BlogLetter – Art, Music, Photography, Poetry

Issue 18 (July 13, 2019)

Welcome Dear Friends. Happy Weekend to all. Summer continues with good grace – not too hot not too cool. Hitherto the rain has been held at bay.

It has been one of those weeks that has been perfect for doing just about anything – working and resting, walking and talking, reading and writing. I’ve even got back to working on completing paintings in the studio. I trust you have had a great week too.

I have managed to tidy up some of the borders in the garden; Rearranging pots and garden furniture cutting back plants that had become truly invasive and getting rid of some entirely. All ready for composting.

Went to the gym Monday and Wednesday. Followed by a relaxing coffee and chat with friends. In between took another trip out west.

It is that time 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.

As usual, Issue 18 features some more of my personal favourite posts as well as friends’ favourites.

Quote of the week

IMAGES OF THE WEEK

Art – Fissure #1, 2019

This week’s artwork Fissure #1

The inspiration for this work came about from visiting and walking around the exterior of a local arts centre. Over time the effects of rain upon the materials of the building created a fusion of tones which I found particularly exciting. Hence the piece was born.

Photography – Without Words 224

Without Words 224 is an image that was taken whilst on one of my frequent visits west. It was one of those days when everything seemed to be just right, the light, the tide on the turn and the mood.

Poem – Colours

© Peter Nottrott, Evolution M1, (Date Unstated)

My favourite poem this week was Colours

© Goff James, Colours

Peter Nottrott”s painting Evolution M1 with its fusion of melting colours manages to encapsulate the mood of the poem. The poem itself evolves and grows from the mixing of colour words into the final verse.

Top Spot – this week was At Dawn

Georgeta Blanaru”s painting Ocean Dance At Dawn captures both the words of the poem and the mood of a storm that has passed but is reluctant to leave the embrace of the sandy shoreline.

Music Box

This week the song I shared with you was My Prayer sung by the Platters.

My new scheduling programme appears to be working well. There are still adjustments to be made two of which are whether to continue publishing a BlogLetter and the Music Box.

Initial feedback appears to indicate that my blog should just concentrate upon key posts related to my core interests – Art, Photography and Poetry. This appears to be a broad spectrum in itself without expanding it further.

As the saying goes – ‘Less is More’

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, Poetry

Sunday – Quote of the day, Poetry

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BlogLetter – Art, Music, Photography, Poetry

Issue 17 (July 6, 2019)

Welcome Dear Friends. Happy Saturday. I trust your past week has been a pleasant one. Summer has continued to broaden her sunny smile across the land. I hope such fine weather continues. Garden flowers are a theme running through my BlogLetter today

© Goff James, 2019

July has arrived and Summer has truly arrived in a glorious bang of sunshine and heat. Too hot for some not hot enough for others! For the roses in the garden the conditions have been ideal.

© Goff James, 2019

As usual the first part of the week spent at the gym. Followed by a relaxing coffee and chat with friends. Tuesday another trip out west visiting family.

© Goff James, 2019

I spent a lot of time in the garden this week. Time shared between keeping the garden in trim and photographing some of the flowers in bloom. Both pastimes are truly full time jobs. Being a retiree I often wonder how I ever found the time to go to work!

© Goff James, 2019

It is that time to share with you my thoughts about some of the week’s postings. As I grow older how time flies. Is it that I just imagine it to be so?

© Goff James, 2019

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.

© Goff James, 2019

Music Box

This week the song I shared with you was I can’t stop Loving You sung by one of my favourite artists Ray Charles accompanied by the Raelettes.

As usual, Issue 17 features some more of my personal favourite posts as well as friends’ favourites.

Quote of the week

IMAGES OF THE WEEK

Art – Inferno #1, 2019

© Goff James, 2019

This week’s artwork Inferno #1

This work started life completely by accident. It was the result of several spillages of paint on a spare canvas that lay on a table in my studio. Several attempts to clean the canvas failed. Rather than abandon the canvas I worked with what I had. Using a rag rather than a paint brush eventually this image appeared.

Photography – Without Words 220

© Goff James, 2019

Without Words 220 is an image that was captured on a visit to the local community college. The sun that day was very bright and shone through the glass roof casting spectacular shadows against a wall.

Poem – Under The Apple Tree

© Ayza-Amriana Churina, Resting Under Apple Tree, (Date Unstated)

My favourite poem this week was Under The Apple Tree

© Goff James, 2019

Ayza-Amriana Churina’s painting Resting Under Apple Tree manages, so very well, to encapsulate the mood of the poem. The young girl is captured completely absorbed within her own thoughts.

Top Spot – this week was Storm Waves

Andrews Watercolours lithographic print Newgale Storm depicts the scene at Newgale Beach, Pembrokeshire, West Wales. This is a favourite haunt of mine. Well worth a visit if you ever have the opportunity to visit.

© Goff James, 2019

Scheduling has become an issue again and has raised its head once more. There lie in my studio so many uncompleted paintings that need my attention. Time management needs looking at.

Consequently I have made some adjustments to time management and scheduling. At the moment everything has come under the spotlight.

For the next few weeks I will not be publishing any general articles about art and artists and just focusing on posts concerning my core interests – painting, photography and poetry. Then at the end of July I will review the situation.

I am torn between my several interests. Which one should have priority – Art or Photography or Poetry?

Do I need to abandon some elements from the blog? Do I need to create a separate blog for my poetry?

Dear friends, your views and advice with regards to these matters would be greatly appreciated.

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, Blog Letter, Poetry

Sunday – Quote of the day, Music, Poetry

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BlogLetter – Art, Music, Photography, Poetry

Issue 16 (June 29, 2019)

Welcome Dear Friends. Happy Sunny Weekend to you all. I trust your past week has been a pleasant. At least this weekend Summer appears to have truly arrived, if only for a fleeting few days.

Image Credit © Ronnie Hughes, Endless Summer, (Date Unstated)
Source Credit https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-ENDLESS-SUMMER/687849/3707454/view

Well here we are into the last week of June. Summer appears to be, at last, finding its way to our shores. Ronnie Hughes’s painting sets the scene admirably for the improving weather conditions. Hopefully it is the start of many such days. However, hopefully not too hot.

The first part of the week was spent in the gym and taking my daily walks. These afford me opportunities to get out and about and take some photographs.

The latter end of my week was spent collecting work from the gallery and with the mini-heatwave in progress spending the cooler parts of the day watering the plants in the garden.

It is 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.

Music Box

This week the song I shared with you was Stranger On The Shore an instrumental played by Acker Bilk. The music has a haunting resonance that lingers long after listening to it.

As usual, Issue 16 features some more of my personal favourite posts as well as friends’ favourites.

Quote of the week

IMAGES OF THE WEEK

Art – Step Into The Night, 2019

© Goff James, Step Into The Night, 2019

This week’s artwork Step Into The Night

This work started life as part of a series titled Trace. It was inspired by one of my own poems (unpublished as yet). After many initial pencil and charcoal sketches finally emerged as a digital print.

Photography – Without Words 216

© Goff James, Without Words 216

Without Words 216 is an image that was captured on a visit to Birmingham Museum and Gallery’s – Coming Out Exhibition. It is one from my photography archive.

The image is apart of a series that involves a narrative surrounding a pair of red stiletto shoes.

Poem – O how I love the Summer

My favourite poem this week was O how I love the Summer

Image Credit © Elaine Kazimierczuk, Flower Meadow II, (Date Unstated)
Source Credit https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Flower-Meadow-II/995887/4964035/view

Elaine Kazimierczuk’s painting Flower Meadow with its vivid lush colours and golden sunlight the work embodies the emerging spirit of Summer.The artist captures the beauty and reflective qualities found in summer’s glowing sunshine and the effect that it has on the landscape.

Top Spot – this week is Dark Mementos

Pien van der Beek’s painting A Day of Silence captures the dark tragic drama of the poem.

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, Music, Photography, Poetry

Issue 15 (June 22, 2019)

Welcome Dear Friends. Happy Weekend to you all. I trust your past week has been a pleasant one and not too rainy.

Image Credit, © Constantin Galceava, Rainy Mood, (Date Unstated)
Source Credithttps://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Rainy-Mood/327372/3045918/view

Well here we are into the fourth week of June. Summer remains lost for the moment though started to improve from last Thursday. Constantin Galceava’s painting sets the mood for the past week – weatherwise.

The conditions seem to be ideal for the garden. Every thing is thriving and the roses are in full bloom but bedraggled by the continuous rain.

The weather this week has again hindered much outdoor activity. However last Tuesday was at least dry and sunny enough to take a journey into the country and visit the coast.

It is 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.

Music Box

This week the song I shared with you was Red Sails in the Sunset by Fats Domino. The song is one of that takes me right back in time when I started listening to music. Now that goes way back. It still remains one of my favourites.

As usual, Issue 15 features some more of my personal favourite posts as well as friends’ favourites.

Quote of the week

IMAGES OF THE WEEK

Art – Sleeping, 2019

This week’s artwork Sleeping

This work is a charcoal sketch drawn on coloured paper.

Photography – Without Words 212

Without Words 212 is an image that was captured on a visit to the Bangkok Crocodile Farm.

The image has created much discussion with several followers this week. Each having their own views with regards to colour versus monochrome.

Poem – The Arrival

My favourite poem this week is The Arrival

Tony Conner’s painting Under Mountain Road captures the spirit of the onset of Summer. The image with its varied hues of green imbued with the fresh sunlight and dark shadows reflect the mood of the season.The artist captures the summer light and the effect of summer foliage in back light.

Top Spot – this week is shared between ‘Every child is an artist and Summer’s Jewels

These two haiku’s proved to be the most popular with friends this week. Both appear to have captured the hearts of many readers.

The image down loaded from Pixabay and Claude Monet’s painting A Corner Of The Garden At Montgeron, capture the mood of the individual poems.

Of the two I know the one which appeals to me the most.

Which one do you think is the better of the two – Every child is an artist or Summer’s Jewels?

Please use the comment box to select your choice.

Looking forward, with anticipation, to reading which one is your favourite.

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, 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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