[image description: A purple upstretched hand and forearm in front of a tree with a thick trunk, curling branches, and leaves all over. There is a varied blue background of inconsistent wide horizontal lines, and the words, “Let this not be Perfect.” in a vivid darker blue.]
This piece is a meditation on not striving for Perfection with art - on recognizing that, as Janelle Monáe phrased Voltaire’s words, “Perfection is the enemy of greatness.” The specific challenge was to engage in a technical piece that did not aim to be Perfect, and instead aimed to be evocative.
Doing this challenge by drawing specifically my hand was an added level of difficulty. One of the main reasons my anatomical drawings have frequently been criticized is the ‘unnatural’ angles. But here’s the kicker - I have a connective tissue disorder in part characterized by joint hypermobility. My hands (and arms, and legs, and etc) actually do bend at these angles that people are so quick to nitpick as ‘improper’ anatomy.
This piece was really intense to do, and I’m thinking of continuing this as a series centered around body parts of mine which are visibly disabled, despite the frequency with which people fail or refuse to understand the signs.
Taylor Swift Remains Stoic as Mom Andrea Becomes Emotional Throughout Groping Trial Opening Statements
On the second day of Taylor Swift‘s trial against former radio show host David Mueller for alleged sexual assault, the superstar was focused and calm as their lawyers presented opening statements to the jury panel.
Swift’s attorney Douglas Baldridge said Tuesday morning the “Shake It Off” singer is “taking a stand for all women” and that “this is a case of sexual assault in the workplace.”
The star’s mother, Andrea, became slightly emotional and dabbed at her cheeks during the opening statements. Andrea, who sat next to Swift in the courtroom, is also a co-defendant in the case.
“A woman is assaulted. She reports it and she gets sued … it doesn’t make sense,” added Swift’s lawyer. “She’s trying to tell people out there that you can say no when someone grabs you no matter who they are.”
Swift wore a black, long-sleeved dress over a shirt and had her hair pulled back into a low, neat bun. She also carried a small, leather handbag and had on her signature red lip.
The Grammy winner, 27, remained stoic throughout the morning and occasionally glanced over to the fans in the courtroom gallery to acknowledge them.
Mueller wore a gray suit and black tie and mostly looked down at the desk in front of him. After opening statements, he was called to give his initial testimony. “My hand came into contact with a part of her body … what seemed to be a ribcage or ribs,” he said during his testimony.
Asked by his lawyer if he had mistaken Swift’s ribs for her butt, Mueller said, “No.” He also said it’s a “humiliating thing to be accused of something that despicable” when asked if he had filed a claim against Swift for financial gain.
Swift’s lawyer the star is asking for a $1 verdict because she’s “not trying to bankrupt this man.”
“She’s trying to tell people out there that you can say no when someone puts their hand on you,” added Swift’s counsel. “Grabbing a woman’s rear end is an assault, and it’s always wrong. Any woman — rich, poor, famous or not — is entitled to not have that happen.”
During Mueller’s testimony, Swift occasionally exchanged glances with her mother and also wrote notes that she passed to her lawyer.
Swift’s lawyer also told the jury panel — made up of two men and six women — during opening statements that Swift told someone on her team, ‘Dude, that guy just grabbed my ass,’ right after the alleged incident in 2013. Swift pursed her lips and looked away as her lawyer recounted the episode.
On Monday, Swift was also reportedly in court for jury selection. A total of eight jurors were selected out of a group of 60.
Mueller first sued Swift in 2015, claiming he lost his job after the singer’s security team accused him of groping her butt during a meet-and-greet at the Pepsi Center in June of 2013.
Mueller also accused his colleague then of sexually assaulting the singer, but a rep for Swift told PEOPLE that “the radio station was given evidence immediately after the incident” and “made their independent decision.”
One month later, the “Out of the Woods” singer countersued Mueller, saying in court papers he “intentionally reached under her skirt, and groped with his hand an intimate part of her body in an inappropriate manner, against her will, and without her permission.”
Swift — who has been largely out of the spotlight in 2017 — is expected to take the stand at some point throughout the nine-day trial.
She revealed in her countersuit that any money she wins will be donated to “charitable organizations dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard.”
Prompt- They win the war and Bellamy finds out about Clarke and Lexa when he sees them kissing or something like that
It took a few days, but Bellamy was finally rested enough to
resume life on the ground. He was made a guard and given a gun that
he didn’t initially want. He finally agreed to carry it, but it was
never in his hands. He walked around with the rifle across his back.
He was surprised by the transformation that his sister had gone
through. She went from a flighty free spirit to a wild warrior. It
felt like it all happened while he was gone.
He picked up some breakfast from the line in Camp Jaha and
wandered toward what was left of the Woods clan camp across the hill.
He wanted to check on Octavia. She didn’t need him watching over her
anymore, but it was a habit for him that he couldn’t break.
Bellamy wandered through the camp, feeling safe among the
grounders who had rescued him and his friends when it looked like
they weren’t going to make it out.
“Clarke,” he called when he saw the blonde walking down a path
in the camp.
She turned around with a smile, “Hey. How are you?”
“Good,” he took a bite of the jerky that the grounders had
taught the Sky people to make. He had had jerky from both camps and
the Sky people had a long way to go in flavoring. “Have you seen
“She and Indra are in Lexa’s tent,” Clarke gestured the
direction she had been walking, “We’re going to talk about
potential settlements with the grounds and what we can do to help
each other now. Wanna come?”
Bellamy looked up at the overcast sky and then back down at
Clarke, “Yeah. I guess I don’t have anything better to do now.”
How about Andy meets Sharon as a lawyer and not as a captain in FID or as his boss in Major Crimes. I just really want lawyer Sharon flirting with cop Andy and just general adorableness. Yeah.
Okay, so this was pure genius. Best idea ever. You know I love lawyer!Sharon and so you did this, right? Well kudos on the awesome prompt. Turned out pretty long, though, since I was having so much fun. Also: this is young!Sharon and Andy, so we have Andy the King of Snark rather than the puppy dog. And because I’m me, there’s a little Mama!Sharon in there as well.
An AU in which Sharon and Jack get married, but in which she didn’t put him through law school on a police salary, but through some other undisclosed line of work. After he leaves, she goes to law school at night and eventually graduates in the early-mid ’90s. Enjoy!