My Inspiration for October 2022

31 Oct

This October was a strange month for me; it felt like it was a century long and it feels like it’s still going on… I really enjoyed Georgia O’Keeffe’s watercolours, Depeche Mode and Caspar David Friedrich’s landscapes, Yoshio Markino’s wonderful foggy watercolours, also I discovered a painting, and wrote about it here, called “Solitude, If I Must Thee Accept” by a contemporary artist Arjun Shivaji Jain and I must say that it really left an impact on me because it is so relatable. I read Stephen King’s novel “Misery” which I enjoyed immensely, and I finally read Douglas Murray’s brilliant but depressing book “The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam” in which he criticises Europe’s loss of tradition and identity and points out at the horrible damage done by the mass immigration of people from countries whose values don’t match ours, that is, European values. I don’t see the book being “controversial”, I only see it being true and perhaps truth is controversy these days. An artistic hint for November: Georgia O’Keeffe.

Before the wedding, she had believed herself in love. But not having obtained the happiness that should have resulted from that love, she now fancied that she must have been mistaken. And Emma wondered exactly what was meant in life by the worlds ‘bliss’, ‘passion’, ‘ecstasy’ which had looked so beautiful in books.”

(Flaubert, Madame Bovary)

“And when nobody wakes you up in the morning, and when nobody waits for you at night, and when you can do whatever you want. What do you call it, freedom or lonelines?”
(Charles Bukowski)

“Autumn is no time to lie alone”
(Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji)

Roses, picture found here.

Picture found here.

Picture found here.

Painting found here.

Autumn in Istria | Croatia (by Robert Maric)

Eliot Porter | Frozen Apples, Tesuque, New Mexico (1966) | Artsy

Picture by Ellen Rogers.

Picture found here.

8 Responses to “My Inspiration for October 2022”

  1. Burne-Jones fan 1st Nov 2022 at 10:36 pm #

    Some lovely atmospheric autumnal pictures. And you’re a brave girl speaking out for Douglas Murray. Keep on being an independent thinker! It’s a rare quality today!

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    • Byron's Muse 2nd Nov 2022 at 9:35 am #

      Thank you! I’m happy to always speak my mind, it’s irresistible.

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  2. Arjun Shivaji Jain 2nd Nov 2022 at 4:34 pm #

    You’re inspiring me to start painting again, Byron’s Muse.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. JRQC 3rd Nov 2022 at 9:18 am #

    Wonderful and I’m with you on Douglas Murray and our strange cultural self-destruction. Where else can I go to feed on things beautiful and listen to a sane voice from the same source? Thanks for your great blog 🙂

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    • Byron's Muse 3rd Nov 2022 at 7:24 pm #

      Thank you, that’s a huge compliment! Glad to hear other people enjoy Douglas Murray’s writing as well.

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  4. Alex Radeff 3rd Nov 2022 at 3:28 pm #

    Love all your October photos. Thank you for sharing and greetings from Toronto !

    Liked by 1 person

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