Legos and Flowers


Frederick Law Olmsted was known as the father of American Landscape Architecture.  He completed over 500 landscape architecture projects during his lifetime, starting with  Central Park in New York City and finishing with the design for Biltmore Estate, here in Asheville, NC.

 

He is honored in Landscape Architecture circles and his design philosophy — that landscape architecture should include design elements that promote aesthetics, economics, environment and social needs — are at the heart of the North Carolina Arboretum, where Amy & I spent a lovely day.

 

His influence is so great, that the Arboretum commissioned a statue of him:

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Frederick Law Olmsted. 8ft Bronze – Statue by Zenos Frudakis 2016 Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio

 

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Frederick Law Olmsted. 8ft Bronze – Statue by Zenos Frudakis 2016 – full view Photograph and Copyright by Barbara Mattio

 

Also at the Arboretum this weekend — and for the rest of September and into October — is an exhibit of flower- and nature-based Lego sculptures, magnificent in both scale and execution.  I was so taken by their complexity and beauty, that I felt I had to share them with you, with some photos of some of the flowers they emulate.

 

I hope you enjoy them.

 

Sundial in Legos

Sundial in Legos Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio

 

 

Train in the gardens. It is an O gauge. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio,2016

Train in the gardens. It is an O gauge. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio,2016

 

 

 

O gauge train. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

O gauge train. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

Two O gauge trains. Photography and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Two O gauge trains. Photography and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

O gauge train. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

O gauge train. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

 

O gauge train photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

O gauge train photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

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Lego Woodpecker Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio

 

Giant White Lily Lego Sculpture (approx. 6 feet in length)

Giant White Lily Lego Sculpture (approx. 6 feet in length) Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio

 

Life-Size Lego Rototiller

Life-Size Lego Rototiller Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio

 

Purple Orchid (this one is real!)

Purple Orchid (this one is real!) Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio

 

Lego Purple Orchid

Lego Purple Orchid Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio

 

Real Monarch Butterfly on Flower

Real Monarch Butterfly on Flower Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio

 

Lego Monarch Butterfly on Flower

Lego Monarch Butterfly on Flower Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio

 

Lego Hummingbird Drinking from Flower Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio

Lego Hummingbird Drinking from Flower Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio

 

 

Lego duck family. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio,2016

Lego duck family. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio,2016

A trip through the mountains to Art


Yesterday we drove to SC to visit friends and the Greenville Museum of Art and the History Museum  It was a beautiful warm day and we had a lot of fun. The Art Museum allow photographs so I got a few of those also.

I hope you enjoy the journey.  The art phot0graphs were taken with my phone camera not my regular camera.

Neil Diamond, Sweet Caroline, is dedicated to my late husband. RIP

 

This was from the trip down to Greeneville. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

This was from the trip down to Greenville. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

 

 

 

White Crepe Myrtle Photograph and Copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

White Crepe Myrtle
Photograph and Copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

 

fluffy breezy clouds Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

Fluffy breezy clouds
Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 201

 

 

 

Purple crepe myrtle photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

Purple crepe myrtle
photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

 

 

 

Lovely landscape Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

Lovely landscape
Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

 

 

 

side of mountain Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

Side of mountain
Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

 

 

 

Art by Jasper Jphns Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

Art by Jasper Johns
Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

 

 

 

 

Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

 

 

 

Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

 

 

 

 

Art work by Yoko Ono. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

Art work by Yoko Ono. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

 

 

 

 

Sculpture. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

Sculpture. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

 

 

 

Sun getting lower in the sky and early evening arrives. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Matttio 2016

Sun getting lower in the sky and early evening arrives. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Matttio 2016

 

 

I love watching the clouds float across the blue skies. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

I love watching the clouds float across the blue skies. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

 

 

 

 

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Divine Love


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“Wherever I go, thou art my companion.

Having taken me by the hand thou moves me.

I go alone depending solidly on thee.

Thou bearest too my burdens.

If I am likely to say anything foolish, thou makest it right.

Thou hast removed my bashfulness and madest me self-confident.

O Lord, all the people have become my guards, relatives and bosom friends.

Tuka says, I now conduct myself without any care.

I have attained divine peace within and without.”

—Book of Prayers, M. K. Gandhi

 

What makes up Divine Love

What makes up Divine Love

 

“All things in creation and manifestation, even all things in existence, are held together by Ishk. This is Divine Love. It is difficult to express it in such a limited way, but we know that sunlight contains electricity, magnetism and numerous other forces or aspects of cosmic force.”

—From Spiritual Brotherhood, Samuel Lewis

 

“Gravitation, light, attraction, adhesion, and cohesion are all aspects of this Divine Love in the physical world. But even these aspects extend far into the unseen, and it cannot be said that Divine Love is limited or qualified by its mental aspects and characteristics…Behind all mysteries, behind all activity and behind all life is Love or Agape or Karuna which holds all things and persons together, which creates the beauty and harmony of this cosmos.”

—Samuel Lewis

Desire

 

“I desire you

more than food

or drink

 

My body

my senses

my mind

hunger for your taste

 

I can sense your presence

in my heart

although belong to all the world

 

I wait

with silent passion

for one gesture

one glance

from you. ”

—Rumi, The Love Poems of Rumi

 

 

Open up your heart

Open up your heart

 

“In your light I learn how to love.

In your beauty, how to make poems.

 

You dance inside my chest,

where no one sees you,

 

but sometimes I do, and that

sight becomes this art.”

—-The words of Rumi

 

 

You are a child of the Universe. Get out there and shine.

You are a child of the Universe. Get out there and shine.

 

“Love is the greatest component of life. It unifies everything. It attracts and draws to us all that is good. Through love we become more aware and responsive to the needs of humanity. We see the oneness, commonality, and the spark of God in each person. We can begin with our family, friends, and coworkers. We can love them even if we think they have done something wrong. We can be there for them, with compassion, kindness, gentleness and acceptance. That is how we demonstrate our human love.”

—James Van Praagh

 

Divine Love is everywhere.

Divine Love is everywhere.

A Journey of Creation


It’s been a rough week.  Volcanos, earthquakes, riots.  It makes people forget the beauty in the world, and the importance of creating beauty.

I found this talk, by Sabina Ulubeanu, a music composer, and Co-Artistic Director of InnerSound New Arts Festival in Romania, on the TED Talks channel on YouTube and wanted to share it with you, my loyal readers.

Sometimes, when things seem the worst, we need to remember that there is still beauty in the world, and that the creation of beauty in all its forms — music, art, poetry, prose and, yes, science — is the most important work of all.

An Artist and A Feminist


This Young Woman Walked Through Kabul Wearing Metal Armor To Protest Street Harassment

Artist-activist Kubra Khademi took to Kabul’s streets in a metal jacket in a defiant protest against sexual harassment.

Unlock Your Creativity


There is a new art medium that helps artists to focus and to get into the zone. It is a way of combining meditation and creativity together and it opens you up to increase your artistic flow.

“Keep creating and it will change your life.” —Beckah Krahula

This medium is called Zentangle and it totally combines your creativity and your meditation. There are not a lot of supplies needed. The process of creating a Zentangle teaches us to become comfortable letting your instincts out and following them where they would lead you. It also teaches you to see your work from every angle. You learn to acknowledge all the possibilities in your work. Not having a planned goal can take the stiffness or rigidness out of your art. Once you begin to tangle, you can just let go.

They say to do small projects. They call them tiles and they should not be any bigger than a tile. The official and real Zentangles are the size of a ceramic tiles. These are the rules, but since I don’t do well with rules, I do small ones and large ones. Whatever I feel like doing.

Tiepolo tiles are the official and original Zentangle tiles. You can tell if they are real because there is a red block on the back of the tile with a Zentangle inside of it. It is also recommended that you use a heavy paper. Many artists use a black tile for the contrast it provides.They also recommend a sketch book to practice every day. I like doing mine in a sketch book. Tangles can also be used in sketches to increase the beauty of the scene.

Because this is a meditative art form it is good to practice it every day. Many artists will do a Zentangle to sort of warm up. To get into the right place and let the creative energy just flow out. Then you can go on to your regular medium completely focused and ready to just let go. Some people use tangles as a form of self-expression or to unwind at the end of a stressful day.

I have found that I like to do them to prepare for working on a painting and simply as a meditative exercise. It calms and de-stresses. The sheer fun of just moving your arm on the paper and freely allowing your emotions to come to the surface is therapeutic.

I find that this form of art leads to inner peace, compassion and a positive outlook. What a wonderful way to change the structure of your day. And I can still meditate and I can feel love and joy just radiate from my soul.

Allow your creativity to lead you farther and farther down the path of your life’s journey. I bet you will see a person smiling at you from the mirror more often.

Zentangle by Barbara Mattio

Zentangle by Barbara Mattio

Namaste and happy tangling.

Zentangle by Barbara Mattio. Copyrighted 2014

Zentangle by Barbara Mattio. Copyrighted 2014