Thursday, December 14, 2006

More Munch Moments (sort of)

Watching the sunset from Mugu Rock looking towards Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands, the sky reminded me of the sky in Edvard Munch's Scream. Nice to know that life on the beach in SoCal is much mellower than that portrayed in the painting. Our sky did have something in common with Munch's Oslo sky yesterday - particulates caused the unnatural light. Oslo that year had ash from Krakatoa's eruption; Ventura County had ash from a Santa Paula controlled burn. In spite of wanting to scream about our current leadership in the White House and all the harm it has done to our country and planet, I have to say that life in my corner of the world is much, much brighter than an existential painting will ever be!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Google's Cool Logo Today

Today being Edvard Munch's birthday, the folks at Google created this special logo for their search page. The Norwegian Expressionist was born on December 12, 1863, and it is especially fitting that the creator of The Scream, as this image of existential angst has been popularly called, is being celebrated this year. The original painting, one of four versions created by Munch, was stolen from the Munch Museum in Oslo on August 22,2004 and was recovered this year - two years and nine days later.