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Instead of “hello”

In about me, ethics, politics, relationship, russian, xenophobia on December 5, 2013 at 12:47

Imagine you ask somebody which country they are from originally (I probably wouldn’t as some people may not want to speak about this or they may feel upset that they accent shows). Imagine you have got some kind of reply. Would you then rushed into saying that oh, yes, you heard about that country,  it’s well known for (pick from the list) evil government,  racism, slavery, crime, bureaucracy,  obesity, poverty, injustice, unemployment, etc?

Similar conversions happened  to me twice last week. People honestly expect to maintain friendly conversation started with these accusations. I do love to criticise my native Russia when appropriate.  But  when strangers are talking to me in this manner it is like being held responsible for all negative news stories or just pure propaganda is completely different. Another thing that drives me mad is when strangers start to treat me as a zoo animal,  discussing my cheekbones, shape of the face or accent.

I thought that after 15 years living abroad I would get used to that. Apparently not. I still feel afraid to talk to stangers.

Russian Meadow Birthday card is sold

In art, blue, card, Россия, мои рисунки, green, my artworks, russian, sales on September 1, 2013 at 09:01
Thank you!

Some Lillehammer Postcards and a Necklace are sold

In gypsy mermaid, jewellery, jewelry, necklace, фотки, photography, print, sales, textile, textile art, travel on June 26, 2013 at 05:30

Thank you!

Postery artwork and artish posters

In art, color, время, искусство, история, history, time, travel on June 17, 2013 at 19:59

When East and West, North and South embraced each other, when prints became produced and sold on global scale, when the way we see the world became firmly affected by photography… 1890s-1950s. Beautiful postery style, both decorative and realistic, traditional and modern, Oriental and European reigned. Areas of flat color, bold composition and outlines are very typical for this period.

Russian Ballet Programme

Portrait of Miss Elizabeth Keith by Ito Shinsui, 1922

   A Gate at the Stupa of Sanchi by Hiroshi Yoshida. 1932

‘Lanterns’ (1906) by American artist Bertha Lum (1869-1954)

Carl Moser “Strickende Frau mit Booten” 1926

And much, much more

Tradition vs Freedom?

In crafts, folk art, freedom, good life, healthy life, people, traditions, travel on June 2, 2013 at 20:06

Local customs, costumes, crafts, foods… It’s all seems to melt gradually into some new globalised uniformity. In a way, this is a sad picture, a loss of our beautiful diversity. Western people often feel touched looking at tribal portraits, especially of children, in exotic attires.  But what these people from distant lands would prefer themselves, given choise? Modern living with its salaries, doctors, schools, pensions, benefits, equality and human rights or posing for tourists for a few coins? Is wearing those heavy earring painful? Did that beautiful bride choose her future husband herself? How old is she? How well is she educated? Do we have to stay in a fantasy land? Why so many people are migrating to cities and leaving traditional way of life behind?

 

The solution to the loss of traditional cultures seems to lay in our free will to explore them and carry their achievements into the future. Lets enjoy the color and sound, lets experiment without being afraid of onlookers. Lets celebrate free creative life. Nobody should ever try to force anybody into the past. Rather we should help to grow a free and equal for all future – firmly rooted in the best from our past.

A progress of a pastel painting

In art, color, drawing, мои рисунки, floral, flower, flowers, forest, garden, my artworks, nature, творчество, oil pastel, pastel, powys on May 23, 2013 at 12:55

First: soft pastels,  opposite colours

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Fixed. Then: oil pastels

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Bluebells. ..

Did a garden sign and a few sketches today

In acrylic, art, crafts, folk art, my artworks, organic, painting, powys, sketch, spring on May 15, 2013 at 20:57

This is for the Royal Welsh Spring show this weekend and then possible to be placed at the entrance of the garden. Something I haven’t done before.  Had to be improvised very fast on the spot. Acrylic on chalkboard paint.

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Православие на службе у Гитлера (цитаты)

In Россия, взгляд из Православия, история, мораль, национализм, политика, православие, религия, традиции, христианство on May 9, 2013 at 14:57
“Благодарственный Адрес Митрополита Анастасия Адольфу Гитлеру. 12 июня 1938 г.

Ваше Высокопревосходительство! Высокочтимый Господин Рейхсканцлер!

Когда мы взираем на наш Берлинский соборный храм, ныне нами освящаемый и воздвигнутый благодаря готовности и щедрости Вашего Правительства после предоставления нашей Святой Церкви прав юридического лица, наша мысль обращается с искренней и сердечной благодарностью, прежде всего, к Вам, как к действительному его создателю.

Мы видим особое действие Божьего Промысла в том, что именно теперь, когда на нашей Родине храмы и народные святыни попираются и разрушаются, в деле Вашего строительства имеет место и создание сего храма. Наряду со многими другими предзнаменованиями этот храм укрепляет нашу надежду на то, что и для нашей многострадальной Родины еще не наступил конец истории, что Повелевающий историей пошлет и нам вождя, и этот вождь, воскресив нашу Родину, возвратит ей вновь национальное величие, подобно тому, как Он послал Вас германскому народу.

Кроме молитв, возносимых постоянно за главу государства, у нас в конце каждой Божественной Литургии произносится еще и следующая молитва: “Господи, освяти любящих благолепие дому Твоего, Ты тех воспрослави Божественною Твоею силою…”. Сегодня мы особенно глубоко чувствуем, что и Вы включены в эту молитву. Моления о Вас будут возноситься не только в сем новопостроенном храме и в пределах Германии, но и во всех православных церквах. Ибо не один только германский народ поминает Вас с горячей любовью и преданностью перед Престолом Всевышнего: лучшие люди всех народов, желающие мира и справедливости, видят в Вас вождя в мировой борьбе за мир и правду”.. http://www.ateism.ru/article.htm?no=1402

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“Как много общего с тем, что говорят современные батюшки и те, предавшие свою Родину, более 60 лет назад…. Те же призывы, цитаты “святых ” писаний и тот же злобный нечеловеческий настрой. Проходят десятилетия, века. Но, церковь так и остаётся на уровне пещерного каннибала, фарисействующего “о любви к ближним и врагам своим”.

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In art, весна, красота, мои рисунки, garden, gardening, mixed media, my artworks, фотки, photography, spring, travel on April 29, 2013 at 09:01

#daffodils#flowers #floral #colorful #yellow #lookingup #sky #orange #spring #all_shots #нарциссы #весна #greensky #linandara_plants #linandara_retro

#streetlights & #seagulls. .. #Newtown #NewtownPowys #sky #небо #clouds #cloudy #birds #gulls #lampposts #trafficlights #redlight #buildings #architecture #linandara_built #linandara_britain #all_shots #Britain #UK #Wales #grey #чайки #фонари #перекресток

3.54 pm 4/23/2013

#Mundesley #Norfolk #Britain #beach #sand #sandy #water #instamillion #picoftheday #reflection #wood #wooden #old #linandara_built #walking #surreal #dreamy #пляж #linandara_water #песок

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.- F. Nietzsche…. #Newtown #NewtownPowys #sky #clouds #evening #all_shots #Wales #sunset #rays #linandara_sunset #закат #облака #beams #light #beautiful #instamillion #picoftheday #grey

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In Британия, весна, красота, my artworks, фотки, oil pastel, painting, photography, powys, spring, travel on April 23, 2013 at 06:10

But only he who, himself enlightened, is not afraid of shadows – Immanuel Kant#today #sky #clouds #evening #all_shots #Wales #flare #lensflare #linandara_sunset #sunset #edit #blue #yellow #light #beam #ray #sun #закат #сегодня #солнце #луч

7.42 pm 4/16/2013

An #old #olive #tree in #Lisboa. .. #latergram #all_shots #Lisbon #city #Portugal #castle #roofs #linandara_portugal #linandara_trees #дерево #олива #Португалия #spring

10.50 pm 4/16/2013

Earth #reflecting #skies. .. #latergram #all_shots #Norfolk #beach #sand #sandy #Mundesley #yellow #sea #seaside #water #instamillion #picoftheday #reflection #mirror #waves #clouds #linandara_sunset #nature #beautiful #nature_lovers #sunrise #red #morning #wetsand #песок #пляж #linandara_water

#flowers #floral #arranged #latergram #all_shots #castle #yellow #window #UK #Britain #light #linandara_retro #linandara_stillife #mextures #dreamy #shadows #букет #цветы

#today’s #tulips @ #PenDinas #community #garden. .. #Newtown #NewtownPowys #close_up #closeup #chasingspring #linandara_plants #edit #red #tulip #flowers #floral #colorful #pink #tree #petals #sunny #цветы #весна #spring #all_shots #Wales #flowers #тюльпан #тюльпаны #лепестки

7.29 pm 4/17/2013

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