I thought this would be appropriate for a November day. I picked it up from Blake Jamison’s pinterest page. I don’t know who did the artwork, so if you do, let me know!
For those of you who don’t know, my son, Aaron, is an art student. He is currently in art school in New York City – the land of artist. I was looking at his latest blog post and I really enjoyed his integration of the drawing (which I like), and the lyrics (which I like), and the youtube video of the song (which I liked). It is so creative.
Way to go Aaron! (And that’s not just a mom talking.)
Just had to share this. Very cool stuff Klaus. I like the pink lady and the pumpkin skull the best. Thanks for sharing, hovercraftdoggy!
The Arcimboldo Series / by artist & photographer Klaus Enrique.
Words from the author: I had been working on a photography series in which I surround an isolated human body part with a large quantity of a certain object, when I was struck by the idea for this project. While I was photographing a human eye that was peeking out amongst hundreds of leaves, it occurred to me that I could actually utilize leaves to construct portraits or masks. I researched what other artists had created along these lines and discovered that, as usual, someone somewhere had already done something similar. In this case it was the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who made paintings with this concept in mind over 400 years ago.
Thought I’d share a picture within a picture. This is my son in a studio at his art school. He is going to SVA (School of Visual Arts) in New York city. It’s a wonderful opportunity for him: wonderful school, exiting city to live in… He’s in his junior year and learning a lot. I like this picture because of the color: Aaron’s sweater matching his artwork, because of the perspective: him and his supplies with the art in the background, and because it’s my son! Of course. Nice job, Aaron!
I love the colors in this shot, both on the butterfly and surrounding it. You feel like you could reach out and touch it. And such intricate design in such a small creature. It’s inspiring!
For you dog lovers out there.
I thought this was a very smart design. Too modern for my taste but still smart!
At first I thought this was a Photoshop picture, but it is not. It is a bookstore inside a 13th century Dominican church in Maastricht, Netherlands.
I like it if they did this to save/restore the building, rather than tear it down, but I don’t like the new architectural style within the old. It seems like it was just plunked into the building – oil and water sort of thing. And a commercial building inside a church somehow just doesn’t seem right to me. But again, if they did it to save the old structure, I’m willing to let it slide. (I’m sure the owners would be so glad to know that!) But they need to fire that interior designer.
I am a fan of New York City so when I heard that today is the 100th Anniversary of Grand Central Station, I just had to write about it. I think New York City is a wonderful place to visit, though I wouldn’t want to live there. I love it for it’s diversity – any city that has a flower district is all right by me – and for it’s history, so rich in culture and the epitome of the birth and life, the socio-economic life, of a city in these every changing United States. These are a few pictures I took on my last visit there this last summer.
When I visited the city after graduating from college in 1983 – I’m dating myself here – the station was dirtier and not as posh. The very clean vestibule I picture here had a good share of homeless people camped out in it. There were shops the food vendors then, but it wasn’t as high class as it is today. The city did a wonderful job cleaning it up in the 1990s.
Here are few fun facts: Grand Central Station is the largest indoor public space in New York. It was built by the Vanderdilt family – they owned the New York Central Railroad at the time. It has (had?) more tracks and train platforms than any other station in the world.
I remember seeing a long line of train tracks and platforms just off the main area then discovering there was another whole set right underneath it! When I lived in Connecticut, I would take the commuter train from Westport into the city. I was amazed as how many people did that each and every day- and still do!
Daniel Brucker – manager of the GCS tours – says that 750,000 people walk through the station every day – that is more than the entire population of Alaska! I was amazed to learn that in the 1960s the New York Central Rail Co. was bankrupt and there was talk of tearing down the building and building another sky scraper – just what New York needed! At the time, the building was in a sad state of disrepair. Luckily many others saw the importance of preserving this building – including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – so the Supreme Court established the landmark conservancy act with Grand Central Station being the first building it saved. It is a must see spot in any New York City tour.
A warm shot for a cold day in Wisconsin. This was taken by Jacky Parker in the Iver, Buckinghamshire in the UK. I really don’t like these stinky little buggers especailly when they are crawling all over my house, but it’s cold and they’re either dead or hybernating (do lady bugs hypernate? ) and this is a beautiful shot