grey fireworks


Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011)

Quattrocento (1984) // For Hiroshige (1981) // Book of Clouds (2002) // Mountains and Sea (1952) // Grey Fireworks (2001)

aesthetics for the signs
  • aries: burning orange sunsets, pointed red manicures, matte red lipstick, dressing up as a devil for halloween, jack o' lanterns, oversized grey sweatshirts, fireworks, the red queen from alice in wonderland, red velvet cupcakes, hickeys, red letterman jackets
  • taurus: teal painted walls, blue baby onesies, a cottage on the beach, seashell collections in glass jars, the feeling of snowflakes on your tongue, palm trees, curly hair, lock and key, unkept promises, cacti
  • gemini: oversized denim jackets, doc martens, vintage suitcases, run-down cars, your grandmother's couch, greasy hair, brown lipstick, break-up texts, piercings above the eyebrow, clumpy mascara, black cats
  • cancer: waves, neon purple signs, psychic readings, crystals, romance novels, thunder storms, the stars and moon, black mugs with more marshmallows than hot chocolate and more honey than tea, kisses on the nose, winged eyeliner, constellations
  • leo: flowy yellow sundresses, fresh linens, colorful hair, adorable toothy smiles, picnic blankets, the feeling of a first kiss, sunflower fields, the curtains on a stage, innocence, disney princesses, shadows from sunlight against beige walls, liquid lipsticks
  • virgo: drum sticks, red flannels, shelves full of half-full sketchbooks, evergreen trees, outdoor bonfires, aesthetically pleasing kitchens, pineapples, dial-tone telephones, emerald earrings, UFOs, statues, collarbones
  • libra: open-air markets in spain, fields of flowers, more than 4 pillows on a bed at one time, peaceful protest, mystery novels - nancy drew, childhood scavenger hunts, wind blowing through hair, heart-shaped sunglasses, blue cotton candy, love letters, feathers, rainbow sprinkles
  • scorpio: monogrammed necklaces, american horror story, black lipstick, smudged eyeliner, french kissing, lana del rey, burning your tongue on black coffee, amusement parks at night, the little purple veins on your eyelids, the beatles white album on vinyl, fall turning into winter, static on tv screens
  • sagittarius: movie theater dates, 50s diners, bow and arrow tattoos on the nape of your neck, drawing your name in the sand, black baseball caps on backwards, winter turning into spring, pinky promises, the feeling when your foot falls asleep, black and white graphic novels, septum piercings
  • capricorn: drugstore makeup, sword collections, ripped light wash jeans, clouds, black flower crowns, visiting art exhibits, pots of local honey, black eyeshadow, dried flowers pasted into notebooks, watercolor paintings, the light in the dark but also the dark in the light, holding your hand out to catch the rain, long eyelashes
  • aquarius: nostalgia, pots of coffee brewing as night turns to day, hopeless romantics, bluebirds, philosophical novels, jellyfish, the beach at midnight, speed limit signs, carousels at night, city skylines with stormy skies
  • pisces: waterfalls, reflections in water, mint green polaroids, the planet neptune, cinderella's castle, paris boat tours, mermaid scales, puffy stickers, cool glasses of water in 90 degree weather, purple bath bombs, green eyes, pink mac lipstick
Pompeii chapter 8


Sakura blinked awake in the scant, grey hours before dawn. She frowned, shaking her head as she tried to remember her dream. Something about whispering…

She sighed, knowing already that she wouldn’t be getting back to sleep today, even though her bed was extremely comfortable.

Tripping over herself, Sakura rose to her feet and started her day. She stuck bobby pins into her short hair haphazardly, pulling it back from her sleepy features.

She moved through the motions, brushing her teeth as she looked at the dim, grey sky outside. She opened the balcony door, allowing the bracing cold to awaken her.

“Right,” she said, spitting into the sink. She smacked her face, grabbed a roll, and pulled on her climbing boots.

It was time to explore the wilderness.

Keep reading