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My Inspiration for June 2017

30 Jun

This June was all about straw hats and white lace, dreamy countryside photos by David Hamilton, Bruce Springsteen’s amazing music and lyrics which romanticise the working class reality, poems by Heinrich Heine, Anne Redpath’s paintings of flowers and pottery, castles and vampires, yellow flowers, Brigitte Bardot in a blue dress and blue bows in her braids – adorable, Andrew Wyeth and Gary Bunt’s paintings of laundry drying outdoors, Celtic tree astrology, Van Morrison…. I finished watching “Anne with an E” and I read the book Anne of Green Gables by L.M.Montgomery as well: it is the most dreamy, beautiful thing I’ve seen and read in a while; it was a source of many lovely daydreams. I’ve also read Cheri by Colette, Wild at Heart by Barry Gifford, Franny and Zooey by Salinger, and I am half-way through reading One Hundred Years of Solitude by Márquez which is brilliant so far. And this is the sentence that intrigued me: “Upset by two nostalgias facing each other like two mirrors, he lost his marvelous sense of unreality and he ended up recommending to all of them that they leave, that they forget everything he had taught them about the world and the human heart, […], and that wherever they might be they always remember that the past was a lie, that memory has no return, that every spring gone by could never be recovered, and that the wildest and most tenacious love was an ephemeral truth in the end.

June was not a particularly productive month here on the blog, but it was a happy one for sure. I’m just too busy daydreaming and …… doing nothing. “My spring melancholy is developing in these hot days into summer madness.” (Virginia Woolf)

 

My Inspiration for July III

31 Jul

This month I was inspired by 17th century portraits, colour yellow, painters Anne Redpath and Jan Vermeer, Brighton pier, and some beautiful yellow-blue paintings by van Gogh. I read some interesting books such as Golding’s Lord of the Flies and Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and discovered some new authors – Norwegian writer Lars Saabye Christensen; I’ve read his book Maskeblomstfamilien which was very interesting, weird, poetic, morbid and most of all intriguing – I read it in two days, and Cardiff-based writer John Williams; I’ve read his book Cardiff Dead and Five pubs, Two Bars and a Night Club; he opened a whole new world for me, a world of modern Cardiff, Butetown specifically, with bars, prostitutes, ska music…

I finally watched two films that a fellow blogger has recommended to me; Love and Friendship (2016) and Tale of Tales (2015): I liked both films, the former has great costumes and the latter brought my attention to 17th century art and fashion, and it was very very imaginative and dark. And I watched Blackadder and Doctor Who again, series 5 and 6 in particular, and it was smashing!

1658. Jan Vermeer van Delft - Girl reading a Letter at an Open Window

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Redpath, Anne; Still Life of Flowers and a Teapot; National Trust, Fenton House; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/still-life-of-flowers-and-a-teapot-217649

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Redpath, Anne; Corsican Village; Glasgow Museums; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/corsican-village-85811

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1635. Anthony van Dyck - Portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria1899. Max Kurzweil, Dame im gelben Kleid1669-70. The Love Letter (Dutch De liefdesbrief) by Jan Vermeer1636-38. Anthony van Dyck - Princess Henrietta Maria of France, Queen consort of England1640s Queen Henrietta Maria (1609–1669) by John Russell 1669. Anne Julie de Rohan-Chabot, Princesse de Soubise1600s Portrait of Anne Carr by Anthony van Dyck

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1554-56. Veronese - Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia, 1554-56 detail 121528-30. Decorated Text Page, France, Medium Tempera colors and gold paint on parchment

Brigitte Bardot et Pablo Picasso dans l'atelier de la villa "Californie" a Cannes en 1956 pendant le festival de Cannes Neg:CX24335--- Brigitte Bardot and Pablo Picasso during Cannes festival 1956 in villa "Californie" in Cannes

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My Inspiration for July II

30 Jul

This month has been the least inspirational month of the year, I just really don’t like summer, and warm weather, but in return I’ve read quite a lot of books. What else can you do when you’re bored? I’ve read The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, Slowness by Milan Kundera, Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre, The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, and two plays by Tennessee Williams – A Streetcar named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. All of these were very interesting and I recommend them, especially The Outsiders. I’ve watched three good films as well: Singles (1992) – with a young and handsome Matt Dillon as a grundge rock musician , The Outsiders (1983) (also Matt Dillon), and Me Without You (2001). I’ve also watched the new film ‘Madame Bovary’ (2014) starring Mia Wasikowska but it wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be, maybe that’s because I feel strongly about the subject.

I simply have to share with you a few TV series that I’ve watched. Firstly, The Fall, crime drama television series set in Belfast, secondly Terry Jones’ documentary Medieval Lives – very interesting, presented in an amusing way, you can watch it on youtube. It’s thematically divided into episodes titled Knight, Damsel, Peasant etc. so you can watch only the specific episode that interests you. And finally, a new American tv-series Wayward Pines starring Matt Dillon.

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The lady of the lake Castle, Camelot Aby lan Lee knights of the round table Merlin Eoin Macken as Gawain The Giant's Causeway, County Antrim 1877-78. Two Dancers Entering the Stage - Edgar Degas 1874. Edgar Degas, Two Dancers on a Stage 1879. Three Ballet Dancers - Edgar Degas ballerina 148 ballerina 149 fairy drawing Autumn Treehouses ~ Becca Stadtlander Kay Nielsen’s interpretation of Bluebeard for London Illustrated News, 1913 Kay Nielson 7

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