Friday, April 28, 2017

re-purposing | DIY

when i first moved to texas, i shopped for decor & bought these framed glass panels that say "life is a song," "hope is the lyrics," and "love is the music." i liked them- at the time. now? not so much. so i've been wanting to get rid of them but i didn't want to just throw them away. so just today, i finally thought of what i could do w them- DIY stringed picture frame! 

step 1: i took them off of my wall (duh). however, i couldn't figure out how to get the glass out until i realized that there are pieces of wood in the back that keep the glass from coming out. which leads us to the next step

step 2: grab some kind of tool that will allow you to push the wooden pieces out of the frame (in doing this, i discovered that there were nails so be careful if you ever do something like this)

step 3: take the wooden pieces & the glass panels out of the frames

step 4: hot glue some string across the back of the frame

step 5: (THIS IS IF YOU DON'T HAVE CLIPS ALREADY) get wire (& tools if you have them) & curl it into spiral shapes w a "hook" as shown below

step 6: attach spiral shaped wire onto the string & tighten the "hook" around the string to prevent the spirals from sliding/ moving around too much

step 7: attach polaroids/photos by sliding them btwn the curves of the spiral & hang the frames up

TA-DA! now i have cute little picture frames that i can use for my polaroids!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Think-SweetPea | i designed something??

guys i am excited. so i have this friend named Amalia & we go back- we met in middle school. well, recently she's started Think SweetPea! apparel company & i was so excited for her bc ever since i was young, i've always wanted to design/make clothes. so a while ago, we got to talking about me maybe designing something for her & i finally got off my lazy butt & sent her something. 

she already has a "Black Excellence" collection on her website so i just wanted to start off w something that i thought would go along w her brand. i created a really simple but very stylized font for "BLM" (black lives matter). i dunno man, i just always get excited when anything i make gets out into the world. i actually do get profits from purchases of this design which is also very cool (if anyone likes the shirt but you know- still cool). 

she has it in black & in white & you can check it out on & follow the shop on twitter @ThinkSweetpeaCo. 

"Design by @SamIzaweirdo. This super-soft, baby-knit t-shirt looks great on both men and women – it fits like a well-loved favorite. Made from 100% cotton, except for heather colors, which contain polyester.
Because Black Lives Matter.
• 100% ring-spun cotton (heather colors contain polyester)
• Baby-knit jersey
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Cover stitched and hemmed sleeves
• Side-seamed
All profits from this product go to the artist/designer."

Monday, April 24, 2017

first time: towne lake boardwalk

last night, i went to the Towne Lake boardwalk for the first time. i've heard of it before bc my friends have been there & allison's bought me coffee from Land Of A Thousand Hills Coffee Co. & Bakery before, but i had never been there before (even though it's so close to my school).

my mom's boss was having a dinner party at a restaurant at Towne Lake called Jaxton's Bistro & i knew i was going to want to take a bunch of pictures bc i've seen snapchats of Towne Lake & it seemed beautiful. so after dinner, my siblings & i walked around & had a little photoshoot.

i am so obsessed w how well these photos came out bc since i'm usually the one taking pictures of my friends, i hardly ever have any great pictures of myself. these photos are great & Towne Lake was great.

Saturday, April 22, 2017


(this has probably ended by now js)
recently, i was on twitter & saw ^this post. i've always wanted some ivory ella products so i decided to check it out. so i went on & saw these "boyfriend t-shirt hoodies" that were super cute & they were 50% off. usually they are $39 (+ shipping) but on that day, they were $19.99 (not including shipping). & since it was my first time on ivory ella, they sent me a 10% off code which would have made it $18. then i found a different promo code & it turned to $17. & the shipping was $7.49 which isn't the cheapest but i was like, okay, that's a pretty good deal compared to $39 (+ shipping) which would have been around $48. so i yolo'd & bought it. & it just came in the mail today.

when i was ordering my boyfriend t-shirt hoodie, i was debating btwn a purple & a sky blue one & ended up choosing sky blue. however, there was only a size medium, no smalls. but i like big shirts so i figured it would be fine. & when i opened the package, it was actually a lot bigger than i thought it would be, but at the same time i love it bc now it's like a dress & i could wear it w leggings.

honestly, i'm pretty happy w it bc it's big & comfy & the color is really nice. also, the little cards & stickers they send w the package are so cute i just love it all. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

easter weekend | 2017

couldn't care more: a poem | savannah brown


this morning, i was wrecking my closet to find something to wear in hot weather/cold buildings. that's the struggle of living in Texas- walking outside in the heat into the blasting A/C.

i found my mom's little plaid button-up so i tried it on w a white tank top & black jeans. then i realized i actually looked like a mom. gross. 

so, i tried to sam-it-up a bit by switching to a black cropped (kind of?) tank top & slightly ripped skinny jeans. just bc i was wearing my mom's shirt didn't mean i couldn't make the look a bit edgier. 

i threw on some clear lens hipster glasses bc i haven't worn them in a while & decided at the last minute that i needed a pop of color so i found the red matte lipstick my friend recently gave me.

blue plaid button-up (american eagle outfitters)
ripped skinny jeans (hollister)
black cropped tank top

sometimes i forget how much i enjoy putting together outfits- even if it's not super dressed up. it's always fun to find ways to spice up an outfit or a piece to make it more 'me.' 

Monday, April 10, 2017

project: still life

art post about my first painting from this semester bc i forgot to post about it back then (oops)


progress snapchats:

final product: 

baroque: bernini, borromini, caravaggio | video

  • bernini & borromini made the "baroque rome" look
  • brought before the pope when he was 8 
  • arrived in rome in 1605 when caravaggio's art made the church think of a new style
  • his personality was opposite of caravaggio's 
  • extremist of his art 
  • believed that people give themselves away the moment before or after they speak
  • rome's supreme virtuoso
  • sculptor, painter, playwright, etc.
ecstasy of saint teresa- bernini
apollo & daphne- bernini
 apollo wants the nymph daphne, she doesn't want him
she ran away & the gods answered her prayers
by turning her into a tree
Francesco Borromini:
  • brilliant architect
San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane- Borromini
  • italy 1610- he's on the run for murder, price on his head
  • father & grandfather died at 5, mother died at 19
  • grew up in carravagio so that's what they called him
  • trained as a painter in milan
  • he went to rome & was told to go to old masters, be humble, copy, & learn
  • he never drew- just looked & painted
  • he didn't want to do things the way that the masters did- challenged the way things should be
  • gives us nature w a twist
  • used street people as models
  • demolishes safety barrier btwn viewer & figures 
  • francesco maria del monte asked him to move into the palazzo 
boy bitten by a lizard- caravaggio
rose, glass, reflection= short-lived
lizard looks less menacing than boy
painting about temptation
middle finger= homosexual gesture?
painted God of wine who drank too much
david w the head of goliath

Sunday, April 9, 2017

victoria secret purchases!

my mom always buys my stuff from victoria secret bc i don't usually like to go into the store but today, she bought some bras/bralettes for $10 & told me to go find some for myself.

if you shop at victoria secret, you'd know that when there's some kind of sale/special & you come late to the party, there isn't much left to choose from. however, i managed to snag a few cute pieces today.

forever 21 purchases!

i just came back from the mall w a cute new outfit from forever 21.

at forever 21, the jeans are usually $9.90. i'm not a fan of most of them but the black ones were pretty cute & i needed new black skinny jeans.

while helping my sister find new shirts, i found one for myself for $15.90. it's a cute, white, little button-up blouse w the words "leave me alone" stitched on over the front pocket which is so me.

together, the pieces make up a simple, but cute, outfit. separately, i could wear the blouse w any jeans & the jeans w almost every shirt i have. i'm pretty happy w today's purchases :)

Monday, April 3, 2017

ch. 24 | Baroque in Italy & Spain

google drive Art History AP notes
17th century italy & spain
  • division of nations
  • elimination of city states
  • got rid of Duchys, Republics, etc.
  • extensive New World exploration (expansion, taking wealth):
Spain > Mexico, Philippines
France > Canada, Asia, Caribbean
England > Canada, Asia, Australia
Portugal > South America
Netherlands > Caribbean, South Africa
  • France & England fighting over Canada
  • Galileo + telescope
  • Newton + microscope
  • opera= union of music & theatre
  • integration/fusion of architecture, sculpture, & painting (Bernini & st. peter's basilica)
counter reformation
council of trent (1563)
the procrastination/denial of the catholic church in response to Protestantism was considered too little, too late [Martin Luther, 95 theses- 1517]
-response of the catholic church in Europe:
  • prohibition of nude images in religious art
  • art must be accessible to the general public & easy to comprehend
  • art should inspire the view to higher spiritual devotion
  • renewed veneration of Saints in art
  • megalomaniacal expansion of St. Peter's basilica
key artists:
  • gian lorenzo bernini
  • borromini
  • caravaggio de marisi
  • artemesia gentileschi
  • pietro da cortona
  • zurbaran
  • diego velazquez
10 characteristics of the baroque era:
  1. relative clarity of figures & narrative elements
  2. variable light intensity via tenebrism (extreme use of light & shadow) or a transcendent source
  3. inclusive subject matter that requires the viewer to complete the meaning
  4. compositional dynamism w emphatic diagonals & recessionals
  5. polychromatic colours imply vigor & excitement
  6. dramatic body language via gaze, gesture, or posture
  7. multiple points of view (various revelations)
  8. unity of form, theme, place (full integration of elements)
  9. open compositions considered to be extraverted spaces that invite the viewer & extend beyond borders
  10. abstract theme of the fusion of matter & spirit

figure 24-4
Saint Peter's (Piazza & colonnade)- Bernini
break open the ovoid to welcome everyone, not just the erudite
dramatic gesture of embrace 
figure 24-5
baldacchino- bernini
bronze, 1624-1633
twisted columns, canopy in foreground
imitation of Solomon's temple
marks the high altar in the nave
& tomb of St. Peter beneath the basilica
visually bridges marble floor & vaults & dome
Throne of Saint Peter- Bernini
solar disk
dove in background
Constantine- Bernini
Constantine on horseback w robe falling down
moment of conversion/moment he converts to Christianity
curtain behind him falls, representing his ignorance
David- Bernini
marble, 1623
expansive & theatrical, dynamic
emotion-packed, dramatic
active & moving
capture split- second of maximum action
body armour at feet was offered by King Saul but
david rejected it bc he placed his faith in the Lord
we wonder what he's thinking/ his emotional reaction
figure 24-8
ecstasy of saint teresa- bernini
figure 24-6A
apollo & daphne- bernini
 apollo wants the nymph daphne, she doesn't want him
she ran away & the gods answered her prayers
by turning her into a tree
Saint Longinus- bernini
saint that speared the side of Christ
moment of conversion
mouth agape, awestruck
knot of drapery= spiritual struggle
chiastic pose (derives from letter from greek "chi" = "x
Blessed Ludovica Albertoni- Bernini
1671- 1674
drapery= struggle btwn body & spirit
last breath before death
momentum mori
Fountains of Bernini in Rome (first to do sculptures in fountains):
-created aural sensation (see/hear water)

Piazza Barberini
The Four Rivers

Neptune & Triton- bernini
representative of dynamism of period
Neptune= God of the sea
  • expression of emotion in art: Alexander (Hellenistic) vs. Neptune (Baroque)
figure 24-9
San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane- Borromini
Undulating facade
counterpose: concave to convex
integration of exterior to interior space
entrance on corner (antithetical to Renaissance)
a lot of movement implied

figure 24-11
view of dome of san carlo alle quattro fontane- borromini
rome, italy, 1638-1641
dome of heaven- max. light into dome through windows (interior)
coffered ceiling (interior)
-influenced by the vigor & dramatic moment depicted in Bernini's works of art
-focused on Naturalism w a hint of idealism
-oblique backgrounds
-tenebrism (stage lighting- often as diagonal shafts)
-humble humans (feet)
-golden glow/flush flesh
-genres: sacred/portrait/still life/genre
  • tenebrism: exaggeration of light- chiaroscuro to max
figure 24-18
calling of saint matthew- caravaggio
hint of a halo
injected naturalism into representation of sacred subjects
unidealized figures
setting: tavern
stark contrast btwn light & dark
Christ summons Levi the tax collector (St. Matthew) to a higher calling
inspiration of matthew- caravaggio
hint of a halo
figure 24-18B
entombment of Christ- caravaggio
stone corner coming out at you
strong diagonal lines lead the eyes
curves= recessionals= confines the shape
man looking at you to draw you in & make you feel emotions
doubting thomas- caravaggio
focal point at hole
diagonals & gaze point to it
recessionals bring movement back
repeating lines (wrinkles, hands, etc.) unify
david- caravaggio
david holding goliath's head (which was caravaggio's face)
self immolation

Diego Velazquez:
  • bodegones: scenes of daily life with strong elements of still life in the composition
-no one is idealized/romanticized/etc.
-elevates/honors status of "little people"= dwarfism
-"little people"= brought into court to teach children bc non-threatening & learned= au pair

figure 24-29
water carrier of seville- Velazquez
don diego- Velazquez
beggar- Velazquez
figure 24-31
las meninas- Velazquez
artist (Velazquez) working on formal portrait, looking at you
reflection of queen & king
Princess Christina (sp?), dwarf, ladies in waiting
painting technique attributed to Titian of Venice
Venus & Mirror- Velazquez
curtain= uncovering
blurry face in mirror
similar to Venus of Urbino
Venus & Cupid also in Bronzino's piece
Baroque in Northern Europe (Flanders, Netherlands, France-17th c)
  • more secular in the north
  • higher level of realism- not ideal portrait
baroque characteristics:
  • variable light
  • compositional dynamism (diagonals, recessionals)
  • extraversion- doesn't hide message, overt
  • open composition
  • crescendo moment
  • dramatic body language
  • implied movement (transformation)
key artists:
  • peter paul rubens
  • rembrandt van rijn
  • johannes vermeer 
  • pieter claesz
  • nicolas poussin
  • claude lorrain
  • georges de la tour
  • hyacinthe rigaud 
Peter Paul Rubens
  • specialty- depiction of human flesh
  • vigorous movement & dynamic energy
  • robust figures
  • expressive faces
  • writhing bodies
  • implied circular motion
  • dense narrative content
figure 25-2
the raising of the cross- rubens
variable light
all gazes led to christ
horse has piercing eyes

figure 25-3
consequences of war- rubens
circular movement
venus (?)- voluptuous
hint of blue sky = metaphor for optimism
torrent on the right = darkness
diagonals everywhere
torch- singular hope/light of reason
man w pallor of death
man w torch = look of fear
man on his back (right) = architect -> order goes to chaos, he's losing his tools
baby figures trying to cling onto maternal figures
reds create a diagonal, represent blood/sacrifice/passion/anger
propaganda piece- cautionary tale for greed (?)
Rembrandt van Rijn
  • known for feather in hat (from exotic birds) & beady eyes
  • baroque exuberance w protestant conservatism
  • beloved wife, Saskia (who died), included in several compositions
  • transcendent illuminations in compositions
  • optical clarity & precision
  • opaque hue application
  • crescendo moment narratives
  • oil paintings of the old & new testament
  • total financial bankruptcy in last decade of his life
  • sterilization from surviving child
figure 25-12
the anatomy lesson of dr. tulp- rembrandt
science & discovery of human anatomy/body
figure 25-13
the night watch- rembrandt
group of "good ol' boys"
group portrait
put his wife in the male-only portrait

figure 25-15
self-portrait- rembrandt
expressive face, revealing the soul
controlled use of light
nonspecific setting
figure 25-15A
self-portrait- rembrandt
psychology of light
spiritual quality
Johannes Vermeer
  • optical clarity
  • symbiosis of light & color
  • meticulous detail
  • serene interiors
  • role of women
  • genre/vedute
  • 34 paintings in lifetime
  • evidence of pin hole- difficulty w perspective
  • secular subject matter
  • experimentation w camera obscura 
little street in delft- vermeer
skill w depicting architecture
figure 25-1
allegory of the art of painting- vermeer
1670-1675, oil on canvas
figure 25-18C
the letter- vermeer
highly idealized depictions of social values of the burghers
figure 25-24

Louis XIV- Hyacinthe Rigaud
rise of aristocracy
hair & "heels" give him height
presenting his legs- Louis invented stockings that wouldn't show his cellulite
propaganda: france is powerful
fleur de lis became decorative motif