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Janvier- Bonne année à tous et à toutes!!!

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Jan. 11th, 2011 | 03:14 pm
mood: calmcalm
music: "Raindrops" Prelude, Op 25, no 15

I'm back on campus, and as always...January promises to be the most uninviting time to be outside in Ohio. I like walking...so I take every opportunity to walk to class, especially the ones which are far away, but right now it's just miserable. As if the general brittle cold weren't bad enough, there's the snow, wind, and continuing storms, but thank goodness Spring is around the corner even if it feels like I'll never see it again. Break was break; I had the flu most of my break- so a lot of visiting didn't get done, but I did finish a fair bit of new artwork.

Death and the Maiden by =MadElfTk on deviantART
I've always wanted to employ the romantic/renaissance motif of 'Death and the Maiden' in my paintings, and I think I always intended it to be in a future self-portrait. It's just me...really examining myself again. Who I am. I try to live as more than a reflection of my poor health, but sometimes it just catches up with me. I've been sicker this year than I have been in a long time, and it's more of an annoyance than anything, but sometimes it's just exhausting. I haven't been this sick so often and so severely since I was a little kid.

This year in retrospect, I've made much better 'college friends' this year than I did last year, and I've become even closer to the ones that I kept from last year, but I can't help but feel like a jerk sometimes for how little I talk to some of my very best friends from high school. It's not intentional or malicious on my half...I've never liked talking on the phone, and this year I just haven't been on facebook often enough to really sit down for a good conversation and to catch up. I hate that growing apart from the people you knew best and who knew you best is a 'natural' part of life. It's just depressing. I can't drive just yet, so I can't even drive and visit them when they're having small occasions or just at home for a few days. I know it's stupid, but I almost feel like getting really close with people on campus at my university is a betrayal to my friends back home given how little time I've talked to them this year, and I miss them a lot. Things are just complicated right now, and I'm rolling with the punches.

Stargher's World by =MadElfTk on deviantART
This was inspired by one of my favourite films of all time, The Cell. It's a crime drama mixed with fantasy. The best way I can describe it is to take Inception's plot and mix it with Silence of the Lambs's. It's a mind hopping race to save a serial killer's last victim. The acting from of the main cast is a little sub par, but the artistry of the film really changed how I watched movies, and this was way back in 2000 when I still only nine. No, I don't recommend showing this to your little kid siblings, nieces, and nephews...this film is graphic- even for your stable, mature adults, but it is definitely worth a watch even if these sorts of things aren't your usual cup of tea. Tarsem, though he hasn't directed as many films as other directing vets, he's going places, and his work is something unique and refreshing to the same regurgitated fare that overpopulates Hollywood today.

Looking ahead to the rest of the semester...this'll definitely be my busiest semester. It won't be any harder than my others have been, but work wise, I know it'll be a bit on the steep side, but I'm loving each minute of it. A quiz already, and I haven't even been to all of my classes yet, but I'm taking classes I like with professors I like. So I'll see how things are shaping up. My books were absolutely ridiculous this semester though...$420 so far on the books and $125 on a calculator that I'll only ever need this semester. Yep, thank goodness I don't have any other bills to worry about and that commissions are coming in fairly regularly because I need the money. :/

Opium by =MadElfTk on deviantART
My last painting for awhile...and it isn't quite finished. Photoshop died on it once already because Elements can barely run my rigged CS3 brushes. It isn't quite finished yet, but it's getting there. I partially attempted an ukiyo-e style with the waves in the background.

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