19 February 2007

Layering and layering and layering

Ok, after some finagling I finally figured out how to put this neat-o video clip onto my blog!! Yay, I'm so behind with technology.

So this is a film of Picasso painting and it is really incredible to see all the stages he goes through, the ease of his line as he initially draws, the sense of experiment and playfulness he uses with color. I liked seeing how he laid down big blocks of color and then broke them up and repainted them and just kept experimenting. This makes painting look so fun! It makes me want to see this movie, and make some paintings.

Also, I had the good fortune to watch Oprah today. It was all about living well, and party planner extraordinaire Colin Cowie was the guest. The clips they showed of these weddings he designed were just so ornate, lavish, and over the top-- it was crazy! In fact, it kind of made me a little sick- I can't even imagine how much these two couples spent on their separate weddings-- one in Capri, and the other had a party on the stage of the Met and then a garden party themed wedding.
Anyway, after the totally over the top wedding clips, they went to Colin Cowie's Manhattan apartment and he took us on a tour-- it too was totally incredible in a sort of sickening way. Here he is in his immaculate highly organized kitchen.

His closet was probably the size of my dining room. with sections for each type of clothing which were hung according to color. Now those of you that know me well may know I have a thing for closet organization and wooden hangers- and the potential boutique-ness of the closet- so part of me was salivating and then the other part of me was questioning this dichotomy that Oprah sets up by being so popular with stay at home Moms, yet elevating all these costly, luxurious, seemingly out of reach asthetics as standards to live your best life. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE OPRAH. But was anything that I saw today REALLY attainable? Unless you are picked to be on the show and have a makeover--home, clothing, or whatever, can the average American household do this kind of stuff?? Maybe a lot of people can. I just know that as I'm sitting back watching all the luxuriousness, I feel like it's happening in a world that's not entirely in touch with reality.
Then again, Oprah's underlying message is to dream big and live your passion, etc. etc etc.

Oy, I'm giving myself a bit of a headache thinking about it.

Please enjoy the vid.