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Friday Fictioneers 100 Word Flash Fiction Challenge: Nabat


Nabat

I looked back, sin
more comfortable
safer than flight.

I should have soared away.
Zoar was not far
but sin was nearer.

I was cosy with sin –
a warm nest. Continue reading

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New Works In Progress


Landscape of Landscapes is the first of a series of mixed media encaustics I’m working on – still part of my Below the Line project.

It’s small, but includes a good number of mixed media techniques, including digital imagery, an altered (bleached) photo of a landscape, and the bottom bit (green) came about when I found my hands doing something entirely unexpected.

It has led me into new territory.
Continue reading

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Seth Apter’s Studio Table Blog Hop


Seth Apter (The Altered Page) is running a blog hop of photos of artists’ studio tables. Here’s mine. Look closely and you’ll see my cat Keeks, who often keeps me company as I work. Well, mostly she sleeps.

It’s always fascinating and often revealing to see artists’ work spaces. Francis Bacon’s studio instantly popped into my mind as I wrote that and I found the You Tube video below, which is about the re-creation of his studio. Continue reading

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Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction Challenge: Parked and Hitched


Parked and Hitched

“Driver parked the truck and vanished.”
“Abducted by aliens.”
We roared with laughter. The waitress glared.
“My ancestor ran off to California – gold rush era. Just disappeared.” Continue reading

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Another Quote to Encourage Creatives: Rumi


As my broken shoulder mends (and the rate is ‘amazing’ and ‘astonishing’ to my consultant and physio respectively) and I am able to do more and more with my left hand and arm. (I’m a leftie, so it’s quite important!) I’m bit by bit picking up my creative threads. Spiritually and mentally, there are some exciting developments brewing.

Nonetheless, I’ve been feeling down in the dumps about my creative hiatus. My hands fell this morning on a little book I have* of extracts from the love poems of Rumi, described on the cover as, “The great Sufi saint who embraced God through the path of love.” I opened it upon words which resonated strongly with my present state of spirit – and body. Continue reading

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A Quote to Encourage Creatives


I come across encouraging quotes all the time. And I certainly need courage, as an artist. I don’t know why I haven’t thought of sharing them before now. Here’s a first one. Some might not, but I find it encouraging, a source for some of my angst. There’s comfort to be had just in a correct diagnosis. Continue reading

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Friday Fictioneers 100 Word Flash Fiction Challenge: The Grand Tour


I went travelling. The Grand Tour, they called it. All the rich young men went and marvelled at ruins, as fashion dictated. Continue reading

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A Drawing and On Drawing


A Drawing and On Drawing.

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A Drawing and On Drawing


I began this drawing earlier in the year – before breaking my shoulder. I haven’t done much of this kind of drawing – in situ, in front of a subject, with just a pencil and a piece of paper, and for a long time. I am out of practice. Clearly, by all the alterations. But you have to get it right, no matter what it takes. Or how long. This took about 4 hours over 2 days. It’s of a group of plants on a pedestal table with a round metal top, in our garden. Continue reading

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Today we Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Beginning of the First World War


Today we Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Beginning of the First World War.

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