29 december 2012
24 december 2012
22 december 2012
Once upon a time,
I thought faeries lived only in books,
old folktales, and the past.
That was before they burst upon my life as vibrant,
luminous beings, permeating my art
my everyday existence,
causing glorious havoc.
19 december 2012
Mireille Havet (1898, Médan, Yvelines - 1932)
was a French poet, diarist, novelist, and lyricist.
She wrote lyrics for songs composed by
John Alden Carpenter and intended for Éva Gauthier.
She wrote a novel, Carnaval, published in 1923.
She was friends with Jean Cocteau and Colette,
who referred to her as “la petite poyétesse”.
Her diary, which she kept from 1913 to 1929,
was only found again in 1995,
and published in 2003.
18 december 2012
8 december 2012
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and
the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and to endure the betrayal of false friends.
To appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better whether
by a healthy child,
a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;
to know that even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
3 december 2012
29 november 2012
28 november 2012
20 november 2012
19 november 2012
Sitting under the mistletoe
(Pale-green, fairy mistletoe),
One last candle burning low,
All the sleepy dancers gone,
Just one candle burning on,
Shadows lurking everywhere:
Some one came, and kissed me there.
Tired I was; my head would go
Nodding under the mistletoe
(Pale-green, fairy mistletoe),
No footsteps came, no voice, but only,
Just as I sat there, sleepy, lonely,
Stooped in the still and shadowy air
Lips unseen - and kissed me there.
a Christmas poem by Walter de la Mare
14 november 2012
12 november 2012
11 november 2012
30 september 2012
19 short folktales written by Richard Adams
with illustrations by Yvonne Gilbert
and Jennifer Campbell
I found this nice book (1980) on a fleamarket,
my edition is in dutch!
In this volume Richard Adams has collected
together nineteen enchanting folk-tales from
almost as many parts of the world - from Europe
to China and from Polynesia to the Arctic Circle.
Each has a special magic, an aura that is sometimes
beautiful and fascinating, sombre and frightening,
or exciting and colourful. But what unites all these
stories is the essential quality of folk-lore,
something that transcends the boundaries of nations,
of custom and time, that gives them their permanence
and universality of appeal. 'Authors need folk-tales,'
Richard Adams says, 'in the same way as composers
need folk-song. They're the headspring of the narrator's art,
where the story stands forth at its simple, irreducible best.
They don't date, any more than dreams, for they
are the collective dreams of humanity.'
In order to preserve as far as possible the immediacy
and directness of authentic folk story-telling, each
of the nineteen tales is presented as being told by
an imagined narrator to one or more hearers at
a particular time and place, sometimes past,
sometimes present. However, the reader is never told
the identity either of the teller or his hearers,
but is left free to infer both them and the occasion
solely from the narrator's own words.
This original technique adds a novel dash of piquancy
to this fine collection.
19 september 2012
Born in 1980 In France, and as far as she can
remember she has always drawn. But on paper.
Melanie studied archeology and history of arts,
then she went to a gamedesign school (for 2 years),
which just was not her thing.
She discovered Photoshop in 2005, since then
Melanie has became addicted to it.
All subjects are interest, they just have to talk to her,
but fantasy and dreamy subjects are her favourite's.
LINK HERE to see more
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10 september 2012
9 september 2012
8 september 2012
A little book full of black and white drawings
and color plates like these.
It can be downloaded from Project Gutenberg.
The Man in the Moon
Came tumbling down,
And asked his way to Norwich..
5 september 2012
27 augustus 2012
26 augustus 2012
25 augustus 2012
23 augustus 2012
21 augustus 2012
13 augustus 2012
Charles Dickens with daughters Katey and Mary in the garden at Gad's Hill Place in Higham, Kent -
home of Dickens' family from 1858 until his death
in one of the rooms in 1870,
and which is about to open its doors
to the public for the first time.