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Wisdom Extraction: Sadly, I’m not feeling so chipper today, nor did I at the end of last night. I think it must be a delayed reaction.  Mind you, Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough helped!

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Sarah

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FROM THE ARCHIVE 12th November 2014

Created with a vintage lady from The Graphics Fairy and overlays from my texture collection.

Dance, Little Lady

‘Tho’ you’re only seventeen,
Far too much of life you’ve seen,
Syncopated child.
Mayb…

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Now here’s a vintage ballet theatre programme illustrated by Léon Bakst that I haven’t played with! I bought it from Mindy Sommers at Vintage Stock Art and gave it a soupçon of restorative magic so that you can buy it as a greeting card, postcard, print or US stamp in the Theatre & Film section of First Night Vintage. You will also find many other products with the image at Fine Art America & England (see links below).

Nijinsky dans La Peri — Ballets Russes Postcard
Nijinsky dans La Peri — Ballets Russes Postcard by FirstNightVintage

Nijinsky circa 1912 [Wikimedia]

Nijinsky circa 1912 [Wikimedia]

The incomparable Vaslev Nijinsky (1890-1950) was so famous a dancer with Sergei Diaghilev’s (1872–1929) Les Ballets Russes that he, along with Diaghilev, was one of the few people known the world over by surname alone; both are inextricably linked with early 20th century arts. Nijinsky went on to choreograph Debussy’s L’Après-midi d’un faune (1912) and Stravinsky’s (1882–1971) The Rite of Spring (1913), which impresario Diaghilev produced. Ballets Russes was founded by the latter in 1909 and Stravinsky was not the only composer to be commissioned. Also included were Satie (1866–1925) and Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908), while there were sets designed by Picasso (1881–1973) and Jean Cocteau (1889–1963). Names to conjure with indeed. Add fellow dancers, Michael Fokine (1880–1942), Anna Pavlova (1881–1931) and George Balanchine (1904–83), and you can see why the company was so instrumental in reviving ballet as an art form.

If you like this, as they say at many online stores and give you examples you wouldn’t touch with a bargepole, you might also like Schéhérazade.

Available at the following galleries:
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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


I am still not able to create new images, in this instance for Valentine’s Day, which saddens me. I had hoped I would have received my new MacBook Pro by now but ‘Greek Time’ is something else! In the meantime, this is a post from a year ago about love and seahorses.

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Valentine Seahorses
Valentine Seahorses Couples Mug
  • Did you know there are contradictions wherever you look as to whether seahorses mate for life? Most, it seems, are certainly monogamous during the courting season and can be so for several seasons after.
  • Did you know there are 35 species of seahorses?
  • Did you know that they’re very poor swimmers and can sometimes die of exhaustion in the process if the weather is particularly stormy?
  • Did you know they have chameleon-like eyes?
  • Did you know that their ‘courtship dance’ can last for 8 hours?
  • Did you know that the female of the species produces the eggs and inserts them into the male’s pouch?
  • Finally, did you know that several species of seahorse are in danger of extinction due to pollution, destruction of their usual tropical, shallow water habitats and the continuing practice of harvesting them for traditional Asian medicine?
Valentine Seahorses
Valentine Seahorses Greeting Card
Valentine Seahorses
Valentine Seahorses
Valentine Seahorses
Valentine Seahorses

Photo: yellow seahorse anchored to coral

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Created with a vintage lady from The Graphics Fairy and overlays from my texture collection.

Dance, Little Lady

‘Tho’ you’re only seventeen,
Far too much of life you’ve seen,
Syncopated child.
Maybe if you only knew
Where your path is leading to
You’d become less wild
But I know it’s vain
Trying to explain
While there’s this insane
Music in your brain

Dance, dance, dance little lady
Youth is pleasing to the rhythm
Beating in your mind
Dance, dance, dance little lady
So obsessed with second best
No rest you’ll ever find
Time and tide and trouble
Never, never wait
Let the cauldron bubble
Justify your fate
Dance, dance, dance little lady
Dance, dance, dance little lady
Leave tomorrow behind.

Time and tide and trouble
Never, never wait
Let the cauldron bubble
Justify your fate
Dance, dance, dance little lady
Dance, dance, dance little lady
Leave tomorrow behind.

—Noël Coward, from This Year of Grace, his musical revue from 1928. And below is the man himself singing the number.

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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Irresistible! Thanks, Beth, for this made my day.

I didn't have my glasses on....

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An image to brighten your week as I recently sold this at Redbubble! I must do some more pieces using this gorgeous hand-painted fan, which I inherited from my grandmother. Remind me, would you?!


“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey

Also available at Fine Art America.

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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev (1872-1929)

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[Wikimedia]

Sergei Diaghilev was born on this day in 1872. The iconic Russian ballet impresario, dancer, choreographer, songwriter and critic, founded the incomparable Ballets Russes company. He was responsible for the ballet premieres of Stravinsky’s  The FirebirdPetrouchka and Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), not to mention Rimsky-Korsakov’s Schéhérazade, Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun) and Prokoviev’s Chout.

[Diaghilev is] ‘a giant, undoubtedly the only one whose dimensions increase the more he recedes into the distance’. Sergei Prokoviev

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[Wikimedia]

‘Of all the wonders that the world had to offer, only art promised immortality.’

Programme of Ballets Russes - 1913 ShŽhŽrazade - Michel Fokine and Vera Fokina

Programme of Ballets Russes – 1913 Shéhérazade – Michel Fokine and Vera Fokina [Wikimedia]

‘I could make a choreographer out of this inkwell if I wanted to.’

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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Valentine Seahorses
  • Did you know there are contradictions wherever you look as to whether seahorses mate for life? Most, it seems, are certainly monogamous during the courting season and can be so for several seasons after.
  • Did you know there are 35 species of seahorses?
  • Did you know that they’re very poor swimmers and can sometimes die of exhaustion in the process if the weather is particularly stormy?
  • Did you know they have chameleon-like eyes?
  • Did you know that their ‘courtship dance’ can last for 8 hours?
  • Did you know that the female of the species produces the eggs and inserts them into the male’s pouch?
  • Finally, did you know that several species of seahorse are in danger of extinction due to pollution, destruction of their usual tropical, shallow water habitats and the continuing practice of harvesting them for traditional Asian medicine?

Photo: yellow seahorse anchored to coral

Seahorses use their prehensile tails to grab onto sea grasses and corals – Photograph by George Grall [National Geographic]

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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