Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Art is a Man's Name

 Most people in America think Art is a man's name. ~ Andy Warhol #quote

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. ~ Edgar Degas #quote

Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief / All kill their inspiration and sing about their grief ~ Bono #quote

I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing. ~ Francis Ford Coppola #quote

Most of these shots were taken at the El Otorongo Galeria

Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it. ~ Laurence J. Peter #quote

Scratch an artist and you surprise a child. ~ James Huneker #quote


A man is a poet if difficulties inherent in his art provide him with ideas; he is not a poet if they deprive him of ideas ~ Paul Valery #quote

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.  ~ Sun Tzu #quote

All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. ~ Oscar Wilde #quote

Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere. ~ G.K. Chesterton #quote

No art is possible without a dance with death. ~ Kurt Vonnegut #quote

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. ~ Scott Adams #quote

Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art. ~ Jorge Luis Borges #quote

Art is I; science is we. ~ Claude Bernard #quote

Discipline is simply the art of making the soldiers fear their officers more than the enemy. ~ Claude Adrien Helvetius #quote

Great art is an instant arrested in eternity. ~ James Huneker #quote

Politics is the art of the possible. ~ Otto von Bismarck #quote

Photograph:  a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.  ~ Ambrose Bierce #quote

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.  ~ H.L. Mencken #quote

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep.  ~ Scott Adams #quote

When painting, an artist must take care not to trap his soul in the canvas.  ~ Dena Groquet #quote

Art is spirituality in drag.  ~ Jennifer Yane #quote

Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul - and you answer.  ~ Star Richés #quote

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. ~ Edgar Degas #quote

Art is not a thing; it is a way. ~ Elbert Hubbard #quote

Art imitates life. Life imitates high school. ~ Brad Holland #quote

I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art. ~ Ernst Fischer #quote

Raising children is a creative endeavor, an art rather than a science. ~ Bruno Bettelheim #quote

Any fool can have bad luck; the art consists in knowing how to exploit it. ~ Frank Wedekind #quote

Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright #quote

We do not judge great art. It judges us. ~ Caroline Gordon #quote

Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness; nothing but faith, faith and freedom. ~ Gustave Flaubert #quote

If it sells, it's art. ~ Frank Lloyd #quote

Many are willing to suffer for their art. Few are willing to learn to draw. ~ Simon Munnery #quote

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. ~ James Whistler #quote

But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant, of the arts and is touched by the same madness and genius. ~ Marston Morse #quote

Art knows no prejudice, art knows no boundaries, art doesn't really have judgement in it's purest form. So just go, just go. ~ K.D. Lang #quote

Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art. ~ Konstantin Stanislavisky #quote

Diplomacy means the art of nearly deceiving all your friends, but not quite deceiving all your enemies. ~ Kofi Busia #quote

Art doesn't just happen by accident. It is about pulling out new tricks and trying new things. ~ Nicholas Meyer #quote

Politics is the art of the next best. ~ Otto von Bismarck #quote

A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art. ~ Paul Cezanne #quote

A painter is a man who paints what he sells. An artist, however, is a man that sells what he paints. ~ Pablo Picasso #quote

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. ~ Pablo Picasso #quote

The difference between life and art is that art is more bearable. ~ Charles Bukowski #quote

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Ecuadorian Arts & Crafts

Ecuador is a place of tradition and skills.  Involved in the art is the passing of stories & traditions from generation to generation.   Ecuador Art depicts its rich culture and heritage along with its incredible diversity.

Cuenca is well known for ceramics.  Probably the best known ceramics artist in Ecuador is Eduardo Vega. Vega has done many ceramic murals throughout Ecuador, as well as the small pieces he is known for. 

Ecuador’s modern artistic tradition began with the Spanish in the early 16th century, and the country quickly became the arts center of colonial Latin America. What became known as the Quito School and later, the Cuenca School, were founded by Spanish priests and missionaries, using native artisans to produce religious paintings and sculpture. Although the schools’ early works were mostly European re-creations, the Spanish soon recognized the artistry of indigenous imagery and techniques and these became widely incorporated into Ecuadorian artwork by the beginning of 17th century.

The best known art tendencies from Ecuador belonged to the Escuela Quitena, which developed from the 16th to 18th centuries, examples of which are on display in various old churches in Quito.  Ecuadorian painters include Oswaldo Guayasamin, Camilo Egas & Eduardo Kingman from the from the Indiginist Movement; and Manuel Rendon, Enrique Tabara, Anibal Villacis, Theo Constante, Leon Ricaurte and Estuardo Maldonado from the Informalist Movement. The indigenous people of Tigua, Ecuador are also world renowned for their traditional paintings.

The above mosaic was done by Liza Wheeler, an expat who was then living and working in Cuenca.  Liza & her partner Larry have now moved to Spain. 

The Museum of Modern Art in Cuenca was formerly known as the Temperance House and served as a detention center for patients and alcoholics. It is located in the traditional district of San Sebastián.  Inside are collections saved in painting, xilopintura, ink, drawing, screen printing, engraving, etching, photography and sculpture.  It also regularly exhibits works of acclaimed masters of Ecuadorian and foreign art. 

The above mosaic is in a down-town bank in Cuenca and we believe it was also done by Vega.

Street art seems to abound in Ecuador like every place else.  The above is one of the better pieces of graffiti and below is what was probably a commissioned wall painting in one of the market areas of Cuenca.

The Museum of Modern Art recently had an exhibition of childrens' art.  Of course it reflects what they know.

Small art galleries & showings abound and the art displayed is anything from traditional to abstract contemporary.    

Public art is evident in most parks and many traffic circles and again runs the gamut from traditional or even an Inca background to modern abstract. 

If you're interested in seeing more Graffiti or Ecuadorian Art, please click the links.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Bossy Gets Her Hair Cut in Ecuador

Bossy & Selfish have been in Ecuador for almost 3 years now.  Selfish's Spanish is MUCH BETTER than Bossy's.  Bossy's hands twirl around her head when she tells people that it's a mind thing.

"Some people are just better at languages than others." 

Bossy doesn't worry about it much.  She gets by.

Bossy & Selfish have gone to get their hair cut.  Bossy tells Selfish:  "I want to get my hair cut first if that's OK with you?"

Selfish, being Selfish, wonders "Why?"

"I can't articulate it" Bossy told Selfish "...but it's got something to do with holding Princess while you're waiting."

Not happy with the explanation but willing to defer, Selfish reluctantly says "OK".

At the hairdressers, Bossy sits in the chair and tells the lady "poco" as she indicates her front hair "y mucho" as she indicates her back hair.  Bossy then draws a straight line from the lower front of her hair, around to the back of her head.

The hairdresser then proceeds to articulate 3 minutes of "Spanish, Spanish, Spanish, Spanish....".  

Bossy says, "Si", "No!", "No!" "Si."

Everyone is satisfied.  The hairdresser proceeds to cut.

Selfish pipes up:  "I have no idea what just happened, but you seem to be OK with it."

Bossy nods and...

In the end

Both Bossy & Selfish get a pretty good hair cut ~ $15 total (including tip).


Post Script:  Native Ecuadorians would squeal and laugh at the price paid for the haircuts.  "Gringo prices!" they'd chortle in Spanish, Spanish, Spanish.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Cats & Birds

Bird to fish: "How's the water?" Fish to bird: "What water?" ~ Anonymous #quote

A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. ~ Mark Twain #quote

I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven. ~ Emily Dickinson #quote

Never wear anything that panics the cat. ~ P. J. ORourke #quote

Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings. ~ Victor Hugo #quote

In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this. ~ Terry Pratchett #quote

You can't prevent birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent them making a nest in your hair ~ Chinese #Proverb

No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens. ~ Abraham Lincoln #quote

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. #Proverb from China

I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior. ~ Hippolyte Taine #quote

Birds scream at the top of their lungs...every morning at daybreak to warn us all of the truth but sadly we don't speak bird. ~ Kurt Cobain #quote

Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later. ~ Mary Bly #quote

i'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance ~ e.e. cummings #quote

There is, incidently, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person. ~ Dan Greenberg #quote

Perfect as the wing of a bird may be, it will never enable the bird to fly if unsupported by the air. ~ Ivan Pavlov #quote

The mathematical probability of a common cat doing exactly as it pleases is the one scientific absolute in the world. ~ Lynn Osband #quote

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Men, Women, Nature & Other Thoughts Along That Line

Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver, Canada

 The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke #quote

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition ~ Timothy Leary #quote

A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.  ~ Michael Pollan #quote

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. ~ Andrew Carnegie #quote

Men like war:  they do not hold much sway over birth... Unlike women, men menstruate by shedding other people's blood.  ~ Lucy Ellman #quote

Gulf Islands, Canada
The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature, but plunges him more deeply into them. ~ Antoine de Saint Éxupery #quote

Vilcabamba, Ecuador
It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument. ~ William G. McAdoo #quote

Women are made to be loved not understood. ~ Oscar Wilde #quote

Controversy equalizes fools and wise men - and the fools know it. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes #quote

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment. ~ Buckminster Fuller #quote

Men argue, Nature acts ~ Voltaire #quote

Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot. ~ Groucho Marx #quote

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function. ~ Garrison Keillor #quote
Near Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative. ~ H. G. Wells #quote

Ye cannot live for yourselves; a thousand fibres connect you with your fellow-men ~ Henry Melvill #quote

It's called civilization. Women invented it, and every time you men blow it all to bits, we just invent it again. ~ Orson Scott Card #quote

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters. ~ Victor Hugo #quote

Also she went in for Culture, which gave her a certain moral authority. It wouldn't now; but people believed, then, that Culture could make you better - a better person. They believed it could uplift you, or the women believed it. They hadn't yet seen Hitler at the opera house. ~ Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin #quote
Richmond, B.C. Canada

The imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man. ~ Richard Feynman #quote

Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women. ~ Leo Tolstoy #quote

Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating. ~ Karl von Clausewitz #quote

Can't Remember:  Could be either Canada or Ecuador
There are no great men. Just great challenges which ordinary men, out of necessity, are forced by circumstances to meet. ~ Admiral Halsey #quote

We're women. We don't say what we want, but we reserve the right to be pissed off if we don't get it. ~ from Sliding Doors #quote

The "control of nature" is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and the convenience of man. ~ R. Carson #quote

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce... ~  Ansel Adams #quote

 The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. ~ Joseph Conrad #quote

Galapagos, Ecuador
The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn but to unlearn. ~ Gloria Steinem #quote

Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society. ~ Honore de Balzac #quote

If the world were a logical place, men would ride sidesaddle ~ Rita Mae Brown #quote

Women and men in the crowd meet and mingle / Yet with itself every soul standeth single. ~ Alice Cary #quote

Vancouver Island, Canada

One cannot violate the promptings of one's nature without having that nature recoil upon itself. ~ Jack London #quote

The more I know about men the more I like dogs.  ~ Gloria Allred #quote

It is a silly question to ask a prostitute why she does it. These are the highest-paid "professional" women in America. ~ Gail Sheehy #quote

Straight of Georgia, Canada

Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature. ~ Dennis Gabor #quote

Other men are lenses through which we read our own minds. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson #quote

Well-behaved women rarely make history. ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich #quote

Mathematics are well and good but nature keeps dragging us around by the nose.  ~ Albert Einstein #quote

It must be noted that the photo re-post at the top of this blog was picked up out of the Web by Sigred, albeit Fred heartily agreed.  A reverse image search was done on the picture to try & determine who we should ask for permission to post it. The search turned up 174 instances of it being posted on the web. With that kind of count, we decided finding the original photographer was semi-hopeless.  Anyone wanting to claim original ownership should make contact.

All the rest of the pictures are from our personal albums.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

More Random Things

The above was a T-shirt for sale at the indigenous market.  We did some research on the net seeking Ecuador hieroglyphics and found an interesting article about "what appears to be an alphabet of 56 characters stamped in a gridwork of squares on metal" found in a series of caves 150 miles south of Quito.  We do know there are cave paintings not too far outside of Cuenca but we've yet to see them.  In any case, none of our research told us if the above means anything or if it's just the fanciful doodlings of an energetic craftsman.

It's an everyday sight to see indigenous folks (mostly woman) pushing about their wheelbarrows full of fruit. Apparently they show up at the large indigenous markets at the crack of dawn, negotiating for their day's supply of fruit & then arranging it in quite artistic displays.

We were walking down town one day and saw this rather alarming flow of water pouring into the river.  By the time we walked home, the water was back to being it's usual muddy colour so whatever was happening was relatively short-lived.  Still...we can't help but wonder what was going on. We considered coming back later to see if the fish would glow in the dark. 

It's not unusual to see people on horseback even on non-parade days.  The above shot was taken from our apartment.  Apparently the guy thought that patch of grass was a good place to set himself up.

Shelley had heard that there was some sort of link between aluminum & Alzheimer's.  She did some quick research on the net and came up with: "A number of environmental factors have been put forward as possible contributory causes of Alzheimer's disease in some people. Among these is aluminum. There is circumstantial evidence linking this metal with Alzheimer's disease, but no causal relationship has yet been proved."

In any case, the Alzheimer's researchers should come down to Ecuador and see what the incidence of the disease is here.  The reason they should do that is a huge portion of the population cooks in these aluminum pots ~ they're for sale everywhere.

Two llamas were stationed at a park one day and the gentleman who owned them was giving rides to small children and allowing others to take pictures.  The llamas' eyes were very goat-like and disturbing.  We sat quite near them and our dog Fredi didn't seem to be bothered by them and conversely they didn't seem to mind Fredi.

Walking down the street, we spotted this airplane made over into offices for an Airline.  It seemed a pretty clever use of materials.

Brian wanted to know why Shelley was taking a picture of a window.  "It's cool" she told him unconcerned.  The design on the outside of the window is made of metal.

We'll often see signs attempted in English but having not quite accomplished their goal.  Shelley's favourite is Real State (Real Estate) but the above was pretty good too.

This old car was parked in the middle of one of Cuenca's biggest malls.  Shelley asked Brian what kind of car it was but Brian couldn't identify it.  "Probably from Europe" he said.

The above cup reads:  "It is worth remembering that coffee improves concentration, learning ability and the power of reaction."

This truck was driving through the middle of down-town Cuenca.  Shelley got up to take a picture and the couple and their two children in the cab all waved gaily.   Most of the cars you see in Ecuador are relatively new.  You almost never see a "junker" and only on occasion see a restored antique.

Don't know what the above fellow was trying to sell.  Does he look like a computer?

We couldn't help being drawn to Canada's Beaver & flag.  Apparently there's an organization down here called Canadian House and it teaches English as a second language among other things.

More random things and signs can be seen by clicking the links and by checking out an earlier TNCNNA blog Random Things.