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Encaustic Paintings

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I'm taking a painting class and I had the opportunity to use a medium I've never even heard of before: encaustics. Basically it's painting with wax. Here are a few that I did:




Magical Goodness

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I've loved Hayao Miyazaki's work for many years. His films are breathtaking, inspirational and a joy to watch. From the energy of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind to the urgency of Princess Mononoke to the child-like hope of My Neighbour Totoro, they are pure brilliance. I was first introduced to his work when Spirited Away won the Oscar for best picture. As soon as I saw it I was hooked and I promptly moved on to see the rest of his films as well as others, also wonderful, from Studio Ghibli. It was just after seeing Spirited Away though that I had heard his next film was to be called Howl's Moving Castle. I just so happened to be discussing this with a friend who is quite the reader. She responded with amazement, telling me that Howl's Moving Castle is the title of a book by Diana Wynne Jones. Surely enough this was what the movie was based on. My friend lent me the book and from that moment I was destined to be a big fan!
Both Miyazaki's film and Jones' nov…

Costumes for "The Tempest"

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This past Saturday was the final performance of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" by the drama group of my college, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy. I was fortunate enough to be the costume designer second year in a row (last year we did Moliere's "The Learned Ladies"). It was a blast to work on. The fantasy setting gave me a lot of room to move around, especially since the director wanted the time period to be ambiguous. That plus a plethora of magical creatures, spirits and monsters made it a designer's dream. My crew was wonderful, as were all the other departments and actors. I love collaborative art forms like theater; the way it comes together and brings everyone together is amazing. Here are some of the finished costumes. In the near future hopefully I'll get around to posting some of my designs and inspirations also.
Ariel Prospero and AntonioFerdinand and Miranda
CalibanGoddesses: Ceres, Juno, Iris
Nymphs: Wind, Mountain, Water, Star and Tree

Star What?

I love the original Star Wars movies. I watched them many times growing up and they remain some of my favorite films ever. Because they are so well known there are many spin offs and homages-many of which can be found on Youtube (but then again, what can't be found on Youtube!!!) Here are two particularly amusing ones:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVrIyEu6h_E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk5_OSsawz4

Happy New Year!

Blogger time is always wrong, so it is in fact 2009 already. I just know I'll be writing the wrong date in my notebooks for a while! So anyways I thought I'd reflect on the past year. 2008 was the year that:
I worked at SubwayTwo friends and amazing people died in a car accident +may they rest in peace+The first African-American president of the United States was electedI designed costumes for an actual on-stage productionI turned 20A lot of superhero movies came out: Iron man, The Incredible Hulk, The Dark Knight...Heath Leger, Bernie Mac, Paul Newman, Charleston Heston and Arther C. Clark died +may they rest in peace+
100 years passed since the publication of "Anne of Green Gables"The price of gas was crazy high in the summer and dropped dramatically in the winterMy cat turned 102000 years passed since the birth of St. Paul and the year of St. Paul beganThere were crazy weather fluctuations-lots of snow in November and early December, rain on Christmas Eve, Crazy hu…