Sunday, 21 August 2016

Truth

I like graffiti - especially when truth & inspiration are involved 😉


Friday, 13 May 2016

Fairies at the bottom of the garden.


I was at a friends place recently, having a wander around the neighbour's garden, and here was this perfect little corner, with the afternoon sunlight shafting through.

Fairies at the bottom of the garden, most definitely!



Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Toma-toes and composition.


Composition.

Whatever medium we use, composition is very important. How things are sliced, spliced, fragmented and arranged.
Do you like my toma-toes?  it was a lovely crop of Roma tomatoes, with fresh basil and garden toes.
 it doesn't particularly mean anything, nor can I think of a random 200 word story to go with it, except that I want to  Pick up that plate of tomatoes and  savour the aroma of summer.

 juxtaposition.





 juxtaposition. See what I mean? 2 feet and  toma-toes  And basil

OR

 1 foot with the same red and green surrounds?





 of course, you can always go straight to the random.
 and...

 if you scroll down....




 you will see a -






Granny Gangster.

 she has a lot more stories to tell!


 (Juxtaposition rules. Without those sunglasses, you wouldn't think of her as a gangsta.)

 Hasta la vista, baby!


Thursday, 19 November 2015

Treasure trove.

This old chest, filled with thousands of undelivered letters, is being examined by a group of academics in the Netherlands.
300 years ago, a Dutch postmaster kept hold of the letters that for various reasons were undelivered, unpaid for, sent back, etc,  in the hope that one day the recipients would come and pay for their delivery.
They didn't.
Consequently, what a treasure trove of ideas and people's lives are tucked away in this chest!
I would love to be able to read the Dutch, French, Spanish and Latin that they are written in, imagine the handwriting, the seals on, them the history and personal stories and even lies, what is kept in the depths of these 300-year-old letters??







One woman wrote enclosing a cut-out paper dove holding a flaming heart, bitterly recalling “the fidelity which you promised me and which I have given with all my soul”. Whoever the faithless lover was, he never got the letter. Stories and history. Delicious freshness. Apparently the letters are from spies, merchants, aristocrats, peasants and politicians. A hold a section of society, a tangible and tactile memory.
Wow.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

When is a weed a flower ?




 When is a weed a flower?

When is a flower a weed?
 Answer-when it spreads like crazy =  popular theory.
Mass pop culture is popular for a reason, because it is liked by many.
I remember when I was a teenager and got piercings in the helix of my ear, and not the ear lobe. (Helix is such a nice word).
"Why did you get your piercings there?" said my big brother.
"Because everyone else has their ear lobes done."
"There's a reason for that."
"What?"
"It looks good."

Oh.


What I want to ask is this. Is there is an innate knowledge as to when a story will be popular, or does marketing feed the desire to be with the in crowd and we believe the supply chain, instead of our own internal demands?

Probably both, at different times.

But if in idea is good enough, it will survive.
Like any good weed, it will  survive and proliferate, and take root in places that are almost impossible to reach, but visible to many.

Just the way I like it.







Workspace





Sometimes a gal  has  to try hard to find a workspace to write in.
 if you look hard you can find a pen.

They say you need  a clear workspace to find clarity.
As usual, whether it is a plot or life, I am looking for clarity in the chaos!