Aqua Lustre

Chesapeake Hyatt Infinity Pool and Chesapeake Bay, Maryland
Chesapeake Hyatt Infinity Pool and Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

Water is in the news.

I planned on posting photographs of water before predictions that Hurricane Joaquin was headed our way. Luckily, it didn’t reach our town and we avoided another Hurricane Sandy situation.

Along with patterns created by the juxtaposition of sky and man-made objects, I love taking pictures of water. Its’ color, translucency or opaqueness, movement and mystery are eternally fascinating.

Aqua water is especially alluring, which is why I love the Aqua Lustre Raku glaze offered at my summer Raku class.

There’s more to come in this Series of Blue (Serene Sky and Metal and Blues).

Hon, thanks for visiting Bmore Energy.

Ceramic plates I glazed with Aqua Lustre.
Raku ceramic plates I glazed with Aqua Lustre.
Ceramic vase and tea box.
Raku ceramic vase and tea box I glazed with Aqua Lustre.
Grotto in Israel
Grotto, Israel
Sandpiper Bay Infinity Pool, Florida
Sandpiper Bay Infinity Pool, Florida
Bar Harbor, Maine
Bar Harbor, Maine.  Check out the hammock.  WHO was planning on sleeping there?

Undersea Undergound

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Color, Composition and Creativity

I stopped in my tracks when I came across these beautiful undersea mosaics.  Along with the amphibians and insects featured in my previous post “Underground Art,” these glass and ceramic tile artworks are located under the American Museum of Natural History at the 81st Street subway station.

Still wondering who I met at the gala fundraiser at the museum last week?  If you follow me on Twitter, then you know.  If not, you’ll have to wait for the big reveal!

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I love the mosaic’s vivid colors, the detail in each scene, and the artistry.  It’s amazing that static material can evoke movement!

Hon, just imagine you’re scuba diving.

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Textures, Elements and Art at The Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

A forecast for thunderstorms made my friends, daughter and I re-think our beach day. Instead, we headed to Philadelphia to visit The Barnes Foundation which recently moved into a new space.

Lunch first.
Lunch at the Rose Tattoo Cafe.
Street art.
Street art.

I love texture especially when natural elements are juxtaposed with manmade materials. Before we even set food inside the museum, I was taken by the building and grounds’ zen-like combination of water, stone and earth. Inside, we were treated to an enormous collection; favorites included paintings by Matisse, Modigliani, Renoir, Cezanne, Degas, Miro, Demuth and Rousseau.

We may not have made it to the ocean, but we were treated to a different kind of peace; soul renewal that comes from viewing and absorbing beautiful art.

Water, stones and grass.
Water, stones and grass.
Water, concrete and ivy.
Water, concrete and ivy.
Fingerlike tendrils of ivy on concrete.
Fingerlike tendrils of ivy on concrete.
Me, Ina and Jeri
Me, Ina and Jeri.
My daughter and me.
My daughter and me.
Looking up at a crystal chandelier.
Looking up at a crystal chandelier.
Iron "screen" next to concrete walls.
Iron “screen” next to a concrete wall.
View into a gallery path.
View into a gallery path.

Lucky Lucy

Lucy loves water.
Lucy loves water.

One of my favorite things to do is to spend Sunday mornings in the South Mountain Reservation. Whether I’m biking, hiking, running or taking Lucy for a walk, I alway feel energized and happy.

I hope you enjoy this 1minute, 46 second video of my favorite furry, four-legged companion, Lucky Lucy.  Lucy had the best time playing with her friends Tucker the Black Lab, Max the German Shepherd, Ace, the Rottweiler mix and even Dexter, a Pointer mix.  Guess what?  Lucy’s tail stayed fluffy the whole time.  Watching Lucy play is sheer joy.

There’s just something about the air on Sunday mornings that clears my head.

What clears your head?