February 28, 2017

The Beauty & Splendor of Treti Pivni's Traditional Ukranian Floral Crowns

Tretni Pivni, translated "Third Rooster," is a group of stylists & photographers 
who celebrates Ukranian culture by recreating traditional floral crowns. 
The goal is to honor their homeland and to embrace a message of peace.

These vintage photos show the ethnic headpieces of long ago,
followed by more of Tretni Pivni's glorious renditions.  

Brightly colored flowers, feathers and stalks of wheat are 
combined to construct these gorgeous headdresses.
Notice the bold costumes, decorative ribbons, and
layers upon layers of beaded necklaces!

Here's a link to the Treti Pivni
Facebook page where you can see more!

February 22, 2017

Magrikie's Joyful Illustrations & Scripture Art

Magrikie's art really caught my eye.
Her cheery illustrations and patterns are terrific! 
An Afrikaans, South African, Magrikie has a lighthearted interpretation
of fish, flowers, feathers, fruit and flamingos!
I love her use of watercolors and her lovely Scripture art!
Enjoy every minute of Magrikie!

Find Magrikie here:

Images used with direct permission from Magrikie Berg.

February 19, 2017

Presidents Day: Philadelphia's Washington Monument

In Philly, The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a recognizable building. 
Some know it as the place where Rocky Balboa famously ran up the steps. 
Many of us use it as a landmark to get our bearings around the city. 

Some may recall that directly in front of the Art Museum is a huge fountain;
what most don’t know is that the name of that fountain is the Washington Monument.
“She must be mistaken,” you’re thinking, “That’s the obelisk in Washington, D.C.”
You’d be correct, but in fact, Philadelphia, along with D.C., 
can boast of its own monument to honor our nation’s first president.

Designed by Rudolf Siemering, the majestic fountain was dedicated in 1897. 
The bronze and granite sculpture features General Washington astride his horse. 
An impression of Washington’s face was made and used to replicate his likeness.

The 44' high, 3-tiered monument depicts the man, his times, & his country.
The middle section represents Washington's place in US history:
the period leading up to the Revolutionary War, the victory, and the aftermath.
Two females allegorically represent America.
One is the rallying cry of battle, and the other, 
Liberty as she crushes the chains of oppression from Britain.

Additional sculpted plaques and emblems also depict the time period.

The base of the monument represents Washington's country.
There are four fountains, including statues of Native Americans, representing 
great rivers of the colonial US: the Delaware, Hudson, Potomac, and Mississippi.
(I was disappointed that the fountains were not filled and working at the time.)

Impressive, detailed sculptures of animals native to the US 
are on the sides of each fountain: buffalo, elk, moose, a bear and a bull.

I encourage you to stop by the Washington Monument and see it for yourself.
As is often the case, photos don't do it justice.
A great monument to a great man and US president,
located in the City of Brotherly Love.

February 17, 2017

The Dream Image Collages of Kanchan Mahon

Kanchan Mahon creates intriguing collages of women with a 
dreamy quality that flaunts romance and femininity.
She often adds symbolic natural elements:
butterflies show a longing for change,
birds represent a dream of flight,
and blooms express the flowering of self.
My favorites are those with a soft, neoclassical aura,
like the ones I've selected to share with you here.

Above: Celestial


Wear You Rue with a Difference




In the Garden of Creation


Stone Angel



Here's Kanchan's website.

Images used with direct permission from Kanchan Mahon.