September 22, 2010

Following the Sun

Posted in portraits, Random tagged , , , at 9:17 pm by silivalilife

Did you notice that the sunflowers have this amazing ability of making the place to glow of happiness, even the gloomiest ones, substituting the sun whenever and wherever needed.  A field of sunflowers – something from the childhood dream. A little house with a couple of sunflowers behind the wooden fence, and you immediately know – it is full of happiness, bursting from voices of children. Pass by a sunflower, it watches you from the above, and you know there is a smile on its broad face.

This flower is the individualist of the plant world. Every sunflower can make a portrait of its own. No wonder they have been painted so many times, and if you think the sunflower’s smile is not as mysterious as Mina Lisa’s, you cannot deny that it still is one of the most open and kind smiles from someone who wants to warm your heart.

And when  this flower perishes it leaves behind its tasty seeds for you to enjoy and remember him, like someone who continues to love you from afar.


August 27, 2010

Ladies in Blue

Posted in portraits, Random, thought tagged , , , , at 12:03 am by silivalilife

They are not wearing blue, but are painted in blue. Some scientists think they are goddesses. I do not see any particular godliness in them. I have to admit they look very important. And they look very healthy. One has to be very healthy to have a waist of that size and hair this thick and long.  

What else can be said, just watching them makes one happy. That also explains the position of science on their godliness. A happy and healthy woman is a goddess. Not to mention that in their society some 3500 years ago the women in these ladies’ society had more freedom than most women in the societies of the 21st century.   

Ladies in blue

July 24, 2010

Young Romans

Posted in portraits, thought tagged , , at 12:59 am by silivalilife

To me, of all fakes, the hardest is imitating the time in portraits. There is some physical difference in people at each time frame and if you have the original you can easily tell the fake. And that is true for photographs as much as for the paintings, as the technique of the time adds up.

In some cases though the old and ancient portraits look strikingly contemporary.  

This couple looks like a pair of nice yuppies next door we are used to say high in the mornings. Taken out from the time, dressing, color palette and given an iPad or a laptop, they could well be an engineer, a painter, a lawyer, a professor, scientist or just a blogger.

It is amazing to see how something so distant in time could make through two millenia to talk to us now. I wonder what from all we create now will live up to Time to empathise our successors in just one.

July 15, 2010

Paradise lost

Posted in memories, portraits tagged at 11:36 pm by silivalilife

It was our last day in paradise. It was his last day too. He was laying in the bathroom, with his wings apart, his awe-inspiring antennas still barely moving.  He used to zoom in and out in the darkness, scaring the newcomers, the king of the tropical night.

 I do not want to think my feet are in his blood but there were only two of us, aside if him, cruising the bathroom that night and the chances are 50-50…
His sight was an awakening call from the two-week dream. This is when I realized I am not in paradise. We do not squish each other there, do we?

May 3, 2010

The Story of Her Hands

Posted in portraits, Random, thought tagged , , , at 11:48 pm by silivalilife

Her hands are the first thing one can see in her whole tired figure. Red and rough from constant contact with cold water, they must belong to someone who worked all her life. One would think a long one.
Then you look up at her face and realize how young she is.

Modigliani captured her  relaxed immediately after concluding her hard work. She contrasts with the other women portraits he used to paint, whether nude, or just beautiful. But it seems to me he put more love into this one.

Amedeo Modigliani. Young Woman Of the People

April 28, 2010

The Beautiful Ironmongress

Posted in portraits tagged , , at 11:44 pm by silivalilife

She is known as La Belle Ferroniere. Her real name is lost in history, her painter’s identity as well. It is attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci, or his circle, and as with everything connected to his name, this portrait is also surrounded by mystery, secrets and legends. Whether she is a king’s lover and her name is a wordplay, as assumed, or just a pretty wife of an ironmonger, her whole appearance shows that she does not care how the world is judging her. Her impression of hostile caution makes me think she is a non conforming, proud person who does not expect much approval from the world. Why is that? It is the secret between her and her painter.

La belle ferronnière

1490-1496, Musee du Louvre, Paris

April 16, 2010

A Time Capsule

Posted in portraits tagged , , at 1:14 am by silivalilife

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Édouard Manet - A Bar at the Folies Bergeres, 1882, The Courtauld Gallery

This is a second, a tiniest fracture of time between the past and the future. It captures much more than a photography could. It does not intend to tell a story, it wants you to feel the warm air inside, smell the mix of spirit and perfume, envy the freshness of the skin, to wish to be there. The impression will bring you your own memories, the story will be yours.

April 8, 2010

To My Only Desire

Posted in memories, portraits at 11:45 pm by silivalilife

The Lady and the Unicorn

Courtesy of Musee National Of Moyen Age, Paris

I have seen this tapestry in Paris years ago. It was hanging in a room with 5 others all depicting a young lady and a white unicorn. The first five tapestries have encryption: Taste, Sight, Touch, Smell, Hearing. The sixth one has an encryption To My Only Desire. Nobody could explain why is this different and what does that mean. I personally cannot quite explain even the first five ones, but the sixth seems even more beautiful as it is even more mysterious. 

 Having them all hanging in one round room, being able to sit and enjoy them all together is magical. 

 If you want to know more, check the  museum web site:

April 1, 2010


Posted in portraits tagged , at 10:11 pm by silivalilife

Never mind that he frowns and looks angry. He just lived a long hard life and he has a lot of wisdom. Sometimes he gets tired from stupid questions and behavior.

Just ask him to teach you something he knows. He will do his best and be very kind to you.

I am not sure when and where I met him, but I remember him just like this. Also he had large strong hands and was older than he seemed.

March 17, 2010

Family Portrait

Posted in portraits tagged , at 9:41 pm by silivalilife

Amedeo Modigliani Jacques and Berthe Lipschitz

To a lot already said about Modigliani portraits one thing I can add, this couple seems to be in total mutual understanding. The painter captured a moment in time, maybe a short one, when this couple is in absolute devotion to each other.

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