Monday, 30 May 2016

Colouring Calm

I thought adult colouring books were a great idea, I bought myself one on typography. Inspired by this craze for colouring I adapted some of Amy's old drawings into pages of colouring art. One page is covered with interesting floral designs and the other is full of Amy's elegant ladies in evening dress. I tried colouring them in first in coloured pencil and then in coloured pen. I found colouring them in in pen much more enjoyable.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Landscapes for Lorna's Songs

I have been updating Lorna's songs on YouTube by collecting new pictures to accompany my songs. These two are used with permission of my daughter and my mother, the first one is by my daughter for Stargazing and the second one is by my mother for Jazz.

I also painted some more pictures myself, these two are for Island of Happiness and Scorpio Eyes.

My mum is hoping to produce a calendar of all her paintings for her 80th year, it is my 50th year next year, so I hope to get enough pictures from all three of us to use in a calendar for that.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Poe and Poetry on YouTube

I find there are wonderful short films and animation on YouTube produced by independent film makers and also gems from earlier in the twentieth century. I continue to use my AmiloFinn channel to create playlists of these works of art. As well as my 'At the piano' playlist you might also enjoy 'Poe's Tales'  and 'Illustrated Poems'.

'Poe's Tales' includes modern animations of Annabel Lee, Masque of the red death, The oval portrait and Eldorado and modern short films of Ligeia, The tell tale heart, The black cat and the Raven. There are also older films such as Vincent Price reading 'The pit and the pendulum' and a 1928 silent film version of 'The Fall of the house of Usher'.

Among the wonderful items collected in the 'Illustrated Poems' playlist are

Night by William Blake
Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti
The Listeners by Walter de la Mare
The stolen child by WB Yeats
The Hollow Men by TS Eliot
Crow by Ted Hughes
Death and Co by Sylvia Plath

You can find the poetry play list here

Monday, 2 May 2016

The Shadow People

Like Omega, the Shadow People is about the power at the bottom of life and the way perseverance and patience can triumph over short term plans and spontaneity.