Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Spinster Screening: The Neon Demon

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So, I love Elle Fanning. I think she's positively resplendent. That's why, when I saw advertisements for her most recent movie, The Neon Demon, I was intrigued. The previews didn't show much about the plot. It just looked like some kind of long fashion film. Now that I think of it, that's basically what it was. Below there are going to be some spoilers, so if you don't want that, then don't read any further.

The movie starts out with an innocent 16-year-old Elle Fanning. She's come to Los Angeles to become a model, and she apparently doesn't have any family. She stays in a roach motel where Keanu Reeves is the lecherous rapist of a manager. The overall vibe is just straight up creepy.

After the first photoshoot of the movie, Elle Fanning's Character, Jessie, meets a makeup artist who takes her under her wing. With the makeup artist, Jessie meets two other models who are older and much more jaded.

Jessie beats one of these models out for a part in a runway show. At the runway show, Jessie's chosen to close the show (this is the most important spot for a model in a runway show). The weird thing is that they don't actually show the runway show. There's this weird montage of Elle Fanning's face inside a mirrored triangle. Then, there's a really long shot of this neon triangle demon? I'm not even sure.

This is the turning point of the story for Jessie, and she starts thinking she's a huge deal and being mean to people. After the show and some drinks with the designer and some models, she goes back to the motel and lays on her bed. Then Keanu Reeves tries to get into her room and when he can't he attacks the girl next door.

Jessie calls the makeup artist and goest to her house...which she sitting? That was a really weird moment in the movie. She said she was house sitting as if she wasn't really house sitting. I still don't know what the deal was there. But the makeup artist tries to force herself on Jessie, and Jessie pushes her away.

Then...there is a scene I don't want to talk about because...ew. The makeup artist works in a mortuary, though, so...

When Jessie wakes up, she does her makeup with lots of glitter one only one eye. (Again, no idea). She puts on this dress that's laying on a bed (but not in the bedroom she was staying in, so that was sort of confusing. Like, why was this dress laying in a random room, and why was she in that room?)

The next thing you know, Jessie's being chased with knives by the makeup artist and the two other models. They push her into an empty pool, and it appears that she dies. Then there's this weird scene of the makeup artist lying under the moon and bleeding. Is she dead? What's going on there? I don't know. It was never explained.

Then we see the two models at a photoshoot, but one of them is just watching. They're talking bout people who have beat them out of jobs, and a third model asks what one of the models did when someone beat her out of a job. And then she says "I ate her." So...I guess they ate Jessie after she fell in the pool? WHAT!?

Then, during the shoot, the other model from killing Jessie starts to feel sick. She runs off the shoot and THROWS UP AN EYEBALL. Then she kills herself with scissors. Then the other model EATS THE EYEBALL.

You guys. I can't. I can't even. I don't even know what happened there. Like, did I see this movie, or was it just a terrible dream? It made about as much sense as a really bad dream.

In short, I don't really recommend this movie. At least, don't go see it in the theater. I'm still processing. I wish I could get that two hours of my life back.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Spinster Thoughts: It's Too Hot To Live

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is too hot to live right now. All I can do is seek air conditioning because shade is not even enough. Every time I go to walk Miranda I feel like I'm stepping into an oven. So, I just needed to make a gif about it. It is, indeed, too hot to live. It's also too hot to think clearly or move or touch the steering wheel of the car.

Stay cool and hydrated and have a happy Tuesday!

Monday, June 27, 2016

O4W Park Arts Festival Recap

The Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival is now complete, and I couldn't be happier to be in the air conditioning. On the first day of the show, the temperature was 98 degrees, but I think the heat index was 112. But let's talk about the show.

Above you'll see a photo of my art trade with Silas Reynolds. I am so excited to hang this painting in my apartment! I think it goes really well in my bedroom, but I want people to be able to see it, so I'm torn. Either way, this was an excellent perk of doing the last show - meeting Silas and arranging a trade!

The sales at my booth this time were much better than at the last show. The basket of sketches, prints, and watercolors was a nice way to bring people into the booth, but I sold some paintings, too! The little pug you see in the background of this photo was sold, as was a painting of a chihuahua and three others. My brain isn't working right now to remember which ones. I love the idea that more of my paintings are hanging on walls around Atlanta.

My mom was a huge help and arranged the paintings in my booth before the show started. She has a better eye for that sort of thing than I do. She also took this photo of me standing in my booth. I was already pouring sweat at this point, but I survived!

I'll be adding some of the leftover sketches to my Etsy later this week, and I'll let you know when they're up in case you're interested. For now, though, I'm going to sit here, eat some breakfast, and enjoy this air  conditioning. Happy Monday!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Spinstergram: Scissors

Well, the day has come! I'll be setting up my tent this afternoon, and then tomorrow is the Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival! It's going to be a hot one, but I hope there will still be lots of foot traffic.

Above is an admittedly very bad photo of the last painting I was able to finish before the show. It's pretty big. It would look great over your sofa. I'm just saying.

All right. Well, check up on my Instagram (@Jonezee85) to follow the progress of my setup and the show!

And oh yeah..HAPPY FRIDAY!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Spinstergram: A Giraffe


I just ate a bowl of cereal with about a quarter the amount of milk it needed. But, I'd already poured the cereal before I realized how little milk there was. Sigh. Such is life. I know you know how I feel.

Here is a prismacolor-and-watercolor giraffe I made a couple days ago. I just Instagrammed it this morning. I think he's pretty cute. But not as cute as Miranda the puppy.

In other news, I'm reading a book that I'm having a very hard time putting down. My mom gave it to me maybe a year ago, and I am just now getting around to reading it. The book is called Sarah's Key, and it's written by Tatiana De Rosnay. Half is set in 1942, and half is set in 2001 (I think.) The chapters alternate between past and present. Thus far, I've found the 1942 chapters vastly more interesting, but the more current chapters have started getting good, too. I'll report back when I'm finished.

That's all for me! I must go get on the treadmill. (Booooo). Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Spinstergram: Another Beyonce


So, the Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival is coming up in a few days! If you've been following my Instagram, then you know what I've been working on. However, if you haven't, then here's one of the images I posted yesterday. It's Beyonce in black Prismacolor on paper with a watercolor halo. I think it turned out to be pretty cool!

Ok, back to work with me! Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Spinstergram: Prints And Another Watercolor

Yesterday, I stopped by the leasing office, and my prints had arrived! I only ordered a select few, but they turned out to look quite nice. If you're unable to make it to the show this weekend but you really need a bulldog or cat or giraffe or lamb print, fear not! You can just order one straight from the printer. I'm embedding a thumbnail and link below.

Additionally, I added yet another watercolor/sketch to my collection for my browsing bin yesterday. In case you missed it on Instagram, I'm adding it here.

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Welp. That's it for me today. Happy Tuesday!