This is the about the fourth statue postcard image I have listed in my shops. None of the others are popular, so why do I keep "pushing" statues?ha! I couldn't resist this one. The image didn't just speak to me. It hooted, hollered and demanded my attention. And what's really funny is: what I "saw" in this image isn't what it is at all.
This is a statue of the Roman hunting goddess Diana, sculpted by a Frenchman named Ary Bitter. This is the most "un" Diana statue I've ever seen. I had to look hard to figure out that it is her bow she is holding at the top of the wall. But what do I know? The judges liked it! Yes, back in 1924, Ary Bitter won a gold medal for this sculpture at the "Salon of French Artists," according to the only web site I could find with any information about Ary.
He was born in Marseille in 1883 and he lived to be 90! ART does a body good, n'est-ce pas?!! Ary died in Paris in 1973....
Today, this statue can be seen in northern France, near Lille, in the city of Roubaix. Merci beaucoup to Eric, who I met via Flickr. He has kindly given me permission to share his photo of the statue on exhibit at Musée La Piscine.
Piscine means 'swimming pool' in French. Oui, oui, Roubaix converted its old city swimming pool into a museum!
FRENCHKISSED update: After posting the link to my blog on Eric's Flickr page, he emailed me to let me know he had another shot I could use. His shot is quite similar to the Wikipedia photo I had previously used, but his has more "jazz" to it with the wiggly reflection:) Remerciements, Eric!
Hmm.... maybe I picked up that water connection subliminally. Cause here's what I saw when I saw this statue of "Diana." I saw a woman thinking about shedding all the "shoulds" (like housework and chores) and about losing herself in a good book ....
I need to find another piece of text for my book, but I played with this last night around 10, grabbing the only piece of text handy. Fittingly, it is about 'bains' -- baths:)
And if you haven't tried some of the new funky effects in Pixlr, you owe it to yourself to play there some.
My day is already filling up with a "list" : drop off car to get new brakes, check out a few more garage sales, hair appointment at 12:30 and physical therapy at 4. What do I REALLY wanna be doing?
Here's a sneak peek of what I've been doing, getting MY feet wet, stepping out of the digital zone into the world of altered [postcard] books with some real HANDS-ON handcrafting .....
I call it "Black and White and Nude All Over." It's a combination "ode to art" and a motivational food journal for a dieter!:)
Help yourself to the freebies posted Monday. VOTE in the Kissed Again! contest posted Tuesday. And have a happy, happy weekend!