Gungor

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Beautiful Things

You are the Beauty

Dry Bones

When Death Dies

Yesterday I went to an amazing Gungor concert! If you haven’t listened to them before, take a couple of minutes now and listen! They are amazing.

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30 Before 30 List

I ran across this blog page this morning and I really liked this idea: write a list of goals called “30 before 30; A list of professional and personal goals.” Unlike the woman who posted this list, I have 3 more years to complete my list. So, I will have to challenge myself with the forthcoming list.

Here it goes!

My 30 Before 30

01 Create an inspiring studio space at home (I stole this one from the lady who posted this list, but it is an amazing idea. I usually paint at the dining room table right now.)

02 Create an amazing portfolio website and blog. This one’s ok, but I really need to take it to the next level for my career.

03 Get a good graphic design internship.

04 Travel to 2 countries that I haven’t been to yet.

05 Make a masterpiece painting. Something that I look at and say “WoooooOOOOOOOooooooow!” like the Asian girl on Scott Pilgrim.

06 Write a book. (This is in the REAL CHALLENGE category).

07 Go on a road trip.

08 Graduate with honors in December. (So close… must get A’s…).

09 Get an amazing design job or go to graduate school… (I’m undecided on this right now).

10 Finally find that hair style that I love.

11 Go to a baseball game.

12 Take my husband to the beach.

13 Buy oil paints and use them. (I’ve only ever painted with acrylic and watercolor).

14 Read more classic books.

15 Go to a cool concert (The Civil Wars?)

16 Go camping.

17 Figure out if I’m related to the John Hart who signed the Declaration of Independence (My great-grandmother always said that I was…).

18 Buy an amazing camera and learn how to use it.

19 Go whale watching (This is in the BIG CHALLENGE category too, because I am terrified of whales).

20 Decorate my house in a way that reflects my personality.

21 Dress up for a movie premiere. (That’s just for fun. I think that I’d like to go to Catching Fire in full Capital make-up).

22 Get my sister’s book published. It is amazing and she is nearly finished writing it.

23 Have a baby (Put this is the maybe category).

24 Build a ridiculous design portfolio

25 Learn how to use my telescope properly.

26 Buy an espresso machine.

27 Have a pet.

28 Live in a house, instead of an apartment. (My husband and I have been in apartments for our 3 married years).

29 Learn more about cooking and baking!

30 Be content with whatever life brings! (Life is too short to worry about what could have happened. Enjoy your present, and dream a little about the future, but don’t live in the past).

30 Before 30

Incredible 3D Screw Art Portraits

Another amazing artist! Wow!

DENY DESIGNS

Wow. This makes me want to skip out on work today and head straight to Home Depot to pick up some power tools, plywood and approximately 10,000 screws. Yeah, yeah I know that I would never be able to recreate what Andrew Meyers does, but I can at least dream right?

American artist Andrew Myers uses screws to create amazing, detailed, 3D-portraits of people. Myers spends just two or three days and up to ten thousand screws for each piece. He takes a sheet of plywood, makes a sketch of a portrait in pencil, and then begins to place the screws at different depths turning a flat image into a volume masterpiece. Easier said than done.

Check them out – so amazing!

Biography:  Since his early childhood, Andrew Myers has been artistically influenced by european life and culture.  Born in Braunshweig, Germany and raised in Ciudad Real, Spain his exposure…

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Experience Something Extraordinary: A Portrait of the Artist as a Game Studio

I don’t usually get excited about video games. I also don’t really pay attention to them all that much, so maybe I’m behind the times. A friend of mine shared this article on the aesthetic progress of thatgamecompany: from flOw to Journey. The screen shots from Journey awakened that childlike sense of wonder and adventure in my heart that the adult world has been trying to squash out of me. I could really get lost in a game like that, I thought. And, isn’t that why we play games and read good books, to take a break from the everyday and experience something extraordinary?

“While we often see the evolution of artists working in old media, ever-shifting technical terrain tends to obscure videogame makers’ aesthetic trajectories. In Thatgamecompany’s pathbreaking and gorgeous games for the Playstation 3, we get the rare chance to watch these artists at work against a fixed technological backdrop.”

A Portrait of the Artist as a Game Studio

You should read this amazing article about Thatgamecompany who created flOw and Journey.

“In independent games, wherein we must hope that aesthetics drive creators more than commercialism, creative evolution often takes place in tentative ways, in forms far less refined and mature than the videogame console that serves as the medium’s equivalent to the cinema or the first-run hardback…. the artists who work in game development for its beauty before its profitability typically don’t get to choose the most public of venues in which to experiment and come of age artistically. Thatgamecompany’s new title Journey is an exception.”

Cheesecake

When I have a little extra time I want to read the article on making the perfect cheesecake! Cheesecake is my all-time favorite dessert and I may just be the happiest person in the whole world if I could make the perfect one! Thanks for finding this article and sharing it.

Foodie Foodie Yum Yum

I absolutely love cheesecake. Why? The texture, the flavour, the moreishness of it. The fact that it requires no cooking.

The one I made in the photograph below I layered with strawberries and a little dash of framboise. Truly scrummy.

Some great ideas courtesy of the BBC good food website

There is something naughty and nice about cheesecake … It’s utterly indulgent.

An excellent article from the Guardian about making the perfect cheesecake

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