A Feminist is Born: Raden Adjeng Kartini

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Worth a Journey

Java floods the senses. It is heat and spice and history. It is trade and religion and turbulence. Deep cultural roots, firmly staked belief systems, and long years of colonial and civil strife envelope the land in a patch-work cloud of contradictions.

But every April 21st, on the day of her birth, one woman rises above this cloud. A self-educated pioneer of feminism, she is a nationally recognized hero. Her name was Raden Adjeng Kartini, and once a year the nation of Indonesia celebrates her day: Kartini Day.

Kartini Portrait of Raden Ajeng Kartini (from the Tropenmuseum collection)

Kartini, the daughter of the Regent of Japara, was born in 1879. She attended school until the age of 12 – almost unheard of for girls at the time. She was then restricted, according to tradition, to her home.

Denied formal study but hungry for learning, Kartini filled the four long…

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Some photograph capturing the greatest moments and facts, some capturing peoples and beauties, some capturing the emotions.
But above all, they frozen the time in our life inside a frame, eternal memories and love to remember.

This photograph have touch my heart deeply. Done by a wonderful photographer, Christine Renney.

Oh, and please give the credit to Christine Renney. I don’t deserve anything.

Spartan Eye

Sign of the Times-0345 Image by Christine Renney

Fred, 97, and Annie, not 97, dancing across the years.

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Coltrane Loves Me

Personal Artist, Laurie Bostian

I’m having a love affair. With more than one man. There are three in particular who take turns waking me in the morning, putting me to sleep at night, and even serenading me while I paint.
Who are they?
John Coltrane
Miles Davis
Bill Evans

These three men thrill me. There’s something about that rhythm. Something about the feeling!


They inspire me to paint. This recent acrylic of John Coltrane was, of course, painted while I listened to his music.

The music of Miles is beyond cool, but Bill Evans might be my favorite. (And I haven’t painted him… yet!) An impressionist. A deep-feeling individual. He had to be. One of my favorite pieces of music – ever – is “Blue in Green.” A man once told me that if I were a piece of music, I would be that one.
How lovely.

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A Requiem

I feel like i am drowning in this.

the Artist as LISA LEE

2014 Charcoal and pastel on cardboard 16x20 2014
Charcoal and pastel on cardboard

Hi I’m baaack. Has it been one year already since I started this mess?! Where does time go? I’m feeling old…

And to kick thing off, here I present to you one of those “flopped” pieces…

This is another version of a previous work of same name (http://wp.me/s3DlfG-requiem) on a larger scale and more dramatic. I like to take old drawings and reimagine them. Though I feel like there is something missing here, something off. Rather than staring down at it until I find the flaw ill just toss it aside and work on different piece, then when my head is cleared up ill go back to it and scan it again. Though I admit when I’ll go back to it is anyone’s guess; ill probably never will, or ill just start a new one. Sometimes one needs to just let…

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Lover’s Duo

Black and white
Shadow and light
Mayor and minor
Separable conditions by colors , tones, and scales
But yet, together they made a beautiful harmony

Willow Snow

Your fingers gently explore, my
Polished black and white exterior
Evoking emotion with every stroke
Seducing you to play further
In a feverish haze, you elicit
Hums of celestial variations
Compelled by my poignant tale
How it vibrates within your soul
Conveying the unspoken with each key
Resonating through the hearts of
Enamored listeners who sit in silence
Together we bring life to this room
Performing a classical duet once more
Passion and artistry in every note
Closing with a ‘E’ minor as your
Expression softens at having to
Part from my ivory keys ’til next time


(Found photo here)

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John Coltrane Quartet: Ballads

Jazz You Too

Ballads is an album by The John Coltrane Quartet that I look for several times along the year. I know it is there, as a safe harbour to moor in shelter. Listening to every song really gives me something else. This year I am listening to it on a Summer day – very early in the morning – perplexing, isn’t it?

1. Say It ( Over And Over Again ) 

2. You Don’t Know What Love Is 

3. Too Young To Go Steady

4. All Or Nothing At All  

5. I Wish I Knew

6. What’s New?

7. It’s Easy To Remember

8. Nancy ( With The Laughing Face )

Personnel: John Coltrane (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone), McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass), Reggie Workman (bass #7) Elvin Jones (drums)


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