“Love” Summer Rose
“LOVE” Summer Rose
The first Rose of the Summer on my Terrace Garden!
“Love” Summer Rose
“LOVE” Summer Rose
The first Rose of the Summer on my Terrace Garden!
Valentine’s Day Crocheted Newborn Pink Bolero/Sweaterhttps://etsy.me/2Nb5yHz
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Remembering our War Hero’s and what they fought for! Painting by RESO914 #reso914 #ryanedward #ryanbaker This is one of many “Street Artist” painting my son painted. Many of his works can be found in Galleries in NY City, Brooklyn. To … Continue reading
NYBotanicalGardens: “Candy Cane Cocktail” (Hybrid Roses 2016)
Kardinal Kolorscape Red Roses (Germany 2014)
“Grande Amore” Tea Rose
. “Scepter’d Isle” English Tea Roses
“Polar Express” Award Winning Roses
*White Meidiland” French Rose (1989)
*Julie Andrews” Rose
To view last view’s Blog of the “Botanical Garden’s” click on this link to see more beautiful Roses!
Ryan Baker (my son), better known as Reso914, is an artist from Westchester, NY who uses his background in Street Art to portray his personal style in his art. Reso draws influence from his experiences growing up in NY, and loves using 90’s NY references in his work.
Ryan has had a love for his art his whole life, and made the switch from Graffiti Art to Paintings in 2007. Since then Reso has contributed to a few shows, and provides pieces for his collectors.
Ryan’s work is currently showing in two Gallery Shows (starting Sept. 14). One in Soho, NY and the other Gallery is in Brooklyn, NY.
Demin Jacket w Ballerina (Child’s size)
Alison (Winner – America Top Model)
He has also done murals on local restaurants. He did a large mural in a Mall in Texas.
To see more of Ryan’s “Street Art” or purchase any of his paintings, visit his Instagram page @ RyanEdward or RESO914.
At exactly 8:46 am EST, it will be 19 years since the tragic events of 9/11. I ask that today be a Day of Reflection not just of September 11, 2011 and the many lives lost; but a reflection of how our World as knew it then, has changed into a World of so many lives lost since then fighting for our Freedom.
Let us never forget the over 3,000 lives lost that day. Eventually since that time we have lost more lives, those who so dedicatedly rushed to the Trade Center as the more than 1,000 First Responder’s, many of whom have since lost their own lives.
Last Fall, I visited the World Trade Center as it today. With the “Freedom Tower”, what made the most impression on me was the “Reflection Pools” surrounded by the names of each person lost that day, as well as the over 700 bones they have yet to identify.
For more Reflections on this “Day of Remembrance” as I listen to the tolling bells for each person lost. Attached is a link to my previous article (written last year on Sept 11, 2016).
Last week I went to the “Heavenly Bodies” Exhibit at the Cloister’s in Upper Manhattan. My son, his girlfriend, and I visited this Fashion Exhibit of the “Catholic Imagination” on a spur of the moment adventure. Although I have been going to the Cloister’s since I was very young, this was one of the most exciting exhibits I have experienced.
“Heavenly Bodies” features the work of many Designers’ whose work is based on the own interpretations, imaginations, and relationship to Catholicism. Their designs were influenced by their own imagery and symbolism, using as a reference specific garments worn by the Clergy and Religious Orders, hence “Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”. An example is Versace’s interpretive designs of the various Medieval Religious Orders.
For those who know of the Cloister’s, which overlooks the Hudson River; much of the architecture used in the construction in the early 1930’s. was from many Gothic and Medieval structures, Paintings, Statues, and Tapestries, many of which are over 800 years old. The Cloister’s features various rooms with antiquities from the Romanesque Period (500-1500 `AD); Gothic Era (1500’s); to the Medieval Period of Art and Structures; all of which are reflected throughout the “Heavenly Bodies” Exhibit.
With these images in mind, I will share many of the Designer’s Fashions shown throughout the Monastery, many of which I will compare with the iconic works of art, which are a part of the Cloisters.
One of my favorites, and most popular Exhibit is Alexander McQueen’s Red Velvet gown, entitled “The Annunciation”; inspired by the “Annunciation Triptych” (1427) which is just to the right of the Gown.
Weddings also played an important part during these Monastic periods. Featured are many of the interpretations by these iconic Designers.
As one enters the Cloister’s Romanesque rooms, designed using part of a French Benedictine Monastery, including the original Monastic Columns from an 804 AD Benedictine Monastery and Romanesque Cloister’s. All this inspiring Designers from the House of Valentino, using various Black fabrics, Velvet, Silk, based on the Nuns habits worn during this period. One Black Dress & Cape with the Gold Stars is based on the Painting “Black Madonna of Czechoslovakia”.
In the Early Gothic Hall with its 15th Century Stained Glass Windows, Statues, and Paintings of the Madonna and Child, in the center stands the fashion inspiration by the Designer, Gaultier titled “Lumiere”. Note the Virgin and Child on the shoulder of this colorful Stained-Glass Dress.
My earliest memories of the Cloisters’ was the large room of Medieval Tapestries. Obviously, Alexander McQueen was inspired as I was by the beauty and design of these Tapestries, in his “Angels &Demons” Collection. His designs reflect the work found in many of the Tapestries hanging on the Walls.
The Gothic Chapel is well known for its original 13th Century 7 Sarcophagus’ (tombs) carved in the likeness of the various Counts, Knights, who fought for the Crusades, and the Baroness of Neubourg. The Designer, John Galliano, was inspired with his Design Gown with a Cross resembling the Crosses carried during the Crusades.
The Late Gothic Hall is filled with many Medieval Sculpture and Altar pieces. Adorning the entranceway to the Late Gothic Hall is a beautiful Gold Wedding Dress with a Gold Jeweled Crown designed by Dolce & Gabbanna.
While this beautifully, artistic work of the Designers whose work is featured in the “Heavenly Bodies” Cloister’s Exhibit, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MOMA) also presented many more of these Designs of the “Catholic Imagination” of “Heavenly Bodies” among the Art at the Museum. Many of the fashions explored the designer’s “imagination” of the transcendence from earth to the spiritual. One example featured at MOMA is the Designer, Thierry Mugler’s “ Madonna” with its sparkling pale Blue Dress and Crown at the top of an archway, representing Mary’s Ascension into Heaven.
Although many may not understand these fashions in the traditional sense, they illuminate the many ways that one’s imagination can transcend those of the Catholic Church’s view into enchanting “Heavenly Bodies”. What I have shown is just a small example of the many fashions being exhibited at the Cloister’s and the Museum of Modern Art.
The first Christmas Tree lighting at Rockefeller Center was in 1933, when 30 Rockefeller Center opened. Yes, the same as “30 Rock”! The first tree was about 20 feet; while this year’s Tree measures 94 feet. As you can see in some of the pictures, the Tree towers over Manhattan. Once the lighting takes place, it is officially Christmas in New York City!
As a very young child, my mother worked for Yardley in the Rockefeller Center Building. My sister and I would stand at the large windows overlooking the skating rink and watch Christmas unfolding before our eyes.
Years later when my sister and I both worked in Manhattan, we would rush over to catch the Tree Lighting. We would meet at the entrance of Rockefeller Center where the large Angels stand with their trumpets ready to announce the beginning of the Holiday Season! (see the picture of Kelly standing in front of the Angels).
As I started my own family, the tradition of joining the crowds continued as we would view the very large Tree erected each year.
Hopefully the pictures will give you the feeling of being right there with us!!!
Rockefeller Tree Lighting (Nighttime View)
A Day in Cold Spring
The past few days the Northeast, including NY where I live, has experienced a heat wave of 90+ degrees, plus severe storms at night.
This morning at 5am woke up to a loud crack and crash outside my bedroom window. The first 2 pics were taken at 5am – the others at 7am.
I loved this Tree as its long branches reached my terrace – providing a bit of comfort from the heat of the setting sun..
Can’t imagine what is in store for the rest of the Summer, if this is just early June!
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