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Origami Snake (Jo Nakashima) – Modular version

The colors and light in this photograph are fabulous!

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Restaurant Snapshots

These are examples of what you can come up with when you take your camera with you wherever you go. Here are three photographs taken by a friend, Christi at various restaurants.  The little boy is her two-year-old son, Adam. The titles and explanations are in Christi’s own words.


 This was taken in Old Town Spring (Spring 2011), and simply reflects the joy of a child.


This was taken at a local restaurant, while I, (Christi) was having some lunch. I was enjoying the solitude & view from my table, but realized that I also liked the feeling of having a few others around at a “safe” distance. I was noticing how almost all of the couples and family there were older & perhaps locals. A couple of older ladies sitting across from me, seemed a bit curious about my placement in the establishment. My goal was to capture that dilemma between being “observer”, and being the one observed.


It was taken at the same restaurant , I (Christi) had lunch at in Photo above. The condiments seemed to all fit perfectly in this picture…almost as if they were all conspiring against the water. Whatever their plan was, it seems to be working.

A magnificent castle, a well-lit photograph and fun with Photoshop. It is amazing what fantastic, otherworldly creations can come from combining these three…

Bodiam Castle

Pena Castle

Pena Castle

Alcazar Castle

Portola Castle

Pedjamski Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Mont Saint Michel Castle

Lowenburg Castle

Hunyard Castle

Caerlaverock Castle

Mosaic look of Neuschwanstein Castle


10 World Beautiful Castles:   http://www.incrediblediary.com/10-world-beautiful-castles-and-palaces/

Castle:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle

Adventures by Disney – Germany:   http://disneymemoriestravel.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/adventures-by-disney-germany/

Lorenzo Ghiberti

Image by tim ellis via Flickr

Born on 1378 in Pelago (Florence) Italy, Lorenzo Ghiberti was an Italian artist who lived during the early Renaissance period. Best known for works in sculpture and metalworking, he was trained in the gold trade by his father, a trained artist and goldsmith. Ghiberti emigrated to Rimini after the bubonic plague struck Florence where he assisted in the completion of wall frescoes in the castle of Carlo I Malatesta.

In 1401 he became famous when he won a competition to design and create the first set of bronze doors for the Baptistery of the cathedral in Florence.  The doors would depict scenes from the new Testament. He set up a large workshop where he trained such artists as Donatello, Masolino, Michelozzo, Uccello, and Pollaiuolo. During this time, he re-invented the lost-wax casting that had been used since ancient Rome. Because of this innovation, his workshop was popular with young artists.

Ghiberti also worked on a second set of panels for a doorway in the Baptistery, which depicted scenes from the Old Testament. The style of these panels was more naturalistic, using perspective in creating the idealized subjects. They were dubbed the “Gates of Paradise” by Michelangelo and became known as a monument to the age of humanism.

Other of Ghiberti’s commissions included the execution of the gilded bronze statues of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Matthew for selected niches of the Orsanmichele in Florence. He also created a bronze figure of Saint Stephen for the Arte della Lana, the Wool Manufacturers’ Guild.

File:Firenze.Baptistry06.JPGFlorence Baptistry or Battisterio di San Giovanni

File:Ghiberticompetition.jpgGhiberti’s winning piece for the 1401 competition,  located on the north side of the baptistery. 

File:Paradies tuer florenz.jpgGates of Paradise (Porta del Paradiso)

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Angled view of a panel with the story of Abraham from the Gates of Paradise (Porta del Paradiso)

The Story of Isaac, Esau, and Jacob; Gates of Paradise (Porta del Paradiso), 1425-52

File:Orsanmichele, view from upfloor.JPGOrsanmichele or “Kitchen Garden of St Michael”

File:FirenzeOrsanmichele14.jpgSaint John the Baptist

File:Orsanmichele, san matteo di Ghiberti 02.JPGSaint Matthew

File:FirenzeOrsanmichele05.jpgSaint Stephen

File:Carlo Malatesta.jpgCarlo I Malatesta

Larger image - Castle MalatestianaCastle Malatestiana


Lorenzo Ghiberti     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorenzo_Ghiberti

Web Gallery of Art/Works of Lorenzo Ghiberti     http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/bio/g/ghiberti/biograph.html

Timeline for Lorenzo Ghiberti     http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=ghiberti#q=ghiberti&hl=en&prmd=ivnsb&tbs=tl:1&tbo=u&ei=4778TdXiDoHz0gGAhtiEAw&sa=X&oi=timeline_result&ct=title&resnum=17&ved=0CIQB

Florence Baptistery     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Baptistery

Orsanmichele     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orsanmichele

An abstract view on the importance of knowledg...

"Knowledge is power." Sir Francis Bacon

It is general knowledge, that before the age of 5 years old, children’s brains are like sponges, soaking up knowledge at an increased rate from that of older individuals. In that case, these are the prime years to teach such subjects as  foreign languages and the values with which a person will conduct their lives. This would also seem the best the time to spark creativity. Although there are many ways to accomplish this, teaching the Elements of Art seems a very important link that should not be ignored.

I was surfing the net, looking for articles that would back up my own views as to why we need to teach the Elements of Art to the very young, when I found this article from Newsweek: ” The Creativity Crisis” http://www.newsweek.com/2010/07/10/the-creativity-crisis.html

What are your views on the subject?

Impression, Sunrise



Welcome to Exploration Art!

Every week, you will find another project featuring another “Artist in Residence. Some are “Masters”, such as Pablo PicassoClaude Monet and Pierre-AUgust Renoir. Some are wonderful “Illustrators” of children’s books that we have grown to know and love…

Follow us through the magical portal where you make your own make-believe…


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Picasso Portrait of Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler 1910

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Picasso three musicians moma 2006

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File:Kvinnohuvud1-hstd.JPGPicasso sculpture in Halmstad

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Claude Monet, Impression, soleil levant, 1872

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Renoir – The Two Sisters, On the Terrace

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Pierre Auguste Renoir Jeune garcon sur la plage d Yport

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