Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Bernini, Baroque and a Blog Birthday

Well, it's over! Hurray! Finals are over. I can't quite believe it.
It's been a crazy time but I will start there.

I took my art history exam last night. I went in relaxed but somewhere along the way the synapses weren't quite firing. And then ... there is the other thing.

We had to give some short answers that consisted of Rembrandt's light, Vermeer's shadows, defining the Enlightenment and a couple of other things that have already left my brain. Then we had to choose two essays out of three subjects. Here is where the problem comes in. They each have to be two to three pages. I began with the one comparing the Baroque period in Italy, France, Spain and Northern Europe. By the time I got to the bottom of the first page I was still going on about Caravaggio! Oh, no! Only two pages left to compare and contrast the art and architecture of three more regions! Thank God I didn't start with Bernini or the class would have been over and I would have never gotten out of Italy. Anyway, you see my problem. I get all excited and run out time and space!

Alas, it's over and I realized that two days ago was my blog's Two Year Anniversary! So, Happy Birthday Blog! I also want to say thank you to all of you who come on here and check out my pictures and art and actually read my sometimes (often?) silly stories. Thanks for being here and for all of your beautiful inspirations, as well as your wonderful support!

The Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome 2010
Gotta love the Baroque. It is like being inside a jewelry box!

Good old Bernini ... what a rock star. The Ecstasy of St. Teresa ...

For a panoramic view of Santa Maria dell Vittoria ... click HERE and make sure you hit the little arrows to move around!

And sadly last weekend I had to say goodbye to a very old friend. It says a lot about someone when their memorial is standing room only, and that the speeches and eulogies are not only touching and emotional but have people cracking up laughing and remember all the good times.

Scotty and I at the Julian King Memorial Golf Tournament, 1998

We will miss you Scotty and whenever I hear Moonshadow I will think of you.

Jeffery "Scotty Mac" McPherson

2/26/1970 - 4/22/2011

... And if I ever lose my eyes
If my colors all run dry
Yes, if I ever loose my eyes
Oh ....
I won't have to cry no more

Yes, I'm being followed by a moon shadow
Moonshadow, moonshadow
Leaping and hopping on a moonshadow
Moonshadow, moonshadow

~Cat Stevens

Hug your friends and have a beautiful week!
Blessings and light!


donna baker said...

Lucinda, what an accomplishment! Bravo! Isn't it profound to lose and gain so much in a week. Onward and upward, for you and Scotty.

Joyce said...

Not only a lot of things going on in one week, but a lot of different emotions. I am happy for the finals to be over and now you can enjoy summer. Congrats on your blog anniversary. I'm most sorry to hear the passing of your friend Scotty. Big hugs...xo

Tammie Lee said...

so sorry to hear about the passing of your friend. yes, we must hug our friends.

congratulations on your final being over, yea, hurrah.

Happy Anniversary!

Loree said...

So sorry about your friend. Hope your exams went really well for you.

Don said...

Congrats on your blogversary! May there be many more.

Candy said...

Lucinda, I'm so sorry about your friend Scotty.

You had quite a week. I'm so happy for you that finals are over!

Love your description of Baroque!

Happy Blog Anniversary!

A Brush with Color said...

So sorry you lost such a dear friend. He must have been a lovely person to attract so many to see him off. I cried just listening again to Cat Stevens--I loved that Tea for the Tillerman album. Brings back my college days. (I'm old, what can I say!) Congratulations on finishing exams and for having a blogoversary! Good for you--you're done! Love your description of Baroque art as like being inside a jewelry box--so appropriate.

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Sorry to hear that you've lost a friend...death is very long compared to a short life isn't it?