Thursday, February 25, 2010

Gulacsy

Since I've made a Gulacsy inspired pendant



I thought that I would write a few words about him and his dreamland. In Hungary he is very famous but you might have never heard of him:
He began his studies in Budapest but in fact he learnt on his own. He studied in Rome, Florence and Paris in 1902. He visited Italy several times and painted the medieval and renaissance atmosphere of Italian towns. His works were poetic manifestations of a dream world ("The Song of a Rose Tree", "A Florence Tragedy", etc.).
When the First World War began, he suffered a nervous break-down in Venice and from that time on he was treated in psychiatric sanatoriums on several occasions of which he became a resident from 1917 until his death. He painted surrealistic pictures of people living in Naconxipan, a dream world, with delicate colors ("Dream of an Opium Eater", "Chevalier aux Roses").

Lajos Gulácsy was a poet who wielded a magic wand in the shape of his paintbrush. He created a world for himself in the same way a thousand-year-old magician in one of his writings did: "Bunburin enters and opens a horribly large book, murmuring magic chants under the light of two huge wax candles. The smoke of incense hides his figure, and he disappears like a cloud. The wonderful land of Na' Conxypan appears."
This country can be found on Saturn, or rather between Japan and the Moon, but most likely begins in the sparkle of the fountain, which is the first memory of Glossy's at the age of three. It lives on in the "pinkish-blue mist pictures" he experienced as a child in the "quiet of village life", in the fantasies of an adolescent, and in the Italian strolls of the eccentric figure dressed in Renaissance clothes, through the secretive cypress groves of Florence, the Divine Comedy, the frescoes of Fra Angelico, which then followed, to slowly spread and come into existence in his every glance, every presentiment or thought-even at that early date when he had not yet named this world Na' Conxypan. He was the magician of this universe, not picturing the visible in his art, but creating in the "delusion of dream visions". Outside the boundaries of this world, in the faulted reality of earthly existence Gulácsy was nothing but the sad, "banished prince" of the realm of Na' Conxypan.
Losing his eyesight in 1924 put an end to painting. He painted pictures which were Hungarian versions of pre-Raphaelitism combined with surrealism.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Culture Clash in AmeriCCa


We saw this performance yesterday. If you have never seen this Chicano/Latino theatre troupe I strongly suggest that you should if you get a chance! They are extraordinary! The kind of comedy which makes your heart ache. It is political and cross cultural.

The Culture Clash in Americca is their biggest hit. It’s from real stories from real people who came from all over the world - with different cultures, hopes, dreams.....All story is political, social, satirical - but always moving and always hysterical - provocative but never judgmental.

Their satire is sharp and edgy.



I can't wait to see their new performance:

Palestine, New Mexico

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

One of those days

Usually Monday has a reputation being slow... Understandably, after weekends it’s hard to be back to weekdays!:)... But I was very active and productive yesterday! I was working on a tapas set, I fired a big plate, I took pictures of new pendants, edited the pictures
I did the cold work on the grinder - I did not stop the whole day. AND I cooked a duck too !:))- which is not related to my craft, but really time consuming too!:) It turned out very delicious!:)

But today is a different story - my creativity is gone, my brain is on vacation - if I could I would just sit and look out from my head:) But I've got work to do, so I need to pick myself up. Chocolate and music always help! :)





Altalaban a hetfo szokott nehezebb lenni, erthetoen, hiszen nem konnyu visszazokkenni a dolgos hetkoznapokba.....Ennek ellenere, tegnap igazan produktiv es aktiv voltam, egett a kezem alatt (es a kemenceben) a munka!:) Egy tapas szett-en dolgozom, vagtam, csiszoltam, egettem, megint csiszoltam, aztan fotoztam a lancaimat( aki fotozott mar uveget, az tudja, ez sem egy egyszeruseg!:)), editaltam, Etsy-re raktam....SOT!! Meg egy kacsat is sutottem - ami bar nem tartozik a kezmuvesseghez- avagy megis?:) Mindenesetre nagyon jol sikerult!!:))
Ma viszont egy egesz mas sztori- kreativitas , aktivitas zero...ha tehetnem, csak ulnek es neznek ki a fejembol. De nem tehetem, a munka var, ugyhogy valahogy ossze kell kapnom magam!:) Csoki es a zene mindig segit, csak nem hagynak cserben most sem!!?:)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Year of The Tiger


This morning we stopped by the Chinese New Year fair at Downtown San Diego. The weather did not cooporate very well but still it was fun to watch the lion and dragon dancers celebrating the Year of the Tiger (4708 on the lunar calendar)

These pictures were made from butterfly wings. I can't imagine how many butterflies were killed for this....

According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2010 is the Year of the Tiger, which commences on February 14, 2010 and ends on February 2, 2011. The Tiger is the third sign in the Chinese Zodiac cycle, and it is a sign of bravery. This courageous and fiery fighter is admired by the ancient Chinese as the sign that keeps away the three main tragedies of a household. These are fire, thieves and ghosts.


I don't believe in horoscopes - I wish you all happy new year!:)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Bernardo Winery



Every weekend we try to walk our dog in different places - so none of us get bored.:)
Today we went to Bernardo Winery - which is one of the best kept secrets in San Diego.
In 1889, five Sicilian partners came to the San Bernardo Rancho area and established vineyards for what is now the oldest continually operating winery in Southern California.
Strewn with antique, turn-of-the-century buildings, olive trees, over 13 Artist Village Shops, a coffee shop, and a Wine Tasting Room and a restaurant - the whole place is so charming!:)

We took a nice walk ......then "it comes the rain again":)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

O'Keeffe


If it's New Mexico - it's Georgia O'Keeffe - like it or not!:) I prefer her large scale abstract flowers ("I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.") than her landscapes - but she unquestionably had an individualistic sense to capture the beauty of the rough, raw desert. Her subjects were often enlarged views of the skulls and other bones of animals, flowers and plant organs, shells, rocks, mountains, and other natural forms. Her mysteriously suggestive images of bones and flowers set against a perspectiveless space have inspired a variety of erotic, psychological, and symbolic interpretations. You might don't get this until you stand in front of her paintings.

She is regarded by critics as one of the most original and important American artists, and her works are highly popular among the general public.

This petite woman who lived almost one hundred years had the same mystery what New Mexico has. Beauty and humility.

" Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest".


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Santa Fe -New Mexico (1)


We spent the long weekend in Santa Fe, NM. It was not our first time in the City Different - but this is one of the cities where I would go anytime, any day - because it is really different!:) It's like a little treasure box for art lovers. Even the meaning of "ART" is different there! It is not like an elitist approach for a small society - it is part of everyday life even if you are not an artist. ( But I felt that everybody is an artist there!:)) Every street is full with art galleries, museums, small folk art and design shops. The theme of course is traditional and contemporary Indian art. I'm always amazed by their humility and the beauty of their way of thinking. I'm a big fan of the Indian pottery.... I wish I could live there for few years and study the many different styles of different pueblos!:) - not just in pottery but also in jewelry, rugs, fiber arts etc. And not just the process, but the stories, the legacy behind them. Their work is constantly evolving while incorporating new experiences of family, culture and life.

Today's pueblo artists are who have chosen to remain close to the ancestral ways, while others have sought to mix traditional shapes with contemporary designs - I will tell you more about that later!:)

You can spend an entire trip on focusing on the architecture – more about this later.:)
Thanks to the strict building and color codes the city is very uniform – it tries to keep its originality but also it embraces modern approaches.

All of New Mexico is very spiritual or religious -organized or not - they all appreciate the beauty of their land and surroundings.

I liked that the restaurants showed on their menus which farms the fruits and vegetables were originated from and that they are proud that they prepare and use fresh and organic produce. Not because it is fashionable but because it is normal there.

We visited many museums (not just O' Keeffe!:) galleries, coffeehouse, restaurants, pueblos (photography not allowed) - so my story will continue!:)

More pictures are here

Hetvegen Santa Fe (NM)-ben jartunk. Nem elso alkalommal, de ez is azon varosok koze tartozik, ahova barmikor nagyon szivesen!:) Ez a varos valoban a "City Different" ! Bar sok "different "varos van - es sok jellegtelen, de Santa Fe ....szoval, tenyleg mas!:) Egy kis ekszerdoboz - nemcsak a muveszet-kedveloknek. Maga a "muveszet" jelentese is valahogy mas ott - nem az elitista kisebbseg privileguma, hanem egyszeruen a mindennapok resze, akkor is, ha nem vagy muvesz ( de szerintem ott mindenki az!:)) Az Ovaros minden utcaja tele kis es nagyobb galeriakkal, nepmuveszeti es design uzletekkel,muzeumokkal. Termeszetesen a fo tema a tradicionalis es mai indian muveszet. Szivesen elnek itt par evet tanulmanyozni az indian kulturakat , a kulonbozo torzsek es pueblok stilusjegyeit!:) Minden alkotas mogott egy sztori, legenda, hagyomany - es olyan merteku alazat, amit mi maiak nehezen ertunk - meg nehezebben gyakorlunk...
A cserepesek, textilszovok, ekszerkeszitok mellett meg kulon tanulmany az epiteszetuk....a hagyomanyos adobek, es a mai modern epiteszet is izgalmas!:) Majd kesobb errol is!
Erezhetoen nagyon spritualis emberek elnek arra - nem feltetlen vallassosagot ertve ezalatt, hanem ahogy tisztelik a kornyezetuket, termeszeti csodaikat, ahogy behelyezik magukat a nagy egeszbe...
Tetszett, hogy az etteremek a menukon feltuntetik,hogy melyik farmrol szarmaznak a zoldsegek-gyumolcsok, s buszkek arra, hogy minden friss es organikus alapanyagbol keszul. Nem feltetlen divatbol, egyszeruen itt ez a termeszetes.

Rengeteg fele jartunk - ami belefert ebbe a 3 napba - muzeumok, (nem csak O'Keeffe!:) galeriak, pueblok(itt tilos a fotozas), ettermek, kavezok... szoval folyt.kov.!:)
Kepeket itt nezhetitek meg .




Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Yigal Azrouël

I'm not really into trendy fashion design and designers. It is just not my interest. I do like any other kind of design - I don't know why fashion sometimes even annoys me....I travel a lot and I usually do not stay on the well-travelled path. I like to go behind a surface (literally) and if you peek just a little behind the surface, just a little beyond our comfort zone - you will see what the majority of the world is dealing with everyday. From this point of view the "haute couture" sounds a little ridiculously cynical. Anyways, what I wanted to talk about is the Israeli Yigal Azrouël!:) I mean his design (I'm sure that many women talk about him - just take a look at his picture!:P))



I must admit that I've never heard of him before.:( I was looking through a magazine while I was waiting in the hair salon.......and then - there was Yigal!:) I just love all of his designs. I wish I could wear them!! (age, weight etc:)) Its feminine but not cutesy girly:)

“When a woman wakes up and does herself up a little, that's great. Nothing too contrived, something more natural. She's comfortable and confident. She doesn't feel like she has to watch herself in the mirror every minute."”

—Yigal Azrouël





Now I have a favorite fashion designer!:)

More here.


Nem igazan erdekelnek a trendek, divatok, divatos "fashion" diktatorok. Nem tudom miert van, hiszen minden egyeb design erdekel- szeretem-tanultam-tanulom....de maga a divat sokszor inkabb irrital,mint erdekelne:) Ki ert:)... Foleg az ilyen haute couture finomsagok.. Utazasaink soran, -mikor az ember vallalja, hogy leter a jol bejarodott turista utvonalakrol, kicsit kimozdul a komfort zonajabol - s latja, hogy a fold lakossaganak tobbsegenek mirol is szol az elete - akkor ez a haute couture irritalo ertelmetlenseg. Sajat magam is megtudnam ezt cafolni, de majd maskor:)
nem errol akartam, hanem Yigal-rol:) Sosem hallottam rola, most egy ujsagban talaltam ra.... Hat, csodaszep! O is,meg a ruhai is!!:)) Nagyon bejon(ne) (s meg mindig a ruhairol beszelek!)Noiesek, de nem edeskes, nociskedo, divaskodo.( methogy en az ilyesmit nem szeret)... szoval, , mostmar akkor van egy kedvenc divattervezom!:)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Chile-Chicken Posole


It's raining in San Diego!:)) I'm happy when it rains. And when I am happy I make soup!:) I made this amazing mexican soup today. It's light still comforting. You should try it!:


Ingredients
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, diced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large white onion, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped (remove seeds for less heat)
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 6-ounce cans whole green chiles, drained
1 cup fresh cilantro
4 cups low-fat, low-sodium chicken broth
2 15-ounce cans hominy, drained
Sliced avocado and radishes and/or baked corn chips, for garnish (optional)

Directions
Season the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon thyme, and salt and pepper to taste; set aside.

Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, jalapeno and garlic and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a blender, then add the chiles, cilantro and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon thyme and puree until smooth. Return to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring, until the sauce thickens and turns deep green, about 5 minutes.

Add the broth, hominy and chicken to the saucepan. Cover and simmer until the chicken is tender, about 10 minutes. Garnish with avocado, radishes and/or corn chips, if desired.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Opera en el Mercado

Most kaptam ezt a videot sasotol - es egeszen jokedvem lett tole!:) Sokkal tobb ilyen spontan egymasfele-fordulasra lenne szuksegunk, ilyen kis hetkoznapi csodakra - a mindent atjaro arrogancia, zsigeri gyulolkodes helyett!
Legyen szep napotok! :)


I've just received this video from saso - and it made my day. What a great idea - we all should turn to each other in such a spontaneous way instead of being hostile to each other .Have a great day everyone!:)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

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