Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Influences and inspirations over the last few years-the artist Frans Krajberg!

 Frans Krajcberg...polish artist who moved to Brazil after the trauma of events in the second world war Frans now 94 years old.
I have such respect for Frans and the courage of his convictions; his Life long commitment to protect the Rainforest and its Indigenous people.
The forest in which he found his humanity after the tribulations he endured.                                     His words of wisdom ever resonate concerning the human condition an; exerpt below succinctly pu concerning his Maurice DUBROCA

Attribute image to Maurice Dubroca article
Attribute image to Maurice Dubroca article
Some human destinies are representative of the history of this planet – or at least a part of its history. Frans Krajcberg is one of those men. He was born in Poland on 12 April 1921 and has been a citizen of Brazil since 1956.
In close contact with the Brazilian nature, he shaped and created powerful works of art – totally unique in the panorama of current contemporary art. Krajcberg’s sculptures impress by their poetic feel of space and the use of natural basic material. His work is a manifest in itself, an outcry of revolt against human destruction.
Krajcberg, a Polish-born Jew, became a Brazilian citizen over 50 years. He had lost his entire family in WWII and, in the aftermath of the war, all he wanted was “to run away from humankind”. It was Brazil’s natural beauty that gave him a new lease on life. It had a profound - almost visionary - impact on him. Faced with forest fires and large-scale destruction of this beloved nature that gave him back his dignity, Krajcberg was revolted. His art took on a militant style.
This portrait of the man is also the story of an extraordinary destiny, the story of his revolt. by  Maurice DUBROCA.
an exerpt

Monday, 27 April 2015

Georgia O'keeffe's amazing flower Art and Quotes.

Artist Georgia O'keeffe's amazing ability to connect with the natural world around her; she articulates her experiences into mesmerising imagery via painting and expresses her deep thoughts through her inspirational quotes, creating a very enriching experience - allowing us to realise in life's busy demands its ok to take time to stop and stare... she can be found on - link by googling Georgia O'keefee quotes then tab images.

I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.


Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time - like to have a friend takes time.


Georgia O'keeffe Painting observations of Rose
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Georgia O'keeffe  painting observations of a rose New York
Abstraction White Rose 1927

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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Exploration; photographic micro images of spring flowers

First a few  philosophical thoughts from inspiring hearts and minds....

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
Author Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Indian
Born: September 8, 1887
Died: July 14, 1963


No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place. ~Zen Proverb

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought. ~Matsuo Basho
 Over the last week with spring in the air ; I have been experimenting with the complexities of my camera! with its diverse technical abilities... needing to develop a more steady hand!...
Doing the experimentation reminded me of Artist Georgia O'keefee's  amazing paintings; micro images of flowers she created in the 1930s such as her Morning glory image below.

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Blue Morning Glories (1935) by Georgia O'Keeffe

Studio space with my on going work

micro image of a daisy blurred yf

micro image of daisy yf 2015

micro image garden plant blurred background focus flower heads yf  2015

micro image garden plant blurred background strong image of stems and flower yf 2015

Micro Image as above light too strong needs toning down

interesting 3D effect created by experimenting

using technical tools in camera created pixelated effects

 quote by Georgia O'keefee

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Artist Marlene Dumas Exhibition Tate Modern.

This week I took a trip to London to see the Marlene Dumas Exhibition at the Tate Modern.
What I found intriguing about her work is her ability- through paint medium- to communicate the darker aspects of the human condition that is psychologically unnerving at times; Dumas work brings into the light, that which is normally found hidden in the dark subconscious mind thus allowing the viewer to contemplate ones own standing.
The exhibition at Tate Modern  'Image as Burden' succinctly addresses the complex issues thus allowing us to consider personal responses we have towards those that are different from self, particularly her work addresses gender sterio-typing, race, equality, death.
It was interesting to see such a large body of her work particularly portrait images of people who had influenced Dumas herself. Along with a range of work done over the last 20 or more years.

Tate Modern Exhibition Marlene Dumas- Burden as Image 2015

Marlene Dumas Evil is Banal 1984
Marlene Dumas
Evil is Banal 1984
Collection Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
© Marlene Dumas
Photo credit: Peter Cox, Eindhoven, The Netherlands


Friday, 10 April 2015


Be inspired...
                                                                   Clouds Floating by

 “The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.”
- Charles Bukowski - Thinking Minds

                                                                      Golden sunset

Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.”
- Hermann Hesse - Thinking Minds

                                                                   Early morning sunrise

Some times it is good to be still to stop the glorification of business and to take in a sun rise or sunset  to take time in nature the rewards will be profound.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Inspirational images and quotes

Grange over Sands  beauty of the lake district

Garden figurine at Grange over Sands

 Grange over Sands
“What does one person give to another? He gives of himself, of the most precious he has, he gives of his life. This does not necessarily mean that he sacrifices his life for the other - but that he gives him of that which is alive in him; he gives him of his joy, of his interest, of his understanding, of his knowledge, of his humor, of his sadness -- of all expressions and manifestations of that which is alive in him. In thus giving of his life, he enriches the other person, he enhances the other's sense of aliveness by enhancing his own sense of aliveness. He does not give in order to receive; giving is in itself exquisite joy. But in giving he cannot help bringing something to life in the other person, and this which is brought to life reflects back to him.”
Erich Fromm