the Google Art Project

I just want to share with you Google’s new project that was released this week. It is called the Google Art Project and it aims to “make art more accessible online” by enabling anyone interested to “explore hundreds of artworks from 17 of the world’s most acclaimed art museums in extraordinary levels of detail, as well as take 360 degree tours of the museums using Street View technology.” Here is the main link to this project, and another link to this site which serves as the portal to the respective YouTube channels of some of the world’s finest art museums that participated in this remarkable undertaking. To an art lover, this effort by a group of avid Googlers and the company (and its museum partners) to make art– great works of art– more accessible online is nothing short of spectacular! I myself personally feel it is one of Google’s most monumental projects to date! Imagine feeling awed as if you were in front of the actual artwork and inspecting its fine details yourself; with Google’s Street View technology (which they put to excellent use here), this simulation becomes an astounding and enriching experience– all without leaving your place and having to fly to a museum located halfway around the world! But of course, I am not one to say that this achievement takes the place of actually seeing the artwork in its tangible reality because, as the Google project leader, Amit Sood, said: “Nothing beats the first-person experience.”

As a source of inspiration and audio/video/information-referencing tool, Google remains unmatched. This recent project clearly shows why. Sometimes, all it takes to be inspired is one idea. But oftentimes though, even a mere picture (of a painting or any artwork) can deeply touch one’s emotions and move him/her to ennoble other people’s lives.

Kudos and gratitude to the group of art-loving, passionate Googlers who spearheaded this campaign (and, of course, many thanks to all the museums that took part in this awe-inspiring, truly worthwhile project)!

 

some drawings

These are some drawings that I did from way back, with subjects and themes ranging from plain silliness to, well, more silliness. I did all these drawings in good fun. Not unlike a music student finding himself/herself tinkering with a keyboard for some made-up melody, or strumming some chords on a guitar, I, in a similar manner, would find myself drawing whatever came to mind. I enjoy whiling the hours away this way, most of the time while listening to music.

mr. super, 12"x9", bamboo barbecue skewer and ink on Bienfang 70-lb white paper

destruction and misery, 12"x9", pen and ink on Bienfang 70-lb white paper

nyc (not your cup) of tea, 12"x9", pen and ink (Rapidograph) on Bienfang 70-lb white paper

sad profile, 12"x9", pen and ink on Bienfang 70-lb white paper

attagirl, 12"x9", pen and ink (Rapidograph) on Bienfang 70-lb white paper

happy without a clue, 12"x9", pen and ink (Rapidograph) and graphite on Bienfang 70-lb white paper

plant herbivore, 12"x9", ink and acrylic on Bienfang 70-lb white paper

the joker, 12"x9", Rapidograph and color pencil on Bienfang 70-lb white paper

lovely high


faces&facadesoflove, 14"x11", graphite and pastel on Strathmore Drawing 400-series, 80-lb paper

This is my most favorite Stevie Wonder song! I first heard it almost a lifetime ago, when I was still in my elementary years. I had no idea then what the song was really all about. But its bittersweet, poignant melody, evoking melancholy, was what caught the interest of my impressionable, young ears.

Fast forward to the present time and now my adult mind could somehow understand already what Stevie was trying to say with his song. In my opinion, he’s just simply stating the obvious that when one falls in love, that person can either gain someone’s unconditional devotion or lose his/her very own heart altogether. Fate visits every single soul– sometimes, befalling even the best of us with misfortune while at the same time even showering the unheralded ones with blessings.
Yes, people do a lot of crazy things in the name of love. Some defy their relatives to be with the ones they love. And some even renounce their personal beliefs to marry the persons their hearts desire. Still, some will go to great lengths to keep the ones they love from leaving the bond, even if there was infidelity involved. Whatever the case may be, love is so powerful that one will do anything just to make it last. In more ways than one, this proves the scientific studies that have already been done about, and related to, this subject: that love, indeed, can be addicting like a drug. As such, it can cause obsession and depression in some people, especially when it concerns unrequited love. A study by Dr. Helen Fisher from Rutgers University has shown that by using a combination of MRI scans and other tests, the connection between love and addiction is evident through analyses of changes in brain activity while in the state of feeling love. It confirms the fact that love can be classified as an addiction because “the same chemical changes occur in the brain with love as they do with drug use.” Furthermore, during the first stages of love, risk-taking is heightened as a result of a “high” brought about by euphoria which, in turn, overpowers the two individuals involved as they are completely absorbed in each other. This behavior is the result of the brain’s limbic system affecting the neurotransmitter levels. Under ideal conditions, this part of the brain helps control behavior by preventing obsession and impulses. And yet, as stated earlier, the overpowering drive of love can easily alter this normal behavior. As one can see, love has the power to control reason. It can be a most majestic feeling that is worth experiencing and fighting for. However, the reality of losing it, sadly, is also just as real. As Stevie sang it, “All is fair in love…”
The irony about love is not in its shortcoming when two people fall out of it, for love is inherently good. The failing lies in the couple partaking it. In short, one of them (or both) failed to live up to love’s biblical promises as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13 and Mark 10:8-9. I believe that when these sacrosanct verses are practiced, no pride or temptation or wickedness can overpower the love shared by every couple.

u 'n' i, 11"x8.5", graphite, pastel and crayon on Winsor & Newton 65-lb paper

Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.” –Author unknown.

:(

 

fcuk it! fcuk sadness! 12"x9", ink, acrylic, and colored pencil on Canson 70-lb white Drawing paper

Everyone feels sad from time to time, I understand that. I just hope, for everybody’s sake, that it never gets to being hopelessly sad. As for myself, whenever I’m feeling down, I just listen to music. And if that still wouldn’t clear up my mind, then I’d sleep it off. Anything worse than that, I’d need to find an outlet for– like drawing. If it’s the worst kind, like the grief brought by the loss of a loved one, then I’m afraid I’ll be so devastated that the only thing that’s going to lift me up is the mercy of Christ.

Today, I’m feeling down. An unlikely Saturday kind of sadness. And so I find myself writing this post, while listening to Pandora radio, preset to one of my personal choices of station: Billy Joel’s. Right now, what’s playing is Five For Fighting’s “100 Years.” How fitting. Because it seems that even after all these years, I’m still caught up in some lamentable memories and worries of my life– causing me not to see my blessings, instead of realizing that each second that passes is an opportunity for gratitude.

Ahh, I need to find a way to look at the bright side…shake off this sorry feeling. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

imploding into zero, 12"x9", graphite, acrylic, and colored pencil on Canson 70-lb white Drawing paper

The future starts today

The future starts today, not tomorrow.” –Pope John Paul II (18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005)

gotcha! the future is in my hands!, 12"x9", pen and ink on Strathmore 400-series, 60-lb Sketch paper

the man looks back at his life
examines it
and as if in disbelief wonders,
“was i born to live the life i have now?”
he ponders for so long
his eyes fixed to the ground,
after which he stares at the horizon ahead
still not knowing the answer to his question.
and then, even more perplexingly,
as though searching for a second opinion
asks himself sheepishly another question,
“why was i born?”
then he finds another person
who seems contented and happy about life
not far from where he stands.
he approaches this person, a woman,
and asks her the same first question
which he himself couldn’t answer with certainty.
and, lo and behold,
the woman answers readily
and willfully, so sure of herself,
that the reason she lives the life she has now
is because she was born!
her answer stunned him
for how can she be happy
while he is not!?
still astounded, he thanks her
and off she goes her way,
his eyes following her walk
her sure steps away from him.
then it dawned on him, as if an epiphany–
the answer he has been so keenly searching for all his life!
that the distance between him and her
is the difference between misery and joy,
the missing link between the “then” and “now”!
only then does he realize now
that the self-fulfillment or discontentment
a person experiences
is actually the “work-in-progress”
between the time this person was born
and this person’s present life.
now he feels enlightened
gathers himself,
looks up to the sky in gratitude and supplication
and walks further ahead
toward the horizon.
he assures himself
that he will rebuild his tomorrow
by working on his life today.
he feels reborn, elated and grateful
because now he truly believes it is never too late to change,
that today defines the future,
and that his very own future must start today.

forget it! don't stockpile for tomorrow by digging up the past today, 12"x9", pen and ink on Strathmore 400-series, 60-lb Sketch paper

A Blessed Happy Easter to all!!!

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Miracle

My girlfriend once asked me what, in my opinion, is the greatest miracle in my life. And, although I didn’t have an easy answer for her at that time, I knew in my heart that it’s got to be love. But which kind of love? Is it the kind of loving that I give to others– my family, in particular? Or the love that I receive from them and other people? I was inclined to reply with both kinds of love. But accepting that as it is somehow masks the meaning of miracle. The Free Dictionary defines miracle as “an event that appears inexplicable by the laws of nature and so is held to be supernatural in origin or an act of God.” The way I see it, I ought to receive love because I give love. Yes, it makes perfect sense, even though there’s hardly a miracle I’m seeing there. After all, it is The Golden Rule exemplified here, a realization of the causality relationship between cause and effect events. But since I also believe that it is already my Christian duty to love my fellowman, then loving, in this sense, must no longer be an inexplicable nor a supernatural act. Instead, it becomes an integral part of my nature, manifested without or with little difficulty into a course for expression. I should, therefore, not find it an impossible task anymore to love anyone. Suddenly, what seems like a miracle becomes an easily attainable regularity. All things considered, an even more baffling reality would be one’s inability to love and, yet, still be loved! Reflecting on this gave me the answer I was searching for– that the greatest miracle in my life is that someone still loves me, in spite of who I am! Because, whether I know how to love or not, the fact that a person loves me proves the truth that love, once it wells up, can flow freely from one’s heart into my own– abundantly! And it doesn’t expect anything in return! That is where the greatness of this miracle exists– that it is true and it is happening, despite my mind saying otherwise! This I understood even better when I realized that God loves me unconditionally even if I don’t love Him back enough!
Truly, when one believes in God, a miracle always happens! Even when it feels like the whole world is on your shoulder, when everyone seems to hate you, there is always someone who surely still loves you without fail and without equal: God! And He will never leave you nor forsake you! Now, if that isn’t the greatest miracle in one’s life, I don’t know what is!

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10 (NIV)

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