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Creative Challenge: Picturing Prufrock

What’s that you say? The holiday season is in full swing and you need something stimulating to work on before you sink into a sick-of-cheesy-songs-in-the-supermarket, blinded-by-tacky-yard-decorations, chocolate-induced seasonal slump? Well then, it’s a good thing you’re reading my blog.

Choose an image from T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock” and illustrate it through art, audio, video, or any other creative medium.… Read More

Portfolio Redesign

A few weeks ago, I quietly rolled out a new portfolio page at www.serenae.com/portfolio. It features a sliding content section, bold typography, elegant lightboxed images, and a gallery of my work organized by category, all with the same simple, sleek style as my blog page.… Read More

De Vilde Svaner

I’m always on the lookout for new adaptations of lesser-known fairy tales, and just over a month ago I was lucky enough to find one practically on my doorstep, at the National Gallery of Art. De Vilde Svaner (The Wild Swans) is one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beautiful stories, and I had high expectations.

The more I read about this production, an hour-long Danish production with art design created by–no joke–Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, the more apprehensive I became. A film with découpage backdrops and actors greenscreened in? I just wasn’t convinced that they’d be able to pull it off.

And oh boy, was I wrong!… Read More

New paintings!

As well as setting a really dangerous precedent of two blog posts in one week, I’m also getting into the bad habit of posting a lot of images and very little text. I’ll try to get better about that, though I secretly believe that people are, in general, too lazy to read lot of text anyway.

As promised, here are my four most recent paintings. They’re actually finished, which is more than I can usually say! We’ll see about continuing this trend.

I’m going to save up for a couple of canvases so next time I don’t have to paint on paper.… Read More

Do I dare to eat a peach?

Two years ago, when I was afflicted with horrible sunburn and confined to the house, I started a tradition of decorating notebook covers with strange collages. As I was completely sunburn-free last August, I missed my opportunity. But this year I’ve revived the tradition! Not only that, but I’ve revived it with poetry. This year’s notebook brought to you courtesy of T.S. Eliot and The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.… Read More

Really Cool People Who Aren’t Me: Brady Earnhart

Over two years ago (freshman year), I met Brady Earnhart in an intro to creative writing course. The following summer, he graciously consented to be in a short film I made for a new media course with Gardner Campbell. I fell in love with Brady’s music the first time I heard it, and it made up most of the film’s soundtrack. Earlier this year, I made a music video for him. You’d think that I’d eventually get sick of the music after all those hours of editing, but every time I hear a new song of Brady’s, I fall in love all over again.… Read More

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