I’ve been learning how to use Corel Painter.
I’ve been calling this one “Sorceress”, for lack of a better word. I want to blend some more “realistic” styles with the whimsical city building that I do with the markers. We’ll see how it goes–I have a very different kind of precision with the tablet. It’s a lot harder to let things just flow. They flow differently–I guess it’s not bad, but it takes some getting used to. And I am reminded of how I struggle to have a good concept of light and particular anatomical shapes–especially the dreaded HAND.
However, I’ve been finding that painting like this is a great way to spend my wake-up-coffee-time in the morning. I used to do this religiously in high school: I would get up hours before school just so that I could paint and put my mind at rest. I love the kind of calm that it brings me. It’s definitely a habit that I want to reinstate for my life.
I’ve also been learning Hebrew. (I messed up the vowel on that flashcard. Unfortunately Anki blocks the vowel character when I get it wrong. Turns out I needed a hatef patah and not a qametz.)
I love learning languages and being able to take Hebrew has so far been really fun. It’s harder than Greek because there are weirder things that happen; weirder vowels, a new script, with cursive and block, etc. However, it’s easier than Greek because it has less cases and doesn’t require nearly the kind of memorization (so far, haha) that Greek did. (And I’ve totally forgotten all my Greek, which is pretty sad.)
Knowing Hebrew though unlocks the Old Testament, I think, in a linguistic way that makes it so much more fun to study. To even begin to know the Hebrew brings the text and the stories alive in totally new ways. It’s a lot of fun.
In other news, I’m taking a brilliant class on the book of Job with Professor Michael Fishbane–in which I get to study the effect that “tragic experience” has on “theological models”. It is a huge relief to be studying this at our Divinity School: finally I feel like the professor is speaking my language, or at least a language that I could converse in. As someone who has studied mysticism, and been particularly intrigued with religion at the edge of the abyss, I finally feel like I can talk about that here. I’ve got all my requirements out of the way, and now I have almost free reign on what I can do during the third year.
You’ll want to keep posted for all the shenanigans regarding my thesis paper. I am going to have a lot of fun researching and writing it, so hopefully I can pass some of that enthusiasm on to others. Until I have confirmation on it’s content, though…I’ll keep it’s topic a secret.