Archive for the 'Art' Category

“Snow Predicted”

Posted in Art, Humor on March 7th, 2018

Snow Predicted - Oil on Canvass“Snow Predicted”

Yeah, that’s about as iconic as one can get when it comes to how so many Americans react to any prediction of severe weather. 🙄

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Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History
Winter at the Beach (A Moonlight Harbor Novel)
Weather: An Illustrated History: From Cloud Atlases to Climate Change (Sterling Illustrated Histories)
America: A Narrative History (Tenth Edition)  (Vol. 1)
Snow

Painted In Blood & Irony

Posted in Art, Society on October 3rd, 2015

During the morning of Tuesday, September 29, 2015 a street artist, identified by friends as Antonio Ramos, in Oakland, CA was gunned down and killed while working on a community art project, the Oakland Superheroes Mural Project which is a project sponsored by Oakland’s Attitudinal Healing Connection.

Straight Outta Oakland
Straight Outta Oakland – Painted In Blood & Irony

Yes, this is sad. Indeed, it approaches the level of tragedy. It should, however, have been an expected outcome. It’s not rational to believe that one can to empower individuals to be self-aware and inspired through arts, creativity and education, making positive choices to break the cycle of violence for themselves and their communities in the ghettos and barrios. Crime and depravity are too entrenched for such efforts to work at any meaningful level and too many of the population of those zones will actively work against such efforts.

At best, such civic minded entertainments should await comprehensive law enforcement purges of the ghettos and barrios before being attempted. Otherwise, the street art ends up, as in Mr. Ramos’ sad case, painted in blood and irony.

Related Reading:

Barrio Boy (University of Notre Dame Press)
Ghetto Bastard (Animal)
Gangs in America′s Communities
Literally Unbelievable: Stories from an East Oakland Classroom
Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics

Lacustrine Mermaids

Posted in Art on May 7th, 2015
Lacustrine Mermaids

Most associate mermaids with the marine environment. It seems, however, that Gestiefeltekatze enjoys the beauty of mermaids who prefer to inhabit more lacustrine habitats.

As this blog is called Reflections From A Murky Pond, I’m 100% in favor of more freshwater mermaids, especially ones who love lakes and ponds. 😉

Related Reading:

Water Nymphs 2018: An Artistic, Sensual Nude Calendar That Combines Women and Water (Calvendo People)
Women & Money (Revised and Updated)
The Mermaid
In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs
The Mermaid Handbook: An Alluring Treasury of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects