Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Promise of Early Spring Blossoms

These are some pictures of pretty Spring blossoms which I found whilst searching for my lost images. I thought, as most of you, my friends in the Northern Hemisphere have had a very harsh Winter this year that I would post them to brighten your days and to let you know that I am thinking of you.
I welcome Autumn and all of its beautiful colours as you greet Springtime and look forward to warmer sun filled days...I hope that the cold winds that blow and the cold of frosty days have gone. Swollen buds and blossoms the early promise of Spring...life renewed...

This particular tree is a Japanese Flowering Cherry, Prunus Serrulata, its name is 'Shogetsu', which translated means 'moon hanging low by pine trees', which I think is a lovely name for these pretty blossoms... ♥

Saturday, March 28, 2009

My Saturday

She had to tell him how she felt
For he would never know
But in doing so she sealed her fate
Oh why was this so?
For what is wrong with honesty
And letting truth be known?
Well she wasnt who he wanted
And now she is alone...

Just in case I havent mentioned it before my computer died a couple of months ago, so my youngest son 'the computer whizz kid' as I sometimes call him backed up all of the 'stuff' on my hard drive and set me up with his laptop as he knows how much I love blogging and talking to all of you...well blogging is fun for me and fills in some of the hours of my leisure time.

I have a new computer now which he bought me last week (good kid) and somehow when my tower caught on fire I now find that I have lost quite a few documents and sadly some pictures and photos.

Yes we all say we must transfer irreplaceable photos and such onto a CD but I didnt, now they are lost forever, so you guys make sure that you dont make the same mistake that I have.

I have been searching through my images and documents in a frenzy looking to see if they have turned up somwhere else, who knows what happens with these computers, sometimes I think they have a mind of their own...well they do have a memory. No luck they have gone but during my search I found some documents that I had forgotten about and some poems half written and the one above which I have published, nothing great but it was relevant at the time, please dont feel sad for me I'm fine.

Today has has been a mixed bag of happenings, had some e-mails from some lovely friends, another close friend sent me some pics of flowers that he grows. He has just retired from the business world in the city which is more like a jungle in which you try to survive and has moved north to a tropical rain forest area in NSW, his sanctuary, something he has been working towards for many years. He now grows these particular plants both as a hobby and commercially, I wished him well and hope he gets great enjoyment from his new venture. He has invited me and the boys to come up for a holiday as he says it is beautiful there and we would enjoy it, we might take him up on his offer.

Went to the shops and did some shopping for food and such this afternoon, came home and found a driveway blocked with cars, one of my sons friends had bought his car around so that Andrew could fix the CD stacker in his car, very clever child I have. Foamie you have all of this to look forward to in the future, boys and their cars. Anway as I was loaded up with shopping his friend helped me carry the bags up the driveway and into the house. With the car blocking my way I had to squeeze past sideways to get through the space and dammit caught my favourite blouse on a nail protruding from the gate and tore a great hole in it, very disappointing, I know ,something small in comparison with world events but its hard to replace a favourite blouse. :(

I also met up with my former neighbour from years back, we bump into each other at the shops from time to time, we had a lovely chat about our respective families and our children and she was very proud to tell me that she had become a Nanna for the fifth time, it was lovely to see her.

I have felt much happier today ,not quite so sad about my Dad passing away getting used to the idea that he is gone, I know it will take a long time, there are so many things that trigger my memory but I know he is better off and no longer suffering.

I hope you all have a lovely week end as your Saturday is just beginning, mine is almost over. I hope I have something more excitimg to write about next time; think I might take myself to the plant nursey tomorrow, one of my favourite places, I'm sure to come home with something lovely to add to my garden. ♥

Friday, March 27, 2009

Impressionism From Another Artist

Apple Trees in Bloom Eragny

Plum Trees in Flower at Eragny

Le Grand Noyer Matin Eragny 1901

Hyde Park London 1890

The Versailles Road at Louveciennes

Landscape near Pontoise

The Hermitage at Pontoise

Book Cover

Resting in the Woods at Pontoise

The Artists Garden 1898

The Chestnut Trees at Osny

Sunset at Eragny

Paturage, coucher de Soleil, Eragny 1890

Landscape at Chaponval

Washing Day at Eragny (detail)

Washing Day at Eragny

The Meadow at Eragny
Barrow in the Orchard 1881

Studying the effects of light, climate, and the seasons, Camille Pissarro experimented with art theory and technique, and fused a distinctive style that remains his own, within the larger style of Impressionism. He was a master in capturing the atmospheric nuances of changing seasons and times of day: sunrise, morning mist, hoar frost, blossoming trees, and light reflections on water. Working in close friendship with Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, and Degas, Pissarro participated in all Impressionist exhibitions in Paris, and as the oldest of the Impressionists, he was a thought-provoking influence and a source of inspiration.

Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) was born in St. Thomas in the Dutch West Indies and moved to Paris in 1855, befriending Corot and the Barbizon masters. He studied at the Paris Academy and the Academie Suisse, where he met Monet and Cezanne. In 1886 he settled in Pontoise where he mentored and painted alongside Cezanne and later, Gauguin. He contributed to all six Impressionist exhibitions from 1874-1886, and was the most constant supporter of the group.

Camille Pissarro 1830 - 1903

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Some More Renoir

Summer Garden

Springtime in Chatou

Country Footpath in Summer 1874

Landscape outside Cagnes

Picking Flowers

Impressionist Landscapes

Pierre - Auguste Renoir 1841 - 1919

Another Landscape

Yet another landscape... 'Into the Wood' painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1877. This picture was scanned (my first scan with my new Christmas present scanner) from an art book which I bought when I attended the Renoir Art Exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

It is not a good representation of the original painting which I saw at the exhibition, it was so beautiful...sadly the colours here are not vivid and there seems to be so much green missing from the palette. Unfortunately a photo will never show the true beauty of the painting... I have done an image search as well but could not find another copy which was more like the original.

Also I am having some technical difficulties with my music player, I have deleted it but for some reason the music is still playing, cant get it out of the system, so I apologise for the unwanted music; I will try to get it sorted tomorrow. Maybe you could help me /t. , I'm not having a good day at all. ♥

Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1841 - 1919

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Love In Another Fire

No more hope from me

for something that cannot be

Yet I hold on...so sad

can't set my feelings free

To something that we shared

but you took away from me

But why? Was it never meant to be...

Searched for the flame we shared

now its disappeared

If only you could feel

the depth of how I cared

how much I longed to share...

Your ignorance of my pleas

has made it clear to me

our time together is over...

I opened up my heart to see

how you have chosen it to be

that you and I together

again will never be

And I fear your love and desire

Now burn in another's fire...

Is there nothing left for me?

Poem: Dianne

Friday, March 20, 2009

Landscapes, Orchards, Lakes & Blossoms

Schloss Kammer at Attersee


Roses Under Trees

Pear Trees

Poppy Field

Fruit Trees by the Lake

Schloss Kammer at Attersee

Farmhouse with Birches


Apple Tree

Blooming Meadows

Park at Schonbrunn

Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Art Nouveau (Vienna Secession) movement.
His major works include paintings, murals, sketches and other art objects, many of which are on display in the Vienna Secession gallery. Klimt's primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism-nowhere is this more apparent than in his numerous drawings in pencil.
One of his most famous paintings is 'The Kiss' but I would like to show you some of his landscape works here...thank you K9 for reminding me how much I admire these paintings.

Information courtesy of Wikipedia

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Another Look at Vincent van Gogh

View of Arles with Irises

Flowering Garden


Wild Roses

Undergrowth with Two Figures 1890

Landscape with House and Ploughman



Cafe le Soir

Les Vessenots 1890

Harvest in Provence

Wheatfield with Cyprus

The Yellow House

These are just a few of my favourite paintings by artist Vincent van Gogh, I wanted to share these with you; I could not possibly post all of his works here that I truly admire.
He was a prolific painter, he showed us in a very unique way how he saw his surroundings, some very beautiful and some showed a darker side of his nature. Sadly in his lifetime his paintings did not get the recognition they deserved. Please take the time to really look at his works, you will see the diversity of his subject matter, from portraits, though I have none here, still life to landscapes, the extraordinary beauty of his colour palette and the changes in his style over his rather short and troubled life.

Vincent van Gogh 1853 - 1890