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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

My Inspiration for March 2018

31 Mar

This March I was inspired by Millais’ portraits of wistful girls (the first and the last picture in this post), Frank W. Benson’s Impressionistic summery idylls of girls in white dresses and straw hats gazing at endless blue skies, Jane Birkin’s style, Mary Cassatt’s sketch-like pastel portraits of chubby-cheeked children, poems by Anna Akhmatova, Sylvia Plath’s “Letters Home” and a few short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne; I am really interested in reading letters and short stories at the moment. I pressed snowdrops and made acquaintance with a weeping willow tree, and the soundtrack of my wild times would probably be Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. A man tired of Debussy is a man tired of life, I say!

“To see in death a dream, in the sunset a golden sadness.”

(Jorge Luis Borges, from “The Art of Poetry”)

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Winter Cherry (by Akihiro Satoh)

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Robin and sparrow, by Paul Beech

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“Bees in the blossoms”, photo found here.

Green Bridge of Wales, by Sion Esmond

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Photo by by Jack Dykinga.

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“Skeleton Flowers” become transparent when it rains, when the leaves dry out they turn back to white, by John Evans

Juliette Lamet by Melanie Rodriguez for Melle Ninon.

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Photo by Shirø Igarashi.

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My Inspiration for March 2017

31 Mar

An artist I was particularly obsessed with this month is Egon Schiele – even the sparrows in my garden know this by now. Beware, there’s more to come about his genius! Other things that inspired me were: John Keats’s beautiful and poignant letters to Fanny Brawne and film Bright Star (2009), music by Blondie, The Police, Gang of Four, the soundtrack for Marie Antoinette (2006); a film which I am not a big fan of despite the gorgeous costumes. Also, I’ve really liked the version of the song ‘Summer Wine’ sung by Ville Valo and Natalia Avelon:

“Strawberries, cherries and an angel’s kiss in spring
My summer wine is really made from all these things”

Even though spring has just started, I don’t think I’ve ever felt it so deeply and profoundly. I walk the streets wide-eyed like a madman, gazing at blossoming trees in awe, picking flowers wherever I see them; gentle violets, apple twigs and fragrant daffodils have all found their way to my vase. The beauty of trees in bloom and pink sunsets is killing me so sweetly and slowly. And in April I shall spend my evenings sitting by the window, reading poetry and listening to Chopin, and my daydreams shall start and my heart shall be filled with delight when I take in the intoxicating fragrance of lilac trees. Expect an utterly romantic and indolent mood for April!

My Inspiration for March III

31 Mar

With the arrival of spring, my thoughts usually turn to Vincent van Gogh, Britpop and Rimbaud – this March was no exception. I’ve read ‘Lust for Life’ by Irving Stone; a biography of van Gogh. I’m half-way through Nick Kent’s decadent masterpiece ‘Dark Stuff’; let’s just say that I want to write about painters the way he writes about rock musicians. I’ve been intrigued by Amy Winehouse after watching documentary Amy (2015), her lyrics get a new dimension when you know the background.

I’ve watched a lot of films, all of which I would recommend: Basquiat (1996), Egon Schiele: Excess and Punishment (1980), Lolita (1962) – again, The Pleasure Girls (1965), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), Eight Miles High (2007), Darling (1965), Ladies in Love (1936)… My new discovery for this month – silent films. I may write about that soon, but no promises. I’ve watched Poor Little Rich Girl (1917), Pollyanna (1917), The Little Princess (1917), Broken Blossoms (1919)I confess, Old Hollywood glamour has (finally) won me over!

I’ve enjoyed March, hope you did too.

Dolores 'Lolita' Haze, played by Sue Lyon in 19621912. Water Lilies by Claude Monet II

1960s Sue Lyon 321915. Water Lilies (fr.Nymphéas) - Claude Monet

1912. Water Lilies by Claude Monet I

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Amy Winehouse Grammy Award 11917. Mary Pickford in Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917)1990. Kate Moss by Corinne Day, The Face, 22 July 1990, The 3rd Summer of Love 1

1996. Drew Barrymore in Everyone Says I Love You, 19961960s Julie Christie 71965. The Pleasure Girls 1

1990s Vanessa Paradis 44 Amy Winehouse 11

My Inspirations for March II

31 Mar

I must say that I have discovered some new and interesting things in March. First of all, Claude Debussy; his music is so calming and magical, it has the same effect on me as Monet’s paintings do. I’ve started by listening Debussy’s ‘Afternoon of a Faun’, then listened to Reverie, Nocturne, The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, Arabesque, Le Mer, and Sirenes; his melodies are simply enchanting, perfect for this springtime, along with Rimbaud’s poems, and Monet and Renoir’s paintings. I’ve also been listening to Oasis and The Stone Roses pretty much all the time, it’s irresistible! My other inspirations were Vincent van Gogh’s Letters, Britpop, Klimt, and films Shutter Island and Lolita (1962).

If you have never, you must listen to Rachmaninov’s ‘The Isle of the Dead’. It’s so melancholic and gloomy, typical for Rachmaninov’s work, and strangely morbid and intriguing at the same time, full of dark beauty.

I started reading Crime and Punishment five days ago, but I have about 150 pages left. Still, it is the most intriguing, the most touching book I’ve read in a while. The very thought of finishing the novel makes me insufferably sad.

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Oasis Definitely Maybe

1996. Liam Gallagher and Patsy Kensit in bed

1990s Fashion 11900. Gustav Klimt - The Swamp

1895. Music I - Klimt

1883. Pierre Auguste Renoir - Umbrellas

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1871. Arthur Rimbaud

1892. Spirit of the Dead Watching - Paul Gauguin

Dolores 'Lolita' Haze, played by Sue Lyon in 1962