All sorts of info to inspire your artistic brain.
- I know the common green mantises; I didn’t know they have diverse cousins.
- Flip through Nathalie’s art journal.
- How things get done in Mozambique.
- Lovely photographs of ordinary objects.
- Funny and amazing animal videos.
- Natural poses to suggest when you’re taking photographs of groups of people.
- Teeny tiny paintings.
- This artist’s quilted portraits celebrate Black life. Be sure to click on the link at the end of the article to see more. (Actually, you have to click on the little box that appears when you click the link.)
- For the writers: mining memories for your memoir.
- Incredible photographs of endangered species.
- For the artists: open calls, grants, residencies, and fellowships.
- The Presto from the Summer concerto from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons played on a big honkin’ organ.
The earliest pipe organ originated in Greece in the third century BC. Called a hydraulis, it was powered by air compressed by water pressure.
Bellows were added to organ design by the sixth or seventh century AD.
St. Cecilia playing a portable organ; her left hand operates the bellows. By “The Master of the St. Bartholomew altarpiece.”
Charlemagne was the first to request a pipe organ in his chapel in Aachen in 812, which established the organ as the premier instrument in Western European church music for many centuries.
In the 12th century, the organ began to evolve into a complex instrument capable of producing different timbres.
Typical modern pipe organ console; located in St. Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin.
My favorite organ piece is the Toccata and Fugue by J.S. Bach:
And my second favorite has got to be this one:
May you be full of wonder this weekend.
Twelve articles for your artistic pleasure.