Calling all artists and illustrators! Looking for a new project for your digital doodling hobby and hoping to get paid? Are you new to illustrating and looking for a way to build your portfolio? Have you ever wanted to work produce artwork for a children's book? Wherever you fall on this spectrum, I have a proposal... Continue Reading →
When people ask me why I chose to study mechanical engineering rather than music, English, or something else, I explain that I have never shaken my childhood urge to play with Legos. Engineering, while somewhat removed from Legos, scratches the itch, but it doesn't stop me from visiting as many Lego stores as I can... Continue Reading →
Le Havre [Loo Ah-v-ruh] is a French seaport in Normandy. The town was almost completely destroyed in World War I, so architect Auguste Perret undertook the job of redesigning the city so that it would still feel French, but with modern considerations in mind. Thus, Le Havre has remarkably wide streets and building facades that... Continue Reading →
Places to Go
Of all the places I love most
I like the ones along the coast.
I like mountains in between.
I like to see the plains turn green.
I like to see the cityscapes,
the inlets, islands, glaciers, capes,
the forests, fog, and ocean foam.
I love to go and come back home.
My wife, Courtney, is officially launching her blog on traveling and art today! Go on over and check it out!
Please enjoy this short Q&A about why Paintings & Places is so important to me and those who understand (or are trying to understand) the importance of travel and art!
1. What is Paintings & Places?
Hello, bonjour, hola! My name is Courtney Mortenson and please allow me to introduce you to Paintings & Places. As a student of Brigham Young University studying languages, specifically French and Spanish, my classes focus intensely on grammar and literature. This makes sense for those trying to learn words and how to put them together, but in an effort to gain cultural literacy, more than linguistic mastery is required. With this in mind, I’ve set out to visit as many places that I can that speak these languages (and any other places I happen to be able to visit along the way) in order to learn more about people and what they value from…
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Looks Like a Pretzel He told me it looks like a pretzel, but isn’t. But isn’t? What looks like a pretzel but isn’t? A tangle of noodles? The Gordian knot? A piece of pastrami that’s twisted a lot? Infinity, broken and drooping? A sin? The handles of scissors? A pretzel-shaped pin? The shape of... Continue Reading →
Coloring with crayons is one of the things I miss most about being at little kid. It was so easy, fun, bright, and innocent. Hard to go wrong with wax on paper. Life is Like a Box of Crayons Life is like a box of crayons. Some days are melted, chipped, or... Continue Reading →
In 2007 Disney came out with a charming movie called Ratatouille. In the movie, a critic named Anton Ego comes to the restaurant. The following is his conversation with the waiter: Anton Ego: After reading a lot of overheated puffery ... you know what I'm craving? A little perspective. That's it. I'd like some fresh, clear, well-seasoned... Continue Reading →