Child Cradling a Baby Doll by Albert Anker 1831-1910
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.
NESTLED IN YOUR ELBOW
NOT KNOWING HOW THE DAY WILL BE
I REST IN LOVE’S PEACE
“A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.”
Vincent van Gogh
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.
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…
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?
A CURSIVE COMEBACK
AN ARTISTIC STYLE OF WHO
WE THINK WE SHOULD BE!
…my writing always begins in cursive…
French Writing Desk
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.
AROUND IN CIRCLES
WRITING SEEMS TO KEEP ME IN
GOD’S CREATING PRESENCE
Vera, thanks for the inspiration…
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.
? HOW TO REACT ?
DEVISE A THOUGHTFUL PLAN
GIVE A PERSONAL TOUCH
Dance by Alphonse Mucha
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?
BEAUTY WRAPPED IN DANCE
SUCH AN ARTFUL WAY OF LIFE
DRAWN ON TIFFANY LAMPS…as well
Yayoi Kusama in Her Work
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.
TO BE VERY BOLD
YET EXPRESSING GENTLENESS
The High Museum in Atlanta will host her life’s works from November to February 2019 and I will be there!