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Ok...Ok...This is just for fun let's see if there will be a last post:)
Don't forget to add some of your work too:), or...Share a joke, or...Say whatever is on your mind, or...Share some tips,or...Yup...You name it~~~
What if it were my last post? What would I want to leave... billions of years before my beginning, billions of years after my end, 97% of human history lost, what of me can I hope to leave? What do I have to give? I'll give a whisper to the wind, a sigh, a last breadth, I'll paint a fading song for a new generation.
And if all that goes to shite, I'll give my corpse to cosmetic surgeons in need of practice and finally get a friggin face lift. Ha!
Top of the morning to everyone, its 2:28 am New Orleans, Louisiana time. I am off from work for the summer from the university were I am employed. I am not tired yet, enjoying some of the great threads posted today and this evening and morning.
Hello Jane, Mario, Denise, Erica, JL, Julie and Kasia, and Abbie,
Thank you Mario for the generous comment, I appreciate that, and right back at you. Its been a pleasure to view your accomplished and masterful gallery, I have noticed a personal signature with your original work, the subject and technique is very revealing. I have also noticed something unique, some of your work does have a art nouveau period appeal to it. I will be visiting your gallery again soon.
Could you please explain what "soliciting" mean? I googled it of course, but somehow can't understand what people mean when they invite you to participate in a contest and say no soliciting. Thanks in advance!
It seems they perhaps didn't specify any soliciting examples, so I can only assume they meant not to approach contest members trying to sell them your art?
Kind of strange indeed...Maybe a lot of people on here do this sort of thing, I don't know since I am new here...
Aloha everyone, since I live the farthest away, my time zone is way behind everyone else's, my posts will always be last. Therefor, I Win!!!!!
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Good Morning from Arizona, Mike Ste Marie. Love your name. it trips off the tongue.
Nice shot Mike. I am not excited for spring or summer. its lock down time for us in the hot regions of the states.
we do not venture out to far with out refrigeration.
we do have beautiful high country 2 hours away in Flagstaff.
Working the gallery today so here is my million view painting.
Working my fingers to the bones on this keyboard. Haven't painted in months and it's bothering me no end. Everything is packed and I'm thinking if this house doesn't sell soon, I am going to unpack. Can't live without my work. Then again, maybe I should be spending more time on the beach... when it's not raining.
Here's a face on a wall in someone's yard in the neighborhood. Finding all sorts of things to photograph on my walks.
Mary the gatekeeper is so nice, the subtle shades of color present......very nice.
Hello Jaxine, Mary and everyone, I just arrived at my favorite coffee shop after work, and some exciting news came my way....the Harry Connick Jr. parade which rolled on Monday night befor Mardi Gras the Captain was John Schroder from Dukes of Hazards, well no one else was taking photo of him so I walked up to the lead float it stopped for about 20 min. or so and started to take candid photos of him, he saw me and made eye contact with me, he was having so much fun...I had used my flash on my Nikon 820 and he started to pose for me...lol. he probably thought I worked for news.....well this evening the regular who comes into the coffee shop I told him about my taking photos of him and he informed me his agent drove down with John to be in the parade and will get in touch with his agent to get in touch with John Schroder to contact me about purchasing the photos I took of him.
Also, everyone is anxious to view my photos I only have 2,000 I am sorting through and will start posting a Mardi Gras series of my photos, I will be posting real soon.......
@Mary as luck would have it just as soon as you start to unpack, that buyer will be ringing at your door, perhaps just unpack your artistic boxes and work on something or put your things in storage in the time being and purchase some supplies and work on a few projects......that sale is going to happen......
I posted an ad for a roommate again I have to potentials, ....now that I am getting my early social security and still working,....I can finally plan for my first premiere photography show.....being the business person I am hopefully something extraordinary may become of the sale of my photos to John Schroder......I was informed by my photographer friend here at the coffee shop, John is planning to open and set up a film studio here in the city,....perhaps a new door and career may be coming my way....
Here comes Mardi Gras 2014, this flag and now this photo has been seen not by millions but billions and perhaps trillions over the years here in New Orleans, here is Mardi Gras 2014 New Orleans. My new avatar was my Mardi Gras rain gear and a court jester hat along with my fashionable star glasses. And yes if you look real close, since it was Mardi Gras I decided to color all that grey out of my goatee and hair, I look about 40ish.....lol
Rex selected the official Mardi Gras colors in 1872 to honor the visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexis Alexis Alexandrovich Romanoff, whose house colors were purple, green and gold. The 1892 Rex Parade theme "Symbolism of Colors" affirmed the colors' The Meaning and Origin of Purple, Green, and Gold in Mardi Gras
Purple Represents Justice. Green Represents Faith. Gold Represents Power.
This is the traditional flag which is hung from places of business, private home and from the homes of previous Mardi Gras Kings. This photo was taken with a Nikon 820 auto settings My personal blog will be a collection of movies and stills from Mardi Gras 2014 in New Orleans, LA a total of 2,000 plus photos were taken over the course of Mardi Gras.....
Michael, your images are superb! Your capture of the eye and makeup is stunning. You should enter that when contests come around on FAA for eyes.
I believe people on Kauai are going real slow and careful about buying homes on Kauai. After all, we have a lot of pigeon English signs around telling people to slow down (and see the waterfalls). LOL The waterfalls show up better in larger images.
Happy weekend to you Mary, well I finally have started to go through the 2,000 photos of Mardi Gras and starting off with burst of colors......the mardi gras colors of Mardi Gras, its hard to believe just a week ago the streets were filled with millions of revelers....everything is back to normal, moments after each parade the street were cleaned as if nothing occured.......the billions of tons of paper left behind and debris....in years past they announce the total of debris left on the streets. I have captured some amazing videos of exacly how fast they clean the streets.....the next big event parade is St. Patricks Day parades around the city....and the visit of the beautiful St. Josphy Day alters for public viewing as well......
I have amzing night time photos of details from some of the floats and other amazing sites......Mardi Gras day was a mess, cold rains, brief sleet it was cold enough, after the all day event of Mardi Gras I went along the parade route and captured all the stuffed animals thrown from the floats because the streets were wet and curbs had standing water I took photos and some are quite funny to see.....
I think your sign try slow is great, I just can not image anyone rushing by without catching the majestic views of Hawaii..........I posted another flag photo of a traditional Mardi Gras flag fluttering in the wind, resembles a butterfly..
Mary, that sign was funny, to bad you can't put that in your yard. people would look at your house and see the for sale sign. lol
Michael, I can't thank you enough for making Mardi Gras come to life for us. you made it happen for me.
I never knew to much about it till you brought it to life. your details of it were exciting for me.
I don't know how I was so lucky to have made friends with you and Mary, two people who know how to tell
a story and keep you captivated.
I miss hearing from John,
Mary, when your book comes out I will be the first on Amazon to buy it.
Michael, your colors are beautiful. And I know that is just the start. Bring them on!!!!!!!!
Hello Jaxine, thank you for those heart felt words, I appreciate that very much and I am honored to be associated with you and others as well here on FAA, being a local and taking part in Mardi Gras since a child, my memory as a young child would be so much eye stimulation, the colors in costumes, the excitement of our mom making costumes for the entire family, I remember the pins and needles when she would have to make my costume, I was a bean pole and she would have to make alterations after alterations take this in that that in....lol over the years growing up the excitement builds as you mature, and venture out on your own with friends and explore the sights with friends....
I was honored to take part in Mardi Gras official as a young boy, my sister was a subject in a non parading crew, I remember I wore a light blue suit and was up in the upper floor of the auditorium where the balls were held of the royal courts. To attend a ball was by invitation only and some crews still follow tradition and the other larger organizations you can pay to attend the gala balls. To attend a ball its formal attire, I remember during the call out, the official dance segment of the ball, I waited for my name to be called and went down on the dance main floor and greeted my sister and danced to the theme song which was the original theme song for the Rex organization "If Ever I Cease To Love" My mother attended many Rex Balls over the years the theme song was her most cherished music over the Mardi Gras season. I remember well, our neighbor Mrs. Perrett was selected as queen of the crew she was a member of and this is how my sister was invited to be a subject in the organization. I remember I walked up to the throne where the King and Queen sat and viewing all the activity on the floor, dukes, maids, pages and all the royal subjects dressed various costumes, my sister was a page her costume was a lavish oriental subject,,,,,the masked ball. I walked up to the elaborate decorated area where the King and Queen sat and announced may I have the pleasure to dance with the queen and bowed and walked up and escorted Mrs. Perrett down the stairs and onto the dance floor. The offical dance segment is about 30 minutes or less. Members of the organization give favors to there invited guest whoom take part of the ceremonies........
here are the words and history to this unique song.
If Ever I Cease To Love
In a house, in a square in a quadrant
In a street, in a lane, in a road.
Turn to the left on the right hand
You see there my true love's abode
I go there a courting, And cooing to my love like a dove;
And swearing on my bended knee, If Ever I Cease To Love,
May sheep-heads grow on apple trees, If Ever I Cease To Love.
If Ever I Cease To Love, If Ever I Cease To Love,
May the moon be turn'd to green cream cheese,
If Ever I Cease To Love
She can sing, she can play on the piano,
She can jump, she can dance, she can run.
For she's a wonderful girlie; She's all of the rolled into one.
I adore her beauty, She's like an angel dropped from above;
May the fish get legs and the cows lay eggs'
If Ever I Cease To Love
May all dogs wag their tails in front,
If Ever I Cease To Love
If Ever I Cease To Love,If Ever I Cease To Love,
May we all turn into cats and dogs,
If Ever I Cease To LoveMardi Gras is a celebration with a rich musical tradition, one that even includes a Russian Grand Duke. How did a younger son of the Emperor and Autocrat of All The Russias become a part of the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans?
It’s a long story.
Rex, King of Carnival, first paraded through the streets of New Orleans in 1872. The School of Design was formed to add an organized daytime celebration to the then-established Mystick Krewe of Comus parade that was formed in 1857. While Comus ruled the night, Carnival Day was still a chaotic street brawl.
The School of Design planned a day parade, and their king, simply named “Rex,” was designated the “King of Carnival.” The parade, which had been in the planning stages for several months, got word shortly before Carnival that an important VIP was coming to town.
Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich Romonav in his early 20s (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich Romonav, fourth son of Tsar Alexander II, was trained to be an officer in the Imperial Russian Navy. When US Admiral (and Civil War hero) David Farragut visited Russia in 1867, it was naturally assumed that the Russians would reciprocate. The Tsar sent his son Alexi, who was 21 at the time. Alexi arrived in the US in the fall of 1871, traveling around the east coast and midwest, even hunting buffalo in Nebraska with General George A. Custer.
Being a 22-year old single guy who already had a scandalous affair back home, Alexi engaged in some amorous pursuits, most notably a singer named Lydia Thompson. Thompson was touring the US with her burlesque troupe, “The British Blondes.”
In early 1872, their show, “Bluebeard,“, made its way to New Orleans. It was no coincidence that several of the stops on Alexi’s tour happened in cities where Lydia was performing. “Bluebeard” was in New Orleans just before Mardi Gras, being staged at the Academy of Music (located at the time on St. Charles Avenue, between Perdido and Poydras Streets).
Lotta Crabtree. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Given that New Orleans was the second largest port in the nation, and that the Russian squadron that brought Alexi to the US was anchored in Pensacola Bay, a stop in New Orleans was quite logical. The burlesque troupe used the rumors of the relationship between Alexi and Lydia to boost attendance. Even though Alexi did not see Lydia perform in New Orleans, she sang to a sell-out crowd.
Alexi’s interest changed direction by Mardi Gras, however, focusing on Lotta Crabtree, an actress with a traveling company that was performing a play, “The Little Detective.”
That’s where the School of Design enters into the picture. The organization saw Alexi’s visit as a huge boost to their inaugural parade, as the city invited the Grand Duke to review the parade and participate in our Carnival celebration. The King of Carnival did not yet have his signature float on which to ride through the streets, so he rode on horseback. That first parade did have a number of floats and marching bands.
Sheet music for early edition of "If Ever I Cease To Love" (Photo Credit: RexOrganization.com)
One of the songs in Lydia’s repetoire was the tune “If Ever I Cease To Love,” a comedic song written by George Leybourne, who also wrote “The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze.” “If Ever I Cease To Love” was a silly little song, but it was popular music. The song was already known in the city, and the New Orleans Picayune had even done a spoof of its lyrics the year before.
Naturally, several of the bands played “If Ever I Ceased To Love,” since it had a catchy melody and people were making up their own silly lyrics. Unlike some accounts of that first parade, the bands did not play “If Ever I Cease To Love” for Alexi; they played the Russian national anthem instead. They did play it, along with other songs, for Rex, after he dismounted on Canal Street.
So, the King of Carnival reigned over real royalty from the outset, even if that royal was a 22-year old Lieutenant in the Russian Navy. Rex would later host British Royalty, in the persons of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, after World War II.
Grand Duke Alexi, later in life, as a Russian admiral. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
In a bit of a Mardi Gras reversal, Louis Armstrong (who was once the Zulu King), while performing for the Duke of Windsor’s younger brother (who was then King George VI), directly addressed His Majesty. It’s usually not done, but Satchmo wasn’t one for a lot of formality and ceremony. Looking up at the royal box, he nodded and said, “this one’s for you, Rex.” Satchmo then proceeded to play “You Rascal You.”
Grand Duke Alexi left the US to return from Russia the following week. Lydia Thompson went on to continue a successful singing and burlesque management career. Lotta Crabtree eventually became one of the wealthiest actresses in the US.
Alexi eventually became commander in chief of the Russian Navy, re-organizing and modernizing it. He was forced to resign his post and retire after the disastrous Battle of Tsushima in the Russo-Japanese war of 1904. He died in 1905.
And, after great fanfare, Rex, King of Carnival, still enters his ballroom on Mardi Gras night to the strains of “If Ever I Cease To Love,” while NOLA folks continue to add new, and ever sillier, verses to the song.
its a beloved song by all here in the city, its silly yet whimsical......
I remember when my mother passed away in the 90's I gave her eulogy, she wanted me to sing Laura's Theme from Dr. Zivaggo the movie, I had given to her a music box for Christmas when you opened it it played the theme song, the very same year for Christmas my sister living in Houston at the time also gave her the very same music box her music box had a girl and mine had a boy a painting on the wodden music box. What a physic connection that was....we both gave our mom the identical gift for christmas....and 700 miles away....after she died and I we went to the family home going through her belongings both my sister and I found our gifts we had given to her. I took mine and my sister kept hers.....On the day of my mothers burial at the funeral home I took my music box and wound it up and opened it up and placed it on her coffin, the delicate music box played Laura's Theme from Dr. Zivaggo I spoke of my mothers life to everyone present as I was mentioning her love of music, I mentioned to the standing room only crowd "If ever I Cease To Love" was one of her cherished pieces of music.
His Majesty The King Of Mardi Gras 2014 Hail King Rex, despite all the rain and cold all day the parade and party continued til 12 midnight.
Mary this particular float which is considered a Super Float rolls in the Orpheus Parade the night before Mardi Gras which is called Lundi Gras, this parade Orpheus was organized by the performer and singer Harry Connick Jr. a New Orleans local. The name of the actual train was called Smokey Mary....
posted for Mary this float is just about a full city block long hundreds and hundreds of members on this super float. The float has thousands and thousands of fiber optic lights....I am including the video of it as well, the entire float has actual train sound effects.
Hey every one, I am new to the site and new to the group....just wanted to wave a hand and get in the groove on the discussion board to meet everyone and share a little of my work. Feedback, critique, "Outside Insight always welcomed" as I am a self taught photographer and artist.... Wishing all the best with their images and sales here on the site!....
good morning everyone.
another beautiful day starting again. 80 degrees again today.
I hate to think what summer brings us.
But I'll take a lot of these days. lol
Michael, I printed out the information on Mardi Gras so I'll have it to read at leasure.
thank you so much.
I've been watching Harry Connick Jr. on American idol. He is the best judge they ever had.
he is a very very knowledgeable judge.
not much impressed with the talent this year..
Welcome all you newbies to the web site. may you sell your socks off.
I sure could use a sale. the only thing that keeps me here is I would miss you all dearly.
I'll have more time for the contests when I'm out of the gallery. more time to play.
Mary, maybe today will be the day to sell your house. Moving to Honolulu with you will keep us so
excited in your new adventure. Some body buy Mary's house today. Lets get this ball rolling.
Enjoy the reading Jaxine, Harry Connick Jr. is such a wonderful musician, singer and actor......A few years back one of the local magazines did a feature on him and his family,....I had I do not recall the photographer but the photos taken of him and his family were quite remarkable,....as I viewed the images I happen to think his family resembled a Norman Rockwell painting, the image and beautiful children at the time and his wife......my long time friend has on many occasions been mistaken for Harry Connick, once he catered the ball, and his wife stopped my friend Davis and said oh my god you look like my husband. Harry,,my friend could be his identical twin or movie double...,lol....so for fun sometimes when he meets me out we will start talking and I will call my friend Davis, (Harry) and people will start walking over and ask for his autograph lol....
oh I have so many photos to sort through, some of the videos are fantastic of the super floats, but I do not know how to copy them and paste here.....
Today was a picutre perfect day here in New Orleans,.......your style of painting and ideas you would make for a great float designer. did I mention to you the moment the parade is over for the particular crew, the floats go back to the Den they call it and they are dismantled, destroyed and the day after it all begins over with new designs for next year....I may consider myself, when I make a career change look into working part-time as a float designer....etc....I have connections and contacts with various larger float designers....
His Majesty Rex, The King of Mardi Gras
Jaxine years back when I was in advertising I worked with the King of Mardi Gras his son, Errol and Peggy.
A traditional paper float, rides through the streets of New Orleans, these beautiful and magnificent floats are constructed year round and housed in warehouses called Dens. the riders on the floats costumes are designed at times to blend in with the float design. Each organization and crew themes change from year to year. The day after a parade rolls through the streets, the floats are at time re-used leased to other crews. The floats are torn apart and rebuilt from scratch for following year parades.
Flambeau, this is a traditional illuminary which lit the way of the night time floats, this particular flambeau is inscribed Captain, the Captain of the Orpheus Parade organized by Harry Connick Jr. this years Captain of the parade was John Schroder, of the old Dukes of Hazzards. TV series. This particular flambeau is a modern one, yet the older crews still have the original flambeau which would illuminate the floats at night back in the late 1800's til present. Mardi Gras rolled in 1872.....
This amazing photo is the 4th floor ceiling of a mausoleum I recently visited, the entire buidling has no electric, each floor of the mausoleum is glass squares which allow the natural light from the 4th floor floor to reach the ground floor. One of the most amazing buildings are places to bury the dead.