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But to be really honest …

This is the photo I really wanted to post for SUMMER LOVIN’ …DSC00252

But I figured too many people would find it obscene.  I don’t know why, it has been sitting in a sunny spot on the lawn of the Missouri Botanical Garden for as long as I can remember.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: ON TOP

In a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo that means On Top!

Yesterday, I made one of my regular visits to the Saint Louis Museum. It is a classic building designed by Cass Gilbert as the PALACE OF FINE ARTS for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904 or as it is known around here THE SAINT LOUIS WORLD’S FAIR or The Fair Judy Garland Rode The Trolley To in Meet Me In Saint Louis.

It’s a beautiful old building supposedly inspired by the Baths of Caracalla in Rome. But I am always attracted to the six sculptures that stand ON TOP of the building. I suppose they represent the FINE ARTS, but it sure is hard to tell. They’re covered by a century worth of Saint Louis grime, soot and bird droppings. What do they really look like? But, they  still stand on top of the building that stands on top of Art Hill waiting for people to drop by and visit. If can’t visit, click on the photo for a closer view.

 

ON TOP

Guess what? It’s HUMP day!

AKA as Wednesday, the day in the middle of the week. So let’s get down to the business of the day.

WEDNESDAY’S ORIGAMI SUMMER INSECT OF THE DAY: THE CRICKET

You remember crickets don’t you?Pinocchio2

Jiminy Cricket in person.

As voiced by Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike) he was one of the most memorable characters ever created by the Disney Studios. A lot of that fame goes to Wish Upon A Star, too. But getting down to the nitty-gritty, this is what a cricket really looks like.insect E1

And when recreated in origami paper, this is what you end up with …DSC09598

I added the little eye to give him a bit more personality. Unfortunately, he really lacks the charm of the Disney version.  But then, you haven’t heard him sing.DSC09589

A hat!  He really needs a hat. And while I do a fairly decent Ukulele Ike, Mlle. Renee refused to allow me to sing.  Party pooper!

Well, that’s …3cce

 

 

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: After Mona Lisa

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

In a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo that shows us abandoned. As everyone should know, an abandoned building is, just by the fact that it is abandoned, is a dangerous place to be. So in this day and age most abandoned buildings are boarded up  or fenced in to keep people from wandering around in them and  getting injured. So, for my challenge I picked a subject that is brand new, but looks ABANDONED in an almost ancient way. My subject is Andy Goldsworthy’s STONE SEA, a sculpture piece created last year for the Saint Louis Museum Of Fine Art. The work consists of twenty-five giant sandstone arches assembled together to form a sea of stone in a narrow passageway between the original classic 1904 Museum building  and a new 2013 addition. The STONE SEA can be seen through multiple windows in a corridor connecting the two buildings. My view of ABANDONED is seen through a single window,

STONE SEA - ABANDONED

STONE SEA – ABANDONED

MLLE. RENEE SNOW ARTISTE!

Well, Mlle. Renee has been working on the snow in the backyard, and I’m convinced she is show artistic ability in her footwork.

MIDNIGHT BLUE

MIDNIGHT BLUE

I definitely see a peace symbol in the upper left corner of this work.

RED HOT NIGHT TONIGHT

RED HOT NIGHT TONIGHT

And check the measured perspective of those intercrossing lines. And check the different geometric shapes in the design.

My dog has real talent!

Or, she could be leaving messages for the alien invaders.

IT’S FRIDAY … AND IT MIGHT SNOW OVERNIGHT … AGAIN!

But the temperature did get up to 35 F today which allowed my brain freeze to thaw a bit. And as a result, I decided to …BE ARTISTIC  and tell you about one of my favorite pieces of art hanging on my office walls. For years, one of my regular stops at the Saint Louis Art Museum is the Chinese Gallery where I always check out this piece of sculpture.

Chinese Horse - Tang Dynasty

Chinese Horse – Tang Dynasty

I always walk through the narrow gallery to check him out. And over the years, I’ve captured him repeatedly with my various cameras. A couple of years ago I decided to have a large print of one of the shots I had taken to see what it would look like. This was the result …OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Because three of the walls in the room are a dark red-brown, I adjusted the tint on the picture to match them. And then I hung the framed picture on the fourth wall that was a light tan or beige. It went on the middle of the wall between the two floor to ceiling book shelves.DSC08945

I like it, because the person who sculpted the original work of art captured the majesty of a proud animal.

Now, in case you’re wondering where  the origami kangaroo I’ve been trying to fold for the past several days is … let me say, he will  come when I capture his  or her majesty.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

THIS WEEK, IN A POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO SHOWING JUXTAPOSITION.

ART BEHOLDING ARTIST

ART BEHOLDING ARTIST

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY – LOUIS IX, KING OF FRANCE AND SAINT

LOUIS IX , KING OF FRANCE AND SAINT

LOUIS IX , KING OF FRANCE AND SAINT

Dramatic Views At The Museum

One of the advantages of having more gallery space available in the Saint Louis Art Museum’s historic 1904 original building is the ability to use multi-directional lighting to dramatically illuminate the sculpture pieces.

Reclining PanThis Reclining Pan was carved in the early 16th century from a reused marble fragment that had been part of a larger relief work from the Roman Imperial period. Some of the details from the earlier artist’s work can be seen on the back of the sculpture. (Which I forgot to photograph.)

Sculpture 1This early writer has to be a saint or evangelist. I forgot to read the descriptive copy block. But I’ll bet you anything the crudely carved animal at his feet has to be a devil or demon.

Caged Balls

 

This new sculpture piece always gives me pause whenever I walk into the museum. I call it Busted Balls, but one of these times I going to have to stop and read the story behind it.

And I don’t know why, but this display of Persian and Ottoman artifacts always brings out the adventuresome little boy in me.DSC08006

 

 

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