Gallery Mondays: Chihuly’s “Rose Crystal Tower”

It’s been some time since I’ve posted a Gallery Mondays (sorry!) but I’m back with one this week and I’ll try to be better at posting these more than just once a month.

For this Gallery Mondays we have the amazing 31-foot tall “Rose Crystal Tower” by Dale Chihuly. I heard about this sculpture being in Union Square since October 2017, and I had seen it once from very far away at night. However, I didn’t take a photo of it because my phone camera wasn’t capturing it well enough. When I went back to Union Square a few months later, I couldn’t find it! It took me a whole eight months after the first time I saw it to find it again. In June, I went to see Oceans 8, and as I walked toward Regal Union Square Stadium 14 I saw the sculpture and snapped a pic right away.

What I love most about Chihuly’s work is the vibrant colors he uses, and this sculpture is no exception. “Rose Crystal Tower” is made of purple-ish “polyvitro” crystals that look more pink at night when lit up. It reminds me of a piece of rock candy!

This sculpture will be at Union Square until the end of October, so go check it out if you’re nearby!

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Gallery Mondays: ‘Wind Sculpture (SG) I’ by Yinka Shonibare

Yinka Shonibare Wind Sculpture (SG) I

I had some more internet troubles after my last post, so I wasn’t able to blog for a little while, but now I’m back with a long awaited Gallery Mondays!

I saw this piece a few months back while running for the M5 bus near Grand Army Plaza on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. The vibrant colors caught my eye, and ever though I couldn’t tell exactly what the sculpture was, I knew it would be worth stopping (and almost missing my bus) for.

Called Wind Sculpture (SG) I, the sculpture was made by Nigerian- British artist Yinka Shonibare. It features an intricate shape, meant to resemble African fabric blowing in the wind. The fiberglass sculpture stands quite tall at Grand Army Plaza, and its vibrant colors make it very hard to miss.

When I first saw the sculpture, I thought it was a giraffe dancing on one leg. Maybe it was the height, or perhaps the orange color?

Either way, if you’re around the Central Park East area, definitely check this sculpture out. It’s on view until October 14, 2018!

Learn more about Wind Sculpture (SG) I.

Wreck This Tuesdays: 5

It’s Tuesday!

I have had a very long and very stressful day that began with me missing an interview for a project and ended with me accidentally getting off a train in the Bronx instead of Manhattan.

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Anyway, let’s get to it with this week’s pages for Wreck This Tuesdays:

Hair Drawing

This page called for some hair art, so instead of making myself bald, I went searching for hair on my rug. I sit on an ottoman on top of said rug to get ready every morning, so there’s plenty of hairs chilling in that part of my room. I taped a few pieces here without really thinking about it to much and this is what that mess created. I don’t know what it is either.

Lucio Fontana Slits

Lucio Fontana was an Italian painter who was born in Argentina. He was famous for making art that featured multiple slits or slashes.

I don’t think I did too badly here. I made my slits using a pair of scissors. Since I didn’t want to make the slits go through the to the other page, I didn’t press as hard as I could have, but still, not bad.

Coloring Over Thoughts

For this page, I was prompted to write down some thoughts and color on top of them. I’m assuming the color was supposed to make the thoughts unreadable, and therefore private, but we all know I can’t press down hard while shading. I wrote really sloppy anyway, so I doubt anyone will be able to tell what was actually written. I wrote in pencil, and the color I chose to cover this page with is pink, but it looks a bit red in the photo.

 

See you next week with some more pages!

 

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Wreck This Tuesdays: 4

Okay, so I’m not proud of the fact that I haven’t done a Wreck This Journal post in over two weeks. Life got in the way.

Instead of three pages, here are four to make up for my slacking off on these (please disregard my chipped nail polish!):

Spilling Things

This ended up being kind of funny. I dripped some zinfandel and then some cranberry juice on the page, which was great. It left a nice pinkish color on it. But then I decided to be Dana and dump water on it, washing away the color once dried.

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Anyway, that was a fun little experiment.

Coloring

My favorite color is yellow and people say I look great in green, so I used those two colors in different shades for this page. I decided to color patches of each shade diagonally to make it a bit more interesting.

Newspaper

The prompt for this page was to stick a page from a newspaper on it and color the newspaper page in. I chose to color the page blue because I’m sad that I won’t be able to enjoy this summer music and movie series 😥

Tape

I had some old washi tape laying around, so when I saw this prompt to stick two pages together, I felt so glad I had something fun to do it with! The pattern on the tape is multicolored vertical lines, which give the white page some life.

And yes, I got hair stuck on the washi tape. Lol.

See you next week with three more wrecked pages!

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Wreck This Tuesdays: 3

Last week, I promised you guys I would do some Wreck This Journal pages involving color-related wrecking. The below is the fulfillment of that promise, which I used both regular pencil and my colored pencils to complete.

Front & Back Jacket Flaps

So it seems we’re going backward here. I didn’t realize the back flap had a Wrecking This Journal Pledge on it. OOPS. Anyway, I filled that out for this week and also did the fun name exercises on the front flap. I might invest in a white gel pen or something to get the “Write your name in white” prompt to show more (it’s currently basically non-existent). I chose green for the “Write your name in a color you like” prompt even though my favorite color is yellow because I doubt the yellow would show properly. I do like green, though, just not as much as I like yellow. My favorite (and the most challenging) of these was writing my name backward. It took a lot of brain energy to get this done without messing up! Writing my name really tiny was also quite fun.

Coloring a Page Red


Fun fact: I like to shade things in lightly. I doubt shading lightly is a proper way to wreck (there goes my pledge), but I can’t bring myself to color this page any darker.

Scribbling on the Edges




This is my favorite prompt of all so far! I decided to write inspirational/uplifting words around the edges of my Wreck This Journal for my sake and the sake of anyone who sees it. I think it’s a nice little touch, especially on dreary days. The bottom says “Persevere,” the top says “Live & Love,” and the side says “Be Yourself & Be Confident.” I’ll admit, I smile a bit to myself every time I see my journal lying around.

See you next week with three more wrecked pages!

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Wreck This Tuesdays: 2

Another Tuesday, another three pages of Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal!

So I wasn’t really ready to start tackling the pages that require using color or anything other than a pencil yet. Here it goes:

Doodling on the back of an envelope

Full disclosure here–I was texting and watching TV while doodling instead of pretending that I was on the phone. Well, I guess texting  is technically being on the phone, right? The things I doodled here are things I doodle pretty much whenever I’m doodling in the margins of my notes. I’m not the best doodler, but eh. Fun fact: the only person I know that doodles on the back of envelopes is my dad. I think he does it while on the phone too actually!

Tracing

When I saw this page, I got super excited to find a couple of things in my work bag to trace. My excitement left pretty quickly when I realized how weird some of the tracings look, but it came back toward the end of my tracing escapade. In order of the things I traced, the page has: a USB drive, a mini tub of Vaseline, chap stick, one of my business cards, a sandal key chain, a key, and a dog key chain. If it weren’t for the key, I would not have had as much fun with this page. The ridges on the key made it fun to trace as my pencil made rapid in and out movements around the shapes.

Connecting the dots

I looked at this page for basically less than 15 seconds before closing my eyes to connect them. I thought I was going to do way worse than I actually did! I managed to get all the dots on the left hand side of the page,  but I missed two on the right. Four out of six ain’t bad.

Next week, I promise I’ll force myself to do some pages with something other than pencil prompts!

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Wreck This Tuesdays: 1

Happy Tax Day, guys!

The first installment of Wreck This Tuesdays is finally here. If you’re considering getting a Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith with some of your tax return money, here’s a little preview, I guess.

I would have started this two weeks ago, but I kept forgetting to have some pages done by the time Tuesday came around. Twice. -_-

Anyway, here are the first three pages I’ve done from the color edition of Wreck This Journal (I will be completing pages in any order I so choose):

Holes

So I’m almost 90% sure that the pre-determined hole markings on the page aren’t binding, but the small neat freak inside of me says they are. I think the hardest thing about this activity book is going to be convincing myself that there are no rules.

Lines
I never make lines this straight on a normal day, but they managed to look decent here. I didn’t even use a ruler. What even! I liked making the fat lines by pressing hard because I was able to see just how dark the pencil mark will appear with varying pressures. Also, peep the previous page’s holes lol.

Scribbles
More like squiggles? Are these considered scribbles? Does it matter? This page was the most fun for me so far. I did this scribble/squiggle without taking the pencil off the paper, which I’m not even sure was on purpose. I really like the way it came out, and it was quite therapeutic to let my hand do whatever it wanted!

These three pages seemed less reckless than most of the others I’ve glimpsed at in this journal. Honestly, used to draw lines and scribble (or squiggle) all over my notes in class as a kid and undergrad student, so that didn’t make me feel like I was destroying anything. The page with the holes made me cringe, though.

Here’s to weekly cringes every Tuesday, then!

So, an important question for those of you seasoned wreckers:
Am I supposed to wreck both sides of the page?

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