Saturday, October 14, 2017

Scientific Revolution

The Scientific Revolution was fundamentally intellectual revolution. Prior to it, Europeans had held a set of beliefs derived from the works of the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, modified and give sanction by Christians theologians of the Middle Ages, particularly Saint Thomas Aquinas. This system of thought embraced the Earth and the Universe, the nature of matter, the laws of motion and change, the nature of human beings, and the relationship of God of creation. This comprehensive world view was based primarily on tradition and authority and was universally accepted.

By the time the Revolution was over, a whole new set of theories had been established, the result of vast amounts of experimental data, new methods of obtaining and explaining the data, and a changed attitude regarding the place of human beings in the universe. As the new explanations clashed with older theological truths, science was to acquire an altogether different meaning. It was the tumultuous time in Western intellectual history. The historic paintings and prints as well as original graphics left their trace in history.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Autumn Flowers: poem

Those few pale Autumn flowers,
How beautiful they are!
Than all that went before,
Than all the Summer store,
How lovelier far!

And why? - They are the last!
The last! the last! the last!
Oh! by that little word
How many thoughts are stirred
That whisper of the past!

Pale flowers! pale perishing flowers!
Ye 're types of precious things;
Types of those bitter moments,
That like, like life's enjoyments,
On rapid, rapid wings:

Last hours with parting dear ones,
(That Time the fastest spends)
Last tears in silence shed,
Last words half uttered,
Last looks of dying friends.

Who but would fain compress
A life into a day, -
The last day spent with one
Who, ere the morrow's sun,
Must leave us, and for aye?

O precious, precious moments!
Pale flowers! ya 're types of those;
The saddest, sweetest, dearest,
Because, like those, the nearest
To an eternal close.

pale flowers! pale perishing flowers!
I woo your gentle breath -
I leave the Summer rose
For younger, blither blows;
Tell me of change and death.

(Caroline Bowles Southey)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Thoughts

The life stage is set for a powerful and provocative fall. Everything from business ventures to style choices emerged from last year's tumultuous political season that empowered in all fronts.
As the summer winds turn cooler, women empowered to be both strong and sexy. Do not shake the sand from your shoes just yet. Embrace the fall season, and if you can allow yourself the last escape. In Miami, new exhibitions at The Bass, Basel arts are coming soon, and the International Book-fair at Miami Community College in Downtown are calling. The body and mind will thank you for it. Until the holidays...

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Life Comes Back after Nature Distractions

Reflections of the sun in the mirrored water.
Sun helps to absorb the water
after the hurricane Irma.
Where is water, life comes back.
Birds as symbol of life.
"Birds are back after nature distractions!"

Wind Distractions

Trees devastation
The avocado and the giant mango tree,
hibiscus bush all gone.
One hash-push green mass.
Wind distractions.
Power of wind of 90 to 110 mph in pictures
gives a view of visual observation,
but does bring the terrible sound of wind.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Hat on a Cat

Hat on a Cat, 2017
The modern-day element in French accent
is an ideal setting of the reminiscent interior design
in the Parisian style.
The handmade tale includes
red and green hat on a blue and white cat
matching the vintage red and green wallpaper.
What luxury truly means?
The personalization and making a statement
of one's own is how people want to live today.
What catches the eye is the design:
alluring, yet with just the right dose of imperfection
to suggest a human element.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

'Bellas' Umbrellas - History of Fashion Accessories

The actual origin of the umbrella is so ancient as to be lost.  Perhaps the umbrella was evolved from a primitive shelter of leaves carried by Adam long before the earliest known civilizations. As social life developed from family to tribe and from tribe to small kingdoms the leafy shelter developed into a canopy, which became more ornamental and converted into a symbol of rank.

Apparently, the umbrella entered Europe via Greece, Italy and Turkey.  Tradition has that the Normans brought the umbrella to England with them, presumably as some sort of canopy regalia, in 1066. Jonas Hanway was the first Englishman to carry an umbrella regularly.  (Gays Trivia: “The Art of Walking the Streets of London,” 1712) In those days, the only covered transport was the private coach or Sedan chair.  The umbrellas were very heavy, made with whalebone or cane ribs, mounted on a long, stout stick of about 1" in diameter and covered with a heavy cotton fabric, waterproofed by oiling or waxing. Only on a few public buildings had gutters and fall-pipes. The water simply ran off the roof into the street.  Sometimes it was collected in gutters under the attics and poured out like a miniature Niagara Falls, through the mouths of grotesque gargoyles at each corner of the building.  The choice was then either to carry one of these portable tents or get soaked wet. By 1787, the umbrella had achieved some considerable measure of popularity within a short period of time and the French ladies’ umbrellas had achieved remarkable elegance. On the continent, they were used as much as a sunshade as protection from rain.  And it is from this period and via the sunshade that umbrellas began to develop into something lighter and more graceful. This was partly due to the use of finer fabric of silk and by the substitution of lighter materials. In the late 1800's came the development of the Fox Steel Ribs and Frames, and so the modern umbrella was born.