New York Trippin’

Well I went on an adventure last week! Hence the lack of posts, but I am so excited to share what I learned! I learned that Sam Weber is really cool, the subway is crazy but also endearing, the best hot chocolate in the whole world resides at the City Bakery and holy MoMA, Guggenheim and Metropolitan wonderlands!

Outsider Art NYC

Brandy wine sketch

Richard Solomon

Jazz in the city sketch

City Bakery one

Sam Weber Sketch

Montaigne

Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne was a philosopher during the French Renaissance. His writing brought the use of the essay into a popular literary form and specialized in critical thinking and skepticism. He was very introspective in his writings and he focused on the self. Marcel Tetal commented on Montaigne, “From the beginning to the end of his writings, Montaigne points to the supremacy of living, the existence of the self, and the integration of the self with his environment and with the Essays.” And Montaigne him self said, “My trade and my art is living”. His emphasis of the individual opened a new perspective as society moved from the medieval life-style of serfdom, slavery and segregation of opportunity to the ideals of the renaissance.

His thoughts and essays were influential in the shaping of other writers and philosophers, such as Rene Descartes, Friedrich Nietzsche and William Shakespeare.

It is pretty incredible that someone who lived so long ago could be influential throughout centuries.
It makes me wonder, are our thoughts important? Are they important even if they aren’t seen by other people?Are they worth developing and recording?

Deep Peep Finale

Hey Surprise! The finale of Deep Peeps is here! (and you thought it was over) I created 5 extra deep peeps for the exhibition on BYU campus. Also, there will also be an announcement coming soon of the winner of a deep peep inspired by one of you!

Julie Beck

In celebration of International Women’s day, I decided to start with Julie Beck. I’ve admired Julie Beck for many years for her leadership and strength. She was the President for the largest women’s organization, the Relief Society, for 5 years. The Relief Society is the women’s organization started by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is involved in service projects and empowering women and families all over the world.

What I love about Julie Beck is that she spoke up about how women can be and should be a strength in the world, yet they don’t need to give up their feminine traits in exchange for power. The following is a quote from one of her most famous and most controversial speech.

“Mothers who know do less. They permit less of what will not bear good fruit eternally. They allow less media in their homes, less distraction, less activity that draws their children away from their home. Mothers who know are willing to live on less and consume less of the world’s goods in order to spend more time with their children—more time eating together, more time working together, more time reading together, more time talking, laughing, singing, and exemplifying. These mothers choose carefully and do not try to choose it all. Their goal is to prepare a rising generation of children who will take the gospel of Jesus Christ into the entire world. Their goal is to prepare future fathers and mothers who will be builders of the Lord’s kingdom for the next 50 years. That is influence; that is power.”

What is true influence and power? How can you be an influence in your everyday life?

Kennedy Center Show

Two of my paintings are in an art show this week in the HRCB on BYU campus! “Little Tuk” and “Syrian Monsters” will be up til this friday and there will be an awards  ceremony, this friday at 2:30 with Tibetan music!

I’m out on the east coast this week!! I’ll be sure to post more pictures of my wonderful adventures soon 🙂

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