Category Archives: Art

Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil
Image from the show Wintuk

A dream come true.

The “Circus of the Sun“, in all its various shows, consistently merges colorful, artistic vision with wondrous music into an unequaled performance of sheer beauty. Each tells a simple story, but with such imaginative power that it leaves you amazed with wonder and yearning for long forgotten childhood fantasies.
Here’s a small video of this vision, with some scenes from various shows.

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The Timelessness of Space

Outlaw Star Ending

"Stars, Moons & the City"
by Hicaru Tanaka, 1998

Do you know this feeling?

There is something about space, the vastness of the universe and time so long it boggles your mind. Something that makes you forget the here and now, that makes you get lost in a reverie of distant stars and an unknown future. There are some memories I have of this sense of timelessness, not many, just a few, but they are very precious to me.

One is a Belgian comic series called Yoko Tsuno that I read, no, absorbed in a library when I was a kid. It’s about a female electrical engineer of Japanese origin that takes place in familiar but highly technological settings on Earth in the future and even some 2,500,000 light years away in outer space.

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Hands

Aren’t they amazing, our hands?

They can play instruments, draw, sculpt, build, caress and even communicate via sign language. Some of what you can do with hands is so simple and yet so universal at the same time, it’s just beautiful.

Some creative minds came up with really amazing examples of using hands in different, unique ways that you may find inspiring and probably surprising.

 

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So Close and Yet So Far Away

ZoomQuilt

A scene from ZoomQuilt.

Getting closer, are you? But are you really?

Like in dreams, you can keep going forward and never quite reach a destination, because there is always more ahead, something new that you haven’t seen before.

These are some examples of zooming in and out, larger than life in a way.

The first is called ZoomQuilt, a collaborative art project which lets you zoom through a bizarre dream world that constantly shifts seamlessly to something different.

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Dreamfall ~ The Longest Journey

Dreamfall

Zoë Castillo (front)
April Ryan and Kian Alvane (back)

The future holds secrets only the past can reveal

Dreamfall is a truly magical adventure set in two mysterious worlds.

These two worlds exist in parallel ~ one is Stark, our world, one of logic and science. The other is Arcadia, a world of magic and chaos. It is in Stark that Zoë Castillo, the protagonist, finds herself in a coma. She is aware of her situation, can think but does not know if anyone can hear what she’s saying. Yet she tries…

And she remembers, not for herself but for us, remembers what has happened to her and in those worlds, and she tells her story.
An important story.

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Nick Cave ~ Where the Wild Roses Grow

Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue as Elisa Day

A gorgeous video to a bittersweet balad that’s hard to forget.

Where the Wild Roses Grow is sung by Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue. The song is so beautiful, mysterious and moving.. It goes under your skin.

I haven’t listened to it very often, but for some reason it never leaves my head, mainly due to the delicate imagery and softly whispered vocals.
 
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Sand Fantasy ~ Just imagine…

Sand Fantasy

Just imagine …

Ilana Yahav is a sand animation artist. Using only her fingers, Ilana draws with sand on a glass table. Synchronized to absolutely lovely, soothing music, she weaves an ever changing carpet of dreamlike qualities that is a real joy to experience.

It’s a bit like watching clouds float by on a sunny afternoon in a reverie. Here’s an example of her work…
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Bob Ross ~ The Joy of Painting

Bob Ross

Bob Ross


Bob Ross was the host of a television show called “The Joy of Painting” in which he instructed viewers in the art of oil painting. During the course of a show, which was half an hour, he would paint an entire landscape full of “happy little trees” and “pretty little mountains”.

He had a very optimistic attitude towards life which shows throughout each episode. His voice is so soothing that listening to it is like having a bubble bath before going to bed and dozing off, giving you that hypnotizing, warm tingly sensation inside.

Here’s a small clip that shows him painting. Relax, watch and listen…
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