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Dreaming in the Shade of #Green  for St. Patrick's Day...

"Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable." 
~ Charles Baudelaire 

"The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box." 
~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

Video: "Into the Mystic"  Cover by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
https://youtu.be/dlftisKf8Mc

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Spring decided to greet us this year with a lovely blanket of ice and snow... ;-) 
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Happy International Women's Day...

March 8th is a Global Day for celebrating the economic, social and political achievements of women past, present, and future...  In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, the event is a national holiday.  +International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.  And the celebratory tradition continues on to this very day...

+Khan Academy offers a wonderful tribute to mark the occasion with "A Brief History of Women in the Arts": 

Link:  http://goo.gl/okaIYk...

"Throughout the centuries, women have been involved in making art, whether as creators and innovators of new forms of artistic expression, patrons, collectors, sources of inspiration, or significant contributors as art historians and critics.  Women have been and continue to be integral to the institution of art, but despite being engaged with the art world in every way, many women artists have found opposition in the traditional narrative of art history. They have faced challenges due to gender biases, from finding difficulty in training to selling their work and gaining recognition..." 

The +The Huffington Post offers "39 Stunning Images of Women At Work All Over the World": 

Link:  http://goo.gl/mdkad9...

"Whether it's the work of keeping a home and raising a family, building and inspiring a community, or bringing home a wage from a daily job, the wide variety of work women do is worth celebrating. Women are one of the largest growing forces in the global economy -- even though they are paid less than men worldwide.... The run-up to International Women's Day on March 8 is the perfect occasion to recognize the working women of the world, whether they labor in an office or on a farm. From building wind turbines to harvesting bananas, fighting fires to rolling cigars..." 

And, +Google Cultural Institute offers "Women in Culture": 

Link:  http://goo.gl/N95rUK...

"Celebrating women's impact on culture throughout the world.  These diverse collections demonstrate the far-ranging impact women have had on all aspects of culture.  From innovative women artists and pioneering scientists and technologists to the woman who campaigned for universal suffrage and social equality, their stories provide a window on to women's multifaceted contributions to our shared heritage." 

"Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!..." 

“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”  
― Virginia Woolf

Video: Peter Gabriel's "Shaking the Tree"
http://youtu.be/3_Q79lls1f0 

#InternationalWomensDay   #Dream   #Equality   #IWD2015  
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You are welcome +Michele Atwater She is an example...
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Loving Vincent: Bringing Van Gogh's Paintings to Life...

“Well, the truth is, we cannot speak other than by our paintings...”
~Vincent Van Gogh

Marking the 125 Anniversary of the death of the Post-Impressionist Artist, the film "Loving Vincent"  by BreakThru Films investigates the life and controversial death of the beloved painter, Vincent Van Gogh. The remarkable story is told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them. The intrigue unfolds through interviews with the characters closest to Vincent and through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death. 

Loving Vincent features over one hundred and twenty of Vincent Van Gogh's greatest paintings. The plot, drawn from the 800 letters written by the painter himself, lead us to the significant people and events in the time leading up to his unexpected death....  This ambitious project will be the world's first feature-length painted animation, and every frame in the movie is an oil painting on canvas, using the very same technique in which Vincent himself painted. 

Understandably, the production for Loving Vincent is no easy task and requires the help of 70 (!) painters who will help create the numerous hand-painted oil canvases required to bring the story to life. 

“A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke...”  

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” 
~ Vincent Van Gogh

See: http://www.lovingvincent.com/ 
http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/05/07/vincent-van-gogh-art-love-letters/ 

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Oh, wonderful idea, +les collier... I haven't visited that book nor the film adaptation for quite some time.  

Have you by chance yet seen "Painted With Words" , a drama- documentary with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role as Van Gogh:
http://youtu.be/PGvbkmAvY6I 

“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” 
― Vincent van Gogh
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R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)...

"The story has to be captured in complete very quickly. It has to something that can reach out and touch the viewer in that instant." 
~Leonard Nimoy

Later in his life, #Nimoy , who passed away earlier today on Feb. 27, 2015 at age 83, focused on his passion for photography. He was interested in thematic projects that ranged from challenging perceptions of the female body image to capturing his Jewish experience as a child. In a 2014 interview with MIT, Nimoy said he had camera in his hand at age 10. 

His artistic pursuits — poetry, photography and music in addition to acting — ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: “Live long and prosper” (from the Vulcan “Dif-tor heh smusma”).

"Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end..." 

Additional Source:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/arts/television/leonard-nimoy-spock-of-star-trek-dies-at-83.html 

#Art   #Photography   #LeonardNimoy   #Dream  
You know Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, but what you may not know Leonard Nimoy the photographer.
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“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory...”

“That is the exploration that awaits you! Not mapping stars and studying nebula, but charting the unknown possibilities of existence.” 
~Leonard Nimoy
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Happy Birthday, George Harrison...
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (1968)
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Eric Clapton (Concert for George):
http://youtu.be/rj4J6i_vw0w 
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What Would Malcolm X Think... 

Today in History... February 21, 1965, marks the 50th Anniversary of the Tragic Assassination of Malcolm X -- while speaking at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. The eloquent, politically-minded speaker was only 39 years old, but to this very day details of his life and assassination remain highly disputed and lamented. 

"Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression, because power, real power, comes from our conviction which produces action, uncompromising action."
~Malcolm X

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."
~Malcolm X

"A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything."
~Malcolm X

Image Source:  +Alex M Bustillo ... 

(See Also: http://alexmbustillo.com/aesthetica/malcolm-x-power-in-defense-of-freedom/

For More Information: 
http://www.malcolmx.com/

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/21/opinion/ilyasah-shabazz-what-would-malcolm-x-think.html?_r=0

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2015/2/19/malcolm_x_on_democracy_now_see

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Of nothing, Thank you for the post.
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Happy Saint Patrick's Day... 
 
"St. Patrick's Aurora" by Sebastian Saarloos
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
How about a little something green for St. Patrick's Day?
"St. Patrick's Aurora" was taken at Donnelly Creek, Alaska at 1:30 am, March 17, 2015.
 
Credit: Sebastian Saarloos

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Happy Birthday Frederic Chopin...

"Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art." 
~Chopin

"Chopin has written two wonderful mazurkas which are worth more than forty novels and are more eloquent than the entire century's literature." 
~Georges Sand 
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So glad that you enjoyed, +Pianophile.... This documentary was indeed a delight!

"There is something fundamentally personal and at the same time so very masterly in his playing that he may be called a really perfect virtuoso." 
~Felix Mendelssohn
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Happy Birthday, George Harrison...
"Something" (1969)
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Jim Sturgess Cover:
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Happy Birthday Pierre-Auguste Renoir...

“The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself, carry you away. It is the means by which the artist conveys his passion; it is the current which he puts forth which sweeps you along in his passion.”  
― Pierre-Auguste Renoir

#Impressionist  painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born on this day in 1841 in Limoges, Haute-Vienne, France. The child of a working class family, as a boy he worked in a porcelain factory where his drawing talents led to him being chosen to paint designs on fine china. He also painted hangings for overseas missionaries and decorations on fans before he enrolled in art school. During those early years, he often visited the Louvre to study the French master painters.

In 1862 he began studying art under Charles Gleyre in Paris. There he met Alfred Sisley, Frédéric Bazille, and Claude Monet. At times during the 1860s, he did not have enough money to buy paint. Although Renoir first started exhibiting paintings at the Paris Salon in 1864, recognition did not come for another ten years, due, in part, to the turmoil of the Franco-Prussian War...

Renoir's paintings are notable for their vibrant light and saturated color, most often focusing on people in intimate and candid compositions. The female nude was one of his primary subjects. In characteristic Impressionist style, Renoir suggested the details of a scene through freely brushed touches of color, so that his figures softly fuse with one another and their surroundings.

His initial paintings show the influence of the colourism of Eugène Delacroix and the luminosity of Camille Corot. He also admired the realism of Gustave Courbet and Édouard Manet, and his early work resembles theirs in his use of black as a color. As well, Renoir admired Edgar Degas' sense of movement. Another painter Renoir greatly admired was the 18th century master François Boucher.

Source: http://www.pierre-auguste-renoir.org/

http://youtu.be/uR4mjM0cWjI  (La Loge, 1874)
http://youtu.be/_V62aT_K8Zw (Rare Footage of Renoir Painting)

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I couldn't agree more, +Larentia Luna...

Many Thanks for your kind commentary, my dear friend... ;-)
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