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Portrait No. 2 ‘Barely Visible’

This is the second one that didn’t quite make the cut, but IS going to be on exhibition at ‘Your Space’ Thuringowa Library from 22nd. March to 2nd May, so not an entire loss.

There is a bit of a story to this but because I was under a bit of stress during the time I was painting it, I can’t remember what came first the idea for the painting or the poem. I now have an even greater respect for dot-painting indigenous artists. Drawing up the grid of small squares nearly sent me dotty.

Did you see what I did there? Sorry, not sorry.

Barely Visible

Matriarch of the Matrix

In this technological era, I’m a glitch, buffering, barely visible

disappearing into the framework

My thoughts are splintering, pixellating

between what is real and what is merely perceived

What can I believe? Does it really matter?

After all…

‘Reality is what we want it to be’

‘The world is, what we make it’

‘We can be whatever/whomever we want to be’.

If I keep focus on the world I’ve always known

will I lose touch with those living in this new world?

If I can’t keep pace, will I disappear without trace?

Underneath, I’m falling apart.

It becomes harder to find what is true. Who am I?

Who are you?

Will I become one small dot, a little focus of energy

indiscernible from the trillions and trillions who light up life?

Isn’t that what I already am?

Life is a circle — a spiral, replicating DNA

Everything that ever was or will be

already is, exists here and now.

‘time is not linear’

it flies by. Where is it going?

Why then does this body slow, change, age, die

As I slip into that calm blue, understanding evades me

A butterfly lands on my hand

it’s gentle touch tows me back to our beginning.

Now…the world is buffering, coming into focus

I breathe deep of air filled with the heady scent

of life.

I hear nature sing, the rustle of wind, children’s laughter.

I see sunrise, a bird on wing, flowers in bloom.

This is the world I want to inhabit the one reality for me

Shards of a life nearing its end

pixellated snippets of old and new knowledge

make of this life, this world, whatever I put into it

I am the Matriarch of the Matrix.

(c) Rosa Christian.

Ciao for now,

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Art Writing

Rejection hurts

You’d think I’d be used to it by now, but no–I’m still gutted. And worse, I still keep putting m self out there.

Who would dare reject me you ask? Well, it’s not me really it’s my artwork, but it feels like it’s me and all the hard work thought and concentration I put in to it. It smarts and shakes my rocky self-esteem.

Do you feel like that, about your work?

I know, logically speaking, that it’s not me myself being rejected…but each picture is at least a little part of me. To make it twice as hard to swallow, this year I entered two entirely different, but kind of related paintings into the contest and both were rejected.

Luckily, I like them both. What are they? Well, they are both self-portraits. How’s that for self-absorption? What hubris; what vanity! Not really, I just didn’t have anyone else on hand to sit for me.

Yes, yes. I’m going to put them up for you to see…I’m procrastinating because now I’m nervous to show anyone let alone you.

Sigh! Here goes Number 1. Unreal Me Acrylic and pen on stretched canvas. 120 cm X 90 cm.

Unreal Me

Yes, I’m naked…No, I’m not a nudist. That’s just the way I feel when I take the dog for a walk on the local beach…happy and free. This is going on my bedroom wall, because it makes me smile.

BTW Judging Panel, you may not like this but it has already generated a commission for me, so there.

I have to go do other stuff just now, so will put up the other one later, maybe tomorrow.

Ciao for now,

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It’s a slow business…

Slowly, slowly I come back to life. You’ll be pleased to hear, at least I am, that I have started writing again. Not a lot but a little.

There are some things in life that drag you down and hold you under. It’s no good struggling and fighting against the rip, all that does is exhaust you; better to relax and let the waters of life gently take you to a place of safety. It will happen and when at last the blessed sunshine and peace of existence waken you, it is doubly enjoyable.

Enough! Shakes self.

I have however managed to finish a painting (oils on stretched canvas 90 X 50 ish) and I am well pleased with it. What do you think. Oh, thank you to Chris Chapman for letting me use his beautiful photo for inspiration.

We have lift-off!

Have a good day. sometimes even getting out of bed is an achievement.

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Art Recommended Writing

Apologies…

I hope your New Year has started well.

Unfortunately, my 2021 did not end so well as there was a death in the family, which is why I have been absent all this long time

Now, however, it is time to get on with my writing. There is news on several fronts

. I will write of those at length soon. First I have to sort out things on my desk and in my brain. Too many projects! I know I shouldn’t spread myself so thin, but I can’t help myself…in truth, I don’t want to help myself. I enjoy the challenges of all the different genre I write in. You wouldn’t want me to get stale would you?

I have decided to start yet another blog as Rosie O’Grady for my Children’s writing. I have a seried sll set to go, but am not terribly happy with how it looks as an ebook. Do I need to put it out as an ebook? Hmmmm…a question for the KidsLit Group I belong to.

Percy Rose will be in touch soon about Book 3, and the Prequel, of the Beaufort’s Landing Series. Also, the release of Ruth In Pieces.

I have managed to do a couple of paintings, which I think I will enter into The Percivals, so I won’t show you yet, until it’s decided if they are going to be accepted.

Recommended reading : Vale — Dale Furse

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Art Poetry Writing

Hard at Work

Hi there, I have made it with in a month. Not too bad considering how busy life is at the moment. I have told you Light in Dark my latest collection of poems is available from Amazon Australia. When I ordered authors copies they arrived in good time, but there was a small problem with the cover. There was quite a few emails back and forth. I was reimbursed for the return of the copies, and ordered new copies which arrived forthwith and were correct. So, now you can safely order your paperback copies from there.

I’ve also re-edited Australia…my Heart and Purple Pages and they will be arriving any time now. Thank goodness, because I will have a table with my books for sale at our local Art Exhibition by invitation of the A@RT members. I should say here that I am one of the organisers of this group, but I had no idea they were going to offer me this opportunity. I am very grateful for it.

This will be our 3rd Annual Art Exhibition and we fully expect it to be just as successful as the past two. (Covid restrictions allowing). It is always a great night engendering warm community feeling. I am charge of designing advertising and catalogues. If you are in Townsville area come up and join us. Opening night is Friday 15th October and because the hall is used all week, we are only open for the weekend 16th and 17th October.

On top of all of that I am working on a project, which I will soon uncover but I’m a bit excited about it. Watch this space!

Just before I sign off…some art news, apart from the above.


Some of you will already be aware of this so you can stop reading now. First I have sold a small piece, Blue Wren in Bouganvillea, from West End Tea House and Gallery Townsville. Second, I have a painting, Cocky Miranda, on display in Tyto Gallery’s Birdlife Comp/Exhibition, which is open all this month. Some of the work is truly stunning. You should go and check it out.

Well, I think that is about all for this month. I’ll let you know how our Exhibition goes. Ciao for now,

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Proofing some Poetry

Pround Mama of these 3.

So, I haven’t been doing nothing. Just received these — Light in Dark is my latest poetry book, and the first in around 10 years. It is full of all sorts of reflections on life – I think I need to say, all written before Covid.

Purple pages is a mixture of lusty romance poetry and the problems that ‘love’ can cause. It’s a little bit naughty, a little bit angsty, a little bit difficult sometimes. Not for children.

Australia…my Heart has also been available as an ebook on Smashwords for some time. It was the first book I had printed (paperback). It is my most popular book to date. It is mostly work from when I toured the heart of this great country, along with some other nature based ones.

Both of these, I’ve rejigged for print, but I haven’t altered or edited the text, just the formatting, because they are a product of the times in which they were written, ie about 15 years ago. Yikes! Really!

They will be ready for sale from Amazon.au shortly; as soon as one small glitch with the printing thereof is ironed out.

Artwise, I’m working on a piece for entry into the Tyto Bird painting comp. It is great fun to do this one. You’ll see why when I finish it and put it up for general viewing.

Also, we are gearing up for our A@RT Exhibition, so lots of ads invites catalogues etc to attend to, which I’d better get back to.

Ciao for now,

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Busy…and some art

Hi, this is a scheduled one again just so I have time to recover from my trip and my friends party…

I have been busy and have sent off for some print proofs. One of my new poetry collection, Light in Dark; a new edition for Australia…my Heart and Purple Pages. both of the latter are poetry collections as well. I had to do a new edition of Australia as I couldn’t upload the old one because…formatting with illlustrations. Purple Pages is a small collection of poems on life, love and in all its despair, torment, joy and sensuousness. All are already available as Ebooks, HERE.

I’m pretty much over doing this for the moment… so here are a couple of my latest paintings.

I’ll say ciao for now,

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Art Poetry Writing

Okay, okay…

Yes, I know its been a month but…

This fabulous art work is from my artist friend Lynn Scott-Cumming. She works from home and at Umbrella studios in Townsville, where she recently held an exhibitionMoom Phase: chasing trancendence’, of her moon prints, of which this is one.

I’ve been busy, but unfortunately not writing anything new. I have however edited and done the cover for my new poetry collection and it is live as an ebook as we speak. I have ordered the proof and admit I’m a bit excited about this one. Is it terribly ‘up myself’ to say I quite like these poems? I meditate through the muse about this crazy world we live in and our place in it. Light and dark in equal measure. Even though some of them are pretty tough to read, to make up for that others are full of love of nature and some are mildly amusing.

I’ve also been working on a print version of my errrr…naughty poems. This small collection of poetry written sometime ago is already available as an ebook. Though not biographical the poems do echo some of my younger angst. Some of them are a bit tough as well, but that, however, is made up for by ‘oh la la’…lol. Send or read them to your lover…

Why oh why will this image not allow me to link on it? It only has a link to media file. The other one worked fine…sigh!

As always, let me know what you think. Ciao for now, Rosa.

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Writing for Children

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m a bit obsessed with my new children’s series ATM. I’m writing under the alias Rosie O’Grady…just to keep them distinct from my other writing.

I am going to have a page for Rosie on this site Per Rose Oddly, or do you think I should have an entirely new blog for her as well as Percy? What do you do?

My first book, Uh Oh! Nana Rose, is one of a set of five in The Uh Oh Series – for 5 – 9 y.o.

Guess what it’s about…

It is certainly different than writing for adults, quite a challenge. I probably should not spread myself so thin, but once an idea takes hold I follow it until I complete it or get bored and move onto the next shiny thing. Sigh!

My beta readers seem to like it, as do their children and grand children. “You have a winner!”… “I read your story to my grandchildren. They absolutely loved it…They want to know more…”

I’ve already designed the covers. and most of the five are done so will be publishing soon…ish.I am not a good illustrator so decided to do the illustrations as though I’m a kid, you know – stick figures.


Like this…

I think it’s a good idea and some other children’s writers do as well, but I’ve also had some negative feedback. However, I’m a stubborn ass, and will stick to my guns… for now.

If you are interested in trying your hand at writing for children, may I suggest you look up Matt B. Lewis, and do his courses here and here. He has been writing and illustrating for years. You’re sure to love his work as much as I do.

Do you write in other genre? Which ones?

Ciao for now…

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Poetry on my mind

As mentioned a couple of posts ago, I haven’t written much poetry lately, but I have now penned one poem and one piece of poetical prose, so I’m feeling better about that. I feel I need a long week-end or even a week’s masterclass in poetry to get me back into the groove.

I have, however, been collating my work of the past 10 years or so. There are, in fact, quite a few so I am going to publish them. Why not, right?

My big problem is that there is no theme to them, or enough of them in one theme to create a book subject. There are my usual nature poems, along side darker themes, and some political comment and protest. Many of them make reference to the moon or Luna, as I like to call her. Looking at them I thought; There are some light ones, some very dark ones, some light with a little dark, some dark with a little light of hope.

Therefore, I decided on ‘Light & Dark’ as a working title. What do you think? or maybe just, ‘Phases’.

For the cover, my friend and artist, Lynn Scott-Cummins, who works out of Umbrella Studios Townsville, is kindly going to allow me to use one of her art prints from her mosr recent exhibition, ‘Moon Phase: Chasing Trancendence.’ I am very excited and thankful, Lynn.

I’d show you the cover, but I haven’t done it yet.

What’s that? You’d like a sample…Oh, all right if you insist…

CREATING MAGIC
 
My wand dabbles in a puddle
soaks up the magic
cuts a swathe through 
sky space
liquid colour seeps 
into damp blankness
fades to nothing at the horizon
a ceiling emerges 
in the aether
not the endless high I long for
my brush is too clumsy to 
capture atmospheric freedom
so my soul can enter the picture
where hidden worlds orbit 
beyond sight
still present. 
Caught in the ecstasy
of creation
the Golden Rule
divide and conquer
texture heft contrast
dip and splash
in primordial soup
a sweeping stroke
defining shadow
a burst of light
cloud mountain tree
appear by sleight of hand
a charlatan's trick
unworthy Maestro.
I falter vision dimmed
finished, emptied.
expression misses perfection
tossed aside it joins others
spinning in the void.

I stare into my palette
pick up my wand…