The New Art Form

Understanding art is a complex process. A painting, for example, can appear profound to you but, for others,  it may look confusing.  Art also seemed elitist.  Paintings and sculptures can fetch quite a hefty price tag that only a few seemed to appreciate its value.  Even if I sometimes do not understand the value of a work of art, I agree to this poster:

 

I believe that art can be found anywhere. Oftentimes, I call a thing of beauty an art. From my point of view, beauty is art and art is beauty. That said, I still do not make an effort to do a regular beauty regimen. I read a Leonardo Da Vinci quote saying, “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” I found myself agreeing to it only to realize that I agree to it because I found an alibi to my laziness.

My cousin who is in high school was enrolled in a subject called “Beauty Care”. They were taught skills for an alternative career. She learned how to do manicure and pedicure. For the past year, my aunts and I have been abusing her skills and enjoying the luxury of getting out nails done by her (at our beck and call). Hehe! She needs to practice anyway.

 

She is still a beginner so I help her find manicure tips on the Internet. Judging from the different nail designs I saw, manicure has been elevated as an art form. I saw different ways for which a person can embellish the nails.  I used to think having painted nails does not serve a purpose and I would rant about it.  Now, I no longer rant. I understand the how nail pampering can relieve stress and make me feel better.  I am currently looking at the beautiful colors available at Julep maven. These days, my nails still remained unpainted because I could not decide what color to choose!  I might venture with one of those nail art one day. I am still gathering the  confidence to pull it off.

Origami: Anti-Aging?

I recently read this New York Times article.

When it comes to mental agility, we’re more likely to think of crosswords than cross-stitch. But neuroscientists suspect that learning a challenging new skill — a new language, a new musical instrument — may be even more effective than mental games at keeping the brain sharp. And quilting is more complicated than it may seem.

Even before I shared this link, my friend already took up quilting as a hobby and her quilts are beautiful.

I do not have the drive to learn quilting but I wanted to learn other skills so I thought of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. This website showed step-by-step instructions. This is what I produced after 2 hours of folding. I used the pages from an old magazine.

From the top; left to right: rose bowl, day lily, lily, 8-petal flower, tulip, cornflower

 Here are some cute origami decors I found in the Internet:

Source: http://harujiondesign.blogspot.com/2011/04/modern-origami-wall-decor.html

 

Source: http://www.bloomize.com/origami-roses/

Source: http://onossocasamento.pt/forum/origami-1

Who wants an origami wedding bouquet?

Source: http://www.weddingoo.com/origami-wedding-bouquet/

Source: http://www.weddingoo.com/origami-wedding-bouquet/origami2/

I should start collecting cute wrapping papers (and quit doing sudoku).

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This is supposed to be Day 21 of the 30-day blogging challenge.

Found my drawings

I learned how to draw in high school. Our art teacher was so good that when I went home for a vacation, it looked like I went to an art school and not a science high school. I had a better grade in art than in science.

I think my mother threw away all my artworks in one of her routine general cleaning. I still have my sketchbook from college. I used to draw when I got bored.

Slippers

My roommate’s water jug.

This is my small chair, the first birthday gift I got  from my roommates. I still have this chair.

From my art class, I learned to sign my work.  (Yep. My age shows.)

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This is supposed to be Day 14 of the 30-day blogging challenge.

From the Top

I found a new trick on my favorite photo-editing software. Sorry I can’t find another model.


Today is Day 12 of the 30-day blogging challenge.

Inspiration: Claude Monet

Taking an inspiration from this Monet painting

water lilies

Photo credit: http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/monet/waterlilies/

I turned this cellphone photo

into this one:

Maybe this one looks a little Monet.

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Today is Day 6 of the 30-day blogging challenge.

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