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Found the image on someone else’s site and thought I’d share a screenshot of it (I have yet to learn how to reblog things on an iPad). 


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

My mother in law, my daughter and I went to see the Marilyn Monroe art exhibition today and all I can say is – OH. MY. GOD!

It was brilliant and amazing. There were some of her personal possessions, such as a luggage trunk, some childhood photographs, perfume and make up pieces that she had used and a few pieces of her clothing that she wore in her personal life, on the red carpet, in photographs or in some of the movies she was in.

I couldn’t get over how tiny the clothes were. I had to Google to find out what size she was. Back in the day (the 1950’s), she was considered a 12-16. But by today’s (Australian sizing) standards, she was a possibly 4-10 (depending on brands). And she would have had to have her clothes custom made like she did when she was alive as, not only did she have an hourglass figure, but she was a 34D in bra size and had a 35 inch bust, a 22 inch waist and 35 inch hips. And clothes these days (and apparently back then) don’t cater for a figure with those measurements. And she was a very similar size to models these days (who are 34-24-34) but a lot shorter (she was only 1.66 metres tall which is about my height).

I wasn’t expecting her to be so small. She’s such a big figure in our culture and I was expecting her to be physically bigger than what she was. I was expecting her to be taller and bigger around the hips and the boobs (her boobs were around the size I was expecting them to be anyway).

Overall, it was a pretty good exhibition and I really recommend it for people to see.

Artist Imagines What Real-Life Disney Characters Would Look Like

Wow, these look really great!


In an ongoing series entitled, ‘Real Life Disney‘, Jirka Väätäinen uses a combination of digital compositing, photo manipulation and digital painting to envision what popular Disney characters might look like in real life.

The Finnish artist, who currently lives in Melbourne, Australia, recently told MTV News:

“I have always been interested in character design, as well as the way people look and what makes them unique in their appearances. I was inspired by the idea of recreating these characters that we all know and love, in a way I would imagine them to look like if they were ‘more real’, while still staying somewhat true to the unrealistic quirks in their original character designs.” [source]

The artist is currently available for commissions. You can see much more of his artworks at the links below:

Jirka Väätäinen
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1. Ariel

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Age of Enlightenment and Revolution—Art History

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Art produced in seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth century was mobilized for political purposes. Royalty and revolutionaries used art as a means of solidifying their power. Anthony van Dyck specialized in court portraiture. International painters copied the artist’s refined style; other painters reflected his style well into the nineteenth century (Gardner 678-9).

Charles I Dismounted (image from here)

His Charles I Dismounted (c. 1635) depicts “the absolutist monarch Charles I at a sharp angle so that the king, a short man, appears to be looking down at the viewer” (678). The king was in fact five foot, four inches. Because the monarch was rather short, this “forced him to exert his power in ways other than physical” (678-9). Charles I was a Stuart king, whom Parliament did not like because of his absolute reign. Although Charles I was actually a sickly man, he appears here as a man of action…

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