This summer, my grandpa is teaching me how to paint. He does traditional Chinese painting and likes to paint birds, fish, other animals, and landscapes (especially Yosemite). I’ve also seen some oil paintings he’s done, such as an abstract of the Golden Gate Bridge and a portrait of my grandma. Usually after I leave work, I go to his house for dinner, and afterwards, he shows me how to paint anything I ask him for. I typically request small birds, like sparrows or finches, since I want to focus on one animal first before I move on. Actually, a lot of small birds come by his house since he built his own small stream in the garden! They like to wash themselves there, and it’s really cute.
Traditional Chinese painting mainly uses a brush pen and ink. It’s more about giving the painting shape and life than completely sticking to reality. It takes a bit to get used to using the brush, but with an expert hand you can really create some beautiful effects. For example, the tip of the brush is generally dark with ink, and traveling up the brush the ink is lighter and more diluted. You can also put different colors on different parts of the brush, like making the tip red, the middle orange, the base more orange-black for an ombre-like effect.
I’m still learning, but I’m excited to practice painting this summer! So far, I’ve only been drawing sparrows and sticking to the standard black ink, but once I’m more accustomed to the brush and technique, I’ll start experimenting with colors and different animals and landscapes.
Depending on the house and style of room that you choose, rooms can look pretty different at Caltech. Generally, the south houses (Blacker, Dabney, Fleming, Ricketts) have similar options, and the north houses (Lloyd, Page, Venerable) are similar in their room styles as well. Rooms in Bechtel and Avery tend to look different from the north and south house rooms as well. In this blog post, I’ll be sharing an example of what a Fleming (south house) single generally looks like, and how I’ve chosen to decorate mine.
Now, based on the title you may be wondering what kind of story this will be. As you will soon find out, it’s a story of adventure born out of the pure, dark chaos that fills the minds of sleep deprived Caltech undergrads.
I’m starting a new miniseries on the blog – Film Club! Each episode, I’ll share a short clip from a popular piece of media, and then completely dissect and overanalyze it, because let’s face it, I’m doing it in my head already anyway. You say “buzzkill.” I say “science.” We’ll kick things off with a clip from Gravity Falls I discussed a bit in my previous post: Season 2 Episode 12, A Tale of Two Stans. If somehow you haven’t watched this show yet (?!)… spoilers incoming!