i thought we were gonna be honest

Nov. 29th, 2015 20:20
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I did mean to answer comments and do recs, but my internet has been intermittent all day, so instead you just get the terrible pictures of the peanut butter cups I made this afternoon. I think next time I will use the mini muffin cups and dark chocolate instead of regular muffin cups and semisweet, because I don't even eat pb cups but I found the chocolate ridiculously sweet, and also they are ginormous peanut butter cups.

And also, chocolate is super tedious to temper. Good lord, waiting for the temperature to drop from 115°F to 82°F before bringing it back to somewhere between 88-92°F is ridiculous. And I'm not even sure it really worked? Because when I brought the pb cups to L. and she tried one, the chocolate immediately melted in her hand, which I thought tempering was supposed to prevent. so. I don't even know.

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Nov. 30th, 2015 00:40
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"Madeleine Swann?" Madeleine Swann? Really???

Also, the villains in this universe desperately need a crash course in interior and costume design. Your ultimate bad guy should not be wearing loafers without socks. Paging Edna Mode!

Snow in the morning 2

Nov. 29th, 2015 20:20
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The snow was gone again faster then it had arrived, but not my memory of this scene in the forest…

Der Schnee war dann schneller wieder weg als er kam, aber nicht meine Erinnerung an diese Szene im Wald…

5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord

If you would like to purchase this daily painting, please send your bid by email. Startprice 150 Euro. End of sale November 30th, 2015 at 6.00 pm (local time Berlin Germany). Terms of Sale and Right of Withdrawal.

Wenn Sie dieses Tagesbild erwerben möchten, senden Sie bitte Ihr Gebot per email . Mindestpreis 150 Euro. Ende des Verkaufs gegen Höchstgebot am 30. November 2015 um 18 Uhr. Beachten Sie bitte die Informationen zu den Verkaufsbedingungen sowie die Widerrufsbelehrung.

© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.

Kitty pictures

Nov. 29th, 2015 09:21
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As requested by some of y'all, Tara and Simba in their new home:

Naturally, they've taken over all the comfy places. )

They've been remarkably affectionate ever since I arrived. Every time I sit down in the big recliner, they climb into my lap and start purring. This actually makes it hard to accomplish anything while I'm at home: I want to get up and do things, but there are cats in my lap, and they're cute!

I did manage to get up long enough to make these quinoa and black bean stuffed peppers in the crockpot, and they came out really good. I used a jar of roasted chipotle salsa instead of enchilada sauce, and topped with chopped scallions and melted cheese. Yum.

Agenda for today is laundry, and finishing the fist draft of my cap_ironman holiday exchange fic. The excitement never ends around here...
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4.03 The Innocent
Original air date: October 9, 1995
Director: Dennis Berry
Writer: Alan Swayze


Synopsis: Richie finds autistic Immortal Mikey wandering after Alan, Mikey's protector, is killed. Richie and Duncan take Mikey in, but he is a trouble magnet, and the Immortal who killed his protector is now after him.

Transcript: is here.

Please share your thoughts and reactions in comments. The master post for all discussion posts is here.


Nov. 29th, 2015 09:31
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I have a Yuletide draft which is long enough to pass muster! And I still have one more piece of the story to write.

It's always a relief when I reach this point. :-) From now on I can work on making the story better, but I have enough of a draft that I know my recipient will get a proper-sized present on Yuletide morning. Huzzah.

Rainy Grocery

Nov. 29th, 2015 08:42
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Posted by James Gurney

I did this quick sketch from the car yesterday while Jeanette was in the market. It's 3 x 3 inches in gouache. The colors are: titanium whitecadmium yellow lightburnt sienna, and Prussian blue in a watercolor sketchbook

I wrote a five-word story to go with it. There's still a month left if you want to enter the Six-Word Story Challenge. It's free to enter. You can browse the entries that have come in already on the special Facebook event page we've set up for the Six-Word Story Challenge.

Doctor Who 9.11 Heaven Sent

Nov. 29th, 2015 13:43
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The one wherein the Moff shows he REALLY trusts his leading actor. A lot.
Bird! )


Nov. 28th, 2015 14:40
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So, lots of stuff going on. Health, work, family, blah blah blah.

In the middle of all that, though, I adopted a new German Shepherd. Meet Jetta:

Read more... )

She's a rescue. Which means that she's overweight, hardly trained, barely housebroken, tennis-ball obsessed, and suffers from separation anxiety. On the other hand, she loves people, is very snuggly, and has figured out pretty quickly that every time she goes in her crate she gets a treat, so we're learning to get along.

It will take a bit longer to get her used to having her nails clipped, though...

Oh, and the name is not for the car: it's a nickname for Bridget, except the original spelling was Gette, and it would be impossible to get anyone to pronounce it right. And since she's jet black, it seemed to work.

Snow in the morning

Nov. 28th, 2015 20:08
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A morning walk through the woods gave me an impression of winter…

Ein morgendlicher Spaziergang durch den Wald gab mir eine Impression des Winters…

5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord

Verkauft / Sold

© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.

New fic: Home Plate

Nov. 28th, 2015 11:12
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Home Plate (8580 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Howling Commandos
Additional Tags: Baseball, Military Uniforms, World War II, Implied/Referenced Torture, R&R, Rimming, Sexual Innuendo with Sports Equipment
Series: Part 4 of Batter Up (Baseball)

With a bashful smile, Steve said, “I thought maybe a little taste of home might make you feel better.”

It was such a perfectly Steve thing to do: he didn’t see Bucky as damaged goods, just as a guy who loved to play baseball. Who was still whole, still his best friend.

I used to have this tradition of posting fic on my birthday, so here's a birthday present in reverse. Sorry it's just another stupid baseball fic, though.
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Posted by Charley Parker

Portrait of Sir Thomas More (painting); Sir Thomas More (drawing), Hans Holbein the Younger
Portrait of Sir Thomas More (painting); Sir Thomas More (drawing), Hans Holbein the Younger

Links are to zoomable versions on the Google Art Project. The painting is in the Frick Collection, which also has a zoomable version, downloadable image on Wikimedia Commons; the drawing is in the Royal Collection Trust, downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons.

This portrait of the English writer, philosopher and statesman Thomas More was commissioned of German painter Hans Holbein the Younger in 1527 — five years before More was tried and beheaded for refusing to swear an oath accepting Henry VIII’s separation of the Church of England from the Catholic Church, basically over Henry’s desire to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon and marry his flame Anne Boleyn. (Somehow, politics and soap operas never seem to change.)

Holbein’s reputation as a portraitist is well deserved; this one I think, being one of his finest. I come away with a sense that I know without question what this man looked like. No flattery, no embellishment except in the rendering of the velvet sleeves and medallion of the Tudor rose and livery chain.

I’ve had the opportunity to see the original at the Frick in New York, and the painting has a striking, palpable presence.

The drawing is related to a series likely done in preparation for this portrait; but, even though it’s punctured for transfer, it doesn’t seem to be the final drawing from which the portrait was started.

For more on Holbein, and this portrait, see my previous post on Hans Holbein the Younger.

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Posted by James Gurney

John Rogers was a late 19th century sculptor who was as well known and beloved in his day as was Norman Rockwell in his. 

He sculpted table-top sized figural groupings based on literature or the Civil War. He then had a team reproduce them in plaster. The casts were painted in brown or gray tones so that they wouldn't show dust. 

The plaster casts sold for about $14 —about $425 in today's dollars, so nearly everyone could afford one. Rogers produced about 80 different subjects, with about 80,000 reproductions in all. They showed up in shop windows and homes everywhere. Even Abraham Lincoln had one.
John Rogers was a 19th-Century Sculptor for the Common Man
In 2012 the New-York Historical Society had a retrospective called John Rogers: American Stories

Elementary 4.04

Nov. 28th, 2015 15:19
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Everyone to whom I still owe replies to comments: it's not you, it's me, I have a terrible headache and also yesterday, I had ca. 300 letters to write. I'm not talking exaggaratedly. The two might be connected.

However, watching Holmes and Watson turned out to be helping with the headache somewhat. And thus, a review:

Comfort tv ahoi )
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Nov. 24: art installation consisting of 85 incredibly disturbing and painstakingly constructed human figures is installed on the beach at Cook Inlet, near Anchorage. Official opening is set for Dec. 5. I should note that the Alaskan ocean coast, as you might expect, is known for terrifically destructive winds, tides, etc. This is also just about the creepiest piece of art I've ever seen, omfg.

(Orion and I, watching the video of the installment of the figures, as the tides visibly cause them to wobble and tilt even while they're being put in: "Wow, that's not going to last long.")

Nov. 25, i.e. the very next day: All but 11 of them have been completely demolished.

Even 11 statues erected at the top of the bluff, high above the water, were affected. Of the four closest to the Point Woronzof Park parking lot three had pitched forward, their rebar supports bent at 30 to 40 degree angles. One’s first reaction was that they had been vandalized, but as this reporter and an Alaska Dispatch News photographer watched, the fourth, touched only by wind, slowly leaned over and joined its companions on the ground.

I am laughing so hard right now. I know I shouldn't be dying of laughter at the wreckage of an artist's hopes and dreams, especially a ~serious art project~ about depression and mental illness, but ... THE VERY NEXT DAY. They didn't make it to the exhibit opening. They didn't even make it to the end of the week! Alaskan weather does not mess around. And apparently it's an art critic.

My hopelessly inappropriate laughter is not being helped by the photo they used to illustrate the second article:

oh the humanity
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Inspiration not Embarrassment

Nov. 28th, 2015 02:00
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Posted by Lauren Panepinto

-By Lauren Panepinto

Happy Thanksgiving, for those of you who celebrate, and for all of us: Remember you don't need (and shouldn't wait for) a holiday to list all the things you're grateful for.

One thing we should all look back and be thankful for is: Ourselves. For the work we have put into our art, for the practice, for the blood and sweat and tears and pencil shavings and eraser dust inhaled directly into our lungs. For the eyestrain and frustration. I think as artists we all focus on what we haven't done yet, or have yet to achieve. I think that's an important attitude to keep us going and improving - but every once in a while let's look back and celebrate what we have accomplished. It's also helpful to remember that just like we look upwards to artists who have mastery above ours for inspiration - we are also inspirational to someone struggling behind us on the same ladder.

Kelley McMorris

And now there's a great tumblr, started by Kelley McMorris, called Anyone Can Improve At Drawing and it's not only a great place to celebrate your success, it's also already being shared around the internet and social media as an inspiration for others. I always wanted to do a "childhood art" group post on Muddy Colors but this is so much better. So Submit Now and inspire all of us. I'd love to see this tumblr flooded with professional artists' past and current work.

Isle Gort

Some artists are embarrassed to show their earlier work, and don't want to admit that they have worked through stages and had struggles. I think everyone wants to look like the one for whom art has always come easily, the Natural. I think it is way more honorable, and more inspiring to admit the work you've put in. All 2,000 or 5,000 or 10,000+ hours.
Jenn Tran 

Rebecca Flaum

Joie Brown

It's a little hard for me to compare old and new design projects in the same way, but I'll just leave this here, and I'll totally go scan some childhood art next time I'm at my parent's house.

Vilhelm Hammershøi

Nov. 28th, 2015 04:55
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Posted by Charley Parker

Vilhelm Hammershoi
If I were to look up “muted palette” in my mental art dictionary, the definition would be a painting by Vilhelm Hammershøi.

The Danish painter, active in the late 19th end early 20th centuries, was noted for his enigmatic, poetic interiors — sometimes empty, but frequently occupied by a lone figure.

This figure was often either that of his sister, Anna, or his wife, Ida. Both were portrayed in many of Hammershøi’s paintings as facing away from the viewer, adding to the mysterious quality of the compositions and giving them an emotional tone as muted as his palette.

Hammershøi also painted more straightforward portraits, as well as landscapes, but the power of his interiors was the centerpiece of his work. They can be interpreted as contemplative or melancholy, but they seem to carry forward a still moment in time, as exemplified by the Dutch interior painters he admired, like Vermeer and De Hooch.

Hammershøi was influential on Danish art and on other painters. I can’t help but see his figures facing away from the viewer in the work of Belgian Surrealist René Magritte, and his quiet interiors patterned with light from multi-paned windows in the interior watercolors of Andrew Wyeth.

There is currently an exhibition of Hammershøi’s paintings, titled “Painting Tranquility: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi from SMK —the National Gallery of Denmark” at Scandanavia House in New York, that runs until February 27, 2016.

WWD has an article about the show, as does Linea. The Guardian has an interesting feature from 2008 about a previous show, with a selection of Hammershøi’s paintings — along with photographs of his sister and wife, as well as the house interiors in which they were painted

There is a currently in print collection of his work, Hammershøi and Europe, though it doesn’t to my knowledge have any connection with the show. You may also find additional, out of print titles that can be acquired used.


[Writing] Writing. And perfume.

Nov. 27th, 2015 19:58
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Have I ever mentioned that, as a massive scenthead, I have a specific scenttrack when I'm working on something?

The currently-on-the-back-burner Natasha story gets a couple of different smells, for Public Natasha and Private Natasha, respectively. (Self, just buckle down and finish it. You'll feel better. Like you've accomplished something.)

The currently-why-am-I-doing-this-to-myself Push fic has a couple of different scents*, and even inspired a (nearly) full bottle purchase (Miller et Bertaux A Quiet Morning).

Because reasons, where reasons = I find myself to be HILARIOUS, and perhaps because I was more than a bit on the punchy side the other night while writing, said story has also inspired me to buy a bottle of vintage Love's Baby Soft. 


So, hey! Welcome to my head. 

*There are scents that resemble feminine bodily parts on other people that I wish smelled anything like that on me, because they'd have been so useful for the femslash scenes. Instead, they smell of cherry chapstick, only expensive. 
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Fandom: The 100
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Clarke
Content Notes/Warnings: blood, spoilers for season 2 finale
Medium: Drawing
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] walk21miles
Why this piece is awesome: This is a semi-abstract piece, in that it's about Clarke, but focuses on different parts of her. You don't see her face, but the artist has included her hands, her lower body in profile with a weapon, the back of her head approaching a door that she can't walk back out of. It's looking at the internal consequences of her actions with hard lines and spare colors that I think works pretty well.
Link: Clarke at the end of it all
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Fandom: Marvel Movieverse
Characters: Tony Stark, tiny!Avengers (Natasha, Clint, Bruce, Thor, Steve)
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: Digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Vylla Art Archive
Why this piece is awesome:SO CUTE OMG. I am amazed how the artist managed to capture the essence of each Avenger in child form. Toddler Natasha is my favourite one. ^__^
Link: Untitled (Tony with tiny!Avengers)
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Fandom: Marvel Movieverse
Character: Bucky Barnes, Winter Soldier
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: Digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: R.N. Laing on DA
Why this piece is awesome:This series of sequential art is quite moving and captivated my attention, especially the look in Bucky's eye. Very evocative. I really like the artist's somewhat impressionistic style.
Link: "...Steve?"

The Aeronaut's Windlass

Nov. 27th, 2015 12:08
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I finished reading The Aeronaut's Windlass (the new Jim Butcher) last night. As some of you know, I was having trouble getting into it, but I ended up enjoying it once the plot started to happen. It's a fun, light, escapist read that clears the Bechdel test with flying colors; there are a variety of different characters for every taste, including a female pirate captain who is EXCELLENT (/unbiased), and the antagonists -- aside from the one who is clearly EVIL with a capital "E" -- are mostly sympathetic and likable people. It is very much the first book in a series, setting up a lot of dominos which will clearly be important in future installments; very little is explained, but a lot of intriguing hints are dropped re: the worldbuilding and the characters' respective backstories. My only real problem with the book is that there's a character I found so annoying I had to skim his POV sections, but mileage probably varies on that.

The spoiler part - nothing really specific, but comments on various characters and speculation on the worldbuilding )

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