aleyma:

Johan Christoph Dietzsch, Iris germanica (Blue Iris) with a dragonfly and beetle, 18th century (source).

aleyma:

Johan Christoph Dietzsch, Iris germanica (Blue Iris) with a dragonfly and beetle, 18th century (source).

colourthysoul:

Henri Matisse - Girl with a Tricorne (Vénitienne)

colourthysoul:

Henri Matisse - Girl with a Tricorne (Vénitienne)

lonequixote:

Oleanders and Books ~ Vincent Van Gogh

lonequixote:

Oleanders and Books ~ Vincent Van Gogh

bofransson:

Four Fruits
William James Glackens

bofransson:

Four Fruits

William James Glackens

crashinglybeautiful:

"Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. That I will never fulfill my obligation to surpass myself unless I first accept myself, and if I accept myself fully in the right way, I will already have surpassed myself."
–Thomas Merton (with gratitude to Whiskey River)

crashinglybeautiful:

"Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. That I will never fulfill my obligation to surpass myself unless I first accept myself, and if I accept myself fully in the right way, I will already have surpassed myself."

–Thomas Merton (with gratitude to Whiskey River)

bofransson:

Kees van Dongen (1877-1968) 
Femme au collier

bofransson:

Kees van Dongen (1877-1968) 

Femme au collier

awkwardsituationist:

"well, i don’t know what will happen now. we’ve got some difficult days ahead. but it really doesn’t matter with me now, because i’ve been to the mountaintop. …like anybody, i would like to live a long life. but I’m not concerned about that now. …i’ve seen the promised land. i may not get there with you. but i want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land."

king delivered these words at mason temple in memphis, tennessee the very night before his assassination on april 4th, 1968. he was in memphis to support 1300 striking sanitation workers, largely african american, who were protesting difficult working conditions, poverty level wages and the refusal of the city to recognize their union.

although jim crow was now technically abolished, it was still very difficult for african americans to find work in the south, and for many in memphis collecting garbage was the only job they could get. but work was hard and unsafe. workers would come home with clothes saturated with filthy water and crawling with maggots. and when it rained, workers could only seek refuge in the back of their compressor trucks.

this would lead to the death of echol cole and robert walker, who were accidentally crushed during a storm. their deaths would precipitate the strike. as one striker, taylor rogers, later recalled, “if you bend your back, people will ride your back. but if you stand up straight, people can’t ride your back. so that’s what we did. we stood up straight and said, ‘I AM A MAN’.”

and so king, despite the wishes of some confidants, went to memphis in the midst of his poor people’s campaign to stand with the sanitation workers. as he said the night before his death, “we’ve got to march and force everybody to see that there are thirteen hundred of god’s children here suffering.”

because, as king famously said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” be it political or racial or economic injustice. the promised land was not only a voting rights act or a civil rights act. it was also the right to organize (including public sector employees), a living wage, and basic decency.

and as king said, “if you haven’t found something in life that you’re willing to die for, you’ve not yet lived.” though he didn’t live to see it, the strike eventually ended with union recognition from the city and raises for the workers, but not before king’s now widowed wife, coretta scott king, defied the threats to her own life and marched in her late husband’s place on april 8.

photos by (click pic) jack thornell, richard l. copley, charlie kelly and sam melhorn.

bofransson:

The Beautiful Polish Girl
Hans Purrmann - 1962

bofransson:

The Beautiful Polish Girl

Hans Purrmann - 1962

keithbangkok:

Hotel Jardin, San Luis de Potosi, Mexico by Keith Miller Graphite, 24cm by 17cm
Plaza de las Armas, San Luis de la Potosi Oil pastel, colored pencil, 24cm by 17cm
Most Mexican provincial cities are dead quiet in the evening. I whiled away sometime one night, doing this sketch of my hotel room. I wonder how many drawings I have of rooms like this…..a lot, I think.

keithbangkok:

Hotel Jardin, San Luis de Potosi, Mexico by Keith Miller
Graphite, 24cm by 17cm

Plaza de las Armas, San Luis de la Potosi
Oil pastel, colored pencil, 24cm by 17cm

Most Mexican provincial cities are dead quiet in the evening. I whiled away sometime one night, doing this sketch of my hotel room. I wonder how many drawings I have of rooms like this…..a lot, I think.

bofransson:

Luisa in a Pink Dress
William James Glackens

bofransson:

Luisa in a Pink Dress

William James Glackens

mpdrolet:

Neal Cassady driving the Merry Pranksters Bus, 1964
Allen Ginsberg

mpdrolet:

Neal Cassady driving the Merry Pranksters Bus, 1964

Allen Ginsberg

bofransson:

Red Gloxinias
Kees Van Dongen - 1929

bofransson:

Red Gloxinias

Kees Van Dongen - 1929

madivinecomedie:

Henri Matisse

keithbangkok:

The “Jardin”, San miguel de Allende by Keith Miller
Grease pencil and oil pastel, 17cm by 12cm

Park Bench, in the Jardin, San Miguel
India ink and oil pastel, 17cm by 12cm.

These are two small studies of San Miguel’s main square which the locals call, “El Jardin”, or “garden’.
As far as I know it’s the only town or city in Mexico which uses this word to describe its main square……never seen it in Spain either.

bofransson:

Portrait of Aline Gauguin Paul Gauguin - 1890

bofransson:

Portrait of Aline Gauguin Paul Gauguin - 1890