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Ciao Italia!

Hello! I am currently studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Stop by and hear about my misadventures traveling by train, speaking Italian, and looking for lemonade in the home of the Renaissance.

Alright, so I’m Indecisive…

October 25, 2010

Alright friends, family, and everyone else that I love and reads my blog… I’m moving. Not physically, but intellectually.

I’ve loved my time with WordPress, but it’s time to move on. After almost a year here at Dust and Pearls, I moving over to a Blogspot blog under the name Favor the Brave.

Check it out here at Favor the Brave, and thanks for coming along 🙂

The Magic of Movement

October 25, 2010

As an extension of an earlier post (Art and the Pursuit of Nature) I wanted to talk about the sense of movement found in Italian art. Early paintings were 2-D, as in the rest of the world, but as the art moved towards more realistic body images and 3-D shapes it also worked to create a sense of movement.

Paintings were essentially the “movies” of the Renaissance period, as the strides in art were the technological advancements equivocal to today’s increasing prowess in special effects. Paintings were the most accurate means of capturing life as it was, and for the first time, artists were truly pursuing reality instead of some artistic ideal. As the painters improved their skill in the area of shadow and dimension, they also refined their ability to make the people look alive, capturing the musculature of their bodies and the expressions on their face, as well as the movement of their clothes and bodies. This was a new and exciting idea for this time, though it may seem mundane to us now.

Part of the reason that it is hard for many people today to appreciate art in the same way as medieval peoples is that we are used to watching things move, and therefore have a very short attention span. We look at a painting for a few seconds, ten at the most, and feel that we have taken what there is to take from it. But this was not the case in the past. Paintings were given much attention, as their vitality and movement was almost difficult for the mind to comprehend. So therefore, if we let ourselves slow down and fully experience a painting, however old, it may come to life and show us something we have not seen before.

At the Setting of the Sun

October 24, 2010

The day is ending. The calm is settling over everything, almost like the day is exhaling. One day a week or so ago this was the view from the front of the Villa, and all I know is that this picture is all I’d need for someone to convince me that God is an artist. Enjoy the sunset.

Peace.

 

The Sky over Firenze

 

TIAMLFTA the USA # 16: Strawberries

October 23, 2010

Okay, so this isn’t entirely true, because they do have strawberries here, they are just expensive and hard to come by, which, in October, is almost exactly the same as in the United States. So I guess I just wanted to express how much I miss strawberries, and how that would be the case no matter where I currently am in the Northern Hemisphere.

I assume that it will be hard to transition back to standard, comfortable life in the USA when my time abroad is over. So, to help me get psyched about the Kansas January and term papers that await me in the spring I am starting a list of things I am looking forward to Stateside. Look for more “Things I am Most Looking Forward to About the USA,” or “TIAMLFTA the USA” (pronounced “tee-am-left-a”) for short, in the weeks and months to come!

The Unfortunate Facts of Life

October 22, 2010
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Unfortunately it is possible to get sick, even when you are in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. My head has been bothering me quite a lot lately, and so I apologize for the lack of posting. I hope to get back to regular blogging soon.

If you’re bored in the interim, please check out my Etsy store, JewelrybyJillOnline, here. That would make me feel better 🙂

Peace.

Vintage Brown Pearl necklace currently on sale in my store.

A Second Day of Italian Skies

October 21, 2010

More clouds–so I hope you liked the last round. I did, and that’s what matters, right?

Peace.

Settigano, Firenze

Firenze

Settigano, Firenze

TIAMLFTA the USA # 15: My Watercolors

October 20, 2010

Italy is beautiful, and sometimes it would be nice to have something besides a digital camera with auto-focus to capture it with. I got myself some colored pencils, but they’re really just not scratching the itch. When I get home I am going to watercolor a poster from this picture.

A Settigano Sunset

Get ready, it’s going to rock. I let you know how it goes—but it’ll be December before it actually happens. BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE MY WATERCOLORS.

I assume that it will be hard to transition back to standard, comfortable life in the USA when my time abroad is over. So, to help me get psyched about the Kansas January and term papers that await me in the spring I am starting a list of things I am looking forward to Stateside. Look for more “Things I am Most Looking Forward to About the USA,” or “TIAMLFTA the USA” (pronounced “tee-am-left-a”) for short, in the weeks and months to come!

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