Archive | June 2014

The Swan


“Taking Flight Toward the Light – Swan Sunrise” by artist Ginette Callaway,

THE SWAN, by Mary Oliver

Did you too see it, drifting, all night, on the black river?
Did you see it in the morning, rising into the silvery air –
An armful of white blossoms,
A perfect commotion of silk and linen as it leaned
into the bondage of its wings; a snowbank, a bank of lilies,
Biting the air with its black beak?
Did you hear it, fluting and whistling
A shrill dark music – like the rain pelting the trees – like a waterfall
Knifing down the black ledges?
And did you see it, finally, just under the clouds –
A white cross streaming across the sky, its feet
Like black leaves, its wings Like the stretching light of the river?
And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything?
And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for?
And have you changed your life?


Movie Recommendation: Craigslist Joe

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Craigslist Joe is a 2012 documentary film that follows Joseph Garner for a month of travel across the United States, solely supporting himself via contacting people on the website Craigslist.  He spent the month without using any form of currency and without contacting people he already knew, relying on the kindness and generosity of Craigslist users.


Land art

Land art or earth art is a form of art which primarily is concerned with the natural environment.  Materials such as rocks, sticks, soil, plants and so on are often used, and the works frequently exist in the open and are left to change and erode under natural conditions. 

The link below will take you to the webpage of artist and sculptor Lucien den Arend which shows examples of his land art and explains in more detail the history and meaning of land art.


Amy Judd paintings


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Amy Judd, a London based artist, takes her inspiration from the enchanting, imaginative relationship between women and animals found in traditional mythologies and stories from around the world.  Amy’s paintings are sensitive silent moments, often between a woman and a bird.  The figure’s nudity compliments the delicate quality of the feathers; they in turn allude to the fragility of the figure, however are also a symbol of strength and flight (and bravery).

To view more of her paintings, click on the link below which will take you to