Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Color Coordinated

After my New York trip, I promised my sister to finish the painting above. I've painted this photo before and I used markers which made it less taxing; working with acrylic definitely changed the whole experience. Choosing colors for the skin was the easy part, choosing colors for the shirt was absolutely arduous especially when you're working from a black and white photograph – I was so glad her tie was red. The whole time I was painting, I was imagining what colors should a white shirt have: purple, blue, green, grey, teal, brown, mustard etc. Then I decided to use them all. So there you go, when in doubt, dive into colors. Have fun coloring!

I dip my pen in the blackest ink, because I'm not afraid of falling into my inkpot. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Trip To NYC

My trip to NYC was brief and fun. It's my second visit to the city and this time I stayed longer than one day. It was so nice to get away from work and not worry about anything except for where to go and where to eat. Here are some photos I've taken during my mini vacation.

Our first stop was Alice's Tea Cup. My friend really wanted to go there for obvious reasons but we didn't get to try their hot tea – she had iced tea and I had orange juice instead. The food wasn't too bad but it was pretty pricey.

I'm not too sure where we went next but we rode the ferry to Staten Island and below is the photo I took of the Statue of Liberty from the ferry. I don't think New York will be New York without the statue.

Some random photos of New York streets.

Sculpture by Manolo Vald├ęs called "Odalisca" at Broadway

We also stopped by Chinatown for some noodles and dumplings! Yum!

More food.

Our last stop was MoMA. We went there on Friday for "Target Free Friday Nights," hoping to get in for free and we thought we were early but when arrived the line was already four blocks long. So we decided to just purchase tickets to save time. Photos from top to bottom: Gustav Klimt, Piet Mondrian, Diego Rivera and Paul Klee.

I also found some interesting pieces at the museum: broken plates chandelier
and photo montage on wall.

Well, that's the end of my trip. I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Dance Uncensored

After watching Ellen Degeneres danced in SYTYCD, I fell more in love with dancing. She made dancing look so easy. I think everyone should dance even if you both have left or both right feet as long as you have fun. Last week was National Dance Day and Nappytabs choreographed a special number and I was pretty apprehensive and intimidated with the steps but I'm happy to say that I survived the routine with no serious injuries. Here's a clip of me and my brother dancing. My sister actually joined us afterwards and she did an amazing job. We spent hours to learn the dance but she learned it in just a few minutes. I'm not sure what happened to the video but it's a lot faster than the original. This might hurt your eyes a bit but we have a good excuse – we're not dancers.

Warning: Might strain your eyes and not recommended for the faint of hearts.

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.