Red and Black, Ontario, Canada


Nicholas Koch

Red and Black, Ontario, Canada

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Jacobé & Fineta – Joaquim Ruyra (tr. Alan Yates)

Messenger's Booker (and more)

Nature is complaining as it goes into decline.

“AUTUMN”, the opening word of Joaquim Ruyra’s short story ‘Jacobé’, a period of shedding, dying back before hibernation and then (later) rejuvenation. Immediately you are transported to the season where the natural world is shedding its vibrancy.

…it is something death-like which moves through the land in accordance with an annual rhythm.

As the author biography tells us:

Joaquim Ruyra was a short story writer, poet and translator, considered a key figure in modern Catalan literature and one of the great narrators of the 20th century. He was in the vanguard of the Catalan Modernist generation as they constructed a new literary model after 1860, when the Catalan language became the vehicle of cultural nationalism. Although he did not produce a large body of work, his short stories set a stylistic benchmark for Catalan literature, including the shaping of a ‘landscape…

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George Clausen: Brown Eyes (1891)

Cookham of course is Stanley Spencer territory so to speak. Lovely delicate paintings.

At Sunnyside - Where Truth and Beauty Meet

Brown Eyes, 1891, by George Clausen, Oil on canvas, H 55.9 x W 41.3 cm, Presented by C. N. Luxmoore 1929, Tate Britain, Image Source: ArtUK

“Clausen studied in France and painted open-air ‘rural naturalist’ subjects in an impressionist style. In 1886 he helped to found the New English Art Club as an alternative exhibition venue to the Royal Academy. This is a portrait of a local girl from the village of Cookham in Berkshire, where the artist was living. The delicate play of light across the model’s features, together with the flicked brushwork in the background, suggest both the freshness and transience of youth.”

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River Reflection, Serra da Estrela, Portugal

Lovely, peaceful Portugal

Nicholas Koch

River Reflection, Serra da Estrela, Portugal

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5 Ways Of Thinking About The Remarkable Power Of Absence. By Dr Linda Berman.

There are many points here which are of interest. Adam Phillips has written on this but recently I came across a selection of poems by Christopher Reid. His beautiful tribute to his late wife is called “The Scattering”

imageDay and Night – (Max Ernst)

“Absence is a house so vast that inside you will pass through its walls and hang pictures on the air.”

Pablo Neruda

Unlike peace and solitude, a sense of absence can be powerfully disturbing and deeply emotional. What does the concept of absence mean to us? It touches all of us at some points in our lives, in different ways.

Below are 5 interesting thoughts about absence……

1. Neither Presence Nor Absence: Traces.

imageTraces. Abstract Painting 780-1 – Gerhard Richter. Wikioo.

“To live means to leave traces.”

Walter Benjamin

Absence and presence are not always clear cut and they do not have definitive boundaries. There is certainly something in between both of these opposites, and it sometimes feels quite mystical, affecting the atmosphere in a room.

imageSun in an Empty Room.Edward Hopper. 1963. Wikiart.

“People also leave presence in a place even when they are…

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Autoportrait Day 269~ Ethel Walker


2Cellos: Moon River


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A.S. Pushkin in the Crimea near the Gurzuf rocks., 1880, Canvas, oil., 198 x 156 cm, Odessa Art Museum, Ukraine, Image Source: HERE

2CELLOS Luka Sulic and HAUSER playing Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s with London Symphony Orchestra.

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The Day is Done – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – Analysis

my word in your ear

The Day is Done

The day is done, and the darkness
Falls from the wings of Night,
As a feather is wafted downward
From an eagle in his flight.

I see the lights of the village
Gleam through the rain and the mist,
And a feeling of sadness comes o'er me,
That my soul cannot resist:

A feeling of sadness and longing,
That is not akin to pain,
And resembles sorrow only
As the mist resembles the rain.

Come, read to me some poem,
Some simple and heartfelt lay,
That shall soothe this restless feeling,
And banish the thoughts of day.

Not from the grand old masters,
Not from the bards sublime,
Whose distant footsteps echo
Through the corridors of Time.

For, like strains of martial music,
Their mighty thoughts suggest
Life's endless toil and endeavor;
And to-night I long for rest.

Read from some humbler poet,
Whose songs gushed…

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Warm Colors

I like the warm jazzy feel of this. “Making it up out of thin air” is interesting and close to the concept of free association and can convey emotional states like a dream.

Trace Elements

another portion of a “concertina” picture

In the previous post I mentioned playing around with a “concertina” art journal project that I learned about from a Betty Franks Youtube video. The picture here is another section of my version of this project. It struck me while watching Franks’s video that these panels (which can be arranged in different combinations) provide ways of trying different ideas for composition. These could be abstract, decorative compositions. Or, they could (in some cases) apply to inventions of naturalistic looking pictures — mostly in the realm of landscape.

I like to try out different color combinations. I wasn’t being particularly clever with this image. (I’m still getting used to the whole business of making things up out of thin air.) However, I did have the sense that for this section I would use yellows just to be using the color.

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A weekend on the River Thames in paintings: 1 Maidenhead to Battersea

Reminds me of a visual version of “Three Men in a Boat”

The Eclectic Light Company

A few weeks ago, we took a boat trip down the River Seine, passing by many of the places painted by a dazzling array of artists. I’m delighted to invite you to join me this weekend on another painterly cruise, this time down the River Thames, in even more brilliant company. Today we’ll aim to get as far as Battersea, in the western parts of London, then tomorrow we’ll pass through the most famous heart of the city and end up in the Thames Estuary.

The River Thames rises in Gloucestershire, not too far from the River Severn, which runs in the opposite direction. After flowing through Oxford, where it’s known as the River Isis, it meanders its way through the posh parts of Berkshire, trending steadily east towards the North Sea.

turnerrainsteamspeedgwr Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway (1844), oil on…

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