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North Carolina Museum of Art :: While home for the New Year I took a trip to the NC Museum of Art to see their two visiting exhibitions; the Worlds of M.C. Escher: Nature, Science, and Imagination and Leonardo Da Vinci's Codex Leicester and the Creative Mind.

the Worlds of M.C. Escher: Nature, Science, and Imagination

Metamorphosis II, photo credit.

Metamorphosis II, photo credit.

The Escher show was mesmerizing to say the least. My favorite part of the exhibition was the inclusion of the wood blocks and litho stones for some of the works. Seeing the level of precision needed to create these lithographs and wood carvings was mind boggling. I also loved seeing some of Escher's process work and sketches, a lot of which were done with no specific intent and then used later once he had an idea in mind. It reminded me that doodling and noodling are important and not everything I create needs a "purpose."

Bond of Union. This was my favorite piece from the exhibit. Photo credit.

Bond of Union. This was my favorite piece from the exhibit. Photo credit.

Leonardo Da Vinci's Codex Leicester and the Creative Mind

Codex Leicester, Hammer 2A - Fol.35v (left) and Fol.2r (right). Photo credit.

Codex Leicester, Hammer 2A - Fol.35v (left) and Fol.2r (right). Photo credit.

The Codex Leicester exhibit featured pages from di Vinci's notebooks. Since di Vinci wrote in Italian and backwards so you read it in a mirror, each spread came with a description of what was written on each page and explanations of drawings and diagrams in the margins.

The overwhelming take away from this show was di Vinci's unyielding sense of curiosity about the world around him. He was a constant observer, thinker, and problem solver. The whole thing inspired me to start spending less time staring at a screen and more time looking at the world around me (she says as she types on her laptop...)

the Great British Baking Show :: Can we please talk about how great this show is? I've just finished season 1 and I can't get enough! Everything is beautiful and sweet and delicious and I don't just mean the food. I want to draw pastries forever.

Judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. (those names! so perfect!) Photo credit.

Judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. (those names! so perfect!) Photo credit.

Serial - season 2 :: Currently listening to the second season of Serial which dives into the story of U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl; his disappearance, kidnapping, rescue, and the consequences that followed.