February 13th, 2004

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Ta mère suce des ours dans la forêt!

Dear Natasha,

Hope you don't mind me writing; it's just that there's more than one thing I need to ask you.

Where do you get off, spamming my livejournal with your asenine exhortations to go see Mel Gibson's film on the passion of Christ? If you think this is in any way helpful to get people to watch it in droves, think again!

What do you care whether I'm a Christian and have seen the light? Why ask me that dumb question almost each and every day?
If you're hoping to drum up support for your own narrow-minded and bigotted interpretation of Christianity in this way, don't bother!

Lastly, why tell me my journal is interesting and you like the lay-out of it, when it is abundantly clear to me that you do not mean any of it? I thought one of the Ten Commandments was that thou shalt not lie?

You see, Natasha, all you're succeeding in doing, is to piss people off and if anything, more resolved not to go see that movie you feel so strongly about. And because I doubt that you'll take any argument that I might make into consideration, I have no alternative but to disable the option for posting anonymously to my journal. Unfortunately, that means that from this day forward, no one who isn't on livejournal themselves can post their infinitely more interesting and welcome replies to any topic I decide I want to discuss on this here webspace that I pay for.

I don't mean to be rude, as rude as you; and I would explain in more detail, but frankly, I don't think you'll ever see, not in a million years -- and I'd only waste another two valuable minutes of my life with your insincerity.

Sincerely,

Gamiila
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Art appreciation

So I went to the opening of db2305's exhibition of no less than 29 paintings in the Galerie Uithof in Utrecht yesterday afternoon, and I'm very glad that I did. Of course, I had seen some of the works in question at her home and/or her webpage already, but seeing all these different works in one room together is something else entirely.

db2305 paints in oils on canvas, in a figurative and realist style, and recurring themes are flowers, women and children. Those depicting women make up a large number of the works exhibited at this gallery, but there was also a series of two (to be extended to four later on) of trees/forest landscapes and eight flower paintings (daisies and poppies).

Although most of her works are done in a very colourful palette, with vibrant hues like reds and oranges and yellows, blues and greens the dominant ones; there are also a few works that are darker and perhaps as a result of that, I found them less accessible. But interesting nonetheless!

For instance, there's a very dark painting called 'By night': it shows a cowering naked woman and a somewhat menacing, fully clothed male figure whose face, despite us seeing him from the front, remains in shadow. A poem by Marsman scrolled across the canvas in white lettering completes the painting.

The other dark picture that I thought stood out from the rest was that of a woman sitting underneath a lantern on a street bench, and the cityscape reared up dark and black behind her. The woman was fully visible, even if the lantern wasn't shedding any light on her; and the lack of an obvious light source lent the scene a surrealist quality, somewhat reminiscent (somewhat, mind you!) of Willink.

But the picture that spoke to me most directly, I think, was the one called 'Into the light': a woman captured in db2305 usual vibrant colours who seems to be disappearing in a whirlwind of bright, white light. The technique and treatment used in this painting strongly reminded me of the work of Mondrian dating from just before the Great War, 1910-1911 -- some of my favourite works of his date from this period.

As vibrant and brilliant as her works are, db2305 was even more radiant in her red and tan ensemble and beautifully embroidered red pointy shoes. Her 9-year old son had dyed his hair green for the occasion, and delighted everyone present with his knowledgeable comments on his mother's painting. He gave us all a guided tour, in which the words "geknoei" and "geklieder" were frequently used with authoritative assurance. FYI: these words are synonyms for "mess" in Dutch.