BlogLetter – Art, Photography, Poetry

Issue 6 (April 20, 2019)

Hello Dear Friends

How quickly time flies by. It is that time of the week again to share my thoughts with you about some of the week’s new postings.

My Blog covers three areas – Art, Photography and Poetry.

The blog is a platform reflecting my interests and a journey of discovery, exploring a personal creative world. It is about sharing, with friends, an eclectic mixture of art, photography, poetry and writing.

Quote of the week

Max Depree

IMAGES OF THE WEEK

This week’s issue features some more of my personal favourite posts as well as friends’ favourites.

Art – Motion 1, 2019

Motion 1 is the first of my paintings, in an on going series, about the varying effect movement has upon light. The image attempts to captures the flow of traffic within an urban landscape.

Photography – Without Words 173

Without Words 173 is a photograph that was shot on a recent walk through the grounds of a local woodland park. It was late afternoon and hazed in bright Springtime sunshine when I came across this white double headed narcissus. I lay down on the ground very close to the plant to enable me to get really close and have a low view point.

Haiku – Heaven’s Hidden Secrets

Heaven’s Hidden Secrets is my favourite haiku poem of the week. it is the awareness of the vastness of the cosmos that excites. This is accentuated further by the fact that even with the benefit of scientific understanding there is so much that remains undiscovered and unknown. Do other species beyond the outer limits of our known universe already know of our existence on our tiny speck in space?

Gary Coleman’s, New Direction 1, is a discordant mixture of conflicting colours and tones that creates a tension and electric dynamism.The painting is imbued with a sense of the unknown and uncertainties of life and existence. It is a work that requires the viewer to question the certainties of today and consider what might be in the future. As the painter states “Tomorrow? Who knows?”

Top Spot – All over the land…

All over the land… was the most popular Haiku with friends this week. A poem about Spring’s changing moods underpinned with the sense of rebirth after the chill of Winter.

This week, with several distractions including the fine weather to get me out and about and catching up with essential gardening jobs, has placed some considerable strains upon time management.

It has been one of those weeks where finding enough quiet space for painting, reading, writing and creativity in general has been an issue. Seeking motivation, inspiration and writing is always demanding but this week has been particularly damned hard.

How has your week been for you?

Next Week’s Schedule

Monday – Quote of the day, Art, Poetry

Tuesday – Quote of the day, Poetry

Wednesday – Quote of the day, Photography, Poetry

Thursday – Quote of the day, Poetry

Friday – Quote of the day, Art, Photography, Poetry

Saturday – Quote of the day, Article, Blog Letter, Poetry

Sunday – Quote of the day, Art, Photography, Poetry

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BlogLetter – Art, Photography, Poetry

Issue 5 (April 13, 2019)

Hello Dear Friends

It is time to share my thoughts with you about some of the week’s new postings.

My Blog covers three areas – Art, Photography and Poetry.

The blog is a platform reflecting my interests and a journey of discovery, exploring a personal creative world. It is about sharing, with friends, an eclectic mixture of art, photography, poetry and writing.

This week’s issue features some more of my personal favourite posts as well as friends’ favourites.

IMAGES OF THE WEEK

Art – Fading Memory 3

Fading Memory 3 is another of one of my paintings, in an on going series, about loss of memory and the effect it has upon individuals and those who are involved with them.

Photography – Without Words 169

Without Words 169 is a photograph that was shot on a recent walk through the grounds of a local park where a funfair had been set up. It was early in the day and the handful of fairground personnel were busy preparing for the evening show. Apart from the workers and myself the fair was totally empty and silent.

Poetry – Turn Not Away

Turn Not Away is a poem that speaks of the threat to freedom through turning a blind eye to the ever present danger and evil that exists within the world.

Hartmut Jager’s moving painting The Holocaust brilliantly exemplifies this. It is a wonderful tribute full of memories and hope.The image represent the longing for freedom, the light and good overcoming the terror of evil.

Haiku – Fishing Boats

Fishing Boats is my favourite haiku of the week. It is filled with the memories of a childhood and happy, carefree days of growing up beside the sea when Summer never seemed to end.

Vincent Van Gogh, Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries a reminder of such happy sun blessed days of playing on the sand and swimming in the sea. So many hours spent watching the local fishermen working on their boats, fishing nets and lobster pots. Ah, those were the days my friends!

Top Spot – Where Will Tomorrow Be?

Where Will Tomorrow Be was the most popular Haiku with friends this week. A poem about uncertainy and the dark side of life.

Jean-Francois Millet’s Starry Night is a dramatic painting of a nocturnal landscape. The composition and evocative light effects recalls Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting of the same title.

Quote of the week – This week from the Poetry Box

Next Week’s Schedule

Monday – Quote of the day, Art, Poetry

Tuesday – Quote of the day, Poetry

Wednesday – Quote of the day, Photography, Poetry

Thursday – Quote of the day, Poetry

Friday – Quote of the day, Art, Photography, Poetry

Saturday – Quote of the day, Article, Blog Letter, Poetry

Sunday – Quote of the day, Art, Photography, Poetry

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BlogLetter – Art, Photography, Poetry

Issue 4 (April 6, 2019)

Hello Dear Friends, April is here and it’s time, once more, to share my thoughts with you about some of the week’s postings.

This week’s issue features some more of my personal favourite posts as well as friends’ favourites.

IMAGES OF THE WEEK

Art – Dreamtime 2019

Goff James, Dreamtime, 2019

Dreamtime came about through talking with dear friends going through the process of fading memory and the unclear recollections that they were experiencing.

This series of works is still on going and deals with the cruel loss of memory.

Photography – Without Words 166

Goff James, Without Words 166, 2019

Without Words 166 is a photograph that was shot on a recent walk through local parkland. It was mid morning and one of those early Spring days when the sun was rising and extremely bright.

The image was taken directly into the sunlight that filtered through the woodland and silhouetted the trees.

Poetry – Storm, Ramsey Sound

Storm, Ramsey Sound a poem that brings back so many memories from childhood days of stories and old sailors’ yarns about this particular stretch of dangerous ocean between the island of Ramsey and the rugged cliffs of Pembrokeshire.

Jason Hicklin’s etching of the The Bitches, Ramsey Island, Pembrokeshire captures the mood of the poem brilliantly.

Haiku – Time To Say Goodbye

Goff James, Time To Say Goodbye, 2019

Time To Say Goodbye is a poem about the break up of a long standing relationship between two dear friends of mine. The words reflect the shared pain and emotions experienced after a life time of being together.

Tanka – Bad Timing

Goff James, Bad Timing, 2019

Bad Timing was written after snow started falling this week and covered the garden in a mantle of icy white. Not that it is unusual for us to experience snow in April – but BRRRRR! This was followed by all four seasons in one day. BRR! BRR! BRR!

Top Spot – The Music of Spring

The Music of Spring was the most popular Haiku with friends this week. A poem about the awakening of Spring after the cold of Winter. Fritz Thaulow’s painting A Stream In Springtime personifies, so well, the imagery within the poem itself. What a shock later in the week was – BRRRRRRRRR!

In Issues Number 2 and 3 I discussed topics about Blogging in general – Style, Mix, and Frequency of posts. This remains an on going process for me and I have commenced making some subtle changes.

The process, for me, has been worthwhile and has enabled me to focus upon issues of concern over several weeks. Reviewing in this way has been extremely helpful in determining how I wish to proceed and which format is the best for me to use.

My Blog is not one about Blogging. However it is useful to read ones that are.

goffjamesart covers three areas – Art, Photography and Poetry.

The blog is a platform reflecting my interests and a journey of discovery, exploring a personal creative world. It is about sharing, with friends, an eclectic mixture of art, photography, poetry and writing.

Dear friends, what are your views on such matters?

Have you had to resolve such questions?

If you have, how did you overcome them?

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BLOGLETTER – Art, Photography, Poetry

Issue 3 (March 30, 2019)

This week’s issue features some more of my personal favourite posts as well as a discussion about Blog Scheduling.

IMAGES OF THE WEEK

Art – Untitled 2019

Goff James, Untitled 2019

Photography – Without Words 162

Goff James, Without Words 162

Haiku – Love-scape

Image Credit © Eliza Furmansky, Dreamscape, (Date Unstated)

Tanka – Spring Rhapsody

Image Credit © Sandy Dooley, Spring Mosaic, (Date Unstated)

In Issue 2 (March, 23) I raised issues regarding BLOG versus NEWSLETTER and BLOG FORMAT. This week I am reviewing SCHEDULE MANAGEMENT its mix and the frequency posting.

My Blog covers three areas – Art, Photography and Poetry. The blog is a platform reflecting my interests and a journey of discovery exploring a personal creative world. It is about sharing, with you, an eclectic mixture of art, photography, poetry and writing.

I have read over the past week many interesting articles about blogging and in particular ones about SCHEDULING. Again I have had to confront another dilemma regarding my own Blog.

I have undertaken some focussed analysis with regards to the matter. I’ve asked myself many questions about reviewing the appropriateness of the schedule I use.

At present, throughout the week, I schedule posts loosely in terms of the different dedicated genres – Art, Photography and Poetry.

Monday – Quote of the day, Art plus Poetry

Tuesday – Quote of the day, Poetry

Wednesday – Quote of the day, Photography plus Poetry

Thursday – Quote of the day, Poetry

Friday – Quote of the day, Art, Photography plus Poetry

Saturday – Quote of the day, Article, Blog Letter plus Poetry

Sunday – Quote of the day, Art, Photography plus Poetry

DAILY DEDICATED GENRE SCHEDULING

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MIXED GENRE SCHEDULING

The question is whether one style of scheduling is better than any other.

What are your thoughts on such matters?

Should scheduling relate to just one topic or more than one?

Which type of scheduling is your preference? Those which tackle one area of interest each day or those which are a bit more eclectic?

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BLOGLETTER – Art, Photography, Poetry

Issue 2 (March 23, 2019) features some of my personal favourite posts. This week’s issue includes some fellow bloggers shared posts and likes as well as a discussion about Blog formatting.

IMAGES OF THE WEEK

Art – Penyfan, 2019

Goff James, Penyfan 2019

Penyfan was created from a sketch after a walk in the countryside surrounding the mountains in the Brecon Beacons. I loved the colours made by the splashes of sunlight that came and went as I sketched.

Photography – Without Words 159, 2019

Goff James, Without Words 159, 2019

This photograph was taken, early in the year, near Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay on a similar kind of day as the painting of Penyfan. In the background stands the Wales Millenium Centre. I spent the whole afternoon people watching.

Poetry – Masks, 2019

Image © Sandra Silberzweig, Tribal Batik Mask Spiritual, (Date Unstated)

Masks was a poem inspired by the thoughts and writing of fellow blogger Beckie Cutler at Beckie’s Mental Mess. Many thanks to Beckie for the inspiration.

Haiku – The Prisoner

Image © Charles M Williams, Use 2b So Ez – Alzheimer’s Green Chair – The Long Good-bye, (Date Unstated)

The Prisoner was the most popular Haiku with you this week. A poem of remembrance of family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances who are or have had experience of this cruel condition.

Share Box – Joshi Daniel, Vibrant, 2019

© Joshi Daniel, Vibrant, 2019

The final selection from my Share Box was a very subjective, difficult and close run thing. I had to choose between three excellent images Divya NavinRaj’s – Fawn (Cutie Pie), Golu Lodhi’s – Flowers and Joshi Daniel’s – Vibrant. It was the child’s penetrating eyes and impish smile that won the day for me. What would your choice have been?

In Issue 1 (March, 16) I raised issues regarding BLOG versus NEWSLETTER. This week another issue about blogging format has arisen.

My Blog covers three areas – Art, Photography and Poetry. The blog is a platform reflecting my interests and a journey of discovery exploring a personal creative world. It is about sharing, with you, an eclectic mixture of art, photography, poetry and writing.

However having read many interesting articles about blogging and in particular ones about how many topics should a Blog be concerned with raised by Cristian Mihai in The Art of Blogging. Consequently I have had to confront another dilemma regarding my own Blog. I have undertaken some focussed analysis and reviewing with regards to the matter. I’ve asked myself many questions about format and presentation.

ONE BLOG for ALL versus SEPARATE INDIVIDUAL BLOGS

The question is whether one format is better than the other.

What are your thoughts on such matters?

Should ones Blog relate to just one topic or more than one?

Which type of blog is your preference? Those which tackle one specific interest area or those which are a bit more eclectic?

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BLOGLETTER – Art, Photography, Poetry

My intentions for this BLOGLETTER (if there is such a word) is so that I can share, each week with you, some of my personal favourite posts from across the different genres of Art, Photography and Poetry.

BLOG versus NEWSLETTER

I have struggled with whether I should issue a Newsletter or post a Blog. In the end I have decided upon a fusion of the two, namely – The BLOGLETTER

Issue 1 (March 16, 2019) features three of the pieces that I have selected from this week’s postings. I will make a fresh selection each week.

IMAGES OF THE WEEK

Art – Disintegration

Photography – Without Words 154

Poetry – Vibrations

Which is your favourite?

Use my Comments box to let me know which is your particular favourite.

Images and Poem Credit © goffjamesart/photography/poetry

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News Box – In the valleys of the sea… – Haiku a poem by Goff James

MARCH 14, 2019 ~ THE RELUCTANT POET

Many thanks to The Reluctant Poet for reblogging this poem

Poem Credit © goffjamesart/photography/poetry

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Image Credit © Edward Moran, The Valley In The Sea, (Date Unstated)

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