Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas 2013

While it is a Christian holiday , Christmas traditions have become so popular that today it is celebrated in many countries and homes around the world . It is common for many people who are not Christians , but do not celebrate all traditions and rituals , at least get together with friends or family to share a Christmas table. Beyond the decorations and Christmas cards , gifts and the Christmas table , carols and popular religious rites or celebrations , there is a reason why the rituals and traditions are celebrated .

Obviously , as a Catholic holiday Christmas is an important celebration. The Catholic Church believes that Easter is the most important celebration of the Catholic calendar , but Christmas is a popular festival , bringing together several traditions and requires more preparation and participation, especially by the children of the family.

Childhood memories

The most beautiful Christmas memories from my childhood were the preparations. My two families , paternal and maternal , like many Argentines were of European origin. My father's family was of German and Polish - a mixture of Catholic, Protestant and Jewish converts - Swiss origin , while my mother's family were all Italian and deep Catholic belief . Therefore, we had the best of all worlds. The food and desserts delicious German and Polish and Catholic religious traditions.

A few days before Christmas to celebrate , we went to the house of my maternal grandmother who had a large collection of crib figures . As I recall, they were probably 25 to 30 pieces. Because it is so large, we installed on the floor. We put the Christmas tree in a corner of the entrance hall and my grandmother pulled a chair to accommodate the large manger.

Then the older arming a series of mountains and valleys paper - wood resembling the landscape of Bethlehem , mirrors lined with small pebbles that looked like lakes or water holes for animals to calm down their thirst , and trees and small pine - though not native place . There my sister, my cousins ​​and we placed the figures that made ​​up the crib, while my grandmother told us the story of the birth and as the child had come to save us all .

The whole scene was wonderfully uneven roads with sand and my aunt was getting from a nearby square . At the highest elevation , we placed the barn , a small wooden building and paper mache with a star hanging on top of the altar , illuminated with a small light bulb that my uncle installed in the back of the scene. When the light was turned on, a star lit up the scene and was reflected in the faces of the ceramic figures . It was a moment that , as a child , left me breathless.

The rites and traditions, important components of culture

I realize now that these were years in which there was no time for the family to collaborate on a joint project , that the elders had enough time to find the materials , and the patience to let kids help in the project.

The task of the biblical accounts grandmother were adapted to children's ears with great fondness and a hint of authority, the authority given to the traditions and rituals . We listened enraptured .

As a young man and has long believed that the rites and traditions were the rules of society necessary for others to live by them , the rules needed to break them or disobey them. But now that I have spent many Christmases in my life, I recall those moments.

Beyond the religious meaning , rites and traditions of Christmas , like many other times in life , are there to remind us that we are a global community, we depend on each other to recognize and know who we are . The rituals and traditions bring us together and apart , no matter what or why we celebrate , for God has many faces .

The important thing is re- meet as part of a larger human community at the time to share a table, light a candle , in the light of a star that illuminates the manger or the invocation of our ancestors. The rituals and traditions help us understand that achieving unity always involves a commitment and a sense of community and common purpose must take precedence over personal egoism .

Finally , rituals and traditions give us a time of reflection and memory , not to miss a past that no longer exists or to agitate for a future that is uncertain, but to dwell on the present and think how we can be better parents, children, spouses , neighbors, citizens of this country and this world . In short, how we can become better human beings.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Sandra Chang-Adair Erotic artwork and fantasy

Sandra Chang-Adair
United States
Sandra Chang is a self-taught artist that is passionate about delineating the beauty of the human form. She paints both erotic artwork and fantasy. She embraces eroticism in her art after years of struggling against the taboo of sexuality. In her earlier work, she expresses her rebellion by painting powerful, domineering women, often subjugating their male counterparts. Her recent heroines are depicted as enjoying their sexuality openly with subtle humor interjected in the vignettes.

Her medium of choice is digital, drawing from scratch and employing Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter. She also loves oils, acrylics and watercolors. Sandra established herself in the art world by working for Eros Comix, creating and drawing x-rated comics, Sheedeva, Sin Metal Sirens and contributing to Eros Anthologies. Her artwork has been published in Heavy Metal, Erotic Signature, Exotique 3, and Drakaina Masters. She is currently illustrating pin-ups for Hustler Magazine. Besides art, Sandra enjoys practicing kung fu. She has a second degree black belt in Budoshin Ju Jitsu, a black sash in Northern Eagle Claw and certificates in Kung Fu Weapons and Traditional Kung fu.

Pink Roses in Watercolour by Trevor Waugh

How to Paint a Rose- Digital Painting

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Bertram Bahner Photography

About the Artist

Kim Anderson began his career photographing people and fashion, while also doing work in advertising.
In the past decade, the name Kim Anderson has become synonymous with children's photography, known for an extraordinary body of work that conjures feelings of joy, innocence, tenderness, and wonder while reawakening the viewer's own memories of childhood. The romantic and endearing photography has a timeless and universal appeal. Kim Anderson resides in Bonn, Germany with his family. His seven year old daughter is often featured in his photography.
The creator of these beloved images is Bertram Bahner, who lives with his family in a mountainside village in Switzerland. Long before the Kim Anderson series appeared, Bahner was a successful European photographer. Today he is one of the most widely published photographers in the world.
Initially inspired to record his three-year-old daughter Nicola playing with her friends, Bahner discovered that he had captured moments of universal appeal. From the beginning Bahner's methods were marked by simplicity and sincerity, using few props in a session and then letting the children play while stepping back to wait for the one spontaneous yet timeless moment when , as he says, "the emotion is perfect."
Soon the Kim Anderson project took on life of its own. Photographs of his daughters and friends were augmented with images of other little girls and boys, among them Bahner's son Manuel. Family involvement also includes his wife Monika, who helps to choose the props and styles the shoots with inimitable flair. Bahner continues to hand-print each carefully selected images, and oversees the hand coloring that has become the Kim Anderson signature.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Sara Moon | Iranian Fashion painter

Bijan Djamalzadeh, Iranian painter, known for his art works signed as “Sara Moon”, was born in Teheran and left his home county to study medicine in Germany at the request of his father. He returned to his home country with his new-found skills but his love of art was not to be denied, and in 1974 he returned to Germany to paint, signing his work "Sara Moon".

ArtisteerArtisteer - Joomla Theme Generator

Microsoft Store