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A Painter – Michelangelo

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The Sistine  chapel ceiling that Michelangelo painted had become so dirty that the figures were  practically hidden under a layer of grime – above a before cleaning and after cleaning example.

The  elegance and nonchalant grace of his figures portrays a skill level in painting that few achieve – what made his work dense artistically is his use of color and sculpture infused muscle rendering.

Have  eye-catching night!

From Wikipedia below,

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni

Born 6 March 1475(1475-03-06)
Arezzo, in Caprese, Tuscany
Died 18 February 1564 (aged 88)




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Musical Artifact / Poem Duo

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It’s not a choice I tried to make
It’s not a thought I couldn’t take
Something told me it was time
To give you yours and leave me mine

My vision started to be clear
I watched the sunlight coming near
I knew the day I knew the night
I knew I could regain my sight

And it feels alright
And it feels alright

With my naked eye
I saw all the falling rain
Coming down on me
With my naked eye
I saw all if I said it all, I could see

Last night I came into your home
To break some ice and throw some stones
I asked if we could be alone
I had some troubles of my own

Knew I had to say goodbye
To all the old things held inside
If I let the moment fly
I knew they’d all be magnified
And it feels alright
And it feels alright


With my naked eye
I saw all the falling rain
Coming down on me
With my naked eye
I saw all if I said it all
I could see

With my naked eye
I saw all the falling rain
Coming down on me
With my naked eye
I saw all if I said it all
I could see

Came around after dark
You are nothing but a lark
Know I snuck in like a narc
I knew I had to leave my mark

Wanted to be satisfied
I tried to be dignified
Wearing nothing is divine
Naked is a state of mind
And it feels alright
And it feels alright


With my naked eye
I saw all the falling rain
Coming down on me
With my naked eye
I saw all if I said it all
I could see

With my naked eye
I saw all the falling rain
Coming down on me
With my naked eye
I saw all if I said it all
I could see

It feels alright, it feels alright
It feels alright, it feels alright
It feels alright, it feels alright
It feels alright, it feels alright
It feels alright


A disgraceful sort of fella
He was a disgraceful sort of fella
egged people on

stood back with a baton

asked them to wait

while he ate

never lifted a finger…

walked away

because he had feet of clay –

and so it ends as it began

while he spends time getting a tan…

He was a disgraceful sort of fella.

From Wikipedia below,

Luscious Jackson
Background information
Origin Manhattan, New York, USA
Genres Alternative rock
Alternative hip hop
Years active 19912000, 2006
Labels Grand Royal
Jill Cunniff
Gabby Glaser
Kate Schellenbach
Vivian Trimble

Vivian Trimble left the group in 1998[1], and in 2000 (after releasing one album as a trio) the group announced their break up. February 2007 saw the release of Luscious Jackson’s “greatest hits” compilation


Please Luscious Jackson create another album!!


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New Art Movement – Sampeled Visual Post Raphaelites

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Let’ s start a new art movement, it’s easy.  Take a few ideas a couple of artists write a treatise,  proclaim your existence , mix vigorously…and VIOLA a new movement has formed!




tr.v. sam·pled, sam·pling, sam·ples 1. To take a sample of, especially to test or examine by a sample: the restaurant critic who must sample a little of everything.

2. To use or incorporate (an audio segment of an original recording) in a new recording: a song that samples the bass line of a 1970s disco tune.

adj. Serving as a representative or example: sample test questions; a sample piece of fabric.
vi·su·al //   (vzhl)
adj. 1. Of or relating to the sense of sight: a visual organ; visual receptors on the retina.

2. Seen or able to be seen by the eye; visible: a visual presentation; a design with a dramatic visual effect.3. Optical.4. Done, maintained, or executed by sight only: visual navigation.5. Having the nature of or producing an image in the mind: a visual memory of the scene.6. Of or relating to a method of instruction involving sight.

n. A picture, chart, or other presentation that appeals to the sense of sight, used in promotion or for illustration or narration. Often used in the plural: an ad campaign with striking visuals; trying to capture a poem in a cinematic visual.

post 1 //   (pst)
n. 1. A long piece of wood or other material set upright into the ground to serve as a marker or support.

2. A similar vertical support or structure, as: a. A support for a beam in the framework of a building.b. A terminal of a battery.3. Sports A goal post.4. The starting point at a racetrack.5. The slender barlike part of a stud earring that passes through the ear and is secured at the back with a small cap or clip.6. An electronic message sent to a newsgroup: ignored several inflammatory posts.

tr.v. post·ed, post·ing, posts 1. a. To display (an announcement) in a place of public view.

b. To cover (a wall, for example) with posters.2. To announce by or as if by posters: post banns.3. Computer Science To send (an electronic message) to a newsgroup: posted a response to a question about car engines.4. To put up signs on (property) warning against trespassing.5. To denounce publicly: post a man as a thief.6. To publish (a name) on a list.7. Games To gain (points or a point) in a game or contest; score.


Pre-Raph·a·el·ite also pre-Raph·a·el·ite //   (pr-rf-lt, -rf-)

n. A painter or writer belonging to or influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a society founded in England in 1848 to advance the style and spirit of Italian painting before Raphael. adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Pre-Raphaelites.
Mix and start making some art!
All I need are some followers…anyone????
PEACE   Have a great Weekend!
Images from Google by the pre-Raphaelite painters

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Friday Night Gallery Chat – Maya Codice’s

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Maya Codice’s are essentially the language books that the maya created and kept in their temples until  the conquistadors came along ,  (with the religious community that arrived with them) and destroyed the majority of codices  in an effort to crush mayan culture and spirit while intending to replace it with christian iconography.

They are archaeological art- ifacts but can be viewed as an important part of the Mayan’s expression of art.

Here is part of the Dresden codice,

Here is another, the pictograms expressed an idea or series of words-

a larger picture might show an event that happened as a photograph would today,


Have a Mayan intensive weekend!


From Wikipedia,

Maya codices (singular codex) are folding books stemming from the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, written in Maya hieroglyphic script on Mesoamerican paper, made from the inner bark of certain trees, the main being the wild fig tree or Amate (Ficus glabrata). Paper, generally known by the Nahuatl word amatl, was named by the Mayas huun. The folding books are the products of professional scribes working under the patronage of the Howler Monkey Gods. The Maya developed their huun-paper around the 5th century,[1] the same era that the Romans did, but their paper was more durable and a better writing surface than papyrus[2]. The codices have been named for the cities in which they eventually settled. The Dresden codex is generally considered the most important of the few that survive.

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Friday Night Gallery Chat / Video Art

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Good Evening on this cold rainy day,

Tonight something different-

Below are 2 video artists.

(Video art is named after the video tape, which was most commonly used in the form’s early years, but before that artists had already been working on film, and with changes in technology Hard Disk, CD-ROM, DVD, and solid state are superseding the video tape as the carrier. Despite obvious parallels and relationships, video art is not film.  FROM WIKIPEDIA)


Look at the images and think about what they are trying to say…although it is just a section of the video one can still get a sense of the focus… then next Friday we will discuss the meaning that the artist was trying to convey.

 Here they are, have a cricket trapped in your house free night…grrrrr…!


Nam June Paik

Nam June Paik

Bill Viola

Another Bill Viola


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Friday Night Gallery Chat – Cherokee Art, American Indian

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Good evening,

Thought I would talk about Cherokee art ( American Indian), I recently, a few years ago found out that I have a tiny bit of Cherokee in me!  

A tale from the Cherokee,

Two Wolves

A Cherokee Legend

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

 Here is another legend,

The Legend of the Cherokee Rose

Retold by Barbara Shining Woman Warren

In the latter half of 1838, Cherokee People who had not voluntarily moved west earlier were forced to leave their homes in the East.

The trail to the West was long and treacherous and many were dying along the way. The People’s hearts were heavy with sadness and their tears mingled with the dust of the trail.

The Elders knew that the survival of the children depended upon the strength of the women. One evening around the campfire, the Elders called upon Heaven Dweller, ga lv la di e hi. They told Him of the People’s suffering and tears. They were afraid the children would not survive to rebuild the Cherokee Nation.

Gal v la di e hi spoke to them, “To let you know how much I care, I will give you a sign. In the morning, tell the women to look back along the trail. Where their tears have fallen, I will cause to grow a plant that will have seven leaves for the seven clans of the Cherokee. Amidst the plant will be a delicate white rose with five petals. In the center of the blossom will be a pile of gold to remind the Cherokee of the white man’s greed for the gold found on the Cherokee homeland. This plant will be sturdy and strong with stickers on all the stems. It will defy anything which tries to destroy it.”

The next morning the Elders told the women to look back down the trail. A plant was growing fast and covering the trail where they had walked. As the women watched, blossoms formed and slowly opened. They forgot their sadness. Like the plant the women began to feel strong and beautiful. As the plant protected its blossoms, they knew they would have the courage and determination to protect their children who would begin a new Nation in the West.

from www.native-languages.org


Words paint a picture as clear as pigment does in painting and silver does in photography.  The American indian’ s story is one of strength and defiance in  the face of almost insurmountable odds, still their art survives.


Good night…


From First People Website



The Cherokee (ᏣᎳᎩ) are a Native American people from the Southeastern United States (principally Georgia, the Carolinas and Eastern Tennessee). Linguistically, they are connected to speakers of the Iroquoian language family.


More info www.native-languages.org    then look for Cherokee



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Friday Night Gallery Chat / Tibetan Art

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Good Evening, Tibetan art is rich in  luxurious velvety luscious forms and colors.  It is based on the spiritual element which is foremost in Tibetan culture. 

The sand paintings they create ( see below) use brightly colored grains of sand poured meticulously by hand on to a board.   The one I saw being made took one week ( in a museum setting) at the end of the week, the board is slanted and all the sand falls into a single pile.

How’s that for devotion to your craft!

Sand Painting,

The slanting of the sand painting displays the temporal condition of time. 

(Temporal Definition: not eternal; “temporal matters of but fleeting moment”- F.D.Roosevelt )


Monks train to become like  Buddah by becoming a Boddhistiva a common theme in early Tibetan art,

Mahayana Buddhist influence

As Mahayana Buddhism emerged as a separate school in the 4th century BC it emphasized the role of bodhisattvas, compassionate beings who forego their personal escape to Nirvana in order to assist others. From an early time various bodhisattvas were also subjects of statuary art. Tibetan Buddhism, as an offspring of Mahayana Buddhism, inherited this tradition. But the additional dominating presence of the Vajrayana (or Buddhist tantra) may have had an overriding importance in the artistic culture. A common bodhisattva depicted in Tibetan art is the deity Chenrezig (Avalokitesvara), often portrayed as a thousand-armed saint.  From Wikipedia

Bodhisattva *
A bodhisattva can be defined as an individual who discovers the source of the Ultimate Truth better known as nirvana, but postpones his own enlightenment until he has guided all his fellow beings to this same source of fulfillment. The path of the bodhisattva is thus one of self-denial and selflessness.


Four-armed Tibetan Chenrezig form of Avalokiteśvara

Four-armed Tibetan Chenrezig form of Avalokiteśvara
Sanskrit:  अवलोकितेश्वर (Avalokiteśvara)
Burmese:  လောကနတ် (lo:ka. na’) or လောကနာထ (lo: ka .na hta.)
Bengali:  অবলোকিতেশ্বর
Chinese:  觀世音 (guānshìyīn)
or 觀音 (guānyīn)
Japanese:  観世音2 (kanzeon)
or 観音 (kannon)
Thai:  อวโลกิเตศวร (Avalokitesuarn), เจ้าแม่กวนอิม (Chao mae Kuan Im)(Meaning : Great Mother Kuan Im)
Tibetan:  སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས་ (spyan-ras-gzigs; chenrezig, chenrezi)
Korean:  관세음보살 (gwanseeum bosal)
Vietnamese:  Quan Thế Âm
Venerated by:  Mahayana, Vajrayana, Theravada (unofficial)
Attributes:  Great Compassion























Have a spiritual night!

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