Bach Cello Suite No.1

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Good art site

I found this good site that is where people freely express their art and their style.
The things there are pretty good and it's good to look at different styles and buy some art if you are interested.
The site is

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Oxford Program

This summer I was lucky enough to be in Oxbridge Academics Program. I was in Oxford Tradition and I had a lot of fun.
England compared to Canada is a lot different. Canada used to be an English colony and everything but it is still England that has a lot more culture and wonderful arts to see.
I was in Oxford for a month and saw the Elgin Marbles which made me very happy.

Too bad you can't touch it. But with something this old it's normal to be afraid that if you touch it it might be a breaking spot and cause the whole thing to collapse.

The work is very intricate, I like the strong pop-ups on the wall decorations, the muscle tones are done especially well. I can't even draw muscles and sculpting it would be even more difficult.
Too bad so many of them are destroyed though. I would definitely want to see the entire thing of those sculptures.Sometimes only the head of a horse doesn't tell how well the sculptor is about the entire body of the horse, but I could tell by the head that he/she had a pretty good idea of it.

My only regret of England was but I did not get to see the Stone Henge. I would love to blast music to see how good the system is as echoing and hypnotizing people.

Paris was even magnificent in buildings like the Bastille and the Louvre. The Louvre was massive and the transparent pyramids were brilliant. Too bad the reversed pyramid on the bottom is inside the shopping place, people would have paid a lot more attention to it if that is the case.

Paris was beautiful. I cant possibly describe it. You'd have to be me to experience it. Nights in Paris are the most fabulous sceneries ever :D

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Hello I'm back everyone!!! :D
So recently I was super busy with all the responsibilities I have to fulfill....being in school is never easy....
So I have been reading some books lately, some of them boring but some very interesting.....just like any other books in the world.

So today I'm going to talk about composition.

I like analyzing composition, it's usually what the artists base their paintings on. It's a part of the painting where they can freely experience their ideas where it's only lines and circles. And what makes me amazed is that so many details can be created under the power of these simple lines and shapes. And how those "seemly random" compositions can be so well thought out in its term of diagonals, horizontal and vertical lines forming the perfect balance or imbalance.

I can't unfortunately find any REAL compositions.....T^T

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Hi I'm back from the most AWESOME trip over Spring Break!
Spain, Austria, Hungary..................I was literally in heaven over there.
I mean the architecture in Austria was so Baroque styled that I was happy enough to die. I was living in an apartment with SCUPTED PEOPLE SUPPORTING IT!!!!

Wow it was just amazing.
Okay so I went to the El Museo Del Prado in Madrid. And I was fangirling all over the famous paintings of the famous artists I knew and learned about. Then I ditched my friends because they were too slow =,= and also they don't want to stay in front of one painting for too long.....THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE VALUE OF THE ART!!!

So I saw these paintings which I knew:

"Las Meninas" by Velaquez
Which was awesome by the way. I went through great troubles trying to find it and whack the people out of my way with my elbow....
It was a BIG painting! And the texture of the surface was amazing.

"Saturn Devouring His Son" By Goya.
It was in a little corner with his Black Painting series. I was surprised at how small it was actually. And it also stood out from all the historical Black Paintings surrounding it.

And finally my favourite one: "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Bosch!!!
This was the triplych in front of which I stood for 15 minutes inspecting every single details of the possible symbolism of. I was so happy that I was able to see the real painting. All the things were just impressive on there.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali is a weird dude.

That's my first impression when I first saw him.
I call him Mustache Man sometimes XD
I mean look at him.


Ok I'm done being crazy.

But it is true that he is a very strange person-which I assume all artists are to some extent, but his personality was just......peculiar at the time. I guess it's this type of personality that gave him this kind of revolutionary talent, and also vise versa. They can't live without each other because they made each other. Such a beautiful relationship.

Anyway, I like his paintings, maybe because he's a surrealist and I like surrealists. I usually like paranoia unless it hurts other people and then it turns bad. But Salavador Dali is not like that and I respect him for that. :)

I think his paintings are revolutionary and very imaginative.
My favourite piece is the Salvador Dali's version of the Cruxificion

It gives a 3 dimensional feelings to the painting with an unorthodox style. I like how Christ was being penetrated on the cross that is made of floating cubes. It gives a modern touch to a classical theme. And I like how Christ's expression was tilting away from the viewer so that it cannot be seen. Mary regards her son on the crucifix with an almost unconcerned expression. Very interesting. And it's also weird how Christ have this immaculate body without stains or blood.

And of course, the most famous Dali painting. Persistence of Memory.
I have no idea what this painting is about. But I like it. I have an idea how this painting is like a protrayal of inside people's brains. Like how all these times we've had in our memories are lying around in our brains and some fragments are just dying in it.
It's my guess anyway. I think a lot of people have already came up with that. :P
He's a weird dude. But with talent.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

About Mannerism

Blah, I am so hungry I can hear my stomach repeatedly rumbling......My mom is making lamb chops :P
Maybe I'll talk about culinary art next time hehe. Everybody loves food.
Ok here we go
It may be offensive to some people. Caution.
I find Mannerism interesting, but i'm not exactly very fond of it.
The chiaroscuro and the colour is very smooth and pretty, which i have to admit. But the drawing style...nmmm. Twisting human figures in a way of exaggeration is good, but I don't like the fact that it became the norm or convention of how people judge a piece of art. I mean how can people judge and get famous just because they do well in this particular type of art???

I saw many pieces of Mannerism art that they all kind of look the same in the enlongated body and the S curve. The figura serpentinata is getting old after seeing some of them, same with the contrapposto pose in ancient Greek art.

The Madonna with the Long Neck is one of them which I am not very fond of:

The baby Christ's serpent figura serpentinata is very unnatural. His arm is dangling off from his mother's legs, his entire body is twisted and enlongated that he does not look like a proper baby, either of magnificence or innocence. His body seems to be falling off any second from his mother's laps. And his mother is literally supporting her child with one arm that's not even half way down his back. I know how Mary's expression and body gesture is showing how proud she is, but isn't this proud going a little bit too far?? I mean, she is more willing to put her fingers on her chest to illustrate proud than to secure her child's safety??
Personally, I think this painting neglected the mother and child relationship to put emphasis on the religious perspective. That, to me, is not a good thing. I've always thought of Madonna and Child as something that's personal, that's intimate. Mary carefully cradle her baby in her arms with a motherly smile on her face, and not......this.

But on the other hand, I think the Rape of Sabine Women is an impressive piece.

It illustrated the fear and brutality very well. And in this case, the figura serpentinata is well-used. These conventions are supposed to enhance the painting and not be the centre of purpose. The twisted bodies of women are reasonable because they are either being beaten up or getting raped. And the elongated features looks more natural because of the chaos and fear within the women.
This is a nice touch.

Well, whether we like it or not, Mannerism has been here in history, and it had been the norm once, so we cannot change anything, can we?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

About Pompeii

I've always thought of Pompeii as a very advanced city inside the Roman Empire. Well..honestly I do not know about any other Italy cities during the Roman Empire. I would definitely like to learn more about their civilization.
What amazes me is that even after the enormous eruption of Mount Versuvius, so many remainings of the city is still here.
I read about some of it in both the Oxford Book and the Art History book...but sadly there wasn't enough information for me to know more about how they lived...

Personally I think the amphitheatre of Pompeii is the most impressive.

This is obviously a demostration showing the advanced system and magnificence of the Ancient Roman Empire. The structure is amazingly symmetrical and is obviously very stable since it survived the eruption. The Romans back then must be very much proud of their civilization. From this I can also see the innovation and creativity within the architects back then...I would've never thought of putting two theatres together to make a colosseum.
Furthermore, I can sense how much the Romans liked entertainment. That must be where the gladiators fought lions. Cruel...but exhilrating somehow. The watchers must had some enjoyment.

I have seen this picture in my Oxford book when it mentioned Pompeii:

The book said the couples was the "baker and his wife" but when I searched it up the data said their identity is disputable.....?

Again, very impressive style with some interest in casting some shadows to create three dimensional space, especially considering that this was a wall painting.
Although I am not very touched on the emotional side of this painting. I wish they could've had some more expression to make connection with the viewer..but maybe it is just my opinion because I like to seek sympathy with the piece of art. However, it is a good job for a contemporary piece in the Ancient Roman Time. The Greeks would've done it better....I think.....

Anyway, I think Pompeii is a very interesting subject for me to discuss about, despite my lack of knowledge about it. I may watch a movie about it someday, especially about the last day of it. (Sorry I like looking at the despair of the people and the atmosphere before the volcano is about to is ART)

PS. Versuvius is a great name....I wonder why would people use this name on a volcano...