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     Skull With A Burning Cigarette, also known as Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette has to be one of Vincent Van Gogh’s most curious works. When I think of Van Gogh art, I usually think of his famous Starry Night or one of his many colorful landscape paintings. But as far as his artwork goes, you can say that this one was “out of character” of sorts.

Skull With A Burning Cigarette, has been described by some in the past as macabre and dark, even disturbing. But to me, I always saw it as tongue in cheek or even sarcastic. In my opinion, it looks very “Rock Culture.” I can even picture someone like Slash or some other rocker wearing it on a t-shirt. Or I can even see it used today as part of some anti-smoking campaign. But of course, I’m coming from a 21st Century perspective. One can only guess what people thought of this piece when it was created in the late 1800’s.

The painting is undated but it’s believed to be painted in the winter of 1885–86 as a humorous comment by Van Gogh on the conservative academic practices at the school he was attending, an assumption based on the fact that Van Gogh was in Antwerp at that time, attending classes at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium. This was his way at laughing at these art classes that he found extremely boring.

Today, the painting is part of the permanent collection of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. And I hope to see it there one day.

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–Roz Abellera

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‘Every Shining Time You Arrive’

Change in every little desire
We were counting on forces we could not control
Well and all those things you realized
We’re nothing more than a memory displaced through

So the story’s told beyond our grasp
We were climbing forever an infinite task
Shoulders strain with the endless toil
We’re nothing more than a feather moving in the wind

Want to change everything
Want to change everything
Want to blame everything on

Well and all these seeds will grow anyway
Even though the outcome we cannot say
So you’ll always have your time to shine
Even in the winter of your darkest hour

Want to change everything
Want to change everything
Want to blame everything on

In the depths of my gloom, I crawl out for you
From the peaks of my joy, I crawl back into
Tearing me down every time you smile
Every shining time you arrive, you arrive, you arrive

–Sunny Day Real Estate

Cousins Island

Posted: July 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

Matthew Richards Photography

Followed a path on Cousins Island in Yarmouth, Maine and it led me to a very steep staircase.

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The staircase led down to a beach area. There wasn’t anyone else there which made it very peaceful. A few boats with fisherman went by while I was there. Other than that I couldn’t see anyone around. This time of year it can be hard to find a beach in Maine that isn’t overrun with people.
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A Letter To Elise

oh elise it doesn’t matter what you say
i just can’t stay here every yesterday
like keep on acting out the same
the way we act out
every way to smile forget
and make-believe we never needed
any more than this
any more than this
oh elise it doesn’t matter what you do
i know i’ll never really get inside of you
to make your eyes catch fire
the way they should
the way the blue could pull me in
if they only would
if they only would
at least i’d lose this sense of sensing something else
that hides away
from me and you
there’re worlds to part
with aching looks and breaking hearts
and all the prayers your hands can make
oh i just take as much as you can throw
and then throw it all away
oh i throw it all away
like throwing faces at the sky
like throwing arms round yesterday
i stood and stared
wide-eyed in front of you
and the face i saw looked back
the way i wanted to
but i just can’t hold my tears away
the way you do
elise believe i never wanted this
i thought this time i’d keep all of my promises
i thought you were the girl i always dreamed about
but i let the dream go
and the promises broke
and the make-believe ran out…
oh elise
it doesn’t matter what you say
i just can’t stay here every yesterday
like keep on acting out the same
the way we act out
every way to smile forget
and make-believe we never needed
any more than this
any more than this
and every time i try to pick it up
like falling sand
as fast as i pick it up
it runs away through my clutching hands
but there’s nothing else i can really do
there’s nothing else i can really do
at all…
–The Cure

One word at a time

Posted: July 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

I know exactly how you feel.

Cristian Mihai

one_wordWhen asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer, ‘one word at a time.’ – Stephen King

Sometimes I catch a glimpse of the future. Whether is just a scene from a chapter I have yet to write, or the ending line, or just a few lines of dialogue. That’s magic. That’s power. I know something that no one else knows, and it’s entirely up to me to bring it to life.

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wave

The Great Wave off Kanagawa also known as The Great Wave, is a woodblock print by the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. It was published sometime around 1830.  It is considered by many to be Hokusai’s greatest work, and one of the best recognized works of Japanese art in the world.

It shows a monstrous wave threatening boats off the coast of Kanagawa, Japan. It depicts the area around Mount Fuji under  unpredictable conditions, and the mountain itself appears in the background.

Copies of the print can be found all over the world and are in many Western collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum in London, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, to name just a few.

It is one of my favorite works by Hokusai and it stands out to this day as one of the most iconic masterpieces in the history of Visual Art.

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–Roz Abellera