Saturday, February 18, 2017

Morning Light

Image: Subject and photographer unknown.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Three Hare Tor

Image: "Three Hare Tor" (2011) by Virginia Lee.

See also the previous posts:
Ancient and Enigmatic

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Art of Vilela Valentin

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Vilela Valentin is a gifted artist who credits the comfortable and elegant environment provided by his family for his artistic path in life.

Valentin studied Artistic Drawing in Brazil before receiving both a Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Clinic Psychology from the University of Porto (Portugal). In many ways his artistic language is based on the psychology of the subconscious, desires, and affections.

He began his career with the exhibition "Santos e Pecadores" in Braga. Since then he has maintained his artistic activity as a designer, painter, and illustrator. His unique artistic style was well-established by 2012 when an art critic labelled his work "homosurrealist," a term Valentin considers accurate in defining his aesthetic language.

Valentin regularly exhibits his work in galleries and institutions throughout Europe. His artwork has also been extensively published in printed and online books and magazines.

To experience more of the art of Vilela Valentin, visit his website and blogsite.

To purchase copies of his work, click here.

"Black Hair" by Vilela Valentin.

"Romano in the Poppies Field" by Vilela Valentin.

"Resting" by Vilela Valentin.

"ll Fauno" by Vilela Valentin.

"Die Seminaristen" by Vilela Valentin.

About this particular work Valentin says: "It is late in the monastery, the priests have already retired, but the seminarians work late in their illuminations. But the tension of labor increases, and all this tension must be released. Then everything happens, but one must delight in the vision, the bishop, who spies by the door lock, for his pleasure."

For more of the artwork of Vilela Valentin, visit his website and blogsite.

To purchase copies of his work, click here.

See also: The Art of Dante Cirquero | Nebojsa Zdravkovic | Brenden Sanborn | Wilhelm von Gloeden | Richard Haines | John MacConnell | Leo Rydell Jost | Jim Ferringer | Juliusz Lewandowski | Felix d'Eon | Herbert List | Joe Ziolkowski

Monday, January 30, 2017

Bel Homme

Image: Subject and photographer unknown.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hare Décor

Images: B. Meyers.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Handsome in Pink

Pictured above is one of the millions of men who stood in solidarity today with women in the Women's March movement – a movement that saw hundreds of marches take place on all seven continents, including Antarctica. These marches were aimed at both protesting U.S. President Donald Trump’s positions and statements on women’s rights, immigration, the environment, and climate change and offering hope and alternatives to Trump's political agenda and to what has been described as his "sordid immorality" – his bigotry, ignorance, misogyny, and vulgarity.

This handsome young man in a pink scarf was one of an estimated 100,000 people who gathered today on the grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol for the Minnesota Women's March. His girlfriend was also present . . . as was the Leveret – "fierce feminists" all!

Images: The Leveret.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Morning Light

Image: Subject and photographer unknown.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Unexpected Snow

Writes Max Angus: "As an artist, I try to capture 'that' moment in time that makes your heart jump. The light in the trees. The weather. The pleasure of timeless British holidays by the sea. North Norfolk and its nature reserves. The way home. The wild birds and everything around me that pleases."

Image: "Unexpected Snow" by Max Angus (linocut print).

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Privileged Lovers

The moon has become a dancer
at this festival of love.
The dance of light,
this sacred blessing,
this divine love
beckons us
to a world beyond
only lovers can see
with their eyes of fiery passion.

They are the chosen ones
who have surrendered.
Once they were particles of light
now they are the radiant sun.
They have left behind
the world of deceitful games.
They are the privileged lovers
who create a new world
with their eyes of fiery passion.

Jalal al-Din Rumi
(translated by Deepak Chopra and Fereydoun Kia)
from The Love Poems of Rumi

Image: Niko Wirachman and Davide Zongoli (Photo: Joan Crisol)

Monday, January 2, 2017

Into the Dark Woods

Image: "Into the Dark Woods" by Catherine Hyde.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Bel Homme

Image: Subject and photographer unknown.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Let the Spiral Turn and Turn . . .

. . . Wind will blow and fire will burn.
Water flows upon the earth,
As we dance from death to birth.

Midwinter, the longest night, falls at the time when the sun is farthest from the earth. . . . Like many winter festivals, the Winter Solstice is a time of lights and candles, of bread-baking and gift-giving as we await the birth of the sun. We rise before dawn on Solstice day to sing up the sun and welcome the new light.

Image: The Leveret.

See also the previous posts: Winter Solstice | Sol Invictus | Running Hare VI

Related Off-site Link: The Magical History of Yule, the Pagan Winter Solstice CelebrationThe Huffington Post (December 20, 2016).