Are you getting in the mood for a vacation? I thought this little girl might help, but she is hard to photograph,
or maybe I should take away a little glass to get a clearer view, or maybe I just need a good photographer? Someone like Susanna Gorden!
Do you know Susanna? I think you have met her; here, here or
in this issue of
there is an article about her art.
I met her for the first time through Constance's blog 'Rochambeau'. Constance is a very talented lady herself, but she doesn't hesitate to highlight other talented people on her blog. I love her and I love her blog. Today happens to be her birthday. Here is to you Constance! Have a great party down in ol' New Orleans! Dance them off their socks over there!
Back to Susanna Gordon: Besides being a very talented photographer Susanna has all kind of drawing and painting projects. One of them is 'winged messengers'. The first time I heard of that was in this post, at Rochambeau's.
Susanna draws and paints envelopes with wings, and she puts a message on the envelope. Such a message could be:
'Share your dreams with someone'
'You are beautiful'
'You are a work of art'
'Your opinion matters'
And so on, all very strong and positive messages.
The envelopes are left behind in several places. First Susanna did that herself, but soon she was asked to send her envelopes to other people who left them all over the world.
To make a long story short: I contacted Susanna and she sent me two winged messengers as well. One with this message: 'Share your dreams with someone'. The other was left blank, and that one got my message: 'You really are a friend'.
I made some photos in my home town Dordrecht, but in the end I left them in Rotterdam.
As it is vacation time now and I didn't share this with you before, I thought it might be a good idea to do some sight seeing now.
One of the shoe shops in Dordrecht. Dordrecht has been a poor town since the decline of the 18th century. So people tend to keep what they have for a long time, they don't modernize. Hence you can see this kind of a shop window, that seems to be out of the 60ties, just in line with modern shops.
Bike with wings...
16th century wall around the famous Dordrecht church.
Cosy party, they might share their dreams about drinking acorn coffee, what do you think?
The historic harbour of Dordrecht.
View of the famous tower of the largest church of Dordrecht.
Now we'll go to Rotterdam: the city where I was born:
In the 2nd World War the historic centre of Rotterdam was bombed away. Now the centre of Rotterdam has a lot of world famous modern architecture, like these dice houses:
Yes, you can see two winged messengers on the left, on a brown panel. People live in these houses and one is open as a little museum for public. (Fun!)
There is a historic harbour in Rotterdam too and like in Dordrecht only antique vessels are allowed to sail here.
Mural painting in the historic port.
These people didn't mind that I glued (I used bubble gum) the messages on their car while they were waiting for the traffic light. Okay it's for Art's sake folks!
And this is the place where I finally left the winged messengers.
Here in front of the Willem de Kooning Academy, the art academy of Rotterdam. This cardboard house might be a project for the homeless, made by someone of the academy, I don't know. I thought it was appropriate to leave the winged messengers on this little house as decoration.
Thanks Susanna for letting me take part in your project. It was so much fun to do this and my assistents, my hubby (in Dordrecht) and my daughter (in Rotterdam) were very pleased to help too.
Would you like to know more about this project? Just check Susanna's blog about the winged messengers and have fun!
Just a last note: Thanks for all your comments and tips about the fork part; I never felt anything edgy of that fork again, and no I didn't check.
I'll be traveling through blogland, and have a post about once a week in vacation time.
Thanks for visiting me, have a great time where ever you are and what ever you are doing, hugs LiLi M.
Sorry geen nederlandse vertaling, omdat ik in de veronderstelling ben dat iedereen die daar behoefte aan heeft met vakantie is. Laat me weten als je toch zo'n vertaling op prijs stelt, dan schrijf ik er alsnog eentje bij. Bedankt voor je bezoek xoxo LiLi M.