Monday, 8 February 2010

Prešeren Day

Today is a national holiday in Slovenia as on 8th of February we celebrate Slovenian Cultural Day after the death of the Slovene national poet France Prešeren (8.2.1894).
The 7th stanza of his poem Zdravljica is the national anthem of Slovenia and in English it goes like this:

God's blessing on all nations,
Who long and work for that bright day,
When o'er earth's habitations
No war, no strife shall hold its sway;
Who long to see,
That all men free,
No more shall foes, but neighbours be.

I spent a cultural weekend as well. Went to the opera to see Puccini's Tosca and really enjoyed it. And I did this little painting from a reference I was wishing to paint from for some time.
Photo reference from WetCanvas photo library.

Keep warm and happy!

Monday, 1 February 2010

Bodental, Austria

Living in a mediterranean climatic zone we rarely get to see a snowflake. And I love snow. I think that landscapes covered in snow are one of the most romantic sceneries this planet has to offer.

Bodental is a ski resort in Austria. Photo reference by Matej.

Enjoy the winter!