Saturday, March 19, 2011

Pointy Frost and Procrastination

Today was a pretty gray day. Sometimes gray days are pretty, sometimes they are horrendous. I think it has to do with the temperature. A warm(ish) gray day is peaceful, cool, and laid back, whereas a cold (or freezing) gray day is bleak, endless and windy. (I just had an urge to add a citation to that sentence, proof I've been spending too long on this paper!)

[Box elder trees: not as horrible in the winter.]

Anyway, I noticed the frost this morning looked like tiny little spikes or icy fur.

[foreshadowing? I was working with dogs after all.]

The strange crystals made the chain link fence look more dangerous, yet more soft. 

[I'm in love with those brown grass patches.]

However, my day was not as exciting as it may sound. (I know you think pointy frost sounds better than any party, winning game or concert.) 

After working with some rambunctious dogs, I went home to try and complete a paper. I didn't get very far (one paragraph) before I decided to blog.

Some people were doing more exciting things today WHICH REALLY TICKS ME OFF.

[a probably awesome piece of art in Chicago, sent from an undisclosed phone]

Ah, but now we must part. I will leave you with a forgotten picture from my home computer: the creepiest Ice Cream van I ever purchased a cold dessert from.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What a Pleasant Surprise

A few weeks ago I found a piece of art in the halls that I had never noticed before. It's a lovely still life painting that reminds me of Cezanne.

It's called Round Table and it was painted by George Robinson, who I believe helped found the art department here. Also, it's 51 years old! My gosh, 1960 it was painted. The textures and colors are still gorgeous today.

It's in a weird little corner at Bethel, back by the philosophy department offices, where they have a wooden sign that says "Philosophers' Corner."