Art, Artists, Interaction and the Process of Change — Guest Blogger Art, Photography and Poetry

“Art will never be able to exist without nature.” Pierre Bonnard Art and form are linked with function and nature, with feeling and seeing, with emotion and the relationship between the observed and men and women’s particular unique situations and particular environmental circumstances; and their reaction to and interaction with it. “Art is about building […]

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Gallery Travels: Spain and The Prado

In 1988 I had an opportunity to travel to Madrid, Spain with a small group from a popular radio station. The morning DJ took the trip with us, to some it was like traveling with a celebrity. That would not be me. This was my first trip to Spain and sitting at the hotel was not my idea of fun.

I walked to Toledo, a famous city with the magnificent Castle of San Servando.

Castle of San Servando

Evidence exists of an ancient monastery attached to a basilica of the same name, possibly founded in the 7th century. In 1080, Cardinal Richard of St. Victor, a monk of the ancient Abbey of St. Victor in Marseille, was sent as the legate of Pope Gregory VII to the Council of Burgos held that year. One of his mandates was to ensure the adoption of the Roman Rite, replacing the ancient Mozarabic Rite used by the Christians of Iberia for centuries. He carried specific instructions for the restoration of San Servando and its adoption of Roman liturgical practice.[1]

As you cross the bridge over the Tagus River you can see where cannonballs hit the Huge gates and surrounding walls protecting the Castle.

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The most famous museum in Madrid, Spain is the Prado. 

Eugenio Lucas Velázquez – The Second of May 1808

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Roger van der Wevden Descent from the Cross 

 

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Spain is known for many handmade collectibles. Ladro porcelain is exquisite and my journey to Toledo was a search for a special piece of Ladro for my grandmother. The delicate flowers blow my mind. How could any person’s hand create the delicate flowers?

 

Thank you for reading, I welcome all your comments.

Melinda

Interview with Professional​ Photographer​ Prasenjeet Gautam

I’m excited to introduce professional photographer Prasenjeet Gautam from blog http://prasenjeetgautam.wordpress.com. His blog is more than photography, Prasenjeet teaches along the journey. I encourage everyone to visit his blog, you will see things that light up the sky. 

How many cameras do you have?
I have 2-3 cameras, Start from the basic and High-end professional camera. I use as per the photography requirement. 
How do you choose the camera you will use? Do you use several cameras to take the same shot to compare? 
I choose the camera as per the shooting requirement. Sometimes your semi-professional camera fulfils your shoot requirement. I always several lenses to shoot the same subject like prime and zoom lens. Most of the lens can be used on the same camera body. One camera is sufficient for the shoot but always keep one extra camera body in reserve, In case any technical error or damaged happen to the camera. then you can shoot with the second camera, which is in reserve mode. In any case, the shoot should not be cancelled. It is not good for your brand image. 
 
When I compare the old shoot which was shot by the basic camera, and the same subject is shot by the high-end professional camera. There is always a big difference in both of the shots. Like basic camera has a small sensor and capture fewer details and High-end professional camera has a big sensor and captures the more details. More details are always a better photograph. As a professional photographer, you should know which camera is better for which photography genres. 
 
Wrap up
Photography is not a one-day, one-week, one-year assignment. It is a countineaous process of learning, More you add in term of knowledge and practice in your photography, More you get the better results. In all my blogs and article I always mentioned that keep experimenting. Because this is the only way to get a better photograph or to be a better photographer. Always remember.
 
Sunset Photograph
This one of my favorites from a recent post.

 

  
Purpose of this photograph is, whenever you view this photograph you must feel peace & positive energy
 
I feel privileged Prasenjeet trusted me with his photos and allowing me to take time away from his busy career.
Melinda
PS my computer is having issues, I apologize if spacing off.

Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg Russia

The Hermitage Museum has over three million pieces of art including the largest pieces of art in the world. You could spend a week at The Hermitage Museum and not see all the pieces of art. Reading the sentence alone gives you a perspective of the wonderland called The Hermitage Museum. I also attended a Ballet at The Hermitage Theatre, a breathtaking small yet grand theatre. Melinda

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Established 1764
Location 38 Palace Embankment, Dvortsovy Municipal Okrug, Central District, Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Interesting information:

In 1861, the Hermitage purchased from the Papal government part of the Giampietro Campana collection, which consisted mostly classical antiquities. These included over 500 vases, 200 bronzes and a number of marble statues. The Hermitage acquired Madonna Litta, which was then attributed to Leonardo, in 1865, and Raphael’s Connestabile Madonna in 1870. In 1884 in Paris, Alexander III of Russia acquired the collection of Alexander Basilewski, featuring European medieval and Renaissance artifacts. In 1885, the Arsenal collection of arms and armour, founded by Alexander I of Russia, was transferred from the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo to the Hermitage. In 1914, Leonardo’s Benois Madonna was added to the collection.

In 1948, 316 works of Impressionist, post-Impressionist, and modern art from the collection of the Museum of New Western Art in Moscow, originating mostly from the nationalized collections of Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov and disestablished before the war, were transferred to the Hermitage, including works by Matisse and Picasso. Beginning in 1967, a number of works by Matisse were donated to the museum by his muse Lydia Delectorskaya.

In 1981, the restored Menshikov Palace became a new branch of the Hermitage museum, displaying Russian culture of the early 18th century.

The State Hermitage Museum (Russian: Госуда́рственный Эрмита́ж, tr. Gosudárstvennyj Ermitáž, IPA: [ɡəsʊˈdarstvʲɪnɨj ɪrmʲɪˈtaʂ]) is a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The second-largest art museum in the world,[2][3] it was founded in 1764 when Empress Catherine the Great acquired an impressive collection of paintings from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky. The museum celebrates the anniversary of its founding each year on 7 December, Saint Catherine’s Day.[4] It has been open to the public since 1852.

Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million items (the numismatic collection accounts for about one-third of them),[5] including the largest collection of paintings in the world.[citation needed] The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors. Apart from them, the Menshikov Palace, Museum of Porcelain, Storage Facility at Staraya Derevnya, and the eastern wing of the General Staff Building are also part of the museum. The museum has several exhibition centers abroad. The Hermitage is a federal state property. Since July 1992, the director of the museum has been Mikhail Piotrovsky.[6]

Of the six buildings in the main museum complex, five—namely the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage, and Hermitage Theatre—are open to the public. The entrance ticket for foreign tourists costs more than the fee paid by citizens of Russia and Belarus. However, entrance is free of charge the third Thursday of every month for all visitors, and free daily for students and children. The museum is closed on Mondays. The entrance for individual visitors is located in the Winter Palace, accessible from the Courtyard.

Originally, the only building housing the collection was the “Small Hermitage”. Today, the Hermitage Museum encompasses many buildings on the Palace Embankment and its neighbourhoods. Apart from the Small Hermitage, the museum now also includes the “Old Hermitage” (also called “Large Hermitage”), the “New Hermitage”, the “Hermitage Theatre“, and the “Winter Palace“, the former main residence of the Russian tsars. In recent years, the Hermitage has expanded to the General Staff Building on the Palace Square facing the Winter Palace, and the Menshikov Palace.

The Hermitage Museum complex. From left to right: Hermitage Theatre – Old Hermitage – Small Hermitage – Winter Palace (the “New Hermitage” is situated behind the Old Hermitage).

Nature Sketching vs. Botanical Illustrations — theTravelsketcher

Elise is a friend of mine, the daughter-in-law of my friend Tim. She is one of those artists whose work leaves me speechless. Elise does botanical illustrations, a specific form of art not for the weak of heart. Botanical Illustrations must be scientifically accurate in all ways, color, proportions, and details. They are often artistic, […]

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How to choose right photography course

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There is always a requirement of education before you start anything for your professional career. It is not required only for photography career but it is required for all the professional career that you pursue, Suppose someone is looking forward to becoming a Doctor, engineer, lawyer, sports person etc. In all these fields you required proper education for basic and advance knowledge both. Whether you are a beginner or professional photographer, there is always something new to learn about the art of photography. From camera angles to shutter speed, composition, framing, post-processing, lighting, studio lighting and above all lots of detailing of any specific genres like fashion, advertising, interiors etc. Then which camera, lens, tripod & the filter is better for photography career and why.

Start with the basic photography course. Lots of basic courses are available in the market. Before choosing the photography course let’s discuss the few important points.

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Gallery Travels: Maui 1997

I started scuba diving in 1987, it was difficult I’m claustrophobic taking extra classes to handle the thought of breathing underwater. I was fortunate to log over a hundred dives in ten years.

A panic attack while shore diving almost drowning two people, this was the start of my Maui vacation. This is not my idea of fun any time, it was scary. I kept taking off my face mask, not breathing thru the regulator and pushing my dive buddy under water. Once on land, I would not take off the wet suit, kept laying on the ground and would not get in the car. That was my last dive, devastating but if I can’t dive again there are so many great memories and photos.

The early evening was much better, walking thru the Gallery District, sampling the wine, talking to the artist. It was so relaxing as the sun fell. I started talking to a gallery owner about his most recent works of art. I followed him inside and saw THE painting was perfect, I could see eating at the table, drinking wine smelling the beautiful flowers. This was my first original painting and I love it as much today. Interestingly he is the nephew of Gene Stallings American Football player and coach.

 

“Two Plums” c1997  G1/399