Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix

Marina does fabulous retrospectives on artists throughout history. Here is her piece on Eugène Delacroix. Thank you, Marina!

Royal Tiger
Watercolor and graphite • Drawing • 26,8 × 17,8 cm • c1830

 

Marina Kanavaki

Self-portrait • 1837

One of the last old Masters of painting,

French Romantic

Eugène Delacroix

was born on 26 April 1798,

at Charenton-Saint-Maurice

in Île-de-France.


He was regarded as the leader of the French Romantic school.
His use of expressive brushstrokes and his study of the optical effects of colour influenced the work of the Impressionists, while his passion for the exotic inspired the artists of the Symbolist movement. A fine lithographer, Delacroix illustrated various works of William Shakespeare, Walter Scott and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

In the words of Baudelaire:

“Delacroix was passionately in love with passion, but coldly determined to express passion as clearly as possible.”

Together with Ingres [his chief rival], Delacroix is considered one of the last old Masters of painting, and one of the few who was ever photographed.

His legacy: 9140 works, including 853 paintings, 1525 pastels and water colours, 6629…

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Sunflower Power

Each pic of sunflowers has a poem, song, opinion or photo essay behind it. Click on the pic to see what some of our creative friends on WP offer in support of Ukraine.

Above is Holly – House of Heart‘s poem, Sunflowers. She wrote it special, for a post I did on Art Gowns. Behind the “Sunflower Power” image above, is her poem written out.

If you think something about the above looks like Merril -Historical Musings, I agree. Behind this pic you will find her post w/poem “Ghost Light”, written in the wake of – “Russian forces had bombed a theatre in Mariupol that was sheltering many children and elderly civilians.”

Click on the above & you will go to Brian’s blog, Equinoxo 21. See his excellent photo journal essay “Svoboda. Liberté. Freedom”

Tim wrote a parody to “Purple Haze” titled “Ukraine Daze”. It cuts to the chase. The above hazy sunflowers take you to the post/w/video on his blog, Off Center Not Even.

Go to this post on Georgiann Carlson’s blog (Rethinking Life) to read- “Compassion…a poem of sorts”

My addition is Edwin Starr’s “War” (w/lyrics). Bruce Springfield did a heroic version, which is on my current Art Gowns post.

 

Eternal Road – by: John W. Howell

It’s the road trip of a deathtime.

I’d say lifetime, but both lead characters, James and Samantha, have already passed. Where are they going? I can’t tell you. However, a few brief glimpses of their journey are in order.

Of course I was keen on knowing why John had picked this particular car.

Resa – Why did you pick the 1965 Oldsmobile? Why turquoise and white?

John – The 1965 Oldsmobile was selected since it represents my awakening in high school. I was born in Detroit and when I was 15 moved to the suburbs. During high school I used to wash and wax a neighbors 1965 Oldsmobile coupe. Yes, it was turquoise and white and had fancy hubs and white wall tires. The car represents the suburbs since the real item very seldom got very dirty and existed without the inner city grime, pings, and nicks. It always struck me as a symbol of innocence and purity. No one in the city would drive a car like that. If they did it probably would have been stolen or at least vandalized.

So, I hopped in the car. First stop I remember was the wild west.

Resa – Were you enthralled by tales of the wild west when you were a kid? Did you watch all the westerns on TV?

John – Yes I loved westerns when I was a kid. I used to watch the old shows. Hoppalong Cassidy and Roy Rogers were my favorites.

John – I should also add I held a history minor in College so my learning about the old west never stopped.

So crazy how John wove everything together in this story. In terms of suspension of disbelief; I was there, as John took me hither and yon.

Yon… the devil, evil, trickery and punishment can take on any and many forms. So it does in this saga.

He’s here, he’s there, he’s everywhere, so beware! He’s even in Las Vegas!

I loved when we were with the horses. They are gorgeous creatures and have helped mankind immensely.

Then the devil….AGAIN! In the form of War!!

We go back to the horses. Why? Mmm that would be a spoiler. Where do we go after that. Again, spoiler.

Resa – I used the search tool. I was systematic and careful. Eyes are mentioned on almost every page, mostly due to travelling, but I could not find the colour of Sam’s eyes. I also searched brown, blue, hair…no luck. Thing is, I was thinking of drawing Sam as an angel, maybe no wings. This way I could do a gown.

John – You are not crazy. You won’t find a color of Sam’s eyes since I very seldom describe the characters in terms of physical attributes. My reason for doing this is I would rather the reader form an image in their mind of what the characters look like. So you can make her eye color whatever pleases you. She is more your character than mine since you invested your time reading the book. You can do whatever you wish.

Resa – I see her with light brown hair, and green eyes.
I know she and James look totally human, not like angels for sure. I’m looking for a reason to draw her in a gown. I’m sure I’ll think of one.

John – Since she died when she was seven I think she would be thrilled to be dressed in a gown just like a princess she dreamed of being when she was little.

Resa – Okay first drawing is along the lines of a Disney Princess. If Sam was murdered in 2003 … then Belle from Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Aurora, and Cinderella, would all be an influence.

John – Sam was murdered in 2003 when she was 7. She certainly would have been influenced by Belle, Aurora, and Cinderella .

Did you ever look up the meaning of the name Samantha?

John – The name Samantha in Hebrew means “As told by God.” When my daughter was born we looked up a bunch of names and we selected another. I always liked the name and I wanted to use it. Also in this story and the next one Sam seems to be constantly telling James the rules of Eternity. I think she comes by being the mouthpiece of God quite naturally.

Resa – This second drawing, more straight from my imagination is partly based on one of the lesser known meanings of Samantha. My search yielded Flower. Another is Listener. “As told by God.” is the most listed. Sam has grown up, as has her idea of a princess.
I think both interpretations are valid.

John –  I agree with your statement that the interpretations are valid. Thank you for sharing these beautiful drawings.

Resa – My pleasure! John, thank you for writing this book!

Click on the cover of Eternal Road, and go to John’s Amazon page.

Visit John on his blog!

Pics taken by Resa – 2013 to 2021

Toronto & Winnipeg

The artists:

Horses – Mandy Van Leeuwen, War – Charlie Johnson, Horse & Cart – John Kuna, Devil Dude – Len Lone Child, Cowboy silhouettes – Joe Viera

I see them

Merril is a wonderful writer of stories, prose and poetry. I am particularly smitten by what she refers to as “disjointed, non-linear spy series for Prosery.”

To read more entries in this “non-linear spy series”, click on the Flash Fiction category link at the bottom.

Yesterday and today: Merril's historical musings

Edward Hopper, “Automat,” 1927

I see them at night.

You may say they’re not real, but in the dark hours when you’re not sure if dawn will truly come, they’re as real as anything else. Wraiths, spirits, ghosts? Or the manifestation of a troubled mind? Survivor’s guilt the psychiatrist called it. I have witnessed true evil, and now I carry it with me, always ticking, like a pocket watch that never needs winding. It counts the minutes and hours till I see those tortured souls. Yet, they’re with me always. I dress in their stories patterned and purple as night. I wear them like a second skin.

I’ll never know if I might have saved more people–only that I was betrayed, and that I was fortunate enough to escape. Finding my betrayer has become my purpose for living. In the meantime, I see the dead. Every night.

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Poppy Day

The words “In Flanders Fields” are hot. They will take you to the poem, should you care to read it!

Graffiti Lux Art & More

Poppy Day is Remembrance Day

In Flanders Fields

Artists: Michel St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michel St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

The 2 walls this mural is painted on must be 36.6 meters (120′) x  24.4 meters (80′). The 120′ is the parking lot side. I’m panning left to right.

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Artist: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artist: Michel St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Turn the corner to find 80′ more along the street side.

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen

Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy van Leeuwen Artists: Michael St. Hilaire & Mandy…

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