29 November, 2009

No place like home!

Flickr user cheesy42 - Gallop
Horse on a beach in Trinidad and Tobago

Finally I am back in my homeland! I had a real busy week running from here to there (in a foreign country) and I am sure you guys know how crazy things can get when you are in a strange land. I wish I had the luxury of time that I could utilize to do a few live art pieces but I guess things may not always go our way. I may have to visit again during my free time. The island is extremely beautiful like all other Caribbean islands. Warm sunshine all year so you do not have to fight the cold, enchanting natural scenery and so much to do. I had no trouble adjusting to the norms of the island. I knew that the Fifth Summit of the Americas had taken place in April 2009

Barack Obama & Brian Lara in Port of Spain

in Trinidad but I had no idea that the Commonwealth Summit was to be held there and that Britain's Queen Elizabeth II would be there. The summit in Trinidad and Tobago has already pulled in a pledge of US$10 billion for a fund to help developing countries cope with the impact of climate change. Did I get a chance to meet the Queen?? of course not LOL!! but I had the chance to see her air transport being flown into the PIARCO International Airport from the Air Traffic Control Tower. If you are wondering how I managed to get into the tower, then here is another one of my secrets. I am an Air Traffic Controller.

Flickr user cheesy42 - Caiman
Flickr user Paul Lowry - Statue in Trinidad

I never saw a crocodile or alligator before and I never knew that they could be found in any of the Caribbean countries. However I was told that there was an alligator "relative" dwelling in the country known as the Caiman. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to see one. Hopefully on my next visit.
I did not have an opportunity to visit an artist since the course that I attended ran on till night.
I did enjoy my time tho but as the saying goes, "There is no place like home." Glad to be back home and back on my art search. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

27 November, 2009

My Heart's Awaited Spring

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Hey y'all

Today was much less of a busy day for than the rest of my week has been. For a matter of fact I actually had time today to just sit and let my thoughts flow. Well, I decided to write a poem. Although I love Literature, I'm not so fond of writing. So this was very hard work. But, with the right bit of inspiration... I guess I got something done. Just thought that I would share with you.

My Heart's Awaited Spring

How I miss the warmth of sunshine
And the scent of flower's bloom
How I miss the joy of kindness
It has slipped away so soon

The fall came in so quickly
All that was birthed soon died
Every seed of kindness planted
Replaced with bitterness and pride

Winter's breeze my warmth has stolen
The snow has frozen my heart cold
My seeds of kindness, their growth stunted
The land...its productivity stalled.

I still miss the warmth of sunshine
And the scent of flower's bloom
But within my heat I've found a spring of love
That never had been cooled

With a seed of kindness planted
The birds begin to sing
I've searched and finally found it
My heart's awaited spring...


26 November, 2009

The Thanksgiving Story

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I'm sure that everybody knows the story of thanksgiving...or maybe we observe a holiday ignorantly, without any real significance. Well, here's to inform all who did not know and refresh the memories of all who knew previously.

The very first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated in 1621 by the pilgrims of the Plymouth colony along with about 90 Wampanoag Indians. The Pilgrims had suffered through a devastating winter in which nearly half their number died. Without the help of the Indians, none would have survived.

After the first harvest, Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving and prayer to God. The food, which was eaten outdoors, included corn, geese, turkeys, ducks, eel, clams, leeks, plums, cod, bass, barley, venison and corn bread. The feast lasted 3 days. The exact date is unknown but it is apparent that the feast took place in late autumn.

In 1623, there was a period of drought which was countered by the colonists with a proclamation of prayer and fasting. This prayer and fasting was changed to another thanksgiving celebration when rains came during the prayers.

Later that year, Governor Bradford proclaimed November 29 as a time for pilgrims to gather and "listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings." Throughout American history, there were many thanksgiving proclamations and celebrations. In 1789 George Washington proclaimed a National Thanksgiving Day on the last Thursday in November, in honor of the new United States Constitution. Thomas Jefferson, the third president, later discontinued it, calling it "a kingly practice."

In 1863, Sarah Josepha Hale, the author of the poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb," convinced Abraham Lincoln to proclaim Thanksgiving a national holiday. For the date she chose the last Thursday in November because of Washington's proclamation. In 1941, it was officially changed to the fourth Thursday in November. Since Abraham Lincoln's proclamation, it has been a custom that all presidents of the United States make Thanksgiving proclamations every year.

All of the early Thanksgiving celebrations had one thing in common. The thanksgiving was directed toward God. It did not matter that many had very hard times. The people knew that God was their creator and provider and that all good things ultimately came from Him. In one of his Thanksgiving proclamations, George Bush declared, " In thankfulness and humility, we acknowledge, especially now, our dependence on One greater than ourselves."

We should not do any different. We should always look to God who has been faithful to us in thanksgiving.

May the Lord bless you richly. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

25 November, 2009

The beautiful Island Trinidad

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Hi all! I am in the Beautiful Caribbean Island of Trinidad & Tobago. As I already said, my time here is basically a tightly scheduled work related trip which leaves me no real room for personal stuff. I will be back in my homeland hopefully at the end of the week and back on my art search.

I do intend on visiting a few artist while I am here but that can only be done if time permits. It is so much fun to experience the different cultures while visiting other countries. I heard that they got this lil alligators called Caiman here. I really wanna see one lol! hopefully I'll bring a pet home hehe. Hope He doesn't bite off my toes. anyways I'm off!


In the Spirit of Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving's here again and I just thought I'd share some "Thanksgiving Poetry". Although thanksgiving has a much bigger significance than just the food, this poem humored me and I hope it puts a smile on your face also.

T’was the night of Thanksgiving,
But I just couldn’t sleep.
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned,
The dark meat and white.
But I fought the temptation,
With all of my might.
Tossing and turning,
with anticipation.
The thought of a snack
became infatuation.
So I raced to the kitchen,
Flung open the door,
And gazed at the fridge,
Full of goodies galore.
I gobbled up turkey,
And buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots,
Beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling,
So plump and so round.
‘til all of a sudden,
I rose off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling,
Floating into the sky,
With a mouthful of pudding,
And a handful of pie.
But I managed to yell
As I soared past the trees
Happy eating to all,
Pass the cranberries, please!!
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump.
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious,
May your pies take the prize
And May your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off of your thighs!
by Lauren

You can find more thanksgiving poetry here. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

24 November, 2009

Another Drop By

Wow! Another very tiring day. Well, its Tuesday and things seemed to have settled down a bit so maybe I'll have much more time to rest for the remainder of the week. Well, as planned I did start research lyric poetry, but I was not very successful in doing that.

I came across a website about literature actually. And I just had to explore it a bit. You can feel free to do also. Visit here.

Moving along, I've discovered that there is so much material out there to be read. Originally I did plan on researching Literature only. But, in so doing, I've introduced myself to so many interesting fields... natural sciences...numerological science...astrology...everything. In my opinion, each one of these is an art so carefully put together and will captivate anyone who has the slightest appreciation of them... Well, I guess everybody now knows why I'm always straying from Literature. Hopefully, I will catch myself early enough and get back right on track.

Well that's about it for now. I'm off to take a rest. Hopefully, I will looking into lyric poetry before the week's end.

Bye! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

22 November, 2009

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Hello everybody,

I'm just about packing my bags to leave. I'm leaving the country for the week. Well, its not leisure. Its strictly work related. Hopefully I'll be able to make the best of it.

Well, I'm off now. Will being keeping an open eye to any and everything artful and would be happy to share my findings with you upon my return.

Have a great week everyone!
Cheers! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


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Good Morning Everybody!

It's the beginning of a new day and a new week. Well I have a lot to get done this week (as usual) and was just taking some time to plan out my week properly. Well this week I intend on looking deeper into lyric poetry. After my bible reading today, I also decided that this week I need to be a little more loving. 1 Corinthians tells us that we can have the ability to do many good things, but without love, none of it is of any value. Maybe we really ought to be more loving, really thinking about it. What harm will it do us? None that I can think of. It only makes us better people. Well at least that's what I think anyway.

1 Corinthians 13

1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

I hope we can all be a little more loving from today on.

Enjoy the day everybody


20 November, 2009

Happy Children's Day

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Today's a new day. Another privilege that God has blessed us with. Well, today is going to be a very busy day for me. But I decided to not rush into it. Save myself the headache.

Today is Universal Children's day. It was on this day 50 years ago that the United Nation's General Assembly adopted an expanded version of the original Declaration of the Rights of a Child of 1924 as its own. The original declaration consisted of five principles and was extended to ten by the UN's General Assembly. The date on which this was done was adopted as the date of the annual's Universal Children's Day.

I've been searching for poetry written in that respect. However, I haven't found any yet. I'm sure that I'll find something soon. But in the mean time....Happy Children's Day (to all children) and Have a great day!! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

18 November, 2009

A look into pure music and art.

Hi all! I was contacted by artist Tristan Perich and Lesley Flanigan.

Tristan Perich - Two Triangles
(machine drawing)

They are electronic musicians from new york. Tristan Perich has been touring with a harpsichord, which he plays and accompany with some minimal 1-bit electronics. Tristan Perich is greatly inspired by "the aesthetics of math and physics," and as a visual artist, uses machines to create pen-on-paper drawings that "explore the limits of traditional drawing through randomness and order." Visit his website Here.

Lesley Flanigan - Lullaby ( furniture Drama)

Lesley Flanigan is an artist, vocalist, and performer and performs with hand-built speaker feedback instruments and her voice. Visit her website Here.

They are joined by different artists along the way. Here is some information about their tour.

New York artists Tristan Perich and Lesley Flanigan team up this Fall for a series of unique electronic music performances across the United States. Perich's duet Dual Synthesis (for harpsichord and 1-bit electronics) and Flanigan's Amplifications (for voice and speaker electronics) explore the viscerality of electronic music. Mixing primitive sounds from their own hand-constructed instruments with the harpsichord and voice, each choreographs intersections between acoustic and electric sound.

A synaesthetic performance for modified 16mm projectors and audio circuitry, this piece negotiates the space between the physically real and the perceptually real; between noumena and phenomena. Photosensitive circuitry translates light waves into sound waves, sonifying flickers that are sometimes slow enough to be visible to the eye - and sometimes fast enough to be perceived only by the ear. A monolithic light/noise blast that goes literally to the limits of the senses and beyond them, provoking a confrontation with that ultimate unattainable reality: The World of Things In Themselves. In memoriam Immanuel Kant. (Warning: Unsuitable for those with photosensitive epilepsy.)

From art galleries to noise venues, Perich and Flanigan stage their physical approaches to the construction of sound. Regular staples of the New York City experimental scene, they create music that spans electroacoustic, classical and noise. In addition to their solo work, they are also known for collaborative projects with the Loud Objects (Tristan Perich, Kunal Gupta, Katie Shima) and Bioluminescence (Lesley Flanigan, R. Luke DuBois). The Loud Objects will perform several guest shows, soldering electronics live on an overhead projector or with hybrid fluorescent bulb guitars to create electronic noise. R. Luke DuBois' live video artistry will be woven throughout Flanigan's performances.

For composer/inventor Tristan Perich, Dual Synthesis comes on the heels of finishing his new album, 1-Bit Symphony. An electronic composition in five movements on a single microchip, 1-Bit Symphony expands on the format of his 2005 release, 1-Bit Music. A departure from traditional recordings, 1-Bit Symphony literally ‘performs’ its music live when turned on. A complete music circuit, programmed by the artist and packaged inside a standard CD jewel case, plays the composition through a headphone jack mounted in the case itself. Probing the foundations of digital sound, 1-Bit Symphony celebrates the virtuosity of electricity. The new album, to be released by Cantaloupe Music, will be available exclusively for presale at performances during the tour.

Artist/vocalist Lesley Flanigan's tour of Amplifications introduces her first solo album for speaker electronics and voice. Moving among a cluster of wires and microphones, she builds compositional frameworks that grow and break apart. Her speaker instruments, employing a built-in microphone, create pulsing tones through their own feedback, which Flanigan samples and weaves into her own vocal patterns. The result is music that hovers somewhere between noise experiments and lyrical song, resonating with organic transparency.

Complete Tour Dates

(all shows Tristan Perich and Lesley Flanigan, except starred shows Loud Objects instead)

OCT 30 New York (The Stone)
NOV 04 Providence (AS220) with Blevin Blectum + Ashtray Navigations
NOV 05 Wellesley (Wellesley College)
NOV 06 Philadelphia (Crane Arts)
NOV 07 Pittsburgh (brillobox) * Art and Code festival
NOV 09 Muncie (Ball State IDIA) *
NOV 12 Chicago (Heaven Gallery) with Joseph Grimm
NOV 13 Milwaukee (Sugar Maple) * with Argyle Wishlist + Pataphor
NOV 18 Portland (tba) *
NOV 19 San Francisco (Grey Area Foundation for the Arts)
NOV 22 Los Angeles (The Wulf) with Lucky Dragons
NOV 25 Santa Fe (High Mayhem) with Evolve
NOV 30 Kansas City (tba)
DEC 01 St. Louis (Lemp Arts)
DEC 06 Atlanta (Eyedrum)
DEC 11 Charlottesville (The Bridge) with Chris Peck
DEC 12 Baltimore, MD (Red Room)
DEC 18 Brooklyn, NY (Galapagos) New Amsterdam Records event with NOW Ensemble

More Details:

Be sure to attend their shows. Real interesting artists. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

17 November, 2009

World Peace Day

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I was looking at a calendar of events, when I noted that today is World Peace Day. This is a movement that was started by Don Morris, also known as "Peace Guy" in 1997. Through research I realized that it is not an event that is well integrated in society. Many people only recognize the International Day of Peace (Peace one Day) on September 21st. I personally think that there are never too many days to be peaceful. But, I also believe that declaring a peace day does not make the difference. The difference comes when each one of us sees the need to change. Then, in the words of Michael Jackson, we'd be able to heal the world.

Here is the prayer written by Peace Guy to be prayed on this peace day.

May the people on this planet be changed.
Changed from hatred to love,
Changed from greed to giving,
Changed from selfishness to selflessness,
Changed from apathy to action,
Changed from jealousy to joy over someone's accomplishments,
Changed from intolerance to acceptance,
Changed from being destructive to being constructive,
Changed from fighting to peace,
Changed from killing to protecting life,
Changed from censorship to freedom,
Changed from ignorance to education,
Changed from fearing our differences to rejoicing our variety.

May we each take it upon ourselves to feed the hungry, cure the sick,
house the homeless, educate the illiterate, love the unloved,
compete to do the right thing instead of winning at any cost,
make heroes that teach our children to
make the world a better place instead of glorifying violence and war,
stand up and speak out against things that are wrong
instead of sitting back and waiting for someone else,
demand honesty from our governments,
demand honesty from ourselves.

May we each take responsibility for our own actions
and realize that by refusing to change ourselves,
we condone all the evils in the world.
If one person changes they teach others by example,
who in turn change and teach more,
one person becomes as a pebble rolling down a mountain,
picking up more pebbles as it continues,
becoming an avalanche of change.
It can happen, it must happen, it will happen.

Don Morris

You can find out more information about World Peace Day here.

Have a Peaceful day...and remember it all begins with you!

16 November, 2009

Getting Stuff Out of the Way


I finally got a whole lot of work out of the way and actually even had time to spend with the people I love. Well it felt great just being able to spend some time with family and friends, a moment away from life's demands and responsibilities. Unfortunately its only a moment. There's still so much to be done...and as usual so little time. Well, its not all frowns. There's still lots of art to be discovered and I'm actually excited to see what I'll find next. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Morning Prayer

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This is a prayer that I sang every morning as a child. The tune came back to mind this morning and for a second I gave the words some thought. Although it is written for children, these words are very much applicable to everyone. It should be our prayer to love God more daily and to simply be the best we can.

Father We thank thee for the night
And for the pleasant morning light
For rest and food and loving care
And all that makes the world so fair

Help us to do the things we should
To be to others kind and good
In all we do, in work or play
To love thee better day by day
Rebecca J Weston

A Little More About Epic

Hello everybody,

It's Monday already and the hustle begins. Well, its the start of a very busy week. Hopefully, we will all organize our time so that we get everything we need to done and still make time for family and friends. I did research a little further into epic poetry yesterday like I said and I found a great website which was very informative. It deals with the style and technique of epic poetry. I just thought that I'd share it with you - Epic Poetry.

Anyway I'm off to start my day. It's so cold today. Wish I could just lay in bed. Well, I think we all wish we could. But, there's always work to be done.

Have a great day everyone....in spite of!
Bye! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

15 November, 2009

Sacred Poetry

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It's a wonderful Sunday today. Well, most days are actually very wonderful days, we just don't see and allow the little things in life to make us happy. Instead, we often are very pessimistic and accentuate on the negative. It's human nature I guess; Something we have to grow out of if we ought to make the best of life.

Today I planned on reading up about two things. I wanted to read further into epic poetry and I wanted to read about the book of Psalms. So far, I've only gotten the latter done.

The book of Psalms is the nineteenth book of the Bible. The word Psalms means songs sung to a harp. It is actually a compilation of sacred poetry. There are 150 chapters in the book, each one being considered to be a psalm. Many of these Psalms were written by King David and speak of Israelite faith, their struggles, and their God who was more than able to deliver them from all the hardships that they went through.

Today, many such Psalms can still be applied to our lives and we can still rely on the great God who is still able to do beyond all that we may ask our think. Psalm 91 is a very good example.
Psalm 91 (KJV)

1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

3Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

6Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

7A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

8Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

9Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Other Psalms were simply songs of worship. These too can still be sung (or recited) today as a form of praise and thanksgiving to God.

Psalm 100 (KJV)

1Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

2Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

3Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

5For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

In Jewish Ritual, the psalms played a major role. The Psalms were sung by the Levites in front of the temple and later on the temple steps while priests played musical accompaniment on various instruments. It was intended to teach, explain, encourage its listening audience.

Today, the Psalms are used primarily in worship and prayer. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

13 November, 2009

Morning Humour

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Hi all,

It's a beautiful day today! It's so calm and bright...a little cold though. Well, after I had my morning devotions, I decided to start my day with a little humour. It's always nice to start the day on the lighter, brighter side of life. Don't you think so? Well, this morning I came across a poem that I had learnt a very long time ago. Although it doesn't humour me as much, it's amazing how the poet put together this poem. I hope you like it!

Do you Carrot All for Me?

Do you carrot all for me?
My heart beets for you,
With your turnip nose
And your radish face,
You are a peach.
If we cantaloupe,
Lettuce marry;
Weed make a swell pear.
Author Unknown

11 November, 2009

Same Difference?

Hi Y'all

I did have some time to do some reading today after all. However, I did not read about literary genres as I had planned. Instead I had a look at a list of literary devices.

Two devices which are commonly confused are paradox and oxymoron. They are actually similar, but very different. :-D.

An oxymoron is a contradiction in terms, for example, same difference.. :-D!

A paradox, however, is a situation created that cannot exist as different elements cancel out each other. One commonly known paradox is, "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

A list of more literary devices can be found here and a list of oxymorons can be found here.

Well, I'm off to do some more reading before heading to bed.

Bye everybody. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Encouraging Friends and Art blogs

Fiona the unknown artist - Waiting

Hi all!! today I spent some time Doing a bit of blog hopping! I realized that I really have a lot of featuring to do along with my other daily responsibilities. I have been chosen to design a website and honestly, it is taking up the majority of my free time. However, I am thankful to all my wonderful especially these artist, art blogs and blogs through whom and which I always receive encouragement and keeps me excited along the way...

Eso and Amyly - A Creative Journey and Esoman Graphics
Jeffrey - The Roving Medievalist
Regina - Southern OOAKS
Patrice - The September Studio

Lana - Eye Candy
TJ - A look in a Creative Mind

and the many others. Thanks guys. Really helps in keeping me dedicated to this art search.
I also met up with this great artist who is also an art blogger. "Fiona the unknown artist." Immediately her art brought a feeling excitement mainly because of the colors. Amazing!!!
I particularly love the teapots. Check out her blog! Diary of an unknown artist. Anyway guys, I am off on my art search! Cheers!!


Dropping by

Hey Everybody,

Just dropping by. I've been so busy over the past week. So much to do very little time. Hopefully things will start clearing up soon and I'll have much less hectic days. Well I hope nobody is having days like mine when you have absolutely no time for yourself....It's just a part of life I guess.

Today, I think I will read more about literature genres. Hopefully, I'll have time to do that and maybe even to share what I find with you. Anyway I'm off to start my day...the best way... by spending some time talking to God...I hope you also start your day the same way

Bye for now
I hope everybody has a great day ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

07 November, 2009

The Group of Seven & The A.C.R. - Part s 1 & 2

Hi all! Just popping in to share one of my findings. I just can't keep this away. I found these very informative videos on the Group of seven. I am just one of the many that they continue to be inspired by these magnificent historical art figures as I go along. I think you will like these. Glad to share them with you!


06 November, 2009

A Deeper Look


As I have already mentioned, the Greek were very skillful writers and worked toward developing many genres of Literature. Although I already knew about some of the poetry types that the Greek developed, I decided to find out what each of them were and what they entailed for clarification sake. Today I looked at epic and lyric poetry.

The epic poetry was the first type of poetry written in history. An epic poem is a lengthy narrative poem, which, most times, concern a serious subject, containing details of heroic deeds and events significant to a culture or a nation.

Epyllion, considered to be a type of Epic Poetry is a brief narrative poem with a romantic or mythological theme. The term Epyllion means 'little Epic' and this type of poetry came into use in the nineteenth century.

Lyric poetry, written very early in the History of Western Literature, has evolved simply into short poems which express personal feelings. However, in Ancient Greek society lyric poetry was considered nothing other than verse that was accompanied by a lyre or other stringed instrument. These 'poems', of course, were sung by individual or a chorus. Modern lyric poetry is still sometimes sung, but not necessarily so.

You can find out more about lyric poetry here.

Bye.... ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

05 November, 2009

Abstract Expression

Mystery Artist - Evening Palms©

Hi all! As much as I keep saying that I will give it some time before I add another one of my art pieces to a post, is the more I receive messages requesting that I add another soon lol! Well I guess I just have to go along with it. I took some time last week to work on two art pieces. One I have not completed and the other I have. Some days I leave work at sunset and there are days when I decide to just sit and admire the color changes of the sky as the sun sings the "See you Tomorrow" song. That was when I decided to do the art piece "Evening Palms." I am hoping to complete it soon.

Mystery Artist - Still Dance©

As for the abstract piece "Still Dance," I basically had some extra blobs of paint on my palette and and already prepared surface. At the time I was really in a mood of excitement. Really had that urge to just get up and dance in the midst of every emotion and so, I decided to 'abstract' my way unto this creation. I wonder if I am that much of a good dancer. I mean it has been a while and I may need a bit of "oiling" to get rid of the accumulated rust LOL! Hope you like the art pieces. You can have a larger view of this piece along with a few of my other art pieces in My Gallery. Anyway, I am off to do some more art searching. Later!! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

04 November, 2009

Independence celebration in my homeland

Artist - Earl Etienne

Hi all! Been a real busy week so far. Issues at work, issues here and there lol! But they never keep me down. Funny how certain people are just always there for you whenever you are in need :-) Well back in my homeland, It is the season where we celebrate Independence. During this time, the island's culture is displayed in many forms such as dance, food, clothing and many other forms. I always like this time of year where the entire country embraces its rich culture. I am proud of my homeland. The art pieces gives a sneak peek of my homeland culture. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

03 November, 2009

Another Jump Back

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Hello Everybody!

Today I decided to get back on track and research deeper into the history of Literature. I've strayed so much from the time that I read about the first recorded pieces of Literature. But should I really be blamed? With Literature there is so much to explore. However, I am sorry for not staying focused. Today I explored the history and development of Greek Literature through the ages. More specifically, I read about Ancient Greek Literature which is Greek Literature written before the 4th century A.D. The Greeks were very skillful writers and were the ones who invented many of the literary forms which we enjoy today, for example lyric poetry.

Greek Literature, as I had already discovered started in about the 8th century B.C with Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. During the prec lassical age (before 500 B.C.), there was another great poet called Hesoid. Two of his surviving poems are "Works and Days" and "Theogony". These two are also epic poems.

Another form of poetry also evolved in greek society at that time. This was lyric poetry with the first lyric poet being Archilochus of Paros. This type of poetry, along with many others, of course, was greater developed in the classical age (500-336 B.C.).

The Classical age gave way to genres of Western Literature such as odes, pastorals, elegies, epigrams, comical and tragic drama, histories, rhetorical treatises, philosophical dialects and philosophical treatises.

The Hellenistic Age (336-30 BC) gave way to further development of the genres that had already been established and also saw the introduction of astronomy and geography. One milestone in the Hellenistic Age, was the translation of the Old Testament to Greek. This was done in Alexandria and was completed by 2nd century B.C. and involved the work of 72 scholars.

One other very significant piece of Literature considered Ancient Greek Literature is the New Testament which was written in 1st to 2nd century A.D. The books of the New Testament were written in various forms of koine (common) Greek. The New Testament is a compilation of 27 "books", as they are now called, which tell of the life of Jesus and Christian living.

In short, there was great development in Western Literature in the age of "Ancient Greece." The Literature written at that time is considered Ancient Greek Literature. You can read more about Ancient Greek Literature here.

Well I'm off to read some more. I will keep you updated as I go along.

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02 November, 2009

Do You Remember This Rhyme?

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Hello Everybody!!

While listening to a mother sing to her baby boy yesterday, I realized that many of us started to learn Literature long before we even knew it. As children, the majority was and still are being taught nursery rhymes and other children songs. Because of their simplicity, rhyme and rhythm, these poems, as they should be rightly called, can be easily learnt and recalled. Many of these nursery rhymes are quite humorous and give children a desire to learn more and more. I certainly had fun learning them in my days! Here's one nursery rhyme that I learnt when I was quite young and I'm sure many of you have learnt as well.

Sing a Song of Sixpence

Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye;
Four and twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
They all began to sing.
Now, wasn't that a dainty dish
To set before the King?

The King was in his counting house,
Counting out his money;
The Queen was in the parlor
Eating bread and honey.
The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes.
Along there came a big black bird
And snipped off her nose!

You can view the history and development of nursery rhymes here.

You can also have a look at more nursery rhymes here.

Have Fun!
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