A Photo a Week – 100 Years Old

These ornate sculptures of the Madonna and Child are housed at the John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. The figures celebrate Mary, the Mother of Jesus, who has inspired artisans, crusaders, saints and mothers worldwide. The sculpted figures express virtues. Mary’s character illustrates devotion, mercy, compassion and deep love.Sculpture Madonna & Child.web

                  Madonna & Child  circa1490                 2018©Isadora DeLaVega

Images of the Virgin and Child were virtually everywhere in the Renaissance home.

In the 1300’s and 1400’s representations of the Virgin and Child became increasingly popular. 

 Sculptures Tableau.webTableau Madonna and Child                       2018©Isadora DeLaVega

Images like these emphasize the relationship between mother and child

and promote the Virgin’s role as intercessor for the salvation of humankind.

Madonna & Child framed.webAlabaster Madonna and Child                      2018©Isadora  DeLaVega

This relief sculpture is meant to recall carved marble, rather than the more inexpensive terra-cotta of which it was made. The sculptural quality of the figures in the painted image also point to the artist’s interest in three-dimensional sculpted models.

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Liquid Diversity

At the Mote Marine Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida, children and adults can touch the stingrays in the pond.

My grandson was enjoying the idea of touching them. I loved the way the water

liquid floated and showed movement in this photograph.

Dropplets of liquid from a downpour sitting on my car.

The color of my car is a soft gold instead of this beautiful blue. Interesting … !!!

Before entering the Antigua & Barbuda Museum, sits this copper pot at the first step filled with water.

Above the pot is a pipe. It looks like it’s supposed to direct liquid into it.

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Odd Red Screw

 

Wandering the streets of Barbados in search of their museum,

we came across this odd metal screw and chain hanging from a post.

I never saw the man when I took the photograph. 

I was focused on what the purpose of the screw might be.

Any ideas???

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On the Farm

A horse alone in a pasture – Costa Rica

Two chickens – Costa Rica

Chickens wandered around a roadside fruit stand.

Our tour guide took us there so we could get some cold beverages.

Chickens were everywhere but scurried away when anyone approached. 

This one in the front liked to give side glances. It was truly funny.

A Rogue Chicken – St. Thomas VI

This chicken wandered off from his buddies at a park in the center of town on St.Thomas VI.

While waiting for our tour bus, I snapped him searching for some nibbles. 

At the time, I didn’t think I’d ever post these photographs.

Surprise – a livestock challenge …

Enjoy ….. Isadora 😎

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Odd Sculpture – A Bit Tipsy

This is a very Odd sculpture.

It looks like it a bit tipsy either from alcohol or the tumultuous waves on a ship.

It looked like a person with a lampshade on its head when I first saw it.

I may have to bring a pad and pen along with my camera when taking photos.

I have no idea what the name of this sculpture or who the artist is.

I took the photograph on the Celebrity Equinox cruise ship.

If you’ve seen it and know the name feel free to add it in the comments.

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

 

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Evade Death – Unlikely

It’s unlikely any of us will be able to evade this place in the future.I took these photos in Roatan, Honduras.

They bury their loved ones above ground.

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B & W Zoo Animal Close-Ups

LeopardWild Boar

Grizzly Bear

My hubby having fun with the various hand puppets in the gift shop.

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A Photo a Week – Orange

 

Orange Explosion 

Orange Blown Glass Vase

Playing with Orange Paint

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Playing with Lines

Elephant Heart is by Dutch Artist Hans Van de Bovenkamp

The sculpture is 6’ high X 8’ wide X 3.9’ deep. It is stainless steel.

It must have been quite an achievement to place the sculpture here in this park. An incredible example of lines and curves that converge to become a massive sculpture with a name expressing its’ massive size.

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This week, Cheri Lucas Rowlands, asks us to share a photo with a composition dominated by lines — hard or soft, straight or curvy, vertical or horizontal, or made in nature or as part of a cityscape. We look forward to seeing your interpretations!

 

Prolific Colorful Art

prolific sky, filled with white fluffy clouds, welcomed me to the artfully colorful islet of Matlacha.

A short one hour drive from my home is the charmingly quaint little island. 

Ablaze with dazzling, colorful shops is the best description for this island of about 735 residents. 

An old Florida fishing village, the tiny town of Matlacha (MAT-luh-shay), is an islet west of Fort Myers.

Boutiques, art galleries and seafood restaurants bedeck main street. It’s traditional Florida cottages retain the charm of a quiet fishing village. 

Leoma Lovegrove, local artist in residence, should be elected the queen of color. Her home is as colorful as her gallery.

In the rear of her gallery is a gazebo for you to enjoy a short respite after you’ve viewed her gallery.

There is an abundance of outdoor art offerings you to view as well. 

She showcases other artists in addition to her masterful works.

She does little to hide that she is a huge fan of the Beatles.

She pays homage to them in some of her paintings and by playing their music inside and outside the gallery. 

Leoma Lovegrove, an impressionist-expressionist painter known worldwide for her colorful artistic depictions of flora and fauna calls Matlacha Island, Florida her home. It’s here that she’s inspired within her own waterfront gallery and gardens, where she greets thousands of visitors each year. Leoma’s contagious love of Florida has been instrumental in encouraging tourism to the state.

 Her works are on display in galleries throughout the world and are in two Presidential libraries.

She was also honored at an artist’s reception at The White House given by First Lady, Laura Bush.  

These are just a few of the reasons Bealls Department Stores has partnered with Leoma as their Florida Artist.  

Her Good-Day Sunshine collection created exclusively for Bealls is currently in stores statewide. ©info from web-site

When in the Fort Myers, Florida area, a day trip to this gallery and quaint town is worth a visit.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my quick road trip to Matlacha.

Isadora   2018©photography

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