Francine Van Hove born 1942 in Paris is a contemporary French painter. He completed her studies in 1963 at the Lycée Claude Bernard (Paris).
Her meticulously painted oils have always been well received since her first solo exhibition in 1971 and can be found in collections in Europe, America and Japan.
Known and appreciated for the refined details of her subjects, Francine Van Hove is particularly noted for the transparent skin tones of her nudes, which she always works from life. The expression of beauty, sensuality, meditation and freedom is the philosophy behind this artist’s work. via Galerie de Bellefeuille
"I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats" ~ Eckhart Tolle
Krisna and Gopis (also described as Cow-herdesses or Sakhis), The love of the Gopis, for Krishna, is the subject of Thumrī (poster art from the 1930s), India.
sips tea like a totally cultured human being and not like someone who’s spent all day drawing smut because why would I do that really
Happy Navratri 2014!
What is Navratri?
- Navratri, which literally means ‘nine nights,’ dedicates nine days to worshipping the Divine in the forms of Shakti Ambe Maa. The tenth day is known as Vijayadashami, the ‘tenth day of victory’, also known as Dussera. Navaratri or Navadurga Parva happens to be the most auspicious and unique period of devotional sadhanas and worship of Shakti. The Rudra Sanhita of Shiva Purana vividly explains the glory of Navadurga, take these nine days to study them. The changing of seasons also makes one vulnerable both physically and mentally, so dedicating this period to Mata Ji is essential. Many Hindus perform a special fast, or vrat for devotion and to ready the immune system for the new season.
Foods not allowed during Navratri vrat:
- onion and garlic
- lentils and legumes
- common salt (use rock salt instead)
- turmeric (haldi), asafoetida (hing), mustard (sarson or rai), fenugreek seeds (methi dana), garam masala and dhania powder (coriander powder)
- alcohol and non-vegetarian food
- rice and rice flour
- wheat flour or atta, maida, sooji, besan
How do we celebrate?
- Navratri is celebrated firstly with pujas to invoke each form of the Supreme Goddess into our homes and hearts. Gayatri Mantra is especially favored.
- Kalash is potted and sowed into Purna Kalash. This pot is filled with coins, rice, grains or water topped with leaves, a coconut and cloths. Purna Kalash represents the creation and abundance of life found in this universe. Kalash is associated with Durga Maa because they both share the properties of power, change and all living beings themselves.
- Garba and Raas. These two dances symbolize the battles that Adi Shakti fought against Rakshas to balance the universe. With an image of the Goddess in the center, devotees perform the dance circling Her and singing songs in Her name. Go dress up in your favorite kurta and chaniya choli and have fun worshiping Maa!