Starting in 2007 this blog documents the multiple attempts to write a book about Leonardo da Vinci, with random thoughts and posts along the way. In early 2016 I finally gave up (or in?) on that and it was the most free'ing decision I've ever made. Maybe i'll go back to it eventually but now i'm able to focus on my other passions. The things I wanted to do "Once I finish, someday." I learned what I didn't like and what didn't work. Now it's time to figure out what I do want and what does.
Top Chef Finale / Dancing with the idiot
I've watched the whole season of top chef, some of the - most of the episodes more than once. Whenever they have those marathons i just kinda end up watching the whole thing. I really like reality tv, especially when there is a competition. I think it's like watching a nature show but with humans intead of animals. You get a glimpse of how the "real world" and "real people" actually are, most of the time.
Honestly I dont know anything about food. I couldn't tell you which of them "should" win, it is a cooking competition and the viewer only has the judges responses to go off of, and maybe how it looks. THen there are the guest judges that everyone idolizes, who i've never even heard of, and really couldn't care less about. Besides that Rocco Despirito guy, i like him for some reason. But I mean, come on, they aren't gods, they cook food- Big Deal.
I hate food, I hate eating. If I had the choice to just never eat again, and be healthy and look good - I would totally do it. I've never liked food. Even when I was a baby i would like vegetables and rice more than pizza and ice cream. My mom thought I was weird -duh. It's annoying, you have to do it every day! and then when you do surprise surprise you're hungry again a couple hours later! It never ends!
I recently lost 60lbs. I went down to 138lbs, my lowest before that was 150 when I used to work out everday a few years ago. I pretty much stopped eating anything but ensures and salad. Fruit and cereal and no meat at all. Unlike most people, when i'm upset I DONT eat vs eating my emotions. Now i'm gaining weight, i'm 141! I've gained 4 pounds in a week of working out! I dont have any more fat to loose, so it's only muscle to gain. Woo wooo Still working on my: "Why Weight" book, which you can preview by clicking HERE.
But back to top chef. Casey is my favorite. She's just really cool and I like what she cooks. she's not full of herself or insecure. Hung is "the best technical cook" but what does that mean? He can cut things up the fastest and knows how long to cook things? I dont know? Dale is cool too, I like him personally better than Hung. But he wasn't as consistent (according to the judges) he had a couple times where he really messed up, hung never really messed up.
One thing that really pissed me off about Hung was one episode when he was on the bottom 3. He used the excuse that no one would help him plate his food! A couple episodes before that he did the same damn thing! and he was like "well it's a competition, i'm not going to help them win" wtf? You bastard. I hate when people are hypocrites! Casey would never do that! and I dont think Dale would either. I dont know what it takes to be a cook, i don't really care either, but no matter what your profession you're still a person! And like i always say Karma is a big fat bitch. What goes around, always comes back. I guess in this case it didn't cause HUNG WON, but in the text/online voting polls, Casey had over 50% of the votes! Dale was in second, and hung only had 20%. hmmm. Who really won then?
Dancing with the stars
If it was like dancing with the stars then Casey would have won. I'm so pissed the Model guy got voted off!?! huh. he was awesome. The old vegas man should have left for sure. It's only cause no one knew who the model was, and i dont even remember his name now. The race car driver and his partner - especially his partner - are soooooogoood. damn. I don't know why, but I really really dont like the billionaire. WHen he said he had a hip replacement 7 weeks earlier, i was thinking. What an idiot!!! Yeah, lets ruin your hip to dance on tv with your tongue out. I will admit that he improved 10 fold from the first show, and i started to like him a little more, but uh. I've never liked the spice girl, the scarry one. But now I kinda do, she's good and really funny. I also really like that disney dancing girl! She's a little, i dont even have a word for it. She can dance.
Oh and since this is the first season i've watched it, i've never seen the judges. The younger guy one is sooooo freaking funny! I love him. I think he should host the show, drew is doing good but that other guy is so boring, i want to stab my eyes out when he tries to joke. But that judge always has the best things to say:
"it looks like a bull dog trying to chase a squirl!" hahahahaha
(The "Savior of the World" that I am referring to in this post was not the painting being considered to be by Leonardo. It was one of his apprentices. Click on the image above to go to the blog that is about the correct painting.
It is going to be exhibited at London's National Gallery in November and auctioned off. It has been estimated to sell for 100-200 MILLION dollars. There is still some controversy if it really is a Leonardo da Vinci painting.
Interestingly I have a picture of Salvado Mundi in my book. I had compared it to the Shroud of Turin & the vitruvian man: both of which I think were created by Leonardo himself. I think he purposely painted the Salvado Mundi as further proof that he also created the Shroud of Turin.
They say that great artists "use lies to tell the truth." I think the Salvator Mundi was painted …
Leonardo da Vinci was born in a town called Vinci in 1452. He left behind thousands of pages of journals and hundreds if not thousands of works of art. He was obsessed with mirrors and painted more portraits than anything else (that we know of) so it's been sort of a mystery as to what he really looked like. Why aren't there more, if any, obvious portraits of himself?
Almost every artist, especially painters, and even more so - painters who paint portraits paint themselves a lot. If you have the urge to start painting, and there is no one around - you are always there. I know personally that I have more pictures of myself than anything else. Why? Cause i'm there, all the time.
I would imagine that Leonardo painted himself, a lot. I would go so far as to say he was his own greatest subject. He was obsessed with mirrors, he painted a lot, he wasn't always around a lot of people, and getting people to stay still for long amounts of time is very difficult. When you are loo…
With this one below. The one above is obviously very similar and was by Bernardino Luini who was said to have worked directly with Leonardo. I had thought it was the painting to have been authenticated to be by da Vinci. I tried the mirroring technique and it worked almost identically on both paintings - both Luini's and da Vinci's. They definitely shared techniques and these paintings were inspired by each other. It would be interesting to know who painted which -first. I would go with Luini trying to emulate Leo.
I believe that Leo and his fellow artists would try to compete with each other to see who could paint a more complicated and "better" painting. Not only that but Leonardo was trying to teach his friends and apprentices and what better way than "Try to do this!"
The curls in the hair are reminiscent of St. John the baptist, and the hands and skin look like the Mona L…