Monday, April 26, 2010

The Ole' Switcheroo

Due to no time lately, and lack of popularity, I'm switching my blog to tumblr. I won't have to type as much so everything is simpler, and there's only a few people looking at this anyway (thank you dad :p).

But, as a parting gift, I'll leave with a few photos.


Ah, parting is such sweet sorrow.

See ya on Tumblr, I guess!

Sunday, April 11, 2010


I forgot to mention that the big 36x6" painting I did was submitted by my professor to the foundation year display cases. GO ME! But I forgot to put an update of that while I was home working on it, so you'll have to wait until I can snag a photo.

Until then, more 2D madness with a collage I did. I think it came out pretty neat.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Best Coastyyy

The Best Coast show two nights ago was AWESOME. Rad, as I believe they're calling it these days. First off, the first two bands playing were also amazing, and I was dancing to them just as much as for Best Coast.

The Babies, who are sort of an old fashioned supergroup of indie awesome, played first. They offered a free album to anyone who could guess the original band they did a cover of, but I didn't know. It was rockin anyway. In fact, I'm listening to Breakin the Law as I type this.
And The Bitters also played. I hadn't heard them before I went to the show, but I was definitely not disappointed by their grinding superfast guitars and semiscreamy female vocal. That lead singer gal was so intense and pretty it was intimidating. Since I got to the Knitting Factory about an hour and a half earlier than I needed to, I got to see both of them (and Best Coast) from the front of the stage, which was lucky because I'm short and there were a lot of people.

Unfortunately the batteries on my camera ran out, so inbetween The Bitters and Best Coast, I had to sprint across the street to the bodega, where they didn't accept cards and the ATM was broken (of course...there are never any street ATMs in New York City that work). He told me to go across the street, so I ran to the other store with some big creepy sidewalk guy chanting at me, "ROCKY! ROCKY! ROCKY!" I got there and they had a $5 card minimum so I had to buy two Snapples. Grr. I ended up giving one to my new show friend, Sam, so it was all right.

I got back in time (phew!) and BC came on. WOO! I got some great videos, but for some dumb reason blogger isn't letting me upload them, so here's photos of them playing instead.

(That's Ali from the Vivian Girls playing drums in the back)
Afterwards I got Bethany to sign a polaroid I received for Valentine's day, and she seemed to think it was a funny idea. My favorite is the little hearts. Plus, I got a photo with Bobb Bruno, who is like the cutest kinda awkward headbanging-hair-having asian dude ever to rock a disneyland shirt. Look at him and his beer belly!

All in all, it was a great night. THANK YOU BEST COAST! (and the babies and the bitters)

Monday, April 5, 2010

This just keeps getting better and better!

Seriously guys. I feel like this weather is going to lead to something awful because there is no other reason it would be so incredibly perfect right now. On top of all this, I now have tons of awesome stuff thanks to my mom (mostly cleaning supplies, but also Diet Coke, apple juice, and basically dinner for the next few nights).

Not only this, but the Best Coast concert is tomorrow!! I can't wait it's gonna be awesome! I bought my ticket as soon as I heard of the show. Plus I listened to the other two bands that are playing and they sound great too.

Plus! I'm up to 4 little memory drawings a day, so I'm staying sane and finishing a project at the same time!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Pillow Fight Day!

Last night we went to a great French restaurant called Les Halles. It's hard to find a bad restaurant in New York City, but this one really was great. Some French places just serve Americanized French dishes, but they had classic dishes like Boudin, Cassoulet, and Saucisse Alsacienne, which is what I ordered.

And today was that day of the year where everyone gets together for a HUGE pillow fight in Union Square. And huge it was...

I did not fight with a pillow, but when I went in on the action I had to keep the ole elbows out. Someone actually apologized to me because they couldn't see that I didn't have a pillow. But I got whacked in the head more than once without apology.

My mom, Elsa, Elsa's mother, and I went to Pinkberry afterwards, a much needed treat after all that pillow-ing.

(I got chocolate with Cinnamon streusel, cheesecake, chocolate, and mixed nuts)

We're going out tonight again because it's Elsa's birthday, and her last day in town. There'll be an update tomorrow.

Friday, April 2, 2010


The last few days in New York had been rainy, cold, and just down-right miserable. But sort of yesterday, and definitely today the weather is beautiful! Hopefully it will stay this way the whole weekend like it's supposed to.

Elsa and her mother are in town, and so is my mom, so we're wining and dining all over the place. Today we had lunch at Soho Park on Prince and Crosby.

I had a helluva burger and fries, and we all shared some of their red-onion onion rings.

We also went to the American Indian Museum, which was pretty neat. After seeing all that handicraft I really want to make some of my own. I usually hate going in that area of town though, because everyone is either a business person (though they don't bother me too much) or a tourist. I hate everything about tourists, and I hate being a tourist, but the museum was pretty interesting, as I said, and the weather was just perfect, as I said.

But still, pictures like this:

taken with blinding flash, on the subway, in front of some building, next to a homeless person, in crocs/an I <3 NY tee/an NYPD baseball cap/those huge white shoes tourists ALWAYS wear, make me die a little inside.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Happy Pesach!

I'm trying as best as I can to observe Passover, which is kind of hard, but I'm doing okay I think (I did the matzah, maror, and said Pesach, so I've got my 3 obligations filled). I'm mostly eating lots of fruits and vegetables.

So usually while I have something starchy or carby in my dinner, I just had steak and mushrooms with a little salad for dinner. But boy was it delish!

And for a closer look at the Yummm:

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Upcoming Projects

So I finished the mini-series of "Sweet Tooth" collages.

I also made a "Pear-ception" one.

My next big endeavor is for my drawing class. 100 drawings, originally on a 3x3" square (but then cut around whatever shape the drawing takes) of childhood memories.

My first one:

I was going to make fake food, and then put them on plates and draw on the plates with fake ketchup and mustard and chocolate sauce and stuff, but I decided I just wouldn't have time for something that complex. I decided this has about the same amount of ambition, but would be easier to do with materials I wouldn't have to seek out.

Wish me luck (I'm going to need it)!

Friday, March 26, 2010

MET day

I went to the MET today with my pal, Dan, to choose two pieces to compare for an art history paper. I think it was a little easier to find similar subjects this time because it's on European art.
I chose a piece by Jean Honore Fragonard (a pretty famous Rococo painter) called "A Shaded Avenue,"

and a piece by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (LOVE him!) from his series on the four seasons called "The Harvesters"

What I love about both of them is that they could include such detail at a small scale. The Fragonard is physically a smaller scale (about 6x10" maybe), and the Bruegel is fairly larger, but they still have a lot of information. To highlight this I circled a little house way in the background, some sailboats in the background, and a bird in a tree in the foreground.

You can look up at the original to try and find these little details, almost like an I Spy.

After the museum I got some food to go (Penne with mozzarella and roasted peppers, yum!).

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Megadupersandwich of the day pt III

Veggie Burger+Goat Cheese+Lettuce+Grilled Mushrooms=YUM

It's basic math, people.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Blanket fort! Part Deux!

(This time it was in my room, and I made it myself)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Newest Illustrator Project

happy hot dog being dipped in a glass of orange juice

Monday, March 15, 2010

Lunch Today: Fish Fry

Fish Fries always seem so sentimental. My family never traditionally had a Friday fish fry like some families I know did. BUT I did work for a restaurant that had a special Friday menu with a Friday fish fry. That was one of my favorite parts about working there on a Friday night-at the end of the long night working I could drive home and eat some Lake Perch with potato pancakes in the parking lot of the church across the street.

So today for lunch I made Lake Perch with cheesy skin-on mashed potatoes (just like the mashed potato casserole the restaurant/inn would serve) and a mini salad.

The inn and my family (when we did the recipe) would make a beer-battered perch, but since I can't get that on my own quite yet, I found another recipe that worked out just great.

Beer Batter Recipe:
1 cup warm stale beer
1 1/8 tsp baking powder
1 cup flour
1tsp salt
¾ tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic salt
fish filets
cooking oil
1. Mix all ingredients except fish.
2. Wash and pat dry fish with paper towel
3. Heat 2 inches of cooking oil in pan over moderate high heat.
4. Dip fish pieces in batter, fry in oil, turning as necessary.

The "non-alcoholic" recipe:
1 tbsp. vinegar
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. milk
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Fish fillets
And the directions are the same.

Breakfast Today: Heart Pancakes

Another recipe from the .zip cookbook my parents sent me.

Martha Stewart eat your heart out...


2 Eggs
1 Cup of milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 cup+4 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
Chocolate chips or other filling (optional)
Mix and pour on hot griddle. Flip. Eat.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Excited for Spring Break

Tomorrow is my last class before spring break starts, and I can't wait! I will be going home for spring break (even though I wanted to go to Scootland :c) and so I'm going to try to see as many people as...well as wanted to see me I guess. I'm also excited because I'll be getting a LONG OVERDUE valentine (you know who you are), as well as a surprise that I can't post here right now but that I might possibly, maybe post in the future. We'll see. Let's just say it has to do with a current favorite obsession of mine.

And speaking of long overdue valentines, I forgot to put up the one I made, so I'll post it now!

Talk about cute!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Mini Collages

I kind of like this little guy, but at the same time I don't. The strawberry should be on the other side. The type is in between structured and all zany and completely not structured. But it's pretty cute. And it's one of the first ones like this I did.

I just made this one today, and it made me laugh a lot. Check out the back:

I like these little collages. Tiny and humorous, but not as dry as a newspaper funny. I started doing them and saw Synecdoche, NY and now they kind of remind me of Adele's miniature paintings. Which is totally the kind of art I love. Liddle stuff.

I'll probably be doing a lot more of these in the future.

Oh Happy Dayyyy!

Reasons I am having an amazing day:
1. The weather is SO INCREDIBLY nice today. It makes the street smell like hamburgers and hot pavement rather than frozengarbagesmoke.
2. I had drawing today and handed in this:

I wasn't too proud of it coming in, but my professor really liked it. Here's my awesome drawing professor:

And this here is his website.
3. I also made a hilarious mini collage today (I'll put it in a later post today) and in drawing our next assignment is a schematic drawing
4. I found the most hilarious book at Strand which has been added to my slowly growing collection. It's called "Margaret's Cooky Book" and it's full of cookie recipes. This is Margaret:

5. I didn't have 2-D today(that's not the good part), but I ran into my 2-D professor, Paul, on the street. It was completely random since we were no where near the school! This may seem like nothing big to anyone reading this that lives on an actual college campus, but because my campus is basically all of Lower Manhattan (well, at least let's say from around Chelsea to Alphabet City since those are approximate limits of the different dorms)so it was a little weird and funny. He's also awesome, and his blog is right here.
6. The song "Happy" came up on Pandora (also completely random). This second in time describes my day.

Hope everyone's day is just as great as mine is!