It’s Looking At Me, Isn’t It?

People will swear up and down that there are paintings out there where the subjects in them follow you with their eyes

and then there are works of art where there is NO QUESTION that their eyes are following you.

I like those works the best- they are  haunting.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso


Blue Monday

I thought I would challenge myself to work color into my writing.

I don’t mean ‘colorful’ words. I mean actual color.

Over the weekend I read two very interesting articles about the use of color in writing.

One is  called ” Colour Psychology for Writers “about the use of color in prose (and film).  The other was called ” 204  Words That Describe Colour- A Resource for Writers

After I finished  reading those articles,  I thought as an on going challenge for myself I could enrich my writing by working on this technique.

 I love to post artwork because looking at art seems to fill that creative well in my head, so I thought I would give those posts more form. This way I can see how the colors are used, their shades and hues  and of course I find inspiration in art so it’s a win.

I hope you find these links and artwork as informative and inspiring as I do.


Van Gogh’s Starry Night with the first image taken by the James Webb telescope by alpgenart

Shoda Koho
“Fish boat on moonlit sea”

~ Sydney Laurence ~ (1865-1940)
“ North Star “

Matanuska Glacier, Alaska
Photographer Unknown

“Who is This Who Is Coming?

Born Montague Rhodes James
1 August 1862
Goodnestone, Kent, England
Died 12 June 1936 (aged 73)
Eton, Buckinghamshire, England

One of my favorite stories by M.R. James is a ghost  story called,  ‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’

In the story a Cambridge professor named Parkins discovers and uses a bronze whistle that summons up a malevolent spirit  and let’s just say that the ghost is not exactly happy with Parkins.

In various adaptations Jame’s whistle takes the shape of a Wedding Ring in the ” Father Brown Mysteries ”  the whistle is made of bone- that one is my favorite.

My takeaway from this story is this, if you find a whistle made of bone or you find a bronze whistle hidden in ancient ruins that are probably cursed I think it’s best not to try it out. Call me overly cautious and I will admit I’ve read a few too many stories about resurrectionist but I don’t think anything good can come of it.

Illustration by James McBryde for M. R. James’s story “Oh, Whistle, And I’ll Come To You, My Lad”, first published “All Hallows Eve 1904”.

Jame’s story came out in 1904.

In 1995 in a cave in Northwestern Slovenia archeologists discovered the world oldest musical instrument. Some call it a bone flute, others may call it a whistle,  someone claims they learned to play it in a dream and others say they’re not convinced it was intended to play music but what everyone agrees on is one thing-

it’s made of bone.

Divje Babe flute (alleged Late Pleistocene flute) National Museum of Slovenia.