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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 

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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):
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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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Francesca Gagnon -- Querer
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"Playful #Zest "  from Fells Point B/W Series...

Happy Weekend, Everyone~!

"Playfulness means being able to explore and to do things, for the sheer delight of doing them. It means relaxing, being spontaneous, and allowing a situation to carry you where it will..." 
~Wisdom Commons

Phantogram's "When I'm Small"
http://youtu.be/28tZ-S1LFok 

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"This world is but a canvas to our imagination." 
~Henry David Thoreau
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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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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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Francesca Gagnon -- Vai Vedrai 
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ansel Adams~!...

"Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution." 
~Ansel Adams

Adams (20 February 1902 – 22 April 1984) was born in San Francisco. His grandfather founded a prosperous lumber business. Later in life, Adams would condemn that industry for depleting the redwood forests. In 1916, following a trip to Yosemite National Park, he began experimenting with photography. His iconic black-and-white images became known for promoting conservation, and helped to establish photography among the fine arts. His famous line goes, “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” In 1974, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York hosted a retrospective exhibit of Adams’ work. He died of a heart attack at the age of 82.

"A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words..." 

"A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed." 
~Ansel Adams

All images: Ansel Adams
Additional Source: Art Times

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"A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words..." That's great. 
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The "Appropriation of  #Hope " Triptych...

"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Hope is a waking dream..."
~Aristotle

Damien Rice, "My Favourite Faded Fantasy": 
http://youtu.be/lQqDx-VlUl0 

Digital Art, © Michele Atwater

#Art   #Dream   #Creativity   #PostMail   #Hope  
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