Love- 2

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love free your happy art


Explore Love for 1 Month

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Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.

Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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This Month theme is too fast, too complex, too rich, confusing, wonderful and splendid to cover in 1 Month.

But still we’re going to do it. Why? Because it’s the most important aspect of being alive. I mean what is left for us without love?

Love comes in many shapes and forms. The romantic love. Well… if you were ever unable to eat and looked out of the window for an hour without noticing it and felt you were going to explode when thinking about that very special person, you know what I mean. There is the love you feel for your children, for your loved ones, your friends. Unexpected love when you look into someones eyes and you see an entire world reflected in there.

The conditional love. Unconditional love. Love you hoped for but never got. Love that suddenly electrifies your mind.

Love for being alive, for things that transcend the average. Art, books, movies, a tree. Well.. don’t get me started.

So Love is our theme. And since love in itself is just a word, the meaning comes from you.

That’s why we explore love. I honestly don’t know what will happen this Month. This Month is going to be an experiment.  We’re going to keep track of it in our Own Personal Book of Love.
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Keep coming back, I will fill these pages with new insights. Let it be a Gesammt Kunstwerk, a Communal Work of Art Send me your ideas, insights, wonderful quotes and I will add them in this chapter.
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I wish you a beautiful Month filled with Creative Magic and lots of love in all forms and shapes.

Esther X

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Your assignment this Month

Watch, Observe, Reflect on, Draw, Paint Love.
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  • Go through this entire chapter and be inspired. [dt_gap height=”30″ /]
  • The core of the assignment is: explore love, using your Idea Journal as the carrier of your ideas.
    Record your insights by drawing, painting, be open to meaningful coincidences.
    Be like a researcher. Wake up and think: what will love teach me today? Make little drawings with closed eyes, and ask your hand to draw something that significants love.
    – Keep your mind Wide Open. The More Open you are the bigger your insights will be.
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  • Ask yourself questions like:
    – What would my life be without love?
    – Who do I love unconditionally?
    – What have I learned about love as a child?
    – Why do I not love …?
    – What love for …. has changed  me?
    – How would I feel if I could love everybody (enemies included)?
    – How does my body react when I repeat love … love … love … ?
    – Do I fully trust I deserve love?
    – When no one says “I love you” to me, am I still loved?
    – If love has form, what would it look like?
    – If love had taste, what would it taste like?
    – If love had sound, what would it sound like?
    – If love would had substance, what would it weigh?
    – What is the opposite of love?
    – What would my life look like if I loved non/all?
    – What are the objects I truly love, or that inspire me to love?Use different mediums in your Love Idea Journal
    – Magazines, pencils, found objects (go to a place with many people look for things that say ‘Love’ to you), keep you eyes open for little found notes.
    Use wash tape, fun glitter, stamps to inspire love in yourself, keep going until you can feel the love!
  • Get inspired.
    – Browse, listen, watch, get inspired, look around you. Get into the mood of love.[dt_gap height=”30″ /]
  • There is no right or wrong. This is very important. This is Your exploration
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  • TIME: Decide on a routine. You can change the routine whenever you like.
    Try to set up a daily or weekly routine. Set an appointment with yourself in your schedule.
    Like: Saturday 9 – 12 Art Morning. Tell your familie to give you some space.
    – All assignment are created for you to decide how much time you like to spend here.
    – Maybe that’s 60 seconds or 3 hours. Any amount of time given to your art is valuable.
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What Material Do You Need?

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+ A sketchbook (don’t make it too big it’s nice when your book gets a more intimate feel) Give it a name on the cover. Use it only for your Lovexploration
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+ Magazines, glue, paint, pencils, found objects (go to a place with many people look for things that say ‘Love’ to you), keep you eyes open for little found notes.
+ Use wash tape, fun glitter, stamps to inspire love in yourself, keep going until you can feel the love!
+ Basically everything that allows and encourages you to explore the meaning of love. Don’t feel the love? Don’t use it

password: uramazing

Explore love in words and sounds.

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Love is Life [dt_gap height=”20″ /]

Love in Literature
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Sally Mann, Night blooming Cereus, 1988

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When your mind becomes motionless
and the brilliant eyes of the peaceful mind
take a straight look down into the depth of your heart
you will see the life-force pulsating and thriving
in the warmth of pure love.

As you experience this pure love
what we all call “heart”
beams of light will begin to radiate from the center of it
for heaven is there in eternity.

If you can release this radiance of love
and allow it to flow through you,
your heart will become light.
The spirit will get liberated into the air
and then, from a place of inner stillness
you will know what it would be like
to be an eagle and soar in the evening skies.

And most of all,
you would understand
what it would be like
to be perfectly sane.

– Bhante Wimala



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Love and Friendship

Love is like the wild rose-briar,
Friendship like the holly-tree—
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms
But which will bloom most constantly?
The wild rose-briar is sweet in spring,
Its summer blossoms scent the air;
Yet wait till winter comes again
And who will call the wild-briar fair?
Then scorn the silly rose-wreath now
And deck thee with the holly’s sheen,
That when December blights thy brow
He still may leave thy garland green.

― Emily Bronte

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Dear One Absent This Long While

It has been so wet stones glaze in moss;
everything blooms coldly.


I expect you. I thought one night it was you
at the base of the drive, you at the foot of the stairs,


you in a shiver of light, but each time
leaves in wind revealed themselves,


the retreating shadow of a fox, daybreak.
We expect you, cat and I, bluebirds and I, the stove.


In May we dreamed of wreaths burning on bonfires
over which young men and women leapt.


June efforts quietly.
I’ve planted vegetables along each garden wall


so even if spring continues to disappoint
we can say at least the lettuce loved the rain.


I have new gloves and a new hoe.
I practice eulogies. He was a hawk


with white feathered legs. She had the quiet ribs
of a salamander crossing the old pony post road.


Yours is the name the leaves chatter

at the edge of the unrabbited woods.

– Lisa Olstein

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Just as fog is dispelled by the strength of the sun
and is dispelled no other way,
preconception is cleared by the strength of realization.
There’s no other way of clearing preconceptions.
Experience them as baseless dreams.
Experience them as ephemeral bubbles.
Experience them as insubstantial rainbows.
Experience them as indivisible space.

– Milarepa

Fre your happy art - love- music playlist

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Listen to the Spotify Music Playlist

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+  Are you on Spotify already? Simply click the image above
+  Not yet on Spotify?
Click here to learn how to set up your account.
You can can use Spotify for free (just close your ears during the commercials) or get a paid account.

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Klimt-the-kiss- free your happy art
Gustav Klimt, the Kiss, 1907, 180 x 180

[dt_gap height=”20″ /]Before creating this piece, Klimt had received scathing scorn in the first decade of the 20th century for his three-part University of Vienna Ceiling Paintings. Because of the nudity in these works, his interpretation of this work were seen as as “pornography” and “perverted excess,”. Klimt painted this work in a time of creative panic.
In 1907, perhaps reeling from the poor reception of the Vienna Ceiling Paintings, Klimt was sketching furiously, but he doubted his work. He wrote in a letter, “Either I am too old, or too nervous, or too stupid—there must be something wrong.” But before long, he would begin this painting that would be his most popular. [dt_gap height=”40″ /]

harmen ter Borch free your happy art
Harmen ter Borch,List of Color Symbols, paper, watercolor, deck paint, 302X2020 mm c. 1659 Rijksmuseum,

[dt_gap height=”20″ /] This page is part of Gesina ter Borch’s 17th century poetry album. I share it here, because… wel isn’t is gorgeous and it’s a Idea Journal avant la letter. I will undoubtedly share more from this lovely book. It’s not hard to imagine Gesina with her precious book. [dt_gap height=”40″ /]

pieter de hooch free your happy art
Pieter de Hooch, A Mother’s Duty, C. 1658 – 1660, oil on canvas, 52,5X 61 cm

[dt_gap height=”20″ /]A mother thoroughly inspects her child’s head for lice. She pursues her task in a sober Dutch interior, with Delft blue tiles and a box bed. In the right foreground is a ‘kakstoel’, or potty chair. Through the doorway is a glimpse of a sunny back room and a garden. De Hooch specialized in such ‘through-views’. Pieter de Hooch was well know for his ‘see through scenes’ where you can see through open windows and doors what’s happening outside (or inside). [dt_gap height=”40″ /]

sacrificing love free your happy art
Golden Ring, Offering Love,  France, c. 1785 – c. 1800,  gold, metal, mother of pearl, d 2.0 cm × d 2.5 cm × l 3.3 cm,  Rijksmuseum

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Golden ring with a woman who offers on the altar of love with the French text: “l’amitié vous la donne”.

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breughel  free your happy art
Pieter Breughel (printmaker Philips Galle), Love, 1559 – 1560,  engraving on paper, 223 mm × w 291 mm, Rijksmusuem

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This is the female personification of Love, or Charity (Charitas) who stands in the middle of a square within several scenes that illustrate the 7 works of Charity like: Feeding the hungry, burry the dead, visit prisoners. Breughel clearly appeals to our compassion. When you really ‘walk a mile in someones foot reps you will be prepared to experience real compassion (instead of feeling sorry)

In latin it states:
“Hope you have to endure what others endure, project yourself in the situation of those in need and to share his difficult faith because this causes you to offer your help”.
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logic_and_love_in_art free your happy art
Toril Johannessen, Words and Years,  2009,  Mixed Media on paper

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“Words and Years”is a series of graphs made by Toril Johannessen based on a research in different kinds of magazines and journals. What he is trying to do is to point out the frequency of the use of certain words according to the selected subject. Here it is how the words love and logic are pointed out when it comes to art.

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joodse bruidje free your happy art
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Portrait of a Couple as Isaac and Rebecca, known as ‘The Jewish Bride’, , c. 1665 – c. 1669, oil on canvas, 121,5 x 166,5 cm
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Two contemporaries had themselves portrayed by Rembrandt in historicizing costumes as characters from the Bible. The couple’s tender embrace is at the centre of this poignant painting: the man’s loving gesture is returned with a gentle caress.
This is the painting that made it very clear to me I was not the average Art Historian. When as a young city girl with a head full of books and knowledge, I stood in fort for the Jewish bride. all knowledge and scientific distance seems to fade. There was just them and me. They were together, I was alone. Still, they were kind enough to let me enter close enough to feel the love, skill and intensity that vibrates from the painting. You can feel the hand of the master.

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Listen to the Soul Whisper
– Find a quiet space
– Get your idea journal and pencil
– You need around 15 to 25 minutes for this exercise.
– Click on the flower to start listening

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focus flower FYHA