Art, Photography, Poetry – BlogLetter – Amended Weekly Schedule by Goff James

Welcome Dear Friends. Happy Weekend to all.

You will immediately notice that there is no Blog Letter, as such, this week. There have also been other changes.

Over the past few weeks I have been looking closely at the way my blog has been structured. Time management has been a key issue. With the new format, I am now able to get back into my studio to paint and pursue my many other interests.

After much advice and consideration I have decided to redesign and restructure the scheduling format. I trust the restructuring will improve the quality of your experience when visiting.

All will be reviewed again at the end of July.

I take this opportunity to thank my dedicated followers and new readers for joining, I thank you all for your support, encouragement and comments on my blogging journey. I truly appreciate your follow.

Many Thanks

The Amended Schedule.

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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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Form and Function in Art

© Tassili-n-Ajjer, Nigeria, Section of rock-wall painting, ca. 5000-2000 BCE

“…things are beautiful when they work. Art is function.”

Giannina Braschi

© Nebamun Hunting in the Marshes, c. 1350 BCE

“One of the functions of art is to offer a more desirable reality – a model, as it were, of another style of existence with its own pace and its own cultural reference.” 

Peter Schmidt

© The Aldobrandini Wedding, c. 27 BCE – 14 BCE

Artists are concerned primarily with three functions.

1. Complete visual perception, internal, external, spatial, front, back and sides of an object.

© Masaccio, The Tribute money, c. 1425-28

2. Movement and the capturing of movement. From the the earliest cave paintings to the present day, artists have at various times studied the problem of showing movement on a two dimensional surface. Movement has always been there and it has been analysed in various fashions without really solving it.

Antoine Watteau, The Embarkation for Cythera, 1717 CE

3. An analysis of the whole, and the inter-relationships of the parts.

© Hokusai,The Underwave off Kanagawa, 1829-1833

“The painter’s function, generally speaking, is to explore and demonstrate in their work the interdependency of forms.” 

Robert McBryde

© Giacomo Balla, Dynamism Of A Dog On Leash, 1912

“Trying to capture the beauty of movement is a lofty and elusive endeavour…” 

Nisla

Roy Lichtenstein, Whaam!, 1963

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Image Credit © Tassili-n-Ajjer, Nigeria, Section of rock-wall painting, ca. 5000-2000 B.C.E.

Source Credit https://www.artsy.net/artwork/tassili-n-ajjer-nigeria-section-of-rock-wall-painting

Image Credit © Nebamun Hunting in the Marshes, c. 1350 BCE

Source Credit https://www.britishmuseum.org/visiting/galleries/ancient_egypt/room_61_tomb-chapel_nebamun.aspx

Image Credit © The Aldobrandini Wedding, c. 27 BCE – 14 BCE

Source Credit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldobrandini_Wedding#/media/File:Aldobrandini_wedding.JPG

Image Credit © Masaccio, The Tribute money, c. 1425-28

Source Credit https://theculturetrip.com/europe/italy/articles/10-painters-of-the-italian-renaissance-you-should-know/

Image Credit © Antoine Watteau, The Embarkation for Cythera, 1717 CE

Source Credit https://www.wikiart.org/en/antoine-watteau/not_detected_229435-1717

Image Credit © Hokusai,The Underwave off Kanagawa, 1829-1833

Source Credit https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/de-grote-golf-bij-kanagawa/JgEdIdn4pME3Mw?hl=en-GB

Image Credit © Giacomo Balla, Dynamism Of A Dog On Leash, 1912

Source Credit https://www.artsology.com/motion_in_art.php

Spotlight – Art and Artist of the day – Camille Pissarro

© Camille Pissarro, Landscape with Figures, c.1853-54
© Camille Pissarro, Two Women Chatting by the Sea, St. Thomas, 1856
© Camille Pissarro, The Telegraph Tower at Montmartre, 1863
© Camille Pissarro, Jalais Hill, Pontoise,1867
© Camille Pissarro, Lordship Lane Station, Dulwich, 1871
© Camille Pissarro, Hoar Frost, the Old Road to Ennery, Pointoise, 1873
© Camille Pissarro, The Factory, 1873
© Camille Pissarro, The Port of Rouen 2, 1883
© Camille Pissarro, Laundresses at Eragny, 1901

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Image Credit © Camille Pissarro, Landscape with Figures, c.1853-54

Source Credit https://www.wikiart.org/en/camille-pissarro/landscape-with-figures-by-a-river

Image Credit © Camille Pissarro, Two Women Chatting by the Sea, St. Thomas, 1856

Source Credit https://www.dailyartmagazine.com/camille-pissarro-st-thomas-paintings-know/

Image Credit © Camille Pissarro, The Telegraph Tower at Montmartre, 1863

Source Credit https://www.wikiart.org/en/camille-pissarro/the-telegraph-tower-at-montmartre-1863

Image Credit © Camille Pissarro, Jalais Hill, Pontoise,1867

Source Credithttps://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/437299

Image Credit © Camille Pissarro, Lordship Lane Station, Dulwich, 1871

Source Credit https://www.wikiart.org/en/camille-pissarro/lordship-lane-station-dulwich-1871

Image Credit © Camille Pissarro, Hoar Frost, the Old Road to Ennery, Pointoise, 1873

Source Credit https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Camille_Pissarro_-_Gel%C3%A9e_blanche,_ancienne_route_d%C2%B4Ennery,_Pontoise_-_1873.jpg

Image Credit © Camille Pissarro, The Factory, 1873

Source Credit https://www.wikiart.org/en/camille-pissarro/the-factory-1873

Image Credit © Camille Pissarro, The Port of Rouen 2, 1883

Source Credit https://www.wikiart.org/en/camille-pissarro/the-port-of-rouen-2-1883

Image Credit © Camille Pissarro, Laundresses at Eragny, 1901

Source Credit https://www.wikiart.org/en/camille-pissarro/laundresses-at-eragny-1

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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