"I work in drybrush when my emotion gets deep enough into a subject. So I paint with a smaller brush, dip it into color, splay out the brush and bristles, squeeze out a good deal of the moisture so there is only a very small amount of paint left."

Andrew Wyeth, Evening at Kuerners, 1970


This gorgeous, tentacular object is an American chatelaine dating back to 1887. A chatelaine is a decorative belt hook or clasp worn at the waist with a series of chains suspended from it. They were worn by many housekeepers during the 19th century, with each tentacle chain fastened to a useful household appendage such as scissors, thimble, watch, key, vinaigrette, household seal, etc.
This stunning sterling silver octopus chatelaine was made by the Gorham Manufacturing Company and is part of the jewelry collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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Greek, Gold wreath, 4th century BC (source).

"The piano duet wasn’t in the script, and it wasn’t even my idea! When I first went to New York to meet with Philip Glass I asked him to create a song [India and Charlie] could play together for that scene. And he said, "Well, I’ve got to know what kind of scene it is for me to write it." So we’re saying, it’s a piano performance, but it’s actually sex. And he said, "Oh, I got it. I once made a piece called Four Hands, a married couple were playing it and one day the husband said, while we can play it like this, we can also play it like this [mimes the man putting his arm around the woman to reach the other side of the keyboard.] Right away that night, I changed the script to have Charlie’s arm going around India." - Park Chan-wook


If a guy calls you princess in a condescending manner assert your newly appointed royal status and have him beheaded.

Longbows are ranged weapons using arrows for ammunition.

Longbows are moderately powerful and can hit targets at much 
greater distance, but fire more slowly than shortbows. Longbows 
can be used with special arrows which deal additional effects, such 
as stunning an opponent or interrupting spellcasting.