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Art of the Day: Monday February 13, 2006

Sentinels of Time and Place #2

- by Jani Bryson

This week's theme: Be Mine

Tuesday is Valentine's Day. Have you ever wondered how it got started?

St. Valentine was a roman who was martyred on February 14, 269 A.D - a day set aside for love lotteries. Another legend states that there was a ban on Roman soldiers marrying and St. Valentine helped to secretly arrange marriages. The most common legend says that while he was imprisoned, he became friends with the jailer's daughter. Before he was martyred, St. Valentine left her a farewell note that he signed "From Your Valentine".

The association of Valentine's Day with romantic love began in the middle ages. In England and France, the 14th of February was traditionally considered the day that birds paired off to mate. It became common for lovers to send love notes and call each other "valentines". Over the centuries, Valentine's Day has grown into what it is today. While it is still very much a day for romance, it is also a day that we recognize all those in our lives for whom we feel love and affection.

In honor of Valentine's Day, EBSQ's Art Of The Day presents some selections from our holiday gallery. Please feel free to browse the work in our Valentine's Day Gallery - and remember, all the pieces can be shared as e-cards with those special people.

-Melissa Morton

Art: Sentinels of Time and Place #2 by Artist Jani Bryson
This piece is framed;
Actual image size is 8x8", matted to 14x14".
The series is limited to 500 pieces (8x8")
$ 195

Number 2 in a series of photographs of stones collected from the Irish Sea.

Fellow photographers have referred to this series of photographs as “realistic and organic”. Private collectors are mesmerized by the beauty and the power of these pieces.

This particular piece, is the perfect symbol of timeless and enduring love.

I believe it is my purpose to recognize and translate for others the special energy that dwells in all existence. I also believe that to reveal true beauty, it is necessary to remove all that obscures it.

With my “Sentinels of Time and Place “ series, I have attempted to reveal the true essence of stones that I collected while walking the rocky shoreline of the Irish Sea in 2004.

The day these stones first revealed themselves to me, they were wet from the surf, or totally immersed in the clear water of shallow tidepools, and the sun was shining brightly on them. At first, it would seem that the luminous effects of the water and the sun are what made me see them as beautiful.

But that is not the case. In truth, my fascination with these stones is their timelessness…their continued existence for millions of years, and their accumulation of energy from many, many lifetimes. Perhaps they have witnessed an event that has had a profound effect on the development of the universe as we know it.

Their beauty is in their essence: Heavy and strong. Stable and permanent. Timeless. Eternal. Sentinel.

Sentinels of Time and Place.

© 2005, Jani Bryson

Detail Images

Detail Image for art Sentinels of Time and Place #2


Detail Image for art Sentinels of Time and Place #2


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