Thursday, January 28, 2010

I'm a little mixed up

In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false.
Edgar Degas (1834-1917) artist

What I am after is the first impression – I want to show all one sees on first entering the room – what my eye takes in at first glance.
Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) painter and printmaker

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) diplomat, humanitarian and first lady

It's not so much a matter of patience but rather passion...We want to do what we want, where we want and how we want it – that is the scream of freedom.
Jeanne-Claude (1935 – November 18, 2009) environmental artist


I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918) poet, journalist, editor

Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.

Buddha (563-483 B.C.E.) Hindu prince, teacher, philosopher

Some photographers take reality...and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation.
Ansel Adams (1902-1984) photographer

If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow.
Rachel Carson (1907-1964) biologist, writer, ecologist

Deja Brew: The feeling that you've had this coffee before.


notes on photos:
  1. an impression of edgar degas, although he is regarded to be one of the founders of impressionism, he himself felt that he was a realist. cimetiere de montmartre, september 2004
  2. detail of painting by pierre bonnard, a founder of les nabis, a group of post-impressionist avant-garde artists. I had the good fortune to catch a exhibit of bonnard's work last spring in new york - however since it was a special exhibit photography was forbidden. I adore bonnard's use of color and his attention to the little details of our world (mouse medicine?) -what can I say, bonnard's paintings make me feel good. this photo is of the painting la femme au chat (1912) at the musée d'orsay, paris. march 2007.
  3. impressions on a sidewalk, feeling cold? lakewood, 26 january 2010
  4. the gates created by christo and jeanne-claude, new york city. february 2005
  5. conjoined by roxy paine at the modern in fort worth. april 2009
  6. entrance to japanese garden at the fort worth botanical gardens. april 2009
  7. felted dodad with glass beads, corner of casa kim on avenue c. january 2010
  8. ms t giving her impression of what it must be like to be a dog. october 2009
  9. painted wall at a mozart coffee roasters, austin. april 2009
I have to admit that this week's theme had me feeling all mixed up! betty james released I'm a little mixed up in 1961. betty did another song called I'm not mixed up anymore. good for her! I, on other hand, am still mixed up!


K. said...

Especially compelling selection of photos today. Artistically, you are not mixed up!

Ronda Laveen said...

Love the pics and quotes.

But esp love Miss T's dog impression and your comment on today's The Gold Puppy!

I often feel like Miss T

Tom said...

quite the eclectic'd they get those trees to grow together like that; cool.

Shaheen said...

As always thought provocative.

I am feeling very mixed up too. I had my allotment plot burned down by some jealous people. It may be a blessing in disguise to have left that place, but it is hurting. So I came here to feel hope and postivity. Thank you.

Hope your feeling a bit more distant from that mixed up feeling.

e said...

I don't think you are mixed up either. Love little Miss T. That is how I feel at the moment. Happy TT!

Brian Miller said...

love the pic by the japanese garden..some great quotes this week as well...trees and the buddha quote especially. nicely done.

California Girl said...

Love the "felt doodad".

Anonymous said...

Always did like that Kilmer work and cool tree sculpture!

Dejabrew~ I get that all the time, heh, heh...that pic could be my avatar( but I've another in mind )

And I get the impression Ms.T didn't like the doggy kisses? Heh, heh...

Wonderful post kimy, as always :)

Roy said...

Nice wide-ranging take on the theme! I was a little confused myself (and even toyed with exploring Impressionism and Post-Impressionism), but I've decided to take the humor route.

Steve Reed said...

That "Conjoined" sculpture also stood in Madison Square Park in New York for many months a couple of years ago. And I love that coffee pic!

Wings1295 said...

Great post!!! Love it all, and I saved the coffee one. :)

Betsy Brock said...

Have always loved Monet!

Love that coffee sign...I need one of those in my kitchen! ha!

ArtSparker said...

As always, The photo of Ms. T is my favorite.

Reya Mellicker said...

Love the conjoined trees and oh yeah, the gates. They were SO cool!!

Stephanie said...

Miss T's dog impression is great!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

thanks for the feedback - such response to my 'formula' makes it so much fun to do!

I'm so lucky to have the beautiful and vivacious ms t and her antics to document! and she does love becoming part of the pack when matilda and dixie come over to play

mango - that is soooo awful about your allotment plot. my condolences and empathetic ire! healing vibes your way.

cg - gotta love that word dodad!! so fun

subby - ms t actually loves doggie kisses, here they were into a group howl!

roy - thought of you when I choose the bonnard quote/snap ;)

steve - according to some website there was (is?) another big installation of this guys work in nyc.

wings - glad you snagged the coffee pic!

betsy - you can pull a wings

as - she is a honey. but now that's she's older I have to be sneakier with the snaps.... either she doesn't like getting her pic taken or she makes this odd fake smile....seems that lots of 4 and 5 year olds have a tendency to do that

reya - there is/was a tree by the same artist in dc in the sculpture garden on the mall - not the hirshhorn s.g but the other one - next to the national gallery - I don't know if it was visiting or is a new permanent part of the collection.

oh and I was so sad to learn about jeanne-claude's recent death - that news went by me in november, I only just learned it yesterday.

Kris McCracken said...

Is that a cake?

Erin Wallace said...

I love the poem "A Tree". The picture above is so cool!

Meri said...

I hope I'm one of the tender ones to whom a photograph is an instrument of love and revelation. Love this quote. Really love the array of photographs today.

Kate Hanley said...

That first quote reminded me of a oft-quoted theater saying, "you have to lie to tell the truth" Loved the pictures and the song. have you seen the movie about Chess records with Adrian Brody called Cadillac Records? It's pretty good.

Merle Sneed said...

I was fortunate to see a Degas exhibition in Denver.

Candie said...

Really nice set of pictures!

Baino said...

Love love love the trees! Awesome shot and the cattle dog and Miss T for tanty.What can I say.. quintessential Aussie. Beautiful quotes as always. Your posts are relevant and visually delicious. Always.

Coffee Messiah said...

Great quotes and photo of the little one!

Partial to the last photo.

BTW, have you seen this:

I didn't realize or hear he died this past wed, until today ; (

Tess Kincaid said...

As always, fantastic pics. The one with the trees was especially intriguing!

lettuce said...

leaves me wondering if really impressionism and realism should be distinguished, in the end?

fabulous pic. of Ms. T