Thursday, October 11, 2012

pagan potpourri


A little bit of this and a little bit of that


Scientist believes Vincent Van Gogh was colorblind










"…light and darkness, brightness and obscurity, or if a more general expression is preferred, light and its absence, are necessary to the production of colour… Colour itself is a degree of darkness.
















The quotable Anne Lamott - on writing:















(a valuable resource for anyone who wants to help aspiring writers.  I've gained wisdom from this wonderful little book that I've passed on to children as young as six.)





"Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.”

~ From Bird by Bird






Art Humor



If you're the first to identify the artist whose work this cartoon parodies, I will send you an art related prize in snail mail. 






Today's Iconic Photo







Jackson Pollock at work



By now I'm sure most people have seen this news from Borja, Spain but just in case here is a link to The Botched Jesus story



What do you plan on being for Halloween?





21 comments:

  1. I too think it's very unlikely VanGogh was colorblind. Genius needs no explanation.

    You might enjoy this film based on Goethe's colour theory if you have the better part of an hour to spend some rainy afternoon or quiet evening. It's very beautiful.

    Now that would be an interesting book of fairytales to see.

    I do spend a lot of time reading and that's exactly why.

    René François Ghislain Magritte?

    A long time ago I watched a documentary of Jackson Pollack. Even his cigarettes were immortalized when they became part of his paintings.

    I thought it was very funny the restorers were trying to save the original And her 'repairs'. I think tourists need something worthwhile to spend their time and money on but if they insist on going, she does deserve compensation.

    Nice selection, my friend :-)

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    1. You are the winner, dear Susan! I know where to send your prize! That is, if I haven't lost it since the last time I wrote to you...

      Brain Pickings (where I pilfered the Gory article, is a really excellent e-zine. I like them so much that I sent them a bit of money when they asked for it because I would be truly sad if they were to go away.

      I sometimes do have an hour to kill and being highly visual, I can get lost in documentaries...did you happen to see the film Pollock. It was pretty good. Of course, virtually everything in which Ed Harris stars is at the very least "pretty good".

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    2. Oh, and I forgot to mention that I agree with you about the Spanish restorer - I like her righteousness. :-)

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  2. Hi!
    Is the art perhaps by Renee Magritte (I'm not sure of the spelling - sorry) a dadaist(?) painting where the man in black has a green apple superimposed on his face (or instead of his face)?

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    1. Welcome to the Pagan Sphinx, Mr. Carpenter. I am Gina, your host(ess). :-)

      Oh, darn, you came in second for the prize. Good going, though!

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  3. Vincent van Gogh, the new hero of Fifty Shades of Grey! :-)

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    1. I haven't read that novel. In fact, I'd only read the title here and there. Not being too much into mainstream culture, a lot of best sellers get by me. I had to look it up. Truthfully, other than re-reading Lady Chatterley last year, I haven't read an erotic novel since Vox by Nick Baker. That is a novel that I have never forgotten because somehow in my mind, it manages to be both erotic and humorous. Not too many writers can pull that off successfully!

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  4. What a Magritte post! (get it?)

    Aloha from Waikiki,

    Comfort Spiral

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  5. Wonderful post. René Magritte is your man. I particularly liked the nonsense of "Van Gogh was colourblind". But every single flower in your potpourri was wonderful too.

    As for Anne Lamott, I want to read her book now, though not in a Kindle version if I can help it. She sounds I'm going to meet an aspiring writer today in the pub. I met him in a writers' group and offered to edit his stuff - a foolish gesture in the light of day because his prose (not to mention his poetry) is irredeemable. In fact the one redeemable thing is that he wants to write at all, and is prepared for the humiliation implicit in sharing his work. This I find fascinating.

    At the very least, I shall copy out those words you have quoted from Lamott for him.

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    1. Oh, Vincent. That sounds like quite a pickle you find yourself in. I'm still laughing a bit over the fact that you find your friend's plan to foist his bad poetry upon an audience, "fascinating". I concur! :-D

      You've also reminded me of a quote of one of my favorite American writers - Flannery O'connor -

      “Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.”

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  6. The Magritte really mad em chuckle. Nice Jackson Pollock pic. Cool geezer.

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    1. Yes. I know he is one of your favorites. See above comment.
      :-)

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  7. AN excellent selection of subjects Gina

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    1. I enjoy saving the tidbits and then assembling them into a post. Thanks as always Jams. :-)

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  8. I love the shot of Pollock
    and you forgot your apple killed me :)

    hugs dear lady

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  9. It really works colour n B/W together.
    Thanks for the Apple and I really love all the other pieces of Art also.

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  10. This must be a lucky post because most of my favorite bloggers commented and a comment from Mr. Carpenter, a new follower. :-)

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  11. The Van Gogh image is very clever!

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  12. I'm visting after a day of doing school stuff after a week of attempting to teach and wondering what other professions are out there and why am I not a kept woman, and you have me smiling.

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    1. I often wonder what other professions are out there and always come up short. Anything else would require way too much work that I no longer have the energy for. But I'm glad we're both smiling! :-)

      I hope this new week goes better, Sandy.

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