Author: Alana Solomon

Ortolana Studio is the catch-all for the artworks of Alana Solomon, an Orthodox Christian based in NY state who is currently attending Binghamton University as an Art History and Medieval History double major.

Heavy Rotation 2017 playlist

Here is the spotify link of the songs I’ve been painting, writing, cleaning, and drinking to in 2017.(Honorable mention, though not on spotify: Joanna Newsom and the Brkic Triplets. I will feature the latter in the coming weeks.) Citing this page: Solomon, Alana. “Heavy Rotation 2017 Playlist.” Ortolana Studio. Ortolana Studio, 30 December 2017.

Soundtrack for Taxidermy 

(Featured image: Working on a specimen while my (very much alive) pet pigeon Franklin looks on. Later while preserving a pigeon, I would build a sort of tent around the table in order to block her dissected brethren from her view.) The Start In the mid-2000’s I taught myself the basics of small bird and […]

Art of the Marbler

Today I would like to share with you this incredibly charming, hypnotic, and beautiful video I found on YouTube some time ago. It comes from the website of the Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service. Although mockumentary films like the “Look Around” series reference the style, it is, in fact, a real film. And don’t listen […]

By the Anguish and Love

(Note: This post was made before my conversion from the Roman church to Eastern Orthodoxy, and the calendar and prayers reflect as much.) Posted in honor of the feast day of Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15th (Also celebrated the Friday before Good Friday).

Let the Empty Specters of the Deceiving World Not Drive You Mad

(Note: The following post was made previous to my conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy. I very much acknowledge, recognize and understand the problematic nature of Franciscan spirituality in general; however, I remain inspired by the writings of St. Clare in particular.) Adapted directly and faithfully from Clare’s letter to Ermentrude of Bruges: Gaze upon Him, consider […]