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I love how this artist combines modern subject matter with tratitional ink painting methods.

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1. 073007A, 2. Untitled-4, 3. 03242007, One Bright Pearl, #2, 4. 081307, 5. 061607, 6. 05312007b, 7. 02282007, 8. 022607b, 9. 09152006 Nigetsu-do, Nara, 10. 11022006, 11. 041507A, 12. 05312007b, 13. 04180714. Not available15. Not available16. Not available

See more on his flickr album

by James Blunt

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Stumbling on Happiness
by Daniel Gilbert

Remember that book I was reading a while ago, that made me laugh like an idiot? This is the one. Psychology and neuroscience…what can be funnier than that? Actually, he is a very witty and engaging writer, and I love witty and engaging. 🙂 He has a blog, too, which is also a good read.

a.k.a. “The Soul of a Rose” (see larger)
by John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)

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Wikipedia Entry
Essay: “Wicked with Roses”: Floral Femininity and the Erotics of Scent

I love Waterhouse for his images of women who are strong, independent, sensual, substantial, and graceful.

Posted before, here, with a poem.

Some quotes from the article, above:

“Perfume has of course a long association with the feminine—with sentiment, home-making and seduction, the privacy of the toilette and the intimacy of lovers—as well as with personal, womanly experiences of intuition, memory and the imagination. In that context, the conjunction of floral fragrance and the female form . . . seems to promote a traditional ideology of middle-class femininity in which women are associated with love-making and home-making . . . ”

The Soul of the Rose can be read as an aesthetic response to the erotic olfactory imagination. In this painting, an auburn-haired beauty is depicted leaning against a garden wall, drinking in the scent of a rose which she presses to her face. Her thick, elongated Pre-Raphaelite neck is extended, stretched out to reach the flower, and every muscle of her body is strained to the act of smelling. She tilts the flower towards her and her lips caress its petals with tender passion, suggesting a fusion of olfactory and gustatory pleasure. However, the conjunction of nose and petal provides the compositional focus, making the painting primarily about the act of smelling and the effect of odor upon body and mind. By collapsing the space between the petals and the sweeping profile of her long, aquiline nose, the direct passage of the inhaled scent into the female body is visually suggested. The figure’s eyes are closed, suggesting total concentration upon this one sensory impression, and her left hand clutches the wall, as if for support, as the heady perfume takes its intoxicating effect.

Waterhouse’s painting can be read as a rare and fascinating depiction of a woman in the throes of a passionate scented vision that is visually implied but not directly rendered. It reflects a contemporary fascination with the immediacy and emotional poignancy of smell for raising sentimental visions and visual memories of matters close to the heart, which was prevalent both in the literature of the period as well as in psychological research. In this context, one can suppose that the scent has aroused her imagination, raising before her closed eyes the near hallucinatory image of a lover. Indeed, her pose provides strong support for this reading, inviting the speculation that while clutching the garden wall, she imagines leaning upon him, her palm flat against his chest. Moreover, we might infer that the bloom, pressed so sensuously against her mouth, has, in her mind, taken on the form of her lover’s lips.”

“Scent was also seen to evoke the soul in other ways. Aromas or essences (from the Latin verb essere, to be) were often understood as signifying inner or inherent reality and floral fragrance was particularly associated with the soul while petals were a recurrent symbol of material as opposed to spiritual finery. Thus, scent in The Soul of the Rose can be seen to indicate both the soul of the flower and the true inner beauty of a woman, whose purity is perhaps symbolized by the flawless white pearls that she wears in her hair.”

Just watched this with my family a few nights ago. What interested me was the younger daughter’s struggle to decide what she wanted out of life, and her search to find the answers in her dying mother’s past.

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1. Yet Another Photo Of My Feet At The Bus Stop, 2. Windows, 3. completely unfocused, 4. NEWWWEB, 5. Untitled, 6. Berry-fade, 7. color slide, 8. Colourful stuff, 9. felt, 10. paintbox1, 11. Pigmentos, 12. Wave Of Colors, 13. pointed, 14. finn juhl furniture, 15. ., 16. DSC_0014, 17. Cassie Jones, 18. Untitled, 19. colorscope, 20. Address Box Again, 21. Fabric Therapy, 22. Shelf of Happy, 23. chopsticks, 24. smells like rainbow sherbet, 25. gimme the rainbow, 26. formen fila, 27. muchamina, 28. dĂ©cor vitrine librairie, 29. Mundo Mix – Lagos, 30. Christmas Lights, 31. Berry Delicious, 32. Garrafas Vitral., 33. Straws with flash, 34. Patitas de colores, 35. bendita elástica, 36. renaissance ctr station

One of my favourite TV shows, extremely well written dialogue, very witty and intelligent, and the chemistry between the two main characters is really good.

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Watch all episodes here.

This woman is a brilliant musician!

Next
Disturbia
Fracture
Jindabyne
Ocean’s 13
Hitman
Gone Baby Gone
No Country for Old Men
Sleuth
Vantage Point
The Kingdom

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listen here!

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1. Work space at school, share it with my good friend Tobias 🙂, 2. Magazine Pic, 3. Magazine Pic Kitchen, 4. Bombay Patio, 5. Card Catalog Dresser, 6. A Vintage Shop, 7. Domino Living, 8. beautiful little space, 9. Thrifted crocheted thing, 10. Boxes and wrappers I’ve collected on my trips to Europe, 11. +, 12. Mackie In The Kitchen, 13. doll quilt wall, 14. Cook It Up, 15. Postcards from my last trip to Europe, 16. My room, 17. chaos in the kitchen!, 18. sofa, 19. Corner of My Desk, 20. Master Bedroom, 21. dresser, 22. Untitled, 23. thread, 24. Kitchen on Film, 25. ph8

Once and one of the songs from the movie, Falling Slowly, which was written by the lead actors themselves
Three Times
Water
Something New
Waitress
Georgia Rule
In the Land of Woman
No Reservations
Things We Lost in the Fire
Broken English
Feast of Love
Becoming Jane
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

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1. Studio Organization, 2. Chris Cobb’s piece at Adobe books, 3. Magazine Pic, 4. Books Closeup, 5. The Posie studio, repainted and reorganized at last!, 6. Thrifted crocheted thing, 7. Books Closeup, 8. studio, 9. bookshelf, 10. 1950’s style, 11. A’s bookshelf, 12. Done!!, 13. a corner of my nest, 14. Living room, 15. livre ateliers de filles, 16. Magazine Pic, 17. The Posie studio, repainted and reorganized at last!, 18. Shelf in the bedroom, 19. Wide Shot, 20. Kawaii Kitchen Side, 21. spice rack after, 22. The Tea Cubby, 23. pillows, 24. sweet buttons from mi’chelle, 25. spice rack before

Time to Leave
Tsotsi
Reign over Me
Close to Home
Diggers
Moliere
Lust, Caution
Dans Paris
Goya’s Ghosts
This Is England
Into the Wild
Margot at the Wedding
December Boys
Um, documentary actually, but very dramatic: The 11th Hour
August Rush
Away from Her
Evening

and a blast from the past: Good Will Hunting