Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

WEEKEND GOODIES

Beautiful Etsy finds for a lovely weekend time:
Have a gorgeous weekend!!!

ARTIST SKETCH - LISA G. PUTMAN

Among the amazingly talented artists from RedBubbe, Lisa G. Putman definitely distinguished herself as a nature lover, her images describing a surreal and in the same time extremely truthful journey through the world we all live in. I've found on her website biographical notes I want to share:
"Lisa G. Putman is an Arkansas native, currently residing in Tennessee. Her photography showcases her subjects in natural lighting and vivid color. Lisa’s specialties include wildlife, nostalgia, and rural scenes. Her award winning photography has been featured in local art exhibits and online galleries.
Lisa’s background is in portrait photography with 22 years experience including college credit hours in fine art and photography as well as years of work experience. Lisa’s is also a Certified Picture Framer with the Professional Picture Framer’s Association with 17 years of experience custom framing artwork, and 13 years of experience teaching others to frame artwork. All of this experience, coupled with her passion for great art, have resulted in a keen eye for photography." - source: artist's website.
Few favourite images from her galleries:
1. Second Chance
2. November Morning
3. Brilliance
4. Sunday Afternoon
5. August Beauty
6. Backlit Morning Stream
In her own words Lisa gives a touching artistic statement:
"I've discovered, for me, although photography at times can be quite an undertaking, it is not a job, it's a journey. Photography is a calling, a life long process of learning and improving. Every moment of it is a fulfilling experience."
More on Lisa G. Putman website.

Monday, December 13, 2010

MONDAY FINDS

It's a mild Winter here, some days the wind blows very hard, some days "levante" covers the sky and city in a cloud making us feel like prisoners into a "glass bottle", some days is really aggressive Summer again only to wake up the next morning by rain's rhythmic accords; so many seasons into only one...
Enjoy !!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

FRIDAY GOODIES

A feminine touch for a cold December end of week.
Enjoy !!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

ARTIST SKETCH: MARIA RAFAELA SCHULZE-VORBERG

Maria Rafaela Schulze-Vorberg was born in Bukumbi/Tanzania and she's lived in Quito/Ecuador, Birnbach/Germany, Cali/Colombia, Cedar Rapids/USA, Lima/Peru and Bonn/Germany.
She likes to define her art as "poetry of light":
"I feel a deep bond between myself and the virtue of light pulsing through all of creation. My photography is devoted to this magical world my inner and outer eyes want to discover and reveal. The camera is my instrument to convert the seemingly common into a rhythm of colours and light... revealing the poetry of light. It is my joy to behold these precious moments: the miracle of life dancing in ecstasy with the light at the threshold of heaven and earth.
To discover these miracles you don’t have to go far away. Many times it is just about changing perspectives, getting down to your knees, lying down on the ground, starting to see anew. You will be surprised about what you will perceive, how the daily and ordinary suddenly reveals the mystery of being deeply touched and embraced by beauty and light... you start listening to the silent song of light."

I've found her art beautiful, generous and touching. Her style explores feelings and faded dreams, sometimes revealing under a soft light sealed secrets; it seems all her images are the reflection of a sum of thoughts, hopes, dreams and pleasures.
I've chosen only few of her galleries:
- Eye-kissing light
- Passion of light
- Inner vision I
- Silent prayers
For more, please visit her website, Poetry of Light.

Monday, December 6, 2010

MONDAY FINDS

For East Europeans today St. Nicholas brings gifts and joy, this day marking the start of celebrations season. Few ideas for lovely gifts, really beautiful handmade items from Etsy:

1. Bah Humbag Greeting Card

2. Tree in Winter

3. Genevieve Ribbon Necklace

4. Aqua Blue Ceramic Platter

5. Toddler Purple Skirt Apron

6. Snowflake Earrings

Enjoy!

Friday, November 26, 2010

FRIDAY GOODIES

Even we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Gibraltar, we love to celebrate the end of a season and the beginning of another as a transition between richness and a rewarding rest. Thinking of those we love most we feel grateful for everything they give or share with us as well as feeling thankful to be part of a micro-cosmos full of diversity.
These are the goodies for today:

- The Beatles Mices

- Tapestry Dress

- She Sells Seashells

- Worlds Within Worlds

- Royal Bloo Flower Necklace

- Photo Display
Happy thanksgiving everybody!!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

ARTIST SKETCH - POL LEDENT

Pol Ledent is a self-taught painter based in Belgium. He started with watercolour in 1989, discovering soon oil painting better suited to his style of work.
He's taking part in many exhibitions and galleries all over Belgium and his paintings could be find in many private collections in USA, France, China, Scotland, Portugal, Switzerland, Australia, etc.
I was impressed by his love of light and colour, his capacity to transform the common world in a dream land mysterious and beautiful.
I've chosen only few of his paintings:
- "Almond Tress and Lavender"
- "Poppies in Provence"
- "Voneche"
- "Spring in Boiselles"
- "Mouzaive"
- "Wild Flowers"
- "In the Wood"
More images and information could be find on Pol Ledent website.
Source: Imagekind.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

CLAIRE'S DOODLES

One of my favourites bloggers Claire from "A little piece of me" loves to doodle, about everything, with humour, understanding and talent.
This is her "International Ladies Collage" via Flickr, the rest will come soon here.

International Ladies Collage

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

MY DAWANDA WISH LIST

Nothing is more refreshing than an evening walk in a sleepy city, and nothing is more challenging then to fulfill a dream. Coming back to reality, sometimes it's better maybe to slow down a little bit and to try to enjoy those little things in your daily life, that makes you to feel good.
1. Soft Jersey Wrap Dress
2. Tranquility Earings
3. Cloth Handbag
4. A Way of Life
5. Living Community

Enjoy!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

MONDAY FINDS

Another Monday, another busy day....happily enough the sun still shines in this part of the world.
For a nice start of the week, a lovely Etsy collection in warm lovely colours featuring few talented artists:


6. Boat
Enjoy!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

"COZY EVENINGS"

My first treasury for cozy autumn evenings:

Friday, November 19, 2010

FRIDAY GOODIES

As Friday is my favourite day of the week (especially the evenings when you can relax, reading or watching a good movie, enjoying a glass of wine in lovely company and when you can dream freely no boundaries) I've decided to share some of the goodies I've just discovered on Etsy.
Enjoy !!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

ARTIST SKETCH - TERESA DEL PILAR

Born in Portugal, Teresa cherishes her liaison with the sea, making it the main character in her images, always seen by the same eyes, but every time so different.
A full time architect, Teresa tries to see beyond the camera's reality; her photography is sharp, exciting, fresh and implies love and imagination.
Because many times an image could be more expressing and by far away more convincing than any words, I think it is the time to let you in the company of Teresa's incredible sea gallery:
- "Arrabida light"
- "I am the Sea"
- "....if you knew how much I love you"
- "Moonlight Fountain"
- "Misty River"
- "Nenufar".
For more, please check Teresa's website.
Enjoy !

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

MY DAWANDA WISH LIST

For Christmas or just for spoiling us, DaWanda is an amazing market. Here it is my wish list from this week:
1. Smooth and hammered couple rings

2. Reverie sous les arbres

3. Romantic stole "Junerose"

4. Heart-printed bed linen

5. Olive leafy day-pillow cover

6. Autumn bracelet

Not bad, isn't it ? Now I have to rush to send it to Santa....

Monday, November 15, 2010

MONDAY FINDS

For a good star of the week I thought I would share few lovely Monday finds:

1. Hemp Necklace - handmade ceramic leaf
2. Bird - sale 1979 print
3. Gary
4. Grass Poem
5. Sea Fossil Soap

Enjoy !!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

OM (one moment) MEET UP #30 - Autumn leaves

For One Moment meeting, please go on Linda's blog "A la mode stuff". There you will find the details, the banner, and the following statement:OM is a weekly meet up that promotes living in the moment. Whether funny, sad, ridiculous, or banal, looking for these moments can promote balance in our lives.

Yesterday's walk to Alameda Gardens has cheered me up. Leaving in Gibraltar has a lot of advantages and few disadvantages, between them: winter is not very different from a mild autumn, almost everything is stuck on green, it seems nothing dies, and I can't find the common reddish, brown and yellow leaves I grew up with. Still I've managed to take some lovely pictures; here there is a combination of some of them:


Thursday, November 11, 2010

ARTIST SKETCH - RON JONES

The artist of this week is the photographer Ron Jones. He is a member of Allied Artists of West Virginia and has had work exhibited in local galleries. He has won numerous online photography awards and has had images as covers of several statewide magazines. He also has been featured in the international magazines Photoshop Creative, Digital Photo and PCPhoto.
He started to use photography as a way to picture the surrounding world as he sees it more than 30 years ago. Discovering the digital technology 10 years ago he started to combine various effects and the result it was amazing.
To see some of his beautiful prints, please follow the links:
- "Morning Poem"
- "Lean On Me"
- "A Winter Moment"
- "Evening Engagement"
- "Glade Creek Mill"
- "Spring Rain"
- "Autumn Voyage"
- "November Moon",
these being only few random picks. For more, please explore his website.

Source: Imagekind.

Friday, November 5, 2010

WHAT MADE ME SMILE - OM[one moment]meet up #29

For One Moment meeting, please go on Linda's blog "A la mode stuff". There you will find the details, the banner, and the following statement:
OM is a weekly meet up that promotes living in the moment. Whether funny, sad, ridiculous, or banal, looking for these moments can promote balance in our lives.

It has been a very busy week, and I'm not very sure if I can choose only one moment that I want to share. I think it's easier just to list few of my week's smiles:
- the fine, lovely weather which makes people friendlier and happier here; 25 degrees Celsius for November is a true blessing,
- every day's walk with my partner, his understanding and humour,
- a couple hours trip around the Rock , not forgetting to take my camera for some landscape shots,
- a successful interview with the lovely ladies from Art & Crafts,
- a buzzing of ideas and tips from my friend Mariam, from over the ocean,
- the joy being part of Etsy community,
- a bunch of jokes from my friends living in Eastern Europe, strong proof that no matter how difficult times they live, they never forget to laugh,
- the weekly chit-chat with my friend Barbara about life and men, he, he, he...,
- the beauty and tranquility of my adoptive town, Gibraltar.

Monday, November 1, 2010

COLOURS BETWEEN SEAS - MY ETSY SHOP


I've recently opened my Etsy shop, called Colours Between Seas, name chosen only because I was lucky enough to live close to the Black Sea for many years, then to cross Europe only to settle on the Mediterranean shore, in Gibraltar. I display photographs taken in Romania, UK, Spain and Gibraltar and also soon from North Africa. They are in limited edition, professionally printed on high quality photographic paper and borne from my love for sea, colour, life and art.
My first customer was Mariam, a very talented artist, based in New York. She's just opened a new shop on Imagekind, and her work is frequently featured on different blogs and art sites. More information about her work and where to purchase her art can be find on her lovely blog.

Friday, October 29, 2010

SILVER PETALS

Regine Pfanz creates amazing jewelleries turning the icy silver in to a warm alive pieces of art.
She does this with love and tenderness, not forgetting that art means also challenge.
Her words tell the story, her work shows her talent:

"Going to school in Berlin in the early eighties, I fell in love with the big, bold fashion jewelry that was popular back then.Since I was on a small budget, I started making my own pieces out of found objects that I combined with materials from the hardware store.After moving to the US, I worked for a Metal Sculptor in Los Angeles and then started to take professional jewelry making classes.Over the past few years I experimented with different materials and developed my own style using silver, resin, and semi-precious stones.I still love bold pieces of jewelry and that is reflected in my latest designs." - Regina Pfanz.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

FEATURED


"Old good days", my picture of the Rock of Gibraltar was featured in the group "European Everyday Life" from RedBubble, a very well known site which promotes and sells art encouraging anyone with an interest in creativity.
I had many other pictures featured on Tailcast and Imagekind in the past. This is my second picture featured on RedBubble but I hope it's not the last one.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

FACES I KNOW, PEOPLE I LIKE

Everybody knows it is not so easy to make good portraits - you need special equipment, lights a good camera a nice background a good subject and of course the skill, or just luck. Even I'm not prepared yet and not very attracted to develop a portrait photographic career still I can enjoy to catch some beautiful "faces" opening a little window in their inner life. I took some shots few days ago at one of the events which took place on the Rock, organized by Clean Up the World Association. I couldn't help myself being surrounded by beautiful and interesting people not to compile a very small gallery. Here they are:-
Cathy, a very good looking young lady I wish one day to take a real set of pictures of, as I consider this image doesn't make justice for her beauty, but still I like it for the feelings involved in it.
"Old good" Melvyn who hates the camera, but camera loves him being such a "character" (and an enchanting person - he will kill me for this...).

My friend Aimee I'm very fond of and who's a wonderful person and a lovely "subject".
Kerrie who could be anytime a perfect "subject" for any photographer - for me as well if I ever have my own studio.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

REMARKABLE ARTISTS - MORTEN GJUL

Morten is one of my favourite artists. I saw his work for the first time on RedBubble where he has a beautiful gallery. It has been difficult to decide which of his paintings I like most, as all are surprising and warm, exhibiting a huge sensitivity and understanding of the surrounding world. Only because winter is not very far I've chosen to display above his "Winter ballad" - source here.
Morten lives in Norway and he has been working as a teacher since he graduated the Nord - Trondelag University College. He grew as a painter in the company of other talented artists: Arne Isacsson, Lars Holm, Peder Mauseth and Morten Paulsen.
He has participated in almost 80 exhibitions during the last 10 years where he won lots of prizes. His art speaks wonderfully for itself making us to experiment emotions and ask ourselves questions about the meaning of every little thing we use to acknowledge in our way through life, and reading his statement we end up discovering the world step by step through his eyes, to see everything like he does: in a interference of meanings and colours, of weakness and power, of sublime and terrestrial which in fact expresses the continual fight between dark and light, between death and life.
Morten Gjul is telling us: "I try to portray the tension between the solid and the fragile in rural areas. I strive to convey the gravity and humor in small places. When there are no houses or other traces of human presence in the paintings, it is often the meeting between the sky and the sea that dominates. To paint with watercolor is complicated. Sometimes the technique and unforeseen events on the paper will stand and speak for itself, in a more abstract expression. Bringing experiences from real life into my art is important to me. Not a realistic reproduction of events and persons on the paper, more using the dark and light to express hope when it seems to become all dark. It is not about the weather on Iceland?" - source here.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

OM MEETING

For One Moment meeting, please go on Linda's blog "A la mode stuff". There you will find the details, the banner, and the following statement:
"OM [one moment] meet up is a weekly gathering of shared moments that make each of us pause and connect with life. Learn more here and join us !







Yesterday Clive took photographs of the annual Harley Davidson meeting in Gibraltar. Considering he had a stroke 2 months ago I think he's recovering very well, slowly but surely. We spent a few hours enjoying ourselves, wandering around, taking pictures, chatting with friends under the Mediterranean sun being blessed by a friendly breeze. This is the result.





Wednesday, June 2, 2010

FOR " A LA MODE STUFF"

The bag has arrived, thank you very much, it's beautiful and very useful. I wished to make a proper post about this, but unfortunately my partner had a stroke on Sunday and everything I want now is to be with him.

Thank you.

Friday, May 28, 2010

OM MEETING

For One Moment meeting, please go on Linda's blog "A la mode stuff". There you will find the details, the banner, and the following statement:
"OM [one moment] meet up is a weekly gathering of shared moments that make each of us pause and connect with life. Learn more here and join us!

My moment has happened, in fact, last Sunday when we headed to a lovely town, Castellar de la Frontera, half an hour drive from our place.
In 1971 the inhabitants were moved 7 km down to the valley to a new modern and white washed town, leaving behind up on the hill the old houses and the ancient fortress built by the Moorish in the XIII century. We visited both of them, and have been caught for ever by the lovely old town with its narrow cobbled streets, the scent of jasmine and the colours of roses and bougainvillea hanging over the white walls, the tranquility and beauty of the scenery, the stunning views over the Guadarranque reservoir and the kindness of the people - in one word, or two to be precise, absolutely charming !
Only few photos bellow for you to enjoy:

Monday, May 24, 2010

MY PICTURES IN A WINDOW

This photo was taken in December 2009 in Old Stevenage, a lovely town in Hertfordshire UK.
I loved it, even in winter the place was under "green domination", the mild temperatures allows nature to postpone its seasonal decline.
To view different photos from Spain, Gibraltar, UK and Romania which can be purchased or just seen, visit my website or my Imagekind portfolio. Enjoy !

Sunday, May 23, 2010

VINTAGE FROM MY GRANNY'S DRAWER

As a continuation of my last post, I uploaded some of my grand mother's old pictures. Only few of them have little notes written on the back:

- "A dear memory from Helen, 21st of August 1932" - written on a wedding photo I didn't add here; I know Helen was one of my granny's friends, I met her few times. She used to come in the summer to spend two weeks at my grand mother's making our stay there uncomfortable, and my life a nightmare. I remember her as an old woman, former teacher, quite annoying in her attempts to ruin my summer holidays with math exercises, very fussy, demanding and hard to deal with; my Mom was a teacher too, a very good one, and I didn't feel any need to supplement my acknowledgment at all with somebody else's help, especially when I had better things to do, " to enjoy the summer".

-"With all my love, from Nicky, 4 of October 1942" - written on a picture I didn't upload here and which is my favourite; I know she was my aunt's best friend, never met her.

- "A memory from 7 August 1925 from L.Manea" - written by the lady in white.

- "This photo will bring me memories from the past and will remind me of my friendship with Rose, 7 of December 1940" - written by my aunt who didn't have too much time to think at the past and no hopes for the future.


Nothing at all about the two ladies, the old couple holding the young boy, nothing about the mysterious man; only the fact they all lived in Transylvania, Brasov area, sometime at the beginning of the XX's century.

Friday, May 21, 2010

OM MEETING

For One Moment meeting, please go on Linda's blog "A la mode stuff". There you will find the details, the banner, and the following statement:
"OM [one moment] meet up is a weekly gathering of shared moments that make each of us pause and connect with life. Learn more here and join us!
One day last week I discovered a forgotten envelope on the bottom of a drawer; I knew at once that it was some old pictures I brought with me last year from Romania. They belonged to my grand-mother, she used to keep them in an untidy pile in a large drawer; I remember myself being more interested in the jars of marmalade and jam which were hidden in the same cupboard. So, it happens I have no clue about these people names or their life stories ....., they should be my granny's friends or maybe some of my relatives; only one of them is, for me, a familiar face: from one of the pictures my aunt I've never met (she tragically died in 1959 at only 34 years old), dressed as a schoolgirl looking straight at the camera. This find brought back memories of my childhood, and every August spent at my grandparents. Even then I perceived it as a punishment more than a holiday, I have to admit the fresh air, mountains' water spring, peaks and chalets silhouettes seen through the windows as an unreal but eternal painting, the raspberries, blueberries and pecans which were everywhere ready to be picked, and many other wonders, used to offer me some comfort for being alone, far away from my friends, my books and the tennis court.

Friday, May 14, 2010

YOUNG AND REMARKABLE ARTISTS - IOANA ALEXANDRA DIACONU

One could speak about or with Ioana Alexandra Diaconu for 2 seconds, 7 minutes or hundred of hours, as she's either deep as a lake or tumultuous as a waterfall, her fantasy & imagination have no boundaries. She takes you by surprise and enchants you as only fireworks' sparkles do: she's funny, spontaneous and extremely talented. The border of her eyelashes scatter your reality. She sings the heart & soul song, making surprising volutes between memories and future dreams; she's so wise as could understand children's language, and with only a brush touch could create a world.
In 2006 she graduated the High-School of Arts from Brasov (Transylvania, Romania), and started to follow Dramatic Arts University's classes in Bucharest. Her life changed the next year when winning an international competition about "design for a better world" with a scholarship at European Design Institute she moved to Rome. Of course that one hasn't been the only competition where Ioana made a profound impression at: she participated during her school years with many paintings, illustrations, posters and painted poems at different exhibitions and competitions taking place in Brasov (her home town). Her artistic activity doesn't resume only at visual arts though: Ioana wrote a play called "The winning game", a book for children "Sang story with cookies" in collaboration with the writer Mircea Doreanu, and more recently she has published a book of poems "Epimirand". She also illustrated Florin Piersic Jr's short-prose book "Terrible Oeuvres. Volume One".
As a student at European Design Institute she participated in 2008 at a collective exhibition at Maud Gallery (Rome), has won in 2009 another scholarship (for Applied Arts) from University for the Creative Arts, Rochester (UK), and won the illustration competition Ergo Italia Artbook d'Autore, to name only few.
These days she's keeping busy with different projects including girligirl wall painting in public places, engraving, hand-made chests and boxes of beauty, and making of a new illustrated book.
As for her free time Ioana claims she likes to create imaginary biographies for those sad, sad people waiting in the bus-stops, makes-up words, and sleeps a lot; speaking with her a few time, I could witness if I'm asked to that all these are nothing but the truth.