Art on the Streets

sculptureArt enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Merton

One of my favorite things to do is taking photos.  All of these were taken in Rochester.  Art is blooming everywhere! Hey my local friends, recognize any of these?

wall art

It is good to love many things,  for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done. van Gogh

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You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.  Nietzsche

starArt is not what you see, but what you make others see…Degas

Italy

great northernmasks

 

 

 

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original:

whereas if you simply try to tell the truth

(without caring twopence how often it has been told before)

you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.  C.S. Lewis

Jon Foreman and Robert Frost Celebrate Spring with Me

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A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;

And give us not to think so far away

As the uncertain harvest; keep us here

All simply in the springing of the year.

spring is hereOh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,

Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;

And make us happy in the happy bees,

The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

white flowers

 

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

purplesFor this is love and nothing else is love,

The which it is reserved for God above

To sanctify to what far ends He will,

But which it only needs that we fulfill.

I walked outside this morning, the day before Easter and saw these amazingly beautiful flowers surrounding my walkway.  The skies were blue and I felt happy. I felt God.  I grabbed my camera and took these pictures so I could share the beauty with you. My pictures don’t do Frost’s Spring poem justice-the only thing that could would be for you to walk through a blooming orchard or sit in a garden and reflect on the poem’s words, and enjoy the moment. Take a second and listen to Your Love is Strong – it’s moving, earthy, rich. Just Like God, Just like spring. Happy Easter….Kathy

Your Love is Strong by Jon Foreman

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Apples, Coffee, Music, and Flying Cows

Now that it is March and spring is only days away, Rochesterians are thawing out in record numbers.  Best place to be on the weekend – our Public Market on Union Street.  Since 1905 the Rochester public market has provided our community with fresh produce, delicacies, ethnic delights, and a big city feel. Besides snagging amazing deals and spying interesting folks, I got some great photos I thought you might enjoy.

First stop: Boulder for fresh roasted coffee beans and cappuccino.

We timed it just right to hear good music.

Next stop: pastries and fresh bread at Union Street Bakery.

Stocked up on blueberries, apples, and oranges.

More music-wait, is that Bob Marley?

Always get at least one empanada.

As promised, the flying cow.

Highschool Art Curriculum and Sister Wendy

Teaching high school art is intimidating and challenging to a parent like me who has no artistic talents. I am so art challenged that my husband even forbids me from painting a wall because I miss spots and leave unsightly drip marks. But, I am excellent at following instructions and have a knack for recognizing quality curriculum. When it comes to teaching art, Artistic Pursuits has nailed it. The focus of the teaching is on the elements of art and the principles of design. The student will be creating his own amazing works of art through conversational presentations of art vocabulary, techniques, and blazing colorful reproductions of both well known European artists and outstanding student examples. Read the review its entirety here.

Supplement your curriculum with an expert’s interpretation of art. Have you seen any of Sister Wendy’s art videos? Such a treat! I love her.

 

 

What Makes Me Speechless and Breathless

Life isn’t about how many breathes you take but about the moments that take your breath away.

 

 

 

 

music lyrics that capture the pain or joy of what I am going through

seeing my favorite band in concert

watching the sun rise on my drive to work

the sound of a violin 

 

an elderly couple holding hands 

big brown eyes

baptisms and new beginnings

christmas morning


 

witnessing others express pure joy

 

 

 

 

 

 

reunions of loved ones

 

a newborn’s fingers

 

picturing my son’s wedding day

thoughts of heaven

What makes you speechless and breathless?

Exit Through The Gift Shop

 

Every exit is an entry somewhere else. Tom Stoppard

 

Madness is the emergency exit. You can just step outside, and close the door on all those dreadful things that happened. You can lock them away… forever. The Joker

 

Pure love and suspicion cannot dwell together: at the door where the latter enters, the former makes its exit. Alexandre Dumas

 

 

Heaven grant that the burden you carry may have as easy an exit as it had an entrance. Erasmus

 

 Exit through the gift shop….