sâmbătă, 4 aprilie 2015

Invitatia lui Beth (1) 


Beth Berman, o creatoare de arte frumoase din SUA, m-a invitat sa postez trei articole pe blogul grupului ei, "And Then We set it on Fire"
Primul meu articol este despre creatiile mele de monoprinting si va apare in 9 aprilie.
Multumesc, Beth!

Beth Berman, a US artist of Fine Arts, has invited me to post three articles on her group blog "And Then We Set it on Fire"
My first article is about my works in monoprinting and will be published in the April 9.

Thank you, Beth! 

Today I want to present some monoprintings. First I tried to do monoprinting on a ceramic plate. The things have not really successful, perhaps because I have not chosen the best color consistency.

For this, I supplemented by adding a few lines of drawing and the result is this ...

Then I made myself a gelliplate, a little one...

In this case, things went easier...



Then I tried to monoprint by using a plastic sheet...hum, could be better!!
Finally, I had to add some corrections, color effects, on the monoprinted sheet.

From all this, I was able to draw a conclusion: it is true that, working with gelliplate, things are going better.


duminică, 22 martie 2015

Excursia de 8 Martie (3)

In ziua de 8 martie am vizitat manastirea construita de Constantin Brancoveanu (1688-1714) la Sambata de Sus, loc aflat la poalele Muntilor Fagaras, in apropierea orasului Fagaras.
Istoria acestui minunat asezamant ortodox poate fi cunoscuta de aici.

Biserica construita de domnitorul Constantin Brancoveanu in jurul anului 1701, pentru apararea ortodoxiei si a unitatii de credinta a credinciosilor ortodocsi din Transilvania, a fost daramata in 1785 ca urmare a conflictului cu autoritatile bisericii greco-catolice din Transilvania.

Dupa intrarea Transilvaniei sub protectoratul austriac (1688), noua stapanire catolica a Transilvaniei a inceput atragerea populatiei majoritar ortodoxe si a preotilor spre catolicism. In 1761, generalul Bukow a dispus distrugerea tuturor bisericilor si manastirilor ortodoxe din Transilvania care nu acceptau trecerea la religia greco-catolica. Cu toate interventiile mostenitorilor lui Brancoveanu la guvernul Transilvaniei, manastirea nu a mai putut fi salvata si in 1785 s-a trecut la demolarea ei. Ea a ramas in ruina timp de 140 de ani, cand pe zidurile ei au crescut arbori.
Refacerea manastirii de la Sambata de Sus a inceput in 1926, dupa Marea Unire din 1918, cand s-au dezgropat din ruine zidurile vechii biserici si s-au refacut partile care lipseau. In timpul regimului comunist, intre 1962-1963, s-au facut lucrari de consolidare si refacere a manastirii care au fost desavarsite intre 1977-1978.

Din 1985, IPS Antonie Plamadeala, Mitropolit al Ardealului, Crisanei si Maramuresului a reusit sa refaca din temelii manastirea si sa  aduca  acest asezamant la ceea ce este astazi, un monument de cult, cultura si spiritualitate.

vineri, 13 martie 2015

Excursia de 8 Martie (2)

Dupa Brasov ne-am indreptat spre Fagaras. Aici am vizitat Cetatea Fagarasului, despre care se spune ca este cetatea care nu a fost cucerita niciodata. Ea reprezinta cel mai impunator monument istoric al zonei. Constructia ei a debutat la sfarsitul secolului XIV-lea, fiind precedata de o fortificatie din lemn, inconjurata de un sant cu apa si val de pamant, datata din secolele XII-XIII. Cetatea a cunoscut mai multe transformari arhitecturale ulterioare devenind o curte princiara, resedinta pentru principii Transilvaniei si sotiile acestora. Aici a locuit si Mihai Viteazul cu sotia sa, doamna Stanca.
Azi, cetatea este o adevarata bijuterie arhitectonica care contine mai multe sali expozitionale. Ea a beneficiat de o refacere importanta facuta cu fonduri europene.

After Brasov, we went to Fagaras. Here we visited Fagaras Fortress, which is said to be the fortress which was never conquered. It is the most imposing monument of the area, whose construction began in the late fourteenth century and was preceded by a wooden fortress surrounded by a ditch and wall of earth, dating from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Fortress had several architectural changes, later became a princely court, a residence for princes of Transylvania and their wives. Michael the Brave lived here with his wife, Mrs. Stanca.

Fagaras Fortress is an architectural jewel that contains several exhibition halls. It received a significant restoration of EU funds.

Cetatea Fagarasului - vedere generala
Intrarea in Cetatea Fagarasului

Curtea interioara
Sala tronului
Dormitorul Doamnei Stanca

Cateva din exponatele aflate in salile muzeului...
Some of the exhibits in the museum's halls...

Catedrala din Fagaras

joi, 12 martie 2015

Excursia de 8 Martie (1)

Doua zile, 7 si 8 martie, le-am petrecut intr-o frumoasa excursie pe ruta Brasov, Fagaras, Sambata de sus, Rm. Valcea, Ocnele Mari. Sambata 7 martie s-a anuntat o zi ploioasa, dar dupa ce am ajuns in Brasov a iesit soarele.

La Brasov am vizitat un loc memorabil, prima scoala romaneasca din Scheii Brasovului, zidita in anul 1495 si recladita in 1760. Aceasta scoala a fost in decursul timpului un focar de cultura. Aici, poate fi vazuta prima sala de clasa "Anton Pann", sala "Diaconul Coresi", "Carturarii brasoveni", un complex muzeal care organizeaza diferite expozitii tematice. 

In scoala din Schei, intre 1556-1588, au fost tiparite primele carti in limba romana de catre diaconul Coresi si colaboratorii sai, la o tiparnita care poate fi vazuta si astazi. Cele aproximativ 40 de titluri de carte, tiparite in sute de exemplare, s-au raspandit in toate tinuturile romanesti, consfiintind unitatea spirituala a romanilor. Ghidul nostru in aceasta vizita a fost prof. Vasile Oltean care se ingrijeste de acest monument istoric. Domnia sa este o sursa inepuizabila de informatii despre Scoala din Schei, este cel care a adunat cu grija materialul de mare valoare istorica si artistica de aici si a scris nenumarate carti despre toate aceste valori istorice.

Two days 7 and 8 March, I was in a beautiful trip on the route Brasov, Fagaras, Sambata de sus, Rm. Valcea, Ocnele Mari. Saturday March 7 was announced a rainy day, but after I arrived in Brasov sun came out.In Brasov we visited the memorable first Romanian school of Schei, built in 1495 and rebuilt in 1760. This school was a hotbed of culture over time. Here can be seen the first classroom "Anton Pann", room "Deacon Coresi" and  "Scholars from Brasov", a museum complex which organizes various exhibitions.In the  school of Schei, between 1556-1588, were printed the first books in Romanian, by Coresi deacon and his collaborators at a printing press which can be seen today. The approximately 40 books, printed in hundred copies were spread in all Romanian lands, sealed the spiritual unity of the Romans. Our guide on this visit was prof. Vasile Oltean that takes care of this monument. He is an inexhaustible source of information about the School of Schei, who carefully collected the material of historical and artistic value and wrote many books about all these historical values.

Prof. V. Oltean si tiparnita lui Coresi.   Prof. V. Oltean and Coresi printing press.

Brasov-Piata Sfatului

Brasov-Piata Sfatului

sâmbătă, 28 februarie 2015

1 Martie, martisor...

Ma bucur cand vine 1 Martie. Este un moment cand stim ca vom scapa de iarna. Timpul e foarte frumos, sunt temperaturi pozitive, se anunta 14 grade...
Dupa ce a trecut Valentin's day si Dragobetele, acum ne pregatim de Martisor si 8 Martie...care au mai multa semificatie pentru romani.
Dupa ce am tot amanat sa ma ocup de martisoare, azi am avut un mare entuziasm si am realizat cateva martizoare care vor merge la niste prietene. Probabil ca a fost necesar sa aman momentul, pentru ca nu am avut inspiratie, sau am asteptat ca sa se "coaca" ideile.
Anul acesta am facut altceva decat in anii trecuti.
Martisoarele mele nu seamana deloc cu martisoarele traditionale.... asa le vreau eu !

I'm glad when it comes March 1. It is a time when I know that we will rid of winter. Time is very nice, the temperatures are positive, it announces 14 degrees ...
After passing Valentine's day and
Dragobetele, now we are preparing for March 1-Martzisor and March 8 ... which have more significance here in Romania.
After I delayed to deal with Martzisor, today I had a great enthusiasm and I made some Martzisors, as gifts for some friends. Perhaps it was necessary to delay the time, because I had no inspiration and I expected to "ripen" ideas.
This year I had other ideas as in previous years.

My March amulets nothing like traditional martisoare ....

 Lucrul incepe cu o mare "dezordine" creativa...
The work starts with a great creative "disorder" ...

Apoi lucrurile se sistematizeaza, se clarifica tehnologia si trec la treaba pana termin totul...
Am folosit bucatele de voal pictate, ca suport, care au fost lipite pe carton. In colaje am pus bucatele de textil, fire angelina, staniol, tyvek, tulle, margele...si bineinteles, martisoare.

Then it systematizes the things, I clarify the technology and get to work, to finish everything ...
I used pieces of painted gauze as support, which were pasted on cardboard. In collage I put pieces of fabric, angelina threads, metallic foil, Tyvek, tulle, beads... and of course, martzisoare.

Martzisor is made of two twisted silk threads, white and red, which ends tassels.

Iata ce a iesit!
Here's what came out!

                               Sa aveti o primavara minunata!
                                  Have a wonderful spring!


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