Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Competition

drollgirl takes a printmaking class

pic I took at the end of my first printmaking class


Do you ever feel like everything in life is part of a competition? Like everyone is judged by how smart they are, how pretty or handsome they are, where they went to school, where they work, where they live, how much money they make, how they dress, what they drive, who their friends are, if they are married, if they have children, how successful their blog is, how many "likes" they have on their facebook page, how good their alexa score is, etc., and that all are scrambling to be the "winner" in one or more categories of life? I find this annoying. I suppose that competition/the competitive spirit is a HUGE motivator for most, but I think this tactic is obnoxious. I am wise to the competitive mentality, but I have a bit of a contrarian spirit so I normally try and avoid this behavior.

I recently signed up for a printmaking class. I was an art major long ago, but I haven't made any real art in YEARS, so I was nervous for this class. My former art skills are rusty at best, and my confidence level is pretty low in the creative department. But I ponied up and went to the first class on Saturday. I was SUPER nervous for the class. And even more nervous when it turned out there were only three other students in the class. Eek! I am more of a "back of the class" kind of student that likes to keep a low profile, and when I saw the teacher to student ratio I found it very unnerving! I was even more uneasy when I met the instructor -- a woman that seemed cold, irritable and on edge at having to teach four nitwits that knew little or nothing about printmaking. I wanted to bolt from the class, but I stuck with it.

I was SUPER SKITTISH for our first assignment, as I had ZERO ideas of what image to draw for my first print, and I was a bit uncertain of the technique.  But I shakily fumbled around and came up with a drawing that I made into a print, and it turned out sort of semi okay. And then I looked at the work that each of the other students produced, and I compared my finished product to theirs.  I ASSHOLE-ISHLY came to the conclusion that my fellow students weren't all that talented or skilled -- certainly no more skilled than ME -- and that nobody really presented any COMPETITION to me. And, therefore, I could comfortably stick with the class. How rude to think that! How obnoxious!! Cripes! So if my classmates were super talented I probably would have dropped the class because I was that insecure?!?!? Maybe. Jesus. 

Needless to say, I am trying to tamp down this stupid competitive spirit, and just keep attending the class to LEARN FROM IT and to GET THE MOST OUT OF IT.  And I am going to try to REFRAIN from comparing my work to my fellow students' work, and worrying if their art is better or worse than mine.  Yeesh.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sarah Illenberger


Sarah Illenberger
Sarah Illenberger


Sarah Illenberger, Meloncholie
Sarah Illenberger, Meloncholie


Sarah Illenberger, Pomelo
Sarah Illenberger, Pomelo


Sarah Illenberger, Crystal Pfister
Sarah Illenberger, Crystal Pfister


Sarah Illenberger, Melone
Sarah Illenberger, Melone


Sarah Illenberger, Zitrus Solar System
Sarah Illenberger, Zitrus Solar System


Sarah Illenberger, Fallen Lips
Sarah Illenberger, Fallen Lips


Sarah Illenberger, Soft Heart
Sarah Illenberger, Soft Heart


Sarah Illenberger, Rosenkohl
Sarah Illenberger, Rosenkohl
Sarah Illenberger, Rubine


Sarah Illenberger, Artyschoke
Sarah Illenberger, Artyschoke


Sarah Illenberger, Matches
Sarah Illenberger, Matches


Sarah Illenberger, Birne
Sarah Illenberger, Birne


Sarah Illenberger, Soft Brain
Sarah Illenberger, Soft Brain


Sarah Illenberger, Flower Party
Sarah Illenberger, Flower Party


Sarah Illenberger, Chilli con Carne
Sarah Illenberger, Chili con Carne


Sarah Illenberger, Sweet Music
Sarah Illenberger, Sweet Music


Sarah Illenberger, Salat Kleid
Sarah Illenberger, Salat Kleid


Sarah Illenberger, Granate
Sarah Illenberger, Granate




thank you maegan for introducing me to this artist's work!!!!


all images found here

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Kid Talk

These are my nieces, Jade and Kira. And these are some of the things they said in 2011 (my sister, their mother, sent me a hilarious list of their best quotes in 2011):


jade
Jade (7 years old)


I don't care that you have brown eyes. You're still my mother.

I did a poop carrot.

Mommy, if someone wanted to buy you it would be as much money as you could count to.

Soon I'll have tattoos all over my body just like Daddy does.

I wanna learn karate AND ballet.  So that way I can dance AND punch someone in the face.

You could fit all of your food in infinity tortillas.

When you say "no", bad things happen.

He's so cute he made me cry a little bit!

You have a hot car there. (re: ‘78 Camaro)

I'm the sheriff, and I'm going to shoot you, cuz you are the rooter tooter!

One time I tried to communicate with a squirrel. I think I said "shut up".

This is my secret: my library teacher's a witch!

And then there's this legend of god.

Mom, you have gel!  (regarding arm fat)

Curse you Kira!

Ooh I love this game! Boxing! Punching!


kira
Kira (4 years old)


Dad did they put Jell-O in your hair? (re: barber shop)

I'm very sick tomorrow.

You wanna play "sister sister get your pretty sunglasses"?

Will my hands be like yours someday (to Mom)?
Yes, when you get older.
That's gonna be a terrible day.

Because they weren't too much quite a little bit my size.

When you push it out, it feels yellow.

A tea of cup!

But I need to be as mean as possible.

Those were the burps inside my cup while I was drinking.

I wish I could kill a bad guy and a coyote when I get bigger.

Dads can laugh like that cuz they have a tiny apple inside.  (pointing to her throat)

Dad, I like my school.  Some people call me crybaby though.

Mom, I don't like "Kira" anymore.  I like "Batgirl".

My eyebrows hurt!

Diva-dee. (re: dvd)

What did I just swallow?

Hi Lily! We're having zombie barf today!

I tried everything I could to stop myself. (re: fingernail polish on the furniture).

Mom? I'm hot.
Then take your clothes off.
But they look cool on me!

We're trying to do America's Dumbest Stuff on Wheels!

One animal I'm allergic to...and that would be jaguars.

I love candy! But I don't love diabetes.

Mom I love this so bad!

It tastes like trees...I mean polka dots. (re: cottage cheese)

My brother's name is 'diculous.

I'm tired of standing. I'm not tired of sitting or laying.

Dad let's play that game, "stay away from my hairy armpits".

Jade!  You're attacking my story!

Mom my belly feels like it's gonna die.

I think I broke a bone in my lip.

Mom!  What the hell are you doing!?!  (to Mom going into the garage to do laundry)

You could shake anemones' hand.

Mom, today I want to kill a chihuahua.
Ohhhh...I thought a chihuahua was a monster. (several days later)

Mom, are people meat?


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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Another Star Wars Movie

Thoughts on another Star Wars movie?

star-wars-1-3d-movie-poster


My thoughts:

Star Wars WHO CARES drollgirl

Manfriend can't wait to see this movie. He really wants me to join him. I said I'd go see another movie while he watches this one.  Or I could go out and do something fun and entertaining while he planted his ass in the theater and watched it. Or I'd sit next to him in the theater and play with my iphone while the movie droned on and on.  Sound harsh?  Maybe.  But I can't stand sitting in a theater for 2+ hours watching something I have ZERO interest in.  I liked the first two movies way back when (er, THIRTY YEARS AGO), but I have moved on. Clearly a lot of people haven't! Yeesh.


P.S. I also can't stand 3-D movies. I can't. I just can't. 



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Monday, February 20, 2012

Ester Curini


Ester Curini, Eye to Eye, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20
Ester Curini, Eye to Eye, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 20"


Ester Curini, Ergo sum, 2011-12, acrylic on linen, 40 x 30
Ester Curini, Ergo sum, 2011-12, acrylic on linen, 40" x 30"


Ester Curini, Trixie, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16
Ester Curini, Trixie, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16"


Ester Curini, Louise, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 24
Ester Curini, Louise, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 24"


Ester Curini, Chet, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16
Ester Curini, Chet, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16"


Ester Curini, la Teresina, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36
Ester Curini, La Teresina, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 36"


Ester Curini, Peek-a-Boo, acrylic on linen, 16 x 16
Ester Curini, Peek-a-Boo, 2012, acrylic on linen, 16" x 16"


Ester Curini, uno di molti, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 6 x 6
Ester Curini, uno di molti, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 6" x 6"


Ester Curini, Agostina da Ticineto, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36
Ester Curini, Agostina da Ticiento, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 36"


Ester Curini, Ralphie, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 48
Ester Curini, Ralphie, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 48"


Ester Curini, Fosco, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 48
Ester Curini, Fosco, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 48"


Ester Curini, Candida, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20
Ester Curini, Candida, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20"


Ester Curini, Cogito, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 24
Ester Curini, Cogito, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 30" x 24"



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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Tailgaters

the_closer_you_get_the_slower_i_will_drive_bumper_sticker

a_tailgater_paid_for_this_bumper_sticker bumper_sticker-1

airbag_test try_leaving_earlier_bumper_sticker_beige

see_care_bumper_bumper_sticker die_tailgater_scum_bumper_sticker

free_airbag_test back_off_im_a_postal_worker_bumper_sticker

no_tailgating_bumper_sticker bumper_bumper_sticker

back_off_bumper_bumper_sticker bumper_bumper_sticker-1

velocityproximity_bumper_bumper_sticker my_brakes_are_good_is_your_insurance_bumper

tailgaters_bumper_sticker-1

fast_reflexes_bumper_sticker six_reasons_bumper_bumper_sticker

end_tailgating_bumper_bumper_sticker harder_i_brake_bumper_bumper_sticker

tailgate_bumper_sticker tailgating_is_futile_sticker

get closer…i'm litigious

usaf_pk_service_bumper_sticker get_off_my_bumper

tailgaters_should_really_just_pass watch_out_for_the_idiot_behind_me_bumper_sticker

go_around_you_idiot_bumper_sticker black_no_faster_bumper_sticker

back_off_bumper_sticker tailgate_repeller

drive_too_close_bumper_bumper_sticker jesus_get_off_my_ass_bumper_sticker

so_close_in_front tailgaiting_bumper_sticker

tailgaters_bumper_sticker tail_tag_bumper_bumper_sticker

decal

Driving in Los Angeles is a total fucking nightmare.  Every weekday I spend 2+ hours in traffic going to and from work -- it takes over an hour to drive ELEVEN MILES.  This is frustrating and annoying, but the WORST part of driving in this blasted city is dealing with TAILGATERS.  Almost everybody follows WAY TOO CLOSE, and slams on their brakes coming to a screeching halt within a 1/4" of the car in front of them.  It is MADDDDDDDDENING.  I CANNOT STAND IT.  Give a girl/a car some space!  Could you give me twelve inches (that's what she said)?  Could you give me a TINY BIT OF BREATHING ROOM?  BLARGH!!!!

I have wracked my brain over and over again trying to find a way to combat this problem, but I have yet to come up with an impressive solution.  I think bumper stickers are ugly and that they just taunt idiotic drivers and most likely make things worse.  I really want to install a harpoon coming out of my rear window, or a bazooka coming out of my rear bumper to convince people to stop riding my ass, but somehow I think that would get me into trouble fairly quickly.  So for the meantime I shake my fist and curse and brake hard trying to get people to BACK OFF.  If you have any better suggestions please let me know!

On a cheerier note, I am THRILLED BEYOND BELIEF when somebody gives me a space cushion of 5-10 feet in traffic.  It makes me so happy. It lets me breathe a little easier. If you are this type of person, I am THRILLED you exist and I MIGHT even want to be your friend.  If you are a tailgater, a close-talker, an interrupter, a nosy-nellie, a space hog, and/or road hog (I figure these types are all one and the same), I damn you and your kind to hell (if it even exists)


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