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Masked Trio : It’s Too Darn Hot

Masked Trio - Too Darn Hot 1

 

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The Heat Advisory from Environment Canada has been lifted, however, with the added humidity & the temperatures still a bit above normal for this time of year,…… there are some who still feel that it’s too darn hot. The furs prepping for winter don’t help.

 


 

Masked Trio - Too Darn Hot 3fr

Masked Trio - Too Darn Hot 4


(N)Ice Work If You Can Get It

Snow Glaze

 

 

Some different perspectives on winter ice & snow

To take your mind off your woes ~

And a bit of music to warm your heart

While you tap your frozen toes.

{Frozen doggerel verse,……. it could’ve been wurst .}

 

Ice Parking

 

 

Nice Work If You Can Get It is a musical with a score by George and Ira Gershwin, a book written by Joe DiPietro, and based on material by Guy Bolton and P. G. Wodehouse. Nice Work premiered on Broadway in April 2012. Preview performances began on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on March 29, 2012 with the opening on April 24, 2012. Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, the cast stars Matthew Broderick (Jimmy Winter) and Kelli O’Hara (Billie Bendix).

Salt Stain

 

Winter is a long running show, starring Ice & Snow and accompanied by Frost & Freezing Rain. It tours each year from late November to mid-March throughout Canada. Reviews are often mixed as audience appreciation begins to slip after the Christmas season. Performances can go from cross-country to down hill. The spectacular show often bringing in dazzling figures and jumps though ticket handling have brought some cross cheques.

Ice Parking B&W Antique Tonal frm


Here There be Archetypes

This is a bit different, both in subject matter and source. I happened upon an intriguing blog site, Vintage Printables. They have a vast collection of out-of-copyright scientific illustrations that extends to Medieval material. Make sure to visit the blog ( after reading this post).

Medieval1- Hirsuite-Man-Riding-Unicorn Mtt

As an experiment, I have taken two images from the site and re-imagined them. The Hirsute Man riding a unicorn (original image) has been changed into a colour image that suggests ageing & enhanced textures. It has been given a slightly metallic-gilded quality.

The Medieval images I selected are Archetypal in nature. The Archetype is described as ancient or archaic images that derive from the collective unconscious“. These images/symbols/motifs can give us a better insight into human behaviour, social structure and creative expression in all of its forms.

For example the Hirsuite Man is the Wild man or Hairy Man of the forest. From Canadian First Nation’s lore he has become widely known as Sasquatch. In the regions of the Himalayas this creature is known as the Yeti and Meh-Teh . The Cryptologist will search for proof of such creatures or evidence that they until recently existed. Those whose views relate more to parapsychology will pursue an extra-dimensional rational for sightings.

Through literary & symbolic imagery we can connect this being with Beowulf’s Grendel and Gilgamesh’s Enkidu. They are wild forces within human nature that is confined or in opposition to society. We can see this expressed in the dark conflict of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde and in the chaotic freedom of the musical Hair.

John Barrymore as Edward Hyde -1920 movie

John Barrymore as Edward Hyde -1920 movie

The Unicorns were first mentioned by the Greeks. During the Middle Ages and Renaissance the significance of this creature grew. It was commonly described as an extremely wild creature of the forest, a symbol of purity and grace. The combination of the two symbols in the first image would represent the forest/Nature in balance, Yin & Yang.

The second Medieval image that I chose from the site was that of a Dragon ( original image). The dragon derives from the imagery of the giant serpent, either land or sea. Beowulf faces the dragon beneath the sea in his final battle. The classic representation of the winged creature with legs, ( flying lizard) does not become common in European culture until the Middle Ages.

Saint George Killing the Dragon, 1434/35, by Martorell

The dragon is a complex symbol. Again a force of Nature, linked to the air, water, and fire. It can sleep beneath the earth and gather riches in its nest. It is associated with raw resources and man made creations of beauty and art. It can represent both destructive and creative energy. As with many symbolic images there is duality, light & shadow.

Dragon Stained Glass1

Because the original image was in colour and of a very recognizable Medieval iconography, I chose to turn it into a stained glass image. Suffering from a bit of duality myself, I ended up with two versions. The one is darker and appears to me to be somewhere between stained glass and a satin tapestry in texture.  The second brighter image adheres more closely to the illumination of stained glass.

Dragon Stained Glass2

The dragon’s connection to the sea serpent links it to the mythic creature of the Kraken and the very real Giant Squid, made famous in Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

An illustration from the original 1870 edition of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by author Jules Verne

This brings me to a final image and creature whose name combines the real with the mythic, the Vampire squid. The same blogger who has Vintage Printables also has the blog, Neurological Correlates. It was there that I found an article on the Vampire Squid and their intriguing eating habits, not what you think. Included in the post was a video of the creature.

I captured a shot of the squid from the video and put it through some modifications. Here is the original shot and the modified image.

Vampire squid in protective stance - unaltered image

Vampire squid in protective inverted stance – unaltered image

Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: ……… ( Kraken by Lord Tennyson 1830 )

“In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.” ( The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft 1926 )

Dreaming Vampire Squid

Dreaming Vampire Squid

In Jungian terms the sea/ocean represents the great unconscious full of treasures of wisdom and the dark shadows that we must confront in order to acquire this wisdom. I hope this experiment in imagery and imagination opens the way for your own exploration of the realm of the Archetypes.


Antique Impressions: Easter Bonnets

Henrietta Buckler 1900’s

In your Easter bonnet
with all the frills upon it,
You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade

Gladys Unger ca 1910-15

Antique Impressions of Easter Bonnets bring together so many strands and memories parading before my minds eye. Ladies in in corsets , elegant dresses, and beautiful hats, remind of a woman that I really hardly knew, yet have a close connection to, Mary Trylinski, my maternal grandmother, my Baba. She arrived in Canada, less than a year old, with her parents. Her maiden name was Hyrorchuk ( I hope I am spelling that one correctly – see how time twists the memory.) Her birth certificate had identified her as a citizen of the Austria.

My mother spoke of how as a little girl she would help tighten up Baba’s corset. Her favourite dance was The Merry Widow’s Waltz .  The Ladies in these photographs were from New York, and had a higher “social status” than my Baba in St. Boniface Manitoba, but they were part of the same North American culture – Late Edwardian period that defined Ladies & Gentlemen, their clothing, music, and expectations.

Mother said that her father, Stanley Trylinski, was a dapper man who wore a “cheese-cutter”; that’s what she  called those straw hats that Buster Keaton is iconically  associated with. When you look up the name of the hat/cap it does not match the this type. My  mother would use both cheese cutter and pork pie to describe/identify the style of  hat.

Buster Keaton in a cheese cutter

In your easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,
You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade.
I’ll be all in clover and when they look you over,
I’ll be the proudest fellow in the Easter parade.
On the avenue, fifth avenue, the photographers will snap us,
And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure.
Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet,
And of the girl I’m taking to the Easter parade.

Elizabeth Kolb ca1910-15

The song Easter Parade was written by Irving Berlin and was published in 1933.  The song was introduced by Marilyn Miller and Clifton Webb in the Broadway musical revue As Thousands Cheer (1933), in which musical numbers were strung together on the thematic thread of newspaper headlines.  The lyrics describe the singer’s involvement in an American cultural event called the Easter parade. From the 1880s through the 1950s, New York’s Easter parade was one of the main cultural expressions of Easter in the United States. It was one of the fundamental ways that Easter was identified and celebrated.[5] The seeds of the parade were sown in New York’s highly ornamented churches—Gothic buildings such as Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church. In the mid-19th century, these and other churches began decorating their sanctuarieswith Easter flowers. The new practice was resisted by traditionalists, but was generally well-received. As the practice expanded, the floral displays grew ever more elaborate, and soon became defining examples of style, taste, abundance, and novelty. Those who attended the churches incorporated these values into their dress.

Elegant Hats

In 1873, a newspaper report about Easter at Christ Church said “More than half the congregation were ladies, who displayed all the gorgeous and marvellous articles of dress,… and the appearance of the body of the church thus vied in effect and magnificence with the pleasant and tasteful array of flowers which decorated the chancel.”

Hats on the Blvd ca 1910-15

By the 1880s, the Easter parade had become a vast spectacle of fashion and religious observance, famous in New York and around the country. It was an after-church cultural event for the well-to-do—decked out in new and fashionable clothing, they would stroll from their own church to others to see the impressive flowers (and to be seen by their fellow strollers). People from the poorer and middle classes would observe the parade to learn the latest trends in fashion.

Hats & Harem Pants on the Blvd 1910-15

By 1890, the annual procession held an important place on New York’s calendar of festivities and had taken on its enduring designation as “the Easter parade.”

Nelle B. Stull ca 1910-15

As the parade and the holiday together became more important, dry goods merchants and milliners publicized them in the promotion of their wares. Advertisements of the day linked an endless array of merchandise to Easter and the Easter parade. In 1875, Easter had been invisible on the commercial scene. By 1900, it was as important in retailing as the Christmas season .

In 1948,  the song, Easter Parade was performed by Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in the musical film of the same title. The plot of the movie was constructed around the song and the movie had a compressed shooting time to ensure that it opened in theatres for Easter. The movie is set in 1912 and revolves around a Broadway stars search for a new partner.

One last photograph to close off this post, Mary & Stanley Trylinski on their wedding day. Can you see them waltzing ?  I can.

NOTE: Rotogravure (Roto or Gravure for short) is a type of intaglio printing process; once a staple of newspaper photo features, the rotogravure process is still used for commercial printing of magazines, postcards, and corrugated (cardboard) product packaging.  Click the link to learn more  details.

The Ladies in their finery came by way of The Library of Congress’ photostream. There are no known copyright restrictions on the original images. I have modified and enhanced them for this post.  While they all come from the same general period, only the street shots are specific Easter Parade photos. How I came upon the idea for using this resource is a tale for another post.  May all your Easter Bonnets be beautiful.


Merry Wanderer of The Night

FAIRY
Either I mistake your shape and making quite,
Or else you are that shrewd and knavish sprite
Called Robin Goodfellow. Are not you he
That frights the maidens of the villagery,
Skim milk, and sometimes labour in the quern,
And bootless make the breathless housewife churn,
And sometime make the drink to bear no barm,
Mislead night-wanders, laughing at their harm?
Those that Hobgoblin call you, and sweet Puck,
You do their work, and they shall have good luck.
Are you not he?

PUCK
Thou speakest aright;
I am that merry wanderer of the night.
I jest to Oberon, and make him smile
When I a fat and bean-fed horse beguile,
Neighing in likeness of a filly foal;
And sometime lurk I in a gossip’s bowl
In very likeness of a roasted crab,
And when she drinks, against her lips I bob
And on her withered dewlap pour the ale.
The wisest aunt, telling the saddest tale,
Sometime for three-foot stool mistaketh me;
Then slip I from her bum, down topples she,
And ‘tailor’ cries, and falls into a cough;
And then the whole quire hold their hips and laugh,
And waxen in their mirth, and neeze, and swear
A merrier hour was never wasted there.

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act II, scene i

With this post  I continue both the wall texture experiment  and the AMSND  character  exploration in the previous post.  In that Puck is a trickster spirit , this post also is connected to the Crow-Magnon post from last Thursday. The wall composition used in producing images 1, 2 & 4 was from Syncopated Eyeball ‘s Shed III.

Puck is the typical trickster spirit. He is chaos & creativity, knowledge & nightmare, freedom & habituation. He can bring praise & ridicule.  Self knowledge that leads to enlightenment or hubris. He can lead as Will-O’-the-Wisp into the swamps to be lost or to buried treasure of self-discovery.

Puck’s other names and identities have appeared in a number of culture associations. Will-O’-the-Wisp is sometimes declared to be nothing more than swamp gas, like a lot of UFO’s. You know, those mysterious lights that chase and befuddle travelers. Those lights that contain strange small human like creatures that seem to delight in testing and confusing us.

Then there is that name , Robin Goodfellow.  Robin of the woods, who leads you on a Merry chase., blending into the green wood tree.

Of course there is another Robin who is a good-fellow and accompanies a dark lord of the night.

Note the Old English style lettering used in the name and the light fun-loving adventurous spirit of the depiction of the character.

The Welsh called him Pwca, which is pronounced the same as his Irish incarnation Phouka, Pooka or Puca. These are far from his only names.  Pooka leads us to the classic play and movie Harvey.  Elwood P. Dowd (Jimmy Stewart) and his friend, Harvey – a pooka in the form of a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall invisible rabbit. You will notice the elements of the rabbit in my first rendition at the top of the post.

Our Merry Wanderer has led us on a merry chase through time, folklore, literature and popular media culture. We started with Shakespeare’s play and progressed through Sherwood and Gotham City and then from Broadway to Hollywood. Now here we are at the end of this post. Sleep well.

423 If we shadows have offended,

424 Think but this, and all is mended,

425 That you have but slumber’d here

426 While these visions did appear.

427 And this weak and idle theme,

428 No more yielding but a dream,

429 Gentles, do not reprehend:

430 if you pardon, we will mend:

431 And, as I am an honest Puck,

432 If we have unearned luck

433 Now to ‘scape the serpent’s tongue,

434 We will make amends ere long;

435 Else the Puck a liar call;

436 So, good night unto you all.

437 Give me your hands, if we be friends,

438 And Robin shall restore amends.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 5, Scene 1