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Jan. 18th, 2017 07:27
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Of the good: I have finished the bankruptcy paperwork, pulled together every scrap of financial documentation I have, and set up an appointment with my lawyer (next Tuesday, 9.30am).

Of the thought-provoking: I think I'm dissociating. I'm certainly experiencing terrible dizziness, and there's a sense of unreality that comes with that. I also have big pressure headaches, so I'm going to the doctor today to check that there's no lingering problem from the sinus infection, but I think it very, very likely this is all just stress. In some ways it doesn't surprise me to consider that I'm dissociating - it has been my primary emotional defense for years - but it's in reaction to something that's not about assault, and that leaves me a bit at sea. I have therapy tomorrow, so I will know doubt know more then, but I'm not sure how this stress transforms into a defensive response related to my childhood. Except that this experience is rooted in my childhood. Maybe that's enough?

I'm trying to sort through the practical and the meta of what's happened. On the practical level I have made a series of poor financial choices. On the meta level, I've made those choices because of a wide array of emotional connections to money, and when I consider those, I just get sad. That's not a wild response to what's going on, I know, but I'm finding it difficult to just let myself be sad. On some level that's because it's totalizing, and I feel like I might drown in it. On another level it's because I don't feel like I get to be sad about this, for reasons that aren't exactly clear to me.

I notice it most in transitional moments. Right now, for example, I don't want to go get ready for work. It feels like an insurmountable obstacle. But if I think about staying home, I feel unsatisfied - I want to go do my job. The trouble is getting from point A to point B. I'll do it. I just have to psych myself up to get it done.

Dealing is hard. I think I'd forgotten how much.

Painting Obama

Jan. 18th, 2017 06:00
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Posted by Gregory Manchess

-By Greg Manchess

A painting demo should do a few things at once. It should be informative, it should drive toward a finish, and it should be lively without trying to entertain.

That said, I end up feeling that we’ve come through it together and that’s kind of entertaining.

Entertainment is not the order of business though. I enjoy giving the viewer inside information about my personal approach as it usually breaks down into general painting concepts that most anyone can use. When that happens, the questions get better because they get more global.

All the specific questions are easy and quick to answer, such as what size brushes do I use, what’s my palette like, and what kind of paint do I work with. But as we go along, the questions fall more into emotional and philosophic queries.

And that gets fun.

Recent demo for my SmArtSchool class of Richard Schiff as Toby, from West Wing

This Saturday, I’m doing a live painting demonstration right here on Muddy Colors. I’ll start with projecting my reference onto the canvas and you’ll see how I sketch the image to be painted. Then I’ll seal the drawing and begin painting.

My subject will be President Barack Obama. Yes, Barack Obama will be sitting in my studio while fourteen choppers hover outside and Secret Service agents surround the building.

Er, uh, no. I lied. But wouldn’t that be sweet? I know, right?!

John Lennon, from a Boskone demo

I have adored watching The First Family these past eight years, and I thought this demonstration painting would be a fitting farewell to a historic presidency.

If you can stop by at 3pm EST, Dan, our contributors, and I would love to get a chance to have you there, and take some questions. Or compliments.

I’m counting on the compliments.

That’s if no cats jump on my painting or something else goes awry.

Just sayin’.

If you're a Patreon supporter of ours, we hope to see you there!
If you're not a supporter yet, but want to check out the demo, a donation of $5 or more will get you access to the event. Just click here: https://www.patreon.com/muddycolors

New admissions will be cut off at 2pm EST the day of the event.
All Patrons will receive a link shortly before the event.

David Bowie, from another SmArtSchool class

Fandomly things

Jan. 17th, 2017 23:26
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Well, this is a fest that sounds like exactly my kind of thing and probably relevant to some of your interests as well: Cuddles for Comfort 2017. (Tumblr post for reblogging purposes.) There are no signups and it's not an exchange. You just write cuddlefic - gen, ship, or any point in between - and post it to the collection.

Speaking of cuddles, hugs, and similar things: the current status of the hug fest I mentioned awhile back is - waiting until I have time to run it. I suggested it when I did because I was going to be down for a week or so due to surgery; I do think postponing it was the right decision (I certainly wrote a lot more for Fandom Stocking than I would've been able to if I'd been running a commentfic fest at the same time) but now all of that is over and done, I'm in the "scrambling to catch up" phase of my professional life. So the hug fest is on hold until I have both time and inclination to put together something like that. Watch this space for details, and write cuddle fic in the meantime. :D

SSR Confidential, the Agent Carter fic exchange, will definitely run again in 2017. I'm planning a similar schedule to last year (signups in March, fic due in June). I'll post an updated schedule and rules to [community profile] ssrconfidential/ [livejournal.com profile] ssrconfidential probably sometime in early February.

Things I'm currently signed up for: I picked up a pinch hit for Chocolate Box (deadline Feb. 7) and I'm also signed up for a Harrison Wells ficathon thing that's due next week for Flash fandom, which is turning out to be SO HARD TO WRITE, omg.

Flash is the hardest fandom to write in, s2g. I was complaining at [livejournal.com profile] sheron about this earlier, and I think it has to do with several factors, one of which is that the whole experience of writing for the show feels to me a lot more like writing for old-school shounen anime fandoms than for most of the more down-to-earth live-action western fandoms I've been working in lately, and I've moved out of that headspace almost completely. Not to mention that the amount of continuity and continual plot/cast change between episodes makes it very difficult to find a place to make a fic fit, especially a plotty one. (I suspect I would probably be having this problem in Agent Carter, too, if it weren't a closed canon - I think the only reason why I've been able to write as much for it as I have is because there aren't new episodes. Almost everything I've written for it has been set between seasons, not during seasons, for that exact reason.) So Flash has that problem combined with, as Sheron pointed out, the problem that the characters are largely static - with a few exceptions*, they don't really change, in the same way characters on an episodic TV show usually don't ... except it's not an episodic show, and plotwise, the status quo changes constantly. It's just a really hard combination of factors to pull off fic for.

*Such as Harry. I think this is what makes Harry's arc stand out so much, because he really does change a lot as a character, and then he leaves the show once his arc is complete. As opposed to, say, Barry or Joe or Iris, who are basically the same people in mid-season three that they were at the start of season one.

(SO excited for Flash and Legends of Tomorrow to come back next week, though. *bounces* I really missed having a show to look forward to every week.)

Snowflake - Day 8 (About Me)

Jan. 17th, 2017 21:31
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In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself.

Huh. That is a difficult one. Hard to pin down particular qualities, but here are a few. I decided not to go with physical characteristics, because my opinion of my looks tends to shift around a lot. Certain personality traits have remained pretty unchanged over the years though:
  1. I like how determined I can be. I feel like if I *really* want to do something, I do whatever it takes to get it done. If only I could apply that single-minded focus to tasks of a more practical nature. :b

  2. Confidence in my own abilities and intelligence is something I've always had. Especially when it comes to my artistic tendencies. From the moment I picked up a crayon as a child, I've always felt like I could do the best and be the best in that field. Regardless of whether or not that is true, somehow, even as an adult, that confidence in my own creative capabilities hasn't ever wavered. It's not arrogance at all, it just...is.

  3. I do not tend to rely on Logic when making decisions. I take risks. I go with intuition. I allow myself to dream of future possibilities. I view the world with hope for better and brighter days ahead of me. And it's fueled by my perpetually optimistic outlook on life.

So that's it. Not very glamorous, but I've come to realise that these qualities are what get me through the day, and they're what have been propelling me forward my whole life. :)
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Joanne K. Rowling:
• J.K. Rowling Twitter Header: The Mystery Continues.
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Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
Alumni Roundup: New Year’s Goals and Resolutions.
Jason Isaacs Talks Life and Career: Look Out for Others and Look Out for Good Material.
Emma Watson on Falling in Love With Belle.
Bonnie Wright Will Appear at Salt Lake City Comic Con 2017.
Matt Lewis in Photos From ‘Into Film’ Event.
Natalie Tena Shares Her Thoughts on Tonks’ Wardrobe.
Matthew Lewis' Wizarding world memories leading up to A Celebration of Harry Potter.
Matthew Lewis Talks ‘Potter’ in New Interview.
Evanna Lynch Takes a Break From Conventions to Push Herself as an Artist.
Are You an Extreme 'Harry Potter' Fan?.
Feeling Festive at Hogwarts in the Snow.

Fantastic Beasts – Actors and Movies:
Zoe Kravitz discusses 'Fantastic Beasts' audition process, Newt & Leta's relationship.
Zoe Kravitz Discusses her Role as Leta Lestrange.
Newt and Leta: Zoe Kravitz Talks About Their “Complex Relationship”.
Eddie Redmayne fans have joined with the Motor Neurone Disease Association for a birthday fundraiser throughout the month of January to honor Eddie.

[community profile] hp_getlucky posted: Prompting is Open!
[profile] hp_crossgenfest posted 2017 HP Cross Gen Fest Timeline & New Mod.
[community profile] serpentinelion posted Two Fests at Serpentinelion [polls].
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Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[profile] hp_unfaithful posted the December (2012) Pseudo-Advent Calendar Festlet: Masterlist.
[community profile] rarepair_shorts posted the Winter Exchange Masterlist/Reveals.

Hot Art:
Great Balls of Snow by [personal profile] sigune @ [community profile] hoggywartyxmas (in order of appearance: Filius Flitwick, Rolanda Hooch, Pomona Sprout, Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank, Poppy Pomfrey, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape, G)
Summary: Hogwarts is decked in snow. Why does nobody want to play?

An Excellent Choice! by [personal profile] shadowycat @ [community profile] hoggywartyxmas (Minerva McGonagall/Severus Snape, PG-13)
Summary: Minerva gives Severus a Christmas gift sure to keep them both warm throughout the holidays... "Which position would you like to try first?" "Oh, yes, an excellent choice!"

Hot Rec:
On Open Wings by [personal profile] dicta_contrion @ [profile] hd_erised (Harry/Draco, PG-13, 14,5K)
Summary: Answers don't just fall from the sky, but sometimes birds do. When one almost knocks Harry off his feet, he’s got to save it. If Draco is the only one who can help, well. That’s really entirely irrelevant.

Love Hides in Familiar Faces by [personal profile] delphipsmith @ [community profile] hoggywartyxmas (Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape, Horace Slughorn, Filius Flitwick; G, 4,5K)
Summary: none given

Butterscotch Mountain by [personal profile] lash_larue @ [community profile] hoggywartyxmas (Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank, Rolanda Hooch; PG-13, 2,2K)
Summary: Wilhelmina needs help, and Rolanda proves to be a good and durable friend.

Through the Spiral of the Years by [profile] mmadfan @ [community profile] hoggywartyxmas (Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape; PG; 5K)
Summary: Minerva remembers Christmases past, joys and sorrows, love and loss. Memories lead to memories of memories and then back to the present.

Brotherly xxx by [profile] jean_doe_27 @ [community profile] hoggywartyxmas (Albus Dumbledore, Aberforth Dumbledore; G; 2,8K)
Summary: Blood is thicker than water, and those two, however far apart in character, are still a family.

Fandom Recs:
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[community profile] hd_prophet: Sunday 15th.
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Archive News:
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Spell-Breakers: Can Racing Booms Break Glass.
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Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.

Nachricht im Schnee

Jan. 17th, 2017 19:35
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Messages on cold ground…

Nachrichten auf kaltem Boden…

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 January 18th, 2017 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 18. Januar 2017 um 18 Uhr. Beachten Sie bitte die Informationen zu den Verkaufsbedingungen sowie die Widerrufsbelehrung.

© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.

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Hawkeye, Volume 3: L.A. Woman, written by Matt Fraction, art by Annie Wu and Javier Pulido, color by Matt Hollingsworth: Kate gets tired of the other Hawkeye's bullshit and takes off for the west coast where she immediately loses everything, runs into an old foe, tries to get work as a P.I., finds an old guy on the freeway, and gets beat up a whole lot.

I picked this up, saw David Aja hadn't done any of the work inside, and was prepared to be Crushed With Disappointment. Because what am I going to do without Aja's pencils??? Uh, I guess I'll be fine? Yeah, I'll be fine. Pulido and Wu both keep to the kind of minimalist art you expect from this series, and both artists are great with Kate's expressions and body language and outfits, and Hollingsworth's still in there on color, giving us that signature flat look like everything might be coated with a layer of grime. None of the changes made me feel like I was reading a different series, so I really will be fine.

This volume collects a Kate storyline that was stuck in between an ongoing Clint story, so this is annual #1, and Hawkeye issues 14, 16, 18 and 20; book four collects Clint's side of things. I don't remember what happened in Madripoor, but it totally put this masked lady on Kate's ass, which is fine, I guess. It's not like superheroes need a reason to have an archnemesis; they're kind of baked in. So Kate has to deal with her, and then there's a cloning ring, and maybe vampires, and some stolen orchids? It's pretty random, but Kate's the draw here, with her purple bike and cheap arrows, trying to make it on her own, with a little help from her gay black neighbors and a dude she meets in the grocery store. Unfortunately it seems like the thing that makes the other Hawkeye a complete wreck is hereditary or whatever because Kate's got it too.

This Week in Fandom, Volum 38

Jan. 17th, 2017 12:06
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This Week in Fandom: Schools using fanfic to teach literacy, Joebama political RPF, and So. Much. Sherlock. https://goo.gl/p9nTIl

Brief Health Update

Jan. 17th, 2017 10:20
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So I hear Unfortunate Eyelid is the name of [personal profile] elfin's post-rock violin trio.

But, I am doing better )

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Jan. 17th, 2017 08:08
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Damnit, I stretched this entry across like three days, then hit the wrong button and lost the draft.

DS9 rewatch:

"Past Tense"

Oh, a two-part time traveling episode. These are not always good, IJS.

If all of the senior staff are on the Defiant, who the hell is running the station?

Sisko mentions a sister in Portland. Brothers mentioned in a previous episode, now a sister? Do we ever see anything of these people or hear more about them?

Bill Smitrovich and Clint Howard are in these episodes. (Howard only briefly, as a complete weirdo.)

It feels like, as is often the case, the second part is a letdown. But honestly, it may just be that it hits too close to home. People in the 21st century who have no jobs or places to live, being shunted into districts they're not allowed to leave? I have enough reality in my reality. I don't need it in my space TV.

"Life Support"

Oh, lord, this episode. I vividly remember where I was when I was watching this episode, and how I noped out when it became clear where they were going. As far as I know, it's the only episode I never finished.

The subplot of Nog being a complete chauvinist asshole is not charming, and I don't care if it's just because of his cultural upbringing. IDIC and all that, but it's still shitty. (Jake's date is played by Lark Voorhies of Saved by the Bell fame.)

They try to raise the stakes high enough that it justifies what they do to Bareil and what he does to himself, but I find it unconvincing. There are very Trek-y moral questions raised. After multiple surgeries replacing body parts, when does someone become a different person? Does a peace treaty justify the cost of someone's life? But in the end, we're just watching a character be tortured.

"Heart of Stone"

And now this episode. I also remember this one quite well, for better reasons. Odo is a lovely whumping target. The story of how he got his name...ow.

Kira's got a much more flattering haircut now.

This is the first time Nog expresses a desire to join Starfleet. It kind of comes out of the blue, but then the episode does a good job exploring it. I wonder what happened to Nog's mother.

Aw, Bashir and Sisko have a talk about an ensign who's budding, i.e., pregnant. Bashir and O'Brien are throwing him a baby shower. Bless them.

It's weird that the main plot with Odo and Kira isn't at all affected by the what happened in the previous episode. I wonder if they were not always meant to air together.


Hey, it's that guy! Erick Avari. He's also been on TNG and Enterprise. And Tracy Skoggins as a Cardassian.

The Cardassian scientists have a blue highlights on their necks and in the "spoon" shape on their foreheads. They talk about the Science Ministry -- I wonder if this makeup is supposed to indicate that. Or a caste thing, maybe?

O'Brien and one of the scientists learn to respect each other, except it had to include the inevitable sexual tension. It would have been nice to skip that and just have the whole thing be about their abilities.

Sisko struggling with being the "Emissary" and his place in Bajoran faith, versus his responsibilities as a Starfleet officer and commander of the station. I'm glad they never tried to paper over this plotline.
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So I posted a story last evening:

No Exit (@ AO3)
Star Wars; Darth Vader/Ahsoka Tano; adult; 2,525 words
Ahsoka promised not to leave him again and Vader was going to hold her to it.

Contains nonconsensual and highly dubiously consensual sex, inappropriate uses of the Force, and nonconsensual breathplay (i.e., Force choking).

None of it is particularly graphic but it is creepy and fucked up. At least I hope it is. That's what I was aiming for. I also hope the warnings are sufficient. I took out "Stockholm syndrome" on consideration, because despite her...willingness to believe she could reach him, Ahsoka never comes around to Vader's POV, and she always has her own agenda. (I also feel like this is an example of Vader's inability to own his own actions. She promised not to leave and she's keeping that promise, but if he kills her, she's gone, so then the promise is broken and he'll blame her for that despite it being his own fault. *hands* Maybe she makes a daring escape after the story ends. That's what I'd like to believe. *g* But the story had to end on his realization, I think. He couldn't let it go on indefinitely. But I couldn't write him actually killing her.)


In other news, I used some of my Christmas money to order some cardigans and long sleeved T-shirts, so that I can be appropriate but not overheated at work. So many older ladies' style choices have become clear to me now! All hail the twin set, which allows for layering while looking professional. I also bought a couple of cute sparkly bracelets and earrings.


So this morning I tried out the Q for my daily commute and it was great. I mean, I still don't know which end of the platform serves me best for a quick change to the 1 at Times Square, and I lost about five minutes in Times Square because I wasn't at the best place to get to the 1, but it still only took about 35 minutes total travel time, which is amazing, and could be useful for mornings when I'm running late, or the weather is really bad. Of course, that was with everything running smoothly. I even got a seat on both trains, which I didn't expect. So it's nice to know that it's an option.


Woodcarving a Seated Figure

Jan. 17th, 2017 08:16
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Posted by James Gurney

This video (link to YouTube) shows how British sculptor Guy Reid (b. 1963) uses photographs shot at different angles to find the silhouettes of his sitting model. He cuts the shape out of wood with a band saw. Then he refines the 3D form with wood carving tools.

The video itself is remarkable for the way it eschews voiceover and music, letting the visuals explain the process instead.
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Got a beautiful card in the mail from [personal profile] gothphyle, who I hadn't heard from in AGES! Thank you dear, it's so lovely of you in touch.

Snowflake - Day 7 (Create a fanwork)

Well that's been covered - see below. :)

Fandom Stocking Art

So continuing on the drawble kick, I made 3 little sketches for [community profile] fandom_stocking this past week:
  1. Alex Danvers/Kono Kalakaua team-up for [personal profile] trinaest -
    Art: Super Five-0 (Supergirl/H50 crossover) )

  2. Lucifer Morningstar for [personal profile] leoraine -
    Art: Lucifer sketch )

  3. Fic cover for [personal profile] enochiansigils's White Collar fic I Owe You One -
    Art: White Collar fic cover - Neal Caffrey )

Word from Queen Elizabeth

Jan. 17th, 2017 04:43
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that is, Senator Elizabeth Warren -

Her office apparently is telling people that if you oppose ACA repeal, there are 5 GOP Senators who have expressed the most doubt. Especially if you live in their states (and possibly even if you don't?), it's most helpful to call these people:

Senator Bob Corker – (202) 224-3344
Senator Lisa Murkowski – (202) 224-6665
Senator Rob Portman – (202) 224-3353
Senator Susan Collins – (202) 224-2523
Senator Bill Cassidy – (202) 224-5824

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by Cory Godbey

Edward Robert Hughes is one of those Pre-Raphaelite painters that I should have known about sooner. 

While I'd certainly seen a piece or two in the past, it's only very recently that I'd had the chance to do any study about the man himself and his work. The quiet grace and (I'm not sure exactly how better to put this) the intimate otherworldliness strikes a certain tuning fork within me. I was compelled to dive further into his work and I'm here now to bring you a look at what I discovered.

Hughes was born in 1851, London. Young Edward studied under his uncle, the celebrated painter Arthur Hughes, until he entered the Heatherley School of Fine Art.

Afterwards, Hughes was accepted into the Royal Academy School at the age of 17. He went on to have a distinguished career in portraiture as well as academia.

Beginning in 1888, he served as a studio assistant to William Holman Hunt, a position he held until 1905.

Throughout his lifetime Hughes earned many prestigious titles. He gained membership in the Art Workers Guild (also in 1888) and in 1891 he was elected to Associate Membership of The Royal Water Colour Society. Ultimately, he became the Vice-President of the Society.

He died in 1914, just before the outbreak of the Great War. According to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery curator, Victoria Osborne, Hughes was something of a "lost" artist. 

After his death, Hughes "began to plummet into critical obscurity. He did not have a one-man show in his lifetime and his work was not seriously re-examined for more than 60 years." 

In light of that, I find it incredibly touching that shortly after his death some of Hughes' friends formed what they called the E. R. Hughes Memorial Committee. 

They gathered up the equivalent of £13,000 and purchased two paintings from Hughes' widow, Emily Eliza, and donated them. The above painting, Night with Her Train of Stars, was donated to the city of Birmingham. The second painting, Blondel's Quest was given to the Ashmolean in Oxford. 

Speaking of Birmingham, at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, currently there's an exhibition featuring more than 70 pieces, evidently some of which hasn't been seen for the last 100 years. It opened back in October and will close next month, February 21st. 


This being my first Muddy Colors post of the New Year I wanted to say thanks again to you, the reader, for your support! While I've done this every year so far, I didn't think to do it back in December with my final post of 2016 -- I've complied a handy guide to look back at all my posts from last year. Enjoy!


One final housekeeping note, if you need more Muddy Colors in your day you can follow us on Twitter and Instagram! We're @muddycolors on both. 

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Posted by Charley Parker

Still Life with a Carafe, Flowers and Fruit; Henri Fantin-Latour
Still Life with a Carafe, Flowers and Fruit; Henri Fantin-Latour

Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo.

Somewhat larger than most of Fantin-Latour’s still lifes, this is a prime example of his beautiful approach.

Most striking here, I think, is his masterful use of value. The background is uncharacteristically dark compared to most of his similar compositions, and he has let the vase and carafe subtly emerge from the darkness, in sharp contrast to the white flowers.

The peaches and melon make up the middle range, with delightfully painterly handling on the former and fascinatingly textural representation of the discolored skin of the latter.

I think this is the fifth Eye Candy post I’ve done of Fantin-Latour’s still life paintings, and I have yet to do a post on the artist himself. I’m sure I’ll get around to it some time this decade.

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No Exit
Star Wars; Darth Vader/Ahsoka Tano; adult; 2,525 words
Ahsoka promised not to leave him again and Vader was going to hold her to it.

Contains nonconsensual and highly dubiously consensual sex, inappropriate uses of the Force, and nonconsensual breathplay (i.e., Force choking). Written for the West Wing title project. Thanks to [tumblr.com profile] silveronthetree for handholding.

Or read it at the AO3.

No Exit )

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What's Next? = Lin-Manuel Miranda and the West Wing. I might have teared up a little.


January talking meme: [personal profile] grammarwoman said, Of the shows you're watching now, list a few OTPs and NOTPs. Or if TPs aren't your thing, plots you're hoping for and against.

Hmm... I am definitely an OTP(/NOTP) kind of person, though I feel like the only real OTP I have right now for stuff I watch, in the sense that I absolutely cannot conceive of them being with other people, is Blip/Evelyn on Pitch. They're like Coach and Mrs. Coach, and I do not want them broken up ever, even if i"m not particularly involved in fannish activities about the show (um, I still haven't watched the final two episodes so please don't tell me they break up in them or something! that would be terrible.). Oh, and Xiomara/Rogelio on Jane the Virgin, but I'm also willing to see where the show goes with them being apart for now.

In terms of pairings I ship wholeheartedly, Kanan/Hera on Star Wars Rebels, definitely, and Jake/Amy on Brooklyn Nine Nine. I'm actually really impressed with how much they've made me love Jake/Amy because I was so not here for that when I started watching the show (and I do still occasionally long for Amy/Rosa). I've sort of fallen away from watching Arrow but I still ship Olicity, despite the missteps from the writers, and I'm on board with Alex/Maggie on Supergirl, absolutely.

I guess my real NOTP right now in terms of TV is Kara/Mon-El on Supergirl. Like, why? Why do that? I still don't understand anything about why they ditched Kara/James as a couple, and it makes me question the writers a lot.


Henry Ossawa Tanner (update)

Jan. 16th, 2017 19:41
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Posted by Charley Parker

Henry Ossawa Tanner
Henry Ossawa Tanner was a superb American painter, active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who I first wrote about in 2012.

Since then, I’m happy to report, online resources for viewing his work have expanded considerably, notably on The Athenaeum and Wikimedia Commons. You can find additional resources through Artcyclopedia and on my previous post.

Tanner was noted for landscapes, figures and portraits, but in particular for his portrayal of Biblical scenes and contemporary views of locations in the eastern Mediterranean that were of Biblical significance.

Tanner’s mother was born into slavery, but escaped by way of the Underground Railroad. Tanner was born in Pittsburgh and his family moved to Philadelphia while he was still a child.

There, he attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he studied with Thomas Eakins, among others, and encountered other artistic luminaries such as Robert Henri.

Outside of his circle of artistic supporters, Tanner encountered so much racism in Philadelphia — and in Atlanta were he tried to establish a photography studio — that when he traveled to Europe and found acceptance as a painter, he emigrated and spent the remainder of his career there, with only brief visits back to the U.S.

Although Tanner downplayed his role as the first African-American painter to gain international recognition, among his notable portraits is the one shown above, third from the bottom, of pioneering civil rights advocate Booker T. Washington.

I have always been fascinated by Tanner’s painting The Annunciation — here in Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (image above, top) — with its striking representation of the Angel Gabriel as an otherworldly shaft of golden light. It wasn’t until I saw a stunning and extensive show of Tanner’s work at PAFA in 2012 that I realized how extraordinary was his use of light throughout his varied experiments with style and subject.

For more, see my previous post on Henry Ossawa Tanner.


snowflake challenge day 5

Jan. 16th, 2017 11:26
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Day 5: In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you didn't create.

Today's theme is: ~Royalty AUs~

The Student Prince by FayJay | Merlin | Arthur/Merlin | Mature | 145,222 words | I've only ever seen about half a Merlin ep, so I'm sure there's stuff I can't fully appreciate about this modern AU where Merlin and Arthur are roommates at university, and that's probably a good thing because this fic's already so fantastic just thinking about it sends me into a swoon. Every character is my favorite, and the setting's so real it's like you're actually there. And hey, look at this: FayJay even made a podfic of it.

strive seek find yield by waldorph | Star Trek Reboot | Kirk/Spock | Explicit | 68,199 words | Spock and Jim are princes who fall in love and decide to get married and also fight Klingons. Spock's human side is a little more developed in this AU, and while I always notice it, I still can't tell how I feel about it except for the fact it works. He's still Spock, just a little more open. Still wound super-tight though. Because he's Spock. Jim is Jim, even as Prince of America, and there are tons of great supporting characters, and a war, but it's mostly about Jim and Spock and how they love each other so, so much. Podfic by ofsevenseas, that link takes you to a locked AO3 entry, but the files are hosted, unlocked, at the audiofic archive.

Ever After by beederiffic | Pinto | NC-17 | 44,000 words | This one's tricky because it's friends-locked on LJ, and I don't know how active beederiffic is these days, but when I friended them a few years ago, I got friended back quickly and was able to read this, so it's worth a try. Chris and Zach are medievalish princes contemplating marriage for the good of their kingdoms, but then Zach gets beset by bandits and must be nursed back to health! And if you can't get to this and I've just ruined your whole day, I can offer you SuedeScripture's The Princess Diaries (And Me), a modern day royalty AU RPF mashup of The Princess Diaries and The Prince & Me. It's a wip, but it's almost done, and it's really great.

{also posted to Tumblr}


Jan. 16th, 2017 18:09
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Like dust from the stars above, the snowfall enchanting this town, with all its millions of tiny reflected lights. A winters night in Berlin.

Wie ein Staub der von den Sterne kommt, verzaubert der Schneefall diese Stadt, mit all seinen millionen winzigen reflektierten Lichtern. Eine Winternacht in Berlin.

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

Sold / Verkauft

© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.

Fandom Stocking Thank You-s

Jan. 16th, 2017 09:35
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I'm almost off to the doctor's office for my Unfortunate Eyelid, but I was pleased as pie yesterday night to see [community profile] fandom_stocking had opened and folks had been so kind to me -- there's icons in particular, Supergirl and Killjoys and even some Dark Matter! Find them here at my Fandom Stocking Post.

And, gloriously, two friends wrote me ficlets, beautiful ones:

Sun and Stars (645 words) by st_aurafina
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Supergirl (TV 2015)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kara Danvers/Lena Luthor
Characters: Kara Danvers, Lena Luthor
Additional Tags: ballgowns, Dating, Flirting

Kara doesn't want to embarrass anyone on the red carpet.

First Page (400 words) by Edonohana
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fingersmith - Sarah Waters
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Maud Lilly/Susan Trinder
Characters: Maud Lilly, Susan Trinder

Maud once had a hundred pairs of white kid-skin gloves, all the same.

How I start a casein painting

Jan. 16th, 2017 12:04
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Posted by James Gurney

I often approach a casein or gouache painting with two passes: a semi-transparent lay-in of the big shapes, followed opaques, going for the details last.

The surface is a Pentalic watercolor journal. Here's a big blowup of the page so you can see the finished sketch up close. Note that "PALACE HOTEL" is painted dark over light.

The limited palette of the Gurney 6 Pack is enough for this subject: Colors include titanium white, ivory black, Venetian red, yellow ochre, and cobalt blue. The cobalt blue mixed with Venetian red makes a nice near-black that I use as a base for the shadow. Note the partial mixtures in the shadow..

(Link to watch video on YouTube)
My Gumroad tutorial: Casein Painting in the Wild
On Amazon: Casein 6 Pack
Casein six pack with travel brush set

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