Sunday, 9 March 2014
Gypsy Coin Necklace Vintage Kuchi pieces Metal Assemblage Traditional Vintage Finds by StaroftheEast
Southwest at Dawn, Monument Valley, Fine Art Photography by SamieSam
Fine art giclee print, Woman Portrait, Medusa, Photomontage, Collage, by ImagineStudio
Matted Native American Headroach Photograph, Wall Art by OjibweWonders
Saturday, 8 March 2014
Bohemian Flower Purse Linen and Crocheted Flowers Bag by StarBags
Wildflower Photography Print Macro Flower Pastel Garden Wall Decor by EternalMoment
Spring Flower Photography Prints, Magnolia Tree Home Decor, Wall by MPoirierPhotography
Flower photography. Nature. Pastel. Fine art photography print by BeatriceLechtanski
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
For several months Sandra from Azulado and I have been talking about working together on a collection. I love her sea inspired pottery like this beautiful barnacle bowl and the spoon dish below in shape of a fish. She also makes ceramic jewelry, you can find them in her shop.
Mean while last week her first package arrived with supplies to use in our jewelry.
I gave an idea of what I wanted and Sandra made some yummy cabochons, the starfishes are funny enough her idea, I had not thought of a star :)
And here are my first two pieces with Sandra's work incorporated in them.
I love the direction these ceramic pieces are taking me, especially during these cold days these sea treasures warm me up :)
Sandra makes all of the ceramic pieces in her studio in Portugal, all pieces are made by hand, fired at 2012.0 Fahrenheit (1100 degrees Celsius) glazed and then fired again for strength.
More pieces are in the making, so stay tuned!
Monday, 3 March 2014
Vintage embroidery and Leather Bag - Birds, Butterflies, Woodland, Leaves, Nature by StarBags
nature photography, butterfly photograph dreamy garden pink spring romantic by MyanSoffia
Back of a Sunflower, nature photography flower sun sky by SongofaSparrow
Rainbow Bridge Fine Art Photograph Birds on a Wire Pastel Dreamy Bokeh by MontaraCreek
Saturday, 1 March 2014
One of the beautiful things of Madrid is the amazing details on old buildings, mostly the iron work and stone carving. Here some pictures of them to give you an idea.
You have to look up to discover even more beauties, you can find all kind of statues on top of buildings.
The bear with a berry tree is Madrid's symbol, apparently there used to be bears around, several hundreds of years ago, but of course now that Madrid is the 3rd largest city of the European Union you won't come across any, accept for this statue.
Beside the large impressive government buildings, the iron work of old houses is gorgeous too, especially the little glassed balconies.
As a fan of Mythical creatures I loved these Sphinx ladies in the entry of a Museum, currently closed for renovations.
I also loved the old street lanterns.
Statue of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
I would feel like a princess living in this amazing building!
And as pictures of Paris often show metro sign pictures, I wanted to post one from Madrid :)
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Teal Sea Urchin Bobby Hair Pins - Sea urchin, Pearls and Shell by StaroftheEast
Rustic Country Emerald Teal Woodland Fairy Tail by 8daysOfTreasures
Art Beach Photography - San Francisco Ocean Beach - Pacific Ocean - Seal Rocks by minagraphy
nature, flower, garden, teal, purple, fine art photography by BeverlyLeFevre
Monday, 24 February 2014
One of the great things we did in Madrid was visiting the exhibition of the Terracotta Army.
Especially after finding out the facts about it you will be even more intrigued. 8000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses and also non military terracotta figures like officials, acrobats, musicians and strongmen are found surrounding the tomb of Qin Shi Huang. These were made to accompany and protect the first Emperor of China in his afterlife. The Emperor was buried in 210 BC, more than 2200 years ago.
An old Chinese tradition was that when a leader died, his entire household would be killed and buried with him to serve him in his afterlife. This cruel ritual was to show loyalty to their leader but also so that they could serve him in the afterlife as well. Many graves are found like that with often 100-200 bodies in it, the leader with his wife, bodyguards, servants and the rest of the household were all buried at the same place.
But Qin Shi Huang became the first Emperor of China after uniting the 7 kingdoms which before then had been in war for 250 years. This war had reduced the population of China so much that the old ritual of killing entire households was a luxury that could not be done, and the emperor found a solution that was not inhuman; making an army of Terracotta.
Each soldier had weapons like spears, swords and crossbows. Many are now missing either due to the 2200 years of rotting or stolen, but some have been found.
One of the most amazing facts is that no face is the same, each of the 8000 soldiers are unique! For the arms, legs and heads, molds were used but then they were altered by hand to make them unique. The bodies were entirely made out of hand and are all different, the work was tremendous and it is estimated that thousands of people must have worked on this army.
The Terracotta is now clay colored but originally they were vibrantly painted to make them look more realistic. As soon as the Terracotta gets in contact with air the paint vaporizes and disappears, sometimes in a few seconds. The details are amazing, what a history.
Uncovering all the soldiers and most often shreds of terracotta and restoring them has already been going on since 1974, after 2 farmers found pieces while digging for a water well. And uncovering and restoring everything will take many more decades, maybe even centuries.
Most of the statues were replicas in the exhibition, only those behind glass were the real ones, but the replicas give a good idea of how impressive so many together must look like.
To appreciate even more the tremendous amount of work and amazing discoveries that have been made about the Terracotta army I strongly recommend you this documentary below, it is the one they were also showing at the exhibition and I'm glad that I found it on YouTube to share with you, be prepared to be wow-ed!