I have just finished watching an episode of South Pacific on BBC Television, and the two things that strike me are 1) the shots of earth from space and nature, and 2) some of the ways man has meddled in nature and upset the natural balance and harmony to bad effect. Nature is so beautiful, modern life distracts us, and mankind meddles in what it may never understand. We harness nature at our peril. We are part of nature not separate, and yet the way mankind arrogantly behaves and treats nature, is creating a man made bubble that must surly burst some day.
A friend (on Facebook) just introduced me to Fabian Perez, wow, what an awesome artist.
I love art because it’s a form of communication. The artist in creating the art say something about themselves, and most importantly, for what feelings, thoughts, inspirations and imaginations the art reveals to me, a voyeur of art and the inner realms. It helps me understand myself and feel different things, just like if you were to close your eyes and with attention caress the surface of some object, in order to understand it sensually.
Lets start with “Selling Pleasures“, I first saw this out of context and hadn’t seen the title of the picture, so my comments are based from that perspective. I like this picture because of the smile and ambiance. My imagination is sparked in the way taste buds reveal flavor when food is eaten. Whats happening around her and with her? If I were to meet her in that situation, what would she be like to chat with? This would be excellent to use in a writing class. Im sure time permitting I could write an entire short story around this one picture.
“Selling Pleasures II“, I love this one because the smile on the attractive face, combined with the posture and surroundings invokes feelings of happiness and intrigue, intrigue because im wondering what has caused her to feel that way? What would it be like to be involved in the social situation that precipitated that moment, and of course what happens next?
So here are some others I like;
- Sunflower – Soft natural gentleness with the added intrigue on what could she be feeling and thinking
- Flamenco Dancer – The mystery, what does she look like? how will she dance and express her self?
- Dancer in Red – Just the moment of interplay between possibly arriving and leaving
- Samurai – This represents visually, my inner strength, discernment and focus on whats important in life.
- Old Self Portrait – The picture says it all.
I also love modern art and sculpture, and of course, written art.
“She stood up, and I rose with her. Under the street lamp her green eyes were jewels of desire, wet with light. Her lips widened in a half-smile that was mine – a moment that was mine alone – and the beggar, my heart , began to hope and plead.”
Gregory David Roberts from the book Shantaram.
Awen Celtic Spirit is one of the most friendly and happening places you could go too. It’s not just a shop, it’s the dynamic culture around it and the friendly staff that make it more of an event than a shop.
I have just started to read a book called Shantaram (Gregory David Roberts). The first paragraph is amazing, I get the feeling that this will be like Star Maker (Olaf Stapldon) not because of the content, but because the first paragraph in both books are awsom, and in Star Maker each page was no decent from the original greatness of the first paragraph. Maybe Shantaram will be like that, according to the reviews it will be. Third time lucky, he wrote this book 3 times in prison, 1000 pages (nearly), the first two copies the guards in his prison trashed. Amazing, I shall read on.
All the best
Well I decided to try twitter, I have known about it for some time, but seeing it on the gadget show convinced me to try it. I like it, it looks like it will be a good supplement to my Facebook, myspace and WordPress blogs.
It’s very versatile, for example there are wordpress plugins that let you update twitter, or be updated from twitter. Also with facebook is you add the right application, you can update twitter, and have twitter update your profile on face book, and so type once and it can update facebook, myspace and wordpress blogs to name a few.
It’s worth playing with for sure, and if you don’t like it you can delete your account.
Nothing wrong with small, small doesn’t mean it can’t be perfecty formed. Small is neither positive or negative, it just is in relation to other things.
Copyright © 2009 Russell Smithers
A quick note to friends and those who know me. I am moving address on the 21st Feb 2009, and this is only a few months after moving to Wales in July 2008. So if your unsure of where I am living, which would be understandable considering recent events, please contact me if I haven’t let you know my new address.