" While thoughts exist, words are alive and   literature becomes an escape,  not from, but into living." Cyril Con...

Escape into Living

Yelena Bryksenkova: lovely illustration work by Yelena Bryksenkova

"While thoughts exist, words are alive and 
 literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living."

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 "How much better is silence; the coffee cup,  the table. How much better 
to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. 
Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, 
this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.”        

Virginia Woolf, The Waves


"I am not even a poet: I see."

Fernando Pessoa, Poems of Fernando Pessoa

This absolutely gorgeous pieces of art are: 
1. Yelena Bryksenkova  
and the beautiful lines are from following books:

Ofra Amit Photography by Luc Coiffait Photography by Alessio Bolzoni Alena Akhmadullina Pre-Fall 2017 collection ...

Leisure Time

Pinzellades al món: Les il·lustracions d'Ofra Amit / Las ilustraciones de Ofra Amit:
Ofra Amit

Photography by Luc Coiffait

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Photography by Alessio Bolzoni

See the complete Alena Akhmadullina Pre-Fall 2017 collection.:
Alena Akhmadullina Pre-Fall 2017 collection

athingcalledbliss: Molly by Alex De Mora for Wonderland...:
Photography by Alex De Mora

Jason Wu Fall 2015 Details:
Jason Wu

Antonio Marras at Milan Spring 2016 (Details):
Antonio Marras 

Antonio Marras 

Photography by Jessie Lily

Robert Wun

Fendi Fall/Winter 2014-15 Collection Close Up:

Ph. David Gomez Maestre:
Photography by David Gomez Maestre

Photo Binx Walton by Glen Luchford for T Magazine September 2015:
Photography by Glen Luchford

ph: ana larruy st: grace alexander:
Photography by Ana Larruy

Co Pre-Fall 2017 Collection Photos - Vogue:
Co Pre-Fall 2017

Art: Ofra Amit
She is a children book illustrator, but her work is so versatile it appeals to a wider range of audience, which would be everybody :). Even though her colors are more mournful the moods are clear and feelings conveyed. I wish I found more about her on the internet, but since I didn't have a look at her portfolio site it's beautiful: http://www.ofra-amit.com/portfolio/

Rarely has rummaging about fashion sites brought to me so much visual joy as when I landed on Alena Akhmadullina's site.(Here: AA) You maybe never heard of her but she's on scene for a longer time, maybe more known (or famous)  in her native Russia. So much vibrant colors and especially important to me - color shade combinations, best thing since Miu Miu. Amidst all these fine looking photos I chose the one from her  Pre-Fall 2017 collection. I think I like every single piece in that collection ( which is a bit darker than the rest, its a fall collection after all so...). Modern classic and Russian traditional decorative motives on pajama looking outfits and bathrobe like mantles: adorable.

(from left: 1.2. Richard Edward Miller, 3. William Merritt Chase, 4.Gustave Courtois, 5. Robert Henri )

 Hand-painted accessories, tender laces, silk, and fringe, some traditional pearl embroidery, and I don't even like folk, and it's not, it's beyond folk. I am actually reminded of the 19th beginning of the 20th-century fashion when ladies of society wore kimonos and dresses made from kimono fabric. Lounging, tea parties, decadence :), leisure, and painters like Albert Stevens or  Frederick Carl Frieske painting their muses in silk floral robes. Even Monet painted his wife in red kimono.


Also while touching the subject of parlours and leisure, do you consider leisure as idling around or similar to this:
“The only thing one can give an artist is leisure in which to work. To give an artist leisure is actually to take part in his creation.” 
- Ezra Pound - 

“This is very important -- to take leisure time. Pace is the essence. Without stopping entirely and doing nothing at all for great periods, you're gonna lose everything...just to do nothing at all, very, very important. And how many people do this in modern society? Very few. That's why they're all totally mad, frustrated, angry and hateful.” 
- Charles Bukowski -

"The clear, green, quite breathable atmosphere..." (Sylvia Plath)   Domenico Gnoli Fernand Toussaint Fernand Tou...

Lady in Green (part III )

"The clear, green, quite breathable atmosphere..."
(Sylvia Plath)

.:. Domenico Gnoli
 Domenico Gnoli

Fernand Toussaint.
Fernand Toussaint

Fernand Toussaint - Google pretraživanje
Fernand Toussaint

Lilla Cabot Perry  (American, 1848-1933):
Lilla Cabot Perry 

Madame Louis Joachim Gaudibert by Claude Monet

Women in Painting by Impressionist Artist William McGregor Paxton
William McGregor Paxton

William McGregor Paxton

William McGregor Paxton

Painting by Impressionist Artist William McGregor Paxton
William McGregor Paxton

Oil Painting by Impressionist Artist William McGregor Paxton
William McGregor Paxton

 Louis Buisseret

The Rain It Raineth Every Day (1883) - George Frederick Watts:
 George Frederick Watts

John Frederick Lewis, ‘The Siesta’ 1876:
John Frederick Lewis

Art Deco Painting by Spanish Artist Federico Beltrán Masses
Federico Beltrán Masses

This post is a sequel to my previous posts Lady in Green 
and Lady in Green (partII)


Jiwoon Pak Photography by Hedvig Jenning Xie Xie for Elle China Photography by Lena C. Emery Boutique femme L...


Jiwoon Pak:
Jiwoon Pak

See Instagram photos and videos from HEDVIG (@hedvig_jenning):
Photography by Hedvig Jenning

"Floating World" Xin Xie for ELLE China September 2015:
Xie Xie for Elle China

VAUX VINTAGE - Lena C Emery - Interview Germany:
Photography by Lena C. Emery

Boutique femme Lemaire.fr - Lemaire online shop:
Boutique femme Lemaire.fr


Hermès Resort 2017 Collection Photos - Vogue:
Hermes Resort2017 collection

Slikovni rezultat za reformation callado dress
Callado dress + Reformation

Wolfgang Tillmans: Gillian Haratani purple No.1 1996

Photography by Giulia Gasp

Défilé Fendi Printemps-été 2016:
Fendi spring 2016 ready-to-wear

Details from Vivetta Spring 2017. Milan Fashion Week.:
Vivetta Springg

Sonia Rykiel fall 2014

photography by Nick Hudson

Orange Farmhouse:

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There's something fable-like in all off the work of Seoul based illustrator Jiwoon Pak. In her paintings, there's usually someone holding a small animal or a butterfly or hugging flowers. Always something nature related. So delicate, soft silky colors and heavenly scent of nature of flowers at the time of day most closely related to dreams and imagery at dawn. As the painting above 'dawning', with its surreal quality, conveys the beauty of the early morning light and translucent shadows in that liminal space of neither night nor a day yet. Dawning could be a metaphor for awakening. As night and dawn are metaphors for life and death, or death and rebirth. "All living beings in it (nature) grow and then die and disappear under severe survival law," said the artist in an interview. A contradiction of beauty and temporality, like human life. Like flowers the symbols of human life in all cultures since ancient times as representations of its beauty and its evanescence and of course its fragility.
How interesting it is that Aztecs called their poet-singers – flowerspeakers. Here from a poem by By Nezahualcoyotl: "Flowers are our only garments/ only songs make our pain subside/(…)Perhaps my friends will be lost/ my companions will vanish/ when I lie down in that place(…)/ in the place of song and of Life Giver/ Does no one know where we are going?/ Do we go to God’s home or,/ do we live only here on earth?/ Let your hearts know/ oh princes, oh eagles and jaguars/ that we will not be friends forever/ only for a moment here, then we go/ to Life Giver’s home." I guess some things like profound questioning, didn't change since the ancient days. And things like the duality of life and death, and light and darkness are eternal.

Also, her (Jiwoon Pak) work is digital, which I couldn't tell at a first glance. And so subtly done it bears ambience of serenity, which reminds of simple pleasures in life which bring me back to Aztec poetry (that I'm more than glad I've stumbled upon, just recently) here:  "I drink cocoa:
with it I am glad -Aya!-
my heart takes pleasure, my heart is happy. "

Now, how utterly lovely is that?!

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 "I exist. It is soft, so soft, so slow. And light: it seems as though it 
 suspends in the air. It moves."  ―Jean Paul Sartre

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