt.
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