Bond 007, or is it?

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One would think this was a great photo, right?
And if one did, they would be dead wrong.
It’s a Pencil Drawing by Russian Artist Natasha Kinaru.
Check out more of her amazing Celebrity Pencil drawings here.


Idea Credit: Living in Maine

Tim Jeffs

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Ayse Juaneda

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Ayse Juaneda found my blog yesterday (how Ayse?) and I followed her back after browsing her wonderful posts.  What amazing talent…

Ayse is from France.  She’s an artist, teacher and designer.  Her first illustration is a soft pastel on paper – it is titled “Sleeping Birds.”  The second is watercolor on paper and is titled “Venice.”

Her work reminds me of a quote by Vincent van Gogh:

“…and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?”

You can find Ayse’s blog at aysejuaneda.wordpress.com.  Be sure to check it out.


Coffee and Milk


Speed Drawing in watercolor.  I’m in awe. Love the music too.

Find more “grunge” art by Lora Zombie on Facebook here.

Find more music by Youth Lagoon at iTunes here.


David Byrne: Hidden Roots

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David Byrne, 60, is a Scottish musician permanently residing in the United States.  He is best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the American New Wave band Talking Heads, which was active between 1975 and 1991.  He has received Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe awards and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Brainpickings.org describes Byrne “as also one of the sharpest thinkers of our time and a kind of visual philosopher. About a decade ago, Byrne began making ‘mental maps of imaginary territory’ in a little notebook based on self-directed instructions to draw anything from a Venn diagram about relationships to an evolutionary tree of pleasure yet wholly unlike anything else. In 2006, Byrne released Arboretum, a collection of these thoughtful, funny, cynical, poetic, and altogether brilliant pencil sketches — some very abstract, some very concrete — drawn in the style of evolutionary diagrams and mapping everything from the roots of philosophy to the tangles of romantic destiny to the ecosystem of the performing arts.”

Bottom line: Brilliant.


Sources: Brainpickings.org and Wiki

Hi Daddy…

Rachel:   Hi Daddy!

Dad:          Hi Honey.  What’s up?

Rachel:   Daddy, I scored an 88 on a brutal Managerial Accounting Test!

Dad:          Wow, that’s amazing Rachel.  Well done!  I’m proud of you.

Rachel:   OK Daddy.  Just wanted to let you know.  Gotta run.

Self:           “Daddy.”

45 second phone conversation with daughter on car ride home from work.  Priceless.


Image Credit: Thank you abirdeyeview

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End of a long week…

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Source: 1000 Drawings

Leonor Perez

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Source: Leonor Perez is an artist/illustrator from Santiago, Chile.

Be what you be, in all that you are…


First it was AC-DC. Then came Stephen P, Vicki @ The Kiwi Blog Bus and the incomparable Anake Goodall, all from NZ.  And then followed Tracie Louise from South East Queensland with her dazzle.  And just when you think the Down Under is tapped, I trip into an album from Angus Stone a folk-pop-rock singer-songwriter from Australia.  On this album, you’ll be treated to guitar, mandolin, harmonica, trumpets and more…in music that hits my sweet spot.  I couldn’t pick one favorite to share, so I’m giving you a taste of my three favorites…enjoy.

↓ click for audio (“River Love”)


↓ click for audio (“Monsters”)


↓ click for audio (“Be What You Be”)


I can still see my trails from the moon,

The compass for my shadow as it falls.
I can still feel my angel,
Come knocking at my door, she told me

Be what you be,
In all that you are
Be what you be,
In all that you are
Be what you be,
In all that you are
Are, in all that you are.


Album Cover Source: musicfeeds.com.au 

October 1

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Source: everconstant via an-introspective-heart

Music is Fuel. I am a Serious Consumer.


“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”

~ Hunter S. Thompson (via theglasschild)


Here’s Josh Groban & Brian McKnight with some of my fuel this morning – in their beautiful rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” …I just need to find a way to join Hunter Thompson for a 50 mile ride on the Pacific Coast Highway…

↓ click for audio (Josh Groban & Brian McKnight – “Bridge Over Troubled Water”)



Music Inspiration: sweet-lilmz-mia-me. Quote Source: nuper via gene-how.  Image Source: Natgeo

Energy and Fluidity

“I hand drew every frame of this using Microns and composited them onto brown paper.” (HE HAND DREW “EVERY” FRAME…)

“The goal was to capture the energy and fluidity that goes into the sport of basketball.”  (And boy, did he accomplish this beautifully…)

This time slot on on Saturdays is customarily reserved for running shoe company ads, bangin’ music and related clips for work-out inspiration.  Not this time.  In a minute and a half, Eric Funk inspires us to move with his art.

MicMac Lane from Eric Funk on Vimeo.

Eyvind Earle’s Magic Realism…

Eyvind Earle (Artist); Magic Realism (Style); Titles: “Big Sur” (1991). “Valley” (1974). “Autumn Sunset” (1987)

Eyvind Earle (1916 – 2000) was an American artist, author and illustrator.  He was noted for his contribution to the background illustration and styling of Disney animated files in the 1950s.”  See link below for more magic and big color…


Source: Eyvind Earlie @ Wikipaintings.org – “Big Sur” (1991). “Valley” (1974). “Autumn Sunset” (1987)

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Friday Night Serenade…

Joel Virgel, is a singer and songwriter who was born on the French Caribbean Island of Guadalupe and raised in Paris. Here’s Joel with “Kiss Me.”

↓ click for audio (Joel Virgel – “Kiss Me”)



Image Source: Thank you an-introspective-heart

Happiness isn’t good enough


Source: Creatingaquietmind

Look closely at this. (I mean really closely)

Redhead Girl, VivianaArts, drawing, sketch, Samuel Silva, Ballpoint pen art, bic


This photo was drawn with a ballpoint pen by Samuel Silva.  The 29-year old Portugal based artist is an attorney by profession.  Art is his hobby.  He uses just eight different colored ballpoint pens and creates photorealistic portraits of people, animals, and landscapes.  Each drawing can take from 5 to 50 hours to finish.  He doesn’t mix colors or blend them.  Ballpoint pen ink dries instantly and cannot be erased.  Read more and see more of Silva’s beautiful drawings at Deviant Art.


Source: Kaushik @Amusing Planet via Madame Scherzo

People know the price of everything, but the value of nothing…

 

it's not much but it is all i have“Most of us believe that to give, we first need to have something to give. The trouble with that is, that when we are taking stock of what we have, we almost always make accounting errors. Oscar Wilde once quipped, ‘Now-a-days, people know the price of everything, but the value of nothing.’ We have forgotten how to value things without a price tag. Hence, when we get to our most abundant gifts — like attention, insight, compassion — we confuse their worth because they’re, well, priceless.”

~ delightmakers.com

 

 

 


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Sleeping on hot, humid, summer nights…

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Sunny Sunday Sketches…


Our volunteer day last week has my head still in the garden.  I have been following Ellen Ward’s posts @ Rough Sketch. Ellen kindly allowed me to share a few of her sketches.   I would encourage you to visit her Rough Sketch portfolio at this link.  What an incredible talent she has…and she listens to Ray Lamontagne when she sketches – - we have common inspiration in music (now if I could only sketch!)


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