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RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - Regent - 09-13-2019 01:22 PM

(08-25-2019 12:50 AM)newlife Wrote:  The right kind of immigrants:
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This picture sets me on edge everytime. How did they do that? I understand fearlessness, but this??? I don't see any harness so how did they not fall off with the winds blowing and all that motion?

RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - Elmore - 09-13-2019 01:35 PM

Pretty sure the above was faked

RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - Laner - 09-13-2019 02:27 PM

(09-13-2019 01:35 PM)Elmore Wrote:  Pretty sure the above was faked

I don't know man, go watch some old ironworker videos. I can barely watch them.

RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - SirStephen - 09-13-2019 03:36 PM

The movie a great childhood memory and one of the most brilliant books I have ever read and more actual than ever - in fact its all Game is about. Bastians behaviour is almost the same as me doing the first cold approach.

It is about the death of the imagination, and how people stop reading books, and stop imagining the worlds that are made up within imaginary friends etc and those worlds die. The Nothing is lack of creativity, and lack of care for fictional worlds. The Nothing is technology, television, facebook, twitter, snapchat IG, and movies, and apathy towards the make-believe. The Nothing is growing up, and losing the ability to even have an imagination. It's...well, it's nothing. It's the absence of something, in this case, creativity and imagination.


The second half of the book explains the danger of losing yourself in your imaginary world. Bastian who was a shy loser with low self-esteem, wishes for himself being strong, but with every wish he loses the memories of his real life, even to the point, where he completely changes to a dictator, almost kills Atreyu, forgets his identity and his father he cares the most and lands in the world of the insane, lunatic people. With the very core memories from his real life he has left, he tries to find his true wishes which turn out to be being loved, and being able to love, especially able to love himself. With the help of Atreyu, Bastian manages to regain his lost name, that means his real identity, go back to his real world and reconcile with his father. From Phantasia, Bastian brings to his father the Water of Life, that means his father finally shows tears, breaking out from the emotionless depression he was in. So imagination is fine, but it is dangerous to get lost in your dreams. The point is, Bastian undergoes a hard time, makes a psychological journey to his inner helf, his imagination, learns from it, goes back to reality and makes reality better.

Michael Ende wanted to explain that the world of reality and your inner feelings are closely connected, and both worlds should be in balance. Its about learning to take responsibility for yourself and for the people you care, accepting who you are, dealing with depression, the power of friendship, maturing and much more.

RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - Oberrheiner - 09-14-2019 04:49 AM

I found it an interesting insight into the german psyche to see that what they fear most is not some sort of super powerful evil demon or whatever, but the nothing.

RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - debeguiled - 09-25-2019 12:22 PM

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RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - debeguiled - 09-28-2019 12:36 PM

Winslow Homer Summer Night 1890.

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RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - debeguiled - 10-03-2019 11:38 AM

Sorry, this isn't a painting. I find this to be maybe the most beautiful house by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is perfectly integrated into its site and the landscape, and the curves of the design look organic and natural instead of forced or mannered.

Unlike some of his houses where the artistic vision is so powerful, you wouldn't want to live there, this one has a warm enveloping quality that would be a soothing home environment. Nice views too.

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RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - debeguiled - 10-06-2019 12:39 PM

Making a beautiful painting out of something mundane is inspiring in its own way. This inspires me more than Klimt's gilt drenched females.

The Swamp - Gustav Klimt

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RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - John Michael Kane - 10-11-2019 01:43 AM

Good advertising can depict positive values and evoke an emotional response to do good in the world. There's something very uplifting about the message of growth and if you do well with your money, you're more in a position to help others.

RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - debeguiled - 10-22-2019 01:36 PM

John Singer Sargent - Study for The Spanish Dance (1879)

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RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - debeguiled - 10-23-2019 11:47 AM

People reading.

Francis Luis Mora - Evening News (1914)

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RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - debeguiled - 11-02-2019 12:58 PM

Damn. Galileo knew how to work a brush.

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RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - Shawnee - 11-04-2019 11:50 PM

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RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - debeguiled - 11-05-2019 12:37 PM

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Lake Como?

Artist name?

RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - debeguiled - 11-11-2019 01:20 PM

The Dreamer Caspar David Friedrich

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RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - ilostabet - 11-14-2019 05:46 AM

The oldest known icon of Christ Pantocrator (6th Century):

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When modern artists recreate it, they sometimes 'fix' the two different looks of Jesus in it, because they think the ancients were dumb and could not paint properly (a mistaken and perhaps malicious idea that came with the Renaissance). In fact, they meant to paint it this way and with a specific and important meaning.

They pictured two 'looks' to highlight the two natures of Christ, fully human and fully divine, Christ the Judge and Christ the Redeemer, and so on. If you use your hand and cover one side vs the other, you can see this clearly depicted.

Foolish moderns.

One of the most beautiful icons of Christ in my opinion, not just in itself, but in the subtlety of what is trying to convey. The ancients understood it instinctively - we need to regain that instinct.

Mirror image of each side:

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RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - HermeticAlly - 11-14-2019 12:38 PM

It's a striking image. The left side (from the viewer's perspective) of his face looks warm and compassionate; the right side, about to dole out some real judgment.

The modern-day church could learn much from finding a similar balance in the way that we view Jesus, rather than solely emphasizing the sunshine-and-rainbow-feelz aspect.

RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - ilostabet - 11-14-2019 01:24 PM

There are more parallels that we can find by looking at it separately - you can see in the side that has the Scriptures, you could think of the heaviness of the Law, closed and pointing downward in a way, so much so that the book is closed (Jesus said not one iota would pass); but on the other side his whole being is open, pointing upward, the blessing hand. So both Law and Mercy are fullfilled, just like his reply to the farisees for whoever has not sinned to cast the first stone - the Law is kept, but so is Mercy.

You can see as well that the "compassionate side" is more uncovered, which is maybe why there is a tendency for the "hippie jesus" to prevail, because it's easier to see, but on the other hand the side of the Scriptures is clearly in the foreground, even if the other side is more exposed.

I'm sure there are much more to notice, but it is incredible how so much is transmitted in this apparently simple image.

One thing that I have been thinking about is regarding the 'battle of philosophies' in Art that happened in the 20th century. I think that in practice we can see that surrealism won this battle - it's taken over the popular mind and this is not at random, people are seeking this because they inately recognize that the scientific worldview is very narrow, and so much of reality is left outside of it. I think this also explains why in the West, because Christianity lost this mystical aspect and fully embraced science as end all be all, that people started to look elsewhere for this meaning - eastern religions, ancient pagan traditions, anything that would give them more than science.

Surrealism, even in its distorted, incomplete, modern way of representation, captures the world beyond the literal, the things which cannot be photographed, that cannot be subject to materialist thinking, measurement, science, etc. This world that is beyond and that the scientific revolution unwittingly threw away.

Here is Dali's crucifixion:

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And now compare this simple ancient icon with a complex painting from the 17th Century, one is clearly more realistic, while having actually less reality in it. And you can see how the Crucifixion, in this materialistic worldview presented in the 17th century painting is relegated to the background, when the crucifixion in a Christian worldview is the center of all reality. This is, in short, what this worldview has done to us all - put the cross in the background and focus on all the little details as if they are all equally important.

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RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - ilostabet - 11-14-2019 01:39 PM

I was just talking about these things with a friend and I showed him the post, and he (being agnostic) had a very good insight which I missed: he said that what the 17th century painting does (and modernity by extension) is putting the Crucifixion in the background to show how good the painter is. That is the whole scientific and technical worldview in a nutshell.

RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - Shawnee - 11-21-2019 09:54 PM

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RE: Inspirational paintings depicting positive values. - Vladimir Poontang - 01-12-2020 06:26 AM

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