28 Dec 2014

Melancholy of the American Baroque

Man and woman with stern expession stand side-by-side. The man holds a pitch fork.
I can see that my posts on Melancholia enjoy enduring popularity among my visitors. Here is a bit more....

May of us know the painting by Grant Wood, American Gothic.
Should't it be called American Baroque? --->
The thesis is that really, as in Poland, in the United States of America Baroque continued well into the 19th century.

Just a small selection of 19th century daguerreotypes from the fascinating collection of Library of Congress reveals so much melancholy in the images of people;

Still Life with tree and two small stuffed mammals
Including the images of detritus and decay so well arranged Vanitas in the early nature shots.

27 Dec 2014

Christmas 2014

It was only the second time that I have been to the Ottawa Cathedral.
Impressive amount of wood carving with polichrome decorative painting, faux marbling, dark blue painted ceilings with stars - delightful.

Beautiful ceremonies and observances of the Christmas concert and the Midnight mass were memorable. The organ sounded very full, played by a young female organist.
The attendance and the clergy visibly international.
The crowd was jolly and relaxed.

9 Dec 2014

Visual efects - my first braided bread

Hey, I have been very busy, like everybody else these days.

But in terms of special visual effects, here is my first braided bread.
4 parts - I know, I got a little lost somewhere, but it doesn't show much - it is fabulously looking and tasty.
I just couldn't resist, had to show it -->
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