AndyToad

Family Reunion

Posted in art, inspiration, museum by andytoad on August 29, 2013

Some friends I met recently on a visit to Detroit, hanging out in the Detroit Institute of Art.

Ritual Figure early 1900's , Unknown Artist, Kongo Culture, Democratic Republic of Congo

Ritual Figure
early 1900’s , Unknown Artist, Kongo Culture, Democratic Republic of Congo

Female Figure 1300's, Unknown Artist, Chancay Culture, Peru

Female Figure
1300’s, Unknown Artist, Chancay Culture, Peru

Standing Warrior with Club 100 B.C.E. - 400 C.E., Unknown Artist, Jalisco Culture, West Mexico

Standing Warrior with Club
100 B.C.E. – 400 C.E., Unknown Artist, Jalisco Culture, West Mexico

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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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Stranger in the Rain

Posted in 5 minute photo, inspiration, mask, photography by andytoad on April 23, 2012

Some photographs in the backyard.

Dark and Stormy Spring … photo: AndyToad

Little Fly … photo: AndyToad

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Thinking Cap

Posted in drawing, inspiration, sketchbook by andytoad on April 20, 2012

A page from the sketchbook.

Idea for a hat. (Collage from found materials.)

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Coucou Bazar

Posted in art, inspiration by andytoad on March 19, 2012

I love you Dubuffet.

Jean Dubuffet, Don Coucoubazar, 1972. Sheet metal, polyurethane paint, Musée d’Unterlinden, Colmar

 

Morning Flavour – Exploration, Adventure, Untested Waters

Posted in inspiration, muse by andytoad on September 21, 2011

photo: water scooter image found online

What am I waiting for?

Ox and Toad

Posted in inspiration, Ox-Bow by andytoad on July 7, 2011

Ox-Bow in the AM. This morning the chickens that live in the coop next to my cabin decided to battle with the cat that intently follows them around. The chickens won. Their skirmish woke me early, before the breakfast bell, so I took a little hike in the woods. The birds are singing and the tree frogs chirping. A good start to the day.

My cabin, “The Hoyt”

Friendly (not to cats) Chickens

Lost in the Tallmadge Woods

Ox-Bow Lagoon

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5 minute photo shoot – Venus

Posted in 5 minute photo, Alchemy at Izquierdo Studio, inspiration, muse by andytoad on July 1, 2011

Photo: Andytoad

Legacy of Cain, Volume 1: Love

Love is the Devil

Posted in art, inspiration, muse, painting by andytoad on April 28, 2011

George Dyer in the Reece Mews Studio – photograph by John Deakin, 1964
(Dyer in Francis Bacon’s studio)

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