Spring is not one of William Blake’s most famous poems but is probably one of his most accessible. The poem was first published in Blake’s 1789 collection Songs of Innocence. It’s a celebration of the arrival of Spring and explores the harmony of man with the natural world.
Spring pays reference to Blake’s popular themes of childhood, innocence, and nature. The poem is imbued with a simplicity of rhyme and language and in it he plays with rhythms and three-syllable lines. The poem is very childlike and songlike in nature.
Bullfinch and Weeping Cherry is another of my favourite images.The print depicts a branch of cherry coming into bloom. A bullfinch is perched on a branch, against a background of rich, Prussian Blue.The image captures a fleeting moment in time that is imbued with a sense of silence and stillness that is totally meditative.
Katsushiki Hokusai was one of the greatest of all Japanese woodblock painters. Cherry blossom is synonymous with the coming of Springtime. Cherry blossom as a symbol relates to the transitory nature of all things,
The words written on the Prussian Blue background a re a Haiku written by Setsuman.
‘A single bird emerges, drenched by dew, from morning cherry blossom’
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
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
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
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
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.
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?
“Awareness requires living in the here and now, and not in the elsewhere, the past or the future.”
Previously I have discussed the various purposes of Art and found that artistic functions are not mutually exclusive and may overlap.
“One has to immerse oneself in one’s surroundings and intensely study nature or one’s subject to understand how to recreate it.”
Art from the most simple to the most complex has meaning. Art is a fusion of metaphors and allegories that reveal hidden meanings from within artists and the observer. Nothing exists in nature that is not an inherent constituent or characteristic of humans themselves.
“Art is a form of supremely delicate awareness… meaning at-oneness, the state of being at one with the object.”
D. H. Lawrence
Whatever exists in the natural world exists in men and women in the guise of their awareness of its existence, and all that artists can attempt to do is search for a means and a mode of expressing, stretching the boundaries of; and, interpreting that awareness.
“Awareness is something apart from, and different from, all that of which we are aware: thoughts, emotions, images, sensations, desires and memory. Awareness is the ground in which the mind’s contents manifest themselves; they appear in it and disappear once again.”