Tuesday, February 15, 2011
We've been having a lot of rain during the past couple days here in Vancouver. To me, rainy days are less gloomy when you're outside than when you're inside. Not that there's anything wrong with curling up to watch a movie on rainy days, but going outside on days like this alleviates the dreariness. The light is filtered through the clouds and mist, and colours pop against the greyness; the bracing air can't help but revive dull spirits. I like to watch children in the rain; they don't seem to feel the rain like adults do. I don't know why this is, but they make it seem like fun.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
This is a quick portrait of Ban Ki-Moon, current Secretary-General of the UN. They say his demeanour is "Confucian". He has a kind face, and so I've portrayed him as some illustrators (from very long ago) portrayed Confucius. A politician with a modest and humble bearing? I think that's pretty special.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
I recently read an article about how Vladimir Nabokov was not only a writer but also a lepidopterist (aka one who studies moths and butterflies). He studied in great detail a butterfly called the Kerner Blue, and had a theory that these butterflies migrated from Russia over the Bering Straight in great waves and moved on into the new world this way (as opposed to being carried into different continents via shifting of land masses over millions of years ). Anyways, Nabokov was laughed out of the science lab by other scientists- until now, when DNA studies have shown that this is indeed true.
Nabokov himself was a migrant- he and his family had to flee their homeland in Russia when the revolution began. Unluckily, they fled to Berlin- not a good choice in those early decades. So, finding himself forced to move again, Nabokov wound up in the New World- more specifically, Harvard, where he was a curator at the Museum of Comparative Zoology and also wrote some novels, which is really his claim to fame. (But not nearly as interesting as this whole butterfly thing, I find.)
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