Thursday, March 5, 2015

inspiring artist Tricia Cline

I just came upon an artist who sent me into whow, then into meditation on some of her images, then into another place entirely than when I first started.  That doesn't happen every day.

Tricia Cline

She crafts porcelain figures that are incredible, then paints them often.  They are in costumes, or merged with animals often.  I could not stop looking at them.

In her Bio on her site she says:
 Direct-observation of an inspiration is a careful love of it without mental interpretation. This approach was greatly influenced by the writings of psychologist James Hillman from whom we learned a great deal about the life of imagery. He describes in his book Blue Fire, a dream, where suddenly a great black snake shows up, if the dreamer, upon awakening, decides to interpret the meaning of the snake, he kills it. And thereby the relationship with the image is lost, because the vast Unknown has been limited to only what is Known. The image is a transcendent guest coming through you into form. But through interpretation you cut off its link to that transcendent Reality.

In the true work every iota of its space deserves total care and attention. Attention equals love. This approach towards detail is a kind of deliberate, very present meditation and allows a transcendent quality to enter through you.

Porcelain - Tricia Cline, Cat Sings to the Acolytes

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I found out...

Good old Wikipedia told me.
Now why didn't I look before posting my photos of the knights?  Duh.

"The staircase is one of the more prominent features of the east facade, with its three-story, highly decorated winding balustrade with carved statues of St. Louis and Joan of Arc by the Austrian born architectural sculptor, Karl Bitter."

 Check out yesterday's photos for closer details of the 2 knights between the windows  HERE

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Who are these knights?

Looking over his right shoulder

Holding a banner perhaps
Right shoulder again

Banner bearer again
I really don't know yet...but found them intriguing when visiting our Biltmore Estate in Asheville recently.  Thanks to the kindness of a friend who gave me an entry pass...I spent last Sunday tromping around the grounds, then inside up and down a few thousand stairs.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Trivia

Thanks Wikipedia for this wonderful trivia about March
The name of March comes from Latin Martius, the first month of the earliest Roman calendar. It was named for Mars, the Roman god of war who was also regarded as a guardian of agriculture

Month-long observances

Movable observances

Fixed observances

March symbols

The Daffodil, the floral emblem of March

Friday, February 27, 2015

Dancing for joy

St Petersburg beach, FL

You may have seen some of these photos before...

Lake Tomahawk, Black Mountain NC

Lake Susan, Montreat NC
Tree removal on dam, Lake Tomahawk

What's my theme?  The sunshine!
I'm wanting to dance naked in joy of its return! (Almost.)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Snow confection on Spirit House

The snow ads an entirely different dimension to my spirit house.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


I've actually designed a few, with pen and ink drawings and little quotes.
But I just wanted to acknowledge the Gregorian one, which is being honored  today over on GeneaBloggers.

On 24 February 1582, Pope Gregory XIII, enlisting the expertise of distinguished astronomers and mathematicians, issued a bull correcting the Julian calendar, which was then 10 days in error. The correction was a minor one, changing the rule about leap years. The new calendar named for him, the Gregorian calendar, became effective 4 October 1582, in most Catholic countries, in 1752 in Britain and the American colonies, in 1918 in Russia and in 1923 in Greece. It is the most widely used calendar in the world today.

This still was trying to become corrected back to a birthday for Jesus, which was not exactly when the calendar began.  But it does work better for leap years, and solstices and equinoxes, a bit.

I always laugh about how there were no babies born (in Catholic countries) on the dates Oct 5-14, in 1582.  Genealolgists pay attention to those little details, and many have changed dates of events based on that 1752 adoption of the Gregorian calendar in Britain and the Americas.  That must have made a bit of difference for lots of our ancestors' birth and death dates, around 10 days difference based on the change in 1582.  But I've seldom seen any changes of that magnitude.  No answer to that puzzle.