14 huhtikuuta 2021

A Rare Visitor

The other day I was sitting in our living room reading.
Suddenly I noticed this goshawk sitting on the bannister of the trellis.
It sat there for a long while turning its head. When I tried to move closer,
it flew away. The photos are not that excellent taken through the window,
but still the best taken by me of a goshawk!

#all seasons #der natur donnerstag #digitalart dienstag #gartenglück #image-in-ing 
#makrotex / keltainen #t in die neue woche #värikollaasit

11 huhtikuuta 2021

Flag Colors of Yukon

Flag Colors of Yukon, a province  / territory of Canada.
Aino has still one more flag to go, after that the theme will change.

Yellow Mix

Yellow spring bloomers are still dormant, so a few photos from my archives.
I plant tete-a-tete daffodils every spring to a couple of containers.
The daffodils planted at Easter are still in tight bud, because it has been so cold.

Looking forward to the burst of color!

#all seasons #der natur donnerstag #digitalart dienstag #gartenglück #image-in-ing 
#makrotex / keltainen #t in die neue woche #värikollaasit

09 huhtikuuta 2021

Friday Bliss #134 - Warm and Cozy Inside

The week has been chilly with wind, rain and wet snow. For Friday the weather forecast
promises strong storm. I have spent my time mainly inside reading and Sissi sleeping.
This is one of her hiding places where she can sleap peacefully.

During Easter I read this fantastic biography of Elin Danielson-Gambogi (1861-1919)
written by Salla Leponiemi. I’ll leave here the link, in case you want to read,
there is Google translator. Elin lived in a time when it was extremely difficult for a female
artist to get the deserved acknowledgement.

This excellent portrait of her friend Hilma was harshly critizised by Finnish art critics
but gained the bronce medal the next year in Paris world fair 1889.

While married to Italian painter Raffaello Gambogi her husband had a short love affair 
with Elin’s good Finnish friend. The red, post-marital crisis self-portrait from 1903
is described in the book in this way: 

The small but intense self-portrait continues the tradition of Renaissance: 
a tightly cropped bust, a focused gaze and clenched lips. The connection to history is reinforced 
by the red velvet of the dress, a privilege allowed to an authoritative man in Italy 
during the Renaissance. At the same time, the image introduces a modern, unbreakable woman 
looking at the viewer from above. She can't be broken down. 
Elin's eyes look tired, the nights without sleep have drawn traces around them, 
but the gaze speaks of mental strength and vitality.

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Wishing a happy & sunny weekend!


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