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When does spring come?


sdrWe’re officially still in the winter season, but you may also begin to notice more birdsong. Millions of migrant birds ūüôā leave to go back to Scandinavian or Eastern European countries, while others arrive.¬†When does spring come? Today, I have noticed few snowdrops and iris¬† Eye-Catcher. ¬†cofA very well-deserved name for this attractive Dwarf Iris, pristine white flowers, strikingly adorned with rich blue markings and brilliant yellow crest onto each fall. We¬†know the wildest iris are blue or purple but there are 325 species of the¬†iris flower.linnaeus_found_wideHowever, the genus was only created in 1753 by the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus. During the 16th and 17th centuries, a much smaller number of plants bore the name of Iris.¬†The oldest story about the iris is from 1479 B.C. when an Egyptian king, Thutmose lll, returned home after conquering Syria. To commemorate his conquests he had pictures of irises and other flowers from his conquered lands drawn on the walls of a temple.¬†_Files_News_


In prehistoric India and Egypt, the iris symbolized life.¬†Iris was considered to be symbols of thunder – one of Horus’ destructive powers. As it was believed that the Egyptians, later these flowers were considered to manifest protection of life employed the weapon of thunder.¬†The Egyptians were of the belief that the three petals of these flowers represented wisdom, faith and valour. As the iris was considered to be a symbol of authority, people used the flower to adorn the pharaohs’ funeral temples. The ancient Egyptians were of the view that doing so will help to conserve the powers of their pharaohs in their next life.¬†The Egyptians, as well as the Babylonians, were making their own version of a toothbrush by fraying the ends of twigs. These ‚Äútoothsticks‚ÄĚ were discovered in tombs beside the mummified remains of their owners dating back to 3500 BC. What‚Äôs even more astonishing is that 1,500 years prior to this, Egyptians were using a paste to clean their teeth.7In the National Library in Vienna, Austria lies a collection of papyrus documents containing the world‚Äôs oldest-known recipe for toothpaste. The formula, which consists of the dried iris flower, salt, pepper, and mint, are described as being ahead of its time given that iris is an effective agent against gum disease. Surprisingly, researchers have only recently discovered iris‚Äôs beneficial properties validating the innovative brilliance of the ancient Egyptians.Venus_supported_by_Iris,_complaining_to_Mars_1820Iris in the Greek word means rainbow from which the name of the goddess-messenger Iris was derived. Goddess Iris married Zephyrus, who represented the west wind and travelled on the arc of the rainbow bringing the ancient god‚Äôs messages as well as commands to mankind. What a beautiful story. The goddess Iris as a link between heaven and earth. She used the rainbow to make her journey. Iris was specially loved by Hera, whom ancient Romans called Juno. Even to this day, the Greeks follow the custom of planting iris on the graves of their woman with the belief that the Goddess Iris would come and guide the souls of this deceased woman to their final place of resting.

In the mural of Akrotiri (Xeste 3, ground-floor, on Thera, 17th century BC) Euridice, the wife of Orpheus, was shown fleeing from Aristaios’ aggression across a meadow. Bitten by a venomous snake, she has an iris flower at her collar as a symbol of her approaching death. 


In ancient Greece and Rome, Orris Root was largely used in perfumery, and Macedonia, Elis and Corinth were famous for their unguents of Iris. Theophrastus and Dioscorides were well acquainted with Orris Root; Dioscorides and Pliny remark that the best comes from Illyricum (now modern Dalmatia). Probably I. Germanica is the Illyrian Iris of the ancients, as it is plentiful there and I. Florentina and I. pallida do not occur. The latter was probably introduced into Northern Italy in the early Middle Ages.orris_root

The ancient arms of Florence ‚Äď a white Lily or Iris on a red shield ‚Äď seem to indicate that the city was famed for the growth of these plants.¬† A writer of the thirteenth century, Petrus de Crescentiro of Bologna, mentions the cultivation of the White, as well as of the Purple Iris, and states at what season the root should be collected for medicinal use. During the Roman Empire, some iris species have derived their names from the territories that were crossed by the army of Alexander the Great during its eastward march up to India way back in the fourth century B.C. Some such iris species include Iris Kashmiriana and Iris Mesopotamia.¬†There are a number of iris species, which were collected during the same period, and their names represent the ancient colonies Greeks set up on Turkish shores – such as Iris Cypriana, Iris Trojana and Iris Junonia.By contrast, in ancient Japan, the blue Japanese iris called Iris Ensata was a symbol of bravery.

On the other hand, the Christians there is a legend that says that once there was a knight who was so forgetful that he never remembered more than just two words “Ave Maria” from the Latin prayer in the honour of the Virgin Mary or the Holy Mother. The knight was very pious, but every night and day, he completed his prayers only with these two words¬† Ave Maria. Several years later, the knight became very old and died. He was buried in a convent’s chapel yard.¬†Below on slides:¬†Conservator‚Äôs examination of The Madonna with the Iris (¬†Workshop of Albrecht D√ľrer, (The Virgin and Child ), about 1500‚Äď10)¬†was able to clarify, to some degree, the complex genesis of this work. Careful study of the infrared reflectogram revealed many changes made at different stages in the working process and suggested that more than one hand might have been involved in the painting‚Äôs execution. Analysis of paint cross-sections showed that some finishing touches were added after varnish had been applied to the otherwise completed painting.


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Soon an iris (or fleur-de-lis) plant came up on his grave proving that Virgin Mary had accepted his brief, but truthful supplications. The iris also turned into heraldic symbols – insignia of a government and widely used in flags, tapestries, armours and shields. In the early days, these types of symbols, such as the iris, fish, beasts and birds, were just useful in identifying friends and foes, especially during the medieval period when the knights generally encased themselves in armours.

Iris was mentioned for the first time in French at the year A.D. 496 when Clovis l was fighting an important battle and found himself trapped on one side by the opposing army and the other side by a broad river. Clovis’s queen was a devout Christian and had been begging him for years, without success, to convert to Christianity. When Clovis found himself trapped, he prayed to the Christian god and promised if he got out of this predicament that he would convert and urge his followers to do the same. As he finished the prayer, according to the legend, Clovis looked out across the river and saw a yellow flag iris growing midway across. He realized that the river must be shallow if the iris could grow there. He took it as a sign from God and marched his army across the shallow river to victory. Keeping his promise, Clovis l and 3,000 of his followers converted to Christianity on Christmas Day of that year.

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In medieval panel painting and tapestry, the iris plant was used as an amulet protecting against the cunning and power of the devil. St Brigitta of Sweden (1307‚Äď1373) mentioned the sharp edges and tips of the iris leaves as symbolizing the pain of the Virgin Mary.¬†Throughout the ages, iris has been also used as medicine and in cosmetics. The Romans, Egyptians, and Moors all grew it for its medicinal value and used it to treat such varied ailments as ague, epilepsy, chill and fever, headaches, loose teeth, and the bite of an adder. The iris root was so esteemed for its medicinal properties that the plant was grown in herb gardens throughout the Middle Ages. The roots, mixed with honey or wine, were supposed to be good for colds and coughs and torments of the belly.¬†It was also considered good for the bite of a venomous beast and for sunburn.¬†The juice of the fresh roots of this Iris, bruised with wine, has been employed as a strong purge of great efficiency in dropsy, old physic writers stating that if the dropsy can be cured by the hand of man, this root will effect it. The juice is also sometimes used as a cosmetic and for the removal of freckles from the skin.¬†Not everyone could successfully harvest the iris root, however; Pliny suggested that only those in a state of chastity could gather the roots.cantillon-iris-grand-cru-fiIn Germany, the iris was suspended in a barrel of beer to keep it from getting stale.The French used it to enhance the bouquet of wines.


In Russia, iris root was used to flavour a soft drink made from honey and ginger. The ancient Greeks used iris in the manufacturing of perfume. It was used as a fixative because it strengthened other odours.¬†In Elizabethan England, The roots of Irises, known as Orris root¬†(Rhizoma iridis)¬†were put into the laundry to sweetly scent the clothes and they are often used in perfumery for their violet-like scent.¬†Today the single greatest use of iris (other than for its beauty in the garden) is in the manufacturing of cosmetics. In Mexico, I. florentina is grown extensively for this purpose and many tons of the root are shipped to France annually.¬†irisesMany species if iris produce a wonderful dye. Blossoms of the yellow flag iris (I. pseudacorus) make a good yellow dye, and the roots of this species make a good brown and black dye. The petals of purple iris, mixed with alum, make a beautiful blue-violet dye. To obtain the most potent colour for dyes, the flowers should be gathered during a dry spell.¬†As a result of a wonderful legal loophole, irises can occasionally be found¬†growing on roofs in Japan.roffff¬†This dates back to a time in Japan when the people were not allowed to grow any flower in their gardens that was not approved by the emperor.¬†Irises were not on the approval list, so instead of growing them in their gardens, Japanese gardeners grew them on the roofs.¬†Iris is not only religions and heraldic symbols, Iris flowers inspired many artists:¬†Albrecht D√ľrer, Sandro Botticelli,¬†Conrad Kiesel,¬†Roy de Maistre.

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The iris echoed in the work of Shakespeare, In Henry VI Part 2, the allusion to Iris is as both messenger and as a bringer of bad tidings. When Queen Margaret takes leave of Suffolk she says:

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†“To France, sweet Suffolk: let me hear from thee;¬†

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† For wheresoe’er thou art in this world’s globe,¬†

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†I’ll have an¬†Iris¬†that shall find thee out.”¬†

The one of the most famous irises are Irises painted by Van Gogh.¬†Van Gogh painted a number of well-known images of irises, although this appears to have been for their pictorial beauty rather than for any symbolic association. I would like to ask you have you heard of Groot-Zundert, Holland? ¬†That‚Äôs the place where artist Vincent van Gogh was born on 30th March 1853. ¬†He had a brother with the same name Vincent had an older brother who died at birth. His name was also Vincent van Gogh and He was supposed to be a pastor. Van Gogh was supposed to assume his father‚Äôs role and become a pastor.¬†I am thinking that the world has been robbed of his art if he had stuck with this career path.vincentHe was 27 years old when he painted his first piece. He was mostly self-taught and he started out¬†by painting dark and sad depictions of peasants. On the 8 May 1889, he committed himself to the asylum at Saint Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Remy in France.¬† During his stay, inspired by the nature surrounding, he painted some 130 paintings with the surrounding gardens and clinic becoming his main subjects for painting. Among these were the famous Irises.¬†Like many artists of his time, Van Gogh was influenced by the Japanese works.3The use of black contours in Irises is a typical element of Japanese woodblock prints. It helped to reinforce the expressive power of the painting.¬†The technique of Japanese artist Hokusai was executed by Van Gogh with precision.blogThe use of vibrant blue and violet bring the petals to life. This also created an illusion of movement and depth to the flowers. Van Gogh placed the irises unevenly on the page, making the flowers the focal point. The painting is also closely cropped to draw in the eye, while deep crimson soil shows the variety of colours he wanted to work with. These are all techniques taken from Hokusai.¬†3-1Van Gogh added to his work a batch of orange marigolds carefully in the background. The position of a single white iris begs many questions from the viewer that are still open to interpretation.Although painted during a time of suffering for Van Gogh, he was able to channel that energy into turning bright colours, deep contour and flat paint into works of art.Today these modest flowers on his canvas are¬†on the list of the most expensive paintings ever sold, Van Gogh Irises painting was sold for 54 million dollars in 1987.¬†I know we never should be asking about money but it is interesting to ask how Van Gogh may have felt about money and wealth at this moment in his life, never having gained financial success for his work. Van Gogh sold just one yes just one of his paintings during his lifetime and gained little of the critical acclaim his work now enjoys. He dreamed of creating an artist‚Äôs colony – a community of working artists – but despite several invitations to post-impressionist painters, he only ever played host to one. Instead, Van Gogh found himself living in a very different kind of community, amidst the mentally ill inhabitants of the asylum.¬†Van Gogh committed suicide in 1890 and died in relative poverty, never enjoying the wealth and riches his paintings would later generate. Sad.vincent-tttToday many people are inspired by his Irises. I’m also inspired by Van Gogh Irises. ¬†I loving Vincent…..story depicted in oil painted animation. I’m inspired by his paintings melancholy as well as by his joy.¬† I’m inspired by wealth history of the iris and their purple colour; now perhaps you are asking me why? I¬†ask myself¬†too! Here’s¬†the answer: quite¬†simply,¬†because¬†I ask myself when does spring come¬†and…mde¬†and ……… I am painting the answer.28058960_1601392959952030_8614681455307010221_n

Hush, Can you hear it?

The rustling in the grass,

Bringing you the welcome news

Winter’s day is past

Look to nature

Look for early spring signs’

Look for Irises




Christmas just isn’t Christmas without Christmas Wishes. :)


It’s the most wonderful time of the year.¬†For a couple of weeks every year the world takes on¬†on magic glow,¬†people seem merrier and even winter somehow feels cosy.


Whether you’re celebrating a religious festival, like Hanukkah or Christmas, or a more secular occasion, you’re sure to have your own selection of rituals or customs that make the holiday season so special.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018


Myth, Symbol, Creation


Life is an illusion the World War I double agent Mata¬† Hari confessed in 1917, as her eyes met a French firing squad. You know what they say about confessions on the way out; it’s the truth whether you believe or not. She lives in illusion. First, she seduced French officers into divulging, military secrets that she passed along to the Germans. Then she cajoled the Germans into giving her information coveted by the French. But the trouble with illusion, as the femme fatale discovered to her regret, is that you can’t keep it up forever.¬† ¬†¬†mata-hari-cover_u5f832Mata Hari myth is dominated by the espionage. Over the years many historians have come to her defence. She was sacrificed – some say – because the French needed to find a spy to explain their succession of reverses in the war. She was a creation from beginning to end, a character in a play that she continuously rescripted. Her compulsion to spin tall tales about her background helped to make her an icon: a unique embodiment of sex, glamour, intrigue and danger. But it also led to her death in October 1917, at the age of 41.mata_hari_3Mata Hari was an immediate sensation, not least because her daringly sensual dancing involved throwing off the veils she was wearing, one by one until she was naked but for a jewelled head-dress and breast-plate. If this taboo-busting display wasn‚Äôt enticing enough by itself, she insisted that she was demonstrating authentic Javanese temple-dancing, so audiences could tell themselves that they weren‚Äôt paying to see a striptease, but an educational glimpse of a religious ritual from ‚Äėthe mysterious East‚Äô. Nothing about Mata Hari was simple and clear, not then, not now. Rising from the ambiguity are a thousand legends and interpretations.¬† Mata Hari -Margaretha Zelle MacLeod, a middle-class Dutch divorc√©e from Leeuwarden, died, but Mata Hari, femme fatale and exotic dancer, has become eternal.¬†100 Years Since Her Execution, Was Mata Hari a Sexy Spy ora Sexy Scapegoat?

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This statue of Mata Hari stands in Leeuwarden today ‚Äď she‚Äôs become a symbol of female empowerment and agency for many.¬†

George_Luks-Armistice_NightFor the Poland is Independence Day.  11 of November at the end of the tragedy of World War I,  it was a time the restoration of a sovereign Polish state after 123 years of partitions by Russia, Prussia and Austria. 11 of November 1918, 99 years ago, the Polish state was reborn and regained its independence with Marshal Jozef Pilsudski as head of state.


He had great charisma and great authority.¬†The most famous is his saying:¬†“The nation is just gorgeous people fucking.”¬†The Polish Independence Day is interwoven with the celebrations of St. Martin name day on 11th November. In Poland,¬†name days¬†are widely celebrated and have traditionally been given a greater importance than birthday celebrations. Printed in every local calendar, these name days represent the feast days of Catholic saints.¬†At the head of the procession is marching St Martin, whom the mayor of PoznaŇĄ gives the keys to the city.¬†Traditional goody on this day is delicious st. Martin croissante.¬†Such a special holiday calls for a very specific treat to honour St. Martin, and that‚Äôs¬†¬†a crescent-shaped croissant-like pasty filled with a poppy seed and almond paste and topped with a healthy pile of sugary glaze. Legend has it that the tradition of crescent-shaped croissant began at the end of the 19th century when the parish priest of St. Martin‚Äôs urged the richer parishioners to help the poor as winter approached. A baker by the name of J√≥zef Melzer prayed to St. Martin for ideas and turning to the street was inspired as the horse carrying the saint in the parade slipped a shoe ‚Äď hence the crescent shape of the pastries.Rogale_swietomarcinskie2So just who was this Martin character, and why is he worthy of such sweets and fanfare (not to mention sainthood status)? Born in what is now Hungary in the fourth century, Martin was raised in Italy where he became a member of the Imperial Horse Guard in the Roman army. Stationed in France he came across a shivering beggar and decided to cut his cloak in half to share with the man.¬†That evening Martin, aged 18, dreamed of Jesus wearing the half-cloak (in some stories, Martin wakes to find his cloak fully restored) and decided to be baptised.martinstagAfter being discharged from the army he became a disciple of Hilary of Poitiers (Saint Hilary nowadays), a proponent of Trinitarian Christianity that was at odds with the Arianism of the day.¬†St Martin‚Äôs day (and St Martin‚Äôs Eve) customs perhaps unsurprisingly share similarities with those of Hallowe‚Äôen: In Germany, for instance, children going from door to door begging gifts of food, sweets etc in return for songs (Martinsleid)¬†is associated¬†with St Martin‚Äôs day (Martinstag).¬†In Germany ‚Äď as elsewhere in Europe ‚Ästthis custom was¬†also associated with¬†the medieval ‚Äėsouling‚Äė traditions¬†observed variously¬†on¬†All Hallows day (1st November) or All Hallows Eve (31st October) as well as All Souls‚Äô day (2nd November). In ‚Äėsouling‚Äô people would go door to door offering prayers for the dead in return for the gift of ‚Äėsoul cakes‚Äô. This¬†seems to have¬†evolved into the modern Hallowe‚Äôen ‚Äėtrick or treat‚Äô custom but was a feature of other festivals of the ‚Äėwinter quarter‚Äô, such as the Christmastide ‚Äėwassailing‚Äô and ‚Äėguising‚Äô tradition parties of ancient European tradition.¬†Ritual begging was, therefore, an ancient and important cultural custom, and the idea of receiving divine favour in return for bestowing hospitality¬†on¬†the poor¬†and needy was a key element to religious¬†observances of the Christian and pre-Christian eras (for example, the Roman and Greek festivals of Saturnalia and Kronia).

Dog-conducting-geese        martin

Another legend tells how later in life Martin did not want to become a bishop so tried to avoid those looking for him by hiding among some geese. The noise of the geese apparently gave him away and Martin was made the Bishop of Tours. With Christians traditionally beginning a 40-day period of fasting on St. Martin‚Äôs Day ahead of Christmas Eve, the night before (St. Martin’s Eve) saw feasting where the roast goose was a favourite dish as it is at this time of the year when a goose is at its plumpest.jarvis_582c9460498e2b983c8fc5aaSo if you are in Poland,¬†the Czech Republic¬†or Germany¬† keep your eyes out for restaurants offering St. Martin‚Äôs Goose. As bishop Martin continued to live a largely hermetic existence; his work included sowing Christianity among the Druidic heathens and promoting the interests of the Church at the Imperial court in Trier.¬†the-charity-of-st-martin-by-louis_anselme_longa-featured-w740x493One such example includes Martin‚Äôs efforts to save Priscillian, a Christian bishop he opposed, from punishment by a civil tribunal that accused Priscillian of heresy. Despite Martin‚Äôs efforts, Priscillian was the first person in the history of Christianity to be executed for heresy, and the sadly disappointed Martin died in Gaul in 397. He said¬†“Lord, if your people still have need of my services, I will not avoid the toil. Your will be done. I have fought the good fight long enough. Yet if you bid me continue to hold the battle line in defense of your camp, I will never beg to be excused from failing strength. I will do the work you entrust to me. While you command, I will fight beneath your banner.‚Ä̬†(St. Martin of Tours, Bishop and Confessor, Patron Saint of Soldiers)Remembrance day poppiesFreedom is something that money can’t buy, it’s the result of the struggles of many bravehearts. Let us honour them today and always.


Happy Independence Day, Poland!shutterstock_225924757-e1460519578556There are 50 days remaining until the end of the year. Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.



Did all within this circle move !




I decided for few months to concentrate on one thing only. Zero juggling tasks, jumping on projects and fighting with a thousand things at once.


How was it for me? In short: was terrible.


I felt bad about it. For me, it was natural and quite comfortable when I was tired of everything and just to go back to painting, writing, running or dancing. Focus on one thing is boring.  Same topic, from morning to night, day by day, week by week, month by month. In the long run, it destroys motivation more than a new thing every day. If you had prepared the best cook for you in the world, with the best ingredients, but every day the same, then after a month will change to an average meal. You need a change. Poison is often determined not by the substance itself, but by its dose. Even water in too much dosage is harm. img_52091

If you are working on a work that is based on ideas and creativity, then the wide context is for you oxygen without which you will suffocate. A narrow focus on one thing closes you in the bubble. You notice more in the subject you are fully dedicated to, but you do not really see anything else.¬†Now after a few months, I feel like I’m back from another planet.¬†paperartist_2017-10-15_22-56-30


I’m sure you‚Äôre right focusing on one thing is a chance that you will achieve an absolute top in this field, but even greater that you will end up burned out, without motivation and other ideas for yourself.¬†If you play the guitar, but with one leg tapping on the drums, you are not focused on the strings anymore. For me, “multi” starts with two things. Either you do one thing and you sacrifice it, or you do at least two things at once. It’s zero-one and there are only two sides of the barricade.¬†You’re right if I will focus on one single thing and it will not let me go too fast, if at all.¬†I prefer¬†to take my time and live¬†life¬†at a¬†slower¬†pace and healthier¬†life.

Too many things, Yes I am who I am. So, I am starting again. Began at the beginning.





The life we want is not merely the one we have chosen and made.It is the one we must be choosing and making.

Booo to You and Happy Halloween


La Serenissima and serenella


Close your eyes for a¬†moment¬†and let an azure-lidded fantasy flood your mind.¬†hqdefaultIf you could pick one place on Earth where you could return at least for one moment, where would you go….to Rome, Florence, your home or maybe other places?¬†I take myself to Venice.¬†DSC04476Venice is an absolutely amazing place to visit. Even the most sceptical of travellers can‚Äôt help but fall prey to its charms. It‚Äôs a strange one really as it can be bustling with a¬†lot of tourists in some parts of it and then just a few minutes walk away and you‚Äôll find yourself exploring quiet, hidden streets ‚Äď devoid of the throngs of tourists.

Without hesitation, Serenissima with the air perfumed with intoxicating fragrance is always worth it!

DSC04135Today I take¬†a trip down memory lane by sharing my Easter trip to Venice.¬†¬†“Everything that can be said and written about Venice has been said and written.” The author of these words was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1786 no less.¬†Anyway, I am going on here to tell my story. I will write myself into well-being ¬†ūüôāDSC04919Serenissimo‚Äô was a Byzantine title, bestowed upon the Doge and the Signoria at first, then extended to the entire Republic of Venice.


Venice. The Piazza San Marco Looking East Towards the Basilica. Date: c. 1730

‚ÄėMost Serene‚Äô was an honorary appellate and an indicator of sovereignty. But there is another reason why Venice has continued carrying this nickname, which has become legendary, just as the city itself, through the centuries.DSC04373From the outside, Venice looked like a peaceful place, spared from the turmoil affecting so many other cities. The choice to focus on maritime trade brought prosperity, and the establishment of an oligarchic, liberal republic laid the foundation for a solid state, universally accepted by its citizens, who, no matter their class, seemed to get along well, united by the devotion for the territory they lived in. Even when dealing with foreign policy affairs, Venice often tried to avoid conflict and disputes, preferring mediation and peace.


Venice: A Regatta on the Grand Canal  c.1733-4

On these bases, Venice could well be described as ‚Äėserene‚Äô, so much so that it was able to survive for three centuries its political, military and commercial decline, caused by Turkish expansion and the discovery of the Americas. Diplomacy, wealth, justice and prosperity, the main aspects of the history of Venice, have indeed made it ‚ÄėSerenissima. Even when dealing with foreign policy affairs, Venice often tried to avoid conflict and disputes, preferring mediation and peace. On these bases, Venice could well be described as ‚Äėserene‚Äô, so much so that it was able to survive for three centuries its political, military and commercial decline, caused by Turkish expansion and the discovery of the Americas. Diplomacy, wealth, justice and prosperity, the main aspects of the history of Venice, have indeed made it ‚ÄėSerenissima. Venice has been an inspiration ¬†…for… many famous’s writers, artists and musicians …


Return of the Bucintoro to the Molo on Ascension Day, painted 1729‚Äď32

Of all the artists who’ve glorified Venice in the paint, Giovanni Antonio Canal (1697-1768) – better known as Canaletto – probably knew and loved her best. From early on, he was favoured by the English aristocracy, many of whom commissioned works directly from him while they were on the Grand Tour, or bought his paintings, drawings and prints from British agents or Venetian publishers whenever they were unable to travel to the Continent. We know that he was born in Venice in October 1697, that his father was a well-known painter of theatrical scenery, and that his earliest training consisted of designing theatre sets with his father. The latter fact may account, in part, for the strain of theatricality that runs throughout Canaletto’s work and that became quite pronounced in some of his later paintings – although seldom at the expense of the overall accuracy of the views depicted.


Rome The Forum with the Temple of Castor and Pollux – Bernardo Bellotto Canaletto

In 1719 he went to Rome for further study but returned to Venice in 1720 to begin his career as an artist. Success came rather quickly. His views of Venice caught on – not among the local art lovers, who tended to look down on his efforts, but among the high-ranking “tourists,” especially those from England, who wanted them as souvenirs of their visit.


London Somerset House Canaletto

Sales declined, however, shortly after 1740, and so in 1746, he went off to London. He remained there Рexcept for a brief trip to Venice in 1751 Рuntil 1755, painting and selling views of that city and of the country houses of the British aristocracy. His final years were spent in his home city, where he died in 1768, honoured rather belatedly by his colleagues and with no possessions beyond a few paintings, a little cash, and a small piece of property. Close your eyes for the second moment please imagine the sea, ship, sun. DSCF8316Here’s the story: in 2008 a wreck was discovered off the coast of East Africa.http-hypebeast.comimage201704damien-hirst-treasures-from-the-wreck-of-the-unbelievable-1



It was the remains of a sunken ship called the Apistos, means ‚ÄėUntrustworthy‚Äô as well as ‚ÄėUnbelievable‚Äô in ancient Greek, which was laden with treasures from across the ancient world. The ship and its precious cargo belonged to the vastly wealthy Cif Amotan II, a collector who was transporting the artefacts to a specially built temple. Instead, they languished for centuries at the bottom of the ocean, suffering various kinds of sea-change, collecting multiple encrustations of coral, barnacles and shells.¬†Please wake up we are travelling by Serenella boat to visit Palazzo Grassi in Venice, see the Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable‚Äô ¬†ūüôā ¬†We are travelling by Serenella boat to visit Palazzo Grassi in Venice, see the Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable‚Äô ¬†ūüôāDSC04957It is the first major solo exhibition dedicated to Damien Hirst in Italy since the 2004 retrospective at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples (‚ÄúThe Agony and Ecstasy‚ÄĚ) and presented at Palazzo Grassi.DSC04401-1It is the first major solo exhibition dedicated to Damien Hirst in Italy since 2004. The exhibition is displayed across 5,000 square meters of museum space.¬†Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable‚Äô has been almost ten years in the making. I don’t want to mention about cost.damien-hirst-treasures-from-the-wreck-of-the-unbelievable-palazzo-grassi-designboom-1800He turns ancient history on its head¬†and gives a nod to the way¬†fake news and post-truth culture has us second guessing¬†everything.It is made up entirely of rusty knives and spoons, ancient tablets and crumbling, coral-covered statues that were ‚Äúsalvaged‚ÄĚ from the wreckage of a historic fake ship: The Unbelievable.¬†The statues take inspiration from real artefacts in museums and historical sites across the globe.

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While many of the sculptures are made of bronze and marble, aluminium, polyester and fibreglass are all used to recreate damage from the sea.

Some of the¬†‚Äėartifacts‚Äô are accompanied by ‚Äėsalvage‚Äô videos¬†from the archaeologist‚Äôs expedition to the underwater shipwreck, adding another layer of confusion to the fakery. Love it or hate it.¬†DSCF8219-1I find marble painted to look like leather or polished to look like vinyl, jade carved to look like barnacles, malachite carved to look like skin, and everywhere bronze gilded or roughened or recoloured and refashioned.¬†DSCF8186-1The figures ‚ÄĒ mostly human forms, though a whole menagerie of animals real and mythological features too, including a gold unicorn‚Äôs head at the seaward prow of the Dogana building ‚ÄĒ echo every phase of cultures past, from Renaissance to Buddhist, classical to pre-Columbian.DSCF8179-1There is Mercury, there is also Mickey Mouse.

eeeIf the narrative has a presiding deity it would be Medusa, the blood from whose severed head,¬†you will remember, was believed by the ancients to have turned into the¬†coral.DSCF8233-1I find also conservation story: the bust-up relic recovered from the wreck, then a restored cleaner version, and finally the smooth ‚Äúcopy‚ÄĚ often made from ancient originals.¬†DSCF8194¬†Thera is freestanding museum vitrines, with orderly shelves of ancient implements, nuggets, coins, weird natural wonders ‚ÄĒ all of course specially created, and in astonishing detail. But before all this, filling the entire central courtyard as one enters the Palazzo Grassi,¬†is the biggest, most gobsmacking piece yet. Some 18 metres high, towering right up the four storeys of the building, is a mighty headless figure ‚ÄĒ recognisably William Blake‚Äôs ‚ÄúGhost of a Flea‚ÄĚ, with its talons instead of toes and its scaly back.

There is awe-inspiring craftsmanship on display here: some of the marble carving, done by a single quarry in Carrara, is superb. The attention to detail is almost obsessive, all objects are oversized, overcoloured, overemphasised.¬†Definitely, Damien Hirst’s new show in Venice is causing controversy.

DSCF8215It’s very easy to say, I could have done that¬†after someone’s done it. But he did it. You didn’t. It didn’t exist until someone did it. Few artists have attacked him for using their ideas. John LeKay said the skulls were his idea. John Armleder ‚Ķ was doing spot paintings. And some say Walter Robinson did the spin paintings first. Hirst’s tribute was: “Fuck ’em all!”¬†In 2006 he said ¬†“Lucky for me, when I went to art school we were a generation where we didn’t have any shame about stealing other people’s ideas. You call it a tribute”.¬†Hirst‚Äôs exhibition makes you question¬†the fakeness and reality of what you‚Äôre seeing, and why we go to museums at all.¬†Believe or not; is he lying or is he telling the truth or everything he says is false or is neither true nor false, maybe this is something between true or lie. Just moment if is both true and false, then is only false. But then, it is not true. Since initially was true and is now not true ………what means maybe it is a Liar’s paradox.DSCF8211-1¬†To seek, to get lost, to go beyond. This is why I visited Venice.DSC05110To push beyond the horizon line, to hit new horizons. ¬†Return to Glasgow ‚Äď inspired, renewed.


A thing of beauty is a joy forever

Take a photograph and

share the secret dream of someday living


Europe, I love you



The map marvelously and efficiently compresses time and space, legend and fact into a single image. It is in some ways a one-page visual précis, presented in geographical terms, of the vast information contained in the encyclopaedia it introduces. Map’s colours make it one of the most fascinating drawings.

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For me, the most important map is Europa Regina. I don’t think it is my best map nor in artistic neither in historical reasons but it means¬†…very much for me.¬†Europa Regina, Latin for Queen Europe, is the map-like depiction of the European continent as a queen.¬†Introduced and made popular during the mannerist period, Europe is shown standing upright with the Iberian Peninsula forming her crowned head, and Bohemia her heart.¬†Her long gown stretches to Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Livonia, Bulgaria, Muscovy, Albania and Greece. In her arms, formed by Italy and Denmark, she holds a sceptre and an orb (Sicily).¬†The cartographical personification¬†of Europe as a regal woman is tied to the Hapsburg court and the engraver Johannes Putsch, or, as he latinized his name for humanist readers, Johannes Bucius. ¬†Bucius‚Äô map was reproduced in a ¬†widely popular¬†Cosmographia¬†assembled by¬†Sebastian Munster‚Äôs Cosmographia from its 1570 edition. The map was first printed by Calvinist Christian Wechel.


If you tell me whom you admire I could probably tell you a great deal about hopes, dreams, and personal styles and I am not a psychic………….

I just want to live in the European city.

I do not need anything fancy, but I do need a bed to read and sleep in, a big table to eat and write on, as well as some space for my books, and something to put my clothes in.

I want to wake up and drink coffee overlooking the city that I do not know very well and am very hungry to explore.

I do not want to spend my time with people, who do not really care.

I want to wander around and truly live.



……Imagine all the people sharing all the world….¬†

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one   JOHN LENNON

Is come to me


The birthday of my life, was come, was come to me.

My Birthday!


Every birthday, not just the one special marking a new decade and all of them are special as the milestones. Every year brings its 365 life lessons. We turn not older with years, but newer every day. So, last month I reached a point where I asked myself about why we even bother to celebrate birthdays?

IMG_20160531_130855-1 I am not really big on major birthday gatherings. Many people who love you will try to celebrate your birthday, but no one can celebrate your birthday exactly the way you need for. This because no one really knows you need this day.777

The ancient Greeks believed that each person had a spirit that attended his or her birth, and kept watch.¬†The Greeks most likely took the idea of birthday celebration from the Egyptians, since just like the celebration of the pharaohs as ‚Äúgods,‚ÄĚ the Greeks were celebrating their gods and goddesses.They offered moon-shaped cakes¬†to Artemis, as a form of tribute to the¬†lunar goddess. To recreate the radiance of the moon and her perceived beauty,¬†Greeks lit candles¬†and put them on cakes for a glowing effect. The lit candles symbolized the moon‚Äôs glowing light.¬†Ancient Romans were the first to celebrate birthdays for the common man (but just the men).¬†The prevailing opinion seems to be that the Romans were the first civilization to¬†celebrate birthdays for non-religious figures. Romans would celebrate birthdays for friends and families, while the government created public holidays to observe the birthdays of more famous citizens. Those celebrating a 50th birthday party would receive a special cake made of wheat flour, olive oil, honey and grated cheese.

tumblr_inline_nvsebrNaAw1spmxnr_500Sad to say but female birthdays still weren‚Äôt celebrated until¬†around the 12th century.¬†And as if this were not enough, Christians initially considered birthdays to be a pagan ritual. In the past, they didn‚Äôt celebrate birthdays historically, because of that link to paganism.¬†Pagans thought that evil spirits lurked on days of major changes, like the day you turn a year older.¬†Due to its belief that humans are born with ‚Äúoriginal sin‚ÄĚ and the fact that early birthdays were tied to ‚Äúpagan‚ÄĚ gods, the¬†Christian Church considered birthday celebrations evil¬†for the first few hundred years of its existence. Around the 4th century, Christians changed their minds and began to¬†celebrate the birthday of Jesus¬†as the holiday of Christmas. This new celebration was accepted into the church partly in hopes of recruiting those already celebrating the¬†Roman holiday of Saturnalia.¬†44444

Although the general idea of celebrating birthdays had already started taking off around the world ‚ÄĒ like in¬†China, where a child‚Äôs first birthday was specifically honoured.¬†Eating long noodles or ‚ÄúMee‚ÄĚ which signify a long life. Eating and passing out red dyed eggs to symbolize happiness and the renewal of life.

There is evidence of the use of candles on cakes at birthday celebrations in 18th Century Germany. This version of the tradition can be traced to Kinderfest (Kinder is the German word for ‘children’), a birthday celebration for children. This celebration was held for children¬†and involved both¬†birthday cake and candles. Kids got one candle for each year they‚Äôd been alive, plus another to symbolize the hope of living for at least one more year. and making a wish was also a¬†part of these celebrations.Ludwig_Knaus_-_Ein_Kinderfest_(1868)The Industrial Revolution brought delicious cakes to the masses.¬†For quite some time, birthday celebrations involving sugary cakes were only available to the very wealthy, as the necessary¬†ingredients were considered a luxury.Girls_with_birthday_cake._Postcard_from_1920

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We need to remember that Glasgow had been refining sugar since the 1660’s, and so much of what was brought ashore at Greenock and Port Glasgow was shipped up the¬†river¬†by cart. However, the first commercial refinery was not established in Greenock. ¬†It was built by Mr Mark Kuhl, and employed just a handful of men. At this time, there was no town in the Empire, outside of London, carrying out the trade so extensively and Greenock rightfully earned the title of Sugaropolis, the sugar capital of Scotland.

But the industrial revolution allowed celebrations like¬†kinderfest¬†and the subsequent equivalents in other cultures to proliferate. Not only did the required ingredients become more abundant, but¬†bakeries also started offering pre-made cakes¬†at lower prices due to advances in mass production, such as the scene above capturing workers of one of the many¬†Cadby Hall bakeries¬†of the late 19th century.hip0244324Meanwhile, the introduction of baking powder saw the style of cakes change from dense, yeast-based bakes, into cakes made with flour, eggs, fat and a raising agent¬†and the advent of baking powder sees cakes become lighter. Probably the most popular in 19 century was a just traditional fruitcake.50031665.tifAlso, it’s unclear who change ¬†the words ¬†of the song¬†‚ÄúGood Morning To All,‚Ä̬† to the words of¬†‚ÄúHappy Birthday To You.‚ÄĚhappybirthday1Yes, famous The Birthday Song is a remix, kind of.¬†In 1893, Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill wrote a song they called,¬†‚ÄúGood Morning To All,‚Ä̬†which was intended to be sung by students before classes began. The song eventually caught on across America, giving rise to a number of variations. Robert Coleman eventually published a songbook in 1924, adding a few extra lyrics that would quickly come to overshadow the original lines. The new rendition became the¬†version we now all know, ‚ÄúHappy Birthday To You.‚ÄĚ999

So, Today it might be your birthday.

If it is

Happy Birthday!

Laugh more often

Stop trying to please everybody

Start pleasing yourself

Don’t worry be happy

Cherish your dreams

Express love every day

Search for authentic self until you find her

Breath deeply and often

Move, walk, dance, run…….

Happy Birthday to you!