Café Crem

Art, Music and Words around The Coffee Table

Great wisdom! and very old too…

It’s too beautiful to let it unnoticed!

I know lots of people are kind of suspicious about self improvement and such… And, it is true that, like in any other field of activity, lots of  self improvment stuff is repetitive etc.  But this aphorisme cited by Deepak Chopra (one of my prefered authors in the field of, let’s say, self improvment – a label, no more ) is too beautiful and too important (and surprisingly old!) to let it pass unnoticed:

The Vedic sear says:

«I do not worry about the past and I’m not fearful of the future because my life is supremely concentrated in the present and the right response comes to me to every situation as it occurs.»

Wow! If you understand (with your heart & brain, in that order) only this in your life and still you can have a happy life!

(The watercolor sketch is just for the color… no big deal…)  DAnu

May 22, 2010 Posted by | Art, Danu's Paintings, drawing, God in our life, life, nature, painting | , , , | 3 Comments

Never been to London

Not recently, anyway…

So I was NOT mugged and , of course, I send no money demands to my friends. Myself, I do not need money. If gas and vegetables and colors and watercolor paper and brushes would be for free I wouldn’t have any use for the bloody money…

So, I’m very sorry, folks, if any of you got that scam email from iondanu@yahoo.ca. It wasn’t me, just my email which got hacked.

Anyway, after a lot of tribulations and avatars, I have again the INTERNET and some more time. And I’m very glad to be back at the Cafe Crem.  I have plenty to read and to look at but, boy! it’s so good to be back…

As for me, I did a lot of portraits (some are visible on my blog at http://ivdanu.wordpress.com/) and also some sketches and landscapes… Not as good as miki’s, of course…

Here it is a rememberance from my native Transylvania and a recent portrait:

Village church Transylvania

Souhaila, the little Marocco girl

Have a nice day and, to cite Meher Baba & Bobby McFerrin, Don’t Worry, Be Happy

May 4, 2010 Posted by | Art, Danu's Paintings, drawing, friends, painting | , , , | 5 Comments

Public amuser stuff…

Yesterday I was a portraitist-caricaturiste (how do you say this in English, Kev? anibody?) at a Familifête (another hard one… help me MIKI!) in the Mont-Bellevue district, where I live, in Sherbrooke, Québec…

I show you some portraits I made (you can see more at http://ivdanu.wordpress.com/)

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I show you also the model, so you don’t think I was mean…I’m not mean!

big mama email
Finally, that’s me, looking severe – but you really have to be like that if you want the little criters off your back!
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August 23, 2009 Posted by | Art, Danu's Paintings | , , , , , | 6 Comments

Fires everywhere!

Oh, boy, oh, boy!

Not only Miki & Kevin had emotions & + in Turre, but 2 big fires in a week or so in my town, too…

burning roof

And I was there, for one, at least, to photograph and to film…

domnul cu catzelu

See also at You Tube, http://tinyurl.com/o4mo3g

Glad, very glad to be back, my friends, even if with this kind of news…
In fact, there are others, but I will tell you later…

Have a good day, everybody!

DAnu, the prodigal son

August 18, 2009 Posted by | Art, Danu's Paintings | , , | 8 Comments

A don Quixotte and don Sancho Panza…

Just to tell you I’m still kicking…not the bucket…And that I’m still painting…

Have a nice evening, night, morning and day, everybody!

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Danu

March 2, 2009 Posted by | animals, Art, books, Danu's Paintings | , , | 4 Comments

Decent proposal

Since I’m not Robert Redford (I wish!) and you are not Demi Moore (a cousin of yours, Kev?) I cannot make you an Indecent Proposal

So I make you (as an atonement for my long absence from CC) a relatively DECENT one: let’s share… I mean, coffee information. Personally, I feel I still have SO MUCH to learn about it: what`s the best sort? How to keep it so that it doesn’t loose the aroma, the perfume??  can you “cook” it yourself? How? and all the other thousands tricks to better enjoy coffee, even in a modest cup? I hope you’ll like – and accept – my proposal…

(I post with it one of my recent “non-figurative” paintings (I don`t know what else I can do with it! ha,ha! and I also invite you to visit my new blog solely dedicated to Portraits – it`s in French but the important things are the images, not the text… the address is: http://idanu.wordpress.com/)

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November 4, 2008 Posted by | Art, Cafe L'Arte, coffee, Danu's Paintings, friends, humor, life | , , , | 10 Comments

A perfumed fruit and a quiet afternoon for Kev and Bill

Words aren’t my tools of choice… and, though not anti or a-social, I’m not the usual skillful PR guy, the one who read Dale Carnegie and smiles a lot… But I have to tell you, Kev and Bill, you are important members of my little universe and if I would not fear to misspell guy and to become gay, I would tell you I love you, guys! So let’s keep it simple: here is a little, modest gift for you two… just an image of peace and somewhat hapiness, a perfumed fruit and a quiet afternoon…

May 22, 2008 Posted by | Art, friends, life, love, personal | , | 5 Comments

Where I live, where I work…

Since what we are means also where we live and where we work, there it is: a sketch landscape of Sherbrooke (Jacques Cartier park, with the so called Lac des Nations, right in the middle of the city, so called `cité des rivières`… where I spend a lot of time, usually, in summertime)

… and a view from the park of the private catholic institution where I teach acrylics and watercolor:

Just two sketches in watercolor, having some documentary value… Since I was painting, I couldn`t be in the chair… one of my prefered spots… In all, not a bad place to live (in summertime, especially…)

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May 10, 2008 Posted by | Art, Cafe L'Arte, Danu's Paintings | 8 Comments

Mug shot and bright “ideas”…

In fact, the following is just a way to show off a bit… I also got a new camera… So I ask a young friend of mine, Michael, to take a picture of myself with my new Olympus FE 310 and I even try it on a fluorescent bulb, a thing usually not easy to photograph…

I had another Olympus, a FE 140. Not bad at all but only a 3X zoom (the new one has a 5X one) and 6 Meg (8 for the new one)…I’ve upgraded a bit and hope to take some great pictures this summer (By the way, Kev and Miki, Janis Joplin’s “Summertime” is another “hit the spot music”, for me, at least…) My daughter Ioana, soon to be married (and, I hope, not too late a mother of my first grandson/grandaughter) “inherited” (in fact I’ve sold her the camera for a “symbolic” price) the old Olympus (I wish I was that old too – 2-3 years!) as she was the recipient of my eMac… I hope she and his bride to be, David, will make a lot of pictures and give to me also, some… So, here it is, my ugly mug (I’m not saying this to be consoled or contradicted! except my “sensual” lips, the rest…let’s just not talk about the rest, ok?) and, much more important, some of my paintings in the background…

April 20, 2008 Posted by | Art, family, friends, personal | , , | 11 Comments

God is not religion

First of all I want to tell Susan a long delayed Happy Birthday! no connexion with the rest of the post… Sorry Susan, I’ve fallen under hard times…

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Communism has its advantages: I grew up in a communist regime where they taught us “Religion was the opium (miam! miam!) of the people” and God did not exist. Officially, I was God &Religion free for most of my life… Privately, my grandmother taught me (gently) the main prayers, Our Father Who Art In Heaven and the one with the gardian angel who was supposed to take care of me personally… I don’t know if it was it (or Him? or Her? the sexe of the angels isn’t that certain…) but I was pretty lucky in my life, until now…

But when you get over 40 and then over 50 you start thinking at things you never thought before: like your own death, the death of others (your parents for one) and you start wondering about God, religions, after life, the meaning of life… And then you got kind of confused…

I suppose God and religions are the search of man (I mean, of course, men and women) for a meaning, a meaning greater than ourselves, greater than the lame: you get born (?), you live, you die, which seems to be the short way to put it…

Transilvania, the central romanian region were I was born and raised, is a mixture of cultures, peoples and religions: we had there Greek-Ortodox (most of the Romanians), Catholics (some Romanians, most of the Hungarians), Protestants (Germans and Hungarians, respectively Lutherans and Calvinists, some Romanians), Judaism (jews, a lot less than before the 2nd WW)… Sure, there were historical frictions among these peoples and religions. But, essentially, it was and is a quite tolerant and cosmopolite region. So, I get samples of all of those religions (I’m baptised Ortodox but part of my mothers family are “United”, that is Roman-Catholics) And neither of those religons satisfied my mind and soul entirely… Greek-Ortodox, in it’s mild forms, is not a bad religion to have: it’s generally much more tolerant than any of the others, more inclined to accept the human fraily and practically, quite mild… No Inquisition, no witch hunt (ok, there was a recent case of exorcism which turned to tragedy but that really was unusual), no severe punishement for sins… But still, a highly organised religion… Exactly the thing which makes me, like Kevin, like Miki, skeptical about religion (and by way of consequance, about God, their God). Once an organisation, once a higly organised hierachical structure, the search for truth (spiritual truth) ends and DOGMA takes all the place. If there is still a search for God (or Truth or watever name you want to give it) there is a marginal, periferical, rebel search and usually the organisations are taking care of those rebels quite efficiently and swiftly…

The only religion which kind of satisfied both my mind and my soul until now is a lax, not very organised form of zen bouddhism (I fear there are ortodox, fanatical forms of zen bouddhism too… ) Only a God whom is in everything (in us too) can be ubicuitous and “catholic” (universal)… Only a God whom is not interferring directly and consciently in the human life is, IMHO, believable. Life is suffering. No contest to that, I think… Finally, life IS suffering. We cannot “defeat” Death but by accepting it as a part of life. I won’t go further than that, for the moment. But I know one thing: the God I could conceive is neither interested nor capable of changing for better or for worst my insignifiant life (or yours) unless we call God “the secret geometry of chance” (to use Stings words). And if he is benevolent he (or she? it’s sexe wasn’t well determined either) is benevolent to everybody without exception: benevolent to murderers and rapists, to mass murderers and child molesters, to old fools like me and to very strict Hasidic Jews… To Osama Bin Laden and Mother Theresa equally… For there is one question the organised religions, the big ones, have never answered quite satisfactory: if God is omnipotent why does he allow Evil to exists?

I will illustrate this “heretic” post with one of my paintings called “The Ghost of Madness”…

The Ghost of Madness

March 15, 2008 Posted by | Art, books, culture, death, drawing, education, family, God in our life, health, life, literature, love, painting, personal, religion | , , , , | 13 Comments