The Temple on the Hilltop_emergence-2_ FotoSketcher (My Art Collection) (click to enlarge to full splendor)
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White Gardenia_FotoSketcher_oil Base Painting (my Art Collection)
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Thomas Paine Publishes Common Sense
On January 9, 1776, propagandist Thomas Paine anonymously published Common Sense, advocating an immediate declaration of independence from Britain. An instant bestseller in both the colonies and in Britain, Paine baldly stated that King George III was a tyrant and that Americans should shed any sentimental attachment to the monarchy. America, he argued, had a moral obligation to reject monarchy. ‘O! ye that love mankind! Ye that dare opposed not only the tyranny but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the Old World is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted around the globe…. O! receive the fugitive and prepare in time an asylum for mankind,’ he urged. Within a few years, a land with a population of 2.5 million had bought 500,000 copies of Paine’s stirring call for independence.
(Image: Library of Congress)
– See more at: http://www.historynet.com/picture-of-the-day#sthash.qG4LItb2.dpuf
Common Sense Audiobook by Thomas Paine (February 4, 1776)
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Tagged American Civil Rights Union, American Revolution, Artist, Attorney general, Barack Obama, Common Sense, Common Sense (pamphlet), Thomas Paine, United States, Writing
On January 1, 1892, after two years of construction, the U.S. Immigration Service opened Ellis Island in New York Harbor, a new facility for ‘processing’ immigrants. Formerly used as a munitions dump and landfill, Ellis Island was designed, its architects claimed, to handle more than 8,000 newcomers a day. Orderly lines funneled bewildered immigrants past doctors and officials who examined them for signs of disease. The physically and mentally ill were refused admittance, forcing thousands of families to make the difficult decision to return home with a relative refused entry or push on without them. A final brusque interview by an immigration official determined whether the newcomers had already been promised jobs. About 80 percent of those who entered Ellis Island received landing cards permitting them to board ferries for New York City. In the 1890s, 75 percent of all immigrants entered the United States through Ellis Island. – See more at: http://www.historynet.com/picture-of-the-day#sthash.yUdRynY2.dpuf
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Tagged Abstract expressionism, Artist, Asia, baltic sea, Brooklyn, Ellis Island, immigrants, Manhattan, New York, New York City, New York Harbor, U.S. Immigration Service, United States
Now used primarily in Spanish dance music, castanets are percussion instruments that were known to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. Of the many kinds, the most common consist of two small matching pieces of hard wood or ivory, joined at the inner edge and used with a thin strap in the player’s hand. They are snapped together between the palm and fingers and used to produce clicks for rhythmic accents, especially to accompany dancing. What is the origin of the instrument’s name? More… Discuss
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Tagged Akram Khan (dancer), All Nepal National Free Students Union, art, Artist, Ballet, Carol of the Bells, Castanets, Chembur, Chevrolet, Christmas, instruments, percussion instrument
Chairman Mao established the People’s Republic of China in 1949. His Great Leap Forward, an economic plan launched in 1958 to modernize and industrialize China, was an unmitigated disaster that eventually led to the starvation of tens of millions of people. He later launched a movement to eliminate counterrevolutionary elements in the country’s institutions, leading to the destruction of much of China’s cultural heritage and the imprisonment of many Chinese intellectuals. What was it called? More… Discuss
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Recorded in November 2012 at medieval church in Blumenstein, Switzerland .
Learned in less than an hour at the same church 🙂
What you see and hear is basically my first performance, LOL!
Piano is Boesendorfer Imperial owned by http://www.leclavier.ch/
Free sheet music download is available, as always, at IMSLP library:
This little piece is the best answer to all those “music critics”, self-proclaimed experts and other snobs who throughout the years and years belittled, ignored or attacked Liszt music as primitive kitsch designed to pander to primitive tastes of gullible public.
What can be closer to perfection than these few pages sparsely “populated” with few notes , easy enough for any amateur to tackle – yet profound and comforting to turn to in the moment of quiet happiness and contemplation – or in the moment of utter hopelessness and despair?
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Tagged AllMusic, Artist, Blumenstein, Boesendorfer Imperial, Brussels, Cover art, Editing, English language, France Musique, Frédéric Chopin, Google Summer of Code, Great Compositions/Performances, Liszt Consolation, Liszt Consolation D flat major No.3 (S.172), medieval church, Sheet music, Switzerland, Valentina Lisitsa
Today’s Birthday: December 2
He devised the pointillist technique of painting in tiny dots of pure color. His method, called divisionism, was a systematic refinement of the broken color of the impressionists. His major achievements are his Baignade (Tate Gall., London), shown in the Salon des Independants in 1884, and his masterpiece, Un Dimanche à la Grande Jatte (Art Inst., Chicago), completed two years later. He died of pneumonia at 31. Seurat is recognized as one of the most intellectual artists of his time and was a great influence in restoring harmonious and deliberate design and a thorough understanding of color combination to painting at a time when sketching from nature had become the mode. Other examples of Seurat’s work are in the Barnes Foundation, Merion, Pa., and in the Louvre.
See catalog (ed. by A. Blunt and R. Fry, 1965); drawings (ed. by R. L. Herbert, 1966); complete paintings, ed. by John Rewald and Henri Dorra (1988); biographies by John Russell (1985) and Pierre Courthion (1988).
Also Born on December 2
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Tagged Andy Warhol, Artist, Cindy Sherman, Food bank, Georges Seurat, Grande Jatte, Jackson Pollock, pablo picasso, Pierre Courthion, Piet Mondrian, pointillist technique, San Francisco, systematic refinement, vincent van gogh
This gallery contains 12 photos.
Graffiti Graffiti is a form of visual communication, usually illegal, involving the unauthorized marking of public space by an individual or group. Derived from the Italian word graffio (“scratch”), “graffiti” technically applies to designs scratched through a layer of paint … Continue reading