Use your cursor to “grab” the video and change the camera angle so you can see all around.
Amusing. Beautiful. Interesting.
- Cartoons that will resonate with couples with small children.
- The McDonald’s in my town is so boring. I prefer these.
- These murals will trick your eyes.
- 37 free bed quilt patterns.
- An incredibly beautiful comic.
- Love musicals? Love Andrew Lloyd Webber? Read this. Enjoy.
- Writing an artist statement.
- I love these cute little watercolor birdies.
- A scientific study has found an interesting phenomenon.
- Lovely zentangle designs.
- Church doors in Montreal.
- For creatives: about practicing in public.
Yeah, lots of art.
- They say everyone has a double.
- Quilters, do you need some ideas for your sewing room?
- What Tchaikovsky worried about.
- Tulips imagined as tangles.
- Here are some Coronavirus-related items that were briefly available on Etsy.
- Portraits of Malian women from the 1960s.
- Comic combining two of my favorite things: dancing and books.
- This is the article that inspired the recent movie, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
- What it’s like to be a painter of icons.
- The importance of adult encouragers to young artists.
- Beautiful architectural art.
- Every one of these made me laugh. And I live in Arizona, where some of these National Parks Genius.
Mostly artsy stuff this week:
- Magnificent ocean life photography.
- Lucy’s story told in art.
- Quilt masterpieces from Australia.
- I love that this artist documents her travels in her sketchbook.
- How a cross-cultural photojournalism project changed a master’s student’s life.
- Why are houses on Greek islands white and blue?
- A rotating house.
- Gorgeous mandalas.
- Suggestions for drawing practice.
- For those literary heroes, the librarians and media specialists.
- These 10 art books look so good, I had to order one for myself.
- Amazing murals!
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.
Gorgeous artwork that will make your creative fingers itch to make more.
- The pigeon who picked poppies.
- Drawings that convey a story of loss.
- You’d swear these were sculptures, but they’re not.
- Do you like clouds? You might want to join the Cloud Appreciation Society.
- You know that thing you’re dreading doing? Here’s how to get started.
- Beautiful zentangle holiday wreaths. (Including some by yours truly.)
- A brief tour of San Francisco in sketches.
- Lovely Christmas ornaments you can make.
- I loved reading this profile of Certified Zentangle Teacher Margaret Bremner, whose work I admire.
- Portrait artist makes realistic pencil sketches in one hour.
- The secret life of seeds.
- The majestic beauty of traditional Iranian architecture.
I have a recommendation for you. If you have access to Netflix and you’d like to see a different Santa movie, watch Klaus.
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.)
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.
Yay! Weekend reading!
- Face procrastination head on.
- I’m not the only person who thinks of books when invited to a baby shower.
- Gorgeous watercolors.
- Odd sells.
- I’m embarrassed to admit that even though I majored in voice, I’ve never sung karaoke. But if I ever do, it’ll probably be one of these songs.
- These shabby old buildings are somehow quite beautiful.
- Teachers live for the moments like this.
- The quilting bug seems to get passed down through generations.
- Kelly Klapstein is an artist and calligrapher. I love watching her Instagram videos.
- Interesting concept: Recovery Café.
- Have you been meaning to read more widely? Try some of these international bestsellers.
- Remarkable photographs of a super-skinny skyscraper in New York City.