Wednesday, October 3, 2012

New art blog :)

Heeeey!  Happy New Year, right?  ...Right? 

Ha ha, I didn't mean to not post at all during 2012, but that somehow... happened.  Oops.

This is more of a notice than a post (which is really lame, I know).  I decided it was a little messy to have my art and personal blog all combined into one, especially if I want to just show people my art without throwing all the little details of my life at them, so I've split it up.  My new art blog is now located at  I've already made a few posts on it, so click on the link if you're interested ;)

To anyone who actually reads this post, thanks for sticking with me!  I haven't given up on this blog just yet.  I might even make a real post later this weekend.  Who knows? :D

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Giraffe Kid

Digital painting was a cool class.  I drew this kid in that class.  Only he's almost a little too cute, you know?  Oh well.

I also painted things with real paint.  I want to work on these a little more, but again... improvement.

Wow, I can't believe I'm awake and posting this.  Ever since I stayed up painting these for 19 hours, my sleep schedule's been whacked up.  Maybe someday I won't leave all my fials til the last minute... or not :P

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Hey look, I got better!

This isn't quite done yet, but I was bored and wanted to post something. It's an environment I'm doing for my digital painting class. It's not perfect, but I'm still happy because it's so much better than what I was doing before. It's nice to see yourself improve sometimes :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Pictures from Europe!

Well, I've been home for a couple weeks now... so I guess it's (finally) time to upload some pictures?

This is Moses, my new favorite prophet.  He guided me to my hostel.  He also has horns, thanks to an interesting translation of Exodus back in medieval times.

The Arch of Constantine, as viewed from the Colosseum.  I tried to sketch it, but people kept asking me to take their picture, so I was mostly unsuccessful.

Pisa!  I guess I was feeling a little destructive that day...

Also Pisa, in front of the chapel with my roommate Sam.

Me, my palette, and my art studio!  We were super spoiled there--there were only two people per model, so you had a really good view and could get up really close.  The typical student-to-model ratio at BYU is 15:1, so this was nice while it lasted.

The Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence.  Funny historical story about this bridge--back at the beginning of the Renaissance, this bridge was where the butchers set up shop.  But the Medici family had a church built on the other side of the river, and they didn't want to walk on the streets with all the normal people to reach it from their palace, so they had a giant walkway built from their palace, over the Ponte Vecchio, and all the way up the hill to the church.  The thing is, the Medici family didn't like crossing over the bridge in the summer and smelling all the wonderful smells associated with butcher shops, so they banned the butchers from setting up shop on the bridge and gave it to the jewelers and goldsmiths.  Today, that's where some of the best (and most expensive) jewelry shops in Florence are, and that's the reason why.

The best gelato ever!!!  Mandorla (almond) and fior di latte (or was it fior di panna? I've forgotten already!) from Gelateria Carabe.  *Sniff* I miss it so much...

Picnic with the roommates :)  That's Alice--we took the portrait painting class together.  She's also from Australia, so it was funny sometimes to see how different our English was, like when she'd call breakfast "brekky" or ask "how are you going?" instead of "how's it going?" or "how are you doing?"  I spent so much time with her that one time I even slipped up and called our trash can a "bin," which felt really weird.

Bern, Switzerland.  Switzerland was really nice, and quiet for some reason, but it was also really chilly.  All of the clothing stores closed at 5 pm Saturday night, too, so I couldn't even buy a jacket.  Luckily there's plenty of hot chocolate there :)

The Bern Switzerland Temple!  I think I've been a little too used to having internet access through my phone everywhere I go--I kept getting off of trains and realizing I had no clue where to go from there :P  At Switzerland, all I knew was that I needed to take a regional train from Bern to Zollikoffen and that the temple was less than 5 minutes walking distance from the train stop where (theoretically) I could find the temple hostel nearby.  It was almost dark by the time I got to Zollikoffen, which actually worked out really well because the angel Moroni was all lit up.  After a few minutes of circling the station, I finally found it and just followed the light.  And the hostel was right next door!  Happy ending :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

So I'm in Italy... that's kind of cool

This'll be a short post. I'm sitting in a cafe in Florence with two of my roommates, and they're about done with their cappuccinos, so I'm thinking that we'll be leaving soon. I just thought I'd do a little post to say I'm here!

I spent my first three to four days in Rome, which was lots of fun. I really loved the Colosseum and the Vatican City, especially almost anything they had by Michelangelo. People will complain that the Sistine Chapel is crowded, but I thought it was amazing anyway--the figures look like they're trying to come off the ceiling. The Pieta in St. Peters was beautiful, too. Apparently some crazy person attacked it with a chisel in the 70's, so it's behind a wall of glass now, but it's always been my favorite statue by Michelangelo. I also loved loved LOVED this gelato place near the Pantheon called San Crispino, and I ate there everyday (the raspberry is soooooo yum!). Problem was, it always took me about two hours of walking to find the Pantheon--maybe it's just me, but it seems kind of buried and hard to find, especially considering it's such a major world landmark. One of my favorite things to do was just walk around, though, so I didn't mind too much. I probably ate too much gelato, actually. I always spent my whole food budget for the day on lunch and gelato, so I usually just skipped out on dinner and went hungry. Food here is kind of expensive... but good :)

Now I'm in Florence, and I have to say that I'm glad to be living here instead of Rome. Rome was beautiful, and crazy, and actually reminded me of Jerusalem in a lot of ways, but Florence is a calmer city, which is nice for daily living. My apartment is a little on the old side, but it has a kitchen and two working toilets, which is a plus. One of my roommates--Alice from Australia--is in my portraiture class, so we've been hanging out a lot. She's a really good cook and very knowledgeable about food, so it's been fun to go to the market with her and help-slash-watch her make dinner. All of my roommates are nice and easy to get along with--there's Samantha from Peru, and Ashley from Florida. It's been a long time since I've had roommates, but I remember some experiences that were maybe... not so ideal? So I'm glad it's working out so well.

My portraiture class just started, but it's been great so far. It's much slower than the drawing process I'm used to--in a BYU class, I would come out of a three hour class with a finished drawing or a small, rough painting. Here, we're spending all month on a single painting, and we're spending the first week on the preliminary drawing. I came out of class today with only a few lines drawn on my paper--but darn it all, those were perfectly placed lines! I think this will be a good experience. Already, I've learned a ton of things that will be useful when I come back to the States.

I'm really enjoying my time here so far, though I think I'll be very happy to go home in a month--travelling alone is open and liberating, but a little lonely. But so far, things are going great. I was going to post some pictures, but the internet was too slow to load them, so I guess I'll have to do that next time.  Ciao!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Stephanie's Guide to (Inadvertently) Attracting Men

Being married, I feel I must start by saying that all attracting I do of men who are not my husband is entirely accidental, and I cannot be held accountable for my own attractiveness.


Guys are weird. They are a riddle wrapped in a mystery, wrapped in a mystery novel, wrapped in mystery meat, wrapped in other mysterious items. And everything we women believe attracts us to men is a lie.

This might seem like a bold claim, but I'm speaking from personal experience here. In recent semesters, I have spent up to an hour and a half in the mornings doing my hair and makeup and making myself presentable, often to no noticeable effect. Zero men were attracted, ladies (aside from my husband, who informs me that I'm always attractive, which is part of why I love him so much). This term, due to a daily morning class that I can barely get myself up for, I've embraced the "hobo" look. And I've managed to attract three men. That's right, count 'em--three. Three men who've told me I'm cute or even beautiful in the past few weeks. Now, three may not seem like a big number, but this is spring term, and the campus is practically empty. If you were to extrapolate based on BYU's normal population, you can estimate that during fall or winter semester, I would have attracted twelve men. And that is a lot.

Through this experience, I've figured out the secret to attracting men, and because I'm a humanitarian, I'm here to share. Ready for my top 3 tips?

Rule #1: ALWAYS wear a baseball cap

According to my experience, this is the SINGLE most important thing that you can do to improve your appearance. I'm not exaggerating when I say that every time anybody has complimented me on my appearance this semester, I've been wearing my BYU baseball hat. And why not? Wearing a baseball hat gives you that carefree, sporty look that (apparently) makes the guys go crazy. A few days ago, I had a guy tell me it made me look "cute." Today, a different guy told me I was "beautiful." In a baseball cap. So go ahead, ladies--make the switch, watch the compliments come rolling in, and feel disgruntled (like I do) that you ever spent more than 2 minutes on your hair.

Rule #2: Makeup is OPTIONAL

That "beautiful" comment that I got today? No makeup whatsoever. So there you go.

Rule #3: Act entirely DISINTERESTED in everything around you

This actually fits in pretty well with the established "hard to get" routine that some girls use, but try taking it to the next level. Already texting while you walk? Try texting with your earbuds in while eating a burrito. The sheer multitaskiness of it all shows the boys that you're really not interested in anything they might be doing or thinking, thus drawing their compliments and conversation like flies.

So now you have it--the secret to success in attracting guys. Use it wisely, my friends. As for me, I think I'm going to spend a little more time getting ready in the morning. I just can't handle all of this attention.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

It's the end of the world as we know it...

As I'm sure everyone's already aware, the end of the world is due to happen any minute now. For reasons I still don't understand, I've decided to spend these last few minutes of precious life blogging. As luck would have it, I came down with a fever last night, so I also have to spend my last day of life feeling generally sick and rotten. Being sick has also interfered with some of my other end-of-life goals.

"You can't eat that," Chris objected, snatching a fun-sized Milky Way out of my hands. "You're sick! Chocolate is bad for you when you're sick."

"I'm not that sick," I protested in between bouts of coughing and shivering, reaching for the candy bar that was being held just out of reach.

"Yes you are," he said, placing the coveted candy on the highest shelf in the kitchen. "No chocolate until you're better."

"But Chris!" I exploded. "It's the end of the world! You're interfering with my final chance to eat chocolate in this lifetime!"

"Fine," he replied, "how about this? If there's an earthquake at 4 pm today, you get to eat the chocolate bar."

I was concerned that I'd be too busy running for my life to retrieve the candy from the shelf, so we struck a compromise. In case of an earthquake, the Milky Way is now sitting within arm's reach on the counter. I guess I have something to look forward to if the Rapture starts.

UPDATE: Turns out, we didn't get an earthquake. I ate the Milky Way anyway.