Henri Rousseau’s paintings animated. Just beautiful!!
Henri Rousseau’s paintings animated. Just beautiful!!
So not quite the original sound track but it works <3
The official Video of Son Lux song “Easy”
Sharing a wonderful video via Nicolette Hugo.. puts me in mind of Jamie…the bookbinder in The Bound Heart.
“Some beautiful suspension bondage…poetry in motion” Nicolette Hugo
Under the leaves that have freshly fallen,
under the browned, softer ones
and under the mulch and humus debris beneath them,
lies my soul.
Chest to chest with the earth.
It’s the press of a lover.
Of anguish and a heart’s desperation.
A place where pride has long gone.
Are you there?
Can you feel me?
Across the improbable,
your steps echo through the ground
a distant staccato as they walk unaware through their daily tasks.
I lay here in the undergrowth straining for every sound,
every whisper that speaks to me of you.
It is an elixir, a blade, an addiction,
it is never enough
and it is all I have left.
Image Dascha Friedlová
I have a love of art where we can feel the humanity of the artist, their expression of self in the world around them, their spirit. I feel that Daniel’s work has those qualities. Each piece draws me in and shows me clues to a dialog, almost like I am a voyeur in his inner landscape. For me, his work dances between the logical, digital expression of words and concrete thoughts and the analogical of feelings and currents moving underneath the surface. As the viewer I have a puzzle of pieces that tug at the mind and the heart simultaneously to solve it.
As I sink into a piece and start drawing out a story, it is almost more a reflection of me in a way. What I see and what I think it means. I could ask Dan and find out what he was expressing was something quite different but I know that he would think my journey with his art equally valid.
I think once a piece of art is created and set into the world, much like a child steps into the world, the art starts to create a life of its own. A relationship with their viewer that can be quite unique from the one it has with the artist who created it.
This piece intrigued my hungry romance writer’s mind. Even now my eyes rove over it looking for clues, did he leave? Was there someone else? Was it for money … a job? Are we at the cross roads right now deciding to turn that corner, to take that path or not?
I have nothing to say, I have nothing to say is a heart beat all over the background, it tells us so much actually needs to be said. It reminds me of being in that moment, at the irreversible cross road of the heart….
WOW… That’s just one!! Each has a journey you sink into.
Here is a sample for Daniel’s latest 2 Collage series
Elsa: What is Art Beats about?
Dan: Art Beats is where art imitates life and is seen as a direct extension of bodily functions and diverse human feelings, an essential component/organ of our existence, hence the analogy between Art and Heart.
Elsa: How about Dan around the world ?
Dan: Dan around the World, are pictures that I have taken on some of my trips which are integrated in a mix media collage. Together they form association of random words and sentences juxtaposed together in meaning to create & represent capsules of my traveler’s imagination
Elsa: What are some of your favorite materials:
Dan: My favorite media is varied at the moment: brown paper, newspaper, pages of books, prints of all kinds, written words found on the street, torn posters + my own pics + acrylics, gold leaf, varnish, sprays, inks, glue
You can find Dan’s earlier work Variations + Portraits, here: http://www.neoimages.net/artistportfolio.aspx?pid=1582
He is also on Instagram at danlefrt
Art by Dan ( exhibition introduction)
Daniel Lefort’s eclectic works of paper and acrylic tones come together with the sleekness of a blade, the wisp of a brush and sometimes even the crackling of Styrofoam! His technique of layering color and textile gives a unique depth to his pieces. Originally from France, Lefort now resides in Quebec, where he has spent the last twenty years cultivating his unique brand of talent. His premier collection depicting abstract and figurative themes on post cards later became available for purchase. This series of invented portraits integrates vibrant colors, cut-outs, script and sporadic bits of green. A summon to create led this self-inspired artist to discover and delve into new forms. An artist of varied genre, Lefort uses, in a parallel fashion, two styles. His abstract pieces integrate both paper and script under a display of detailed color. Sensitive to the creative approach of de Stael, Rothko, and Féron, Daniel Lefort’s paintings are full abstraction in naïve figuration. Their contours reinforce this impression. However, his forte doesn’t stop there. It pursues intricate simplicity found within the processing of the patterns.
Beatrice Wood lived until she was 105 and was an active potter through her 90’s. When asked what her secret was she said “I owe it all to art books, chocolate and young men.” Those things which inspires us and make us happy.
I find her attitude and creative spirit an inspiration. Being who you are and following your passions are fundamental to being ‘here’, present in life as well as living a meaningful and happy life. That doesn’t mean you have to be an artist or do something extra ordinary, I think it means if you want to sit on the front deck with a coffee, feel the sun on your feet and watch people walk by…do it. Of course we live together as communities so play nice goes without saying, the key is finding your place in a way that expresses you. It could be as simple as your open authentic presence.
I have a thing about centenarians and really want to be one as well. The few interviews I have seen have shown people who are at peace with themselves and who they are. I think that is one of the most challenging and rewarding things to achieve.
It’s an alchemy.
It happens without intent.
And quite frankly,
It can’t leave through intent either.
What is it in us that reaches out and wraps around the soul of another?
I’m not sure.
But what I do know is that it is as strong and fundamental a part of us as those I’m sure of.
Maybe even more so…
And ….. there is you.
It’s been a long time,
Yet I still feel like I’m swimming hard for the shore and at the same time the tide is pulling me out.
That drive forward and that pull back.
It’s not that I want to get away from you
I never did.
Perhaps that’s the problem…
I sometimes think my only choice now is to sink.
Get under the currents
Go down under the surface
Let all that water fill my lungs.
When I sink so deep and my feet touch the sandy bottom
I will be able to walk away.
© E Holland
I’ve found that most people hang on tight to their third serious relationship.
The first can be wrong for so many understandable reasons.
Too young, thought you should, everyone else was.
The second fails and you start to wonder if something is wrong with you.
The third you have to make work or you know for sure it is you that’s the problem.
Breaking your heart and what that does to you is similar.
Now you don’t break your heart with every relationship
And relationships aren’t the only things that break your heart.
But each break erodes your surety of how things are.
It strips away a part of yourself and who you think you are.
What we imagined the world to be and what it really is unfolds in these breaks.
And that’s not a bad thing….
I like to think of these breaks as moving between different chambers of the heart.
Each chamber is moved through with each break.
Those of us that get to the fourth chamber, the last chamber,
Oh boy are we in a different realm.
There is nothing and everything to lose
The bar lifts and drops all at the same time.
You’ve been placed in a realm where you come to understand
a few fundamental things about yourself.
Firstly, you recognize you could love a lot of people
I mean have full blown lifelong happy as you could ever be relationships with them.
It is no longer an only with this special person deal.
You also know for sure it is in fact you that is the problem
and if you can’t make it with this person you’ll never make it with anyone.
Not because there is anything wrong with you
But because you don’t want it enough.
And finally, the only siren’s call that is tempting you away
Is not another person,
but the choice to be
Yeah, that’s the fourth chamber of the heart.
Part 2 of a 3 part piece of Prose
The 1st is here: http://elsaholland.com/2014/09/28/the-four-chambers-of-the-heart-part-1/
The 3rd is here: http://elsaholland.com/2014/09/18/the-four-chambers-of-the-heart-part-3/
Circular images Dacha Friedlova
I’ve been told
when I get older
that I’ll understand it all……
but I’m not sure if I want to….
Yes I’m an old Kate Bush fan. Old as in long standing cough, cough
There is something about finding that child spirit in yourself. The wonderment and magic of it all. I remember when I was young and was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up …. I wanted to be a wise old witch who lived in the forest or an elf. (Yes I can still tell you why I thought they were good options!!) Naturally I was quite devastated as over time both my career choices were taken away from me * sigh*
Secretly though, between the two of us, I am still holding on to the idea that one of them may yet pop up as an option ….
Kate Bush – In Search of Peter Pan…
We’re 75% water. But I think we treat ourselves as if we were solid because it looks like and feels like we are solid. No doubt the cultural idea that we come from the earth and return to the earth contributes to this sense as well.
But we aren’t really solid at all…. we are fluid and space.
We are full of water and we have all these cavities like lungs and digestive system, stomach ….. they act like drums when we are around strong sounds too. Vibrating the sound around us deeper and further into the body.
Here is a video of the effect of sound on fluids and other things like fire and sand. Watch it and imagine what listening to your favorite music must do to you given that you are actually mainly fluid. Remember how amazing listening to great music feels. How loud concerts can snatch you up in their sound and really move through your whole being. Match that with the visuals in the video…it makes you think a little differently about your body and why music is so fundamental to us and how we enjoy it.
Cymatics is the visible effect of sound on things.
Thank you to Dafni Ma a freelance Writer I’m connected to on FB friends for introducing this to me on her timeline.
Images Olivier Valsecchi Opiom Gallery
Ain’t no sunshine when he’s gone
And he’s always gone too long
Anytime he goes away.
Oldie but a goodie Ain’t No Sunshine by Deni Hines and the Rockmelons