Thursday, July 28, 2016

Things I learnt in July

1-Mail please? At the creation of Huntsville in Alabama, habitants used to have to read the newspaper to learn if they had mail.  The post-office was founded much latter.

2-Missed opportunities: it is so sad to think that sometimes we miss opportunities to express our gratitude, love before it is too late.

3- How productive are you and does it matter in front of God? on going conversation...

4- After being disappointed in my last two reads, I am changing strategy and  I am going to tackle a list of the greatest work( fiction and non-fiction) this one :   This is a personal challenge however if you want to join me ,leave a comment.

5- May your morning be bright and beautiful!

Monday, June 6, 2016

baguettes et petites joies

I always felt that baguettes are best left for the professionals( how French of me, right?) however I found this great blog with video So I tried it and

You will need a morning or afternoon.  The process is rather long but not difficult.  Also there is huge room for improvement in my design, it was a hit with the family.

I also encountered ces petites joies today:

A bientot!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

What I learned in May

I found this reflection very helpful to be close to God.  Fr Leo talks about the 5 C :content(faith), conflict( doing his will and not ours), conversation( God is in us , we are never alone), cooperation( with our Lord, I am alive in Him) and contribution( I will bring something of him into the world).  Let's write an unfinished symphony!

A bientot

I am linking with Emily P. Freeman

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

Be still and listen:)

Now for some fun portraits, I would love the horse one:)
A bientot!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Un petit bonjour,
Spring is graciously showing itself:)

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Budapest Masterpieces: the exhibition trailer

Un petit bonjour, I wanted to share this trailer with you.  I really like the painting of Jozsef  Rippl-Ronai  "Woman with a Bird Cage".

Have a great weekend! Bon weekend!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

What I learnt in February 2016

2-I am enjoying learning about block time, looping time and bullet journal.

3- Don't skip prayers and be gracious always:)

We are truly blessed.  Thank you for your visit.

I am linking up with Emily p. Freeman blog :);postID=2453101891368193877

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Art in 5 Minutes: Marianne Stokes

Angels entertaining the Holy Child by Marianne Stokes
  Madonna and Child by Marianne Stokes

Marianne Stokes (1855-1927) was an Austrian painter. She started her career as an artist under the tutelage of Pascal Jean Dagnan Bouveret( 1852-1928) , Gustave Courtois ( 1853-1923) and Jules Bastian Lepage.  One can recognized their influence in her choice of the subject matter from rustic sceneries to mystical religious compositions.   She met her future husband in England, Adrian Scott( 1854-1935) a landscape painter.  Childless, the couple main interest was their artistic pursuits .  Their journey took them in Italy, Netherlands and Hungary, and she also developed an interest in tempera as a result.  In 1848, the pre-Raphaelite movement was created, and once again Marianne Stokes found a great source of inspiration, she changed medium from oil to tempera and gesso. Her paintings are designed as flat sceneries reminding the viewer of medieval artist, such as Giotto.  She joined the Royal Watercolor Society, her husband ended up being the vice president of the Society.  She died in London in 1927.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Art in 5 minutes: Bruegel the Elder

Peasant Wedding

The Flemish painter, Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.1525-69) was  born in Belgium at the end of the high  Renaissance .  To put this in an historical context Michael Angelo had  already created his master pieces, and the Reformation was rapidly spreading throughout north of Europe .  The religious theme was becoming less prevalent.  Artists had the opportunity to expand and show their interests in portraiture, mythology, landscape and  other genre.
At first glance, Bruegel 's subject matter concentrates on the interrelationship between Man and Nature.  He specialized in folk scenes depicting jovial peasants with  bright and vivid manners.  One might almost expects to hear  laughter and music floating in the air.  One finds more evidence of such work when his biographer underlines his decision to accept a secular commission (1565)  at a time of great turmoil between the Catholic Church and the Reformation.  The substantial commission consisted of the depiction of seasons throughout the year, out of the twelves paintings only five survived to this day.  However a keener eyes  will notice Bruegel's constant sarcasm hidden in his paintings.  The viewer can expect to search for social and religious commentary waiting to be discovered.  Bruegel didn't always avoid the direct approach of  Religion , he painted a series of Proverbs from the Bible in 1568  , his most famous work being "the Blind leading the Blind" .  One can imagine that prudence would have been a necessity to approach the subject when different sensibilities were at their highest.
For a younger audience, to approach Bruegels' work , one might want to consider his secular work.  While  more mature students might appreciate and delight on decoding his social comments on the rest of his work.
 A bientot!

The Peasant Dance
Hunters in the Snow

Sunday, January 31, 2016

What I learned in January

1-  Everyday,take 15 minutes to learn on a new subject.  You can even start the 15 minute Scholar challenge from this blog:

2-   Everyday, take 15 to 30 minutes in order to tackle a messy corner in your house. Put a timer on if necessary.

3-    Reading a small devotional quote will help to start the day.  I enjoy this one:
The key is to not overdo it .  One email a day is enough.

4-   Seek the beauty in the ordinary.

I am linking up with Emily P. Freeman

A Bientot!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday post: Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt (1844-1912) was an American Impressionist painter and print maker.  She is well known for depicting ordinary family life.  Her favorite theme was the special relationship between mother and child.  It allows the viewer to have a glimpse into an intimate part of the subject's private world.  It can be a great starting point for the introduction of one's children to Fine Arts.  They can easily relate to the subject matter and one could readily begin an interesting conversation about the difference in the life of children today and in the 19th Century.

For more resources:
-study unit
-a cute preschooler book

A bientot!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

On the 23rd of January 2016, Unterlinden Museum in Colmar, France reopened its doors to the general public.  Their major attraction is the Isenheim altarpiece by the German painter Matthias Grunewald (c.1470 - August 31, 1528).  This rather obscure painter ignored the Renaissance classicism of his time in order to pursue the earlier Medieval style.  The Isenheim altarpiece is his most famous work.  Commissioned around 1512 by the Monastery St Antoine, it was displayed in the hospital wing, which specialized in plague and skin diseases.  Christ is shown as having plague like sores all over his body.  This was meant to serve as a vivid reminder to the patients that Christ understood their sufferings and gave them Christian hope.

The doors of the altar was once open on special liturgical days and uncovered the Nativity scene.
St Antoine meets St Paul( The Hermit)
St Antoine attacked by demons

A bientot!