The Poet and his Muse

In the centre of Ljubljana, at the eastern side of Prešeren Square, stands a 9.6 metre tall bronze statue of the Slovene national poet France Prešeren together with his muse.

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The poet is dressed in the outfit of the period and holds a book symbolising his Poems. His muse watches over him, hovering just above his head holding a laurel wreath in her hand.

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Prešeren lived a controversial life, clashing with civil and religious authorities and suffering a severe drinking problem possibly abetted by his unrequited love for Julija Primi, his muse.  His works, however, are much revered and he is now considered to be the writer who inspired virtually all later Slovene literature.  He died in 1849 at the not so ripe age of 48 and this monument was unveiled in 1905 to an audience of over 20,000 admirers.

aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 29 June 2015
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Chagall Returns to Venice Beach

This 1996 mural is a revised repainting of ‘Marc Chagall Comes to Venice Beach’ (1991), after the 1994 earthquake forced the Israel Levin Senior Adult Center to make building repairs that destroyed the original mural. Much of the imagery comes directly from the work of Russian-Jewish painter Marc Chagall, dropped into a setting of Venice Beach.

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Chagall returns to Venice Beach, Christina Schlesinger, 1996, Ocean Front Walk,Venice

Looking back at photos of this mural taken not long after it was painted, I can see that the colours have faded considerably, but I rather like these pastel tones.

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Linked to Monday Mural.
aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 29 June 2015
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Binnaz and Sefil – Hers and His

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Hers and his kennels in Istanbul

Linked to Cee’s Odd Ball and Mellow Yellow
aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 28 June 2015
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Manchester Bench

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For the final week in Jude’s art effects bench challenge, I have modified a photo of a brand new, curvy bench in Manchester, using the emergence effect in FotoSketcher.  I am very pleased with the effect – I keep expecting a Lowry stickman to appear, wading through the snow.

aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 28 June 2015
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Taking a Break in the Born

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Linked to B&W Sunday.
aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 28 June 2015
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Silent Sunday

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Linked to Shadow Shot Sunday and Silent Sunday
aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 27 June 2015
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That Wonderful Muse called Alimony

“I am driven by a wonderful muse called alimony.”
– Dick Schaap

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I couldn’t resist sharing this quote with you!

aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 27 June 2015
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