Van Gogh and the Madness Song

Was Vincent van Gogh mad?

He did stay in a madhouse for a while.

In walking through our local art museum, I came across this van Gogh painting.

Vincent van Gogh Wheat Fields after the Rain 1890

Vincent van Gogh Wheat Fields after the Rain 1890

While I was admiring his brushstrokes, I started hearing the Madness song by Muse play in my head. Was this clairaudience?

I know it is a popular song on the radio right now, but I thought it was interesting that I heard it while looking at his painting. His brush strokes are pretty fast and thick with paint. He was known to strive to paint one painting a day. I do not think that makes him mad, but purportedly getting into a fight over a women and losing an ear … well?

Was he mad? I cannot say for sure.

(Love this song though.)

I have been told that the best Dr. Who episode involves transporting van Gogh into the future to show him that his paintings are famous. The look on his face was priceless.

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WordPress Bloggers Should Utilize Gravatar

Hello bloggers on WordPress! Is your Gravatar updated?

Within the WordPress stats page, there is a section called “Referrers.” Some of the beautiful people who find your blog clicked on one of these site links to find you. Nearly every day I see the link http://en.gravatar.com/karenkubicko, my personal Gravatar page, listed as one of them.

What is a Gravatar? See that cute little square … near your name … on WordPress (and other sites)? That is your Gravatar. The Gravatar website describes it as such: “Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums, so why not on any site?”

I happened upon it by accident one day, early in my blog writing endeavor. I clicked on someone’s image that commented on one of my first few posts. Instead of linking to their blog (which is what I was hoping for, really) I was sent to a non-descript page with just a picture. No blog. No links.

Then it dawned on me.

Wait a minute. If I like or comment on someone’s blog and he or she clicks on my Gravatar image … I want them to find my blog post, not just my image. (I only blog on WordPress, so I am not sure if this applies to other blogging sites.)

I immediately clicked on my Gravatar and edited away. Under the “About Me” section, it allows room for a personal write-up. I uploaded my photo. I verified my Twitter and Facebook account. Under the “My Links” section, I added links to all my social media, including my blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, etc. It even let me update it with a custom background (my mandala of course).

This is great, I thought. What an easy way to list all social media on one cute little page. As an aspiring author, I was told I need followers.

Thank you, so much, for stopping by my blog. If you found me via my Gravatar, let me know. If you were prompted to update your Gravatar information today, let me know too (then I can find your blog and read some of your fabulous writings).

Now, I will try to meditate on which new photo to use. My sweet friend Rachel Aluise took so many good ones, I cannot decide. Here is just one …

Meditating by the pond

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I Found Four Orbs in my Photo … Very Cool!

While browsing through my photos looking for the next perfect photo to include in a post, I noticed something rather intriguing about this one. There are a few orbs—one rainbow, one sort of like a sword and a few others. It almost looks like a person.

I took the photo of these cool orbs near the Kilauea Caldera on the island of Hawaii in the summer of 2012. I honestly would think it is nothing except that the orbs all look so different.

Any opinions on this photo are welcome. Thank you.

Cool orbs near the Kilauea Caldera on the island of Hawaii

Here are some photos I took just before and just after taking this same photo:

Near the Kilauea Caldera on the island of Hawaii

Near the Kilauea Caldera on the island of Hawaii (2)

Love All Creatures Great and Small on Land and in the Waters ~ Messages From the Mural

Love all creatures great and small on land and in the waters. I really believe that.

The animals of the world are (for the most part) meant to remind us of unconditional love—especially domesticated animals. Unique and beautiful animals are  awesome to watch and admire. There are so many species in the world. Some are microscopic, some are larger than a building. There is such diversity, making our world special.

(I love them all except for spiders … I am known to squish them. The basis of my fear of spiders stems from my past life as Howard.)

This “fish” bowl is one section of the wall from the Science Fun mural.

I had a dream about this idea and could not wait to add it to the wall. I think it is funny—the irony of the large ocean dwellers in a small fish bowl. These ocean fish are obviously not to scale, making it more fun.

The Portuguese Man-O-War jelly fish was chosen by one student and the rendition of Patrick (of Sponge Bob fame) as a sea star was at the insistence of another student. Their input made the project fun!

It took me several weeks to draw and paint this fish bowl. It is one of my favorite sections of the mural.

Love all creatures great and small on land and in the waters ~ painted by Karen Kubicko

For more on the mural:

Random Acts of Kindness … Messages From the Mural

I Love You … Messages From the Mural

 

Would we live life differently if we knew the date of our death?

Would we live life differently if we knew the date of our death?

Let rays of sunshine into your life

boy with a hat

Self-Portrait with Death as a Fiddler

If each of us knew the date of our death many years in advance, wouldn’t we live more effectively, stop wasting time on trifles, and pursue our dreams like greyhounds pursue game?

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