20 Days of WoW Blogging: Day 15

Posted: February 8, 2013 in 20 Days of WoW Blogging

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?

 

Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it

I’ve always been jealous of people who were artistic and have a natural talent for drawing, painting, or sculpting. Like music, I’ve come to appreciate all kinds and styles of artwork. Years ago, my wife and I stopped at a small restaurant and they had a replica of a very famous Van Gogh painting. I’m not sure if it was the good food, the time with my wife or just the ambiance of the place, but I think of that night every time I see that picture now.

I normally dread shopping, but one of my favorite types of retail stores is any good bookstore. I don’t care if it’s Borders, or Barnes & Noble, or even some little out-of-the-way second hand bookstore because I’ve found that I enjoy them all. Over the years, I’ve picked up many great bargain books about artists and famous artwork. I’m far from being an “art snob”, but I know what I like when I see it. Usually, I prefer a picture that makes you think or pause to consider it’s significance. While paintings of flowers and landscapes are nice, give me a scene to ponder and I can view a pictures for quite some time.

When it comes to my computer background desktops, I’m very odd. I change my background at least once a month and lately, I’ve been finding an attraction to steampunk, surreal, and fantasy style themes and I have no idea why. I have no idea who any of these artists are and I probably should try to find out. I’ve collected them over the years and I have no idea where they came from. 

6 months of my computer backgrounds

September 2012 – I believe this picture is called “Lost Princess”. That name sticks out in my mind for some reason so I hope that I’m right if my memory serves me correctly. When I was looking through all of my folders of background images, I came across this painting and although the woman in the picture isn’t based off a character in WoW, I can help but imagine her with elf ears and standing in Krasarang Wilds. Now all she needs is a big orange "?” above her head ;)

 

October 2012 – I had two backgrounds for this past October. As I was looking through my scary and Halloween theme backgrounds and my son saw what I was doing and helped me choose the picture of the trees. As we drew closer to the All Hallow’s Eve festival (and Halloween) I change my background to the harvest wicker man one. I liked the use of light and because of the autumn mood it creates.

 

 

 

November 2012 – The winter season begins to hit my area in November and so I went with this steampunk / cartoon style picture showing a robot city. Like the children’s movie Robots, I would like to think this place exists. It has a charm to it IMHO, like the artwork and style of Tim Burton.

 

December 2012 – Upon first glance, you could actually mistake this background for one of the many famous Paris street scene oils and watercolor works from various artists. The reason I like it is because it makes me think that it came from an aspiring artist in the future and somehow made it’s way back to our time. On a full size screen up close you can see the paint brush strokes quite clearly. Farther away the colors of the scene blur enough to make it appear real as if you are witnessing a real place.

 

January 2013 – The start of the new year is always crazy and hectic for me. I can’t even remember when I downloaded this picture and it’s not a style I would normally enjoy. You might even consider it a little bit on the dark side in some respects. The more you look at the picture, the more of the little details you will begin to see that make up the larger image. Every time I stop to take a good look at this picture I always see something new I hadn’t seen before. Sadly, displayed here on my blog, it’s hard to see all of the detail.

 

February 2013 – For this month, I went with a train station scene. In movies, and in books there’s always something moving in scope and feeling about a mass transportation location that gives one a sense it needs to be resolved. Maybe it’s the start of something? Maybe it’s the end of something? Maybe, the location of people arriving and leaving creates tension such as anticipation, resolve, and even good-byes?

 

The Van Gogh painting  in the restaurant

If you were wondering which Van Gogh painting was hanging in the restaurant I talked about earlier, here it is…I know Starry Night is one of Van Gogh’s more popular works, but this one always brings back the memories of that one enjoyable night every time I see it. It’s my favorite of Van Gogh’s work. Only later did I learn that he created The Cafe Terrace on the Place Du Forum, Starry Night and Portrait of Eugene Boch all within the span of one month.

From the excerpts from one of my books on the subject Van Gogh, it included a letter he wrote this to his sister in regards to his inspiration in painting The Cafe Terrace piece -

In point of fact I was interrupted these days by my toiling on a new picture representing the outside of a night cafe. On the terrace there are tiny figures of people drinking. An enormous yellow lantern sheds its light on the terrace, the house and the sidewalk, and even causes a certain brightness on the pavement of the street, which takes a pinkish violet tone. The gable-topped fronts of the houses in a street stretching away under a blue sky spangled with stars are dark blue or violet and there is a green tree. Here you have a night picture without any black in it, done with nothing but beautiful blue and violet and green, and in these surroundings the lighted square acquires a pale sulphur and greenish citron-yellow colour. It amuses me enormously to paint the night right on the spot. They used to draw and paint the picture in the daytime after the rough sketch. But I find satisfaction in painting things immediately.

 

 

I’m not sure if you’ll be able to enlarge any of these pictures to get their true quality. If you would like me to send a copy of the original sized ones, drop me an email and I’ll send it to you. All of the pictures other than Van Gogh’s Cafe are created for full screen sizes of 1920 x 1200.

If anyone knows how I can upload, store, and link to individual pictures let me know because I’d like to make that option available. I just can’t seem to find it on the wordpress forums! Gah!

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Comments
  1. Navimie says:

    Cool pics Amijade! BTW I love Boris Vallejo stuff! But I did have a giggle when you wrote you “wonder what the subject is thinking about.” Because most of Vallejo’s subjects, I think, are thinking “I hope he draws me sexy naked” LOL

    • Navi!
      Well Boris Velljo does have a slight affinity for the um…undressed. It’s still difficult not to admire his work since his artwork is so well known and widely seen.
      Girl, you’re so funny too btw. Silly subjects, have they ever seen Mr. Velljo draw something and not have it turn out smexy? I don’t think that’s possible.

  2. Erinys says:

    I think my favourite has to be the Wickerman one cos I’m a Halloween girl at heart. Lovely pics all round though.

    • Heya Erinys,

      Thanks! I wish I could say I had the talent to draw them, but I don’t. If I drew anything it would be crude stick-men that even I wouldn’t want to see. A good background pic is like trying to Tmog a good outfit. There’s just so many choices! With my obnoxious personality, I can’t have the same background pic for too long or it makes me nutty. Yes, I’m quite odd.

  3. Amijade, I’m going to link a picture for you, that I think you’ll enjoy. It certainly sends shivers down my spine, even though I don’t play a Forsaken in WoW.

    It’s something we don’t often think about. We know that Sylvanas was a Ranger, defending Quel’Thalas when the scourge drove towards the Sunwell.
    We know Arthas killed her, then raised her as undead, but what was that moment like?

    Here’s a glimpse.
    http://pepperwolf.deviantart.com/art/The-Birth-of-the-Banshee-Queen-117829503

    I keep a copy of this picture in my Dropbox, just in case DA ever disappears.

    • Hey Barry!

      Omg great pic! Yeah, I’ve been to DA lots o times! I’m so jealous of a lot of those folks over there and the quality of art they put out there. That’s an amazing pic!
      Thanks for sharing that!

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