Lots of gorgeous photography this week.
Ukraine is on our hearts as the Ukrainians defend their country against Russian aggression.
Let’s celebrate their culture. Ukraine has a vibrant folk dance tradition.
Several of these videos were made when the Tucson International Folk Dancers performed at the 2019 Phoenix International Folk Dance Festival.
Bandura Kozachok. Bandura is a stringed instrument; Kozachok is a Cossack dance. It seems this dance is telling a story. A flirtation is attempted, and is not having the desired effect. But all’s well that ends well:
Donetskii Kozachok is a cute mixer:
Honei Viter means “whirlwind”:
Hopak Trio is a dance usually done in couples, which has been adapted here for trios. This performance includes a couple of surprises:
Hutsulka means “girl from Hultsulshina”:
There are a number of variations of Khorovod, which is customarily a women’s dance. This one is a couples’ dance, usually done only at weddings:
Kolomeyka W Dwi Pari:
Oj Maju Maju:
Oj na hori stoit khata (A house stands on the hill):
I found all of these wonderful dances on Folk Dance Musings. You can find the instructions there too.
Beauty to enjoy. Techniques to try.
- Beautiful Ukraine—read and weep.
- Painting on water.
- Raindrops on . . . well, not roses, but on other stuff.
- Daffodils and crocuses.
- How to shade.
- Practicing self-care, an author wrote down some harsh, angry words that she didn’t want to say out loud . . . and found she had written an emotional scene she might be able to use in her novel later . . .
- I don’t particularly care for the first quilt in this post, but be sure to keep scrolling—the rest are stunning.
- Mary had a little lamb, and here’s the rest of the story.
- What if someone found your purse 70 years from now?
- Slime molds are beautiful. Who knew?
- Multimedia art project. You can watch the video to see it in progress.
- I love Rosa Bonheur. Here’s a discussion of her most famous painting. More about Rosa Bonheur.
All sorts of creative things to look at.
A dozen articles chosen especially to spark your creativity this weekend.