Thursday, August 19, 2010

brusha, brusha, brusha

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) minister, social reformer, abolitionist

Life is the sacred mystery singing to itself, dancing to its drum, telling tales, improvising, playing.


The human face is the organic seat of beauty. It is the register of value in development, a record of Experience, whose legitimate office is to perfect the life, a legible language to those who will study it, of the majestic mistress, the soul.
Eliza Farnham (1815-1864) writer, feminist, social reformer

Truth is the strong compost in which beauty may sometimes germinate.

Christopher Morley (1890-1957) writer & editor

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in a library?

Lily Tomlin (b. 1939) actress, comedian, writer

Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) playwright, poet, novelist

Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue.

Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953) playwright & Nobel laureate in literature

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.

Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) painter

It's said that when we die, the four elements - earth, air, fire and water - dissolve one by one, each into the other, and finally just dissolve into space. But while we're living, we share the energy that makes everything, from a blade of grass to an elephant, grow and live and then inevitably wear out and die. This energy, this life force, creates the whole world.
Pema Chodron (b. 1936) teacher, writer, buddhist nun

notes about photos:
  1. zoe with brush in hand at her easel, virginia, june 2009
  2. playing the drum with brushes is a popular technique among jazz musicians and others who are looking for a softer more sensuous sound. virginia, november 2006
  3. ms t having her face painted at the library's ye ole fun faire for the summer reading club, lakewood, august 2010
  4. brush being cleared in central park, march 2009
  5. aunt mary's brush and mirror part of a memory 'altar' at cousin suzi's home, pennsylvania, may 2008
  6. brooms for sale on the streets of new york city, september 2008
  7. didn't I just say yesterday I had bunnies on the brain? this bunny has a brush! street art, brooklyn, june 2010
  8. house being painted, lakewood, june 2009
  9. how many brushes can you count on this random snap? casa mouse, august 2010

a brushing rodent - no way I could not post this gem! (you may remember the jingle from here)


Julie said...

I like May's memory alter. Good combination of photos in response to the theme.

Tom said...

you covered it the G o'keefe quote--sums it up pretty good

Brian Miller said...

nice hit on the drum brush...forgot about that one...great pics as always mouse! happy tt!

Gabriela Abalo said...

Great pictures!! nice take on the theme.
Very creative :)

Roy said...

That's quite a collection of brushes! But now I'm gonna have to go listen to some Nine Inch Nails to scrub that Ipana jingle out of my brain. Good work!

Watson said...

As always mouse ... great photos with thoughtful quotes. Lots to think about, altho I will work at forgetting the Ipana jingle! Is Ipana still around??

Anonymous said...

nice collection of quotes and photos

Betsy Brock said...

Love the bright green brooms! Sweeping the kitchen floor would have to make you smile while using one of those!

Everyday Goddess said...

such a grand collection, i love getting my face painted, kind of embarrasses my daughter though.

My neighbor Bill, was a descendant of HW Beecher. Bill was a photographer in NY circa the 50's - 70's - as he said "i shot all the food and booze layouts, not fashion" he was a fun old friend.

I called him Beech. He was also the Justice of the Peace who did my wedding ceremony. Part of the family business, skipping the churchy aspect. Maybe that's how come the marriage didnt' last?

The Silver Fox said...

Quite a variety brought to us by those excellent photos. Great stuff!

Baino said...

Awesome as usual. although now I have that stupid jingle in my head GAH.

California Girl said...

I remember Ipana but not that commercial.

Beautiful red house. Is it yours?

e said...

This was lovely, and I enjoyed catching up on your postings. Happy weekend.

karen said...

I love Pema...she sure can write. Nice photos.