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Picassoís Self Portrait with Cloak, 1901/02 
Friday, January 29, 2010, 07:57 PM - General
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Picassoís Self Portrait with Cloak, painted in 1901/02, is part of his blue period work. The background is drenched in a muted turquoise blue scrubbed into an olive green. His full, dark brownish black hair and stylishly trimmed beard frame the ghoulishly white face with the high, prominent cheek bones. His long, dark cloak wraps him in mystery. His facial expression is almost haughty, eyes staring forward.

Picasso paints himself as a vampire of the night, completely drained of blood, cold and heartless, with only his red lips revealing a taste for passion.

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Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights - The Paradise Panel 
Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 08:53 AM - General
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The left panel of Boschís Garden of Earthly Delights, painted in 1503 - 1504, is titled Paradise or Eden. This one work is comprised of multiple masterpieces.

In the lower portion of the painting, you have an incarnation of God, fully clothed, standing in a lovely green meadow, flanked on either side by his very pale, grown children, Adam and Eve. In the forefront is a pond of amazing creatures emerging from a dark pond, including a triple headed bird, a fish with wings, and a duck wearing a monkís hood reading his prayer book. Was Bosch having a visionary precognition of the theory of evolution?

In the middle area of the painting is a pale pink, very futuristic looking fountain arising from the middle of a second pond. A light gray giraffe and an elephant stand out as two of the larger animals in this mostly peaceful depiction of nature. Looking closer, we see a rather small lion devouring an antelope in the background, but there is no blood or carnage depicted here; the lion is merely having his supper.

The fountain area leads into another body of water to the left. What do we find drinking at the waterís edge amongst other horned friends? Itís none other than a white unicorn, sipping at the blue water and leisurely snapping her tail.

In the uppermost, left passage, sits a yellow mountain in front of a small blue mountain range. From the cave of this yellow mountain, a flock of birds comes rushing out. They swirl up and through a sculpture on top of the cave, which in turn is topped by two tall, pointed towers of rock. Their silhouette brings to mind the Empire State building and the Manhattan skyline.

Bosch blended iconic cultural images with images from nature and his creative consciousness to give us a timeless painting full of fascination and leaves us admiring this visual representation of the self.

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Picassoís Woman with a Flower, 1932 
Friday, January 8, 2010, 03:45 PM - General
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Picassoís Woman with a Flower, 1932, brings a smile to my face. He portrays her body as large, boulder-like shapes, stacked one upon the other. The full, rich red, blue and orange-yellow of these colored rocks provide a cheerful balance to her purple face and blond yellow ponytail. Her face is a cartoon on the surface of a gray rock. The squared neck is as sturdy as Arnoldís with its bold vertical yellow and gray stripes. She is youthful with hard-headed resolve.

Picasso treats her arms like two purple elephant trunks, her left holding the green twisting stem of an utterly plain flower, whose beauty simply does not compare with the womanís.

The simple, large shapes contribute to the enjoyment of the great colors in this work. Even the background, black on the left and dark brown on the right, completely enhances the figure and flower.

Mouth open, she appears to be talking. Is she commenting on her flower? Picasso is laughing and so am I.

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Klimtís Tree of Life (1909) 
Tuesday, January 5, 2010, 11:38 AM - General
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Klimtís Tree of Life painting ensnares the viewer in its spiral boughs. This tree originated in the garden of Eden of Klimtís mind, combining the symbolic imagery which spoke to his spirit.

The black hawk sitting on the branches is Klimt himself, wrapped in his painterís smock, engulfed in the life giving process of artistic creation. The Egyptian inspired eyes seen budding from the branches are his own two eyes, the vital sense organs drinking in visual inspirations and pouring them out again onto the canvas, transformed by the alchemy of his artistic meditations.

The round and oval shapes on the trunk of the tree start out larger and decrease in size as they lead us up from the base of the tree into the thickets of serpentine spirals above. He has carpeted the ground beneath this tree with flowers of delight.

The natural world feeds our desire for beauty, providing raw fuel for the expression of the inner world of selective icons and birthing the intuitive insight of spirit and consciousness.

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Symphony of Science - We Are All Connected 
Thursday, December 17, 2009, 08:58 AM - General
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Check out the great video, Symphony of Science - We Are All Connected, on YouTube.com. It's fun seeing some of the great scientists of our age doing a rap video about the unity of the cosmos. Some heavy concepts treated with a nod to pop culture. Richard Feynman, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye and Carl Sagan: how ironic. Who knew? Enjoy.

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