Archive | February 2016

Art is for the soul!

   Books are obviously one of my favorite things in the world but following closely behind books would have to be things like music, D.I.Y. projects and last but certainly not least, art.
   In school I was more interested in music but I drew a lot when I was at home, alone, in my bed and sometimes I would wake up to bright colored marks ALL over my face. I have come so far from those drawings. I took a break for the longest time and when Tim found out that I used to draw, well, he spoiled me.
   For the past couple of months all I do in my spare time is draw. So when I got the opportunity to test out a brand new art teaching site I was so excited. I love to draw but I don’t know everything and learning different techniques is always fun for me.
   The website is called Paint Basket and it is owned, I believe, by two brothers. Dennis and Nolan Clark. The site itself is pretty basic and easy to use. They have live classes which I have yet to use but still, it’s a nice option to have. From the main page you can choose a random tutorial to use or you can filter mediums, subjects, skill level or instructor.
   For mediums they acrylic painting, oil painting,pastel painting, pen and ink drawing, pencil drawing or water color paintings. I love the selection but it was missing my favorite medium which is charcoal but either way it was nice to see something with a good variety to choose from. For the subjects you can choose from abstract, animal,cityscapes, flowers, general, landscapes, portraits, seascapes, still life and transport. The skill level is only beginner, intermediate and advanced. And the only two tutors you can pick from are Nolan or Dennis.
   I can say they definitely know what they are doing. As I was looking through all of the tutorials I saw so many great tutorials for some truly amazing artwork. Most of which were mostly done in pen and ink and pencil but some outrageously good in oil paints.
   Every tutorial has a class description under it that explains the different techniques that you can learn or work on by watching that video. They also have class handouts which is usually Your prompt picture, then it has a place for you to review the videos. One thing I wish they added though was a list of the products they use and what brand even would be cool.
   Overall I love the site and feel that it has so much potential to become the “new” art class tool for all learners. The link is http://onlineartlessons.com and each membership I believe is on a month by month basis at $20. The creators are always accepting emails so if you have any questions, go on ahead and ask them!

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“I have to say that although it broke my heart, I was, and still am, glad I was there.” ― Markus Zusak

 

So for  the longest time i have heard about a book series called Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. I just could never afford to pick up the whole set at one time with everything going on lately. So I was elated when i won the entire series in a giveaway. As soon as they were delivered wireless to my email i put them on the kindle. I started reading the first book right away and was sucked in!

As i got further into the book i was a little thrown off because there were some spelling errors EVERYWHERE, but i thought, yeah this is weird but ill keep going. It wasn’t until the second book that i noticed something really weird…

If you haven’t already put it together, the quote i used for the headline is from The Book Thief and when i found out that i had received PIRATED COPIES of a book that i was so excited about, it broke my heart. I will not finish this series with the copies that i have because i feel like i am committing some huge crime for receiving stolen goods!

I have reported the person i got them from and then messaged them to explain that whether they believe so or not, piraters, like themselves are the reason books these days cost so much! Our favorite, least favorite and authors everywhere spend their HARD work and money in their work and how is that fair to them or their families to steal the food out of their families mouths.

To all of you wonderful bookworms, please take caution in where you get your books from! Support our lovely authors and don’t buy or pirate books for your leisure time enjoyment!

“If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.” —Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God

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Let me start off by saying… THIS WAS NOT WHAT I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE…. AT ALL!!! But i also when into this book completely blind! Every time i picked this book up, i wasnt sure how i felt until it was over… and at that point i couldnt take it back. Now everyone knows how i feel about romance novels and even though i see this as one, it isnt like most romance novels.

Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more ‘plant-like’ existence, decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares. In South Korea, where vegetarianism is almost unheard-of and societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision is a shocking act of subversion. Her passive rebellion manifests in ever more bizarre and frightening forms, leading her bland husband to self-justified acts of sexual sadism. His cruelties drive her towards attempted suicide and hospitalisation. She unknowingly captivates her sister’s husband, a video artist. She becomes the focus of his increasingly erotic and unhinged artworks, while spiralling further and further into her fantasies of abandoning her fleshly prison and becoming – impossibly, ecstatically – a tree. Fraught, disturbing and beautiful, The Vegetarian is a novel about modern day South Korea, but also a novel about shame, desire and our faltering attempts to understand others, from one imprisoned body to another.

This is a three part book told from different points of view, one part for each of the main characters of whose life was touched the most by the main character. It is a very dark tyoe of book and there are somethings i read that im sure i will never be able to un-read…. I also thought the book was laid out in an odd way… i start to understand the writers train of thought when… WHAM!!! im am lost and confused yet again… As a whole i was fairly disappointed and confused most of this book but it might just be that after a while i was tired of being confused and just… read it to read it….