the state of art is on fire

“Try to pick each other up” - PINOF 8

i’ll save you from the fire!! - dan 2016


Ever look at your pee and think…hm…what does this all mean? You’re not alone.

In the Middle Ages, the color of a person’s skin, hair, or urine was used to diagnose illness. These outward manifestations were thought to reflect underlying character, one’s “temperament” or “humor.” 

Whether choleric (yellow), phlegmatic (white), sanguine (red), or melancholic (black), a person’s “humoral” state was understood from the proportions of the four Aristotelian elements (earth, air, fire, and water) within the body. 

The humoral theory found in medical texts on uroscopy (the diagnostic study of urine) also can be found to underlie some medieval craft recipes. For instance, Theophilus Presbyter prescribed the use of the “urine of a red-haired boy” to harden iron tools, uniting the perceived “fiery” nature of redheads with the arts of the forge or metalworking.

Soldier injured in terrorist attack at Le Louvre, France

Little over an hour ago (9am GMT) soldiers managed to gun down a man who attempted to attack them with a machete near Le Louvre, the famous art museum in Paris. It’s said the attacker tried to enter Le Louvre itself.

The head of the Paris police states that the man shouted “Allahu akhbar” and managed to injure a soldier. The attacker was critically injured after the armed patrol opened fire.

The nearby area has been evacuated as the French ministry said a “serious public security incident” is underway.

A backpack worn by the attacker is being investigated by explosives experts.

The attack comes after several terrorist plots have been prevented in several European countries over the last few weeks.

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Sùje’s multiple states for his celestial form //

Mostly a concept for now but i wanted to push it a bit to see how to render various things
To me all celestial forms tend to have animalistic features and some druids can wear an entire animal form sometimes.

Sùje’s main themes are space & particularly stars. In beast form, his ‘heart shows only when he inhales to breath fire

The Zodiac as Art & Why

Aries: dance
The intensity and freedom in dance complements the whirlwind of energy that is Aries. There need not be technique for it to be beautiful, and this gives the Cardinal Fire sign the space to release their electricity through movement in a display of untamed & elusive intensity.

Taurus: landscaping
Taurus long to live in a world of manifest beauty. They have an eye for aesthetic refinement and a taste for palpable delight; these things could be put to good use in the dirt, among trees, within flower buds. They could return Earth to its Eden state, one backyard garden at a time.

Gemini: painting
The Gemini mind, full of noise and vividity, is perpetually fabricating mental pictures. Their heads may overflow if they don’t release some of it. The blank canvas never interrupts; it absorbs the message and beauty that is placed upon it in the form of color and brushstrokes of genius.

Cancer: photography
Cancers live in memories. They cherish beautiful things gone by perhaps more than they savor the present. To be able to capture their lives and immortalize themselves & the things they adore through the art of photography would save them from trapping themselves in homes that the past has burned down.

Leo: acting
Performing emotions is a concept the passionate Leo will be fascinated by. Nothing is real under the spotlight, and at the same time, it’s the only thing that is real. The stage is a sanctuary where the lion is allowed to roar as loud as they can, to set themselves on fire and be showered in applause for it.

Virgo: drawing
The tip of the pen or pencil which drags crisp lines across a bright white page is a metaphor for Virgo’s pursuit of perfection. There is precision, prestige, and purity in the visual elegance of picture-making which is something that matches the Mutable Earth sign like nothing else can.

Libra: fashion
Libras belong in the imaginary heavens they are capable of creating. Their perceptible, corporeal sophistication would fit in amongst angels in costume, the caricatures of loveliness, the twinkling lights and sparkling catwalk; they would have everyone in awe, and they would finally be at home.

Scorpio: cinematography
Film can be one of the sickest art forms, and it is always one of the rawest. There are no lies in cinema, and yet, when fictional, it is all lies. It allows the Scorpion to uncover and lay bare the bloody truth without staining their hands, gives them the freedom to let all the secrets spill without telling anyone a thing.

Sagittarius: sculpting
Sagittarius are always looking for something to make their mark on, whether it be a city or a person. They want to leave behind the signature of their experience. They can mold philosophies with their bare hands and display the wilderness of their discoveries in the marble or clay for all to admire.

Capricorn: architecture
Building empires is what the Capricorn was made for. They are destined to rule over the kingdom they put together brick by brick, whether it is large or real enough to live in or not. A tangible masterpiece to call their own would by the kryptonite of their self-doubt & worldly silence.

Aquarius: music
Music is inexplicable. It’s the sweetest form of sorcery, an alien language, the foreign yet familiar exchange of ideas and emotions through often wordless waves of sound. It allows the boundless Aquarius mind to explore and delve deep into their creativity, to experiment, to express their genius.

Pisces: poetry
Nothing penetrates the soul like a well-crafted poem. It can gently caress you or cruelly batter you, save or kill you, fill you with love or hate, open or close your eyes; either way, it will send you into rapture, whether purely delightful or bittersweet. It gives Pisces a place to show who they really are beyond the fog.

(Check moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars.)

The Five Phases (Wu Xing)

The Wu Xing (Chinese: 五行; pinyin: Wǔ Xíng), also known as the Five Elements or Five Phases, is one of the major systems of thought within traditional Chinese fields including Chinese medicine, Feng Shui, Astrology, Music, Military Strategy and Martial arts.

A Short History
The Wu Xing theory was originally a moral theory and evolved from the doctrines of the Confuciuan school (or Zi-Si-Mencius school). Later, In the third century BCE Zou Yan combined and systematized two current theories during the Warring States period: Yin-Yang and the Wuxing.

*personal note: the Wuxing seem to be related to the Eight Trigrams (bagua) from the I Ching, the original version of the I Ching (it was edited by King Wen in 2852 BC) goes back to the supposed writer Fuxi, the legendary ruler.  

A closer look at the Five Phases
Ultimately the natural cycles and interrelationships in both our environment and within ourselves have let to the theory of the Wu Xing. The foundation of the theory rests in the correspondences of each element to a variety of phenomena. 

These “Five Phases” are
Wood (木 )
Fire (火 huǒ)
Earth (土 )
Metal (金 jīn)
Water (水 shuǐ

Wood is flexible, like bamboo. It grows and expands. It is also associated with qualities of generosity and idealism and leadership. It is the leader within us, that can take charge and determine a plan of action. Spring is the season of wood and it is the period of sprouting. The color associated with wood is green. In Chinese Medicine the liver is the organ of wood. 

In Chinese thought Fire is passionate, it is joy, laughter and playfulness. But also the qualities of dynamism, strength and persistence; however, it is also connected to restlessness. Summer is the season of fire and it is the period of blooming. The color associated with fire is red. In Chinese Medicine the heart is the organ of fire. 

Earth is patient, thoughtful, practical and hard working. It brings harmony and stability. Late summer is associated with earth and it is the period of Ripening. The Color of Earth is yellow. In Chinese Medicine the spleen is the organ of earth. 

Metal is unyielding, rigid and persistence. Metal type people like minimalism. They are organized, clean, and contained. The Fall is associated with metal and it is the period of withering. The Color is white. In Chinese Medicine the Lungs are the organ of metal. 

In Chinese Taoist thought, water is representative of intelligence and wisdom, flexibility, softness and pliancy. Water can be weak like fluid but it can also turn into a flood and overwhelm the land. The winter is the season of water and it is the period of dormancy. The color of Water is black. In Chinese Medicine the Kidneys are the organ of water.  

Elements or Phases
You will often see Wu xing translated as “Five Elements” but the Xíng are primarily concerned with process and change, they are not the same as the   classical Greek elements that are concerned with substances or natural qualities.

The Changing qualities or Cycles are:

The Xing are Inter-promoting, often called like mother and child. Wood for example is the mother of Fire. You can easily see this because Fire comes after Wood (clockwise) so in that way Wood feeds Fire, like a mother would.
In this way all the Phases can be listed as:

Wood feeds Fire
Fire creates Earth (ash)
Earth bears Metal
Metal enriches Water
Water nourishes Wood

This Cycle of is called the 五行相生 Sheng Cycle (Generating Sequence)

Each Phase controls or keeps another element in balance, much like Yin and Yang keep each other in balance. In the Wuxing, it will come as little surprise that Water controls Fire and Metal controls Wood. While some of the others are a bit less obvious, it will become clearer when you understand that the five elements all have specific qualities that go beyond just metal chopping wood.
All the elements Controlling sequence can be listed as:

Wood controls Earth
Fire controls Metal
Earth controls Water
Metal controls Wood
Water controls Fire

This Cycle is called the 五行相剋 Controlling Sequence or Father-Child relationship.    

Other than these two cycles, the Overacting Cycle (when an element controls too much) and the Insulting sequence (when for example fire starts heating water instead of water extinguishing fire) also exist.

Arnold Böcklin (1827-1901)
“Vestal” (1874)

Vestals were priestesses of Vesta, the Roman goddess of the hearth, home, and family. They cultivated the sacred fire of Vesta that was not allowed to go out. Vestals were freed of the usual social obligations to marry and bear children, and took a vow of chastity in order to devote themselves to the study and correct observance of state rituals that were off-limits to the male colleges of priests.



noun | kiln | kiln

An oven or furnace capable of holding hot fires and maintaining the heat necessary to drive nearly all moisture out of something heated in its interior.

In art, kilns are used to fire clay and porcelain pieces to their hardened final states in what is known as the bisque firing. Next, a glaze firing is used to affix decorative glazes. Due to the extremely high temperatures needed to successfully fire either of these processes, they would not be possible without a kiln.

Art History Glossary: A helpful list of art and architecture terms to support curious rookies.

AU where Leo and Takumi begin courting and Leo watches as Takumi slowly struggles with headaches and descends into a possessed state. Takumi loses his sense of self and Leo is afraid that he’s lost his lover forever. 

Takumi finally turns against everyone and Leo steps in at the last second, takes a hit from the Fujin Yumi, cradles Takumi’s cheek, and tells him that he is beautiful and loved. Takumi cries as he breaks free from his possession and finally recognizes Leo again.



Four Basic Elements.

In classical thought, the four elements Water, Air, Earth, and Fire frequently occur; sometimes including a fifth element or quintessence (after “quint” meaning “fifth”) called Aether in ancient Greece and India. The concept of the five elements formed a basis of analysis in both Hinduism and Buddhism. In Hinduism, particularly in an esoteric context, the four states-of-matter describe matter, and a fifth element describes that which was beyond the material world. Similar lists existed in ancient China and Japan. In Buddhism the four great elements, to which two others are sometimes added, are not viewed as substances, but as categories of sensory experience.

✧・゚~ Fire Emblem: Myths ~・゚✧

I have decided that I will host another art project!

This time, the theme is

Characters as mythological creatures!


- there will only be 15 slots/participants!

- Characters of any Fire Emblem game can be chosen

- Mythological creatures of any kind can be chosen

- Send me a message or ask and tell me what character you’d like to draw as what creature!

- The same character/creature can’t be chosen by multiple artists. First come, first serve.

- Deadline to post your piece is February 26th! (You can post it earlier, of course!)

- Tag your piece as ‘Fire Emblem: Myths’

As stated above, there will only be 15 participants this time, since I’ve had bad experiences with hosting larger projects before.

The List goes Artist - FE Character - Creature:

1. @dancing-aqua - Henry - Faun

2. @weirdmagicks - Orochi - Mermaid

3. @kagomekirigiri - Ryoma - Centaur

4. @dipdopofthedip - Camilla - Siren

5. @lavalakes - Azura - Undine

6. @yoyoyonix - Sakura - Caladrius

7. @dippys-crack-shop - Yukimura - Tengu

8. @lyricalia - Nina - Harpy

9. @hokori-x3 - Nyx - Nyx

10. @appendorange - Stefan - Sphinx

11. @lil-lycian-alliance - Tiki -Fairy

12. @kokoyorieienni - Flora - Hel

13. @strategist-rose - Yen’fay - Phoenix

14. @star-crossed-swords - Nino - Nymph

15. @steviesartyart - Seth - Ichthyocentaur

If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an ask!
Have fun! I am looking forward to see everyones outcome!
Oakland fire puts spotlight on lack of affordable spaces for artists
Long known as a haven for artists, activists and folks on the fringe, in the past few years soaring real estate prices have made the San Francisco Bay area unaffordable for the very people that have made it a beacon.

Soaring housing prices have sparked even greater consequences farther afield, where unpermitted and sometimes unsafe spaces have become the center of the arts community.

The Oakland fire that killed at least 36 people over the weekend set ablaze a warehouse cluttered with impromptu — and unlicensed — artist studios and living spaces, and an open second floor used for concerts and parties. One rickety staircase was the only way down for those fleeing the fire from upstairs.

Funny how the west coast, which are VERY blue states, do not stand up for the poor anymore and have gentrified that whole coast line from Seattle to San Diego, to the very point that the poor have to find “ghost ships” and warehouses to live. Progressive ideologies have created a false sense of paradise, using government for the people to government against the people. 


Photos of the day - February 22, 2017

An Afghan refugee gives a haircut to a friend in an abandoned warehouse where they have taken refuge in Belgrade, Serbia; Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fire toward Islamic State militants during a battle west of Mosul, Iraq; a leopard captured by Guwahati zoo officials sits inside a cage in Rosina village in the Kamrup district of Assam state, India; Martin Schulz, the leader of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) and candidate for chancellor, is reflected in a board as he answers media questions in the Spreewald region of the Brandenburg State, Germany; Two people observes the artwork ‘Global Cooling Lamp" (2006), by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, during the opening of International Contemporary Art Fair ARCO 2017, in Madrid, Spain; Buildings burn after being set alight by protesters preparing to evacuate the main opposition camp against the Dakota Access oil pipeline near Cannon Ball, N.D. These are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters)

Photo credits:  Stringer/Reuters, EPA/Stringer, Muhammed Muheisen/AP, Filip Singer/EPA, Emilio Naranjo/EPA, Terray Sylvester/Reuters

See more photos of the day and our other slideshows on Yahoo News.

My first trip to the States left me sure I want to visit again.

I met a lot of nice people. So many helpful and open people! Very diverse too.

The vegetation was awesome, so were the sea lions. But the birds are so tiny. They’d freeze whole up north, the poor things. Feed your birds better, folks! XD

San Francisco is a very picturesque city. I want to go there again someday. Turns out there’s an awesome Asian Art Museum there, that I haven’t had the chance to visit due to a very tight schedule.

So many fire escapes everywhere tho. :O Bizarre.

Also compostable plastic glasses and spoons, color me impressed and take my money. I want those in Canada asap.