Sunflower Fields in Cuenca

November 23, 2011

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They are both in Cuenca, which is in Spain and famous for its houses that hang from the rocks. The city was built on a rock in times of war to get the best possible defense.

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The view must be good up there  :-)

The photo by Mario modesto is under CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Casacolgantecuenca.jpg    

In that part of Spain water is scarce, and sunflowers can grow on little water. In a garden a sunflower can reach almost two meters in height, with large flowers measuring ten inches or more across, but in a field, as part of a crowd, they stay small.

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There comes a storm, but it won’t bring any rain. It just looks as if, and in Spanish they say “Cuatro gotas”: there will be just four drops of rain:
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And as to the hanging houses of Cuenca, below you can see them as part of the broader view with a bridge in the foreground. I don’t remember how far down the valley is, but it is really far, and looking down into the abyss often makes foreign visitors feel dizzy.

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This photo published at http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4c/Cuenca-panoramica4.JPG/1024px-Cuenca-panoramica4.JPG   was released into public domain by its author Zarateman

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Tattoos Forever

November 20, 2011

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And if the fashion changes, it wil be very expensive to remove the tattoo. It will become a class symbol: low class: can’t afford removing the damned thing: can’t afford either to get a more modern looking one.

Most tattoos look dated. In my town, the guy who opened up the big tattoo shop next to where I live,  he has his window full of computer programmed tattoos. You can just see the computer’s solemn-silly mind.

And a question:
If I have an artist make a drawing on my ankle, and instead of a needle and ink he uses a ball point pen, can you tell?

There must be pens out there that could make a drawing look like a tattoo on skin, but can be removed some way or other. Of course, I have drawn my own tattoos with a Biro for an evening out.

For just an evening out it doesn’t have to be too solemn either.

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It would be easy to add some tiny bikini or something: in red, for emphasis

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So What Is Style?

November 17, 2011

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It is first of all coherence, sometimes artificial, at times natural.

Something is  done a certain way  which then becomes identifiable or typical. It could be just in a colour combination or a perfume or a way of writing or drawing or dressing.

However, it cannot be visible to everybody, and yet, strangely enough, most people have it in their language.  Do the experiment:

→ → Take a word like “tenacious” or “quixotic” or “abrasive”.

→ → Include it casually in your conversation next time you talk to friends or family members.

→ → Watch them react.

A single word made them perk up!  That word was not part of what they know as your style.

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X has a lot of style

This could mean that her preferences or choices are predictable. Or it could mean that she consciously accentuates something about her.

Consider as extreme examples Lady Gaga, who is all artifice, or Bob Dylan, who is mostly himself.

As to Dylan, that must have been very hard for him to do when he started out and went onstage entirely defenseless. It took a lot of guts.

The “Man of Constant Sorrow”

And  Lady Gaga? She is all manufactured, and there is a great team working with her, calculating, designing, rehearsing, defining. There has to be some mind behind it all.  Is it her own?

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It doesn’t really matter. She is simply merchandise continually getting updated by market research. On her part, it takes a lot of discipline, and so she may in fact be caught on that dangerous path she is seems to be only acting out.

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Photo Abstractions: Arabella

October 25, 2011

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I would have liked to put in more of that blue ink, but had to stop trying.

“The day she met Hugo” is its present title but it changed as the picture kept changing.

Originally Hugo was a character in a Cambridge English proficiency test described as a big poor shaggy type looking for a place to stay which he found eventually with one of those organizations that employ volunteers as guinea pigs to test drugs.

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“Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell”.

The title is a quote from Macbeth 4.3, and it fits. Maya green frame would have been better. That vertical white line on the right is accidental, probably produced by sloppy resizing.

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“Yes, it was a VERY big spider”

But these are experimental, and I must find a way to keep them from losing their original definition.

The title is based on one of those household incidents that leave ridicule and trauma.

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“Meeting Hugo”: original version

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“Angels are bright still”: original version.

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Unfinished: “Summertime Mahalia”

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Country roads in Madrid

October 17, 2011

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This is a summer sundown South of Madrid, with the Jarama valley on the distance.

Lots of people find this landscape awful.

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In spring it is all full of flowers almost like a garden, but the flowers don’t last, because as from May on the rains are erratic and create problems but don’t do much good anymore.

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And then, from July on, only the thistles and genista, rosemary and thyme survive. Sometimes a whole hillside smells of thyme.

Photos courtesy ghD

 

I was told that what looks like a mistaken perspective in the upper part of the window is in fact a broken persiana, those old light blinds made of narrow wood slats that used to hang on the outside of the windows and were mostly broken. They filtered  sunlight and street noises and always rattled a little and belonged to the Madrid summer like the swallos, the heat, the siesta.

Now the persianas are gone. Now it is plastic everywhere except in the pueblos.  On the drawing it seems to be early afternoon, not yet time to go out. The streets would still be empty and too hot. They will start to fill with people after sundown and until very late into the night.

This drawing seems to be felt pen and maybe some colour pencil, but I must ask to find out.

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The other drawing existed only for a short time, because it was made on a blackboard.

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Later it was copied on paper but, as everyone knows, the copy is never the same and only very rarely better.

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Remember the Horse

October 10, 2011

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Whoever painted this must have been under the influence of Picasso.  Style is contagious to a very high degree.
That kind of contagion has nothing to do with imitation, which is why it is so difficult to decide on plagiarism.

In fact, most of what anyone knows or thinks or says or paints echoes its sources so that your real connoisseur sees a picture or hears a minute of music and says: oh, that is from the sixties or that is late nineteenth century East European! The same with text.

In other words, the absolutely original work of art just does not exist unless indeed like a meteorite it fell from another star’s civilization down to Earth.

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