it has been totally awesome


All these portraits look slightly similar, and there’s a reason for that: all were made by the same early 18th century artist of which we almost never hear about: Rosalba Carriera.

You may think; “So you mean that there was this woman who was an artist but was neglected by history (or the way history has been written) even though she was awesome, and in this case, totally influential in art all around Europe, and most of us HAVE NEVER HEARD ABOUT HER?!”. Yeah, I mean exactly that. BUT today is the day to learn a little bit about her and take a look at some of her work.

Rosalba Carriera was born in 1673 in Venice in a middle-class family and started helping her mother making and designing lace, but soon she turned to portrait miniatures, and her career as an artist started. Some people consider that she was trained by Giuseppe Diamantini (pure speculation) or by someone else, but the fact is that there is no record of her education and she was most likely self educated (I have to say that if she was a guy, the self-taught part wouldn’t even be questioned. WHY.)

ANYWAY, her miniatures became quite popular, and if you were a wealthy person in the grand tour around Europe, you wanted to have your portrait made by this lady, who was the first artist to paint the miniature portraits on ivory instead of vellum. By 1703-4 she changed the miniatures to pastel, which became a medium appealing to the Rococo style thanks to its softness… and talking about Rococo, Carriera was a VERY influential artist from this movement, because of her style (clearly Rococo) becoming popular and making her travel around Europe and selling pieces to kings, court members and collectors, making the Rococo style being known while she traveled. I know, she was a rockstar.

Both her sisters were her assistant during the time her work was most popular helping Rosalba work on the many portrait jobs she took, but her sister Giovanna kept working with her until her death in 1738, which caused Rosalba to turn into depression. It did only get worse as her vision failed at the end of her life, getting blind before dying in 1757. Awful way to end an artist’s life, if you ask me.

Still, even though she’s not that famous nowadays, she was a VERY successful artist in her time and became a strong influence in other women artists like Catherine Read, Adélaïde Labille-Guiard and our beloved Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun.

This was supposed to be a short post, but no XD Sorry about that.

Images from top:

  1. Self-portrait Holding a Portrait of Her Sister Giovanna, 1715, Uffizi Gallery.
  2. Charles Sackville, 2nd duke of Dorset, 1730.
  3. Horace Walpole.
  4. Portrait of a Man, ca. 1710, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  5. Pisana Mocenigo, née Corner (or Cornaro), Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister.
  6. Portrait of Wilhelmine Amalia of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Holy Roman Empress, 1730, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister.
  7. Louis XV of France as Dauphin, 1720-21, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister.
  8. Portrait of Antoine Watteau, 1721, Museo Civico Luigi Bailo.
  9. Africa, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister.
  10. The Art Collector and Artist Antonio Maria Zanetti the Elder, Nationalmuseum (Stockholm).

In the wee early hours of the morning, @formidablepassion and I posted this Destiel Reverse Bang fic - you should totally check it out :D

Summary: When Dean’s back starts causing him trouble, he just thought he was getting on in age. Nothing could have prepared him for the truth.

Or how it would free him.

For anyone unfamiliar with Reverse Bangs - A single piece of art is made first and then the ARTISTS get picked by the WRITERS and someone makes an awesome story based on YOUR ideas!

I think it’s brilliant, so as soon as I heard about the @destielreversebang , I leapt at it - and then was lucky enough to have FormidablePassion pick up my art to write for. Watching this story develop has been so awesome!!! Thanks so much!!! :D

In total, there are 3 pieces of art for this story - the Original inspiration, a promo banner that gets extra usage as a chapter header / breaker and another piece that I just finished just last week.

Imagine Dating Clark Kent

Originally posted by sir-henry-cavill

“Hi, Y/N.”

You looked up from your work to see your boyfriend, Clark, standing over your desk with his dorky (and fake, as you knew them to be) glasses and a smile.

“Clark!” you grinned, giving him a kiss on the cheek, “What are you doing here?”

“I’m on lunch break,” he held up a bag of take-out from your favorite restaurant in Metropolis. “I thought we could share?”

“You’re too sweet,” you smiled, walking with him to the break room. You didn’t care if he was a Daily Planet reporter or a farmboy from Smallville, if he was a human or from outer space.

He would always be your Clark.

(For @justapieceofgeekytrash)

So if y'all are interested in reading about an all Asian-American super team, supporting representation in comics, or just a really well written super hero adventure, you should pick up Totally Awesome Hulk #15 - 18.

Afterwards, if interested, you should just pick up the rest of Totally Awesome Hulk. Amadeus Cho has been a favorite character of mine for some time, it’s nice to see him take on the role of the Hulk. Plus it’s written by the same guy who did Planet Hulk (Greg Pak).

Now lets get a Protectors series going, Marvel.


Team Starkid- A Year in Review: 2013

My, what a year for the Starkid fandom. Starkid put on their first sketch comedy show Airport for Birds. Soon after that ended the much awaited A Very Potter 3D: A Very Potter Senior Year was finally released on YouTube after months of waiting. This year we also saw a LOT of Kickstarter projects, such as Judas Redux (although not officially Starkid), Twisted, and Jaime Lyn Beatty’s debut EP album, Dolphin Safe Tunes. Dylan’s Kickstarter for his debut album, CONFLUENCE was completed, and his album is yet to be released. All of the Kickstarters were fully funded and far surpassed their goals. (I guess that’s the magic of Starkid!) We also welcomed three new Starkids into the fandom; Robert Manion, Alex Grace Paul, and Rachael Soglin. After the success of Airport for Birds, Starkid presented a new sketch comedy project, 1Night 2Last 3Ever. The Langs also released the first installment of their graphic novel Quicksand Jack. Last, but not least Lauren Lopez and Julia Albain released their comedy play, The Moms: Fannypackin’ Heat. The best part is that this is just the tip of the iceberg with all the concerts and other albums and new merch released. It’s been such a busy year but man, it has been totally awesome.

anonymous asked:

I hope that Andrew Dabb will quit the crew. Lucifer's personality is destroyed for 2 seasons Jesus. Episode was so bad.

I completely disagree. I think this season has been awesome and Lucifer was totally in character this episode. All the archangels are petulant children and this fit perfectly. Please take your negativity elsewhere/

So Greg Lestrade.

Lestrade has always been one of my favourite supporting characters in Sherlock. He’s just decent, I guess? And totally, totally real. Lestrade has been awesome from the first time I watched Sherlock, there’s no doubt about it, from his stress to his manner of speaking to his incredible relationships with EVERYONE. He’s brilliant.

But tonight I watched the pilot episode for the first time, and something happened that made me love him so much more. And that something was the moment he looked at his notebook, and ripped out his page.

In ASIP, there’s nothing to suggest Lestrade ever guessed the identity of the shooter. And in the pilot, it is still ambiguous. The way I see it personally, Lestrade is an intelligent man, his job is to inspect, the cogs in his mind go to work as he watches Sherlock and John, and the answer comes. It’s as simple as that. Other people can interpret that Lestrade never guesses or realises it is John that pulled the trigger. And that’s okay, because actually, neither explanation detracts from the power and importance of that moment.

Because that moment is the moment where Lestrade places all his trust in Sherlock Holmes. Whether it’s by taking Sherlock’s words at face value, and having enough trust not to really consider John, or by realising John’s guilt and trusting the two of them enough to forget it, it doesn’t matter. Lestrade trusts Sherlock enough to follow his words, no matter how strangely he is acting, and that’s an incredible thing. Just imagine, for a moment. Imagine that you are a detective inspector, that an unknown shooter is out there somewhere, and that a genius labelled as either a psychopath or a sociopath changes tack from his evidence the moment he sees his flatmate. Yeah, I’m pretty sure we’d all decide to go along dismissing the cut-off evidence just because the sociopath says so. Right?

The thing is, there’s a lot of discussion of the relationship between Sherlock and John, and rightly so, because it’s an incredible one. But I also don’t think we should ever forget D.I. Greg Lestrade, because of the sheer trust and acceptance he offered. Sherlock Holmes is a difficult man, God knows. Yet still, despite the pressure from Anderson and Donovan, despite what anyone else would have him do or think, despite his role and his job and the stress he was under, Lestrade refused to see him as anything other than human, to not place in Sherlock the trust he deserved, or to fail to simply CARE. At the end of the day, it was not only John that had a gun aimed at him before Sherlock jumped from the rooftop, and that is important to remember, because Lestrade has offered support, care and absolute love to Sherlock Holmes from the start, and that is truly, wonderfully amazing.