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My Inspiration for March 2019

31 Mar

The air is filled with flowery scent and that sweet spring indolence! The most beautiful of days are upon us as the flowers start blooming one by one. I scarcely had time to do anything else apart from admiring every blooming tree that my eyes saw; cherries, apples, magnolias… I have spring-themed paintings in mind, Monet’s waterlilies and meadows, and doll-like fashion. But I did read two great novels, very exciting reads; “Sputnik Sweetheart” by Haruki Murakami and “Shanghai Baby” by Wei Hui. In both novels, the heroines are aspiring writers and topic of sexuality and finding success as a writer is tackled. Both novels were originally published in 1999. I really recommend them both. In “Sputnik Sweetheart” the main character Sumire falls in love for the first time in her life in the spring of her 22nd year, and her love interest is a woman seventeen years her senior. In “Shanghai Baby”, the main character is a 25 year old struggling writer Coco (based on the writer herself) who lives with her impotent, artistic and very gentle boyfriend Tian Tian who later becomes addicted to opium. I loved the fact that it was set in Shanghai because Wei Hui really brought the atmosphere to life and I loved the sensuality and rich lyrical writing, and the fact that every chapter started with a quote from some Western writer. I love references to other novels and artworks.

Take good care of your love. Love’s the most powerful thing on earth. It can make you fly and forget everything else. A child like you would be ruined in no time without love – you’ve no immunity against life.” (Shanghai Baby)

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Christophe Jacrot (French, b. 1960, Paris, France) – Oil 6, 2009-2011 Photography

Magnolias, by Hannah Queen.

Monet’s house&garden, Giverny, France by  Rick Ligthelm

Cottage garden by  Georgianna Lane

Laura Makabresku, Der Erlkönig, 2015

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Fashion Inspiration for Spring: Pretty in Pink

8 Mar

Spring is undoubtedly the best time of the year to wear pretty clothes and also a perfect time to compete with the vibrant flowers that fill the landscape where ever you turn. Who wore a white dress better: you or a daisy? Who looks better in light pink: you or the cherry tree blossom? Who looks more fresh and radiant in pale green: you or the newly awaken leaves on the weeping willow trees? Now’s the time to find out! But don’t be intimidated; flowers are so naturally pretty indeed from dawn to dusk and need no jewellery or make up to embellish themselves, but whereas they have to make do with the same colour and shape of petals all their short life, we can change our petals and be a new flower every day! Let’s be vain us peacocks and dress like there is nothing more important in the world, there isn’t in fact, aesthetic is everything. These days I am so in love with that cute, romantic, doll-like look; Japanese fashion mostly, pink, white, lilac, baby blue colours, flowery, gingham print, old lace, rosy cheeks, ribbons and flower crowns, childish stuff, Marie Antoinette vibe, pink eye shadow and glitter everywhere, childlike clothes of 1960s worn by Anna Karina and Yé yé singers, Brooke Shield’s outfits in the film “Pretty Baby” (1978), hats with flowers and ribbons, dresses that look like wedding dresses… These days I even want to wear a kimono!

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Eleanor Hardwick shoots for Rookie Mag

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My Inspiration for February 2019

28 Feb

This February was a month of such sweet boredom and indolence, my thoughts, like butterflies, flew far away from the greyness and coldness of the physical world around me, to dreamy worlds of poems, music, Klimt’s paintings, novels. It’s delightful to let yourself be carried away like that! Minutes and hours quickly pass by, and other times the time seems to stand still. I was obsessed with some new songs that I discovered; The Charlatan’s song “Flower”, Saint Etienne’s version of Neil Young’s song “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”, and The National’s song “Conversation 16” which reminds me a bit of Tindersticks and I love the lyrics, here’s some of it:

You’re the only thing I ever want anymore

Live on coffee and flowers

Try not to worry what the weather will be

I figured out what we’re missing

I tell you miserable things after you are asleep

 

You never believe the shitty thoughts I think

Meet our friends out for dinner

When I said what I said I didn’t mean anything

We belong in a movie

 

I’m a confident liar

Had my head in the oven so you’d know where I’ll be

I’ll try to be more romantic

I want to believe in everything you believe

But I was less than amazing

Do not know what all the troubles are for

Fall asleep in your branches

I enjoyed poetry by Theophile Gautier, love poems by the Japanese poetess Ono no Komachi and Fujiwara no Toshiyuki, and I read Haruki Murakami’s novel “After Dark”, it’s the fifth novel by Murakami which I read and I wasn’t disappointed. I really love his whimsical, flowing and always intriguing writing style that makes you turn the page after page even against your will. His novels linger in the memory for a long time. Once they get into your brain, you can’t seem to get rid of the characters and ideas that he’d created. I just started reading yet another Murakami novel: Sputnik Sweetheart and I am loving it so far. Since I was so indolent, I rewatched the first four seasons of the 1990s show Beverly Hills 90210 and I enjoyed it immensely. I also reread one of my favourite novels: Junichiro Tanizaki’s “Naomi” and it was even more brilliant than the first time I’d read it.

“You know I’m old in some ways-in others-well, I’m just a little girl. I like sunshine and pretty things and cheerfulness-and I dread responsibility.” (F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise)

Photographed by Magdalena Franczuk

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Beverly Hills 90210 stills.

My Inspiration for January 2018

31 Jan

“My bussiness is to love.”

(Emily Dickinson, from a letter to Mrs. Holland)

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Photo by Nishe (Magdalena Lutek), Infinitely Yours

Summer’s Sweetness Frozen, by Kosara’s Rose Garden.

The ‘Princess Tower’ – Lake Vyrnwy Wales | Geoff Moore UK

 

My Inspiration for December 2018

31 Dec

This time I will let the pictures speak for themselves…

Picture by Natalia Drepina.

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My Inspiration for November 2018

30 Nov

Hard to believe December is here already! The November dragged slowly and then just vanished… This month I was inspired by Symbolist poetry by Albert Samain, a wonderful film “Young and beautiful” (2013) with the beautiful Marina Vacht, and “Say Anything” (1989) with John Cusack, Peter Gabriel’s song “In Your Eyes”, Bruce Springsteen, flower designs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh… November sunsets, pink and cold, are something wistful and exquisite, I dream of being someone else and being somewhere else.

“You called me, and I came home to your heart.”

(Robert Browning, from “Andrea del Sarto,” in The Love Poems of Elizabeth and Robert Browning)

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Lake Bled, Slovenia, by Artem Sapegin.

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Fairy tale about a girl whose body comes to life every night under his sensitive hands. by laura makabresku on Flickr.

Jeune et Jolie (2013)

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Autumn in Istria, Croatia, photo found here.

Eltz castle, Germany, photo by Todd G.

My Inspiration for October 2018

31 Oct

This October must have been one of the most beautiful in my life; never have the falling leaves looked so mesmerising and golden, the acorns and chestnuts so adorable, the clouds so smiling and the sky so soothingly blue! I’ve discovered a few gorgeous ethereal paintings by Henri Le Sidaner of dancing girls dressed in white, and many other paintings caught my eye this month. I’ve been inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s story Morella, poems by Rainer Maria Rilke, one elegy in particular and his early poems, film Mary Shelley (2017) with Elle Fanning as Mary, Gothic cathedrals, Depeche Mode, The Cure and Smashing Pumpkins…

It’s so exhilarating to breathe in the sweet-scented autumnal air filled with the mellifluous melody of the falling leaves, to see the ground covered in a golden rug and the melancholy of lonely forest paths, foggy morning which give birth to sunny, mellow days, to feel the calming rain purifying all the muddy thoughts that have tormented me in the desolate summer months. One must really be happy to be alive and enjoy a succession of such sweet carefree days!

“I changed this October into dream.”

(Louis Aragon from “The Unoccupied Zone“, c. 1931)

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