Monday, August 12, 2019

A very crowded flower market in Kolkata during two festivals #indianfestival #kolkata_ig #flowermarkets #indianphotography #india_clicks #yourshot_india #photographers_of_india #indianshuttrbugs #fivestars_people #travelrealindia #india_undiscovered


Malian Woman with Blue Shawl. Color pencil by Melissa Enderle #colorpencils #colorpencildrawing #mali #artwork #fivestars_people #artistsofinstagram #polychromospencils


Summer flowers, late afternoon #flowerstagram #summertime #olbrichbotanicalgardens #madisonwi #wisconsinoutdoors #simplybeautiful #naturephotography


Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Malian Woman with Blue Shawl

My latest artwork, a color pencil of a Dogon woman from Mali, West Africa. It is the first time that I tried out my new set of 24 Polychomos color pencils.

Having just finished pounding millet, it feels good to sit down. Although such work is quite physical, I am grateful that the Lord has provided us with a harvest, despite the sparse rainfall this year. In addition to that task, I also managed to make several clay pots this morning. I’m pleased to say that my young daughter is coming along quite nicely with her pottery skills. I enjoy teaching the young women the Dogon songs as we pound away under the baobab tree. Tonight we will be singing hymns as we dance around the fire in our village of Nombouri. I always look forward to gatherings with fellow Christians in my village. How blessed I am; How great Thou art!

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Stringing the Marigolds

My latest artwork, Stringing the Marigolds. Pastel ©2019 Melissa Enderle

All around me, the Kolkata flower market where I am working is abuzz with energy. With both the festivals of Diwali and Kali Puja happening at the same time, there is an insatiable demand for strung marigolds. They’re being sold as fast as I can string them! I’m happy for the extra business but look forward to when I can go home and leave this noisy madhouse. After our evening meal, my family and I will set out to partake in the celebrations. That means more noise, but of the fun variety!

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Terracotta Warriors - Bronze Chariots and Weapons

Clay figures were not the only thing present in the pits. Encased in large wooden coffins were two bronze chariots of remarkable state of preservation, discovered in 1980. Both bronze chariots, each led by four bronze horses, are now in on display in the Exhibition Hall. 

Chariot #2
About half life-size, the chariots are thought to be for Emperor Qin as he toured around in the afterlife. Each of the chariots had over 3,000 accessories. The one known as Chariot #2 has separate back and front rows, with the empty back row reserved for the emperor. A replica of both chariots can be seen at the Shaanxi History Musuem in Xi'an.
Over 40,000 bronze weapons were recovered from the pits where the Terracotta Warriors were buried. These were not just simulated weapons, but ones that were fully functional. Weapons included over 37,000 arrowheads,  as well as spears, swords, daggers, crossbows, battle axes, bayonets, and more unique ancient types.  

Despite being over 2,200 years old, the weapons were still sharp. These military-grade state-of-the-art weapons were also never used, indicating that they were made just for the Terracotta army. 
Reconstructed crossbow with mechanism from the burial pit
When studying the crossbow triggers, researchers determined that the parts were very uniform, made in molds and in small batches. Assembly of the standardized, five interlocking parts happened in small workshops – not in large assembly lines. The crossbows are capable of piercing modern armor and kill with a single strike. Read more about the weapons in this article.

Friday, February 08, 2019

Jaisalmer man with pink turban. Rajasthan, India #portraitphotography #bestportraitgallery #humanityshots #life_portraits #desiframes #portrait_perfection #portrait_shots #portraiture #fivestars_people #portrait #portraits_ig #incredibleindiaofficial #india_clicks #indianphotography #indianshutterbugs #incredibleindia #streetsofindia #streetphotographyindia #ig_humanity #jaisalmer #rajasthaniculture #madisonphotographymeetup


Enjoying a bidi on the wall. Jaipur, India #portraitphotography #bestportraitgallery #humanityshots #life_portraits #portrait_perfection #portrait_shots #portraiture #fivestars_people #portrait #portraits_ig #incredibleindiaofficial #desiframes #rajasthaniculture #jaipurlove #india_clicks #indianphotography #indianshutterbugs #incredibleindia #streetsofindia #streetphotographyindia #ig_humanity #madisonphotographymeetup


Smiling elderly Yi woman in the Yunnan village of Lashi #bestportraitphoto #natgeohumanity #humanity_shots #portrait_shots #people_infinity #bestportraitgallery #yunnan #kings_third_age #blackandwhite #travelphotography #china #lijiang #portraitphotography #humanityshots #life_portraits #china🇨🇳 #chinatravel #chinagram #portrait_perfection #natgeoyourshot #fivestars_people #portrait #portraits_ig #ig_humanity #madisonphotographymeetup