CRADLED

Child Cradling a Baby Doll by Albert Anker 1831-1910

HAIBUN

When I first saw this Swiss painting, I felt the young boy as baby Jesus holding me in His arm.  Framed, as the first thing I notice when I wake up, I begin each day chatting with Him.

HAIKU

NESTLED IN YOUR ELBOW

NOT KNOWING HOW THE DAY WILL BE

I REST IN LOVE’S PEACE

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QUOTE

“A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.”

Vincent van Gogh

APAQUOGUE

Apaquogue by Adolf Gottlieb 1903-1974

QUOTES & HAIBUN

“Paint quality is meaningless if it does not express quality of feeling.”

Words from American born Gottlieb, abstract Expressionist.  This oil  on canvas is his landscape view of the road he lived on by the ocean at East Hampton, Long Island.  He also believed:

“The role of artist has always been that of image-maker…different times require different images…in a desperate attempt to escape from evil…to my mind, certain so-called abstraction is not abstraction at all, on the contrary, it is the realism of our time.”

His quotes explain his art.

HAIKU

ROSE, PINK, RED CIRCLES

SOOTHING TO EYES YET STRUGGLING

OVER TURBULENT STROKES

What may seem abstract to you may be total clarity to me and, thanks be to God, we each have that freedom of choice.  Abstract art has the phenomenal surprise to stretch one’s imagination…

CURSIVE COMEBACK

HAIBUN

This old desk with inkwell takes me back to French primary school and that one day I feared going home.  Why you ask?  Because a classmate had dipped my long pigtails into the ink, reason I can’t remember why!

I first learned to read and write in French where cursive penmanship was most admired.  Then when I came to American school I had to print – still not my favorite.  When typewriters, copiers, computers and now emojis have taken over to writing, cursive was easily discarded.

Today there is a renewed interest in cursive.  I’m glad for that.  History has its glory in cursive.  One’s signature proves that.  Plus recent studies show that writing in cursive improves the brain’s functions.  What more could we ask for?

HAIKU

A CURSIVE COMEBACK

AN ARTISTIC STYLE OF WHO

WE THINK WE SHOULD BE!

…my writing always begins in cursive…

CIRCULAR

French Writing Desk

HAIBUN

I love beautiful things like this French Period reproduction writing desk.  Admiring its curves, I see life as a circle where a beginning meshes with an end…continuously.

HAIKU

AROUND IN CIRCLES

WRITING SEEMS TO KEEP ME IN

GOD’S CREATING PRESENCE

Vera, thanks for the inspiration…

GAPS

Smartphone Gaps

HAIBUN

I have traveled extensively, and before smartphones flooded our hands, people watching was a favorite past-time while waiting to board a subway, train or plane.  Today the public square is a vast ocean of drooping heads, fingers skimming the keyboard of social media.  What is surprising are peoples’ faces showing a flux of constant reaction to incoming texts or videos.  Those smartphone gaps could be turned into a creative pause for reflection and personal dialogue with others.

HAIKU

? HOW TO REACT ?

DEVISE A THOUGHTFUL PLAN

GIVE A PERSONAL TOUCH

DANCE

Dance by Alphonse Mucha

HAIBUN

This dance poster by Czech painter Mucha (1860-1939) paved the way for Art Nouveau.  Can you feel the dizziness of the redheaded dancer swirling to the music?

HAIKU

BEAUTY WRAPPED IN DANCE

SUCH AN ARTFUL WAY OF LIFE

DRAWN ON TIFFANY LAMPS…as well

ORIGINALITY

Yayoi Kusama in Her Work

HAIBUN

Yayoi Kusama is a living legend of visual art and interior designing and often inserts herself in her artwork like the one above.  She is definitely original in her street art and eccentric expression.  I love her boldness and she is revered in her native Japan and around the world just for that.

HAIKU

TO BE VERY BOLD

YET EXPRESSING GENTLENESS

DRAWS ATTRACTION!

The High Museum in Atlanta will host her life’s works from November to February 2019 and I will be there!

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