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Haiku: The Butterfly Effect

“It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world.” Chaos Theory

Haiku: The Butterfly Effect

Haiku: The Butterfly Effect

We flit, here and there
Change one thing, change everything…
Butterfly effect

We are connected
our flapping wings, your big mouth
Chaos stirs within…

We are all connected because everything around us is energy… we just have to get there in our heads and hearts. This week’s writing challenge spoke to my heart. It was a great exercise on reflection and it stirred something deep inside of me. We move through this world alert or oblivious to the connections we all share. At any moment, our simple actions, our kind or wicked gestures, can lead to good or evil. Which one, is hard to tell. The butterfly effect is a fascinating concept and it gave me food for thought.

“The things that really change the world, according to Chaos theory, are the tiny things. A butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazonian jungle, and subsequently a storm ravages half of Europe.” Neil Gaiman

Haiku: The Butterfly Effect

Haiku: The Butterfly Effect

Our actions move things
Like a ripple in a pond
A slight shift, karma…

Each storm reminds us
Rainbows soothe earth’s darkest hours
One kiss heals our pain

I kept thinking about the slight shifts in the earth that lead to tremors, to earth quakes or even tsunamis. I think about how our actions and our words can lead to the dissolution of marriages and friendships, and even lead nations to war; a simple flap of our big mouth and rockets greet our day. The butterfly flits from here to there innocently spreading floral and fumes of chaos. How does this play out in your life? What triggers that ripple effect around you?
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CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

“Man needs colour to live; it’s just as necessary an element as fire and water.” Fernand Léger ( February 4, 1881 – August 17, 1955)

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Composition (The Typographer) Fernand Léger, 1918–19

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum -Composition (The Typographer) Fernand Léger

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Houses under the Trees
Fernand Léger 1913

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum: A look at The Leonard A. Lauder Collection
If you happen to visit New York in the coming weeks and months, I encourage you to spend some time at the upcoming exhibition on CUBISM at The Metropolitan Museum. Spread over seven galleries,  it features 80 works by 4 of its most celebrated Cubist artists: Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Juan Gris. The exhibition offers a fantastic journey through some of their artwork, curated from Leonard Lauder’s impressive collection, and outlines the genesis of Cubism. It will open to the public on Oct 20 – Feb 16. Make sure to see it as I bet you’ll enjoy the exciting range of artwork in the collection. I loved every minute of it.

In case you’ve forgotten, Mr Leonard Lauder,  Chairman emeritus of Estee Lauder, announced,  in April 2013, that he was making a huge donation of his Cubist art collection worth over $1 billion dollars to The Met Museum. His collection includes 33 Picassos, 17 Braques, 14 Légers and 14 works by Gris and has put The Met Museum in an envious position of becoming a major repository of  Cubist art. Cubism is considered the most influential art movement of the early 20th century and those 4 artists were either co-founders and/or innovative contributors to the movement.  I’ve added a brief history of each artist with links to Wikipedia and The Met Museum where you can learn and see more of the art work.  Do you plan to see the collection? What are your thoughts?

Joseph Fernand Henri Léger  (French) was a painter, sculptor, and filmmaker. He was one the earliest artists to create a form of cubism in his art work.  He was also considered a forerunner of pop art because of  his bold treatment of modern subjects in his art work. Over time, he modified his art to a figurative, populist style. I love his use of bold, strong colors and the seemingly simple yet complex nature of his art.

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” Pablo Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973)

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum - Woman in a Chemise in an Armchair, Pablo Picasso, 1914

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Woman in a Chemise in an Armchair, Pablo Picasso, 1914

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Woman in a Chemise in an Armchair, Pablo Picasso, 1914

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Two Nudes
Pablo Picasso 1909, Woman with a book, 1909

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Museum entrance announcing the 4 featured Cubists


Leonard A. Lauder on Collecting Cubism

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (Spanish) lived into the 1970’s and some of us were around when he was still alive and creating his art. He was a painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright. He spent the bulk of his productive, creative life in France and some people mistakenly assume he was french.  Picasso is credited with developing, exploring, and creating a wide variety of styles; he co-founded the Cubist movement, invented constructed sculpture, and co-invented the art of collage with Georges Braque. He is considered one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. I’ve always loved his artwork and have been drawn to his African influenced art.

“There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.” Georges Braque (13 May 1882 – 31 August 1963)

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum - Still Life with Clarinet (Bottle and Clarinet) Georges Braque (French, Argenteuil 1882–1963 Paris) 1911

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Still Life with Clarinet (Bottle and Clarinet) Georges Braque (French, Argenteuil 1882–1963 Paris) 1911

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Still Life with Clarinet (Bottle and Clarinet) Georges Braque (French, Argenteuil 1882–1963 Paris) 1911

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Bottle, Glass, and Pipe (Violette de Parme) Georges Braque,1914

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Fruit Dish and Glass
Georges Braque, 1912, Head of a Woman Georges Braque, 1912

Georges Braque  (French) was a highly regarded 20th-century painter, collagist, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor.  Braque invented the papier collé technique which is a form of collage making and you can see the style in the photo above. He also wielded enormous influence through his artistic contributions; particularly his alliance with Fauvism from 1906,  his close association with the work of his colleague Pablo Picasso from 1908 to 1912, and his involvement in the development of Cubism. I’m a huge fan of collage, so you can imagine how much this exhibition and Braque’s art meant to me.

“You are lost, the moment you know what the result will be.” Juan Gris (March 23, 1887 – May 11, 1927)

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum - Head of a Woman (Portrait of the Artist's Mother) Juan Gris Paris, 1912

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Head of a Woman (Portrait of the Artist’s Mother) Juan Gris Paris, 1912

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Head of a Woman (Portrait of the Artist’s Mother) Juan Gris Paris, 1912

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Head of a Woman (Portrait of the Artist’s Mother) Juan Gris, 1912

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Pears and Grapes on a Table
Juan Gris, 1913

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum

CUBISM: The Exhibition At The Met Museum – Back of Houses in Paris, Place Ravignan, Juan Gris

José Victoriano (Carmelo Carlos) González-Pérez  (Spanish) was better known as Juan Gris. Gris was a painter and sculptor. He grew up in Madrid  but spent most of his life living and working in France. He was influenced by Cubism which was seen as the innovative, artistic, genre of his day.  His creative body of work is considered among the  most distinctive of the Cubist movement and, even though he lived for only 40 years, his innovative work remains one of the top artistic expressions of the Cubist period. I found his collection truly inspiring, by virtue of its range and subject matter.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction & Reflection

“Man, Sub-creator, the refracted light through whom is splintered from a single White to many hues, and endlessly combined in living shapes that move from mind to mind.” J.R.R. Tolkien

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City – Christmas Tree Lights

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City – Rainbow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City – Terminal Lights

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction & Reflection = Illumination City

Light illuminates; it makes manifest things we don’t see. Until we turn the lights on, we don’t see things in all their glory. This photo challenge  on – REFRACTION – made me stop, ponder the meaning of the word, and investigate it so I could understand it better.  It was a bit abstract for me and finding suitable words, photos and quotes was difficult. So I did some homework on its meaning and effect.

What the heck is refraction?
According to information I gathered online from a course at Vermont State Colleges(vsc), Refraction can be defined as the bending of light as it passes from one medium to another with different densities. Refracted light creates a variety of patterns, reflections and refractions. Because I was curious to learn more, I checked out the vsc course to learn the many ways we see the optical effects of refracted light: Refraction creates changes in Sunrise, Sunset, Twilight, Inferior Mirages, Superior Mirage, Halo, Tangent/Bright Arcs of light, Sun Dogs, Rainbows, Dewdrops/Raindrops, Primary Rainbow, Secondary Rainbow, Diffraction, Moon Corona, and Iridescence and Glory. Who knew?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City – Sunset

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City – Hudson River Sunset

Who knew that the seemingly simple act of bending light could lead to all these ranges of optical effects. Ha! I bet you thought you were coming to look at a bunch of photos. Right? This is why I love the photo challenges; they challenge us to learn more about our surroundings, to become acutely aware of the things we see and take for granted, and to become conscious of the unique beauty of things around us that we see and like.  My favorite one  from the list were Rainbows which are as per the vsc site: “generated through refraction and reflection of light in small rain drops; sun must be behind you; rain drops must be ahead of you; the angle between your line-of-sight and the sunlight will be 40°-42.”   Beautiful!

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