I’ve been out of the proverbial (virtual) loop for the past month or so, and getting back into the swing of things has been a real pleasure. You’ve all been a busy bunch! Diving into my inbox and your articles, sites, photos and art has already made 2013 a most colourful year, indeed! Please bear with me while I catch up on all of things Z & G and your blogs. I enjoy doing both, tremendously, so don’t rush through either. Good work, like good wine, should always be relished at a pleasant pace ;).
And I hope you find just as much joy in this, the first POTW, of the year.
PICS OF THE WEEK
“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”
Stunning Mammoth Lakes (USA) looks to be the perfect place to indulge in a spare moment (or many), away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
“ESCAPE INTO REALITY”
Though Michael Trpak’s appropriately named painting/relief/sculptural piece, “Escape into Reality” may have a more Z & G Dark feel (think the, “Rain” by Nazar Bilyk sculpture), there is something peaceful and contemplative about his introspective figure. Born in Ceske Budejovice, Trpak currently works and resides in his home country (the Czech Republic) after a number of years working and studying abroad. Trpak’s academic resume is an impressive one: exchanges at Lahti taide institut (Finland) and The , (Canada), as well as a Masters Degree from the prestigious Academy of Arts Architecure and Design (Prague) and a PhD from the Academy of Arts-Banska Bystrica-Slovakia. Still, it is, undoubtedly, his innovative and thoughtful body of work that truly sets him apart.
“Dogs are miracles with paws.”
~Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy
…and in this case, with many, many sweet, soft wrinkles.
FOR THE ECO-FRIENDLY GUITARIST
The “Pickmaster” can be yours for just over 16 Euros and promises unbridled freedom in pick-expression. With this nifty little gadget, you can up-cycle all of those old plastic cards, packages and other sturdy leftovers into a collection of string pluckers Jimi Hendrix would envy.
Cake designer, Tracy James and her head-baker-hubby, are the proud owners of award winning cake company, Cotton and Crumbs (see credits for link). Zen and Genki has featured beautiful cake-creations before (the most popular being, “Sweet, Pretty Pink Roses” via Pics of the Week 25), but these delightful cupcakes have a unique vibe all their own. Based in the UK, the husband-wife duo boast a dizzying array of exquisitely crafted cakes (and cookies and cupcakes!), along with a mighty fine flavour list. Swinging from Classic Vanilla and Chocolate to Luscious Lemon and Rich Boozy Fruit…(*sigh*) the list goes on and on.
“You can understand and relate to most people better if you look at them — no matter how old or impressive they may be — as if they are children. For most of us never really grow up or mature all that much — we simply grow taller. O, to be sure, we laugh less and play less and wear uncomfortable disguises like adults, but beneath the costume is the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairy tales”
Mammoth Lakes image courtesy of My Beautiful World
For the Green Guitarist (Pickmaster) image courtesy of Amazon
Designer Cupcakes image via Cotton and Crumbs
Wrinkle Pup image courtesy of I’m Lovin’ Animals’s Photos
Lotus Children image courtesy of La Mo via FotoBlur