The Art of Arts

American Artist Appreciation Month, Art, Painting, Sculpting

Image credit: Lynn Greyling

Uncontained imagination, impressionism, and creativity through visualization, emotion and human behavior is the world of art we live in. Did you know that August is American Artist Appreciation Month?

American Artist Appreciation Month, Art

Image Credit: Fran Hogan

Who is your favorite famous American artist? Ansel Adams? Norman Rockwell? Romare Bearden? John Trumbull? Alma Thomas? Nam June Paik? Robert Rauschenberg? Frederic Remington? Lee Krasner? Andy Warhol? Jacob Lawrence? Helen Frankenthaler?

Caricaturist, American Artist Appreciation Month, Art

Image Credit: Richard Revel

The aesthetics of artistry and design include Postmodernism, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism, and Cubism through painting, pottery or performance art.

Pottery, art, American Artist Appreciation Month

Image Credit: Lubos Houska

Although we immediately think about a painter or sculptor when we mention the word artist, the scope of this genre is divided into many performance categories, such as music, dancing, acting.

Art, Performance art, American Artist Appreciation Month

Image Credit: Michael Drummond

So our hats, brushes, and paints off to everyone fitting under the umbrella of artist, as we celebrate American Artist Appreciation Month.

American Artist Appreciation Month, Art

Image Credit: Peter Griffin

It’s National Milk Chocolate Day on Food Porn Friday

Chocolate Cake

Oh yeah baby, listen up. I am going to get every single bit of my sweet tooth on, just because today is National Milk Chocolate Day. Oh, now there is no shame in my game because this is one of those decadent, luxurious moments of pleasure that I savor ever so slowly with that melt in your mouth sweet ooziness. Please excuse me, as I take a few moments to allow my mouth to water over these delicious, lip-smacking chocolaty…oh so wrong…but oh so right seductive confections!

Chocolate CakeNational Milk Chocolate Day, ChocolateChocolate CakeChocolateMilk ChocolateChocolate Ice Cream

Now, was that as good for you as it was for me? Ummmmm….good! Happy #NationalMilkChocolateDay on #FoodPornFriday!

Feel the Magic on National Merry-Go-Round Day

Merry-Go-Round, Carousels, Amusement Rides

Southport pier merry-go-round

I guess the kid in me always had a fascination with merry-go-rounds, also known as carousels. I don’t think it was about the ride as much as it was about the ornately decorated horses that were mounted on them. Although carousels are traditionally populated with horses, other animal figures like tigers, lions, zebras, barnyard animals or mythological creatures are also mounted on posts installed on many circular, moving platforms.

Looff Merry-Go-Round, Carousel

Bette Largent, president of the National Carousel Association, began the restoration of this 1909 Looff merry-go-round operating at Riverfront Park in Spokane, Washington, in 1992.

Whether you are visiting an amusement park or festival, there is something so innocent, mysterious yet safe about climbing on one of these exquisite, sculpted, wooden pieces of art and riding like you don’t have a care in the world.

Carousel, Merry-Go-Round, Flying Hrses Carousel

The Flying Carousel is the nation’s oldest platform carousel and has been designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a national landmark. Constructed in 1876 by Charles Dare, it is one of only two Dare carousels still in existence.

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Walt Disney Carousel, Cinderella's Golden Carrousel

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel (formerly Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel) is an authentic carousel in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.

Santa Monica Carousel, Looff Carousel, Looff Hippodrome

The Looff Hippodrome and its merry-go-round on the city’s pleasure pier have been popular since they opened in 1916. At the city’s outer edge, on the rough-hewn pier, sits the Santa Monica carousel.

Armitage-Herschell carousel

Armitage-Herschell carousel, circa 1895-1900, was made with uniform horses.

Get in touch with your inner-child and climb aboard a carousel in your neck of the woods! Feel that childlike magic as we celebrate this amusement park attraction. Happy National Merry-Go-Round Day!

Celebrating National Watermelon Month on Food Porn Friday

Watermelon recipes, National Watermelon Month, Fruit

PHOTO BY KANA OKADA – Watermelon Salad With Mint and Crispy Prosciutto

Kickin’ back and keepin’ it cool as we celebrate throughout the month of July National Watermelon Month. To commemorate the juicy deliciousness of this incredible fruit, here are a couple of cool, refreshing recipes from the kitchen of Real Simple. Try this Watermelon Salad With Mint and Crispy Prosciutto.

INGREDIENTS

4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
3 pounds watermelon (including rind)
6 radishes, quartered
4 scallions, sliced
1/4 cup fresh mint, torn
1/4 cup salted peanuts, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt and pepper

Click here to get directions.

 Watermelon and Basil Iced Tea, National Watermelon Month

PHOTO BY JAMES BAIGRIE – Watermelon and Basil Iced Tea

To complement your salad, wash it down with a refreshing glass of Watermelon and Basil Iced Tea.

INGREDIENTS

8cups boiling water
8 tea bags
1/8 medium-size watermelon, cut into small triangles
1 small bunch fresh basil sprigs
sugar, to taste (if desired)

Click here to get directions on how to prepare this cool beverage. And to think watermelon could be this exotic!

Recreationl Adventure in the Park

Park and Recreation Month , Parks, Recreation

Image Credit: nrpa.org

Regardless of whether parks are local or National picturesque landscapes, they are an adventure in so many natural and historical ways. July is Park and Recreation Month and the National Recreation and Park Association urges, everyone, to discover the power of play and adventure. What are some of the local or national parks you have visited or plan to visit? Parks are explorations of recreational fun to relish and enjoy.

We’re going to pause for a few minutes to spotlight some breathtaking views from a few of our national parks that can take your breath away. Enjoy!

national parks, parks and recreation month, landscape

Utah’s Arches National Park Scenic View

 

Acadia National Park, National Parks, Parks and Recreation Month

Pall in Acadia National Park

 

Mt. Rushmore, Parks and Recreation Month

Mt. Rushmore

 

Desert View Tower, Grand Canyon, National Parks, Parks and Recreation Month

Desert View Tower, Grand Canyon

 

Yellowstone National Park , Parks and Recreation Month, National Parks

River winds through the wilds of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

 

Sand Dune near Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley National Park, Parks and Recreation Month

Sand Dune near Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley National Park

 

Glacier National Park, Parks and Recreation Month

Wildflowers in Glacier National Park

 

Saguaro National Monument, Parks and Recreation Month

Huge rock at top of a mountain at the Saguaro National Monument in Arizona

 

Bryce Canyon National Park, Parks and Recreation Month

Sun rises over the tall orange rock formations of Bryce Canyon National Park

Let Freedom Ring on Independence Day

4th of July, Indepenence Day

Happy 4th of July!

As we recognize this Independence Day, let us never forget nor take for granted the sacrifices that were made in the past to enjoy the freedom we have today.  Have a safe and fun-filled 4th of July!

Feel The Music

African-American Music Appreciation Month, Music

“To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?” ― Michael Jackson

As we approach the end of African-American Music Appreciation Month, I wanted to pay tribute to the essence of old school music with this poem The Soul of Old School Music.

The Soul of Old School Music

Oh the sweet sounds of music
whether it’s classical, jazz or rap
rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll
country, alternative or neo soul
the essence of old school music
messages that were thought provoking
soul stirring and entertaining
timeless lyrics still resonating today.

Old school music continues to be sampled
re-recorded by singers of this new age
the foundation of most old school music
was grassroots planted and church choir trained
not vulgar or obscene, but sexy and sensual
not too excessive, retaliatory or rebellious
but smooth and united with a funky style.

Voices rich in tone, range and technique
unique vocalists defined by their style and pitch
when you close your eyes you identified who they were
voices that could never be duplicated although imitated
colorblind to the treble and bass clef of any singer
running through scales that seemed impossible.

There were groups who brought the music
and played with live bands
crossing over to audiences of various cultures
with amazing showmanship, costumes and life-changing lyrics.

With all of the finger snappin’, body thumpin’
hip shakin’ and toe tappin’
the music echoed with reminders of the time
disconnecting people from war, discord, injustice and poverty
to connections of love, peace, understanding and unity
old school music became our great escape
with messages still ringing with purpose this day.

From the ballrooms of the big band era
to the bright neon lights of Broadway
bleeding throughout the corridors of posh dance halls
to the streets of neighborhood juke joints
from barber shops to beauty salons
from a Cadillac to a Chevrolet
crooners of old school music
command the attention of new school style.

As the music plays on, it lives on
giving us a deeper appreciation of what it historically says
how we hear and what we feel through the tempo
bridging a generational gap in worn out dancing shoes.

Thank you Dick Clark, Ed Sullivan and Don Cornelius
thank you Motown, Arista, Columbia, Epic and Atlantic
if you didn’t introduce them, we never would have known
the ambassadors behind the soul of old school music.

Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry © 2013 Kym Gordon Moore