Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sapphic Art by Audry Kawasaki

Today for Sapphic Sunday, I've collected some beautiful F/F art by artist Audry Kawasaki. These five pieces are done on wood.

From her official website:

"The themes in Audrey Kawasaki's work are contradictions within themselves. Her work is both innocent and erotic. Each subject is attractive yet disturbing. Audrey's precise technical style is at once influenced by both manga comics and Art Nouveau. Her sharp graphic imagery is combined with the natural grain of the wood panels she paints on, bringing an unexpected warmth to enigmatic subject matter."

"The figures she paints are seductive and contain an air of melancholy. They exist in their own sensually esoteric realm, yet at the same time present a sense of accessibility that draws the observer to them. These mysterious young women captivate with the direct stare of their bedroom eyes." 

Audry has a blogger account, by the way.

I've loved her work since discovering her in Juxtapoz magazine years ago.

I find her sensual work delicate yet full of intense emotion. It's so inspiring, don't you think? 



Sunday, November 20, 2016

Love Is Love

I tried posting this picture on Facebook with the hashtag #LoveIsLove, and it wouldn't let me post it. It flagged me for inappropriate content. I don't see anything inappropriate with this picture or the hashtag. Is Facebook going even more conservative? I guess only time will tell! Oh, well. Love is still love, even if it doesn't fit the M/F mold. Happy Sapphic Sunday, all! <3



Friday, November 18, 2016

Preparing for Battle

Recently I wrote a blogpost about the election and how I was choosing to think positively and try to move in a direction of unity and love. But given the direction President Elect Donald Trump is going with things (the way he's ditching the press, his current cabinet picks, his continuing to be un-presidential in so many ways, etc.), it looks like I'm going to have to abandon a peaceful approach. I have a bad feeling about where things are headed. That doesn't necessarily mean all hope is lost, but I'm not going to pretend that everything's fine when clearly, it isn't. I don't want to be part of the problem by turning a blind eye.

Readers, I implore you to seek the truth. There are a lot of fake news stories out there on the Internet, and it's tempting to believe in the ones that we want to believe in. But we have to do our research and look to the news channels that have proven to be truthful. We need to keep up with what's really going on, and we need to be ready to stand up for what's right. Ignorance may be bliss, but it's very, very dangerous.

Stay strong.



Sunday, October 23, 2016

I Think I Have a Mask Fetish

With Halloween coming up, I'm reminded of my life-long love of masks. I've always had a thing for them, whether as artistic pieces or because I find a lot of masked fictional characters really sexy. One of my first crushes of this variety was on Scorpion from Mortal Kombat.

No doubt it has something to do with how sexy mystery is. I've even devoted a pinterest board to my love of masks. My contemporary novel The Art House has a mask on the cover and the characters wear masks at different points in the story. I have a couple of masks in the house that serve as decor.

Part of the appeal of the band Ghost (aside from being amazing, wonderfully creative musicians with stellar stage presence) is the masks they wear. Nobody knows what they look like, and it's sexy! I almost hope they never take them off, but at some point they might.

Even Deadpool is sexy in his own hilarious way, in part because of his get-up with the mask.

Hoods are equally mysterious, which might explain my odd affection for the Grim Reaper.

Any other mask lovers out there?



Thursday, October 13, 2016

Wait 90 Days for Sex to Get Commitment? I Disagree!

I'm watching the Steve Harvey show, which I love. He's great. And today the topic is divorce and finding new people, and he has a couple of women with him onstage talking about sex. They believe that a woman should wait 90 days to have sex with a man in order to have a better chance at keeping him in a relationship.

I just want to say that there are exceptions to every rule!

I met my husband online back at the end of 2007. We chatted for a few days and then didn't talk again for a few months. After we reconnected, we made a date for him to come up and meet me and possibly spend the weekend with me.

Well, we had sex the first night.

And guess what? It didn't ruin the relationship! We got married!

I think every situation is different. I think that all too often, we have sex, and then one person gets more attached than the other. But if you get along really well and you're comfortable in your skin and you aren't too needy or too distant after that first round of erotic fun, then I think having sex on the first date is A-OK.

Sure, holding onto the goods can keep a man's interest, but I'm telling you from experience that if that is all he wants, it doesn't matter if you wait 9 hours or 90 days - once he gets it, he's gone. Let me repeat: if a man is only interested in you for sex, he will leave even if he has to wait for that sex.

Most men love sex. But not all men are looking for a relationship. Some are just looking for friends with benefits. Some are looking for sexy, secret affairs. Some are looking for lasting love and commitment. It all depends on the person and their goals and if you two are a good match.

That's my two cents on the matter. Thoughts?



Friday, October 7, 2016

Documentary Review: The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano

I love the TV channel PBS World. When most daytime TV is terribly annoying and shallow, PBS always has something interesting being broadcast. Today, I had it on in the background and then found myself totally drawn in and absorbed into a short documentary called The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano.

It follows the artist Mr. Toledano as he goes on a somewhat narcissistic yet still fascinating and relatable journey to create photos of the multiple possibilities of his own fate. He does this with the help of a fantastic makeup artist and other models/actors to help him create scenes. For instance, he stages situations of himself as morbidly obese, as an alcoholic drinking himself to death, a man who has committed suicide in the bathtub, etc.

I found the film to be haunting but also something important because we all think about death. Some of us think about it more than others, and I admit I probably ponder my own fate more than I should. It's not something fun, and for many of us, the thought of how we are going to end up as an older person and die is terrifying. But it's still a part of life.

Through the journey, Mr. Toldeano's wife was was worried the project would ultimately do him harm, and she was also concerned that she and their child was not pictured in any of the fates. But in the end, it actually helped him work through his demons. At first I thought it was very self-absorbed and self-defeating to not include his family in the pictures, but then I realized that we all truly do die alone, so maybe he was trying to reflect that with scenarios that were mostly alone, or at least without family.

If you get a chance, check it out. It's dark and cerebral, but if you're brave enough to ponder the more morbid things in life, and you appreciate good art, I think you'd like it. You can see the trailer below: