Saturday, May 20, 2017

The 19th Week of 2017 in Photos “Now This Is Spring”

“What a strange thing!to be alivebeneath cherry blossoms.”                                                                         Kobayashi Issa 

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
                                                                                            Anais Nin 

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”                                                                      Rainer Maria Rilke

“Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?”                                                                         Neltje Blanchan

“That is one good thing about this world...there are always sure to be more springs.”                                            L.M. Montgomery

“May is green and pink and red.”                                                                           Richard L. Ratliff

“The world's favorite season is the spring, All things seem possible in May.”                                                                            Edwin Way Teale 

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

The 18th Week of 2017 in Photos “Butterflies Around You.”

A decoration.

“Metamorphosis has always been the greatest symbol of change for poets and artists. Imagine that you could be a caterpillar one moment and a butterfly the next”.  
                                                                    Louie Schwartzberg
Buterflies on the bed linen.
Butterflies on the bed linen.

The metamorphosis of the butterfly, from the ugly caterpillar to the beautiful butterfly has inspired people for many years.

A coaster.
The butterfly has always been an inspiration for culture, art and fashion.

A book illustration.
Butterflies symbolize different things to different cultures.

A butterfly on the note-book.

Usually butterflies represent change and transformation.

Butterflies on the linen fabric.

And if you look around, you will discover that there are many butterflies around you in your common things.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

The 17th Week of 2017 in Photos “Shades of Green.”

After the white color of winter and the grey color of the off-season we could enjoy the green color of spring.

There are many varieties of the color green: dark and light green, forest and moss green, pine and tea green, olive and avocado, army and bottle green, sea green and emerald, so on.

“Green is the soul of Spring. Summer may be dappled with yellow, Autumn with orange and Winter with white but Spring is drenched with the colour green.”                                                                                   Paul F. Kortepeter

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises”.                                                                                  Pedro Calderon de la Barca

“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver”. 
                                                                                 Martin Luther

“Green how I want you green. Green wind. Green branches”. 
                                                                               Federico Garcia Lorca

“The grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence”. 

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

The 16th Week of 2017 in Photos “Mannequins.”

“In the 1920s, realistic dolls with sculpted wax heads and glass eyes became “mannequins” as we know them today.

Why do we love mannequins? Are we looking at them? Or are they looking at us?
 We love them covered in dust or wearing the clothes from the last fashion collection. Some of them make us laugh. Some of them touch our hearts. Perhaps you even feel the sadness.

Artists, crafters and florists are experimenting with diverse poses for mannequins, their sizes and colors for all kinds of creative projects.

“A mannequin can be a tool, but it also enables the artist to manipulate the emotions or reactions of the viewer. There are all sorts of stories of artists and mannequins cohabiting a studio; both in literature and art, such as The Tales of Hoffmann. A man would fall in love with an inanimate mannequin... But later in the 19th century, the paintings suggest a more troubled relationship; a relationship that isn't defined.”                                                                                             Jane Munro

“In the same way mannequins resemble people, fiction resembles life”.                                                                                            Marty Rubin

“Models are there to look like mannequins, not like real people. Art and illusion are supposed to be fantasy”.                                                                                              Grace Jones

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The 15th Week of 2017 in Photos “The Art of Sumi-e.”

"A flower and a ladybug" by E. Zevakina

Sometimes you just have to get away from the routine of your everyday life. It doesn’t have to be a long vacation. It can just be any workshop.
I decided to take a workshop on sumi-e. I can’t draw or paint, but I want to find a new source of creativity.
A workshop on sumi-e.

The brush painting originated in China many centuries ago and spread to Japan where it became known as sumi-e. “Sumi” means ink and “e” means picture. The sumi-e instruments are: a brush, ink, ink stone and rice paper.
This form of art is more about the ability to capture the spirit of nature rather than a photographic likeness.

"Flowers" by E. Zevakina

 Elena Zevakina is a sumi-e artist from Chelyabinsk, Russia. She has been practicing sumi-e for 7 years and teaching in Russia for about 3. She says that sumi-e gives you harmony, helps to cope with stress and helps to learn new ways to artistically express yourself.

A sumi-e artist E.Zevakina with a young student.

You don’t have to have done any kind of art to start learning sumi-e.
Many people take it for the fun and for the meditative process.
During the workshop.

During the workshop you receive the information about the history of this art form, its technique. You discover the wonderful joy of studying brush painting. After the workshop you are able to create your own piece of sumi-e art.

Understanding the sumi-e technique.

Creating a piece of sumi-e art.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

The 14th Week of 2017 in Photos “Happy Easter!”

“Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life”. Janine di Giovanni

 “Easter is…

Joining in a birdsong,

Eying an early sunrise,

Smelling yellow daffodils,

Unbolting windows and doors,

Skipping through meadows,

Cuddling newborns,

Hoping, believing,

Reviving spent life,

Inhaling fresh air,

Sprinkling seeds along furrows,

Tracking in the mud.

Easter is the soul’s first taste of spring.” 

                                                Richelle E. Goodrich

“Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life”.  S.D. Gordon

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

The 13th Week of 2017 in Photos “Clouds.”

“The more often we see the things around us - even the beautiful and wonderful things - the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds - even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less”.                   
                                                                                         Joseph B. Wirthlin

“Gray skies are just clouds passing over”. 
                                                                                     Frank Gifford

“The sun always shines above the clouds.”   
                                                                               Paul F. Davis

“Aren't the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton... I could just lie here all day, and watch them drift by... If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud formations...”                                                                                  Charles M. Schulz 

“There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds”.                                                                             Gilbert K. Chesterton

                     “Every cloud has a silver lining”.   
                                                                                Traditional Proverb

                     “Every silver lining has a cloud”.   
                                                                                Mary Kay Ash

“There can be no rainbow without a storm and a cloud”.
                                                                                               F.H. Vincent

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

The 12th Week of 2017 in Photos “A Nice Cup of Tea.”

“Tea should be taken in solitude”.  C. S. Lewis 

“In my own hands I hold a bowl of tea; I see all of nature represented in its green color. Closing my eyes, I find green mountains and pure water within my own heart. Silently sitting alone and drinking tea, I feel these become a part of me”.  Sen Soshitsu, Urasenke Tea Master XIV, Urasenke School of Japanese Tea Ceremony

“Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea”.  Sydney Smith 

“In Chinese we say tea washes the spirit. It's not something that just enters your stomach, it also enters your mind”.  Patrick Cui, Tea Master

“If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you”.  William E. Gladstone, British Prime Minister

“Where there's tea, there's hope”. Sir Arthur W. Pinero

“There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea”.  Bernard-Paul Heroux

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