Monday, February 14, 2011

Little Things

I just came across this blog, Little Things, and I love it! It made me smile, and anything that makes me smile is awesome. Some of my favorite little things:

81. The smell of freshly cut grass
248. Smiling in the middle of a kiss.
254. When the weather feels just right.
215. Ice cream in waffle cones.
119. Being home alone, blasting music, singing loudly & dancing crazily.
32. The first swim of the summer.
39. Holding hands

Friday, February 4, 2011

Just finished: In the Heart of the Sea

After I read The Whale by Philip Hoare I became much more interested in whales and the sea. In The Whale I learned a lot about sperm whales and what inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick (which I plan on reading soon!). The story of the whaleship Essex was mentioned in Hoare's book and my curiosity was peaked. So when I got In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick for Christmas I was really excited to read it! This is a true story of a shipwreck where a whaleship is "stove" by a whale, which means a large bull sperm whale rammed the ship and sunk it. The crew of 20 men were left in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with only 3 small whale boats and minimal supplies. In the end only 8 survived, but it's amazing that that many did, considering the odds they faced. Nathaniel Philbrick is a wonderful non-fiction writer. I have also read The Mayflower by him and In the Heart of the Sea is equally well written. He combines history with modern facts and makes the story page turning.

"Later, once the survivors had been give some food and water (and finally surrendered the bones), one of them found the strength to tell his story. It was a tale made of a whaleman's worst nightmares: of being in a boat far from land with nothing left to eat or drink and—perhaps worst of all—of a whale with the vindictiveness and guile of a man.
Even though it is little remembered today, the sinking of the whaleship Essex by an enraged sperm whale was one of the most well-known marine disasters of the nineteenth century."

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Color Chart

I just made this color chart to see a more visual layout of the colors that I use the most when painting trees and nature. I think I've come to the conclusion that Lemon Yellow and Cadmium Yellow Light are almost the same color. I love the vibrancy of the pure colors, especially Ultramarine Blue. The colors shown here are: Sap Green, Hookers Green, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Light and Lemon Yellow. So hopefully this will be a good reference in the future!