26 November 2008


I was flipping through the papers this morning and found out that Air Asia will be flying direct to London from next April for super cheap. The full-page bright-red ad, coupled with the article I read the other day about visiting Castle Howard (stand-in for Brideshead in the recent film version of Brideshead Revisited), the spectacular sights of the Lake District I caught in Miss Potter a few days ago at home, the tweed jacket (complete with suede elbow patches) I just won on ebay, and coming across this brilliant guide online...can surely only be read as a sign.

8:58 PM;

19 November 2008

Photographer: Lina Scheynius

When you were here before,
Couldn't look you in the eye
You're just like an angel,
Your skin makes me cry

You float like a feather
In a beautiful world
I wish I was special
You're so fucking special

But I'm a creep,
I'm a weirdo
What the hell am I doin' here?
I don't belong here

- Creep

12:48 AM;

16 November 2008

These girls from Melbourne, shot by the facehunter, are so charming. You just know each one of them is something special.

2:08 AM;

15 November 2008

The Village Voice comments that Elizabeth Peyton, "despite her considerable talent, often comes off as a paparazza with a paintbrush." Well, I love her highly stylized, glamorous portraits which immortalize stars in languid poses and disconcerting stares. There's a melancholia in them that grips me, a vulnerability that Peyton senses and portrays. They all have that sense of fragile beauty that draws you in yet keeps you out.

A retrospective of her work is currently ongoing at the New Museum, and although I very regrettably can't visit, I can, well, at least buy the accompanying catalogue from Amazon.

Meg White

Jarvis Cocker

David Bowie

And although Peyton's work is obviously valued waaaay out of my budget, there are other artists offering these exquisite portraits of very beautiful and talented people.

Lou Doillon - Caitlin Shearer

Paul Banks - Caitlin Shearer

Radiohead - LeesaLeva

Definitely, the above portraits are inspiration for me to really start exploring options like oils and gouache in my portraits.

Valentine Fillol-Codier, pencil on paper

Kiera & Rupert, ink on paper

2:27 PM;

04 November 2008

I just wanted to share this really cool photo/artwork that Sarah gave me. That little explosion of colour you see around me is my aura.

It all started one night as Sarah, Charissa and I were taking a long walk to the station, and discussing the colours that make up each of our auras. When Sarah got to the part about there being red spots in a sea of navy in mine, I vehemently protested and asked why it is that my aura sounds diseased. But looking at her visual representation of it, I have to say my aura looks pretty fierce doesn't it?

Sarah, you're a sweetheart!

2:25 PM;

01 November 2008

Reading this segment of an interview with Bill Murray made me laugh really hard.

Q: What is your role in Wes Anderson’s upcoming animated “Fantastic Mr. Fox”?

Murray: I’ll be playing the badger.

Q: What is your badger voice?

Murray: Unfortunately, my badger… I worked really, really hard on a Wisconsin accent, ’cause I thought that would be an appropriate badger voice. And for the first couple scenes I did this Wisconsin badger voice that I thought was so funny. I did the first couple scenes and then Wes goes, “Nah, I don’t think so. I would think it’s kind of a Savile Row badger.” Who here has seen a badger walkin’ down Savile Row? Anybody? (Laughter) Yeah. That’s what I said. But these are these new directors. You know, you just gotta give ‘em their… you know, let ‘em hang themselves. I’ve seen some pictures of it. I think it’s old-fashioned ’cause it’s taking ‘em a very long time to get it done, but they’re very excited.

I have a notebook, one of those darling Japanese/Korean ones with earnest messages on them, and mine shouts to me, "Happiness comes from within your heart, not from your surroundings!!" (Double exclamation marks included).

It made me guilt-ridden everytime I look at it because we all know that does not apply to me. And I know that if I live in the Parisian apartment above and had access to that rooftop garden, it will make me completely, utterly happy.

Source: Liquid Sky Arts

9:59 AM;

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