Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I feel very grateful for all my friends and family. You share your time, love, and comfort not only on these special days but all the other days in my year, too. I am thankful to have a job that allows me time off to spend the holidays with those I love. I cherish my splendid memories of holidays past while looking forward to building new traditions, too. I miss those who are gone but you will be lovingly remembered.

Blessings and love to you all!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Such a lovely Saturday

I hope everyone enjoyed the day. It was truly gorgeous here.

Yellow leaves against azure sky.


Ah, the beauty of the human form...

Hirst's For the Love of God
“British artist Damien Hirst revealed his latest work of art at the White Cube Gallery in London, June 1, 2007. “For the Love of God” is a life-size cast of a human skull in platinum and covered by 8,601 pave-set diamonds weighing 1,106.18 carats. The single large diamond in the middle of the forehead is reportedly worth $4.2 million alone. Hirst financed the project himself, and estimates it cost between 10 and 15 million. Of course, it will cost someone a pretty penny to own the work: it’s priced at $99 million."

Talk about being a succesful artist! I would really love to touch this piece. I imagine the bumpy, cold texture would feel like touching a reptile. Rijksmuseum spokeswoman Elles Kamphuis said the piece was cast from a skull of a man who died in the 18th century. Hirst bought the skull from a London dealer. (What sort of dealer has bones on hand?) The teeth used in the finished casting are from the original skull.

Kamphuis said the skull will be on display in Amsterdam for six weeks starting November 1.