Living life, Reflection, Spirit & Soul

What good is art?

Music, poetry, and books - all these have held me and continue to do so during these weird times, which are feeling strangely normal. I have long felt the value of artistic expressions and productions. Art has brought a certain gladness, many smiles and a sense of connection to something far greater than I. There… Continue reading What good is art?

In relationship, Living life, Reflection

Loving as art

So I've been thinking... (it's a dangerous thing 🙂 ) That loving is an art. It is a form of doing and not a science. And how does one approach this art? To excel in art, we begin with the acquiring of knowledge (ie. know-how) then we practice it such that it becomes second nature… Continue reading Loving as art

Being alive, Living life, Poetry, Reflection

Hokusai says… let life live through you

For the weekend, read or listen... let the words seep into you.   Hokusai says, by Roger Keyes Hokusai says look carefully. He says pay attention, notice. He says keep looking, stay curious. He says there is no end to seeing He says look forward to getting old. He says keep changing, you just get… Continue reading Hokusai says… let life live through you

Living life, Reflection, The Self

An artist’s territory

Artists know their territory. I was reading “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield recently. One of the many “messages” in the book was that an artist (we all are!) knows his or her territory. We bear the creative impulse to bear and bring forth our “thing”, whatever it may be – music, performance or… Continue reading An artist’s territory

Beauty, Haiku, Poetry, Spirit & Soul

Renaissance #Haiku 224

Enlightenment calls Art and beauty, science and faith, True worthy compass. ~ FlorenceT   This haiku is a contribution to Ronovan's Haiku Challenge #224. This week's prompt words are art and compass. If you are interested in participating, go to RonovanWrites and check out his weekly challenge published every Monday - it comes with "how-to" if you are… Continue reading Renaissance #Haiku 224

Beauty, Haiku, Pain, Poetry

Body art #Haiku

This haiku is a contribution to Ronovan's Haiku Challenge #201. This week's prompt words are body and art.   If you are interested in participating, go to RonovanWrites and check out his weekly challenge published every Monday - it comes with "how-to" if you are new to writing haiku. Challenge yourself! 🙂     ink writ large on… Continue reading Body art #Haiku

Beauty, Haiku, Poetry

Fashion Art #Haiku Challenge 178 @RonovanWrites

RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 178 with prompt words - Bold, Daring Having written the haiku, I searched for images and found this fun and imaginative art by Edgar Artis, an Armenian fashion illustrator who uses everyday objects for his fashion drawings. Can you see what the objects are?    Bold colours and lines, Singular in expression, Courage… Continue reading Fashion Art #Haiku Challenge 178 @RonovanWrites

Living life, Opinion, Reflection, The Self, Writing

Naked… Nude… Pornography…

(WARNING: Content for persons over 15 years old and may offend :-)) Naked… Nude… Pornography… What’s the difference? Not a lot, and a matter of perception. As I found out during a tour of the ‘Nude: from the Tate Collection’ exhibition, “naked” is merely without clothes and common and “nude” is an idealised artistic expression… Continue reading Naked… Nude… Pornography…

Regency couple
Living life, The Self

Say what?! I beg your pardon.

I read historical romance novels, whether they are considered classics like 'Pride and Prejudice', or contemporary offerings of historical romance from authors like Stephanie Laurens, Sabrina Jefferies, Anne Gracie or Sarah MacLean. What caught my initial attention to historical romance was the dialogue ... the old-fashioned conversations where civility rules, with negligible swearing and yet… Continue reading Say what?! I beg your pardon.

Quotes, Talking dirty

Talking dirty (A) Art

Talking dirty? To put this in context, see the first post on how this series of posts began.   "Why should I paint dead fish, onions and beer glasses?  Girls are so much prettier."  Marie Laurencin (1883-1956) French painter      Till next time, - FlorenceT    

Contemplate, Inspire, Living life

Inspiration and a bit of fun

Stuck? Need a break? Or like me, just curious... Here is the link to a TED playlist of 10 talks from authors, speaking about their craft and creativity, the power of language and narrative in our lives, the importance of stillness and contemplation in a writer's life, and ultimately, the inextricable link between art and… Continue reading Inspiration and a bit of fun

In relationship, Inspire, Living life

Love and beauty

Synchronicity, that's what I think it is, that I am noticing of late these amazing 'stuff' on love and beauty.  I would like to share a couple that resonated with me. Love - 4 letters,one syllable - such a short word and yet so complex.  Quoting from a BrainPickings article, Vincent Van Gogh extolled: "Love… Continue reading Love and beauty

Being Woman, Quotes

Choose a man who compels my strength…

In the words of Anais Nin: I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman. And this is an… Continue reading Choose a man who compels my strength…

Living life, The Self

Art and life

Having spent some time (not ever nearly enough!) over the last couple of weeks in a world of film and art, I am reminded of this, as Auguste Rodin says of art, "The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” Perhaps so it is with life - that… Continue reading Art and life