I never did post my photos of Shanghai. I really did love it there and would definitely live there at least for a little while if the opportunity allowed itself. It is such a cosmopolitan and vibrant place with old and new cultures. Here are my photos. Most are from a supermarket in the French Concession and the Fish, Bird, Flower, and Insect market which was divine.
We arrived in Beijing yesterday and went to the Night Market last night. I had Fried scorpion and fried Silk worm while eating loads of dumplings. The fried scorpion was soooooo good and salty. Here are some photos.
I stumbled upon this first in a series of hotels called The Sixty Hotel that with any luck will take over the world soon enough. They are geared towards a younger generation with the rooms being decorated by 30 young artists and the whole atmosphere seems to be pretty outlandish and space age. Each hotel room has a webcam so you can interact with the people in the other rooms and make friends. This seems a little invasive and could turn into a updated version of Plato's Closet if they aren't careful.
What a glorious Friday it is and I am soooo happy the weekend is here especially since I have no real impending plans and it leaves everything wide open!! Since starting this job I have really begun to appreciate what the weekend is and what this day can really feel like. I have also begun to learn what sunday night can feel like (very different feeling) and tried to appreciate it. This weekend I am planning on crafting, mailing, shopping, and hopefully spreading cheer to as many people as possible. This could be achieved by making Olive Tapenade for a party I am set to attend saturday night. I have never attempted it before, but I don't think it should be that difficult.
This was my breakfast this morning...mmmmm, crusty ancient grain bread from Whole Foods..doesn't that sound delightful. I dipped it in my moms' amazing homemade tomato sauce. Delicious! I topped it off with Starbucks once I got into the city...however it doesn't feel as natural as baked bread and sauce. I am not a huge fan of Italian food, but I plan on indulging when I go to Florence in October.
I haven't eaten pasta in ages because I went on a big diet last year and lost 22 pounds so that was one of the foods I cut out. Overall I didn't really miss it and I feel better for having nixed it. When you start a diet and begin observing what you eat, one gets amazed at the amount of food you actually consume and the t ype of food as well. It was a rude awakening for me and I feel better for having become aware.
For Art Friday I have decided to focus on Joseph Cornell whose work I admire very much. Since I started really focusing on shadowboxes and collages I find myself looking for inspiration from artists' like Cornell. His boxes are intricate, odd, and beautiful...they are like something you find in a dusty attic or laying in an abandoned house. They are filled with meaning and purpose and yet if you knew nothing about art you would love them for their beauty and composition.
I always found it quite shocking that so many of the artists' (if you want to even call them that) in my classes at college hated the art history classes and seemed to always be falling asleep. How can you be a good artist if you don't study the art/artists from the past? Nothing is ever ground breaking, things are mutanted, transformed, combined to create something new, but nothing is ever one of kind. The idea must come from somewhere thus through my study of works' like that of Cornell I am able to perfect my own art and be happy with what I am doing.
Here is one of the many things that make me happy: Moogie