Tag Archives: A to Z Challenge

From the Creator’s Heart #96: Z is for Zephaniah

From the Creator’s Heart #96: Z is for Zephaniah

Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem (Zephaniah 3:14 NIV)!

Y is for Yellow

Y is for Yellow

Photographs by ARHuelsenbeck. Click on an image to enlarge all; navigate with arrows.

Photographs by ARHuelsenbeck. Click on an image to enlarge all; navigate with arrows.

X is for X-ray Art

X is for X-ray Art

Found on Etsy. Click on the link below each photograph to see more information.AK-47


Water pistol

Water pistol.


Assorted subjects.

High heel boot

High-heeled boot.

Butterflies in stomach

Butterflies in the stomach.



Xray tech charm

Xray technician charm.

Lab vet

Lab “vet” studying patient x-ray.

Snake v. Chipmunk

Snake vs. chipmunk. Several different colorations.

Hadrosaur foot

Hadrosaur foot.


Animal x-rays.

Holding Hands

What loved one wouldn’t wear these entwined hands? Perfect gift for only $7.95.







Fish 2










Cyclist's heart

What beats inside a cyclist’s chest.

Gummy bear

Gummy bear. (Wait a minute. Is this for real?)

Some of these are really gorgeous. I would love the seahorse and the leaves hanging in my house.

What about you–did you see any you like? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Video of the Week #95: W is for Wired

Video of the Week #95: W is for Wired

V is for Van Gogh

V is for Van Gogh




Vincent Willem van Gogh (March 30, 1853–July 29, 1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art.


Van Gogh: The Starry Night

Born into an upper-middle-class family, Vincent was a quiet, serious child who liked to draw.


Van Gogh: Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries

As a young man, he pursued his interest in art by working as an art dealer. After he was transferred to London, he fell in love with his landlady’s daughter, but his feelings were not returned. He succumbed to depression, and was ultimately released from his firm. (Click on smaller images to enlarge and reveal captions.)

He turned to his faith, and served as a missionary in southern Belgium. After that, he briefly held a series of jobs as a teacher, a minister’s assistant, and a bookstore clerk.

He drifted in ill health and solitude before moving back home with his parents in 1881, where he took up painting. His younger brother Theo supported him financially, and the two maintained a lively correspondence by letter. Vincent’s early works, mostly still lifes and depictions of peasant laborers, contain few signs of the vivid color that distinguished his later work.

In 1886, van Gogh moved to Paris, where he met members of the avant-garde, including Paul Gauguin, whom he greatly admired. Vincent’s paintings grew brighter in color as he developed a style that became fully realized during his stay in Arles in the south of France in 1888. Van Gogh invited Gauguin to join him there and paint together. Their friendship was short-lived, and ended after an argument and a violent confrontation with a razor, when in a rage, Vincent severed part of his own left ear.

Van Gogh suffered from psychotic episodes and delusions. He neglected his physical health, did not eat properly, and drank heavily. His depression continued and on July 27, 1890, Van Gogh shot himself in the chest with a revolver. He died from his injuries two days later. He was only 37 years old.

In just over a decade, van Gogh created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his life in France, where he died. They include landscapes, still lifes, portraits and self-portraits, and are characterized by bold colors and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art. His work was largely unappreciated during his lifetime. Today he is considered a creative genius.


Van Gogh: Wheatfield with Crows

Most of the information from this article came from Wikipedia.

If you’re on Twitter, you can follow @VanGoghTheLife and see a new Van Gogh painting every day—some of which you’ve undoubtedly never seen before.


Van Gogh, Starry Night Over the Rhone

Other posts about van Gogh on ARHtistic License:

What about you—do you like van Gogh? What other artists do you like? Share in the comments below.

Video of the Day: U is for Unicorn in Captivity

Video of the Day: U is for Unicorn in Captivity

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Monday Morning Wisdom #99: T is for Tchaikovsky

Monday Morning Wisdom #99: T is for Tchaikovsky

“There is no doubt that even the greatest musical geniuses have sometimes worked without inspiration. This guest (inspiration) does not always respond to the first invitation. We must always work, and a self-respecting artist must not fold his MMWhands on the pretext that he is not in the mood. If we wait for the mood, without endeavouring to meet it half-way, we easily become indolent and apathetic. We must be patient, and believe that inspiration will come to those who can master their disinclination.”
― Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Portrait of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky by Nikolai Kuznetsov


S is for Stradivari

S is for Stradivari

Antonio Stradivari (1644—December 18, 1737) was an Italian luthier, a crafter of string instruments. He is considered the greatest artisan in this field. The Latinized form of his surname, Stradivarius, as well as the colloquial “Strad” are terms often used to refer to his instruments. Scholars estimate that Antonio produced 1,116 instruments, of which 960 were violins. It is estimated that around 650 of these instruments survive.


Antonio Stradivari by Edgar Bundy

It is believed that Stradivari was a student of Nicola Amati, apprenticed from 1656–58, and produced his first decent instruments in 1660, at the age of 16. His first labels were printed from 1660 to 1665, indicating that his work had sufficient quality to be offered directly to his patrons. However, he stayed in Amati’s workshop until about 1684, using his master’s reputation as a launching point for his career.


Cremona, Italy, where Stradivari was born.

In the early 1690s, Stradivari made a pronounced departure from his earlier style of instrument-making, changing two key elements of his instruments. First, he began to make violins with a larger pattern than previous instruments; these larger violins usually are known as “Long Strads”. He also switched to using a darker, richer varnish, as opposed to a yellower varnish similar to that used by Amati. He continued to use this pattern until 1698, with few exceptions. After 1698, he abandoned the Long Strad model and returned to a slightly shorter model, which he used until his death. The period from 1700 until the 1720s is often termed the “golden period” of his production. Instruments made during this time are usually considered of a higher quality than his earlier instruments.

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Stradivarius violin, photo by Husky

Stradivari’s instruments are regarded as amongst the finest bowed stringed instruments ever created, are highly prized, and are still played by professionals today.

Click here to listen to videos of world-class performers, such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, and Yo Yo Ma, playing Stradivarius instruments.

The Vienna Philharmonic uses several Stradivari instruments that were purchased by the National Bank of Austria and other sponsors.

Information for this article came from Wikipedia.



In the Meme Time: R is for Reading

In the Meme Time: R is for Reading

a2z-badge-100-2017Live in that World

Words have Lives


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REad Snicket

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REad Doctor-Who

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Video of the Week #94: Q is for Quilting

Video of the Week #94: Q is for Quilting