On a Burning Man Exhibition

 

I already knew that Burning Man is a big annual event and that it is unique. I didn’t really know what it is – that is the why – but what little I knew sparked enough curiosity to attend a Burning Man traveling exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

First held in 1986 on San Francisco’s Baker Beach, today’s Burning Man is a unique cultural event exploring artist and self expression, community, and self reliance. Today, tens of thousands gather to form a temporary city in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert built around 10 principles.

Image from Cincinnati Art Museum

 

Much of the art is large scale – some is interactive. Forms include painting, photography, metal work, mixed media, multimedia, clothing, jewelry, and more. Enjoy my gallery from the exhibition. Any favorites?

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For those who want to see/learn more, a 3+-minute video is below.

On Murals of Belfast

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While cruising the British Isles in 2017, Belfast fascinated me. In my past post about Belfast, I opened the post with the following: Belfast, Northern Ireland is beautiful, interesting, and gut-wrenching – and we were only there for a part of one day. On one end is the natural beauty, architecture, vibrancy, and history – and the other end The Troubles – what the locals call the Northern Ireland Conflict (1968-1998).

Belfast, Northern Ireland has a history of conflict – especially in the past one hundred years. Many of us remember the conflict from fierce conflict that raged their land from the 1960s well into the 1990s – a conflict centered around politics and religion. Today, Belfast is a beautiful city. Yet, visitors who have a sense of history about The Troubles carry a strange and troubling feeling during their entire stay.

The Peace Wall that separates sectors of the city is anything but peaceful, while its stories feel like a punch in the gut. Beautiful murals are found throughout the city – but many are dedicated to the heroes of one side or the other. Others make political statements, and other commemorate battles or events.

I wanted to feature the murals, but do so got lost in the shuffle. So, I stumbled across what I do have when cleaning out the blog closet. Besides, Belfast’s murals would fascinate Resa.

The first is a different collection – especially when seeing their location (the last pic).

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Commercial Court is located in the part of the city known as the Cathedral Quarter. It’s a courtyard loaded with murals that included famous people. Enjoy the collection. Recognize anyone?

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Unfortunately, I didn’t capture many of the murals I saw around the city. For more information about Belfast’s murals, see the links below the video. They are fascinating, and not very subtle.

More Information

On Tidbits of Stained Glass

When travelling, we enjoy going into churches – especially in Europe! The history, the design, the grandness, the paintings, the organ, and yes – the stained glass. This collection is from various churches in Prague, Krakow, and Budapest.

My favorites? There are two, but which are your favorites?

 

Stained Glass of St. Vitas, Prague

God the Father, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Krakow

On Green

Green – from the Latin viridis, related to virere “to grow” and very “spring” … and from the Greek chloros

Green – from the Old English grēne (adjective), grēnian (verb)

Green – of Germanic origin; related to Dutch groen, German grün, also to grass and grow;

Variations – green, greens, greener, greening, greenest, greened

Green – one of the three primary colors of light

Green – the color between blue and yellow in the spectrum with a wavelength range of 495-570 nanometers

Green – commonly associated with the presence of chlorophyll

Green – consisting of fresh green vegetables

Green – covered with vegetation …. as in verdant, grassy, leafy, verdurous

Green – vegetables, leafy vegetables, salad, salad greens, kale, spinach, lettuce, chard

Green – one of three colors of quark

Green – a signal to proceed

Green – the lowest level of difficulty

Green – a political principle about the environment … as in environmental, ecocentric, ecological,  conservation, non-polluting

Green – unripe, immature, unseasoned, and raw

Green – a person who is inexperienced, naive, immature, gullible, or young

Green – as in emerald, forest, kelly, jade, mint, lime, yellow-green, blue-green, and chartreuse

Green – formed by combining yellow and cyan in the RGB color model used in computer and television screens

Green – a person’s complexion as pale, sickly-looking, pallid, ashen, pasty

Green – a common place associated with the center of town, a public, a park, common, a lawn

Green – the very short grass immediately surrounding a hole on a golf course

Green – the color detected by the M cone cells on the eye’s retina

Green – the traditional complement to red – the RGB complement to magenta

Green – a color for natural camouflage

 

Green – the eye color most common in Northern and Central Europe

Green – the symbol of regeneration and rebirth in Ancient Egypt

Green – in the flags of Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Ireland, Italy, Pakistan,  South Africa, Portugal and Nigeria, Jamaica, Iran, Libya, Portugal and Nigeria

Green – the traditional color of Islam and the median color between light and obscurity

Green – the color of Roman Catholic and Protestant vestments during ordinary time – but the color of Pentecost to Orthodox Christians

Green – Green – the symbol of fertility (China) eternal life (Japan), death (South America), Wednesday (Thailand), hope (India), corruption, (North Africa), money (USA), luck (to many), but traditionally a forbidden color in Indonesia

Green – the color of St. Patrick’s Day – but combines with red at Christmas

Green – the color of Venus: the Roman goddess of gardens, vegetables, and vineyards

Green – the color of springtime, freshness, hope, nature, vivacity, and life

Green with blue for calm, tolerance, neutrality, harmony, balance, and agreeable

Green – the color of jealousy and envy

Special thanks to Marina (Marina Kanavaki @ Art Towards a Happy Day) for the images of her artwork. I encourage readers to visit her at website and her Society 6 store where you can browse her work on various media. All images are copyrighted by Marina Kanavaki.

This is my second collaboration with Marina, here’s the first: On Blue.

On an Edible Color Palette

Life is like a jar of jellybeans – It doesn’t matter what you’re gonna get – they all taste good.  (Vishal Singh)
I would love to meet J.K. Rowling and tell her how much I admire her writing and am amazed by her imagination. I read every ‘Harry Potter’ book as it came out and looked forward to each new one. I am rereading them now with my kids and enjoying them every bit as much. She made me look at jelly beans in a whole new way. (Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO)
You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans. (Ronald Reagan, former US President)
Yes, this Explore is about jelly beans. This is not a musical tribute to them, but a very interesting less-than-4-minute report I saw on CBS Sunday Morning earlier this year. Watch and enjoy.

On an Artist for Monday

The first weekend in August has come to an end. How was your weekend?

My first-place Reds won 2 of 3 over the second-place Pirates. Otherwise, we had another delightful weekend that involving the ballroom floor, attending a Cincinnati Pops at a delightful outdoor venue along the review, and staying cool from the high heat and humidity by watching the Olympics.

For your Monday Morning Entertainment, enjoy the artistry. For those interested, here’s more information about the artist – and thanks to Java Girl for finding this video.  Have a great week!

On a Paper without Salt

I hope everyone had a good weekend, so a Monday greetings to all! Gads – I know that some hate we morning types.

A different weekend for me since my wife is cruising the Caribbean without me – Duh – What’s up with that! But hey, I made the best of the weekend by some ballroom dance, a salsa pattern workshop, a delightful evening with two friends (which include wine and deep discussion), plus attending a party for my great-nephews first birthday. Come to think of it, he reminds me of the person is yesterday’s post. Meanwhile, on to your Monday Morning Entertainment.

Last week featured an artist making outstanding art with a salt shaker and a piece of paper. For this week, what if we take away the salt? Watch and tell me what you think, plus about your weekend. I hope everyone has a good week. Thanks Kay for finding this video.