Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Mary Becker Weiss : "Tilting at Windmills" and "Exploration" : Homage to Roger Majorowicz

"Tilting at Windmills"
© Mary Becker Weiss
From "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes, wherein protagonist Don Quixote fights windmills that he imagines to be giants:

Just then they came in sight of thirty or forty windmills that rise from that plain. And no sooner did Don Quixote see them that he said to his squire, "Fortune is guiding our affairs better than we ourselves could have wished. Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them. With their spoils we shall begin to be rich for this is a righteous war and the removal of so foul a brood from off the face of the earth is a service God will bless."

"What giants?" asked Sancho Panza.

"Those you see over there," replied his master, "with their long arms. Some of them have arms well nigh two leagues in length."

"Take care, sir," cried Sancho. "Those over there are not giants but windmills. Those things that seem to be their arms are sails which, when they are whirled around by the wind, turn the millstone."
© Mary Becker Weiss

"Exploration" and "Tilting at Windmills" were inspired by Roger Majorowicz' breathtaking welded steel sculptures and created as an homage to his beautiful and exhilarating work.

In a recent tribute to Mr. Majorowicz, a family member said, "Roger brought passion to every thing he did, whether it was building floats for the 4th of July parade, retracing the steps of an 18th century explorer through Central America, raising geese or day lilies, collecting antique axes or tending his huge vegetable garden.

His wish was that he would be remembered by his family and friends when they make or buy a piece of art, visit a gallery or a museum, or give a word of encouragement to an artist. At his core, Roger was an artist. He believed that art captured the meaning of life and made the world a better place."

Saturday, August 2, 2014

"Some days just make you want to sing; others, not so much..."

Favorite Quotes of the Day:
"I get lost in your work and it is full of wonder, movement... swirling, rhythmical, solid and strong (the use of that brilliant gold with the deep red) yet a place to get caught and lost." ~ JMM

"Mary, I have your picture of "the pedant beholding big man" (my moniker) on my desk where I do a lot of my work, so my eyes fall on it frequently. It always brings me a smile." ~ MSR, Tampa Bay

"Dear Ms. Becker-Weiss, I think your "Speechless" has left me speechless. Actually it's truly bizarre (though I have gone back to look at it at least a half dozen times.") ~ MER, NYC

"Speechless has created quite a stir ~ it certainly stops visitors in their tracks!" ~ R.M., South Bristol

"Mrs. Weiss, I like your paintings. They make me really dizzy." ~ From a 4th Grader in Gardiner

"Exhilerating and frightening at the same time, a creed by which to live!" ~ RC, West Village NYC

"Corniche is visually rich, emotionally resonating and full of the unexpected. A pleasure for the senses and the intellect." ~ CD, Gardiner

"Delicate Balance" 
© Mary Becker Weiss

Least Favorite Quote of the Day:
"I'm new to this place, I like everything I see, and you smell really good. I'm going to leave now." (Tell me, dearest readers, where do you go with a comment like that?)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Metta evokes within a warm-hearted feeling of fellowship, sympathy and love which grows boundless with practice.

Detail of "Metta" © Mary Becker Weiss

Metta evokes within a warm-hearted feeling of fellowship, sympathy and love which grows boundless with practice and overcomes all social, religious, racial, political and economic barriers. Metta is a universal, unselfish, all embracing love.