Legacies; Goodbye Helen Frankenhaler

On 27th December 2011, the death of New York Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenhaler was announced.  The artist was 83 years old (b 1928 Manhattan USA) died at her home in Darien Conn. Frankenhaler, influenced by Pollock poured thinned oil paint which was diluted with turpentine directly onto canvas to achieve lyrical use of colour (her ‘soakContinue reading “Legacies; Goodbye Helen Frankenhaler”

‘Poll – Never a Truer word was said..’

There are lots of wonderful art quotes around.  Some artists are more eloquent and verbose or wittier than others – Picasso, for example could fill a book with his quotes (but more on this artist coming soon….).     Without letting the art work influence you, I would like you to pick your favorite ‘truth’ from these 6 quotes.  Although allContinue reading “‘Poll – Never a Truer word was said..’”

Another Poetry Challenge!

A lot of people go on to my other blog ‘Bookstains’ looking for something to see.  I’ve been putting my own poetry and book reviews on there and just linking to it.  Now I am going to host my poetry challenges on there too!  The Vincent Van Gogh poetry challenge was a real success and all the entriesContinue reading “Another Poetry Challenge!”

Poetry Challenge: Vincent could have told you

  Just Click the Van Gogh image to take you to the video Everyone has heard ‘Starry Starry Night‘ By Don Mclean,  the beautiful song about Vincent Van Gogh.  There is a line in it which says:_ But I could have told you, Vincent, This world was never meant for one As beautiful as you…….Continue reading “Poetry Challenge: Vincent could have told you”

‘Night’ by Eleanor Farjeon

Eleanor Farjeon (1881 – 1965) was a British poetess, author, playwright who liked to make history interesting for children.  She is mostly known for her hymn ‘Morning has Broken (1931) which was written to the tune of an old Gaelic refrain.  I read some of her writings when I was a child (The Little Bookroom) and among her poems, thisContinue reading “‘Night’ by Eleanor Farjeon”

When who is old?

I think it’s about time for another William Butler Yeats poem.  This one is called ‘When you are old’ (and I know the feeling:))   I always think it an extra bonus when the poet themselves actually reads their own poem.  After all, the writer above all knows the way that their work was meant to sound.Continue reading “When who is old?”

Where do I go to? to the Arts web Roadshow that’s where it’s at!

  This blog first caught my attention when the author left a comment about my hoarding habit!  I visited his site – and I was soon hooked!  Kserverny aka Cheffie, Clickety, Cornered, Sir Richard, or Richard North is a man driven.  Well driven and torn – yes both at the same time!  Not only is heContinue reading “Where do I go to? to the Arts web Roadshow that’s where it’s at!”

‘Still I Rise’ Maya Angelou

A while ago, I featured the famous poetess Maya Angelou poem  I know why the caged bird sings.  Here’s another one that I think is absolutely amazing and uplifting in its message.  This poem is almost like a hymn  –  it is a song of freedom to everyone who needs to find inner strength and courage.  It isContinue reading “‘Still I Rise’ Maya Angelou”