One of my favorite kinds of painting that I learned about in my Art History studies is known as trompe-l’oeil, which is French for “fool the eye.” It’s the ultra-realistic kind of painting that was popular in many cultures and centuries, from ancient Pompeii to the Italian Renaissance to the French Baroque. Trompe-l’oeil art has had a bit of a renaissance recently among street artists. You’ve probably received emails with images of sidewalk art that not only fool the eye but also blow the mind. The one in the photo here makes me a little dizzy even though I know it’s an illusion! After my previous post about the huge carpet of flowers in Belgium, today seemed like a good time to post this. A while ago I had occasion to take out a brief subscription from Shutterstock. I was entitled to upload more photos than I actually needed for my specific projects, so I had fun browsing through the subjects I liked, and uploading some to use on this blog – subjects that I wouldn’t be likely to be able to capture in person. This next picture caught my eye because of the bright colors and the interesting texture. I had no idea what it might be – perhaps a painting on a rough wall? Maybe un-ironed fabric? Whatever it was, I just liked it. Then several days later, I discovered the larger, uncropped version of the same photo, and had my mind blown again! Look what my rough wall turned out to be!
A few clicks over at Google, and I discovered that there is an Elephant Festival in Jaipur, India. I’m betting some of my fellow bloggers out there will be familiar with this. It sounds like a wonderful event to experience!
Top photo from www.majorlycool.com Bottom photos from Shutterstock
The Cloud Messenger (Meghadūta) is a lyric poem by the respected Indian poet, Kālidāsa. The poem centers around a yaksa in exile. Longing for his beloved, waiting for him on a Himalayan mountain, he asks a cloud to take a message to her. The sights he tells the cloud it will see on its way make up most of the poem.
The idea of recording observations appeals to me. I thought The Cloud Messenger was the perfect title for a blog about the journey that we all make as we move through our days.
I'm a baby boomer who grew up dancing in the streets of Detroit during the classic Motown years, lived beside the Rocky Mountains for many years, now retired and living (and writing full time) in S. Ontario. I have one blog for rock 'n' roll oldies, and one for nature, poetry and life along the Lake.