Tuesday, March 29, 2011

...To the edge of the earth

Sometimes you just feel like reminiscing, looking at old pictures, and thinking about the memories connected with them!
Find Peekaboo among the stuffed animals

May, Ben, and me

Juliet from Automatic Loveletter at Warped Tour

Back in the days of homecoming


Cross country skiing

Hungry pal

Me and May on Monadnock

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Will it contain the colors of our dreams?

I finished my portrait of snow girl last week, I'm happy with how it turned out! I think that it captures the magic she is feeling on a more personal level.
Show me the world that's inside your head..
I have a new art homework assignment, it'll probably be the only one this semester what with all the art we have to make to submit for the AP exam. The description is to create a self portrait without using any sort of face, it sounds like fun! Since a self portrait is a face, I figured that I would look at it as being a portrait of who I am. Something that connects all the things I love is challenge: challenging myself and the inspiration I get from it. So, after some though, I decided to do something more abstract. I decided to represent challenge by a drop of sweat (since a lot of my challenges are physical), and that drop starts a colorful swirl that starts thin with just a few colors, and gains thickness and more colors as the inspiration grows, eventually blending together. My "marvelous destiny" piece below was a source of inspiration for this idea, I will have swirling colors like this, only they will follow a curve like a spiral.

Everything, everything's magic

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Wise Man's Fear

Well worth the 3 hour wait in line to get Patrick Rothfuss' signature, his books are absolutely amazing.
"There are three things all wise men fear; the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man."
I just finished reading The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, the sequel to The Name of the Wind. It's tough knowing that it's going be years before the third book in the trilogy comes out. I have to say, these are two of the best books I have ever read, and I'm a huge reader. It's a fantasy novel, but whether not you are a fan of the genre, I highly recommend reading these, the story is incredible, as are the characters, especially the main character, Kvothe.
     Then I played a song that hides in the center of me. That wordless music that moves through the secret places in my heart. I played it carefully, strumming it slow and low into the dark stillness of the night. I would like to say it is a happy song, that it is sweet and bright, but it is not.
     And, eventually, I stopped. The tips of my fingers burned and ached. It had been a month since I had played for any length of time, and they had lost their calluses.
     Looking up, I saw Vashet had pulled my shaed aside and was watching me. The moon hung behind her, and I could not see the expression on her face.
     "This is why I do not have knives instead of hands, Vashet," I said quietly. "This is what I am."

The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
     And there it was. Like the name of an old friend that had simply slipped my mind for a moment. I looked out among the branches and I saw the wind. I spoke the long name of it gently, and the wind grew gentle. I breathed it out as a whisper, and for the first time since I had come to Haert the wind was quiet and utterly still.
     The Waystone Inn was his, just as the third silence was his. This was appropriate, as it was the greatest silence of the three, wrapping the others inside itself. It was deep and wide as autumn's ending. It was heavy as a great river-smooth stone. It was the patient, cut-flower sound of a man who is waiting to die.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

This is not the end, this is not the beginning

      Track & Field 2011 has officially started, I'm sore already and looking forward to the season ahead!
      This is my 3rd consecutive year skiing at Sunday River in Maine, and previously I was used to the majority of the runs beings very icy and scrapy. Our first of 3 days this year, it was raining, and we had the mountain just about to ourselves! We got soaked, visibility was tough, and the few inches of new snowfall hardened by rain made conditions tricky, but it was wicked fun! The next two days were somewhat overcast, but we got some great snow!
      For my next art piece, I want to evolve from just painting glaciers, to painting them in a way that shows how majestic and magical they can seem, so I'm thinking about doing one based on our crevasse jumps!
Magda and Me

Welcome to Oz! Awesome, steeper terrain


Magda and her Mom skiing down the Tin Woodsman

View from our room: 2 double black diamonds, my favorite run was Shock Wave on the left, because it had huge, soft moguls that were a blast. White Heat is on the right, and is probably the steepest run, it was fun to ski this year with the good snow conditions!

X signifies lift is closed, 0 is open. This was during night skiing when only 2 lifts are open.

Fun lil' section of moguls below the lift that I did a few times!

Ben easily clears the crevasse on Easton glacier the 2009 season, while I observe.. I'm sure I jumped in a less gaping part

Me jumping a small crevasse the 2010 season!

2009 season!

On our way out to base camp below Easton Glacier the 2010 season!

On Columbia with the probe the 2010 season!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Waiting for the end

The work station
I'm pretty sad that all our snow is being melted by sudden warm weather and rain... I'd prefer it slowly melted, and that I could continue skiing! I'm going to Sunday River to ski all weekend, it'll be one of my last times downhill skiing this winter! But I am excited for track season and practicing the hurdles again, and I am getting slowly closer to graduating!
I have so much to do for AP Art and AP Calc that I'm not able to post as often as I'd like! But, here are a few new things
Snow girl.. up close (in progress)

Peltonens through snow

Beginning stages of Violet Baudelaire

Violet Baudelaire complete (secret eye symbol in corner)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Snowbasin's Yeti

Skiing at Snowbasin, in Utah, was definitely one the of best experiences of my life. I had never skied powder before, but by the end of the first day, I was in love with it. I got three days of the best skiing of my life, and I can't wait to ski out west again someday!
I love the Ski Utah yeti, I got a shirt with him, and a sticker of him to put on my portfolio! He's an awesome design!
Ski Utah (The greatest snow on Earth)
Needles Gondola, 9 am arrival

Panorama of surrounding Rockies

Mauri and Maurice (My dad and grandpa)

My dad; I've never met a better skier!

Me skiing section of off-trail powder!

My grammy!

Beautiful contrast

Opposing window

Beautiful snowy trees

Lots of powdery turns

My grandparents!

The sun came out!

In love with powder skiing

Above 9,000 ft : with my dad and Uncle Tom

Coming down through fog at 9,000 ft,
 Men's 2002 Olympic start-house in background! 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Aliens & Jordan Romero

I'm in advanced visual communications this semester and I've created a few videos with Windows Moviemaker.
One was a story, in which I used Blink 182's "Aliens Exist" and some of my sisters little characters (including Tim Burton's Stainboy as the main character)!
The other was a typography for an advertisement. I chose to promote Jordan Romero (13, and aiming to climb the 7 summits, with only 1 left) and his campaign to raise money for the expedition to Mt. Vinson in Antarctica!