Against the Odds

I met somebody last spring and was so inspired that against all odds I created the unforgettable picture below.

Sorry, it is not a photo but I hope that you’ll be impressed by this extraordinary haircut and the depth of my imagination.

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AGAINST THE ODDS

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My latest paintings

Two digital paintings below I created yesterday. They are unique as I am unable to recreate them (a program I use has no tutorials and so I experiment with it until I like some results).

I ask you to look at the paintings and let me know if you like any of them and what, in your opinion, they express.

Thank you!

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PAINTING #2

PAINTING #2

 

Who created symmetry (2)?

SYMMETRY

Not long ago I published the post WHO CREATED SYMMETRY?

I expressed there several original thoughts about symmetry.

One of them: “As a rule beauty is not symmetrical.”

Another: “… symmetry … shows limits of human imagination.”

Please read more in this old post and then take a look at the picture below.

What’s your opinion?

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Art of Etienne Pirot

It does not matter if you already know about Etienne Pirot and his art or not.

When you look at his sculptures you feel how light and expressive they are. They are about all basic human values: love, friendship, motherhood, faith.

His imagination has no limits.

You can read about Etienne Pirot’s life and see his sculptures HERE.

Enjoy!

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PHOTO BY TUTT’ART

 

Salvador Dali’s quotes

The photo of Salvador Dali below shot by Carl Van Vechter in 1934 (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons).

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.

Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure – that of being Salvador Dali.

In order to acquire a growing and lasting respect in society, it is a good thing, if you possess great talent, to give, early in your youth, a very hard kick to the right shin of the society that you love. After that, be a snob.

I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.

Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.

Liking money like I like it, is nothing less than mysticism. Money is a glory.

What is a television apparatus to man, who has only to shut his eyes to see the most inaccessible regions of the seen and the never seen, who has only to imagine in order to pierce through walls and cause all the planetary Baghdads of his dreams to rise from the dust.

Who created symmetry?

PHOTO CHALLENGE: SYMMETRY

Before submitting entries to this challenge I searched for definition of the word “symmetry”.

Here is one that I like (from The Free Dictionary): “The correspondence of the form and arrangement of elements or parts on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane or about a center or an axis.”

Then I thought: “Where do we meet symmetry?” Is symmetry natural? Is it created by people?”

It looks to me that nature has only a few symmetrical things on this planet. As a rule beauty is not symmetrical. The rule of thirds in photography confirms it.

I think that symmetry (even as beautiful as some of my digital paintings) actually shows limits of human imagination.

Now it’s time to show my entries in this challenge.

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Four paintings

Below are 4 new paintings.

The first one I used to get three others.

Please let me know if you like any of them.

Thank you!

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A flower?

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Thoughts and feelings

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It is never late to learn!

EXPRESS YOURSELF

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Millie and “Pit of Vipers”

Below is Millie. Several moments of her life she was slightly busy (student, teacher, wife, mother of six kids, teacher again). If you want to know more just click HERE.

MILLIE THOM

MILLIE THOM

After retirement Millie started to write a trilogy of historical novels “Sons of Kings”.

Two books of the trilogy “Shadow of the Raven” and “Pit of Vipers” are already published.

In November of 2014 I read  “Shadow of the Raven” and wrote about the book HERE.

Two weeks ago I started to read  “Pit of Vipers”.

However, I had a feeling that I read a book with this title long time ago.

Then I remembered that during my early years in the USA I worked as an accountant for the publishing house Grosset and Dunlap. One of its very popular product lines was Nancy Drew Girl Detective Series. “Pit of Vipers” was #18 of Nancy Drew books. It was a case about stealing a snake at the River Heights Zoo.

cover“Pit of Vipers” by Millie Thom is for people of all ages. It is a historical novel about invasion Danes in England and wars between Danes and Anglo-Saxon kingdoms during life of the Wessex king Alfred.

After reading the first book of the trilogy I was ready for Danes’ raids and battles. I was looking forward for new adventures of Eadwulf, the son of king of Mercia.

Very often I am able to tell what will happen in the middle and the end of a book after I read only several pages of it.

However, in “Pit of Vipers” Millie surprised me many times. Yes, there are raids and battles, there are shields’ walls. However, there are also love and friendship, many unpredictable turns and twists. There are wonderful characters of women and men.

My hobby is learning history of civilizations. I found in the book new interesting information (Danes in the Middle Sea, sea battles with Moors).

The book written very well. It’s a pleasure to read it anywhere in any weather.

Don’t miss your chance!

Expression with colors

Below are four versions of my digital painting..

I hope that you will like at least one of them.

Please let me know which picture is your favorite.

Thank you!

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Produced in my sleep

I loaded my original photo of sunrise in a photo editing program.

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Then I used several filters and got quite a different picture (see #2).

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Strange! Different colors. What if?

I did something else and got another picture (#3).

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Then I fell asleep again.

Oh, which one of these unique pictures is your favorite?

 

Art of Maude White

From the website of Maude White (http://bravebirdpaperart.com/artist-biography):

“Maude White is a papercutting artist living in the Hudson Valley. She loves the great strength, yet delicacy of paper. Her work is done on the macro as well as the micro level. Every cut is exact and meaningful. She enjoys playing with positive and negative space to create fantastic scenes and stories. She considers herself a craftsperson and has a deep respect for the paper she transforms. In pursuing her work, she hopes to make visible to others the immense world of possibilities that every piece of paper holds.”

See her SELECTED CARVINGS.

When it is raining in Hollywood, Florida

In Hollywood people usually walk in tee-shirts and shorts and swim in the ocean all winter. But there are days of heavy rain and strong winds. Those days are very good for remembering happy moments and creating masterpieces.

Today is the fifth day of rain here. I enjoy more sleep and my imagination is running wild together with my memories. Results are below.

Please let me know if you like any of them.

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Quotes about intelligence

There are posts in many blogs that everyone must read again and again.

It would be good if WordPress allowed bloggers to reblog their posts SEVERAL times!

I have about 700 posts on this blog. It is impractical to place links to them on pages.

Some important posts I already reblogged.

Today I want to introduce to you “Quotes about intelligence”.

Please click HERE to read them.  I hope that you’ll find them interesting.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT? by JF

 

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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Several quotes about intelligence.

I think it is a proper time to remind my followers and guests what they possibly forgot. Let’s grow in right directions!

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

An intelligent person is never afraid or ashamed to find errors in his understanding of things.

Bryant H. McGill

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

Albert Einstein

Action is the real measure of intelligence.

Napoleon Hill

There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.

Ronald Reagan

An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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My friend artist Vladimir Ryklin.

Both of us lived in Moscow for many years but we did not know each other there. In 1975 we emigrated with our families and then we met in the small inn on the 35th street between 5th and 6th avenues.

Vladimir did not know English at all so it was my task to find good and cheap apartments for rent in some beautiful and peaceful area of New York City. I was fortunate to find such apartments for our families on the same floor of a building in Rego Park in Queens.

We and our children became friends. I was very interested in Vladimir’s work. We discussed his projects, what were his thoughts when he worked on any painting, his thoughts about art and artists.

Vladimir’s paintings were not simple or just beautiful. They were always thoughts provoking.

In 1975 I also met a businessman Eduard Nakhamkin and I suggested to him that it could be a very good idea to open an art gallery in Manhattan and to introduce Russian artists to American public. The gallery opened in 1977 and Vladimir Ryklin’s one-man show was the first.

I remember that there were 27 paintings on the display at that time and 25 of them were sold during first two days.

Today I found an article about my friend Vladimir Ryklin with several of his paintings. You can read it HERE.