surreal

    surreal

    I know, it’s been ages since we have chatted. I am sorry. Summertime has run away with my creativity and it has taken me a long time to wrestle it back from her sunshine filled clutches. Thankfully, depending on how you look at it,  I have been inspired today. First of all, I love art, not that you wanted to know but I am in a sharing mood. I don’t know very much about art but I do know what moves me and what I enjoy gazing upon, sometimes for countless minutes, often for countless hours. I wish almost more than anything that I had a talent that would enable me to express my feelings and thoughts via oil and canvas. That gift was not bestowed upon me, so I live vicariously through the talents of others.

    My favourite artists include but are not limited to, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Alexandra Nechita, Wassily Kandinsky and Gustav Klimt. I could go on and on but you get the idea. My appreciation for the talent is there, and I dare say my envy of said talent is there as well. I often troll the Internet and occasionally I happen upon some art that catches my eye, or sometimes even takes my breath away.   

    Which leads me to the inspiration for this post. I stumbled upon a young talented artist’s blog and I have been filled to the brim with glee ever since! This man is Federico Zarco. His work is evocative, thought provoking and sometimes a little dark, but there is also something magical in the lines of his paintings that I cannot explain. Federico is a Surrealist, and his art brings to my mind the feelings I had when I first recall viewing Salvador Dali’s works back when I was a young girl. They were infinitely intriguing to me and I had no idea why. Still to this day I cannot pinpoint what I enjoy about gazing upon a canvas lovingly splattered and splotched with thick oil paint. I only know that it must take an unknown amount of genius to convey ones feelings and thoughts into something concrete.

    Federico’s artwork is something that I find intriguing. When I first viewed his site I stared for an endless amount of time at his paintings. Completely lost and fully absorbed. There is something playful yet sinister in his paintings. They challenge, they perplex and they bring such delight that mere words don’t seem suitable enough to express how they make me feel. I find them truly brilliant!

    If you have time during your busy day, and an appreciation for art, take a moment and check out his website at http://www.federicozarco.com.ar. I may not understand the genius behind such things, but I got actual butterflies in my stomach when I cast my eyes upon “The Kiss” and “The Unknown Tree” on Mr. Zarco’s blog. Truly the world is filled with talent beyond my comprehension. So I will cease to comprehend. Instead I will be happy to be lost within the art.

    That’s me then.

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Published in: on July 30, 2009 at 5:47 pm  Comments (1)  
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concert

   concert 

    Yesterday was my birthday. I don’t usually get overly enthusiastic about birthdays but I had the ‘time of my life’ last night! I’m visiting with my parents for my birthday this year and was surprised by DH with tickets to see Green Day in concert! Now I have never seen them in concert before so I didn’t know what to expect…Billy Joe jumping around, definitely. Guyliner, of course. Pyrotechnics, possibly. Giant pink bunny? Not so much.

    We had seats that had me gleefully excited for a brief moment, because I thought perhaps they were box seats. Imagine. Box seats and Green Day on your birthday! What could be better? Well, they ended up not quite box seats, but they were pretty good as it turned out. A few minutes after DH and I found our section, a giant fluffy bunny (with man inside duh!) ran around on stage whipping the crowd into a frenzy. He jumped, he rolled, he lay down dead for a while…interesting to say the least. I could tell this was going to be great!

    Billy Joe Armstrong, enigmatic singer and the only man who can pull off guyliner whilst being in his late 30’s, was exceptionally funny! He pranced around on stage shouting to the crowd. It’s possible that I have never heard the F bomb dropped so many times in such a short span of time, and I LOVED it! At one point he pulled a girl up on stage. She was maybe 11 and clutching a bag of candy floss in her little hands. Lucky kid. I’m sure her mum knew what she was getting into by bringing this innocent to see Green Day. Billy Joe hugged her and sent her back into the crowd with a gleeful, ‘I hope you get fucking cavities!’

    The band played uber well. I was amazed that Billy Joe’s voice was so good live. He’s much more gravely than I would have thought, and he showcased his vocal skills with a montage of oldies, who knew! And yes, there were pyrotechnics, lots of them. SO loud and some so hot that DH and I could feel them way up in the nosebleed section. Now Green Day is not the sort of band that needs such gimmicks, but in this case, they only added fuel to the fire. The crowd went nuts. At one point sparks rained down on Green Day like falling stars. It was spectacular, even when Billy Joe backed up into the shower and I feared his hair would ignite. It didn’t. Phew!

    All in all, a brilliant night. Even though DH lied to me and said that Billy Joe and the boys would be singing Happy Birthday to me. I’ll forgive him. Just this once. The set was great, the band was great, the boundless enthusiasm of Billy Joe was great. Being surprised with tickets to see Green Day on your birthday, also great. The 21st Century Tour, is in my opinion, a smashing success. In the immortal words of Billy Joe Armstrong, ‘Put your fucking hands up in the air and make some noise!”.

    That’s me then.

Published in: on July 10, 2009 at 1:21 pm  Comments (2)  
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independence

independence 

    It’s finally here! Independence day, the fourth of July. I love July. It’s full of bright sunny days and hot sultry nights. Plus, I was born in July. Not on the fourth of July although that would have been good. Even though I am  not an American citizen I always look forward to this day. Perhaps it’s because of what it symbolizes, or perhaps it’s just the bbq’s, the friends and the fireworks.

    Last year my dear friend was kind enough to bring along the American Citizenship test to our 4th of July extravaganza. It was a sampling of questions, ones we might be asked if one day we take the plunge and become full fledged citizens, and I think I did astonishingly well. My memory may be fuzzy, that day was fueled mostly by sangria, so perhaps I didn’t score as high as I remember. But I’m sure I kicked ass. Ask me those questions today and..erm…I probably will not recall the answers. Don’t hold it against me. My mind is like a sieve.

    Still, I may not know the history of this country backwards and forwards, but I am definitely infused with it’s spirit. I am a pretty fortunate person. I share my birthday month with America and Canada. I have lived in both countries and they are both filled with good people and good memories. But America is where I choose to call home. So today, I will be enjoying the traditions along with all my American friends. There will be bbq’s. There will be corn on the cob. I am sure somewhere in my neighbourhood there will be fireworks. Oh yes, and copious amounts of sangria. So it’s not a traditional American beverage. Like I said, citizen of the world people! Go. Enjoy the day. Celebrate. Enjoy your independence.

    That’s me then.

Published in: on July 4, 2009 at 1:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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