Ça faisait un bon 2 semaines qu’on avait prévu aller à Stowe samedi le 1er avril. À mesure que la date approchait, les prévisions météo étaient de moins en moins encourageantes avec de la pluie et un mercure un peu trop élevé pour préserver des belles conditions de glisse. 

Et pis finalement c’est pas arrivé. 

Finalement on a plutôt eu le droit à une vingtaine de centimètres frais tombés, presque pas d’attente aux remontées et des belles pistes pas damées. La plupart avaient des bosses, qui se sont formées tout au long de la journée mais ça a juste rajouté un peu plus d’acide lactique dans nos cuisses. 

De faire semblant que l’hiver va s’éterniser, c’était un ben beau poisson d’avril que la nature nous a donné cette année.

Art “Worth” Talk

okay so it’s time to talk about a pet peeve of mine, again!!

With the advent of digital art–2d, 3d, electronic music, whatever–you see a lot of people talking about how it’s “objectively” “worse” than traditional art.  It’s “soulless”, or “boring”, or “doesn’t require skill”, or any number of other things.  I think this is probably partially a response to how accessible digital skillsets are.  It’s easier to buy a cheap-ass program that makes violin sounds than it is to get a violin and pay for lessons.  So there might be more hopeful beginners in the digital realm right off the bat–that’s one thing.  But that said, I think it’s a total misconception that getting good at digital art doesn’t require any skill, or that it doesn’t require much the same skillset as traditional art.

For example: painting on canvas with oil taught me skills I could apply digitally, and vice versa.  I’m no musician, but it seems obvious to me that most electronic musicians probably have a grounding in music theory and a great familiarity with their tool of choice.  We all need that before we start pushing boundaries.

Which leads me to my next thought!  Digital art is often more convenient, less messy, and overall requires less upkeep in the way of tools (I think?  I mean, I don’t know how ‘A new tablet every 5-8 years’ compares to ‘oh no I’m out of Carnelian Red AGAIN’).  So it does have perks!  Certain things are easier.  But I don’t see this making artists lazy–on the contrary, when something basic becomes easier, the next step always seems to be “how can we use this leg up to push the boundaries of what we make?”

BUT in my opinion, even if someone isn’t doing everything in their power to Advance the Medium–if they’re just using the convenience of digital art to make better-looking art faster–why in the hell should that make their art “objectively” “worse”?  It’s admirable to put effort into something, certainly, but that’s not the be-all end-all of something’s worth.  Be it beautiful or thought-provoking or emotionally resonant or cathartic or just fun or cute, whatever the goal was, whatever the response it got from you–that’s the important thing.

And just because you don’t understand how a simple-looking thing was made does not mean it was easy to put together.
Bingham Light

Bingham Falls in Stowe, VT is one of my favorite places in the world. The landscape changes dramatically throughout the different seasons, and the power and majestical feel of water shaping earth is really something magical.