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by Kelly Borsheim copyright 5 September 2018

    CONTENTS:
  • Portugal Blue: Azulejos [ceramic tile murals]
  • Phone-Friendly New Site
  • Portuguese Marble and Blue Marble Sculpture by Vasily Fedorouk
  • Blog Highlights: Red, White, and Passion
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by Kelly Borsheim

Dear Art Lover,

These last couple of months have been a good time to regroup and reconnect. I was fortunate enough to have family visit me in Italy before we then travelled to Spain and Portugal together. These opportunities are rare and not-to-be-missed.

I want to share with you what I found lovely and different during my trip. I am writing now about the azulejo or blue and white ceramic tiles of Portugal. Blue, especially of the royal, cobalt, ultramarine variety, is my favorite color, but even so, it is hard for anyone to miss the azulejo. It is everywhere throughout Portugal!

I had recently posted on Facebook an article about the history of the color blue in painting. It seems it was historically a very expensive color to manufacture, since the semi-precious stone lapis lazuli was one ingredient. It was used sparingly by artists until new ways of creating the hues were found. However, I asked everyone in Portugal who I thought might know the answer what inspired the color choice of blue over all of the colors available. No one really knew, but one tour guide said it is a color of royalty. I had always thought that was purple. Boh!

The origin of what has been a Mediterranean art for centuries is Islamic Africa. However, it really first took hold in Europe in Spain, especially in the southern regions of Seville and Granada. Islamic tradition forbids imagery of the figure and for this reason, centuries ago, the tile art found on the southwest Iberian Peninsula started off as geometric designs. When used to fill walls, the effect is stunning, but it can also be overwhelming to the senses.

[Azulejos ceramic tile mural in Sintra train station, Portugal]
Azulejos ceramic tile mural in Sintra train station, Portugal

The art moved into the area of decorative motifs and slowly one can see the addition of animals, often birds, with plant shapes. Later, in the 1800s, as Portuguese artists truly embraced this art form, the tiles became full-blown collective murals, depicting human figures and often telling stories of Portugal's history or even mythological tales.

The tiles were intended, like the affresci [frescoes] and tapestries in Italy, to decorate otherwise blank walls. However, they were also much appreciated for their insulation against extreme temperatures and humidity. [As you know, tiles are great for bathrooms and other typically humid areas in homes.]

Thanks to a link from Angie Nixon, a friend and fan on my professional art Facebook page, you may enjoy these wonderful images of the azulejo, as well.
https://theculturetrip.com/europe/portugal/articles/a-brief-history-of-portugals-beautiful-azulejo-tiles/

Here are some of the images I took of the azulejos in Portugal, in the order of the places we visited:

Braga, Portugal

[Azulejos ceramic tile bench near Bom Jesus in Braga, Portugal]
Azulejos ceramic tile bench, above the Bom Jesus outside of Braga, Portugal

[Azulejos ceramic tile University Braga, Portugal] [Azulejos ceramic tile mural university in Braga Portugal]
Azulejos ceramic tile mural in a university building in Braga

[Braga university features azulejos ceramic tile murals Portugal] [Braga university detail of azulejos ceramic tile murals]
A university in Braga features azulejos ceramic tile murals, Portugal

[Azulejos ceramic tile mural detail in Braga University, Portugal]
Detail of azulejos, Braga, Portugal (and also below, I like the shaping of the edges and even the holes)

[Azulejos ceramic tile mural in Sintra train station, Portugal]

Porto, Portugal ~ Azulejos

[Azulejos ceramic blue and white tile mural on the side of a church in Porto, Portugal]
Azulejos blue and white ceramic tile mural on the side of a church in Porto, Portugal - Stunning!

[View from a boat on the River Douro of the Azulejos ceramic blue and white tile mural on the side of a church in Porto, Portugal]
Azulejos blue and white visible from a boat ride on the River Duoro in Porto, Portugal
They really ARE everywhere!

In Porto is the São Bento Railway Station, famous for its beauty using the azulejos.

I wish we thought to beautify more of our more mundane, but useful, public spaces.

[Views of the Azulejos ceramic blue and white tile murals São Bento Railway Station in Porto, Portugal]
Azulejos São Bento Railway Station in Porto, Portugal, share to remember local history.

[Views of the Azulejos ceramic blue and white tile murals São Bento Railway Station in Porto, Portugal]
Azulejos São Bento Railway Station in Porto, Portugal, share to remember local history.

[Views of the Azulejos ceramic blue and white tile murals São Bento Railway Station in Porto, Portugal]
Azulejos São Bento Railway Station in Porto, Portugal, share to remember local history.

[Views of the Azulejos ceramic blue and white tile murals São Bento Railway Station in Porto, Portugal]
Azulejos São Bento Railway Station in Porto, Portugal, share to remember local history.

[Views of the Azulejos ceramic blue and white tile murals São Bento Railway Station in Porto, Portugal]
Azulejos São Bento Railway Station - some art deco.

[Views of the Azulejos ceramic blue and white tile murals São Bento Railway Station in Porto, Portugal]
Azulejos São Bento Railway Station in Porto, Portugal: truly lovely.

For more information, Visit Wikipedia ~ São Bento Railway Station

Luso and the Buçaco Palace [Bussaco in English]:

[The blue and white decorative azulejos graces the signs near a water fountain in Luso, Portugal]
Next to the public fountain, where we saw a lot of people bringing a lot of bottles to fill, the blue and white azulejos even decorate the signs in many languages that describe how Luso, Portugal became famous for its nearby forest Bussaco and its clean water supply.

[The blue and white decorative azulejos grace the Bussaco Palace in Luso, Portugal]
Azulejos at the Buçaco Palace near Luso, Portugal

[The blue and white decorative azulejos grace the Bussaco Palace in Luso, Portugal]
Azulejos at the Buçaco Palace [Bussaco in English] near Luso, Portugal

[The blue and white decorative azulejos grace the Bussaco Palace in Luso, Portugal]
Azulejos at the Buçaco Palace near Luso, Portugal

[The blue and white decorative azulejos grace the Bussaco Palace in Luso, Portugal]
Azulejos at the Buçaco Palace [Bussaco in English] near Luso, Portugal

View from the Train from Luso [really Coimbra] to Sintra

[More blue and white murals azulejos in a train station between Coimbra and Sintra, Portugal]
More azulejos as seen on the train from Coimbra to Sintra, Portugal

Sintra [west of Lisbon], Portugal

My brother, his daughter, and I never made it into Lisbon, other than the taxi ride to the airport. Nearby Sintra was so beautiful and we have a friend who lives near the beaches, so went to see her one day of our short visit to that area. Here I will show you just a few of the lovelies we saw during our trip to Sintra.

[Elaborate azulejos decorate the train station in Sintra, Portugal]
Elaborate azulejos at the train station in Sintra, Portugal

[Decorative and story-telling azulejos are all over Sintra, Portugal]
Azulejos outside of the train station in Sintra, Portugal

[Elaborate azulejos enhance Sintra, Portugal]
Elaborate azulejos enhance Sintra, Portugal

[Castles abound in Sintra, Portugal]
Castles abound in Sintra, Portugal

[Elaborate azulejos decorate the train station in Sintra, Portugal]
This blue and white mural inside the park with the castles (shown above) is also fairly large.

[Mosaics in a castle in Sintra, Portugal]
Mosaics with gorgeous colors and inspired by tropical Nature decorate the floor in a castle in Sintra, Portugal

[Castles with brilliant mosaic floors are savored in Sintra, Portugal]
Castles with brilliant mosaic floors are savored in Sintra, Portugal

If you enjoyed these images, you might enjoy visiting these linked pages that I found for you.

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Mobile Phone-Friendly New Site:

Prefer to look at art while you are on the go or at least away from your laptop? I have finally admitted that technology is overwhelming me. My site: BorsheimArts.com has worked well for me. However, in researching how to make each page look pretty on smaller screens, I heard my brain balking: I want to make art! One should listen to one's brain, especially when it agrees with one's heart.

Therefore, may I introduce to you my new site on FASO? I still have so much to add, but wanted to show you and get feedback or ideas on anything you think would make your viewing more pleasurable.

There is even a contact page on which you can tell me what you think!

Thank you.
Kelly

http://kborsheim.faso.com
[Mobile Phone friendly art site for Kelly Borsheim]
http://kborsheim.faso.com

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Sculpture by Vasily Fedorouk:

It is so hard to miss people. I think often of my many conversations with my late friend and mentor Vasily Fedorouk, especially as I am carving stone. Here are a couple of his carvings that are related to this newsletter's topic:

Apollo Portuguese Marble with Gold
[Mobile Phone friendly art site for Kelly Borsheim]

And staying with the blue theme, here is a blue marble torso:
[Australian blue marble torso stone carving by Vasily Fedorouk]

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New Blog Post:

http://artbyborsheim.blogspot.com/2018/08/red-white-and-passion-painting.html

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Lollipop WIP

I hope you enjoy this little snapshot, a 36-SECOND video showing a new painting Lollipop being painted:

If the above does not show properly, you may view the video on youtube at: https://youtu.be/fmzTJ_1Msqo

As with my Web site, I hope to develop my YouTube channel based on the requests and curiosities of those of you interested in art and how it is created. I want this channel to be useful to you and could use your input and opinions. Thank you… and thank you for sharing, as well as subscribing. Go here now: https://www.youtube.com/user/kellyborsheim/videos

This next video features the artworks available by my ONLY gallery in the USA. Less than TWO minutes long!

or here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsCNqo0IzPg

If any of these mostly available works interest you, please contact Don Elliott at the
Franklin Barry Gallery, 617 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Tel. 317.822.8455
Don Elliott: theframeshopindy@aol.com

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Fine Art America : prints on metal!

I have been really enjoying licensing my art on the FAA products online:: 30 day guarantee... pillows, shower curtains, prints on metal, etc. During my Kickstarter campaign in 2015, the prints on metal were some of the awards and upon the success of that project, I ordered some and hand-delivered them to supporters. I was pleased with how happy people were with them: A good quality product and fast service! They arrive ready to hang, so easy!

Go Shopping!

If you see an image on my site, my blog, or even my Facebook pages that you would like to own as a print or notecard or pillow or anything FAA offers, please contact me and I will upload the image for you. I do not earn much off of licensing, but you know, every bit helps me to continue making art. The best part is that you get to enjoy the art images in a way that makes you happy. Win-win.

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[August Art Auction]

Thank you for sharing this journey with me. Thank you for sharing this newsletter with your friends and colleagues. Thank you. Please let me know if you would like to commission an artwork; or add an existing work to your home or work collection.

Peace,
Kelly Borsheim
5 September 2018

[start of a red, white, and passion flower still life painting]


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