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Kaia, 25, Minneapolis.

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Joan Mitchell.

Joan Mitchell. The woman just doesn’t quit.


Margo Wolowiec

Be still my heart. Do you ever see art where you’re like, “Damn, that’s what I was getting around to making,” even though really your art looks nothing like that, but suddenly the abstract vision you had for how your art should look after a couple years of experimentation, is right there in front of you. And somebody else made it. That’s how Margo Wolowiec’s painterly weavings are. She draws her subject matter from social media, which I have no inclination to do. What strikes me about them is the way she has integrated textile technique and painterliness in these abstracted images. That is what I am going for and what makes this image so inspiring.

(via textilesystematisms)

You do realize you are breaking the law by posting some of these pictures online right?
fulfillingfeeling fulfillingfeeling Said:


*wipes away tears of mirth*

Whew, thanks! Who doesn’t love a good belly laugh in the morning? Anyhow, as I’ve said before, the Rijksmuseum, the Met, The Walters, the NGA, the Getty, and most museums offer great free images of their Public Domain artworks online and you should utilize these wonderful resources.


That being said, if I have inadvertently used your photograph of a public domain artwork in a way you don’t like, or really, for any reason whatsoever just message me and I will remove the images right away. There’s plenty of legal precedent for me to use them anyways, but honestly that’s just rude. Someone requested images to be replaced with links exactly once in the history of this blog, and really I have no problem doing so.

Some museum like the Met have attempted to place nominal commercial restrictions on some of their images, but U.S. law is well-established that expecting to hold copyright on a photograph of a public domain artwork is Not a Thing.

The thing about the internet is you can either try to hold on to the idea of copyrights that have no legal precedent, or you can get with the times and use new realms of access to get people excited about art history:


^ That’s the message that pops up at Rijksmuseum when you DL one of their awesome hi-Res images. Like this painting of a Javanese Aristocrat from the 1800s:


And this is what I mean by High Resolution:


^ Like, seriously, not kidding you about the image quality.

The only time I want to see the author of medievalpoc crying is when it’s mirth-induced.

Aw frack. Mequitta Ahuja is at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts tomorrow night and I can’t go. Well, can’t go without canceling plans on friends….errr….ahhh.

I’m having a physical reaction to this missed opportunity. I can not feel myself there.

This summer I went to my first friend wedding. I couldn’t be happier for my friends who were married this May. The celebration in Iowa was so fun, especially the dinner and dancing at the reception, post-party bus ride.

i’m working on a painting to commemorate the wedding. The background of rolling hills reminded me of the beautiful arrangements in the work of Mughal painters, Bruegel and Grandma Moses. Look at those fabulous compositions with their high horizon lines.

I will try for something like this using vertical perspective, depicting the festivity of the reception and the web of social interactions.


Michael McDowell; Blue Knot, 2013

I love this sculpture, which is such a lovely translation of the sentiment of Brice Marden’s paintings.

Look here.

Wow. What a week. I put in my 2 weeks notice at my PT retail job and bought 2 pairs of tall pants. An extra 15 hours a week and 3 inches a leg. Just wow.

It’s going to be a whole new fall for this one. I love fall, but it is usually peak fear/discomfort season for me. My tall-ass bare ankles are freezing, and I am undergoing my seasonal affective disorder transformation into my winter self. I’m preparing to sit silently crying on my couch as the sun slips below the horizon at 4:30.

But not this year!

I’m taking a drawing class at the UMN on Monday nights and I’m ecstatic to be back in a classroom, making art around other people.

I’ll be making art for 4 hours a week and will, I hope, be less seasonally affected/disordered.

Image: Hartmut Austen: Approximate Territory, The Butchers Daughter Gallery Detroit, Jan. - March 2014

Almost four months ago I started working a part-time retail job.

I wanted to work more to save money for grad school. I miss painting in a real studio around other people, and I miss an academic environment. I thought that if I could work 2 jobs and save $5,000, I’d be on my way to justifying the expense of a full-time MFA program someday.

The thing about applying to grad school is that you need to have a portfolio demonstrating, you know, your exceptional artistic ability through recent work.

And saving for grad school, rather than making art for that portfolio, had begun to seem like the easier option, because while I can fold clothes for 15 hours a week without a problem, I don’t know that I’ve ever spent 15 hours making art in 1 week.

I probably spend 4 hours making art in a really good week. I work best when I’m around other people, and when I work alone like I do in my apartment, I get really lonely.

So being around other people was another part of the 2nd job. I was tired of coming home from work, thinking I would paint, and then moping around because I was lonely and spending another evening watching Netflix because I couldn’t stand the silence of my one-bedroom apartment.

And the other thing was that it was much more likely that I would need any money I saved for an emergency, anyway. Really, I was preparing for a dream or nightmare scenario.

So I started and after the first 3 weeks or so when I was tired all the time, I got into a nice rhythm.

Sure, for $8.20 an hour it would take almost a year to save my goal amount. But this retailer was raising it’s minimum wage to $9 in June. Bye, 1 of the months! Goodbye!

And I was so busy all the time…too busy to feel guilty about not painting, which is how I usually feel, too busy to be lonely!

Over time, though, it just sort of lost it’s charm and practicality. I still like it, but it just doesn’t make sense for a couple reasons…

  • In May, I sold a painting that put me much closer to that savings goal than 3 months of PT work. Could that mean that the best way to make money for painting was…painting? Whaaa?
  • I started working on an application for a grant that I’ve applied for 2 other times. Even though I know that, once again, I won’t get it, I have a little internal hope voice that says, “Soon you will have $10,000 to rent a studio and paint more big paintings. You’ll share be part of an arts community again. Shhhh. Don’t worry.”
  • I was looking at the UMN MFA program website for the millionth time. I noticed for the first time that…the program is fully funded?!? Wow…this is new information or I am an idiot. Or they should put that in bigger font and use less Flash.
  • It turned out I didn’t qualify for the $0.80 raise in June because I had only been working there 2 months, not 6 :( That was kind of the anti-worker straw that broke the camel’s back.
  • Working 2 jobs meantI never had time to cook at home…the amount of money I spend on food when I can’t grocery shop is…not good.

Mostly, having a 2nd job didn’t do anything to make me a less confused, anxious person prone to fretting. I still fret about painting. I still mope around when I’m lonely and no one can come spend time with me. I don’t know how to be a spontaneous, friendly person and a person with a routine to make art.

But I do have a tiny nest egg saved now. And so with that little extra security and a bit more faith in my ability to sell my work, I quit.

The New Testament never—not one time—applies the ‘Christian’ label to a business or even a government,” he writes. “The tag is applied only to individuals. If the Bible is your ultimate guide, the only organization one might rightly term ‘Christian’ is a church. And this is only because a church in the New Testament is not a building or a business, but a collection of Christian individuals who have repented, believed on Christ, and are pursuing a life of holiness.

Jonathan Merritt, an evangelical Christian writer and blogger for the Religion News Service, quoted in http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/06/30/3453598/no-a-win-for-hobby-lobby-is-not-a-win-for-religion/.

Today’s ruling: so sad. Capitalist, not Christian.

So tired of shit like this.


A Letter to Jennifer Lawrence About Her Drunkenness.

I have no idea what it’s like to be a beautiful woman, but I can assure you that out of all the people in the world, you’re the one that puts the most pressure on yourself. Or something. To be honest I’m remembering half of this from the last time someone confronted me about heavy drinking. Which was yesterday. But I digress.