Pierre Mignard, picture of childhood

by L’Art en Tête “…What stands out in this portrait of a child is the slightly sad face, which looks at the viewer with a slightly melancholic air. In fact, the portrait was painted in 1681 or 1682, just after the death of Mademoiselle de Tours. It is therefore a posthumous portrait. The various details…

Alleluia: Restless Heart

by Renee Yann, RSM, at Lavish Mercy Prose: from Augustine’s autobiography about his mother Monica: And now you stretched forth your hand from aboveand drew up my soul out of that profound darknessbecause my mother, your faithful one,wept to you on my behalf more than mothersare accustomed to weepfor the bodily deaths of their children….

Catchlight:Leonardo…a fun guy

A little history, a little art, and a controversy! Reblogged from Catchlight. This portrait is generally referred to as La Bella Principessa. The appellation was given by art historian Martin Kemp, a leading authority on the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci. The sitter is thought to be Bianca Giovanna Sforza, an illegitimate daughter…

Friedrich ZETTL 狐胡: What a Dot Can Do

Thank you for such clear explanations and helpful links. Each little bit of understanding makes your paintings even more beautiful. ~Sunnyside Friedrich Zettl writes, When I was once introduced to Professor Wolfgang Kubin (he is the most important sinologist in the German-speaking world – an incredible man BTW), he said: “Yes, I know who you…

Chris Ludke: The Plein Air Experience

By Chris Ludke at The Plein Air Experience Fun color experiment with pastels finished / bent tree This was so much fun to do on a snow day I want to try again with another subject. I didn’t know if it would work out or not. Last night I wasn’t sure if I liked it…

Art and Theology: “At Christmas” by Frank O’Malley

Let the Christbrand burst!Let the Christbrand blazon!Dartle whitely under the hearth-fire,Unwind the wind, turn the thunderer,And never, never thinning,Forfend fear.Flare up smartly, fix, flex, bless, inspire,Instar the time, sear the sorcerer,And never, never sparing,Save all year.Let the Christbrand burst!Let the Christbrand blazon! This poem appears in Scholastic 115, no. 10 (March 1, 1974), a publication…

Victoria Emily Jones: Art and Theology, Advent Day 6

Don’t miss the story of this painting by Bryn Gillette! 🙂 ~Sunnyside Lament and hope are key elements of Gillette’s Beyond the Ruins series as a whole, as he elaborates: During the years I worked on these images, the painting process distilled countless hours of conversation, travel, prayer, heartache, and hope into color and form….

Annie Louisa Swynnerton: The Sense of Sight via The Eclectic Light Company

Reblogged from The Eclectic Light Company‘s series on The Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood. This painting is one of my favorites from Annie Louisa Swynnerton. For me, Swynnerton’s masterpiece, and one of the finest paintings of this difficult subject, is The Sense of Sight from 1895. This is now in the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, which had…

A God Who Allows Suffering by Anna Waldherr

As we enter Spring and finally begin to turn the corner in the fight against coronavirus, it is only fitting that we acknowledge the suffering this pandemic caused. During the 25 years I practiced law, I witnessed a great deal of suffering.  It took many forms:  brain damage; paraplegia; rape; child molestation; death by cancer,…

Mark Toner: Pigments at Peace

This one just makes me happy. 🙂 Reblogged from Pigments at Peace. at the website of artist Mark Toner at artmark.me. Check it out! Thanks for Visiting 🙂 ~Sunnyside

Why Bind the Days? A Poem by Jonathan Humble

If I were a poet, I would want to write like this. ~Sunnyside Why Bind The Days? Mar 10, 2021 Why bind the days inside that self-embrace? Alight, a life should shame the brightest star; refuse the mask that hides a truthful face. Imperfect lines in faith do not disgrace when claimed as fact and…

Forced Panhandling: by Anna Waldherr

Thank you, Anna. Reblogged At Sunnyside. Leaders of the non-denominational Imperial Valley Ministries appear to have devised a new form of clergy abuse.  They are alleged to have imprisoned dozens of homeless, forcing them to panhandle 9 hours/day on the church’s behalf [1]. The church’s programs are billed as drug rehabilitation.  Destitute men and women…

So Who Mothers the Mothers? by Joanna Penn Cooper

Joanna Penn Cooper, writing in Image Journal, paints a poignant picture of the community of women :

“I think about the private nature of women’s stories of their own suffering, how they are shared at kitchen tables and in late-night phone calls,

Be Near Nature And Change Your Life

Originally posted on Plants and Beyond:
~ Have you ever felt peace, rejuvenation, calmness when you find yourself next to Nature? ✨🌳☀️🌿✨ How about taking in the view of breathtaking greenery behind your window? The refreshing and relaxing effect of Green color making a positive effect on our brains. There is a multitude of scientific…

The Breath of the Forest

Ancient Skies   I sometimes forget to walk within my healing, boundaries not withstanding  often preferring the purity of winter, the breath of the forest, and hawk wings balancing on my shoulders. Scars? What scars?       Poetry and Image © Copyright 2019, ancient skies View original post

Christmas Cards: Season’s Greetings from Edwardian New Zealand

HistorianRuby: An Historian’s Miscellany I’m delighted to share with you these colourful Christmas cards from the antipodes! This brief selection dates from 1900 – 1919 and the originals are stored in various repositories in New Zealand. New Zealand Christmas postcard circa 1905 – 1910 A parrot instead of robin redbreast? A parrot is not usually associated…

Sister From The Order Of The Pre-Raphaelites

Lately, I have been delving into the lives of some of the talented women surrounding the Pre-Raphaelite movement, both artists and models, so I am delighted to re-blog this poem by Gwendrina. Published at The Peaceful Pub, “Sister From The Order Of The Pre-Raphaelites” is a poem about “a fictitious member of the group based…

Light

Wendi at Simply Chronically Ill has a way of getting to the heart of good living. Her constant care for others is an inspiration – and a perfect expression of the spirit of this season. Joy and Light to all, Sunnyside 🙂    Simply Chronically Ill   As we enjoy the beautiful lights this holiday…

Kyoto Botanical Garden — rlmcdermott

What kind of trees were they that broke the color– all tall and green and dancing in the slow sunlight of an April afternoon? Women in blue kimonos stood beneath the delicate branches snapping pictures digital and bright. Children played, young mother’s strolled, stooped old men finished with their lives sat on stone benches. An…

Lessons from Nature with Wassily, William, and Luda

William Wordsworth’s poem, The Tables Turned, Wassily Kandinsky’s painting Park von St. Cloud -Herbst, and a lovely post by Luda at Plants and Beyond remind us why we need to unplug, venture out, and notice the gifts of nature. The Tables Turned by William Wordsworth Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books; Or surely…

Pools – A Poem by Joe Barca — Vita Brevis

Pools Submitted by Joe Barca   I am but water. The puddle of last night’s shower. I live for an hour or two. Until the sunshine absorbs me. I am the ocean for children in Wellington boots. For earthworms. And for the descent of errant swallows. I am pavement’s liquid memory. I……… Continue via Pools…

Life is real! Life is earnest! – dual personalities

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,    Life is but an empty dream! For the soul is dead that slumbers,    And things are not what they seem. Life is real! Life is earnest!    And the grave is not its goal; Dust thou art, to dust returnest,    Was not spoken of the soul….

The Gypsy Roan – The Peaceful Pub

There is a storm gale in her eyes and the stillness of her mane waiting to gust the field in leaf-red motion. Her back carries the weight of my mind — seated light, set to inhale the morning chase. She seeks that strain of abandon I love — a brisk wind enflamed by trees, stories […]…

LEAF CRAFT – Plants and Beyond

  Originally posted on Moda-Creative thinking: These leaves look amazing. What a work of art. Happy Friday, dear friends. Luda@PlantsandBeyond🌿 All photographs belong to Moda Creative Thinking Blog. ©PlantsandBeyond.com 🌱 Moda-Creative thinking View original post via LEAF CRAFT — Plants and Beyond   Visit their sites to see many more leaf paintings. ~ At Sunnyside 🙂

Smoke and Mirrors – Existential Poetry

Smoke and Mirrors And you, with all your glorious flowering self-deception – your words are glowing embers and your tongue stokes the fire that engulfs me like paper but I think it fills the void inside of you. How does it feel to sleep with the lies you’ve fashioned from the flames? Some may wonder…

‘Unburdened’ – Brandewijn Words – MORALITY PARK

In silent veracity the falseness Comes alive and steals the night. Dwelling in temerity it ticks and tocks, Takes time from me in gasping gulps of air.   The trigger of one’s validation Slowly breeds anticipation that Builds and builds until it falls Like castles small and made of sand. The raging winds that push…

Laurie and Blair Pessemier: Paint in Rome Workshop

A Day of Painting Blair and Laurie Pessemier paint in the Sabina area.   We invite you to paint with us.   We will provide easels, paints, canvas — everything you need to create a masterpiece.  Take the train to Stimigliano Scalo, and we’ll be there to pick you up and take you to the medieval Borgo, or…