AndyToad

Desired Things

Posted in beauty, inspiration, thoughts by andytoad on December 19, 2012

Dear blog,

Please do not think that you are forgotten. While we may not see one another as often as I’d like – you are in my heart and mind always.  Let’s make an effort to spend more time together in 2013, alright? There is so much that I want to share with you. Times have been hard but we shall forge ahead. Perhaps some guidance, below is a old prose poem that has been there for me from time to time throughout the years. I love you.  -Andrew

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Desiderata

by Max Ehrmann (1927)

Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy

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ephemeron

Posted in beauty by andytoad on September 21, 2011

photo: AndyToad 

if one isn’t careful
during dusk’s fleeting moments
as the sun rakes and paints exquisite shapes
the shock of the fading tableaux,
the retracted warmth
can lead to a broken heart


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Grandma and Grandpa

Posted in beauty, muse, photography by andytoad on April 19, 2011

Joyce and Robert Jordan 1945

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Morning Flavour – Blasphemous Boldness

Posted in art, beauty, inspiration, painting by andytoad on April 18, 2011

Melun Diptych by Jean Fouquet
(Named after the French city where the diptych used to be kept.)

 

Left Wing: Etienne Chevalier with his patron saint St. Steven
(Chevalier was treasurer to King Charles VII, this diptych was intended to be displayed on his grave)
tempera on panel c. 1450
Germäldegalerie, Berlin

Right Wing: Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels
(Model believed to be Agnes Sorel, mistress of King Charles VII)
tempera on panel c. 1450
Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp

Critters

Posted in beauty, inspiration, muse by andytoad on April 7, 2011

Der Rabe, Carl Spitzweg, c. 1840 (Baxerische Staatsgemäldesammlung, Munich)

 

Hoof Heels, Roxanne Jackson, 2010, ceramic, platinum gold luster, flock, glaze, fur

 

Skeletor  and Panthor, Masters of the Universe Classics action figures, 2011

 

 

 

Haute Pork Pie

Posted in beauty, fashion, inspiration, muse by andytoad on April 6, 2011

I keep coming back to this.

From the June 25, 2010 menswear collection shown in Paris by John Galliano

 

muse and beauty

Posted in art, beauty, inspiration, muse by andytoad on June 19, 2010

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Happy Family (2006) detail

Joana Vosconcelos

photos found on Lovely Textiles


 

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el corzon (heart)

cut paper

Elsa Mora


 

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Costumes from Das Triadische Ballett (1916-1932)

Oskar Schlemmer


 

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