Lets shimmy ourselves to a Prosperous New Year!
I picked Alli Kushnir for your entertainment, a renowned Ukrainian Belly Dancer. Known for her very explosive moves who has been finalist of Ukraine TV-show “Ukraine Got Talent”, LBC Belly Dance World Championship “Hezzi Ya Nawaim” and many time in diverse world championships of belly dance.
Well, I want something different and entertaining – not the usual New Years video greeting. Am a big fan of Middle Eastern dance you know.
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
– Edith Lovejoy Pierce,
American Poet & Pacifist
I am deciding what to paint. I always wanted to own a painting of Gustav Klimt but the price is beyond my reach. So I figured, why not paint like his style of painting. I used to only work on monochrome blue, large scale classical works such as Michael Angelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin….But now, I want something different and brighter since my walls in my home is barren; I might as well paint it up with my work. It’s been a long time since I painted so I am a bit scared but the same time excited.
I am ready to paint!
My first stop was to check the Big & Small Art Gallery at 4th Floor Mega-Mall. Then, went to Star Bucks to read my 4-Hour Work Week Book…Then, my fiasco waiting for the cab ride home that lead me to meet my blind date, “Long Island Ice Tea.”
I spent my day in the mall. The original plan was for me to stay in Starbucks and do some reading. Well, that did not happen. I ended up, checking the galleries. Here are some of the paintings I saw. My favorite paintings were from Galerie Anna [http://www.galerieanna.com] except the Girl with the Pet.
For me, I find art is a good form of therapy. It helps me get through the daily mundanes of life and different situations I find myself in. I find that if I’m upset, angry or just need time to think, seeing art can help me get through what’s bothering me.
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. – Henry Ward Beecher
Qatar Museum Authority, who sponsored the event and is apparently happy to see their cash go up in smoke. Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, the artist responsible for pyrotechnics at the Beijing Olympics, spent two months and 8000 shells to create what he calls “A Meditation on Life and Death – The Black Ceremony”.
Cai is a poster boy for the amazing Chinese peasant art movement. In 2010, he created Cai Guo-Qiang: Peasant Da Vincis which presented works from peasants in China.
Salvacion was born on Jan. 28, 1922, in Legaspi, Albay, to a Chinese-Filipino family of artistic abilities. Her father painted and did calligraphy on his spare time while her mother was a frustrated architect who wove her own fabrics and designed and embroidered her own ternos (A Filipino National Dress). As a child, Salvacion began to exhibit artistic talents, which her mother encouraged. She moved to Manila before the outbreak of the war to study Fine Arts at University of Santo Tomas but she had begun sending her fashion sketches to The Manila Times with her now famous signature Slim , and when the newspaper ran her sketches, a career in fashion was born. A trip to Europe, where she had the opportunity to attend 22 couture shows, opened her eyes further. Slim counted among her clients the cream of the crop high society of that day yet she was not a snob and provided service to many brides who could not afford her. In 1960, together with her sister, she opened the Slims Fashion and Design School and thousand of aspiring designers including top designers of today studied.
Pink and charcoal gray piña cloth evening gown presented to Mamie Eisenhower by wife of Philippine president Carlos Garcia in 1958.
Smithsonian Institution Exhibit entitled “First Ladies: Political Role & Public Image”
Through her achievements which include a gown for US First Lady Mamie Eisenhower now part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian, Slim transformed the Filipino costume into a work of art. The Great SLIM!
A coffee table book published in November 2009 depicting works of the Great SLIM through her 40th Career in High Fashion.
It reflects the progressive disposition in which the work was originally envisioned, communicating with new and future generations of Filipino Designers.
Some of her Designs: