This is Edinburgh!

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The beauty of Edinburgh and its cemeteries is overwhelming.                                                     Like stepping into another world, a different time, where angels,                                             demons and all sorts of creatures roamed the earth.                                                         I walk through the graves, the many crosses, and my eyes can’t stop wandering around.                           There is such peace, that I must stop and just listen to the silence, trying to hear the angels whisper. Gorgeous carvings and engravings of forgotten and untold stories.                                             I try to understand, I try to make sense but I get distracted over and over again                             by the colours and smells of stone and fresh moss.

This is Edinburgh

La Toilette by Pablo Picasso 1906

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With this beautiful painting, Picasso is showing the two different personalities of this woman he met in Paris. Her name is Fernande. With the nude he shows her openness and vanity because she stares into the mirror, with the dressed figure he shows her cool and quite self. Two very opposites that make this painting one of my favourites. It is a constant struggle women have with themselves, being self conscious about the way they look. “Am I too chubby?” they ask; seldom they ask if they are too skinny though. It is our society’s fault for sure, with media only showing sexy models with flawless and photo-shopped bodies. No wonder boys grow up with that only image in mind and girls just want to be like the models they see everywhere. What happened to the ideal woman from ancient times when all artists painted was chubby bodies, the curvier the better? 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and indulge in yummy food and plenty of wine!

Monday blues: Angels are watching over us…

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“Music is well said to be the speech of angels, in fact, nothing among

the utterances allowed to men, is felt to be so divine.

It brings us near the infinite.” Thomas Carlyle


Vincent Van Gogh, a streetart portrait!

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Vincent Van Gogh the famous Dutch post impressionist artist was the son of a Pastor and was deeply influenced by religion as he grew up. He was teaching religion himself and you can see that there is always a hidden message or image in all of his paintings as well as many references to Japanese culture, which he loved. Whether it is the shape of a lamb, a snake or just names, he even used mirrored writing, like Da Vinci, to convey his message. There was a very thin line between his madness and his creativity. He was suffering of depression and showed his sadness in many of his paintings. 

When you stand in front of one of his paintings take a closer look and see if you can spot all those hidden messages. 

The image above was taken on the streets of Vancouver and I particularly love the sun rays adding light a shade to his portrait as to underline his somehow twisted personality and his constant fight with good and evil.


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Painting by Andrej Vystropov

The path of life
Is cruel and full of beauty
Who plays at dice?

Pains and joys are the colors
Of this world of confusion.

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What are the steps to create a wood carving piece?

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How to create a piece of art! Just a few slides for you that show you how to go from a piece of wood to a finished statue. Hope you enjoy!

When you combine Music and Art! Mobile for Shakespeare

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This is what happens when you try to transform a song into a painting. The composer is the renowned Roman Haubenstock Ramati and the text author is William Shakespeare. The music was created in 1960 and this painting is trying to capture every note of it. The artist not only portrays the notes as they are but he adds his own emotions and feelings while his was listening to the composition. How do you feel about Art and Music? Can they be seen as one and the same thing? Or do we need to keep them separated?

Below the entire album with the sonnet. See if you can spot the notes while they play!

Mobile for Shakespeare-album




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