what is curating

Be alone. Eat alone, take yourself on dates, sleep alone. In the midst of this you will learn about yourself. You will grow, you will figure out what inspires you, you will curate your own dreams, your own beliefs, your own stunning clarity, and when you do meet the person who makes your cells dance, you will be sure of it, because you are sure of yourself.
— 

Bianca Sparacino

learn about yourself

Be alone. Eat alone, take yourself on dates, sleep alone. In the midst of this you will learn about yourself. You will grow, you will figure out what inspires you, you will curate your own dreams, your own beliefs, your own stunning clarity, and when you do meet the person who makes your cells dance, you will be sure of it, because you are sure of yourself.
—  make sure you know yourself :))
what is happening

why are you hERE I AM UNPREPARED

Originally posted by cutestcorner

I CANNOT FEED YOU, SMALL DUCKS

No but really, I appreciate you all very very very very much and would like to gather you into one giant group hug unless you prefer not to touch in which case I will blow kisses at you from a respectful distance!

Thank you for putting up with my general nonsense and infrequent posting and rambling tags and sporadic screaming about my OC. If you ever want to talk, message me. If you ever want to ask me anything at all, my asks are open. If you ever want to tell me about your OC or share something you’ve made or something you love, please submit it. I am so grateful to have a space on your dash and I luh you guys. <3

Fingers crossed for a giveaway when our merry band hits 250! …Even though I only write some, draw less, and mostly just scream into the void about Solas.

Be alone. Eat alone, take yourself on dates, sleep alone. In the midst of this you will learn about yourself. You will grow, you will figure out what inspires you, you will curate your own dreams, your own beliefs, your own stunning clarity, and when you do meet the person who makes your cells dance, you will be sure of it, because you are sure of yourself.
—  Bianca Sparacino

RAVENCLAW: “Be alone. Eat alone, take yourself on dates, sleep alone. In the midst of this you will learn about yourself. You will grow, you will figure out what inspires you, you will curate your own dreams, your own beliefs, your own stunning clarity, and when you do meet the person who makes your cells dance, you will be sure of it, because you are sure of yourself.” –Bianca Sparacino

“Don’t worry about being alone. Be alone. Eat alone, take yourself on dates, sleep alone. In the midst of this you will learn about yourself. You will grow, you will figure out what inspires you, you will curate your own dreams, your own beliefs, your own stunning clarity, and when you do meet the person who makes your cells dance, you will be sure of it, because you are sure of yourself.”

— Bianca Sparacino

Be alone. Eat alone, take yourself on dates, sleep alone. In the midst of this you will learn about yourself. You will grow, you will figure out what inspires you, you will curate your own dreams, your own beliefs, your own stunning clarity, and when you do meet the person who makes your cells dance, you will be sure of it, because you are sure of yourself.
—  Bianca Sparacino
Be alone. Eat alone, take yourself on dates, sleep alone. In the midst of this you will learn about yourself. You will grow, you will figure out what inspires you, you will curate your own dreams, your own beliefs, your own stunning clarity, and when you do meet the person who makes your cells dance, you will be sure of it, because you are sure of yourself.
—  [Bianca Sparacino]

“Be alone. Eat alone, take yourself on dates, sleep alone. In the midst of this you will learn about yourself. You will grow, you will figure out what inspires you, you will curate your own dreams, your own beliefs, your own stunning clarity, and when you do meet the person who makes your cells dance, you will be sure of it, because you are sure of yourself.”

// For more works you can visit my instagram: Katie Jagielnicka  

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femslash february by @aliciavspinnet​ and @deanthomasfinnigan​, week one: fave pairing

“Be alone. Eat alone, take yourself on dates, sleep alone. In the midst of this you will learn about yourself. You will grow, you will figure out what inspires you, you will curate your own dreams, your own beliefs, your own stunning clarity, and when you do meet the person who makes your cells dance, you will be sure of it, because you are sure of yourself. Wait for it. Please, I urge you to wait for it, to fight for it, to make an effort for it if you have already found it, because it is the most beautiful thing your heart will experience.”  - Bianca Sparacino

Be alone. Eat alone, take yourself on dates, sleep alone. In the midst of this you will learn about yourself. You will grow, you will figure out what inspires you, you will curate your own dreams, your own beliefs, your own stunning clarity, and when you do meet the person who makes your cells dance, you will be sure of it, because you are sure of yourself.
—  Bianca Sparacino

so this is gonna sound like a hardass of me, but anyway

if I see VRAINS hate on my dash that compares it to another series and rips on it by putting another series on a pedestal, i’m gonna unfollow

if I see VRAINS being used to rip on any previous series (especially Arc V), I’m gonna unfollow

I know this was a fairly big problem back when Arc V came out, and some people used Arc V’s writing to shit on Zexal, and some people used Zexal to turn up their noses at Arc V.

it’s cool if you’re not interested in VRAINS or if VRAINS turns out to be your favorite.  That’s fine.  what I’m not into is someone comparing the series and using one to imply that another is trash, as though it’s some objective writing fact rather than what it is–a subjective opinion.  I don’t like seeing series being pit against each other when they’re so different that to me it’s like comparing the merits of apples versus oranges.

And don’t take this personally, y’all.  I’m not like, mad at people for comparing the series; it’s a normal human thing to do.  But this is just a heads up because for my own personal mental health and ability to enjoy myself, I have to curate what comes across my dash.  And I personally do not want to see any of this ‘haha this series did this better than that one so clearly the other one is TRASH’

Be alone. Eat alone, take yourself on dates, sleep alone. In the midst of this you will learn about yourself. You will grow, you will figure out what inspires you, you will curate your own dreams, your own beliefs, your own stunning clarity, and when you do meet the person who makes your cells dance, you will be sure of it, because you are sure of yourself. Wait for it. Please, I urge you to wait for it, to fight for it, to make an effort for it if you have already found it, because it is the most beautiful thing your heart will experience.

so recently in our skype femslash chat me, @hellobeau @seagrot @frantastically and @roses-ebottles PLUS A BUNCH MORE I CANT REMEMBER created and curated what is possibly the cutest and most wholesome post-game earth c lovechildren AU that has ever existed

listen

rose and kanaya have a daughter named lilith (like the demon), a ferocious human girl who gets a buzzcut in 5th grade and also has inexplicable glowing powers, because why not. vriska and terezi have their accidental trollbaby whose name is “spider” (it fits the troll naming conventions ok……. would their hypothetical child ever have a serious name anyways) affectionately referred to as “spiders” who will eat anything if you dare her to, wears kids glasses goggles because her vision is so bad, and is the most sensitive child alive

such shenanigans ensue as:

- spiders and lilith make a blood pact to become “blood sisters” by stealing a staple from the 3rd grade teacher’s wastebasket
- lilith makes up some bullshit about how ladybugs are red because they taste good and spiders not only believes her but actually eats the fucking thing
- lilith buys a sword at an anime convention when she’s 11
- lilith starts learning to fence and spiders assumes she has taken up beekeeping
- spiders gets grounded for collecting rolly pollys at school
- spiders asks terezi 500 questions at 2 am after she couldn’t sleep and terezi answers all of them but the answers become more and more ludicrous. spiders eventually catches on
- lilith and rose practice “screaming exercises” where they go down to the basement stand on the table and just scream and jump around to let off emotional stress. it works very well, but not as well for kanaya
- lilith takes an immediate shining to the sewing work that kanaya does. kanaya starts teaching her and she’s so thrilled until lilith immediately asks her to make her and spiders cosplay for the next anime convention
- whenever spiders can’t sleep vriska tells her “stories” but she makes them all about herself + tells them in the first person and pretends it really happened to her. spiders spends many years believing these stories until one day she asks terezi about “the time mom fled from two troll cops and one human cop while riding two motorcycles at once” and terezi just takes off her glasses and holds her face in her hands
- davekat has a kid too. they’re around. the first swear spiders ever said was because vriska gave her $5 to say “fuck you karkat” to his face and she actually did. terezi grounded both of them. dave and lilith get along pretty well though
- roxy callie and jade are all like Cool Aunts to lilith (and spiders too by proxy) and teach them all sorts of neat things, like how to shoot a gun and clean out an NES cartridge

I COULD TALK ALL DAY BOUT THIS BUT ANYWAYS…. ITS GOOD…. ITS VERY WHOLESOME AND SWEET and i’m soft and gay so i love it……

truly the adorable nonsensical “your otp has kids” AU femslash fans (read: probably just me) have been waiting for

Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.
—  Flannery O’Connor

anonymous asked:

I love your art and really look up to you, and was wondering if I could ask for some advice. I'm considering trying to become a professional artist, but I'm not sure I actually enjoy making art enough. a lot of the time it just feels like beating myself up, and the end product almost never seems good enough to me. is this normal, or do people only become professional artists if they enjoy art-making more often than not? is it worth it for me to stick with this?

Hello there Nonny,

Hmm this is quite the question, I’ll try to answer it to the best of my abilities. This is actually a very interesting topic I think. 

Feeling that your work is never good enough is symptomatic of a lot of creatives I have spoken too. It seems to either motivate and drive people to improve or to crush self esteem. When trying to master any discipline, you spend a good chunk of your time on a plateau of skill. I think if you’re going to make it through the pain you have to love the time you spend grinding.
Always remember that any artist you admire the work of, who just seem to spill over with masterpieces not only curate what they put out there but have poured thousands upon thousands of hours into overcoming mediocrity. You’ve just caught a snapshot of someone else’s journey so try not to compare skill or progress with others, only yourself. 

Why do you create art in the first place? Do you derive pleasure from it? What I would say, and this is just my opinion, If you don’t get anything from it, it’s probably not the career path for you. I have never, ever wanted to do anything else with my existence. Art has always been my life. I think one of the secrets to contentment is doing something you truly care about and have a passion for with your time on this planet. Art jobs are not something you can just fall into either, at least the good ones, You have to be pretty bloody committed to the cause. It’s not a part time thing. 
I think it’s also worth mentioning that you can create art and not have it be a JOB in the traditional sense… You can create purely for yourself and still be a serious artist. Coins need not exchange palms. We all too often equate money with success or as a mark of validation. It’s a nice bonus if you can make it work for you but if I were to never make another penny, I’d still be making art because I love it and simply cannot envisage my life without it. 

I hope that’s given you a little food for thought anon. Like I say, these are just my opinions. I hope you find the right path <3

Be alone. Eat alone, take yourself on dates, sleep alone. In the midst of this you will learn about yourself. You will grow, you will figure out what inspires you, you will curate your own dreams, your own beliefs, your own stunning clarity, and when you do meet the person who makes your cells dance, you will be sure of it, because you are sure of yourself. Wait for it. Please, I urge you to wait for it, to fight for it, to make an effort for it if you have already found it, because it is the most beautiful thing your heart will experience.
—  Bianca Sparacino, How To Ruin Your Life (Without Even Noticing That You Are)
Be alone. Eat alone, take yourself on dates, sleep alone. In the midst of this you will learn about yourself. You will grow, you will figure out what inspires you, you will curate your own dreams, your own beliefs, your own stunning clarity, and when you do meet the person who makes your cells dance, you will be sure of it, because you are sure of yourself.

Ok! but what about a museum curator AU

  • Bitty is a junior curator fresh outta grad school working at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art*
  • The museum is an encyclopedic museum, but with the addition of Eric Bittle to the Photography and New Media Department, its exhibitions have been more popular than ever.
  • Bitty doesn’t want to take all the credit but since he started the head curator, John Johnson has been letting him take the lead on almost every exhibition while he works on publishing his metaphysical analysis of Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills (1977-80)
  • “The film stills have a knowing engagement with a viewer outside of the scene, the frame, and as Clement Greenberg defines it the picture plane itself. This radical subversion was part and parcel of an effort to deconstruct the predominantly white male gaze in portraits of women in film, painting, and photography.”
  • “I just really relate to her in this universe, Bitty, and I had to get a doctorate Art History and Museum Studies just to move this plot along”
  • “Um, ok? So about the upcoming preaccessions meeting…”
  • He would have almost quit his first year if it weren’t for the department’s Admin Assistant, Larissa Duan (who the interns Will, Derek, and Chris call “lardo” (they have their own nicknames too that Bitty can’t help but use because they are so dang cute))
  • Lardo, after managing a men’s hockey team in New England, manages the department just fine. (Her works are always featured in the staff art shows that are out up every few months in the back halls and offices of the museum).
  • The interns are a god send in that the museums collection of photographs are housed in a huge refrigeration unit in the department office. The upkeep isn’t as bad as the need to update the museum’s digital archive of information on the works and their current locations. Basically, Dex, Nursey, and Chowder all work on the categorizing and organizing of the collection under Lardo’s guidance while Bitty does… everything else.
  • His first major exhibition, a Nan Goldin Retrospective is controversial but extremely well received.
  • The co-curators of the Department of Paintings and European Sculpture Justin Oluransi and Adam Birkholtz walk around the gallery in awe, noting specific works,

          “bro we gotta make an exhibition out of this” 
          “bro, I know”

  • His first year Bitty made a bold commitment to reaching out into the community for fundraising for the museum (museums always need money).
  • While Bitty’s charm is effective (as well as a lengthy but engaging 7 year plan to expand the museum’s collection in ways that are more inclusive and engaging to the community), his pies are really what bring in some of the largest donors to his department (according to the interns, at least).
  • Including Bob and Alicia Zimmerman.
  • Alicia was a proud patron of the arts and after meeting Bitty at a museum luncheon focused on the inclusion of women artists of color in the collection, invited him to dinner at her and Bobs house.
  • Their son Jack, the youngest ever Captain of the Montreal Canadiens, was home during offseason and joined their dinner
  • Alicia, always worried about her son, is glad to introduce them hoping he’ll have a friend who doesn’t care about the Zimmerman legacy or jacks past.
  • Bob is more straightforward and brash

          “Jack loves photography! Jack, il et tres mignon, montrez-lui votre art!” 
          “Papa, s'il te plaît!”

  • thankfully, Bitty is still awful at French
  • Jack eats 3 pieces of Bitty’s pie before he realizes what’s happened to him (he should have known then that he was over the moon for Bitty, to be honest). 
  • The dinners happen at least once, sometimes twice a month and Jack almost never misses them, even when the season starts up again in the fall. 
  • Alicia and Bob are delighted by Bitty and with his help create the Bob and Alicia Zimmerman Fund, which not only helps fund the museum’s acquisition of works by women artists of color, but also funds free summer courses in photography for local kids (Jack visits the classes often enough the first summer they offer them that he eventually becomes a teaching assistant for one of the classes).
  • And if he gets to see one tiny junior curator then that’s nice too
  • Jack eventually shows Bitty his photography,          

        “My parents got me this camera after the overdose, it gave me a way of               looking at the world that didn’t feel broken anymore”          

        “Oh, Jack that’s wonderful… why so many geese?”

  • Jack finds more reasons to go to the museum during his down time, even taking some of the habs with him too. 
  • He always stops by the Photography office (by now security knows to just give him the guest pass and let him back into the office (the gallery guards are all fans, but Jack soon befriends and is on a first name basis with most of them) 
  • The Canadiens PR teams goes nuts over this, finally having something they can use to make the captain seem more relatable (Jack even likes their suggestion of him volunteering for a day as a Gallery Guard since the video clip they filmed for the Habs website promotes the museum more than the team (his teammates chirp him for it anyway))  
  • The museum becomes more popular than ever, drawing in Hockey Fans into the museum en masse (turning them into art fans in the process) 
  • He likes discussing Art Law and provenance with the head of the museums legal department (“do they really all call you Shitty?”) 
  • He likes attending the openings of almost every exhibition (from every department) that he can attend 
  • He attends his father’s painting classes (Bad Bob Ross’s painting seminar is the most well attended class the museum offers, with guest teachers such as Vincent VanGretzy and Claude Lemieuxnet) (Jack hates the names they adopt for teaching the class 

         “why is that even necessary?” he asks himself as he paints ‘happy trees’

         Johnson, from the back of the lecture hall,  

        “Because the author loves puns!”

  • (he hates the weirdly accurate wig his dad found even more). 
  • He likes the pick up games of shinny at the pond behind the museum that a few of the curators, gallery guards, and building crew members invite him to 
  • He likes how safe the museum feels, how it feels like a second home, how he can get lost in the eyes of a Rembrandt, the curls of Kara Walker’s swirling story’s made of paper, and the wrenching truth he finds in the works of Diane Arbus (he cried when Bitty told him about her, he had been so close to that himself). 
  •  The gallery guards stop people from photographing him in the museum (“no photos in the galleries, please!”) and they make sure to pull those aside who decide to follow jack around the museum. That being said, if people ask him what he thinks about the works he’s exploring that day (whether it’s prairie school architectural designs or Japanese prints) he’s not afraid to have a conversation with them. 
  • Sometimes to conversations turn into mini-lectures, if Jack “110%” Zimmerman really likes what he’s talking about 
  • And if the docents have a problem with his impromptu tours, he never hears about it 
  • Bitty and Jack work on Bitty’s fear of public speaking by practicing his gallery talks, lectures, and the speech Bitty had to give at the museum’s annual gala (in french and english, to Bitty’s dismay)
  • He likes having Lardo look at his photographs, letting her win at arm wrestling, and likes her paintings even more (his favorite is above his bed, a swirling abstract painting featuring almost every shade of blue Jack can imagine). 
  • He likes how quiet the galleries are 
  • He likes having friends who don’t know him as Jack Zimmerman but as just Jack
  • He likes sitting in Bittys closet of an office eating too much pie over lunch. 
  • He likes when he knocks his hand into Bitty’s and blaming it on the too many books on his too small desk 
  • He likes Bitty 
  • After he wins his fourth Stanley Cup, he chooses to have his cup day at the museum (donating a years worth of the museums funding to have the place to himself, the team, and his closest friends) wheeling the trophy around in a wagon (seriously) to his favorite works, introducing them in a way. 
  • He thinks Diane Arbus would have liked hockey, and tells the cup that when no one is listening
  • He kisses Bitty across his desk a year after they meet, and a month after Bitty had been named the head curator of the department.
  • (Johnson stepped down after publishing his research, and told Bitty that it was about time this narrative wrapped up, Bitty had no idea what he was talking about but cried out of happiness nonetheless (stable employment with a degree in the arts is hard to find)). 
  • Years later, the Zimmerman-Bittle wing of the museum (a space for contemporary and modern art with a focus on non western art and art by women) is something that Jack is proud to put his name on that has nothing to do with hockey and everything to go with the man who saved him.

AN: *While I know museums and curatorial work, I don’t know this museum well at all so forgive me if this is entirely inaccurate (its wildly inaccurate in so many ways omg)