Arabesque Aruba

The title of this newsletter was inspired by the word Arabesque which means resembling Arabian.

 

I am using this word here for the sound and alliteration effect and just to play with suffix -esque: arabesque-arUbesque-picturesque-Picassoesque.

Etymology

From French -esque (-ish, -ic, -esque) from Italian -esco (like) from Medieval Latin -iscus, of Germanic origin, from Frankish *-isc (-ish) from Proto-Germanic *-iskaz. Akin to Old High German -isc (German -isch), Old English -isc, Old Norse iskr, Gothic -isks. More at -ish.

 

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/-esque 

 

See the definitions below.

 

 

 

 

Definition 1

As you may probably know  one of the meanings of this word is a ballet position in which the dancer stands on one leg with the other extended to the back. I wish I could do it (as I used to - in the first grade :-), but now ... my lovely bones (which are knitting well I guess) can't do this.

 

 

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/arabesque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Definition 2

The next definition is about design.

 

An ornate design of intertwined floral, foliate, and geometric figures.

 

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/arabesque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Definition 3

An intricate or elaborate pattern or design.

 

 

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/arabesque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Definition 4

 

Music An ornate, whimsical composition especially for piano.

 

 

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/arabesque

 

 

 

Arabesque Art

There are two modes to arabesque art. The first recalls the principles that govern the order of the world. These principles include the bare basics of what makes objects structurally sound and, by extension, beautiful (i.e. the angle and the fixed/static shapes that it creates).

 

 

In the first mode, each repeating geometric form has a built-in symbolism ascribed to it. For example, the square, with its four equilateral sides, is symbolic of the equally important elements of nature:earth, air, fire, and water. Without any one of the four, the physical world, represented by a circle that inscribes the square, would collapse upon itself and cease to exist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second mode is based upon the flowing nature of plant  forms. This mode recalls the feminine nature of life giving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, upon inspection of the many examples of Arabesque art, some would argue that there is in fact a third mode, the mode of Arabic calligraphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.answers.com/topic/arabesque

 

Arabesque

Arabesque font

 

I told you I like words. This time it's Arubesque. The original word is, of course, arabesque, but for us who have just come from Aruba it's with a U.

 

The -esque words here turned out to be a surprisingly close-knit word family that resembles Aruba:-)

 

Click image to open Word Arti(n)sanity

 

Arubesque

Aruba. This picturesque place has become a synonym for paradise.

 

By the way, as I learned from Elizabeth Gilbert's book Eat Pray Love, which I am rereading at the moment, the word paradise comes from the Persian and means literally "a walled garden" (p.236)

 

FYI: The release date for the movie with Julia Roberts based on E.Gilbert's book is August 13, 2010 (click image for the book link)

 

 

Arabesque

Man ice skating on outdoor ice rink doing an arabesque.

 

Some of you might think that it's Andrey doing his free dance Hey, Rulla-te-Rulla-te-Rulla-lala (Russia, 60s) - he is famous for this dance and for portrait similarities:-) but it's not him..

 

Click on the image to see the instructions on how to perform an arabesque pose  :-)))

Arubesque

Like a statuesque dancer in a graceful pose, the watapana,

or divi-divi tree, is one of Aruba's hallmarks. The divi-divis are always

bent toward the

west  (where

the best

beaches

are).

 

Arabesque

The arabesque patterns can be very beautiful.

Arubesque

My design is not intricate at all; in fact, it's pretty simple, but you can see geometry there :-)

 

This small summer purse is made of Aruban sky blue cotton. The button is a stone found on Eagle Beach.

 

Click on the image to see more.

 

 

Arabesque

"the fluctuating shapes of a cloudscape, the complex arabesque of a camera movement, the blink of a character's eye" (Nigel Andrews).

 

 

Arubesque

"the fluctuating shapes of a cloudscape, the complex arabesque of a camera movement, the blink of a character's eye" (Andrew Preobrazhenskiy - my shot).

 

Click image for Sun, Sand and Sea :-)

Arabesque

Debussy’s Arabesque

Debussy is a famous French composer. His arabesque is a popular piano piece.

 

Click image for music to your ears :-)

Arubesque

Beautiful Aruban dance.

 

Very PaulGauguinesque!!

 

 

 

Arabesque

Geometric arabesque tiling on the underside of the dome of the Tomb of Hafez in Shiraz.

 

Click image for more info

 

 

 

 

Arubesque

Beautiful palapas on Eagle Beach.

 

 

Arabesque

Beautiful lines of plant forms

 

Arubesque

Aruba has its own aloe farm and factory where they show you how the gel is extracted from the aloe vera plant and used in a variety of products. We all know the healing powers of this plant. It makes a good skin toner too!

Arabesque

For some cultures, calligraphy is a visible expression of the highest art of all - the art of the spoken word (the transmittal of thoughts and of history)

 

Arubesque

Aruba. Eagle Beach.

 

I don't know what this bird is, but it looks very  pelicanesque to me:-)

Fun with -esque Words and Pictures

Does it resemble anything you've seen or heard before?:-))

Arubassque

Gaugenesque

Arubare(foot)esque

Not Kafkaesque

JoeDassinesque

click on the image

Arabesque Aruba

This iguana is green with envy

Pasa un bon  summer! Ajo...

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