Oil paintings by Abbey Ryan. He makes "A Painting a Day". His paintings have been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine's "Live Your Best Life—Women Who Make Beautiful Things," Seth Godin's bestseller, Linchpin: Are You Indispensible?, and FOX's Good Day Philadelphia.
Related to my postings on mindful studio practice, I sometimes read renowned writer Maria Popova's work (my previous mentions here). This one is about the true value of creative work: "'One can’t write directly about the soul,' Virginia Woolf wrote in her diary. Few writers have come to write about it — and to it — more directly than the novelist, poet, and environmental activist Wendell Berry, who describes himself as 'a farmer of sorts and an artist of sorts.' In his wonderful and wonderfully titled essay collection What Are People For?, Berry addresses with great elegance our neophilic tendencies and why innovation for the sake of novelty sells short the true value of creative work." [Keep reading]
These three eggs (and feather) were a gift from our neighbors who have chickens. In warm weather, their chickens often roam free and sometimes wander into our backyard. When my window is open, I can hear them scratching around for bugs all the way up on the third floor.
This painting composition is an homage to Jean Siméon Chardin and his still life from 1732, in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts. From the DIA website: "Chardin was already famous by 1730 when he started painting small still lifes of kitchen utensils. In this work, the artist pared down the elements to a few, simple objects. Chardin typically used the same elements in other compositions, varying slightly the position of the objects or adding or subtracting a utensil. Hailed as a visionary artist, Chardin is nonetheless rooted in the art of eighteenth-century France, and the metaphysical quality of his compositions (as seen through modern eyes) does not mean that they are timeless. They bring the viewer instead into an earthly world and into the creative process of one of the greatest French painters of all time."
If you're interested in Uncovering the Secrets of the ‘Girl With a Pearl Earring’: "From Monday 26 February to Sunday 11 March 2018 an in-depth scientific examination of the Girl with a Pearl Earring (c. 1665) by Johannes Vermeer took place: 'The Girl in the Spotlight'." You can read more about it at that link and also here.
If you're interested: "PARIS — A little over eight years ago, French investigators were stumped after a small painting by the Impressionist master Edgar Degas was stolen from a museum in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille.
The painting, a colorful pastel from 1877 depicting singers on a theater stage, appeared to have been unscrewed from a wall, but there was no sign of a break-in. The police briefly detained a night watchman, but then released him.
Years went by. The painting, titled “The Chorus Singers” and thought to be worth nearly $1 million, was nowhere to be found.
"If we have mindfulness and concentration, everything we see and hear in our daily life becomes a Dharma talk -- a falling leaf, a flower as it opens, a bird flying by, the sound of a bird calling. We say that it is the Dharmakaya, the Dharma body of the Buddha, which is always revealing the teaching of the Dharma.
When we feel refreshed and attentive, we can be in touch with the Dharma body and hear the Dharma being taught from moment to moment. We shall see that it's not necessary to put a tape in our cassette player and press the button in order to hear the Dharma. We can hear the Dharma at any moment."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Present Moment, Wonderful Moment
"Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience." ~Thomas Merton