Today’s achievement

I continue to learn what the paint and photo editing program I discovered can do.

Surely, it does not act on its own. We are partners.

Only together we can do good deeds.

This time I took my picture of a squirrel, placed it in a proper place in the program and then made some adjustments.

You can see the result below.

SQUIRREL by JF

SQUIRREL                                                                                           by JF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACHIEVEMENT

Imagine!

This morning in a post I stated that people with children are very, very rich. Later I found my old post that proves that people with grandchildren are also very, very rich. I decided to reblog it for you.

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

I am in a hotel with my grandson.

He does not speak yet but I am sure that he understands everything.

He does not walk yet but I am sure that he’ll start walking any moment.

Imagine that he crawls to a chair and slowly stands up grabbing it with both hands.

Then he hesitates. He wants to go from the chair but he fears to fall.

At that moment I tell him: “Leave the chair and go to me! I’ll catch you!”.

My grandson looks at me, smiles, makes two small steps and falls in my hands.

We are both very happy! Then I say: “Go back to the chair and grab it!”.

He does not hesitate and makes two steps to the chair. I tell him: “Excellent, you already can walk. I love you! Now go to the mirror!”

He looks at me, then he looks at the…

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I was proud of America in 1941!

On June 22, 1941 without declaration of war Germany invaded the Soviet Union. At that time I was 7 years old.

In 73 years I wrote about that day and the Great Patriotic War in the post MY MOTHER’S BIRTHDAY.

Odessa was occupied during the war and my mother and I were fortunate to reach Sverdlovsk in the Ural Mountains and to rent a small room there. My mother was a nurse in a military hospital and she was able to come to our room only on Sundays for several hours

All other days I stayed in the room reading everything I could find. Our landlords, two mighty sisters about 65 years old, helped me daily to do the most important thing: to get my food ration.

During winter the situation in the city was especially bad. Food rations were tiny and there was impossible to get berries or mushrooms or fishes in the forests. People were starving and some tried to steal your food on the way from a food distribution center. However, I was safe, as both sisters had heavy sticks in their hands and used them effectively without hesitation.

One day we found out that the city received some food from America. Our rations increased. I still remember that we got containers with hot soup in it. One of my protectors gave me a spoon and said: “Eat it right here! I know how hungry you are!”

The soup was delicious. A woman who worked at the center explained that it was a turtle soup.

Several months later we received a big can with an egg powder (it was part of the monthly ration). It was also from America. On Sunday my mother made an omelette from it. It was incredible beautiful and tasteful. We ate it very slowly enjoying every bite.

I asked my Mom where America was and she showed me on a map. Then I asked: “Mom, why this country that is so far away, helps us?”

My mother answered: “America is a mighty and rich country! Today it helps our country and other countries to fight terrible enemy by providing military equipment, materials and food. We hope very much that soon it will fight Nazis together with us and we’ll win the war together!”

I was proud of America in 1941 and I love it since 1941!1flag

 

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Several extracts from Wikipedia:

“The Lend-Lease policy, formally titled An Act to Further Promote the Defense of the United States, (Pub.L. 77–11, H.R. 1776, 55 Stat. 3034, enacted March 11, 1941)[1] was a program under which the United States supplied Great Britain, Free France, the Republic of China and later the USSR and other Allied nations with materiel between 1941 and August 1945…

Joseph Stalin, during the Tehran Conference in 1943, acknowledged publicly the. importance of American efforts: “Without American production the United Nations [the Allies] could never have won the war.”

On December 11, 1941, the United States Congress declared war upon Germany, in response to that nation’s declaration of war following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and only hours after Germany declared war on the United States.”

 

Art of Gaylord Ho.

Gaylord Ho was born in a family of poor farmers but he was able to excel his dreams.

Please click HERE to read about his life and to see his art.

I believe that you’ll like his emotional sculptures and that his life and achievements will inspire you.

Glass art by Alexei Zelya.

You can read about Alexei and see his art HERE. (a text and photos are below “Cameras and Accessories B&H).

Rimantas Dichavicius.

Rimantas Dichavicius is a photographer and an artist.

He is a born romantic. It is a romantic touch that helped him to publish an album, glorifying feminine beauty. The album ”Flowers of Flowers” was presented at the International Book Fair in Moscow in 1987.

Rimantas Dichavicius recalls: “There was censorship. This topic has been banned…Adherents of strict morals did not attack me. Just had a surprise – not up to criticism. ”

Foreign experts wondered how such high level of skill emerged in the country where the photos in the genre of “nude” have been banned for 70 years?

Rimantas Dichavicius never thought about that. He just did poetic, upscale photos elusive beauty.

Read about Rimantas Dichavicius and see his photos HERE.

 

Art of Bill Gekas.

Bill Gekas is a photographer. He lives in Australia and he created with his five years old daughter a very unusual project.

You can start by reading about the project and seeing some of his photos HERE.

But if you want to understand his art and to enjoy his work you have to go to the website below.

BILL GECAS

An artist and a sculptor Georgy Kurasov.

There were always many talented people in Russia.

They appeared despite wars, revolutions, mass repressions, famines, terrible conditions of living.

Georgy Kurasov is one of them. Please read about his life and see his art below.

ART OF KURASOV

Artist and sculptor Bruno Torfs.

Bruno Torfs’ life is amazing. He traveled a lot, created many beautiful paintings and then drastically changed his direction.

You can read about Bruno and see his Art and Sculpture Garden HERE.

And you can see both his sculptures and his paintings HERE.

However, life is unpredictable. In 2009 Bruno Torfs and his family were in terrible danger.

They survived but their home and his gallery were completely destroyed.

You can read about it and to see that Bruno did not surrender HERE.

He restored his home and the Garden. The Garden is open to visitors again!

Quotes of George Bernard Shaw (1).

I know that bloggers are élite.

It is obvious that all of you know that George Bernard Shaw was a great man.

But it is quite possible that you know only about one or two of his life’s activities and achievements.

So I recommend you to read an article about George Bernard Shaw HERE.

I love many of his famous quotes. Below are several of them that are as valid today as they were valid during his life.

He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.

If any of you disagree with any of these quotes I will be very glad to see your comments and to reply to them.

Erte.

I am not sure how many people today know about the biography and the art of Erte. If you don’t know about him please read it HERE.

For me Erte is most known by his bronze sculptures. I loved elegance of his bronze women from the moment I saw them for the first time.

You can see these sculptures below.

ERTE”S BRONZE SCULPTURES

Here is the famous “Symphony in Black” by Erte:

Symphony in Black

Ivan Slavinsky.

One of my friends is a Russian artist and he recently recommended me to look at art of Ivan Slavinsky. He mentioned that now Ivan’s paintings are the most expensive paintings of contemporary Russian artists.

You can read about Ivan Slavinsky and see his paintings HERE.

I like his art and hope that you will like his paintings too.

A painting.

My 90 years old friend Mark asked me to help him to choose a painting he wanted to send as a gift to his son-in-law’s 70th birthday.

We went to an arts gallery and I recommended to buy a nice, colourful abstract painting by a local artist. Mark bought the painting and sent it to his daughter Maria who lived in Las Vegas.

When Maria received the painting she called Mark and told him that she liked it very much. She put the painting in the dining room and the room became brighter and more pleasant. She added that her husband Sergey did not know yet that the painting was a gift from Mark. She was going to tell him about it on his birthday.

 In two days Sergey called Mark and thanked him for the gift.

A week passed and Maria called Mark. She was very upset. She told Mark that since the painting appeared in the dining room Sergey lost appetite and 25 lbs. Never before he was interested in paintings but now he spends a lot of time each day looking at the painting.

“Father, you are a doctor! What should I do? Should I hide the painting?”

Mark asked me to call Sergey and to talk with him about the painting.

Sergey told me the following:

“Before my birthday I had a regular checkup. My family doctor said that I needed to lose at least 60 lbs as soon as possible. He recommended long walks and meditation before each meal.

You know, I was a businessman before retirement. There was no time for me to walk. It is difficult for me to walk now. However, it is very easy and pleasant to look at the painting, to think what it is about and to enjoy colours. It is my way to meditate. I do it at least 30 minutes before each meal. I feel very well and I already lost 25 lbs.”

After I told Mark about our conversation he and Maria stopped worrying and everybody was happy.

Now, as we know that an abstract painting is very effective in helping people to lose weight I suggest to use (if necessary) my paintings below.

Health and Happiness to you!

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Art of Alois Absenger.

I was lucky to find the blog of Alois Absenger (aloisabsenger.wordpress.com) soon after I started my blog. From that time I enjoy his photos.

Alois places his photos in different categories: landscapes, art meets nature, mammals, birds, insects, still life, etc.

Today I received his permission to post three of his photos at once to show diversity of his work. Then there was a big problem to choose what to post. In the process I understood that whatever I choose will not be good enough, that the only way to understand and enjoy Alois’ work is to go to his blog. So photos below is only an introduction to the blog.

I hope that Alois approves my choice. Below are three photos.

STOP!

STOP!

WINE ROUTE

WINE ROUTE

ART MEETS NATURE

ART MEETS NATURE

Success and Happiness.

Many years ago my son told me: “Father, I wanted very much to get an interesting and rewarding job, to find a soulmate, to buy a house, to have children and make them happy, to have good friends. Now I have it all but I feel depressed. Why?”

I answered: “You are working too hard and you have not enough time to love yourself, your family and friends. You have no time to love nature, music and art, to relax. You should drastically cut your working week and enjoy what you have. This will make you happy.”

My son said: “Father, if I follow your advice I will earn only half of what I get today.”

I suggested: “Talk to your wife and ask her opinion. She loves you and she is very smart”.

Two weeks passed. Then my daughter-in-law told me that my son arranged to work three days per week.

Very soon both of them and their children were very, very happy.

Later my son started to work five days per week again but he never worked overtime.

Success is getting and achieving what you want. Happiness is wanting and being content with what you get.

                                                                Bernard Meltzer