luni, 11 iunie 2018

Chipul Mantuitorului/ The face of Jesus Christ

 E greu sa pictezi un chip pe care nu l-ai vazut niciodata. Privirea blanda, fruntea inalta, sprancenele frumos arcuite si o gura zambind delicat sunt niste caracteristici care iti transmit ceva. Dar ce ne facem cu stereotipurile? Ce ne facem cand viata ne aduce in cale oameni pe care ii judecam dupa aparente, iar apoi ne dam seama ca am judecat gresit? Cum sa pictezi chipul unui Om cum a fost Hristos? Sunt cateva marturii despre infatisarea lui, dar nu de ajuns sa-ti poti face o imagine intreaga.
Am vazut filme si reprezentari ale lui Iisus. Unele mi-au placut, altele m-au lasat rece. Ma intreb daca nu cumva ni-L imaginam fiecare, raportandu-ne la ce e mai bun in noi. Poate ca viata ne invata chipul lui Hristos, in functie de cum traim, ce patim si ce oameni intalnim.


It's hard to recreate a face you've never seen. A gentle expression, a broad forehead, nicely shaped eyebrows and a delicate smile are certain characteristics. But what about stereotypes? What about when life gives us appearances that we judge poorly? How can one paint the face of a Man like Jesus? There's some testimony regarding His looks, but still not enough.
I've seen some movies and different representations of Christ. Some pleased me, some didn't. I wonder if His face is shaped by each one of us, according to our own life and experiences.




Hristos in filme/ Christ in movies

Ted Neeley, "Jesus Christ Superstar", 1973

Sergey Bezrukov, "Master i Margarita", 2005

Robert Powell, "Jesus of Nazareth", 1977

Hristosul bizantin in cea mai veche icoana cunoscuta, de la Manastirea Sf. Ecaterina, Muntele Sinai/ The Byzantine Christ in the oldest known icon, Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai

duminică, 13 mai 2018

Stima casei/ The home serpent

Sarpele casei, asa cum il descriu frumoasele versuri ale celor de la Phoenix. Bland si intelept, Sarpele casei aduce noroc, asa ca sa nu va dea prin cap sa-i faceti vreun rau!
The House Serpent is the guardian of homes. It is said that such a serpent appears as a large, albino specimen, as it lives inside the walls and it’s never exposed to sunlight. In some areas, it is believed that it descends from the attic and drinks milk alongside the children of the house. The house dwellers leave different offerings for the serpent, as mentioned above, and killing, or even harming it in any way, brings years of bad luck.

marți, 17 aprilie 2018

Proverbe/ Proverbs

Cateva proverbe cunoscute, ilustrate literal.
Some wellknown proverbs, illustrated literally. You can buy prints here, at a very high quality.

Frumusetea e in ochii privitorului

Calul de dar nu se cauta la dinti

Nu musca mana care te hraneste

O mana o spala pe cealalta

Unde sunt doi, al treilea e de prisos

Oala supravegheata nu fierbe niciodata

luni, 2 aprilie 2018

Icoana sparta si alti doi sfinti/ The shattered icon and two more saints

De cand n-am mai pictat pe sticla, am si uitat cat de sensibila e. Obisnuita cu lemnul, ma apuc eu sa pregatesc icoana pentru targ; pune agatatoare, lipeste carton pe spate, bate cuie. Am batut cu simt de raspundere, normal. Cand intorc icoana pe fata si deschid usitele, soc si groaza: o mare crapatura! Frumoasa mea nu a mai putut fi luata la targ. Eram prea mandra de ea, trebuia sa se intample ceva!
Las' c-o repar!

Sf. Mina si Sf. Haralambie au fost in siguranta, ca bradul nu se sparge asa usor :))
It's been a long time since I did my last painting on glass. I almost forgot how sensible glass is. So, accustomed with the less sensible wood, I proceeded in preparing the icon for the fair; mounting the hanger, attaching the cardboard on the back, pounding the nails. It's just that I pounded the nails a little too hard and the glass shattered. My beautiful icon couldn't be taken to the fair. Maybe I was too proud of if and that's why it happened. Anyway, I'm gonna fix it!

Saint Mina and Haralambie were safe; it seems that lumber doesn't break so easily :))

vineri, 23 martie 2018

House, techno si alte creaturi/ House techno and other beings

Zic unii ca muzica asta frecata de Dj la discuri si butoane nu e muzica. Cica n-ar fi muzica adevarata pentru ca nu e integral facuta de ei, la instrumente clasice. Adica Dj-ii iau o bucata de colo, o bucata de colo, le mixeaza si....Voila! s-a facut melodia. "Oricine poate sa faca asa ceva, daca are un calculator si un programel de mixat muzica". Asa zic unii! Cand am auzit ca "oricine" poate, am zis sa fac si eu, nene! Bineinteles ca nu mi-a iesit nimic... Si am ajuns la o concluzie: oamenii astia nu au numai ureche muzicala si talent, dar muncesc si foarte mult.
Ascult house, techno, electro oricand, la orice ora. Nu stiu daca e doar o pasa, dar ma relaxeaza, ma ajuta sa pictez linistita si sa gandesc in voie. Imi place la fel de mult cum imi place si un Bach, Mozart sau Chopin. Cred ca si lor le-ar fi placut Trentemoller, Koop sau Maceo Plex...
Some say that music played by Djs is not actually music, just because it's not entirely composed by them. It's not plaied with classic instruments and it's just bits of music mixed together. "It's actually at hand for anyone to produce such music with a computer and some mixing app". Many of us even tried it at one point in our lives and realized it's actually not that easy. Besides talent and perfect pitch, these people really do work a lot.
I listen to house, techno and electro at any time. I don't know if it's temporary, but it does relax me and gives me a mood to start creating. I listen to these with as much pleasure as I would listen to Bach, Mozart or Chopin. And I'm sure they would've loved Trentemoller, Koop or Maceo Plex as well...

joi, 1 martie 2018

miercuri, 3 ianuarie 2018

Am gasit o comoara!/ I've found a treasure!

A venit si 2018, asa ca "La multi ani", sa fim sanatosi cu totii! Si cum anul trebuie sa inceapa neaparat cu vesti bune, vestea mea e ca am gasit o comoara- iarna, in Bulgaria! Un loc atat de frumos si cunoscut de putini: Tyulenovo. Pe coasta Marii Negre, in zona asta, gasesti o salbaticie care-ti ia ochii, un aer marin ca la mama lui, tot felul de necuvantatoare si....DIAMANTE, muuuuulte diamante! Eu am  fire de cioara, asa ca sclipiciunea lor mi-a sarit in ochi imediat si m-a fermecat. Nu-mi vine sa cred ca nu am luat niciunul, nu stiu ce-a fost in capul meu, probabil ca sinapsele mele s-au blocat de la atata incantare. Oricum, am facut poze, asa ca o sa va arat si voua ce frumos e Tyulenovo cu comorile lui.
Happy new year everyone! I've got good news to start 2018, and the news is I've found a treasure, in Bulgaria. The location is Tyulenovo, a wild coast at the Black Sea. There's a mesmerizing sight out there, a good saline air, marine creatures and....Diamons! Lots and lots of diamonds! I've been immediatly attracted to their shine. Can't believe I didn't take them all with me. Anyways, I've got pictures to prove my point.

Rasarit in Decembrie/ Sun shine

Aici era un izvor cu apa sulfuroasa/ Termal water spring

Arcada formata de stancile uriase/ Gigantic natural arcade

Un portret al unui barbat, sus pe o stanca, sters de vreme si apa/ Portrait of a unknown man

Un "pinguin" de Marea Neagra/ Black Sea "penguin"

Pestera Hipiotilor. Am gasit urme de viata, ramase probabil din vara. Paie, lemne carbonizate si o franghie de rufe./ Hippy's cave

Pestera Hipiotilor, din afara

Cateva diamantele/ Some little diamonds

Diamante/ Diamonds

Diamanteeee/ Diamooonds

De ce nu le-am luat cu mine?/ Why didn't I take them??

Floare de diamante/ Diamond flowers

Si mai multe/ Lots and lots of them

Morile de la Bolata/ Bolata wind mills

Golful Bolata, cu Delta lui/ Bolata gulf and Delta

Delta Bolata si pesteri / Bolata Delta and caves

Pestera cu full sea- view/ Full sea-view suite

Smochine! Nici de-astea nu am luat cu mine :))/ Sea fig

Locul de intanire al pasarilor/ Birdy meeting place

O sa ma intorc la tine, Tyulenovo. Ramai salbatic!/ I'll be back to you, Tyulenovo! Stay wild!