Trauma, Essays on Art and Mental Health, edited by Sam Mills and Thom Cuell

Sounds both informative and particularly pertinent just at this difficult time. Thanks for posting.

ANZ LitLovers LitBlog

Trauma is an anthology of thirty-two essays by contemporary writers, sharing with remarkable frankness their experience of mental illness caused by, and sometimes causing trauma.  Some of the writers have experienced physical, sexual and emotional abuse; others have lived with drug and/or alcohol addiction.  Their illnesses have been diagnosed (and sometimes misdiagnosed) as depression; schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, gender dysphoria and insomnia.  All of them are survivors, and art of one kind or another has been intrinsic to their sense of having a future.

The book is not one that can be read in a sustained way.  I’ve read it over successive afternoons, just one or sometimes two essays at a time.  It takes time to reflect on, and absorb the story that the contributors have to tell.  Some stand out more than others: I mentioned ‘We Awful, Awful’ by Ian Boutlon in my review of The Morbids because it had…

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František Kupka: One Vision (1946)

Kupka is a strange and interesting artist.Superb colours!

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František Kupka, One Vision, ( Une Vision )1946, Oil on canvas, 27 1/8 x 26 3/4 inches (69 x 68 cm), Credit line:  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Bequest, Andrée Martinel, 1993,


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  • Artist:  František Kupka, b. 1871, Opočno, Austria-Hungary; d. 1957, Puteaux, France
  • Title: One Vision
  • Date: 1946
  • Medium:  Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:  27 1/8 x 26 3/4 inches (69 x 68 cm)
  • Credit line:  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Bequest, Andrée Martinel, 1993
  • Movement:  Orphism

More Information

František Kupka biography at Guggenheim

Frantisek Kupka at Artcyclopedia

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Gustave Loiseau: Falaises de Saint-Jouin (1907)

These are beautifully pellucid paintings- evocative in their delicacy.

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Gustave Loiseau, 1865 – 1935, FALAISES DE SAINT-JOUIN (1907), Signed G Loiseau (lower right);inscribedFalaises de Normandie- St Jouinand dated1907 (on the stretcher), Oil on canvas, 25 5/8 by 31 7/8 in., 65.2 by 81 cm, Image via Sotheby’s.,

Who Is Gustave Loiseau?

Gustave Loiseau (3 October 1865–10 October 1935) was a French Post-Impressionist painter, remembered above all for his landscapes and scenes of Paris streets. [1]Wikipedia

Loiseau and the Coasts of Normandy

Born in Paris in 1865, Gustave Loiseau, like many of the Impressionist painters, found inspiration in the coast of Normandy. InFalaises de Saint-Jouin, Loiseau eliminates almost every sign of human presence, choosing instead to focus on nature itself.The composition is anchored by the dramatic cliffs on the right, and framed by a wide expanse of sea and sky.


Gustave Loiseau, 1865 – 1935, FALAISES DE SAINT-JOUIN (1907), Signed G Loiseau

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Quick journal sketches

Lovely sketches- particularly like the architecture-very pleasing

Skyrme Gallery

Detail from my Hummingbird project journal.

No painting this week! OK, so I don’t have paper on which to paint but that is no excuse! In fact I have been involved in other admin stuff so didn’t even do any acrylic painting, but that also is not an excuse. It’s probably the pandemic getting me demotivated.

That said, I have started a couple of projects in my journals. One is to paint some marine life to put into a book, no rush but I now have a deadline set for August completion. The other is a personal project which involves documenting details (eg eye, feet, feathers etc) of Hummingbirds and Tanagers to create a reference for when I paint these beautiful birds. Whenever I can get hold of large sheets of watercolour paper I intend to do large-scale portraits of a couple of species and to see how these develop.

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Review no 141: A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam (Bangladesh)

The only book that I’ve read which covers this area was Salaman Rushdie’s “Midnight’s Children”. It sounds a curate’s egg- good in parts!

Reading and Watching the World: Books, Film and Art


First published in 2007, Tahmima Anam’s intimate civil war tale A Golden Age won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Best First Book and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. The edition I read was published in 2012 as part of the Canongate ‘the Canons‘ list, which is a slightly strange mixture of ‘boundary-breaking’ books that Canongate decided either were already classics in their own right, or deserved to be. I’m not convinced the collection has aged that well, but it’s an audacious idea.

Anam was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh (and now lives in the UK). This, her debut novel, is set in 1971 in East Pakistan, where Rehana Haque, a young widow, is throwing a party. Anam is great on description of food, Rehana is an excellent cook and the feast is described in loving detail. But civil conflict…

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“If He Wanted to He Would”: Why Our Consolations about Rejection are Usually Unhelpful and Wrong

This is interesting and useful too. I’ve been reading about the concept of narcissism and this seems much involved with your writing here. Thanks

Leon's Existential Cafe

“If he/she wanted to he/she would” is the most overused and misguided phrase in consolation. By saying it, the person on the other end attempts to provide his friend with tough-love, to say without saying: You need to move on. It’s akin to the saying: She’s just not that into you. Yet, most of the time, she’s just not that into anyone. But the tough-love crowd doesn’t seem to get it.

Romance has a multitude of barriers: income, self-image, fear of criticism from the prospective partner or one’s circle, fear of abandonment, fear of guilt, lack of sexual chemistry (which may be more internal than external), and so on. Yet, we’re keen on reducing rejection to the last barrier on that list and not only that, but to the version of sexual chemistry which implies that you just aren’t doing it for her/him. As you can imagine, this version of…

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Born February 23~ Broncia Koller-Pinell

Somehow reminds me of Whistler’s famous portrait of his mother.

The Misty Miss Christy

Broncia Koller-Pinell (February 23, 1863-April 26, 1934) was an Austrian Expressionist painter said to be the first to bring attributes of French Impressionism into Austrian painting.
Biography on Jewish Women’s Archive:

The Mother of the Artist by Broncia Koller-Pinell
1907 / Oil on canvas / 35 4/5″x30 1/2″ / Austrian Gallery Belvedere, Vienna, AT

Broncia Koller-Pinell on Artnet:

Further reading:
Broncia Koller-Pinell  1863-1934
Forgotten Females Found

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Returning to a coffee shop

He doesn’t look too happy does he? But at least, although somewhat contorted in posture and attracting the attention of others, he has his coffee strong and black. He invokes a strong feeling of nostalgia for a seemingly lost world. In this case the mittel europa of the 1920s. He may even have a croissant at his elbow. I particularly like the evocation of the blue-violet-brown of the enclosing satin draping. This work is by the little known Croatian artist -Young Man in a Cafe, c.1923 by Marijan Trepše (1897 – l964). Born into the latter days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, you may read more about this artist and how he travelled to Prague via Paris at

It is unsurprising, looking at this painting, to read that this expressionist later became a significant set designer.

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Using the magical utility of a reverse image search. There is a very useful such device a TinEye. I happened upon the following:-

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Self-portrait in a group 1925 by Almada Negreiros

A larger version by this intriguing Portuguese artist may be found at

Much as I miss the congenial and convivial ambience of just sitting around and chatting away with friends, these characters do not exactly look very warm types. Their faces are mask like and reminiscent of harlequins. We certainly have had enough of face-masks. It is interesting how the hands link across the table but touch perhaps slightly. There seems something of considerable interest off-frame to the right. Nevertheless, something of considerable artistic import is being discussed. The juxtaposition of the feet seems a little more cosy and relaxed. It is the combination of tones such as the contrast between the brown of one gent and the blue of the artist which I find attractive.

It is interesting to compare and contrast these two painters who might well have met up over un petit café noir in Montmartre in the 1920s. They would certainly have much to talk about if they could converse easily.


Un petit café noir: A small black coffee

Missing out on my coffee in company at the moment!!

Between Two Tides.

Rose glow of ambience, turned faces recognise, smiles and greetings made. Hands reach out, cheek to cheek kisses, “Bonjour” and “Ça va” spoken. “Un petit café noir, si’l vous plait”. “A small black coffee please”.

A chair is offered, news exchanged, dialogue and dispute, advice and acrimony. Journal passed in turn, maybe a game of Belotte (cards). Another round of coffees, morning ritual slowly ends. “A demain matin”, “See you tomorrow morning”.


In Le Monseg’ Jean Mi drinks his coffee

When Jean Louis joins him feeling lucky

He takes out his card

And scratches it hard

Youpy, won a euro on the lottery.


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About #usktalks on YouTube

Very interesting and dynamic. Most of my recent sketches seem to be view from windows etc.etc.

Paula Lourenço sketching

last Sunday i watched a conversation on YouTube with #Pedromacloureiro and #nina_sketching about sketching. They gave fantastic tips and launched a challenge: drawing the path we take at home with a cup of coffee in hand. I loved the idea and this drawing came out. To better mark the path I used the color only on the coffee mug and the rest of the drawing was black and white. Despite having used arrows to show the way, there is no need to do it with this technique of highlighting the main character, which in this case is the coffee mug.

Everyone should watch the YouTube video and get to know the fantastic work of these two great sketchers. Pedro macloureiro is Portuguese and nina_sketching is Swedish, and I really like their work. They are really engaged on sketching and everyone can watch their sketching vídeos no YouTube . I…

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