Tag: art

This is for my Artist Friends, Be Encouraged by Pushkin

To a Poet

A poet! Do not prize the love of people around,
It soon will pass — the glorifying hum —
And come a court of fools and laughing of cold crowd —
But you must always stay firm, morose and calm.

You’re king: live lonesome. Along the freedom’s road,
Stride there, to where just shows your free mind,
While modernizing fruits of thoughts, beloved,
And not demanding you to be awarded.

Awards inside of you. You are your highest court;
Severely then all, you value your effort.
Well, are you satisfied, oh, my severe artist?

You’re satisfied. Then let the mob condemn your verse,
Spit at the altar, where your fire burns,
And toss your brass tripod with somewhat childish wildness.

Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, January, 2000
Edited by Dmitry Karshtedt, August, 2000

Pass It On: Skyrim Theme Music Redone by Voice Artist and Violinist

Those who have talked to me in the last six months probably know that I enjoy the game Skyrim for Playstation 3.  I’ve recently stopped playing as much mainly because I have lots to do at work, at home and with other hobbies like writing, but I thought that this was worth passing along to everyone.  Subscribe to these folks if you like Skyrim, or music, or art:

Pass It On: Waldo Date’s Carmen Sandiego – Brilliant

I love mashups and this is beautiful.  My 1st – 3rd grade life was full of big Waldo adventures and then in 4th – 6th grade, I spent so much time at the library looking for Carmen Sandiego with a World and USA Atlas.  This pic is worthy of passing around.  (Its being passed around on facebook, so you will have to find the source on your own):

Pass It On: Right and Left Brain Visualized by Missouri Institute on Natural Science

Thanks Missouri Institute of Natural Science for being Awesome and presenting this Mercedes Benz visualization on Facebook.

The text for the left brain reads:

“I am the left brain. I am a scientist. A mathematician. I love the familiar. I categorize. I am accurate. Linear. Analytical. Strategic. I am practical. Always in control. A master of words and language. Realistic. I calculate equations and play with numbers. I am order. I am logic. I know exactly who I am.”

And for the right brain:

“I am the right brain. I am creativity. A free spirit. I am passion. Yearning. Sensuality. I am the sound of roaring laughter. I am taste. The feeling of sand beneath bare feet. I am movement. Vivid colors. I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas. I am boundless imagination. Art. Poetry. I sense. I feel. I am everything I wanted to be.”

Personally, I employ both sides as needed.  I like to think I am balanced, though sometimes I am too far on one or the other side and I scare myself.  😀 -Dan

The Face of Jesus

It is interesting that the Gospels don’t talk about what Jesus looked like.  The center of the Christian faith has thousands of traditions depicting him in all the different ethnicities of the world.  Those who revere and love God’s son, and those who have contemplated the Incarnation (God made into a human like us) have wanted to feel closer to Christ in their regular life and devotion.  This is such a strong thrust (in arts and in our religion) that it caused a schism in the church.  The Orthodox Church reveres the icons as being a supernatural way of meditation seeing heaven through earthly things like paint. I’m always amazed at the wonderful works of art we continue to create.  I made this video about two years ago for use in church, but it misfired and never really got its due.   I am going to show it in youth group as an extension of my talk on Jesus as Lord.  I hope that you can take some time to just enjoy this video of The Face of Jesus:

Pass It On: The Sleek Sheen of Darth Vader in Typography – Beautifully Done

I often peruse Gizmodo blog, and this really caught my eye (I was a Graphic Design major in college before switching to Religion/Philosophy).  Full pic below, and here is some info from the Giz article (click to jump)

Evan Travelstead has created this poster of Darth Vader using only typography and all his famous quotes, from I find your lack of faith disturbing to ***SPOILER ALERT***Luke, I am your father. The results are… remarkable. Here’s the full poster: