Category Archives: Architecture

Creative Juice #199

Creative Juice #199

All sorts of ideas to enhance your creativity, plus things that are just plain beautiful.

Video of the Week #258: 360 Degree View of the Exterior of The Met Cloisters


Use your cursor to “grab” the video and change the camera angle so you can see all around.

Creative Juice #194

Creative Juice #194

Amusing. Beautiful. Interesting.

Video of the Week #255: The Taj Mahal


Video of the Week: Buy a Castle for $1M


Creative Juice #181

Creative Juice #181

Yeah, lots of art.

Creative Juice #174

Creative Juice #174

Mostly artsy stuff this week:

Creative Juice #170

Creative Juice #170



Our last collection of curated inspiration for 2019:




  • Photographs of balloons.
  • Beautiful architecture in Lyon, France.
  • A designer talks about a chair.
  • What the UPS guy was really doing when he should have been delivering my packages.
  • When dancing on the walls, watch out for the windows.
  • Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon that causes people to see patterns in a random stimulus. This condition can lead people to assign human characteristics to objects. Here’s what an pareidolic artist does when he sees faces in inanimate objects.
  • If you haven’t had enough Christmas yet, here’s a lovely Christmas quilt.
  • The Brownings and others muse on artistic integrity.
  • This museum is on my bucket list.
  • A children’s book illustrator describes her path and her process.
  • So far I’ve never found a podcast that I actually wanted to follow. Maybe one of these recommendations will inspire me.
  • 1960s architecture in Brasilia.

Creative Juice #167

Creative Juice #167

Gorgeous artwork that will make your creative fingers itch to make more.

I have a recommendation for you. If you have access to Netflix and you’d like to see a different Santa movie, watch Klaus.

St. Anthony’s Monastery, Part 1: The Architecture


The main church, St. Anthony’s

In the summer of 1995, six monks traveled from Mount Athos in Greece to the Arizona desert to build a monastery. They acquired 165 acres outside Florence, Arizona, and began construction. Today, St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery houses 65 monks.

The monastery is truly an oasis in the desert, physically and spiritually. Portions of the facility are open to the public. There is a strict dress code, and visitors are asked not to engage the monks.

In case you’re interested, on Thursday I posted some pictures of doors on the monastery grounds.

After a brief orientation with a monastery book store volunteer, the first stop on the self-guided tour is the main church, St. Anthony’s. A pair of gold-painted lions flank the front door.


The interior is highly ornamented in the Byzantine style. The altar is located behind the red curtain and is off-limits to visitors.


The candles in the massive brass chandelier are lit on major feast days.


Tall wooden seats line the walls of the church. Normally, worshippers stand during the service, but they can lower the seats and sit if necessary.


The floors are mostly plain tiles, with a few areas of decorative motifs including marble and granite.


Some additional furnishings in the church. (Click on the smaller images to enlarge and see captions.)

Monastery; angel candlestick

An angel adorns a tall standing candlestick.

There are several chapels on the monastery campus. Below is St. Nicholas’ Chapel.


Look at the beautiful detailing of the tower.



The two photographs below are of the interior of St. Nicholas’ Chapel.


Below is St. George’s Chapel, built in the Romanian style.



Here is another view, showing the main entrance.


The chapel has a magnificent wooden ceiling


and a lovely carved and painted wooden crucifix in the Greek Orthodox style.


Look at the lovely hand-embroidered hardanger curtain in the window.


St. Demetrios’ Chapel’s architecture is reminiscent of rural Russia.


The interior is small, but lovely.


An icon rests on an expertly carved stand.


I have lots more pictures of the monastery–enough for two more posts next week.