great impressionism

(this is my first masterpost sorry if it’s bad) A bullet journal has a lot of uses. A planner, homework reminders, to-do lists- but understandably, some pages could use a little of inspiration. And what better inspiration than from artists? Even without a bullet journal, quotes can be a great thing to decorate journals, your room, etcetera. So, I’ve compiled a list of quotes (some aren’t very motivational) by some of your favorite artists!

VINCENT VAN GOGH

“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.”

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

“I wish they would only take me as I am.”

“In spite of everything I shall rise again; I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.”

“I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners.”

“One must work and dare if one really wants to live.”

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.“

“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

“Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.“

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

“I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.”

PABLO PICASSO

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.“

“Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.”

“Everything you can imagine is real.“

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

“Action is the foundational key to all success.“

"It takes a long time to become young.”

“Youth has no age.”

“Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.”

“Sculpture is the art of the intelligence.”

“Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?”

“Give me a museum and I’ll fill it.”

“To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic.”

SALVADOR DALI

“Have no fear of perfection - you’ll never reach it.“

"Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.”

“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.”

“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.”

“There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.”

“What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it.”

“I am not strange. I am just not normal.”

“It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself.”

“Everything alters me, but nothing changes me.”

“So little of what could happen does happen.”

“Give me two hours a day of activity, and I’ll take the other twenty-two in dreams.”

“The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.”

JACKSON POLLOCK

“The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.”

“Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.”

“My painting does not come from the easel.”

“When I am in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing.”

“Love is friendship set to music.”

“The painter locks himself out of his own studio. And then has to break in like a thief.”

“The modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.”

“Energy and motion made visible- memories arrested in space.”

“Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote my pictures didn’t have any beginning or any end. He didn’t mean it as a compliment, but it was.”

“I’m very representational some of the time, and a little all of the time. But when you’re painting out of your unconscious, figures are bound to emerge.”

“Abstract art should be enjoyed just as music is enjoyed- ater awhile you may like it or you may not.”

“Each age finds its own technique… I mean, the strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art.“

CLAUDE MONET

“I must have flowers always and always.”

“Color is my daylong obsession, joy and torment.“

“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.”

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.“

“I would like to paint the way a bird sings.”

“The more I live, the more I regret how little I know.“

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”

“I can only draw what I see.“

“What keeps my heart awake is colorful silence.”

“The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.“

“I don’t think I’m made for any earthly kind of pleasure.”

“The light constantly changes, and that alters the atmosphere and beauty of things every minute.“

GEORGIA O’KEEFFE

“Nobody sees a flower- really- it is so small it takes time- we haven’t time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”

“If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment.”

“I wish people were all trees and I think I could enjoy them then.”

“To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.”

“I decided to accept as true my own thinking.”

“You are one of my nicest thoughts.”

“It’s not enough to be nice in life. You’ve got to have nerve.”

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way… things I had no words for.”

“I think it’s so foolish for people to want to be happy. Happy is so momentary–you’re happy for an instant and then you start thinking again. Interest is the most important thing in life; happiness is temporary, but interest is continuous.”

“Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.”

“I can’t live where I want to, I can’t go where I want to go, I can’t do what I want to, I can’t even say what I want to. I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to.”

“I’m frightened all the time. But I never let it stop me. Never!”

LEONARDO DA VINCI

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

“Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?”

“Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.”

“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”

“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”

“Learning never exhausts the mind.”

“While I thought I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.”

“Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.”

“I love those who can smile in trouble…”

“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”

FRIDA KAHLO

“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.”

“I paint flowers so they will not die.”

“I paint myself because I am so often alone and because the subject I know best.”

“I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.”

“Nothing is absolute.”

“Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”

“My painting carries with it the message of pain.”

“There is nothing more precious than laughter.”

“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”

“I paint flowers so they will not die.”

“The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”

“I am my own muse, I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.”

HENRI MATISSE

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”

“I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.”

“Don’t wait for inspiration. It comes while one is working.”

“Creativity takes courage.”

“An artist must not feel under any constraint.”

“We ought to view ourselves with the same curiosity and openness with which we study a tree, the sky or a thought, because we too are linked to the entire universe.”

“A certain blue enters your soul. A certain red has an effect on your blood-pressure.”

“Art should be something like a good armchair in which to rest from physical fatigue.”

“To look at something as though we had never seen it before requires great courage.”

“Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.”

“In love, the one who runs away is the winner.”

“Cutting into color reminds me of the sculptor’s direct carving.”

MICHELANGELO

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”

“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.”

“Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.”

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”

“Genius is eternal patience.”

“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.”

“A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.”

“Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.”

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”

“There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.”

“I am still learning.”

Valentin Serov. Peter I The Great.
1907. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.

Peter I, or Peter the Great (1672-1725), was one of the most outstanding rulers and reformers in Russian history. He was at first a joint ruler with his weak and sickly half-brother, Ivan V, and his sister, Sophia. In 1696 he became a sole ruler. Peter I was Tsar of Russia and became Emperor in 1721. As a child, he loved military games and enjoyed carpentry, blacksmithing and printing. 

Peter I is famous for carrying out a policy of ‘westernization’ and drawing Russia further to the East that transformed Russia into a major European power. Having travelled much in Western Europe, Peter tried to carry western customs and habits to Russia. He introduced western technology and completely changed the Russian government, increasing the power of the monarch and reducing the power of the boyars and the church. He reorganized Russian army along Western lines.

He also transferred the capital to St. Petersburg, building the new capital to the pattern of European cities.

In foreign policy, Peter dreamt of making Russia a maritime power. To get access to the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea, the Azov Sea and the Baltic, he waged wars with the Ottoman Empire (1695—1696), the Great Northern War with Sweden (1700-1721), and a war with Persia (1722-1723). He managed to get the shores of the Baltic and the Caspian Sea.

In his day, Peter I was regarded as a strong and brutal ruler. He faced much opposition to his reforms, but suppressed any and all rebellion against his power. The rebellion of streltsy, the old Russian army, took place in 1698 and was headed by his half-sister Sophia. The greatest civilian uprising of Peter’s reign, the Bulavin Rebellion (1707—1709) started as a Cossack war. Both rebellions aimed at overthrowing Peter and were followed by repressions.

Peter I played a great part in Russian history. After his death, Russia was much more secure and progressive than it had been before his reign.

the Mind of the Signs

Communication style, learning and study habits, and the creative capabilities of Mercury through the zodiac:

Mercury in Aries:  A daring desire to hunt information and become an intellectual independent; learning is a conquest which is won with fierce focus. The mind is sharp & aggressive, the imagination explosive & creative; can be insensitive and lose interest quickly.

Mercury in Taurus: A relaxed and deliberate lounger, the mind takes its time when reaching a decision, and grasps the personal usefulness of information when it is conveyed through the 5 senses; ideas are realistic, full of common sense and guilelessness. Imagination blossoms when it touches the material world; can be stubborn.

Mercury in Gemini: An observant child who watches the world with rapt interest; nervous and jumpy thoughts and ideas. Words are a weapon, and the rapid-fire mind shoots poetic, humorous, and intelligent remarks, always searching for exciting ways of expressing the inexpressible; can be superficial and lack focus.

Mercury in Cancer: A soothing sentimentalist who takes care, and is considerate of thoughts and opinions in order to ensure a sense of safety; remembers feelings and moods associated with information, reflects on meanings behind words. Imagination is thoughtful and rhythmic, with photographic memory; can be timid

Mercury in Leo: A richly dramatic imagination made for public consumption; the mind is contagiously creative and capable, spouting stylish and often entertaining remarks. Fierce focus and passionate involvement allow the intellect to devour as much knowledge as it desires; can come across as arrogant.

Mercury in Virgo: A modest and matter-of-fact mind competent and equipped to understand systematic thinking, relies on details to fully comprehend the essentials; purity of purpose is integrated into every thought with the intent of being skillful and precise; imagination finds expression in relatable and commonplace occurrences; can be visionless and lack depth.

Mercury in Libra: A charming diplomat seeks the middle ground by evaluating and comparing information and relaying it harmoniously; objective and unbiased, communication is effortless and lucid. The imagination is full of abstractions that can only be expressed through non-intellectual ways; can be lazy.

Mercury in Scorpio: An instinctive strategist, determined to pierce the heart of furtive information, passionately and fearlessly endeavors to be on top; imagination is stirred by keen observations. Avidly strives to uncover the mysteries and intrigues of the psyche; can be damaging.

Mercury in Sagittarius: A broad minded truth-seeker, with eyes on the future, defends justice and freedom with zeal; positive and audacious, the restless interest seeks information that inspires and motivates. Ideas are enormous and take on a life of their own; can be indiscreet.

Mercury in Capricorn: A resourceful and organized bricklayer who methodically plans every step of the intellectual and creative process; ideas are well thought out and wise; imagination is utilitarian. Prefers to learn heuristically, gaining knowledge through experience; can be dogmatic.

Mercury in Aquarius:  A satellite, driven by high-powered curiosity, collects and inspects information; the natural mind of an engineer that sees in blueprints, with a vibrant and resourceful imagination. Learns at light-year speed, and is often far off into the future, dreaming of innovation; can be unreasonable and lose interest.  

Mercury in Pisces: An intuitive lake of intelligence and compassion that reflects the thoughts and vibrations of its surroundings; beneath cloudy thoughts lays a colorful imagination that is desperate for expression. Often quiet and gentle, the ears are always tuned into the frequency of feelings; a great listener; can be impressionable.

About Monet

Happy Friday guys!

I like to leave notes in the books that I leave out in the world so that people know why I leave these books, where to find Books That Wander, and how to become part of this awesome project :) The idea IS to show where the book goes, which is why I leave my details in a personal letter. They can share their pictures here online for the rest of the world to follow the books’ travels.

This book was actually not too bad. Okay, I say that as if I were anticipating it to not be that good. I’ll admit, I was a bit worried about how I would go reading it, but I was also super keen. I love art, and I didn’t learn much about Monet in school as I didn’t further my studies in visual arts, so I was somewhat interested in learning about this famous artist.

Monet, as I DID anticipate, was a bit dry. It was as if I was back at school studying for an exam, finding myself not comprehending some bits straight away like I used to with a text book. That’s okay though. It didn’t dull my interest as much as I thought it would because I found the facts about Monet himself so interesting! He’s quite a character.

As it wasn’t that easy to read, I did appreciate the break up in the book between the story of Monet’s life and his art. Having the book share those two aspects as separate parts made the book what it is, I think.

I will say though my favourite part about this book is that it has pictures! Not too many so that it made me feel like I was reading a children’s book, but enough to reference Monet’s art at different times throughout his life.

Hope you guys enjoy the weekend and thanks for reading!

Kat xx

anonymous asked:

Mmmm which ruby do you think will be redeemed first? The one that might convince the other thst earth is great

Leggy seems pretty impressionable and less likely to hold a grudge about being left out in space. (Seriously, why didn’t Steven go back for them?!) But the other Rubies are unlikely to listen to her since she’s new.

anonymous asked:

what do you think wasnt perfect about ben solo's childhood?

I mean

leia probably lost her temper sometimes? when he did totally normal child things, like wouldn’t be quiet when she was making a transmission, or got in trouble with his tutors for talking back (ben organa-solo was a horrific two year old, of this I have no doubt)

han strikes me as the type of father who is great with gruff affection and joking around, but not great with straight-forward “being honest and emotionally open with your son”-type stuff, which probably created some friction there

leia and han likely argued a lot—they both have tempers, and when the First Order started gaining ground, or the Dark Side grew in Ben, I can imagine they had lots of late-night fights, shouting at one another until han went to sleep in the falcon

with luke and leia and darth vader in the family, I imagine ben felt a lot of pressure to become a very great jedi even before anyone ever confirmed he was Force-sensitive. Family expectations can be weird, they don’t have to be made explicit to be felt, I imagine he got dealt a pretty decent hand of that, given that his father is “12 Parsecs” Solo and his mother is General Organa and his uncle is Master Skywalker.

(also, just a fact of existence, every teenage boy is a monster in their own special way, and every person in the family goes nuts trying to deal with it for the 5-7 years that teenage boys are monster. They generally don’t go to the Dark Side and start killing people, but.)

………….when I say “not perfect” I literally mean “less than 100% perfect” because it’s my personal headcanon that ben had a pretty amazing childhood, was loved and cherished and listened to and given every opportunity, but no one can perfectly raise a human child, not even in space

The Art is driving me MAD!

So I am new here, and if someone has answered these riddles or blogged this before I apologize in advance, That being said the Art in this addiction is driving me crazed. I am a lifelong student of art and a working artist, my husband first introduced me to this show a year and a half ago, because he thought I would find it “aesthetically pleasing” (he so gets me…) And I so do find it pleasing right down to the hollows of Jack Robinson’s face. But the art…arghhh

In the boudoir.


OK so I had to leave Jack in there, because well, he looks good there. But these paintings by Phryne’s bed have been haunting me since season 1. I know that outline, I know those colors, dammit I hold Masters degrees in this stuff, and yet it is not Gustav Klimpt’s Hope II, I want it to be but it just inst.


It seems to be an earlier version, or a fashion plate in the style of Klimpt. but dammit I want it to be Klimpt, it would be so Phryneish to have Klimpt in her boudoir in 1929, The painter he parents generation found obscene. If anyone has any high res pictures of this area please share. I cropped the top one from hysydney s picture of Jack in Phrynes bed. 

Then theres the Picasso. One of the most famous Picassos ever. Argueably the most important painting of the century.  Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, and she just hangs it by her bedroom door. Awesome.  That it depicts 5 prostitutes, immaterial ( just don’t tell Dot) That Phryne knows great art, obvious, that he painted in Montparnasse delicious. 

Next is the one that is literally killing me. I have to get this off my chest, 

I hate Impressionism, thru no fault of its own. Impressionism is great, in 1929 Impressionism was still radical and three cheers for Phryne getting on the bandwagon, but as a 20th century female, who grew up wanting to be an artist ( or a spy) the amount of books, calendars, mugs, scarves etc…. depicting Monets anything i received with pats to my little artist head was disheartening, wasn’t there a Magdalena Abakanowicz calendar, or a Francis Bacon mug, dammit ….I digress.


To the right of the door sits this.

And it teases at the edge of my consciousness. I know this image it resembles so much of Monets Vétheuil work likes this one.

… but that doesn’t look like any sky Monet ever painted. its to wispy, like a Turner, but I don’t think it is. It has the feel of a Pissaro, but, again not quite. If any of you know JUST TELL ME. searching thru databases of Impressionist Landscapes is unleashing my inner child, and she is a freaking brat.

Next on the wall is the Sarcelle,  (but they seem to keep moving it, to the left or right of the Impressionist whatever) .Obviously painted for the show,  I wonder who did it… although I admit I like the painting of Madem Sarcelle better, ( I appreciate people who appreciate a full bottom…oh Hugh…) 

Then there is the piece de resistance The Modigliani. Another of the famous painters of Montparnasse, and the artist I think inspired Rene’s character. (but that is just my tiny little opinion) Modigliani’s only public exhibition  in 1917 is still infamous for its sensationalism and immediate closure by the Gendarme for obscenity. I enjoy the thought that Phryne was probably at that opening.

If you have gotten to this point thank you for reading my rant. Im going to go search Impressionist databases and watch Murder at Montparnasse again. 

But if any of you goddesses of Fisherdom have high res pictures or knowledge to impart, please help missfisherobsessed rithebard phrynesboudoir ladygrayluvs pirategirlofcollingwood politicalwhovianblog cowalyn foxspirit1928 or the rest of you talented ladies…anybody?

i’m actually really happy garnet said no to jamie! (i mean i love jamie n want him to be happy but hear me out)

1) they aren’t really good for each other honestly. he sees her as some sort of goddess instead of just a real person.

2) in most kids shows, if a guy has a crush on a girl, he is immensely pitied, but no one cares about the girl’s feelings! this addressed jamie’s heartbreak, but also showed that garnet was NOT obliged to say yes just because he was sad! i love that they wrote garnet to say no, but didn’t guilt her for it. it’s a great message for young, impressionable girls. it tells them that they CAN say no and there isn’t anything wrong with that!