Oh Miss Maya!

FullSizeRender 22 Yesterday I attended an event where I was asked to write down the first woman who came to mind that has inspired me ... I honestly can't remember when I first became smitten with Ms. Angelou but the road has been a long one. I love her words I love her strength I love her grace I love her courage I love her sassiness I love her beauty I love her voice I love what she believes in I love who she was and what she stood for She made no excuses. Many years ago I had the privilege of hearing her speak in person.  It was and is one of the greatest moments of my life.  After watching this video I am reminded that I need to take her with me when I walk into a room, hold her hand, feel her support so that I will have the courage to claim my strength and own what is mine. YouTube Preview Image I was lucky to hear Dr. Samantha Madhosingh speak about these same topics yesterday and while I took away many inspiring thoughts the one that sticks in my head the most is ... "No one is holding you back but YOU" Much of what she shared reminded me of Miss Maya; the way she spoke, the grace she embodied and the courage she inspired in the room. Why do I refer to Maya Angelou as Miss Maya you may ask? Where I grew up you would always address someone that you respected with Miss and then their name.  I still do this to this day as a form of honor and reverence.  For me, it is a way to say "Thank You" for all you have taught me, for all you have loved me, for all you have guided me through, and for all the strength you have imparted to me.   YouTube Preview Image
Phenomenal Woman
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
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Art History Spotlight ~ Hundertwasser


  "The straight line is ungodly." Tumblr_l1rxxgogmG1qbj9t4o1_400 Biography
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Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Austrian born visionary painter and spiritual ecologist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (Friedrich Stowasser; born 1928) consistently worked with spiral motifs, primitive forms, spectral colors, and repetitive patterns. Although influenced by other Viennese artists, Hundertwasser was never formally affiliated with any "ism."
Friedensreich Hundertwasser was born Friedrich Stowasser in Vienna on December 15, 1928, of a Jewish mother and a Christian father. His father died in 1929. Hundertwasser was baptized in 1937 and supposedly joined the Hitler Youth Corps in 1941. In 1943 69 of his maternal relatives were deported and killed in Nazi concentration camps. During the war and the Russian occupation Hundertwasser lived in a Viennese cellar with his mother. Decades after the Hitler period he could be seen carrying asatchel containing a passport, foreign currencies, and a portable painting set, among other essentials. Hundertwasser married in 1958, while in Gibraltar, and was subsequently divorced in 1960. In 1962, after spending a year in Japan, he married Juuko Ikewada in Venice. They were divorced four years later. Hundertwasser is viewed as an international, independent artist. He traveled, lived, and worked in various locations throughout Europe, the East, North Africa, New Zealand, and Australia and was never formally affiliated with any school of painting or "ism." In 1949 he selected and assumed the name Hundertwasser (Hundred Water), and in 1969 Friedensreich (Kingdom of Peace), often adding Regenstag (Rainy Day), a name that he originally invented for the converted sailing ship upon which he sometimes lived. From 1936 to 1937 Hundertwasser attended Montessori School in Vienna, a learning experience to which he would later credit the choice of color in his paintings. His formal art training included three months at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 1948 and a day at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1950. As a mature artist he professed an intense dislike for all art theory, including color theory. Hundertwasser believed that painting is a religious experience. Opting always for spiritualism over rationalism, he preferred to be viewed as a "magician of vegetation." In 1954 the artist developed a quasi-mystical philosophy of artistic creation and perception called "Transautomatism" which he later developed into a "Grammar of Vision." Hundertwasser's early paintings were heavily influenced by the Vienna Secession tradition of Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. His works from 1949 through 1953 also display close affinity with well-known paintings by Paul Klee. In 1953 the spiral motif first appeared in his work and became the most consistent formal element of his mature style. The artist, who first recognized the spiral while viewing a film called "Imagery of the Insane," defined the motif as a "biological spiral" and "a symbol of life." Throughout hiscareer Hundertwasser used the six spectral colors almost exclusively. His later work combined these with metallic colors such as gold, silver, bronze, or aluminum. His forms are archaic and primitive and his picture surfaces are often covered byrepetitive patterns. It was the artist's intention to offer his viewers aglimpse of Paradise, constructed while the creator is in a dream state. The work is rarely disturbing and almost always highly decorative. Hundertwasser made no attempt to identify universals with his primitivized forms, and as a result his language remains relatively private. The audience is given only limited access to the painter's fantasy experiences. Hundertwasser's dreams were more than a little repetitive, but usually pleasant. Numerous exhibitions of Hundertwasser's paintings have been mounted, including one-man shows at the Art Club, Vienna (1952); Studio Paul Facchetti, Paris (1954, 1960, 1965, and 1974); Tokyo Gallery (1961); Austrian Pavilion, Binnale, Venice (1962); Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover (1966); University of California, Berkeley (1968); Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand (1973); and a retrospective at the Haus der Kunst, Munich (1975). In 1957 Hundertwasser was awarded the Prix du Syndicat d'Initiative, Première Bordeaux (France) Biennale, and in 1959 the Sanbra Prize at the Fifth São Paulo (Brazil) Biennale. That same year he assumed a guest lectureship in Hamburg at the Kunsthochschule der Freien und Hansestadt, only to be asked to leave his post because he performed the "endless line," a ten mile, two days and nights spiral. He was also awarded the Mainichi Prize at the Sixth International Art Exhibition, Tokyo, in 1961. The artist's public lectures and manifestations include: "Art Is Always Changing" (Salzburg, 1949); "My Aspiration: To Free Myself from the Universal Bluff of our Civilization" (Vienna, 1952); "Mouldiness Manifesto: Against Rationalism in Architecture" (Austria and Germany, 1958); "Les Ortilles" (Paris, 1959); "Naked Speech" (Munich, 1968); "Intensive Naked Demonstration" (Vienna, 1968); and "Your right to windows - your duty to the trees" (1972). A diverse artist, Hundertwasser also designed a church in 1987 and a day-care center in Frankfurt, Germany (1987). He created postage stamp designs for Austria, Senegal, and the Cape Verde Islands. He also designed relief medallions for the Austrian Mint, environmental posters donated to various environmental groups, and various architectural models. Hundertwasser received the Austrian State Awardfor Arts in 1980 and the Austrian Protection of Nature Award in 1981. He resided in Vienna.
Hundertwasser (Temporis)
Hundertwasser: The Painter-King with the 5 Skins: The Power of Art (Taschen Art Album)
Hundertwasser (Taschen 25th Anniversary)
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Introvert? Me!

Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 7.59.34 PM   If ever there were ever a truer statement!  I always tell people that I am an introvert.  I remember watching this Ted Talk and being gobsmacked with the revelation that I was was an INTROVERT!  For years I never knew where I fit in, as I wasn't shy, I could speak freely about my feelings, and I could stand up for what I believed in.  I had a big mouth and I could express myself but I felt like I wanted to crawl into my shell when faced with a group of people in a social situation.  Now I have no reservations about getting up in front of a huge crowd and speaking but put me at a cocktail party where I don't know anyone and you will find me in the kitchen asking what I can do to help out.   So for me, hearing this talk opened up my world.  I remember calling my best friend of 40 yrs and telling her ... "Guess what, I have had an epiphany,  I am an introvert!"  Her response ... "Duh!" She knew what I didn't.  I have always needed to go inside myself to re- energize - still do.  I recharge by looking inside.  So for me, this statement hits home in a big way.Share: Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail
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