activities, artists, artwork, museums, NYC

Visiting The Cloisters

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On this  ridiculously un-spring like weekend we went to NYC and visited the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Cloisters is a medieval castle that was built in the 1930s in Harlem and its in a pretty park by the 190th A train subway stop. its a super express ride to get there, no big deal to walk the 7 mins across the park either. I cant believe we haven’t been before, it is a really unique place. Almost of the interiors are imported from france and spain and very ancient authentic medieval frescoes, statues, stained glass, and real medieval botanicals too. I want to make sure to visit in the summer. The highlights for me are the unicorn tapestries. omg so beautiful, and there are thousands of varieties of plants and flowers woven in to he tapestries which depict the capture of the unicorn, only a pure virgin can tame the unicorn. There is a fntastic fiction book I read once called The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier.

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Its about a blind girl who knows how to weave and what to weave from the scent of botanicals and the feel of the dye in the threads. The cloisters are so enchanting. Also they have a real tilman riemenschneider, the most prestigious and my favorite wood carver who happens to be german (lol im not biased) also we saw his greatest pieces on our last trip to Germany so such a sweet surprise to see another piece by him.

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We went to the Met after, because we are nuts. Just so you know the admission is suggested to both museams, that means u have your cash and you go to the clerk and say one ticket please, dont go up there and say one ticket please then they will say that will be 25 dollars and that sucks, because its not true it is not 25 to go to the museum that is what they think you should pay. When I was young and impressionable i paid the 25 once because i was forced, you have to give them the cash you want to “donate” and they have to give you a ticket immediately no arguing allowed. I think $1 is fine but husb gave $15 cuz i wasn’t watching, also we paid for the audio guide $7 but it was really worth it. You can use your ticket same day at the cloister and met.

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the female pharaoh Hatshepsut

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book review

My four favorite sci fi fantasy book series



in no particular order these are the best gd sci-fi series I have ever read over and over and over. I love to read I’m a serious book worm,I walk and read eat and read and take books into the shower. First a disclosure i love YA. I loved anamorphic when I was in middle school.but I haven’t reread them since then. All these other books I have read as an adult,with pride ahahahasha. Ok first up:



Julianna Baggot the pure trilogy

I’m this world a huge blast has turned the world to ashes. Every sci fi is based on something and this is very Japan after hiroschima atomic bomb but the whole world has catastropheid. The protagonist is a teen Japanese girl named Prussia it takes place by Washington, D.C. So when the world exploded a white dome rises up and is visible for miles and miles. The world is gray and ash and …everything and everyone Is attached to what was near at the time of the explosion. Also every “wretch” is scarred,starving, and in danger. Most died in the bomb but the survivors are horrifically malformed. For instance pressias hand is fused with a doll. The fussing or people to people and animals and rocks is permenant. The fused tissue is alive and can can be removed. One boy has birds fused to his back they are alive killing them would kill him. Another guy-my favorite! – named el capital has his little brother fused to his back they were riding a motorcycle at the time, helmed his brother is rendered dumb. Every book in this series is good and all should be read it get insane. Some religious overtone. Also there are people in that dome,unharmed who knew about all this,there is a master plan in place And you will never guess the twists and turns in plot. Fasinating series.



The hunger games Suzanne Collins 

Omg I loved these books. I’ve read these over and over I get hysterical sobs.they are way better than the movie but this is a rare senario where the movies really good too.thats due to JLaw,she’s incredible. But the books are better,and the details are more on point and significant,along with new characters that are integral.mockingjay the movie was not that great,compared to the book,agh.



Twilight Stephanie Meyer 

Dude I no hahaha,I tried these back when I was in collage and I was too annoyed by the damsel distress idiocracy I judged was happening. I was very mistaken and I’m sorry. These are a stupendous achievement my goodness. I skipped the middle books and just went for the first and last which I hav reread over and over. A real love story, that which is so poignant and profound. So obviously I’m verrrryyyy late to this game and just watched the first movie on Netflix last weekend.oh dear, that was embarrassing, the only person cast correctly was RPat/Edward everyone else holy jaysus. I was like whose that “blonde” chic supposed to be? Omg noooooo not Rosalie omg please no that’s just mean. And Kstew ( I dunno y I keep abbreviating the actors haha) o mother of gosh y is she in this movie? They tried to make her pretty with nice hair but the fussy hairstyles are even further removed from Bella. the special effects are revolting,a joke.i couldn’t watch I just kept it on in the living room as I made dinner because I was profoundly disturbed by this travesty,I’m not sure if I’ll watch any more of the movies, but RPat was good,he’s all that’s ok w the film. As for the books, they are incredible and the story moved me.



The Host Stephanie Meyer 

This is currently my favorite book in the whole world. This is better than Twigglight? This brings me back to my favorite animorphs books back in the day. This is also a love story it is so good. Aliens parasites take over the world they are called souls,they bring peace and I just don’t want to talk about it,just read it I’m afraid of giving away anything.i literally didn’t move for hours and just read this whole book one Saturday. I dropped everything and didn’t do any errands I can’t describe how emotionally involved I am to this story of Wanderer.

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activities

Looks like an early winter



I havent beem outside for an enjoyable walk in it seems like forever.we copied the Nordic Europeans and just delt with the cold.im over waiting for the nice weather to get to me,im just thena go outside bundled up and with a to-go coffee. We wanted to see how the Canadian geese have delt with the most recent blizzard (which i walked home in btw hahah) also all the trees looked like they were covered in frosting. The geese it turns out, just are. The snow is cold and frost builds up on feathers,ice covers the brook. But nature doesn’t
change it just exists and accepts the change – to resist what IS …..is futile. The water fowl stands on one foot and the melting water cicles around him. He does a grooming rutual, the lidless eyes watching us
watching him be in the moment. And the sky is vividly blue as i see my breaths fills the air wuth cotton puffs.took lotsa pics but somehow won’t bring myself to put on the ‘puter. I just want write this post on my iPad while I’m eating a friendly sundae and the game is on (hockey of course,that’s wat my husband watches…I don’t really watch or play the sports) Just writing a quick post, a thought, a description about this cold jersey winter.



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Lana Del Rey you complete me



every creative needs a system, a routine that launches the whirlwind. I like to set up first : lay out my sketchbook with an eraser nearby, coffee, reference like books and images….then I find something to stream. I usually do Dr. Phil,mtv true life, 48 hours,90 day fiancé,my five wives….we don’t have cable or any real tv just Netflix and YouTube so streaming is the only way I see these types of shows.also I need to have this on my laptop so I’m at my kitchen table and not on the couch in front of the tv. 



Of course all this setting up won’t produce results unless I’m inspired. If something hasn’t stirred my soul enough to actually begin drawing I will do my errands-I should mention the only time I get for my personal art is saturdays and Sunday’s. Im really lucky to be inspired walking thru nyc’s fashion district everyday because of my opportunity to b gainfully employed as a graphic designer, which I lov but I have had my issues focusing on my passion to the level that I do …. Now see here this full time life – It taps into a creative vein all day, you hav to use ur sources your ideas,you can’t save them for later or your own stuff, you need to come up with new stuff all the time. 



it used to drain me and I just couldn’t make in my time off. i was burned out from graduating school,life,learning how to deal with working 9-5 for the rest of my life every week with just two weeks vacation.it was tough I’m not going to pretend otherwise but like all things in life,you adjust and it’s not that impossible anymore it’s just…fine,doable not the end of the world. You just need that system that works for you and you only. 



Which is what I wanted to say. Sometimes you need help expressing what you want to make. And if I need to make something – gotta make something but I can’t figure it out. I feel like I’m at a loss or I hate the drivel I’ve come up with so far, when I’m earasing more than drawing – I turn to Lana Del Rey. Her music and videos,lyrics and poetry,looks and thoughts all of it speaks to the deepest corners of my soul. I love hearing and seeing her music so much it is painful and twisted. What she’s saying just shatters me. I identify with the lonesome freedom she exemplifies and also hers arterial comments on society. The Ophelia floating girl imagery in her videos and the born to die star crossed lovers covered in blood, omg I swoon. It’s me so me. I love you Lana, thank you for sharing your beauty with the world,I’m so happy I found you! My number one song off the new album is Brooklyn baby. also love ( of course all but especially) blue jeans,video games,radio, and once upon a dream (cover of the original Cinderella song) I die,I’m dead.



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creative entrepreneur

nerves of steel

GettyImages_483790593 [Converted].epsI have always been a dreamer. I have so many good ideas floating around in the clouds in my head. Often I’m writing down these extensive plans and goals. Something that always got in my way before is the pre judged idea of what I am supposed to do. What a commercial artist does to make money to live. I have always based my world on thinking I had to be this certain business person and that full time corporate employees are interchangeable. But if you are a creative your a different egg. You are able to offer your creative imagination, and they have to pay because they literally can’t make this stuff up.
If you are an artist you are a unique individual with a unique contribution to give this world. And you do not have to be a conventional 9-5er – you can make up the job you do as well. You are able to make your own life and live it. I guess I shouldn’t say artists I mean anyone now in this web world. Continuing to live liker he olden days is…old, moot. Especially since the benefits of the olden days haven’t carried over. Watch Capitalism A Love Story by Michael Moore and you will see my point there. Its not al lost its not all sad. If someday I can just put my dreams into action I am going to be very satisfied. I want to stop dreaming and start DOING and that is the next step.
Crocus-in-Snow-by-oscheneThe best part of spring for me growing up was seeing the first violet crocuses blooming in front of my mothers ouse. I will cry if I can finally get to see one this year. I am so sick and tired of this awful weather. Now that the winter of my life is over and spring is springing (well now this week, we are getting a snowstorm today hahaha) it is time to just START. I want to do it all and make all the pretty things i have been imagining. I want to be a creative entrepreneur with massive, beautiful success. And I want every artist out there to stop acting like you need to be conventional, you can make up any job you want and make a living from it. I have seen it happen before, and I am going to make an example of myself and act as if I have nerves of steel.

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artists, creative entrepreneur, NYC

street heART

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Graffiti has always fascinated me. I used to pass by that 5 Pointz Building in Queens when I lived there and took the 7 train everyday to FIT. I am dating myself AHAHA because it is now gone and turned into apartment buildings. But it was so cool to see new art spray painted all over the urban facades. I first fell in love with Fafi remember her? she did a whole line of lesportsac bags with her pretty artwork. She was from Toulouse-Lautrec in France and I had heard about her in Elle Girl Magazine (the us one -so good I miss it! what happened to all those great magazines? they are blogs now?) She doesn’t spray paint she uses brushes and paint its awesome.

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I love her work so Japanese and beautiful curvy woman with hearts on cheeks doing sexy devious things with cuddly alien/bunny-like creatures. Great color use too. I heard Miss Van was first and Fafi really exploited her, But I think Miss Van has her own thing going. I love her hooded slitted eye girls that are now sold in Galleries like Jonathan Levine.

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That gallery is fantastic I saw Audrey Kawassaki there-shes also amazing. Of course Bansky is the ultimate Che Guevara of street art. I recently saw Banksy does NY it was so magical, also exit through the gift shop. When I watched that a few years ago I felt my heart snap back in to place as I decided to get back into making my own stuff for me.

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My friend recently sent me this because BUNNIES:

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Also when we were on our honeymoon in Italy we saw this piece which seems like it could have been space invader? Please? What I like about graffiti is that it goes against the mainstream. It is unexpected, sometimes political or making a thought provoking statement.

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Sometimes the randomness is funny or scary or gross. Some street art is ugly and boring and just ruins nice places like palaces or even the pyramids in egypt have ancient grafffit on them. I like when I see something pretty and humorous or deeply profoundly counter cultural.

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And if its well drawn or painted with some real thought put behind it. Im sure real graffifit artists hate how mainstream their art is now. I mean Louis Vuitton and fine art galleries are selling it. Its almost like how the original BAMF van gogh with his dead sunflowers and cut ear and potatoe eaters…how he eventually became a paint by numbers in a box. That was totally from the movie mona lisa smile. I am a paint by numbers in a box writer now ahaha. No really I like it I like to see all of arts trajectory from BAD OBSCURE to really cute put it on a tote bag and buy it at a department store. I still feel the initial passion and the statement. I think street art is a day brightener here in NYC.

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Liebster award and questions

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It was so lovely to receive a comment from Rosanna on one of my blog posts, THAT I WON!
You can check her blog out here: Rosanna’s Palette.
The Rules to the Liebster Award:
– post the award to your blog
– thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link back to their blog
– answer the 11 questions given by the blogger who nominated you
– nominate 11 new bloggers with less than 200 followers, include their links, and notify them
– create 11 new questions for them to answer
 
My Questions from Rosanna:
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
With two babies, at home running a creative empire that is massively successful. Now that I wrote that I will have to do it.
- Who is your celebrity crush?
My husband
- What is your favourite boys name and girls name?
I love my name Schirin pronounced Schureen its a Persian princess’s name that means sweet. the German boys name Wolfgang is pretty badass too
- What genre of tv do you like the most? why!
ZOMBIES because thats who i am at heart
- What is your current favourite online store?
i try not to do this AHAHAH
- What is your dream holiday and with who?
Paris and Spain with cris my husb.
- If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
King Ludwig II (the mad one), in the Linderhof palace
- What would heaven look like for you?
winning the lottery for 16 billion dollars
- Whats your favourite feature?
my eyes and hands because they allow me to be an artist
- If you got one super power what would it be?
I would LOVE to have the ability to heal any ailment from any living thing, absorbing the sickness in to me and killing it and leaving the person or animal fully restored.
- If you could go back in time, would you? why?
OH YEA. i would want to see what life was like back in the Renaissance and during the pioneer days on the wild west prairie.
I Nominate:

Slice of Stumblebum
Bones And Bruises
NYA New York
Bumbledeex
Furore
charis felicity
shop thrifting
beauty candy loves
they call me bambam
no money, will travel
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MY Questions TO YOU!!! and yes I am looking forward to reading the responses!! So do it!!

- Should an artist be paid to make art? Should society pay artists to be artists?

- Where is your favorite place in the world? town and landmark please….

- Who is one of your favorite artists?

- What tv show do you make an effort to watch?

- What is the best museum in the world?

- What is your dream vacation?

- Favorite fashion designer and runway show?

- best musical artist?

- why does art matter?

- What is your purpose on earth?

- Do you think technology is improving the human race or destructing it entirely?

Have a glorious weekend!!!

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