Laura's Blog

Laura Chenault writes about art and her life in Southern New Jersey. She enjoys exploring and hanging out at home with her husband and two cats.

I'm Following: Ugly Renaissance Babies

Bronzino, Ritratto del Nano Morgante

The title of this tumber says it all Ugly Renaissance Babies disproves the saying that all babies are beautiful. At least in these paintings.

Inspiration: Dan Beckemeyer

Dan Beckemeyer, Graphic Designer

I'm in love with this work by graphic designer Dan Beckemeyer. It combines my love of anatomy with the joy of fiber art. Enjoy.

Exploring: Albany Bulb

The Castle at Albany Bulb

One of my absolute favorite places in the East Bay. Surrounded by water it's a beautiful walk punctuated by ruins and junk, and decorated by artists. Grafitti, sculpture made from driftwood and rusty bits, and a cool round two story ruin that locals call The Castle are . If you are there at low tide, you can walk out into the bay on a cool stepping stone path from broken concrete.

Best of 2011

Happy 2012!

Challenged to submit a Best of 2011 blurb I have been thinking about my accomplishes this year and thought I would share them here as well.

Inspiration: Ariana Page Russell

Index by Ariana Page Russell

I recently discovered the art of Ariana Page Russell and was mesmerized by her personal vision and use of temporary body modification in her art.

Fallout 3 Soundtrack

Washing D.C. in Fallout 3

The power cable to my Mac finally died. This combined with time off means that Dave and I finally finished Fallout 3. It had crashed on us during the final scene the last time we played and I've been a bit too busy to play for an extended amount of time. The game has a great retro feel and music to go along with it. Here are my favorites from "Galaxy News Radio"

Exploring: Fort Funston

Fort Funston, San Francisco, California

A beautiful spot in San Francisco and part of the massive Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Fort Funston features dense woods, dune covered coastline and ruins.

I'm Following: Missed Connections

Just for Funn: Missed Connections

Whimsical drawings and clever titles are the results of Sophie Blackall's reimagining missed connections posts she reads on the internet. She beautifully and cleverly illustrates them in her blog of the same name. Her hand lettering is a feast for the eyes and her work is melancholy and poignant. Often surrealistic the pieces range from the silly to the sublime. There are dozens more at her blog and she has a book that came out in September!

Exploring: Point Reyes

A building at Pierce Point Ranch

Recently I took a day trip up to Point Reyes with my friend Anita. The day was beyond beautiful and the temperatures were in the 80s – almost unheard of here.

Inspiration: Wiliam Kentridge

World Walking by William Kentridge

William Kentridge inspired me when I went to see Five Themes at the SFMOMA.

Kentridge is a filmmaker, printmaker, collage, sculpture, and installation artist. He even works in opera. I wasn't familiar with his work and wasn't prepared for the wide range of themes and sheer amount of work presented. Personal reflections on politics and society that remained consistent through the various mediums.

There were large scale collage and etchings such as Drawing for II Sole 24 Ore (World Walking).

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