Man Ray (via: monodo-mind.blogspot)
1956, Picasso Paints in real-time, intro clip (via:youtube | AlistarMacdonald)
Using a specially designed transparent ‘canvas’ to provide an unobstructed view, Picasso creates as the camera rolls. Begining with simple works that take shape after only a single brush stroke, Picasso progresses to more complex paintings adding and removing elements until at last the work is complete.
Artemis: This is from the film Le mystère Picasso, 1956, Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. HERE
When, in the night, I await her coming
My life seems stopped. I ask myself: What
Are attributes, freedom or youth compared
To this treasured friend holding a flute?
Look she’s coming! She throws off her veil
And watches me steady and long. I say:
"Was it you who dictated Dante the pages
Of Hell?” And she answers “I am the one.”
Translated: Sofie Laffitte
Image: Gustave Moreau, Hesiod and the Muse, 1857
Frédéric Chopin - Raindrop Prelude, Op 28, No. 15
From Wki: ”Some, though not all, of Opus 28 was written during Chopin and George Sand’s stay at a monastery in Valldemossa, Majorca in 1838. In her Histoire de ma vie, Sand related how one evening she and her son Maurice, returning from Palma in a terrible rainstorm, found a distraught Chopin who exclaimed, “Ah! I knew well that you were dead.” While playing his piano he had a dream:
"He saw himself drowned in a lake. Heavy drops of icy water fell in a regular rhythm on his breast, and when I made him listen to the sound of the drops of water indeed falling in rhythm on the roof, he denied having heard it. He was even angry that I should interpret this in terms of imitative sounds. He protested with all his might – and he was right to – against the childishness of such aural imitations. His genius was filled with the mysterious sounds of nature, but transformed into sublime equivalents in musical thought, and not through slavish imitation of the actual external sounds."
Sand did not say which prelude Chopin played for her on that occasion, but most music critics assume it to be no. 15, because of the repeating A flat, with its suggestion of the “gentle patter” of rain. Peter Dayan, however points out that Sand accepted Chopin’s protests that the prelude was not an imitation of the sound of raindrops, but a translation of natures harmonies within Chopin’s “génie”. Frederick Niecks says that the prelude “rises before one’s mind the cloistered court of the monastery of Valdemosa, and a procession of monks chanting lugubrious prayers, and carrying in the dark hours of night their departed brother to his last resting-place.
The prelude opens with a “serene” theme in D flat. It then changes to a “lugubrious interlude” in C sharp minor, “with the dominant pedal never ceasing, a basso ostinato”.The repeating A flat, which has been heard throughout the first section, here becomes more insistent. Following this, the prelude ends with a repetition of the original theme. Niecks says, “This C sharp minor portion…affects one like an oppressive dream; the re-entrance of the opening D flat major, which dispels the dreadful nightmare, comes upon one with the smiling freshness of dear, familiar nature – only after these horrors of the imagination can its serene beauty be fully appreciated.”
The moon in all her immaculate purity hung in the sky, laughing at this world of dust. She congratulated me for my carefully considered maneuvers and invited me to share in her eternal solitude.
Shan Sa, Empress
Artemis: Merci sirobtep. :)
Father and Daughter by Michaël Dudok de Wit
From Wiki: Father and Daughter is a 2000 Dutch animated short film, made by Michaël Dudok de Wit. It won the 2000 Academy Award for Animated Short Film.
The film also received over 20 awards and 1 nomination and is considered the most successful in the series of works by Michaël.
A Father says goodbye to his young daughter and leaves. As the wide Dutch landscapes live through their seasons so the girl lives through hers. She becomes a young woman, has a family and in time she becomes old, yet within her there is always a deep longing for her father.
The story can be seen as a metaphor, The father leaving on a boat signifies his death and the images of the daughter watching for him to come back is signifying her always thinking about him throughout her life. Towards the end when the now elderly daughter begins to travel through the overgrown, dried up riverbed is supposed to explain that she has died and is now travelling in the afterlife to see her father once again.”
|—||E.E. Cummings, from the poem Dive for Dreams|
Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ
From the 14th Dalai Lama "It is very good to recite the mantra Om mani padme hum, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast… The first, Om […] symbolizes the practitioner’s impure body, speech, and mind; it also symbolizes the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha[…]"
"The path is indicated by the next four syllables. Mani, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factors of method: (the) altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love.[…]"
"The two syllables, padme, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom[…]"
"Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable hum, which indicates indivisibility[…]"
"Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha[…]" Image: momentovacios.wordpress
The inner life has its soft and gentle beauty; an abstract formlessness as well as a subtle charm. I often consider myself as a figure in a foggy painting: faltering lines, insecure distances, and a merging of greys and blacks. An emotion or a mood, a mere wisp of color, is shaded off and made to spread until it becomes one with all that surrounds it.
Image: chapel veil by °Kristamas is haunted on Flickr (via: pinterest | ChloeSakurai)