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Louis Schwartzberg’s Talk on Gratitude at TEDxSF
Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.
This piece includes his short film on Gratitude and Happiness. Brother David Steindl-Rast’s spoken words, Gary Malkin’s musical compositions and Louie’s cinematography make this a stunningly beautiful piece, reminding us of the precious gift of life, and the beauty all around us.
Christian brought us a new house mate: our resident orchid. It’s beautiful and I had to shoot a picture of it. In black/white it makes such a timeless impression. It will majestically reign over our household.
After a long time, I went for a run on the beach, and during a highly needed rest in the shade of the Naples Pier I saw this White Heron, the bird of the nations snowbirds, having lunch in the shade, too. I like how the high contrast filter enhances the shadows of the foot prints of other invisible Beach Creatures and of course how the water turn really blue…
In a series of four 8 x 8 square paintings, done in an afternoon in automaton fashion on the lanai on a winter afternoon in December 2008. Oil on canvas, testing out how dark the background can get with blues, and green, purples and red. And what bright colors can bear to stand on top of it. They were experiments, like all my painting was, testing many ways to put color on canvas in order for the view to come out. We had them in our house in the blue section, and with the new addition of the pewter piece by Janet Miller they will move. Christian says, “I really like those”. We haven’t decided yet where they end up but it seem that putting them on a white background will make them stand out more. I know, I will start painting again, and the first project will be an attempt to repeat some of the abstract lighting photos in oil, seems the atmosphere colored light at night, is my bright side.
Having a “kunstpause” literally, when catching this still life with Flower at Bella Maria Tapas Bar on 5th Avenue South in Naples. We just wandered about three hours around the Downtown Naples New Year’s Weekend Art Fair 2012 and admired a few artworks along the way. We bought from Janet Miller, www.pewtervessels.com and from Conni Togle, @sheepincognito.
The sculpture depicts the Apostle Peter, wrapped in a sheet (metaphor of denial) after he denied knowledge of Jesus three times.
The sculptor, Josep Maria Subirachs, began work on the Passion Facade in 1987 after he studied Gaudi’s notes and plans for a year. The various scenes and details of the façade aimed to give a rigid, angular form to provoke a dramatic effect. Gaudí intended for this façade to strike fear into the onlooker. He wanted to “break” arcs and “cut” columns, and to use the effect of chiaroscuro (dark angular shadows contrasted by harsh rigid light) to further show the severity and brutality of Christ’s sacrifice.”
Automatons is what I call these fast passed little treasures. They are 8 x 11 canvas boards, created after a painting project is finally done. Now I need to clean the color palette and by doing that I also clean the soul of the residue of the finished painting. The colors are newly mixed and within 5 minutes distributed over the canvas board. It’s an unconscious process that would drive someone watching it crazy as there is no rhyme or reason to it. It’s serendipitous and sometimes it mounts to an image that can be looked at afterwards and sometime is just cements the chaos in my head disturbingly well, and you run to find order again. Sometimes they grow on me. When I look at them, they feel at the same time slightly familiar but mostly removed, like it’s a different part of me who created them. It’s the detached right brain at work, and it gave the left brain not a single moment to be part of it, took on a life of its own.
Without doubt the technique as inspired by dadaists, for example, Andre Mason who did automatic drawings, or Max Ernst who after printing wood pattern on the canvas and used it as a starting point for his inspirations.