x Quintessence of Dust


good nights & good mornings from twitter, take two

part 1

Aug 20 22:42 ( 4548 )


this is the best twitter account ever

Aug 20 22:25 ( 21383 )



Photo of a fight in the Ukranian Parliament or Renaissance painting? 

It also follows a pyramidal composition!

However, I would argue that this picture is more Baroque than Renaissance. Notable features of Baroque art are:

  • Images are direct, obvious, and dramatic.
  • Tries to draw the viewer in to participate in the scene.
  • Depictions feel physically and psychologically real. Emotionally intense.
  • Extravagant settings and ornamentation.
  • Dramatic use of color.
  • Dramatic contrasts between light and dark, light and shadow.
  • As opposed to Renaissance art with its clearly defined planes, with each figure placed in isolation from each other, Baroque art has continuous overlapping of figures and elements.
  • Common themes: grandiose visions, ecstasies and conversions, martyrdom and death, intense light, intense psychological moments.

In the baroque, artists strove to evoke aesthetic responses. Now I’m not talking about aesthetic as in “oh thats pretty” I’m talking about aesthetic like that punch in the gut reaction you get to something.

One of the ways this was done was through the depiction of intense emotion which we see in this photograph. compare to Bernini

The picture also displays a wonderful use of chiaroscuro (an effect of contrasted light and shadow created by light falling unevenly or from a particular direction on something) a style used extensively by Caravaggio and other Baroque artists.


Aug 20 22:08 ( 28585 )


no but that story was actually really depressing 

Aug 20 21:50 ( 60 )
Aug 20 21:32 ( 3920 )


Johnston Ridge Visitor Center Theater Room by AlexBurke on Flickr.

Aug 20 21:15 ( 24683 )
Aug 20 20:57 ( 1048 )


Clif always has the best stuff.

Aug 20 20:39 ( 16387 )
Aug 20 20:22 ( 15776 )

the dangers of deluding yourself with body positivity


Body Positivity Convinced Me That My Abnormal Amount of Body Hair Was Normal So I Didn’t Notice Myself Turning Into a Gorilla. I don’t hate being a gorilla, I just wish I’d known ahead of time.

I Used to be 140 Pounds, But Then I Saw a Picture of A Fat Girl Smiling on the…

Aug 20 20:11 ( 271 )



Aug 20 20:04 ( 1218 )
Aug 20 19:47 ( 18241 )



my milkshakes are safe
for now


my milkshakes
Aug 20 19:29 ( 384381 )


Taking pictures of some of my roommate’s snakes today.  This is Ebony, a Mexican Black Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula nigrita).

Aug 20 19:12 ( 27547 )


A lesson in nutrition from Andy Dwyer.

Aug 20 18:54 ( 386282 )