Three days ago, I had an idea for an amusing tweet (never posted). Since then, it has morphed into a four-part horror/ghost story. Thanks, brain, for always keeping things interesting!
“Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.”-Ernest Hemingway
What does this mean to you?
Do you agree or disagree with Hemingway?
This is my response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration.
These are fascinating.
Oh, autumn! You are my favourite season. No, really. I adore everything about you: your beautiful leaves, smoke-scented wind, vibrant sunsets, pumpkin patches, delectable food (warm cider, caramel apples, pie). You are really quite remarkable.
You have the best pastimes: hayrides, haunted houses, apple picking.
No wonder your charms drive poets into the arms of hyperbole:
you are the season of purest inspiration.
Your sights, sounds, smells–all are bundled away until needed. I unpack them in the heart of winter, when I do my best writing. They make life, and work, less barren. Hopeful, warm.
Schokko with a Red Hat by Alexej Jawlensky is my favourite painting. She lives at the Columbus Museum of Art: I like to visit her when I go home.
Schokko was an artist’s model. She adored drinking hot chocolate so much that it inspired her quirky nickname. I wonder if it kept her warm during long hours of working in drafty ateliers?
Her gaze in this painting is simultaneously direct and circumspect, which nicely mirrors her unnaturally presented yet magnetic appearance. She’s a woman with something to say, but what?
Did Schokko like or care how she was presented to the world, through other people’s eyes? Was she a fan of modern art? Was drinking cup after cup of hot chocolate, between poses, the highlight of her day?
What did she look forward to, go home to, do in her spare time? Did she even like the colour red?
A MODERN GUIDE TO DRESSING LIKE SCHOKKO:
There’s more to style than what they tell you about in the pages of Vogue. Inspiration is everywhere. In this case, it shines at us from inside a picture frame.
What does it say?
Colour is expression. Hats are relentlessly chic. Boldness is armour.
Building an unusual colour palette, deliberate and nuanced, isn’t just for paintings. Continue reading
The Daily Rituals of Famous Writers [courtesy ShortList]
It’s quite interesting, although I could do without the judgmental tone about the de Beauvoir-Sartre relationship.