Our fellow blogger, Susi Bocks from I Write Her, has been working hard on the first Anthology for The Short of It. The beautiful cover for the compilation of our selected works is featured above! I am thrilled to be a part of this this publication.
Look for the publication coming out in the next few months!
Douglas Adams(1952 -2001) was an English author, comic radio dramatist, musician and environmental activist.
Adams is best known as the author of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. Hitchhiker’s began on radio, and developed into a “trilogy” of five books (which sold more than fifteen million copies during his lifetime) as well as a television series, a comic book series, a computer game, and a feature film that was completed after Adams’ death.
The series has also been adapted for live theatre using various scripts; the earliest such productions used material newly written by Adams. He was known to some fans as Bop Ad (after his illegible signature), or by his initials “DNA” (Douglas Noël Adams).
In addition to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams wrote or co-wrote three stories of the science fiction television series Doctor Who and served as Script Editor during the seventeenth season.
His other written works include the Dirk Gently novels, and he co-wrote two Liff books and Last Chance to See, itself based on a radio series.
Adams also originated the idea for the computer game Starship Titanic, which was produced by a company that Adams co-founded, and adapted into a novel by Terry Jones.
A posthumous collection of essays and other material, including an incomplete novel, was published as The Salmon of Doubt in 2002.
Omar Khayyam,(1048 -1131), Persian mathematician, astronomer, and poet, renowned in his own country and time for his scientific achievements.
Omar Khayyam was born in Nishapur, in northeastern Persia, and was contemporary with the rule of Seljuks circa 1096 – 1099
As a mathematician, he is most notable for his work on the classification and solution of cubic equations, where he provided geometric solutions by the intersection of conics.
Khayyam also contributed to the understanding of the parallel axiom.
As an astronomer, he designed the Jalali calendar, a solar calendar with a very precise 33-year intercalation cycle that provided the basis for the Persian calendar that is still in use after a millennium since his works.
There is a tradition of attributing poetry to Omar Khayyam, written in the form of quatrains (rubāʿiyāt رباعیات).
This poetry became widely known to the English-reading world in a translation by Edward FitzGerald (Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, 1859).
Richard Kalvar, (1944 -) is an American photographer who has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1977.
Kalvar has undertaken extensive personal work in America, Europe and Asia, notably in France, Italy, England, Japan and the United States, supporting himself with journalistic and commercial assignments.
Kalvar’s photographs are marked by a strong homogeneity of aesthetic and theme. His images frequently play on a discrepancy between the banality of a real situation and the uncanny feeling that is produced by a particular choice of timing and framing.
The result of his careful framing is a state of tension between two levels of interpretation, attenuated by a touch of humour.
Echoed on Canvas A mother weeps for her child Mourning dark hued speaks
About the Painting
Mark Mellon’s painting ‘Suspended Grief’ is acrylic on canvas; and, from his ‘The Rogue Collection. A Collection of art works that do not not fit or were not created within a specific theme. Each of the paintings, stands on its own, in the collection. Each possesses its own individual narrative.
The concept of the work was initially meant to be apart of a larger series, however after completing three pieces within the theme of ‘time’ the artist felt he had exhausted his current ideas and to continue to push forward with additional pieces would have been forced.
As Mellon states perhaps he will, at a later date, explore again each image in depth so that they become a piece within its own collection.
In “Suspended Grief” the image shows the fragmented image of a woman totally absorbed in a moment of grief; where, time has been shattered and echoed over the canvas.
The minimalist colour palette accentuates the intensity of the woman’s grief. The manner in which the artist wreaths the woman’s face in a multiplicity of fingers draws the viewer into the image to share in the moments of her personal grief.
All these elements add to to the dynamism and emotional intensity of the painting.
About the Artist
Mark M. Mellon’s art work dictates the expression of man and the beast exploring our role and purpose in this universe. Narrations in his imagery are stories of love and heartbreak to tragedy and loss – and of course – the never ending battle of dualism of self.
Spending the last twenty years developing his skill, his work takes inspiration from Primitive Art work, philosophy, astrology, religion, personal reflection and always finds courage and ideas from a various assortment of modern artists – old and new.
Mellon brings together a harmony of imagery styled in an abstract and surreal way. Working with paint, ink and sculpture, Mellon has created a world and environment that encourages viewers to enter and engage with the imagery and find meanings of their own.
About Linda O’Neill Linda O’Neill’s paintings are gestural and adventurous and communicate a state of mind through colour, movement and form. she has struggled with OCD and migraines most of her life so aspects of that journey; pain, healing, fulfilment, loss, contentment and uncertainty are also important elements in her work
O’Neill discovered art at a young age and went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1993. She occasionally rummages through a box of her childhood creations and savours the freedom and expression of that younger self. Over the years, She has been influenced by artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Olivera, Franz Klein, Joan Mitchell, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Cy Twombly to name a few.
Her work is very intuitive and fluid that brings life to raw, authentic emotions. Painting with acrylics, she incorporates collage, paint pen, oil pencil, caran d’ache and whatever else she can lay get hands on. Working layer upon layer, always listening to music, She often rotates the canvas as she works until she is happy with the progression. O’Neill attempts to let go of critical thinking, preferring to let her subconscious run the paintbrush.
She hopes to inspire and affect people on a deep emotional level with her abstracts. as well as trying to connect with others who suffer from similar physical or mental conditions.