Friday, May 29, 2015

Fortune Friday #47

There are three friends in this world: Courage, Sense, and Insight.   ~African proverb

Photographing an African Mask collected by German artist Otto Mueller 

Lucky Color: Earth Brown
Lucky Number: 14195

Thursday, May 28, 2015

President Bill Clinton by Chuck Close

I love visiting the National Portrait Gallery in DC to see how artists have painted the faces
President Clinton by Chuck Close, oil on canvas 2006
 of the United States Presidents over the centuries.
Photo of Chuck Close's painting of President Clinton 
I have always admired Chuck Close's portraits and his use of negative & positive space
as well as shapes & grids to define the whole.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Baltimore: Quartz Clusters Radiating Energy

Trapped Semi-precious Tourmaline
 Inspiration comes in its rawest state.
Ideas and thoughts . . .
Images and stories . . .
 Fragmented colored views.
Raw clusters, waiting for us to understand the whole.
Whatever view we see from our particular angle, with our particular magnifying glass.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Angel with Purple Wings

solved the puzzles of the universe so her Love could soar through the skies.
a page from an illustrated story book by Suzanne Coley

Friday, May 15, 2015

Fortune Friday #46

A letter from the heart can be read on the face.  ~ Swahili proverb
hand carved Portraits by Suzanne Coley
Lucky color: Mahogany
Lucky number: 541

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mental Monday on Wednesday

Reaching to the bottom of my fears.
Actively working on them seems to make them lighter,
allowing me to finally swim.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sugar and Art

One of my hosts in Germany is a scientist who works in Marburg, a small university town.  My first day there she took me to a cafe.  As we were walking through the cafe to the terrace, I saw the following:
 Traditional hand carved wooden baking molds.
 Some of them dated back to 1621 and were rare.
 There were several cabinets with handwritten instructions, ingredients, and notes.
 Finely carved antique molds and pans were hanging everywhere.
One cabinet held an original Das Zuckerwaren - Laboratorium book.
Das Zuckerwaren - Laboratorium means The Sugar Confectionery Laboratory, and it is a practical guide to all things sweet: Jellies, pastes, nougat, marzipan, and cakes.
Some of the hand carved molds were large and rectangular.
 Some were short with sequential stories,
 Some were round and featured main characters from fairy tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm,
Some were over 3 feet high and depicted folklore.  All were in excellent condition.
You could tell by the wonderful care of these hand carved baking molds that baking was an art.
When we finally reached our table and looked at our view, I sensed this town contained a few more unexpected treasures.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mental Monday #18

Paralyzed tongues can't whisper their desires.  
Too frail from heavy back hands.  
Exhausted from repeated shouts of 
shut up, be quiet, who cares what you think.

Paralyzed tongues can't whisper . . . 
There's nothing left to say.

*Text: excerpt from Stolen Breath by Suzanne Coley, 2007

Friday, May 1, 2015

Fortune Friday #44

Strength does not come from physical capacity.  It comes from an indomitable will.  
~ Mahatma Gandhi
Strength, linocut created in Berlin, Germany 2015
Lucky color: Blue-Black
Lucky Numbers: 511

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