Yelly Snaps

The Art of the Brick

Do you know how painful it is to step on a LEGO™ brick?  It’s painful.  No.  Actually, it’s very painful.  And I know.  Because I’ve done it.  So many times.  Of course this was during my childhood.

It’s funny how a small, plastic brick could transport you to worlds you’d never known, make you more creative than you had ever imagined you’d be and entertain you to no end.  For hours.  LEGO™ has never lost its magic for me.  Anything connected to it excites me, makes smile, makes me giggle.  Because it brings me back to the carefree days of my childhood.  If you think about it, LEGO™ was the most amazing toy, if you were fortunate enough to have a set.

Nathan Sawaya is a New York-based artist who creates three-dimensional sculptures made completely out of LEGO™ bricks.  He has a touring exhibition called The Art of the Brick featuring his most popular LEGO™ creations.  I had the good fortune to be able to go and see all his sculptures.  And it was amazing!

The Art of the Brick

The taking of photographs was highly encouraged so take photographs I did!  I can’t really say which one was my favourite although his 3D version of Gustav Klimt’s Der Küss is a forerunner!  I’ve posted all the photos that I have on my Pinterest board, so feel free to have a look-see!

Gustav Klimt's The Kiss by Nathan Sawaya


Yelly Writes

Challenging myself

I’ve been telling myself that I need to blog more often, more regularly.  That I need to add more content to my blog.

I have this amazing knack of biting off more than I can chew on a regular basis because I have this (almost masochistic) need to push myself and stretch my boundaries.  There are days when I am exhilarated by the challenges I put myself through (I was probably a circus animal of some sort in a previous life because I seem to enjoy jumping through hoops of various heights and sizes); but there are days when I just get completely overwhelmed and I wonder why I started the whole exercise!  I usually bang my head of a figurative wall and ask myself what I was thinking!

But blogging is important to me, and I really miss blogging regularly (sometimes mindlessly, and let me tell you, my verbal diarrhea is sometimes not the most pleasant!).  I’ve been moaning that I haven’t been blogging much.  So, in the interest of developing my writing (an erstwhile goal), I am challenging myself to do BOTH Blogging 101 and Photo 101.  I wanted to join NaBloPoMo but I was afraid I’d miss the prompts!  I have, yet again, challenged myself to do the impossible.  A blog entry AND a photo post every day for a month!  Ha!  But, come to think of it, I already do Fat Mum Slim‘s photo a day challenge and manage to post a photo a day on Instagram most days.  This is just doing that, on a far bigger scale.  I spend so much time online anyway that I think it’s just spending a bit more time on my WordPress tab than being nosy on Facebook and reading posts on Twitter (also a “being nosy” exercise).

So here goes everything!

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