Just logged on and the first thing I see is news that the Notre Dame is burning. Apparently the towers will be saved but the roof and the beautiful spire are gone. God knows what’s left inside, but I fear that the magnificent garouilles [gargoyles] may have been lost with the roof.
I know it’s a strange thing to mourn something so small as a gargoyle, but when I was twenty-one, I visited the Notre Dame, climbed to the top and saw those gargoyles for myself. Touched them. Marvelled at the artistry. Fell in love with them. I even bought a plaster gargoyle from the hawkers down below and kept it for decades until it finally broke.
Love happens because it happens, and I’ve always loved the Notre Dame and those gargoyles.
I know the cathedral will be rebuilt. I know it will be even more beautiful in the end, but…it won’t be my Notre Dame any more. I shudder to think how much pain the people of Paris must be feeling right now.
Je vous aime
Disclaimer: I don’t like rats, but these ones could make me change my mind. I was blown away by how smart they are. The video is about their tricks. Seriously amazing:
But what got me onto rats in the first place? This photo:
At first I thought they were toys, staged to look like little musicians. Then I followed the link to its home and discovered that they were real!
Please visit this amazing site to see all the photos:
Discover The Photographs Of Artists Rats By Ellen van Deellen
Have a great weekend!
I just found this gorgeous image on jigsawplanet.com [where else?] and assumed it was computer generated [CG], but it’s not, it’s oil on canvas.
The artist, Tomasz Alen Kopera, hails from Poland but now lives and works in Ireland. Would you believe he started out as a construction engineer?
This is a trailer about how limited edition prints are made of his artwork:
Kopera proves that it’s never too late to follow your passions. Life’s too short for anything less. 🙂
Yet another jigsaw adventure, this time to the Writer’s Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland:
Strange, quirky buildings like this one are like a cattle prod to my imagination. I start wondering who built the building, in that spot to that style. And why. Was the quirkiness deliberate, or an accident dictated by the location?
And then, of course, I start day dreaming about the inside and how the original inhabitants may have lived…
Oddly enough the one thing I’m not curious about is the building’s current purpose. I mean, really…a museum for writers? What would it contain? Cabinets full of quills, pens and ink? Illegible, hand-written first drafts?
Anyway, another beautiful building thanks to my jigsaw hobby. Now if only I were rich enough to visit it in the flesh. I could quite see myself as a globe-trotting old lady, maybe with my own Lear jet…
Every girl should have a little black number in the garage. 😉
I’ve been working in Corel all morning and decided to take a break by doing a jigsaw puzzle [on jigsawplanet.com]. The pic above is the the finished puzzle.
That glorious, circular stair captivated me so much, I went looking for more information. The photo was taken by a New York photographer/travel writer by the name of Vivienne Gucwa. Click the link to see her website – NY Through the Lens. It’s well worth a visit. I definitely enjoyed it. 😀
As for the actual staircase, it’s somewhere in the Museum of Gustav Moreau in Paris. This is a view down through the spiral:
Makes me want to hop on a plane and go see it for myself. -sigh-
And here’s the link to the Flickr account on which I found the pic.
Okay, back to work. I hope you’re all having a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.
I’ve reblogged some amazing, and utterly innovative, art via Flow Art Station before, but this technique is truly special. This is one of my favourites:
Check out the rest at:
Interior Bas-Relief Sculptures of Peacocks and Lush Florals by Goga Tandashvili
I stumbled on this hilarious recruitment video via Twitter today – thank you Twitteratti! It made me laugh and feel good. Hope you enjoy it too. 🙂
Sometimes I get lucky. I caught these photos on my phone a couple of hours ago, just as the storm that’s been threatening finally broke. The weird light you get with storms combined with the Golden Hour and for a few seconds, no more than that, my garden lit up.
The last one is a close-up of a section from the previous photo. An eerie trick of the light makes the tree trunks look as if they really are on fire. And all the photos are of gum trees – khaki green and brown.
This is not the first time I’ve seen the Golden Hour from my deck, but it is the most spectacular. Makes me realise how inadequate words are when compared to this glory.
I blame Esme-‘pon-Cloud for this post. She sent me a link to the most amazing photos. If you like wandering through ruins, trying to imagine what they might have looked like, you will love these pics!
I particularly love the ones where the buildings have lost their roofs and nature has marched straight in. It feels so right.
Click the photo above to be taken to the entire set. Be warned though, once you start, it’ll be very hard to stop. :p