Surprise Saturday: Double Tag!

Hello again, dear readers. Summer still treating you right?

Mine has been fine so far. I had to go out of town for a bit, unexpectedly, but I’m going to talk about that in a separate post later since I feel it deserves its own topic.

For now, I’ve been tagged once again, but by Remnants of Wit for the “What Do I Think About Art” Tag and the Mystery Blogger Award. Thanks! I appreciate other bloggers trying to connect with other bloggers and try to get to know each other. Breaks up the monotony of the posts, you know?

Ready?

The “What Do I Think About Art” Tag

Rules:

  • Copy the piece of art given to you by your nominator into the post, as well as these rules
  • Analyze the piece of art given to you and what it means to you (you can be as abstract as you like)
  • Nominate 5 people to analyze another piece of art of your choice.

Alrighty, here’s the piece…

snowstorm steamboat off a harbour's mouth
“Snow Storm – Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth Making Signals in Shallow Water, and going by the Lead. The Author was in this Storm on the Night the ‘Ariel’ left Harwich” by Joseph M. W. Turner. Yeah, that’s a mouthful. Most people just call it “Snow Storm–Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth.”

…Ho, boy xD.

I’m not an art history major or anything like that, but if you are and are happening to be reading this, please bear with me if my analysis seems off. I have a little experience in analyzing paintings and art, but not much.

Anyway…

When I look at this painting, the first thing i notice are all its muted colors: the white, the gray, the brown, the black. I know that the boat is a steam boat, but it the brown makes me think of oil and just the Industrial Revolution in general, and the white snow of nature is trying to stop it from progressing. The snow isn’t soft and fluffy here. It’s menacing, blurring everything in its path to the point where you can only see the flag. The title of the pieces describes the water as “shallow,” but it doesn’t feel shallow to me at all. The waves in the foreground are ready to roll and topple whatever comes their way. They’re thick, almost like mountains, barring the passage of the steamboat in the same way that the snow kind of blocks any hope of clear vision. Like, I’m literally forces to squint my eyes and focus on the center of the picture because of the light of the harbor creating that halo. And there’s also the fact that the boat is going out there and doing all of this anyway, despite nature’s warning. That’s a testament to humanity most of all.

But yeah, overall, I feel like this painting is just capturing that sense of power and raw ferocity in nature as well as humanity’s stubbornness.

Painting for Tagged

Brett Reichman, “And the Spell Was Broken Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” oil on canvas, 1992.

The Tagged:

Okay. I’m breaking the rules, but I tag anybody who likes analyzing art 😀 ! I’m curious to see what you come up with for this one. You don’t even have to analyze the piece — you can let it inspire you to make more art. I actually got to view it in an art exhibit years ago.

The Mystery Blogger Award

Rules:

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award (Okoto Enigma) and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate roughly 10 – 20 people for this award.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
  • Ask your nominees five questions.

3 Things About Me

  • I’ve been blogging for about 5 years.
  • I have meditated for over 2000 minutes since starting on February 1.
  • I’d like to have a dog someday. Maybe a Golden Retriever or a Labrador.

Questions from Remnants of Wit

What’s your favorite thing you’ve posted on your blog?

Mmm… I don’t really have a favorite. I post so much it’s hard to think of a favorite post. I enjoyed writing The Darkness of Doubt, and a lot of other people enjoyed it as well. So I guess that counts.

What is one thing that you are glad someone forced you to do?

I feel like I’m going to get in trouble for this one, but here it goes XD.

I’m glad I was forced to dive off a diving board in a pool. The board itself wasn’t high, but the end of the pool was deep enough to the point where I was a blubbering mess in front of the instructor who tried to get the other students to jump off, too.

But after that, I got a better, far more patient instructor, and I’m not afraid to be in the water as much.

Strawberry jam, grape jelly, or orange marmalade?

I love strawberry jam on toast, but I love orange marmalade and boiled water for sore throats.

Name one activity (sports, music, etc) that you are terrible at.

Drawing LOL.

If you could wipe one fast-food chain off the face of the earth, what would it be?

American McDonald’s. McDonald’s in other countries like Japan? Those I’m okay with because Japan has much higher health standards and there are themed deserts and stuff. I mean, McDonald’s is doing better. They’re trying to get their brand back in shape. But I’m… I’m just kind of over them. If I want a burger, I’ll just get it somewhere else.

Questions from Me

  1. What was the most recent book you’ve read?
  2. When engaged in your favorite artistic activity, do you have music on or not?
  3. Do/Did you ever have a pet?
  4. Has your favorite color changed over the years?
  5. Name one place you would go to if not for money or other constraints.

Nominees

Yeah, I’m breaking another rule on this one. Not going to nominate 10-20 people. But whoever wishes to participate, I’d love to see your answers 🙂 Even in the comments.

Anyway, that’s it from me. See you next Flash Fiction Friday!

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