Adversity Is The Prosperity Of The Great | Fortune Cookie Wisdom

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The text above is from a fortune cookie, it’s wisdom to me. I framed it on the back of a canvas.

I wrote a post on life’s adversity here

It’s funny reading it back, I could write this now, the last bit, about possibilities.

And it’s funny, today I heard a newspaper writer on the radio cheerfully declare, when questioned about a text she had published, that she (still) totally agreed with what she had written then. 

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February 2020 | A Big Black Cat Sitting On A Roof

Next month’s black cat is sitting on a roof, a bit forlorn. A black cat on a roof, what does it say? What’s coming in February?

Next month’s black cat is sitting on a roof, a bit forlorn. A black cat on a roof, what does it say? What’s coming in February?

(From SpiritualUnite)

Black cats – Good or bad luck?

Spiritual Meaning of Seeing a Black Cat

The spiritual meaning of seeing a black cat varies from culture to culture. Cats have been living with humans for centuries. It’s not known why black cats have a link with magic and witches.

History suggests cats were special crew members on ships because they bring good luck and companionship for the lonely crew.

Many ships reached their destination with a black cat on board.

 

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It made me think – on top of the unexpected news I received today and has been chewing my brain since:

Both my dad and grandad lived a large part of their lives at sea. “Many ships reached their destination with a black cat on board” reminds me of them and they are telling me that there is a possibility of luck. Luck is in the room. Chin up, and give it your best shot. – As if they read my thoughts.

Dad Not At Sea | Channelling my dad. The picture taken on his wedding day, my mother wearing a black dress. The eyes in the background.

 

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2020 | Black Cats Ahead

 

The index sheet of a calendar for 2020. 12 black cats for 12 months.  – Are you superstitious?- It started with the infinitely sad departure of my childhood tv hero Aart Staartjes. He crashed his scoot mobile at the age of 81. Calendar available on Amazon

 

My childhood tv hero Aart Staartjes. He crashed his scoot mobile at the age of 81. I saw him in a cafe last year, he was sitting across the table having a jenever. He had a twinkle in his eye, he looked good.

 

The painting was done in a tv show competition between 3 portrait painters. This is the winner, the image Aart thought reflected him best. He loved it.

Kim van den Enden is the artist. He sat live before her.

Watch the show Sterren op het doek (Stars on canvas) here.

 

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Archie | Making Everything OK

From the Royal Family Album. Who could resist Archie?

January 15 2020 | On the news today: Prince Harry and Megan Markle can have their escape to Canada, the Queen is happy to let them go. All well. (Surely the Windsors have their online Moses?)

After Ed Ruscha

I wrote about Everyone is looking for Moses, and his online desk Ask Moses.

 

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Stylish Painting

SUKEN | Work from the portfolio of conceptual stylist Susanne Kennedy. I l o v e the way she paints an atmosphere with objects, light and color, composing enticing stories. Photography by Sigurd Kranendonk, Koen Hauser and Floor Knapen. For Design On Stock. 

Work from the portfolio of conceptual stylist Susanne Kennedy.

I  love the way she paints an atmosphere with objects, light and color, composing enticing stories putting the characters in place.

Inspiring

Stylish Painting | Putting the characters in place | Photoshop painting after a work of Kennedy | wilson tichelaar

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Give Your Opinion

Give us your opinion. Screenshot, just now. An ordinary tab at the right bottom of a random webpage  to click on and vent your mind, while you’re here. Open to everybody. All media allowed – That is quite a brief.

 

It’s the little things that cause a lot of noise.

 

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Focussing On A Corner In My Home

PAGES | Focus, A rather elaborate Ed Ruscha inspired image. Also, a corner in my home.

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Looking Over Our Shoulders, Zooming In

Message from the archive | 101220 |
Looking over our shoulders, zooming in.

Picture taken on film in the USA 1993. I made a contactsheet recently in a rented darkroom, when I was trying to get some photography work done. The negatives are from a trip to a village close to New York City and I was into notice boards and took pictures of church windows.

Was it the film I watched tonight, that made this catch my eye down in the archive? Manchester by the sea, an American family drama. Beautiful. Painful.

 

or today’s news about the Americans casting their glance towards the Middle East?

 

[I love the cars in the background. So dated, and I took this picture.]

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Bracelet Flavour

A page for a bracelet on the webshop for BeadRoute I did. A moodboard witnessing the trend in 2015. -> The fashion designer Virgil Abloh seems to have concentrated on the right bottom corner. Think Off-White.-> The right bottom area in drawings is a suspicious corner, according to the art therapist in  the Korean film Parasite. It tells you something, she says.

This is a moodboard I did for the webshop of BeadRoute. BeadRoute was a project I tried to pull off together with a friend who sources beads and fabrics in Mali. The elements of bracelet are made in Africa, of recycled flipflops, and put together in Amsterdam. Part of the profit would go to the African community, help them with the school.

This is about the bracelet CoffeeCake.

-> I didn’t want the traditional image of Africa and people in need. But an image of a modern life, fashion and media. Why you want one.

A very personal take on a bracelet, maybe not the best when supposed to please a large group of buyers.

 

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Train Of Thought

A train of thought was sparked by an image illustrating an organisation that cares for the ocean, I stumbled upon it somewhere online.

The first image I stumbled upon. A logo for a company caring for oceanic life. It’s a shame I don’t have, can’t find, the whole image. Looks like a heart shape, but this is it.

It started a train of thought, in my visual oriented mind.

The image of the girl swimming I snapped watching the beginning of a James Bond movie.  In TechniColor. It made me think of an image by Matisse, Icarus, from his groundbreaking book Jazz.

The bottom image is taken in Brittany, in a private church on the grounds of a medieval castle on a steep cliff overlooking the North Sea, beaten by the wind. I looked up and spotted the hole in the starry sky.

I like, the blue and gold making it magical…

(I wrote a post about the door in the scenery, A hole in the sky.)

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