Goodbye 2013.

You have been good to me... 

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Holiday Traditions

“It is a fine thing to establish one's own religion in one's heart, 
not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals. 
Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing.” 
― D.H. Lawrence



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Yule: Winter Solstice - Dec 21st/22nd
The origin of the word Yule, has several suggested origins from the Old English word, geõla, the Old Norse word jõl, a pagan festival
celebrated at the winter solstice, or the Anglo-Saxon word for the festival of the Winter Solstice, 'Iul' meaning 'wheel'. In old almanacs
Yule was represented by the symbol of a wheel, conveying the idea of the year turning like a wheel, The Great Wheel of the Zodiac,
The Wheel of Life. The spokes of the wheel, were the old festivals of the year, the solstices and equinoxes.

The winter solstice, the rebirth of the Sun, is an important turning point, as it marks the shortest day, when the hours of daylight are
at their least. It also the start of the increase in the hours of daylight, until the Summer Solstice, when darkness becomes ascendant
once more. Yule is deeply rooted in the cycle of the year, it is the seed time of year, the longest night and the shortest day, where the
Goddess once again becomes the Great Mother and gives birth to the new Sun King.

In a poetic sense it is on this the longest night of the winter, 'the dark night of our souls', that there springs the new spark of hope,
the Sacred Fire, the Light of the World, the Coel Coeth.

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Little Tree by E. E. Cummings

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Bug's Association/2014

Lucanus cervus or Stag Beetle, the conspicuous and largest European beetle, has incessantly captured the imagination and
fascination of mankind. The stag beetle’s popularity is based not only on the mythological tales, but also on its magical powers,
reputed since the time of the Romans.Various fragments confirm that Lucanus cervus has always had a profound impact on man
from earlier epochs through to till present day.

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* More of the calendar you can see HERE.

12 mOOns / 2014

Each full moon holds a little extra special meaning to those who work with magik. It represents the universe in brilliant glory,
wholeness or completeness. Ages ago, cultures around the world kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each
recurring full moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred.

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* More of the calendar you can see HERE.


Feathers of my Lost Youth

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“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”

― Emily Dickinson

* from my Etsy shop...


Nelson Mandela

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“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. 
It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that 
will determine the significance of the life we lead.” 

— Nelson Mandela


Some cOVER aRT

... So i did some cover art for my friend's band. 
I found my inspiration in vintage jazz covers.
And yes, I am pleased. And yes, so is he.   :-)

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Art Pilgrimage

Vienna, November 2013.
Albertina;  Henri Matisse and the fauvists("fauves"-"wild animals").
                  Georg Baselitz, one of the most famous contemporary German painters.
Kunsthistorisches Museum; Selected works by British portraitist Lucian Freud.

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Venezia, November 2013.
Palazzo Fortuny; “Tàpies. Lo sguardo dell’artista” / “Tàpies. The eye of the artist”. 

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Just as the language of art is silent, so it is the beauty of a painting that renders the spectator speechless. 
The uneasy silence of a man faced by a work of art is unlike any other.
Lucian Freud



Autumn Leaves

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“Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile.” 

― William Cullen Bryant


Look Me in the Eye

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... Pieces of the puzzle, will be solved soon.  :-)


The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

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Tove Jansson was a Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, hugely famous for the children's literary phenomenon, the Moomin family. 
But this is not a post about Moomins, this is a post about The Summer Book - one of 10 books Jansson wrote for adults. 
The Summer Book is about an elderly artist and her six-year-old granddaughter Sophia spend a summer together on a tiny island 
in the gulf of Finland exploring, talking about life, nature, everything but their feelings about Sophia's mother's death and their love 
for one another.
The book is a perfect little cosmos. Behind light sentences moving depth is hidden, magic and poetry without any cheesy sentiment. 
It is a beautiful, funny and wise book.

“Small animals are a great problem. I wish God had never created small animals, or else that He had made them so they could talk, 
or else that He'd given them better faces. Space. Take moths. They fly at the lamp and burn themsleves, and then they fly right back 
again. It can't be instinct, because it isn't the way it works. They just don't understand, so they go right on doing it. Then they lie on 
their backs and all their legs quiver, and then they're dead. Did you get all that? Does it sound good?" 
"Very good," Grandmother said.
Sophia stood up and shouted, "Say this: say I hate everything that dies slow! Say I hate everything that won't let you help! 
Did you write that?” 

The Summer Book  by Tove Jansson 

Lou Reed: 1942/2013

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Just a perfect day
you made me forget myself
I thought I was
someone else, someone good.


More Eames...

NEW drawings of Eames chairs in my 
Etsy Shop.

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Maurice Sendak on Being a Kid

"I still think the same way I thought as a child. 
I still worry. I'm still frightened... Nothing changes." 
- Maurice Sendak

* Maurice Bernard Sendak (/ˈsɛndæk/; June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012) was an American illustrator
and writer of children's books. He became widely known for his book Where the Wild Things Are
first published in 1963.


October Poems

"October Poems" are series of collages inspired by Autumn. 

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A Different Corner

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Midnight Dance

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Autumn's Apple

“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!” 
― Humbert Wolfe


...sTILL on wAVES

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... dAVID and gOLIATH.
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“We [artists] aren't people, not the way most people are. We're just...carriers. Little boats bringing goods from foreign lands.” 
― Sam Starbuck, The Dead Isle


Moon Unite in my Etsy Shop! :-)

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- Moon Unite earrings are perfect for all you wanderers and dreamers enchanted by the Moon. 


Summer Was Here Again...

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“Summer was here again. Summer, summer, summer. I loved and hated summers. Summers had a logic all their own and they always 
brought something out in me. Summer was supposed to be about freedom and youth and no school and possibilities and adventure 
and exploration. Summer was a book of hope. That's why I loved and hated summers. Because they made me want to believe.” 

― Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe


Stories Written in Clay

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... This could be a beginning of the great adventure.  :-)


Red Hearted Bird

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... I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody's asleep.
I say, I know that you're there,
so don't be

 Bluebird by Charles Bukowski


Was It That Long Ago? ... Dubrovnik

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These days when  Dubrovnik is celebrity town of our country and a top destination for those with some
extra money in their pockets it is sad to look at these beautiful photos of Dubrovnik from around 1950./60.
All that innocence and beauty of simplicity now is replaced with mass tourism monster. Of course it is still
a beautiful town but what I really wish and hope is that it will keep it's soul alive along the way.

*  Tošo Dabac is the author of these beautiful photos.
His photographs were published in domestic and international encyclopedic issues. He was also the author
or a co-author of a large number of art, city, and regional monographs dedicated to different parts of Croatia
and Yugoslavia. Tošo Dabac was a member of several domestic and international professional associations:
since 1953 he has been a member of the Photographic Society of America, honorary member of the Belgian
Royal Photographic Society (CREPSA), and Dutch FOKUS Salon. He was a bearer of the title Hon. exc.
FIAP (International Organisation of Art Photographers).


Happy Summer 2013!

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Oh sweet summer stay and sleep
A liquid sun beaming today and forever
Lingering dreams and afternoons of heat
The boats adrift in the harbour.

Sweet Summer, Wayne Jarus


My Wandering Lights ♥

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“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

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