utorak, 2. rujna 2014.

Rusalka 2 (my painting/ moja slika)


oil on canvas

ulje na platnu

The background is inspired by an actual landscape but only partly. The face, the eyes, the skin colour... It turned out exactly the way I wanted it to be. Rusalka 2 ( There is also a Rusalka 3 and if you want, I'll post that one as well).  The only problem is finding a proper place for it in my house... It's a sort of painting that draws attention to  itself. I just find it hard to find what is the right place for her. Any suggestions?

If you scroll down, you'll find a collage on which you can see how the painting looked after I had worked on it for the first time. As you can see, it was pretty much finished. I only added another layer of colour and some finishing touches. In general, it's how I work with oil paints. However, to paint one old church in Starigrad, it took about ten attempts and I'm not even sure I'm sadisfied with it. Sometimes a painting is finished in a few days, sometimes it takes a few weeks... or even a few  months. You never know and that is actually a fun part. It's like every painting has a mind of its own.

Pozadina je nadahnuta stvarnim krajolikom, ali samo djelomično. Lice, oči, boja kože...ispalo je točno onako kako sam željela. Rusalka 2. (Ima i Rusalka 3 pa ako želite i nju ću objaviti) Jedini problem je pronaći pravo mjesto za nju u svojoj kući. To je takva slika koja privlači pozornost na sebe. Teško mi je pronaći koje je pravo mjesto za nju? Imate li prijedloga? 

Spustite li se niže, vidjeti ćete kolaž na kojem možete vidjeti kako je izgledala nakon što sam prvi put radila na njoj. Kao što vidite bila je više manje završena. Samo sam dodala drugi sloj boje i malo je dovršila. Većinom tako radim s uljanim bojama. No, da bi nacrtala jednu staru crkvu u Starigradu, trebalo mi je desetak pokušaja i nisam čak ni sada sigurna da sam posve zadovoljna sa njom. Nekad je slika gotova u nekoliko dana, nekada su potrebni tjedni ili mjeseci. Nikad se ne zna i to je zapravo zabavni dio. Kao da svaka slika pomalo sama o tome odlučuje.




četvrtak, 28. kolovoza 2014.

Split city (outfit post)/ Split (odjevna kombinacija)



















Again I'm posting old photos, in this case beach photos from the last summer (this year my health was so-so which resulted in almost no beach days). Nevertheless, I do really like these photographs so I've decided this is as good time as any to share them. Obviously this is a beach outfit (as you can guess from neon orange bikini straps) but this vintage LBD has served me well many times. In fact it has been washed so many times it is kind of changing its colour from black to dark grey.


Great thing about Split is that you don't have to leave the city in order to find a nice beach. All the ones in the city are really lovely and the sea is always so clean.  Still, if you want absolute piece and quiet, choosing one of Croatian islands would be the right thing to do.However, if you like cities (and some people cannot do without them), remember that there are cities that have managed to find the balance between the natural and modern....and can provide you both with the advantages of urban and natural life. Vacationing in the city is actually not a bad idea. I wouldn't complain at all if I had spend my summer in Split. This summer it was impossible because I had too many things to do, but maybe next one?

Ponovno objavljujem stare fotografije, ovoga puta prošlogodišnje fotografije sa plaže  (ove godine mi zdravlje nije bilo baš najbolje pa i nisam provela puno dana na plaži). Ipak, ove fotografije mi se sviđaju pa zašto ih ne bih podijelila? Očito je ovo kombinacija sa plažu (naračaste trake bikinija vire), ali ova nasljeđena crna haljinica često mi je dobro poslužila. U stvari oprana je toliko puta da je sada više tamno siva nego crna.

Odlična stvar kod Splita je da ne morate otići iz grada da biste našli dobru plažu. Sve plaže u gradu su stvarno pristojne i more je uvijek čisto. No, ako želite apsolutni mir najbolje otići do nekog otoka. Međutim ako želite biti u gradu (a neki ljudi ne mogu bez gradova) zapamtite da ima gradova koji su uspjeli zadržati ravnotežu između prirodnog i modernog...i mogu vam pružiti i prednosti urbanog i prirodnog života. Mislim da ljetovanje u gradu nije uopće tako loše stvar, ne bih se nimalo bunila da sam ovo ljeto mogla ljetovati u Splitu, ali imam svakakvih nekakvih obaveza pa ništa od toga za sada. Možda iduće ljeto?



utorak, 26. kolovoza 2014.

That is the saddest thing ...Najtužnije je....






" That is the saddest thing when you lose someone you love- that person keeps changing. And later you wonder. Is it the same person I  lost? Maybe you lost more, maybe less, there are thousand things that come from imagination and you don't know which is which, which was true, which is false". Amy Tan, The Kitchen God's Wife


" Kad izgubiš nekoga koga ljubiš, najtužnije je baš to što se ta osoba stalno mijenja. Kasnije se zato pitaš: je li to ista ona osoba koju sam izgubila? Možda si izgubila više, možda manje, deset je tisuća stvari koje ti naviru iz pamćenja ili mašte- a ti ne znaš što je što, što je istinito, a što lažno." Amy Tan, Žena boga kuhinje

nedjelja, 24. kolovoza 2014.

Sea Child (outfit post) / Dijete mora (odjevna kombinacija)










 




"What she remembered best of childhood was the sea excursions. Something about what being afloat spoke to her most basic self. Lift and fall of the waves, the sense of unbounded horizons with strange new places just beyond the curved limits of a watery world, that trilling edge of danger implicit in the very substance that supported her. All of it combined to assure her she was a Sea Child." Chapter House: Dune, Frank Herbert.
Some people regard SF as a trivial form of literature. I take the opposite view. Not that I believe that all SF is brilliant, that would be silly. Nevertheless, most of my favourite novels belong either to SF or fantasy...and I'm not at all ashamed to admit it. Spending five years at a University studying literature hasn't changed my view. Studying reinforced my love of classics but did nothing to change my love for all kinds of works of literature. Some of my childhood favourites are still precisely that. Favourites. It remains a good reminder that for art there are no limits. Deep within us there is this need to classify everything. Sometimes that need makes us blind...and more than a little silly. Balancing on strange currents....We humans are quite capable of that, but alas we tend to forget it.

* The photos were taken in July, during a ferry ride from Starigrad (island Hvar) to Split. The outfit I don't feel like commenting, you've seen me wearing this New Yorker  dress and Azel sneakers often enough.


 " Ono čega se najbolje sjećala iz svoga djetinstva bijahu izleti na more. Nešto u bivanju na moru govorilo je njenom najdubljem ja. Podizanje i spuštanje valova, osjećaj beskrajnih horizonta sa neobičnim novim mjestima odmah iza zakrivljenih linija vodenog svijeta, taj uzbudljiv rub opasnosti očit u samoj tvari koja ju je nosila. Sve se to skupilo da bi je uvjerilo da je ona Dijete Mora." Chapter House: Dune, Frank Herbert. (naslov preveden kao Kapitol Dina kod nas)

Neki ljudi smatraju da je znanstvena fantastika trivijalna književnost. Moje je mišljenje sasvim suprotno. Ne da vjerujem da je sva ZF brilijanta, to bi bilo blesavo. No, većina mojih omiljenih romana ipak pripada tom žanru ( i fantastici)....i uopće se ne sramim to priznati. Pet godina studiranja književnosti nije promijenilo moje mišljenje. Proučavanje klasika navelo me da ih volim više, ali nije učinilo da SF (i druge nepriznate književne vrste) volim manje. Neke od knjiga koje su mi bile najdraže u djetinstvu još su uvijek upravo to: moje najdraže knjige. To ostaje dobar podsjetnik da u umjetnosti nema granica. Duboko u nama postoji ta potreba da klasificiramo sve.  Ponekad nas ta potreba osljepljuje...i čini nas poprilično blesavima. Održavanje ravnoteže na neobičnim strujama...Mi ljudi smo sposobni za to, ali nažalost to često zaboravljamo.

* Fotografije su srpanjske, sa vožnje trajektom od Starigrada (na Hvaru) do Splita. Odjevnu kombinaciju ne bih posebno komentirala, vidjeli ste me u ovim patikama i haljini puno puta.


srijeda, 20. kolovoza 2014.

Al cuore non si comanda




To have a heart is both a blessing and a curse.  Sometimes it feels more like a blessing, sometimes more like a curse. You cannot command your heart, the proverb says. That much is true. It doesn't mean we should let the heart command us in everything we do. Like with everything in life, it's about finding balance. Plus, the heart can be a heartless little dictator! Let it rule your life and you might lose yourself while following its every caprice. Forsake it and risk loosing your humanity....Perhaps it is best to do its job while you do your own...and  I guess hurting is in the job description of a heart...and I guess we just have to endure it. 

Imati srce je i kletva i blagoslov. Ponekad se čini više kao blagoslov, ponekad više kao kletva. Ne možeš srcu zapovijedati...tako kaže poslovica. Toliko je istina. No, to ne znači da srce nama treba zapovijedati. Kao i sa svime u životu, važno je pronaći ravnotežu. Uz to, srce zna biti mali bezdušni diktator! Dopusti da ti vlada životom i možeš se izgubiti u tome da udovoljavaš svakom njegovim hiru....Zanemari ga i riskiraš gubitak ljudskosti. Možda je najbolje pustiti ga da radi svoj posao dok ti radiš svoj....a čini mi se da je u njegovom opisu posla da boli i da tu ništa ne možemo osim to preboljeti.