Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts

05 April 2018

My Introduction to Cuban Art

One of my first jobs after graduating from the University of Miami was a teller at a savings and loan institution. Had a degree but couldn't find a job right away and accepted this job because some income is better than no income. Each teller had a number. You used your stamp - on checks, deposit and withdrawal slips, etc. - to leave a trail for the auditors that you had handled that customer's transaction. Teller 63. That was me!



One of my co-workers, another teller, was a young guy working his way through college. He had come to America from Cuba with the first set of refugees that President John Kennedy had allowed into Miami , Florida.

Can't remember the name, but he was showing me artwork by a Cuban artist who was very famous and known for his paintings of everyday life in Cuba. Everyday life, that is, before Fidel Castro took over.  So the painting was a wonderful lively scene - beautiful blue water and clear blue sky, trees, beautiful flowers, all kinds of colorful people - men , women and children, engaging in either work or play.

"Look!", he says and points at a beautiful woman walking down the sidewalk and men turning to stare as she strolls with her nose up in the air.

"You see her backside?", he asked.

I reply, "Yes! Yes I do!"

(You could hardly miss her lovely "lady lump". :) He continues to explain the art: "This painting is so typical Cuban. Cuban men love the big butt! Americans do not like this! But in our culture, it is considered beautiful!! Americans think skinny is beautiful. But Cuban men do not like skinny women!"



The conversation between Jorge and me was very memorable, educational and also humorous. His final remarks really made me laugh, as he's looking right at me, and speaking very plainly and seemed to take no thought that he was talking to me - a Black American woman - about big butts!!!

That was my first lesson about Cuban artists and Cuban art.

(Truly apologize.  My memory fails me. Forgot the name of the particular artist.)




Link of interest:

Content previously published at PersonaPaper, Mar 2015.







17 February 2018

Spotlight on Artist I Fancy : Smashing Renders on Deviant Art

ARTISTS I Fancy! (Found this artist in 2015; at the time they were 16 years old.) 




Chose this art of Rosalina and Luma by SmashingRenders on DeviantArt to feature here at My Blog Stop!  Isn't it beautiful??!!



https://foxnooze.tumblr.com/post/170999887471/rosalina-and-luma-by-smashingrenders

Rosalina and Luma by SmashingRenders on DeviantArt

13 February 2018

Happy Tree Tuesday! The Olive Tree has been highly regarded since ancient times ...

The olive branch holds a special place in Jewish and Christian beliefs and traditions.
Olive Branch

Olive trees are considered as "Immortal" because they can live for up to two hundred years, and just before a tree dies, new branches sprout from its roots.

There are artists living and working in the Holy City of Bethlehem who specialize in sculpting unique treasures and creating inspirational art from olive wood.
 
Olive tree  
Throughout history, the olive tree has been regarded as a symbol of peace and goodwill.


The craft of olive wood carving has been practiced since the 4th century.




lion and lamb olive wood carving

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Glackens - Hillside with Olive Trees Poster
Glackens - Hillside with Olive Trees Poster by Virginia5050
Shop for a Poster template or design online at Zazzle.com






Clipart Image Credits:  Olive Tree © Photographer: Scusi | Agency: Dreamstime.com; AND Olive Branch © Photographer: Cidepix | Agency: Dreamstime.com * * *

10 February 2018

Enjoy Art and Dreaming? Ever Combine Them!

I love dreaming.  Don't you?  What would our world like be if we could not fall asleep and dream? But for all the dreams I've dreamed, I was never fortunate enough to dream of myself being an artist.  I do so wish I had the talent to be an artist.  I don't even dream of being painted or sculpted by an artist.  I also don't read in my dreams.  But that's a completely different discussion.  Staying on topic.

Do you enjoy art and dreaming? 
How can you resist these art posters?

Jeweled Dreams ~ Megan Aroon…Giclee Print  



The Dream: "In His Sleep He Saw Love, Glory and Wealth Appear to Him," 1883
The Dream: "In His Sleep He Saw Love, Glory and Wealth Appear to Him," 1883 ~ Pierre Puvis de Chavannes...









19 January 2018

Aesop: unclear biography, unwritten fables, timeless morals

This post shares a link from fellow freelance writer Tolovaj – a magical writer who hails from Ljubljana, Slovenia.  Tolovaj doesn’t just publish written material.

"Tolovaj publishes masterpieces!
You can quote me on that.  💓


When you visit the articles, you become instantly mesmerized.  The information is fascinating reading, but the layout and presentation of the images that complement the content is absolutely exquisite! This particular link is to a mini-bio of the famous fabulist, whom we all know as Aesop, but whom we also don’t know very much about.  (???)  To put it in Tolovaj’s words:  "… his fables are much more clear than his biography."

Aesop: unclear biography, no written fables, with timeless morals

http://wizzley.com/aesop/?pr=4530


After reading the article I was moved to remark that if Aesop’s fables are an indication of his character,  he would definitely have been included in my circle of friends. :)
 


Wizzley.com graciously allows me to publish articles at their site.  Take a quick glance at the information on the sidebar.  This is a wonderful online writing community, based in Germany, that welcomes experienced and newbie writers to express their passion! There is no fee. FREE to sign up and you can start immediately.



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Aesop’s Fables for Children: Includes a Read-and-Listen CD (Dover Read and Listen)







16 January 2018

ARTISTS I Fancy! - Clifford Faust

Spotlight on ARTISTS I Fancy! 
- Clifford Faust, O-O-CA-NYC



Clifford Faust has an impressive series of African-American musicians which includes Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and two artists who are part of the soundtrack of my life: James Brown and Stevie Wonder. Fancy contemporary art that features contemporary artists? Well then! CLICK HERE.







* * * Similar Posts Here at My Blog Stop!:

Top 10 Artists in February | ArtFinder.com

Native American Art Presented by FirstPeople.us

Enjoy Art and Dreaming? Ever Combine Them!




03 November 2017

Rahab by Eikonik | From the Chest from Atlantis Archive

Tumblr users like, reblog or like and reblog, but now there is a wonderful feature where HTML code is provided and bloggers on non-Tumblr platforms can share content found on Tumblr.  Below is an embedded post from a Tumblr blogger who shares art depictions of ancient history – people and places.  

The artwork shown below in the embedded content from the Tumblr blog depicts the part of the biblical account where she hid the Jewish spies on her rooftop.  This is a complement to a post previously published here at My Blog Stop! about a woman in the Bible known as Rahab the harlot. 

Women of the Bible: Rahab - The Noble Harlot | My Blog Stop!



Image credit: See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

http://jeziora-atlantean.tumblr.com/post/115288266701/rahab-by-eikonik
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Related articles



When is a Minority Group a Problem?

Sweden: Jews are not a "problem", as long as there's only a few of them ..." (Source) Odd quote to start off an article with. ( My opinion. ) But if you don't believe or don't read the Bible, then perhaps the statement is logical. (???)


Memorable Battles in Jewish History

SHILOH (not Jerusalem) was at one time the focal point of Israel's worship, where both the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant resided. The Jews took the Ark from Shiloh to Kiriath-Jearim to the battlefield because they thought it would being them victory. They were wrong!


Ethiopian or Philistine? Am I a Dog?

Published this post February 2015 and although the stats show it had a reasonable amount of views and even a few Plus Ones, the question has still not been answered. The question was prompted because of some dialogue in a Denzel Washington movie.


16 August 2017

Top 10 Artists in February | ArtFinder.com (Update Aug 2017)

Each month, this site features their top selling artists.  This post links to the notification received via eMail for the best artists for February 2014.

Top 10 Artists in February | ArtFinder.com




I receive notifications via eMail.  Of the Top Ten, Helen Wells is the artist I fancy.  The image below is called Happy.  Isn’t it lovely?  It has been added to my Pinterest board collection of ARTISTS I FANCY.  To date, my board has over 100 pins.  I’m taking my time finding the artwork.  What’s the rush?  It’s like a pleasant eternal afternoon spent walking around an art museum.  My first visit to our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. and to New York, New York, I made it my mission to visit art museums or galleries.  These days, I don’t get out much.  But via the Internet, I let my imagination take me wherever.




ArtFinder.com fancies their site as an “affordable art marketplace”, a great place for shopping, where you can buy direct from independent artists and galleries.  To date they boast over 2000 artists from 60 countries.





UPDATE:  Reported on this marvelous art find in 2014.  Fast forward to 2017.  Found another captivating artist.  Gordon Bruce, based in the UK.  Shared info about him at my other blog "Joie de Vivre Magazine".  His artwork is also available at Zazzle.  (See below.)  Enjoy!








28 July 2017

Native American Female Artist: Betty Albert

It is wonderful to learn about your background and ancestry, but we must always remind ourselves that none of us would have a heritage were it not for our mothers.


Two selected pieces below are the stunning artwork of Betty "Wabinmeguil" Albert-Lincez, who was adopted by French Canadians but came to learn that she was Cree.  She still resides in Canada and is listed among the Canadian Women of Achievement.  Her artwork captures the Native American journey.  In my mind, these posters honor the women of the Indian nations.  

FYI.  She's on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/Wabimeguil/




Evening Star Woman
Evening Star Woman




Three Sisters
Three Sisters

24 July 2017

Like to read autobiographies or biographies to glean inspiration?

Like to read autobiographies or biographies? Reading about the lives of other people has always been a source of inspiration for me and no doubt it is the same way for other people too. In fact, if a person is suffering from depression one of the suggested activities to uplift their spirit and pull them out of the dark black hole is reading life stories. Not trying to sound corny but we are all ordinary people and it is encouraging to know that the majority of us endure the same trials and tribulations and most of us overcome or rise above our difficulties and get on with our lives.



But clearly you do not have to be depressed to draw motivation from reading about the achievements of someone else. For one of my friends it was the life of Malcolm X. The first biography which influenced my life was about Sammy Davis Jr. It was titled Yes I Can. (I could just kick myself for not keeping the book as it is now considered a collectible. He also published a sequel called Why Me?) The first autobiography written by Mr. Davis is also the book that peaked my curiosity and got me interested in reading more and more biographies about anybody – celebrities, men and women in history, people in political circles, etc. Turned this fascination into a hobby and created a Pinterest board called BIO-Snapshots, a collection of trivia, information and articles about people. Some of my most recent pins link to mini-bios of: Nora Baker, Robert Smalls, and Huma Abedin.

Do you get inspired by reading
biographical accounts or personal memoirs?

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The Pack – Art Print Poster
David Cowles
Available at AllPosters.com
and Amazon.com
  • David Cowles is a full-time freelance illustrator whose work has appeared in such publications as: Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Fortune, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times. One does not have to convince others that this guy has tremendous talent. If you see an art piece like “The Pack”, you know want to go see some of his other stuff!

David Cowles – Art Posters and Prints

http://astore.amazon.com/cns05-mvdc-20/detail/B005F3PA02

 

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14 July 2017

Black Madonna and Child in Art | BAIA

Black Madonnas are found throughout the world. In sculptures, paintings, frescoes, etc. The image below is a fresco of a black Madonna and her child, Jesus, in Axum Cathedral, Ethiopia.


A fresco of a black Madonna and Jesus in Axum ...
A fresco of a black Madonna and Jesus in Axum Cathedral, Ethiopia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many believe the Templars brought the Black Madonna from Ethiopia. No doubt there are several other fascinating stories and legends circulating. There’s even a cult. If interested here are two suggested books for additional reading:

Black Madonna and Child by Joe Cauchi

There were two men named Joe Cauchi who were both 20th century African-American artists. Very little biographical information is available about either of them. But it has been confirmed that the Black Madonna and Child pictured to the left was produced by Joseph M. Cauchi (born in 1918). The other Cauchi was born in 1905.



The exquisite painting below is by an artist I fancy but I know only by the name Ballenger.  Wish I could say more but like Cauchi, there doesn't seem to be much information about him or her or it (???) on the Internet.  Maybe I'm just not looking in the right places.  Nevertheless the artwork is quite lovely and evokes a mood of serenity and calmness.




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Original source link: Black Madonna and Child in Art | Black Art in America Posted by Treathyl FOX on April 11, 2013





13 July 2017

Artists I Fancy: Alfred Gockel

Alfred Alexander Gockel may have many moods, but I like his "shades".

I Alfred Gockel Shades of Love.

Shades of Love: Lavender
Shades of Love: Lavender



Shades of Love: Cherry




The art of Alfred Gockel is available at AllPosters.com and Art.com.




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