BlogLetter – Art, Music, Photography, Poetry

Issue 14 (June 15, 2019)

Welcome Dear Friends. Happy Saturday to you all. I trust your past week has been a pleasant one.

© Josef Herman, Women in the Rain (Notes from a Welsh Diary), 1949,
Image Source – https://www.tate.org.uk/art/archive/items/tga-835-113/herman-women-in-the-rain-notes-from-a-welsh-diary

Well here we are already into the third week of June. Summer remains hiding behind all the rainy days we have experienced here this week.

Flooding at the Tu Hwnt i’r Bont tea room in North Wales,
© https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/met-office-weather-rain-wales-15984229

The weather has seriously hindered much outdoor activity this week. Managed the gym twice and a jaunt to the coast.

Luckily it was one of those rare sunny days to get out and do some sketching and photography. Note the gathering clouds. For now will have to make do with the taste of Summer held in a vase on the table.

Even with the bad weather how time flies. It is, once again, that time of the week to share with you my thoughts about some of the week’s postings.

My blog is about sharing, with friends, an eclectic mixture of art, photography, poetry, writing and once in a while a little of my favourite music.

This week the song I shared with you was The White Rose of Athens sung by Nana Mouskouri. The song has a particular personal resonance with me.

As usual, Issue 14 features some more of my personal favourite posts as well as friends’ favourites.

Quote of the week

IMAGES OF THE WEEK

Art – Rock Formation #2, 2019

This week’s artwork Rock Formation #2

This work is the second in on going series about the local coastline and its varying rock formations. The piece is that employs a variety of mixed media including collage, photography, writing and paint.

The inspiration for this series comes from walks along the coastline of Wales. This particular day was wild and stormy and I had to take shelter under the cliffs.

Photography – Without Words 206

Without Words 206 is an image that was captured on a visit to the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.

ThIs was one of those totally unexpected fleeting encounters. I was walking between the various floors of the centre and looking down over the balcony into the atrium.

I turned, to carry on up to the next floor, when coming down the flight of stairs behind me was this figure silhouetted by the natural light coming from the circular window. No time to think just took the shot.

Poem – Falling Sky

My favourite poem this week is Falling Sky

Ann Mackowsk’s painting A Falling Sky captures the essence and the challenges that each of us experience on a day to day basis. The image reflects the experience of confronting those challenges through turning negatives into positive responses.

The poem attempts to represent those experiences through words whilst the painting represents them through form and colour. Both reflect upon personal courage to overcome situations that appear to want to drag us downwards into a spiral of destruction.

The poem and the painting make reference to classical myths of the world being created through the mingling of the sky and the earth.

Top Spot – Morning Light

Morning Light proved to be the most popular haiku with friends this week. It appears to have captured the hearts of many readers.

Mark Fearn’s, Brilliance of the Morning Light no.2, appears to capture the very essence of the first light of dawn. The subtle coloured tones bring to the work a meditative quality of inner reflection.

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, Music, Photography, Poetry

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BlogLetter – Art, Photography, Poetry

Issue 13 (June 8, 2019)

Welcome Dear Friends. Happy Saturday to you all. I trust your past week has been a pleasant one.

Well here we are already into the second week of June. Summer is knocking on the door.

The weather, again, this week has been a mixture of a little sunshine and days of continuous rain. Thankfully it is very much warmer. The roses in the garden are taking full advantage of the long evenings, warmth and wet conditions.

it’s been one of those weeks where so much needs to be done but the changeable weather and insufficient energy have suppressed the will to undertake much.

Having said that, at least on one day, I did muster enough drive to visit and undertake a photoshoot at a local garden and park. The morning was not very encouraging. However, it soon cleared so took advantage of the break in the weather. It turned out to be a beautiful afternoon and evening.

Enough of weather and jaunts for now. It is that time of the week to share, once more, my thoughts with you about some of the week’s postings.

My blog is about sharing, with friends, an eclectic mixture of art, photography, poetry and writing.

As usual, Issue 13 features some more of my personal favourite posts as well as friends’ favourites.

Quote of the week

IMAGES OF THE WEEK

Art – 

This week’s artwork As the Tide Turns #4

This work is the fourth in on going series and attempts to capture the flow of the incoming tide over some shallow rocks at the shoreline.

Photography – Without Words 202

Without Words 202 is an image that was captured on one of those very few sunny days that featured during this week. The wild flowers were growing in the hedgerow and formed a carpet that just went on and on.

Though it was sunny the breeze was quite strong and the blossoms, scattere in various pools of colour in an ocean of green, seemed to dance joyously welcoming the onset of Summer.

Poem – Temple of Dreams

My favourite poem this week is Temple of Dreams

Romana Brunnauer’s painting Janis captures the very mood, essence and sacredness of the mind’s holy edifice. The image reflects the experience of the very being of the written word .

The abstract painting, with its subtle light and dark tones, captures the ‘untouched silence’ and meditative quality of the poem itself.

Top Spot – The impossible is possible…

The impossible is possible… proved to be the most popular haiku with friends this week. It appears to have captured the hearts of many readers.

Meirav Sher, Dawn (enamel on glass) work captures the spirit of that fleeting in between space twixt night’s demise and dawn’s waking. There is an almost meditative quality of floating and drifting.

The subtle use of yellow and blue tones imbues the image with a sense of calming flux that encapsulates the dichotomy between that which is seen and unseen, the possible and the impossible.

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 12 (June 1, 2019)

Welcome Dear Friends. Happy Saturday to you all. I trust your past week has been a pleasant one.

It’s the beginning of June. Summer is just around the corner.

The weather this week has been a mixture of sunshine and prolonged rain. The air is filled with a sense of anticipation. My little garden has had to look after itself. Morning rounds have revealed that the plants are flourishing in the warming conditions.

The solar powered fountain is now working. The sun, this week has not been that helpful in charging the battery; but, it works. The pond has been cleaned and new plants put in – early days yet. Just hope they thrive. The spot is quite shady.

When the sun is out, it is quite pleasant to sit out in the garden with a cup of coffee, look at the plants and listen to the trickle of water and twittering of the birds with their new broods.

Enough of gardening and the weather for now. It is that time of the week to share, once more, my thoughts with you about some of the week’s postings.

My blog is about sharing, with friends, an eclectic mixture of art, photography, poetry and writing.

As usual, Issue 12 features some more of my personal favourite posts as well as friends’ favourites.

Quote of the week

Shonda Rhimes

IMAGES OF THE WEEK

Art – 

In the Mountains

This week’s artwork In the Mountains is a water colour sketch.

The work attempts to capture the mood of the mountains and the surrounding landscape – the solitude and silence.flow of the waves as they weave between the rocks on the shoreline. The purple hues attempt to capture the mountains at the onset of twilight on a summer’s evening.

Photography – Without Words 200

Without Words 200 is one of those photographs that can be categorised as Happy Accident. I had left my camera on timer setting and forgotten to switch it off. Happily walking back to the car this is one of the images that was taken.

Poem – Morning’s Birth

My favourite poem this week is Morning’s Birth

Lajos Csaky’s painting Intoxicated captures the mood and essence of dawn’s awakening. The experience of being out and about as morning’s first light breaks and open heaven’s golden vault is truly awesome and intoxicating.

Lajos Csaky’s abstract painting captures this with the dark and light hues used. One feels that one is in the very heart of dawn’s golden eruption.

Top Spot – Solace

Solace proved to be the most popular haiku with friends this week. It appears to have captured the hearts of many readers.

Władysław Ślewiński, Sweet Dreams captures the spirit of sleep’s restfulness with the use of contrasting green and black. The image is imbued with a sense of utter relaxation,calmness, release and freedom. The juxtaposition of the cat against the female form adds to the dynamics of the composition. The image is filled with symbolism that draws the viewer ever closer into the painting.

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 11 (May 25, 2019)

Welcome Dear Friends. Happy Saturday to you all.

© Goff James, Blue Iris, Garden, May, 2019

The weather, again, this week has been glorious. Consequently I have spent much of my spare time, in my small patch, gardening. Plants are beginning to come into blossom. Watering has to be done regularly in this warm weather. So I have been busy, busy, busy out of doors.

Solar Powered Water Feature

The mysteries of the new water feature have been resolved and is all set up and running. The only issue remaining was how to open and operate the remote control so that I could adjust the height and flow of water. Luckily, after much stressful irritation, the problem was resolved.

How could something so small be so damned difficult to overcome! Helped this morning by watching the baby blackbird, standing on the stones, having a shower and being fed by ‘dad’ blackbird.

© Goff James, Clematis, Garden, May,2019

I trust your past week has been a pleasant one.

© Goff James, Poppies and Daisies, May, 2019

It is that time of the week to share, once more, my thoughts with you about some of the week’s postings.

My blog is about sharing, with friends, an eclectic mixture of art, photography, poetry and writing.

As usual, Issue 11 features some more of my personal favourite posts as well as friends’ favourites.

Quote of the week

Patricia Edwards

IMAGES OF THE WEEK

Art – As the tide turns #3

This week’s artwork As the tide turns #3 is one of a series of works related to works developed from sketches made visiting local beaches. This work is focused upon the moment the ocean is caught between the ebb and flow of turning.

The work attempts to capture the flow of the waves as they weave between the rocks on the shoreline. The muted tones reflect the early morning light.

Photography – Without Words 192

Without Words 192 is a photograph that was shot whilst visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art(MOCA), Bangkok. The architecture, the grounds and works on display are all stunning.

Tanka – Suppertime al fresco

My favourite poem this week is Suppertime al fresco

Ron Kendall’s painting Great Blue Heron captures the mood and essence of a late evening walk I made last Summer along the banks of a local river. It was one of those evening’s where everything was still and silent.

As I sat upon the river bank, lost in my thoughts, out of the reeds on the far side of the river stepped a heron. The bird paraded back and forth for half an hour or so before flying off after feeding. One of those awesome moments to treasure.

Top Spot – Not so far away…

Not so far away… proved to be the most popular poem with friends this week. It appears to have captured the hearts of many readers.

Laura Blue Palmer’s painting Space with the use of night’s deep dark tones captures the spirit of the dark hours.

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 10 (May 18, 2019)

Welcome Dear Friends. Happy Weekend to all.

The weather here has been like Summer this week. As a result I have managed to get some real gardening done. All the plants are shooting up. The new water feature has arrived. I’m still trying to solve the mysteries of setting it up!

Trust you all had a wonderful week.

It is that time of the week to share, once more, my thoughts with you about some of the week’s postings.

My blog is about sharing, with friends, an eclectic mixture of art, photography, poetry and writing.

As usual, Issue 10 features some more of my personal favourite posts as well as friends’ favourites.

Quote of the week

Elbert Hubbard

IMAGES OF THE WEEK

Art – Red Island

This week’s art work Red Island is one of a series of works related to the loss of memory. The red island symbolises the isolation of an individual trapped in an ocean of forgetfulness (symbolised by the blue background). The fragmentation of the shapes within the confines of the red represent the gradual process of failing memory.

Photography – Without Words 189

Without Words 189 is a photograph that was shot whilst visiting a local parkland noted for its Springtime flowers and woodland walks. This close up image focuses upon a very small corner beside a trickling brook that runs alongside a drystone wall – so peaceful and tranquil. That which makes the image so interesting is the composition with the tall vertical flowers to the left counterbalanced by the stream and wall with all its various plants and textures.

Tanka – Awakening

My favourite poem this week is Awakening

Steve Henderson painting Awakening is, at one and the same time, imbued with a sensitivity of feeling and emotional intensity. The darkness of the shadows captures how one can struggle when one rues over past dreams that appear to have been extinguished; yet, there remains in tomorrow’s waking fresh hope.

Top Spot – The Possibilities of Enlightenment

The Possibilities of Enlightenment proved to be the most popular poem with friends this week. It appears to have struck a chord with many readers.

Georgiana Romanovna painting Awakening The Inner Self with the colours that the artist has employed captures the spirit of the journey of self discovery. Both the poem and the image reveal that within ourselves a hidden inner sanctum of peace and calm exists. It is a necessity to seek such a place so that we are able to be physically and spiritually refreshed enabling us to move forwards with confidence.

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 9 (May 11, 2019)

Welcome Dear Friends. Happy Saturday to all. I trust you all had a wonderful week.

It is that time of the week, once again, to share my thoughts with you about some of the week’s postings.

My blog 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.

Quote of the week

Lily Tomlin

IMAGES OF THE WEEK

Art – Flux 2

This week’s art work Flux 2 started life as an experimental collage. The materials used were newspaper, scraps of tissue paper and charcoal. Each was superimposed one above the other. From this I created a painted drawing which in the final outcome has been transformed into a totally abstract image in which the various elements appear to flow one into the other.

Photography – Without Words 186

Without Words 186 is a photograph that was shot whilst visiting a friend who was poorly in a local hospital. This was the back edge of the parking bay where I parked the car. One never knows when an opportunity will arise to take a photograph. I just loved the composition and textures.

Haiku – Love Bound

Love Bound is my particular favourite haiku poem of the week. The poem is a very personal one for me and filled with so many self truths.

Popei Ioan’s painting The emotion of love captures the experience of love so exquisitely. The painting is, at one and the same time, imbued with a sensitivity of feeling and emotional intensity.

The image is filled with a subtlety of colour tones and compositional qualities that reflects the very essence of what Love is.

Top Spot – Rebirth

Rebirth proved to be the most popular poem with friends this week. It appears to have struck a chord with many readers.

Susanne Sandmeyer’s painting Spring Thaw captures the very essence of Spring’s awakening. One feels the thaw of winter taking place in the way in which the artist has used subtle colour tones reflecting the chill of Winter and emerging warmth of Spring.There is a sense of fragility and sensitivity within the composition that I find truly appealing.

The many concerns that have been troubling me over the last several weeks appear to have been laid to rest.

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 8 (May 4, 2019)

Hello Dear Friends. Happy Saturday to all. I trust you all had a great week.

May has arrived and the days are lengthening. I just love the hours of extended daylight.

It is that time of the week, once again, to share my thoughts with you about some of the week’s problems and postings.

My blog reflects my interests of 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.

Quote of the week

Charlie Brown

IMAGES OF THE WEEK

Art – Red Leaf With Green Moon, 2019

This week’s art work Red Leaf With Green Moon came about through participating in a local community art project under the direction of a local art gallery and museum – The Voice Figures of Margaret Watts-Hughes (Welsh singer, songwriter, scientist and philanthropist).

Image Credit Voice figure by Margaret Watts-Hughes, Pigment on glass, (Date unknown)

Source Credit© & Courtesy of Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery.

Photography – Without Words 180

Without Words 180 is a photograph that was shot on a visit to the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona. Outside the sunshine was extremely bright and shone through the windows in the vaulted ceiling and reflected on the organ pipes creating a rainbow of colours.

Haiku – The Dancer

The Dancer is my particular favourite haiku poem of the week. The poem encapsulates the concept of how I imagine the process of my artistic creativity to be.

Iryna Kitaieva’s painting Dance captures the essence and emotions of the experience so exquisitely. The painting is imbued with a sense of total abandonment within ones own thoughts and imagination.

The image is filled with a vibrancy of colour and compositional qualities that capture the freedom of a dancer’s movements. Each in turn mirror that which I imagine my creative process to be.

Top Spot – Jealousy

Jealousy proved to be the most popular poem with friends this week. It appears to have struck a chord with many readers.

Zaza Tuschmalischvili’s painting Jealousy, captures the intensity of the emotions of the experience so profoundly. With its use of symbols and colours one can feel the tensions tearing the lovers apart. One could not walk away from this thought provoking painting without questioning and confronting ones own feelings and experiences.

The many concerns that have been troubling me over the last several weeks with regards to scheduling and time management appear to have been resolved for the time being at least. Reading Alon Calinao Dy’s poem Time Management, last week certainly helped.

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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