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Motivation Mondays: Dream

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney

Motivation Mondays: Dream

Motivation Mondays: Dream – Dream it quote by Walt Disney


Dream – Motivational Video

Motivation Mondays

I’ve been following the Blogging 201 course on WordPress and Monday’s assignment struck a chord with me: Today’s assignment: create a recurring blogging event on your site, and/or make plans to attend a blogging conference. I’ve been thinking of ways to strengthen the Motivational theme of this blog and the assignment gave me courage to take a leap of faith and add a weekly event to my blog. Since this blog is called Mirth and Motivation, I thought it would be a good idea to start the week with a motivational quote or two. So welcome to Motivation Mondays! I invite you to jump in and add your Motivation Mondays post and I’d do a round-up of them for us and others to enjoy.

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C. S. Lewis

Motivation Mondays: Dream

Motivation Mondays: Dream – Never too old quote by C.S. Lewis

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.

Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for November below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join  and add your voice.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art – Walk With Me.

Walk With Me…

Jill Scott “A Long Walk”
HOLLIE COOK ‘Walking in the Sand’ OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
Colbie Caillat -Try
Chaka Khan I’m Every Woman
Musiq – Halfcrazy
Anthony Lewis – Looks Like Me (In Studio Performance)
Stay With Me – Sam Smith
All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
The Staples Singers Come Go With Me SoulTrain
Fela Kuti – Water no get enemy
Staple Singers – Let’s Do It Again
Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Eminem – “Forever”
You And Your Friends- Wiz Khalifa Featuring Snoop Dogg & Ty Dolla $ign

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art – Pedicab Tales; So What?

Pedicab Tales: So What?…

Mary J. Blige – No More Drama
Erykah Badu – Other Side Of The Game
Lauryn Hill – Doo-Wop (That Thing) (Official Video)
Rick James & Teena Marie Fire & Desire
Erykah Badu – Tyrone (Live)
Marsha Ambrosius – Hope She Cheats On You (With A B-Ball Player)
HOT CHOCOLATE – Brother Louie
Dr Dre Feat Eminem & Xzibit – Whats The Difference
DJ Khaled – Hold You Down ft. Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future, Jeremih
Tupac – Only God Can Judge Me

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art:- Working on this photo challenge took quite a bit of time but it was fun. The idea was to use photographs we took and create album covers. We could then choose a set of songs for each album cover we created and share them with the group.  Creating my covers was hard work but fun. I felt like I had taken a journey into one of those Throwback Thursday prompts, and started digging up songs I love: some old and some new. In my teen years and early 20s, I was a big club-goer. I would dress up, hook up with friends, and head out to some club somewhere in town to dance the night away. Even when I moved to New York, I was still big on clubbing and had tons of fun keeping late nights and sweating off the stress and worries of the day.

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art – Happy. Inspired. Loved.

Happy. Inspired. Loved…

What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
The Isley Brothers-Who’s That lady
Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry Be Happy
Pharrell Williams – Happy (Official Music Video)
Janet Jackson – That’s the way love goes
Sade – No Ordinary Love
Drake – Take Care ft. Rihanna
Bailando – Enrique Iglesias Featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona
Sam Hunt – Leave The Night On
youtube com MAHALIA JACKSON PRECIOUS LORD TAKE MY HAND YouTube

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art – Cool Nights, Cool Beats.

Cool Nights, Cool Beats

[Soul, R&B, Jazz Music] Maxwell- Urban Hang Suite( HQ)
Autumn Leaves” by Eva Cassidy
So What – Miles Davis
‘Round Midnight Thelonious Monk
A Love Supreme – John Coltrane
Body and Soul – Coleman Hawkins
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat – Charles Mingus
Take Five – Dave Brubeck
Take The A Train – Duke Ellington & Count Basie
Interlude(A Night in Tunisa) Dizzy Gillispie

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art – Route 66

Route 66

“Route 66″ by Nat King Cole
“Girl From Ipanema” by Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto
Misty” by Sarah Vaughan
“Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday
“My One and Only Love” by Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane
“My Baby Just Cares For Me” by Nina Simone
“One for My Baby” by Frank Sinatra
“Blue Skies” by Ella Fitzgerald
All Of Me – John Legend

When I saw this assignment, I was immediately drawn to music; especially music from the yester-years that I think are timeless. I considered magazines and book covers, but went with music Album covers because that’s what called me the most.  To create the albums, I took a few pictures from my folder and used 2 photo editing tools: Pixlr Express and PicMonkey, to re-frame\rework them and make them into album covers. I selected a bunch of songs from my favorites list on YouTube and voila!  I’ve created a series of albums to help express the mood of the music. Share a song or two and let’s reminisce about the music we used to love and the music we now enjoy… It’s all good.

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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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