Archive for July, 2012


The almighty, Jim Carrey

July 30th, 2012
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Lena Revenko

July 29th, 2012

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The Count of Monte Cristo (musical) by Gyorgy Szomor

July 28th, 2012
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The Count of Monte Cristo (French: Le Comte de Monte-Cristo) is an adventure novel by French author Alexandre Dumas (père). It is one of the author’s most popular works, along with The Three Musketeers. He completed the work in 1844. Like many of his novels, it is expanded from plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet.

The story takes place in France, Italy, islands in the Mediterranean, and in the Levant during the historical events of 1815–1838 (from just before the Hundred Days to the reign of Louis-Philippe of France). The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book. An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy and forgiveness, it focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. However, his plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty.

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The Piano Guys

July 27th, 2012

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Quote by Vincent Van Gogh

July 26th, 2012

” . . . at the time when you spoke of
my becoming a painter, I thought it
very impractical and would not
hear of it. What made me stop
doubting was reading a clear book
on perspective, Cassange’s Guide to
the ABC of Drawing: and a week
later I drew the interior of a
kitchen with stove, chair, table and
window—in their places and on
their legs—whereas before it had
seemed to me that getting depth
and the right perspective into a
drawing was witchcraft or pure
chance.”
— Vincent Van Gogh,
in a letter to his brother,
Theo, who had suggested
that Vincent become a
painter. Letter 184, p. 331.

An art-committed life – requirements

July 25th, 2012

Attention and practice

“Whether your goal is artful living, an art-filled life, or an art-committed life, the two keys to success are attention and practice – we tend to do an amazingly poor job of paying attention to our realities; we seem genetically programmed to repeat our days without improving our circumstances or deepening our awareness. Nor do we tend to commit to the lifelong. Patient apprenticeship required of anyone who want to translate her love of an art form into mastery and body of work. In other words, we pay too little attention, and we don’t practice enough.

IT is an act of courage to maintain awareness.”  Do you tell yourself the truth? What do you truly think about your chances to succeed? Yes, it seems telling the truth means that you take full responsibility and it may mean that you need to change everything about your life right now.

I think it is scary actually. The life I am living is very comfortable. Very boring as well.  Art-filled? Nope, more like fart-filled. Am I paying attention? Trying not to. Because when I do, I see that I don’t do much for my art. I do as much as it is necessary to say I am doing something but no big changes, no discipline, not a lot of practise, no apprenticeship. Bits and pieces here and there, as long as it fits my present life and my comfi.

“Pay attention. And practise. You will feel more positive, motivated, and on track if you commit to a daily practice that connects to your creative discipline.”

“I define as successful the self-aware, resourceful artist who understands her personality, her chosen life, and the world so well that she can maintain her spirit, her relationships, and her creativity even as she wrestles with the day-to-day challenges confronting her.” Sounds like great goal!

First step could be to recognize my artist self, the creative within me, just to recognize each time she shines, when she shown herself to me.  Practise comes next. Lets see what I can do about it.

Source for quotes – Creativity for Life by Eric Maisel. PhD

The Art Spirit

July 24th, 2012

“When the artist is alive in any person,
whatever his kind of work may
be, he becomes an inventive,
searching, daring, self-expressive
creature. He becomes interesting
to other people. He disturbs,
upsets, enlightens, and opens ways
for a better understanding. Where
those who are not artists are trying
to close the book, he opens it and
shows there are still more pages
possible.”
— Robert Henri
The Art Spirit, 1923

Impressionism

July 24th, 2012

Impressionism was a 19th-century art movement that originated with a group of Paris-based artists whose independent exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s in spite of harsh opposition from the art community in France. The name of the style is derived from the title of a Claude Monet work, Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which provoked the critic Louis Leroy to coin the term in a satiric review published in the Parisian newspaper Le Charivari.

Characteristics of Impressionist paintings include relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes; open composition; emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time); common, ordinary subject matter; the inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience; and unusual visual angles.

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Kimpt, details

July 23rd, 2012

Lisa Ransom Smith

July 22nd, 2012

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