Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio [1571-1610] — Marina Kanavaki (Reblog)

Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio* was born, September 29, 1571 in Milan, Italy. ✻ Caravaggio is actually the name of his home town in Lombardy in northern Italy ❦ An artist who lived a short and tempestuous life matching the drama of his works. He is considered the first great representative of the Baroque […]

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio [1571-1610] — Marina Kanavaki

*Caravaggio was clearly a genius.

The “Council of Ancestors” theory of Stonehenge. (Reblog)

Stonehenge was the epitome of a belief system that spanned millennia. To understand the monument we have to look at it through prehistoric eyes. (…

The “Council of Ancestors” theory of Stonehenge.

Haiku — Inspirational Digital Download for Wall Art on Etsy

*See my Etsy shop here.

Pdf (primary) or jpg format for download.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Small Beginnings — Long Gestation

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/dfbart

I have restarted my Etsy shop, which I’ve had since 2011.

There’s not too much in it at the moment. I intend to concentrate solely on digital downloads, affordable simple art and photographs. I used to put my finished artwork on there but with little success. Maybe they were overpriced.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Your Life, Your Palette

*Maybe we are restricted more in our minds than in reality. But then, what is reality?

Project 3, Exercise 1 – creating mood/atmosphere — Janice Scott – Learning Log (Reblog)

I decided to concentrate on trying to make a painting using the bare minimum of colours – white/black .. greys. This was inspired by a recent short break I had on the North Wales coast. We arrived in the middle of Storm Francis with winds up to 75 mph, the sea was especially violent (we […]

Project 3, Exercise 1 – creating mood/atmosphere — Janice Scott – Learning Log

Stadens Museum for Kunst (SMK), Copenhagen — Life in Copenhagen

If walking around for a good few hours admiring European art sounds like your idea of a good time, SMK may just be the place for you. It’s not necessarily my favourite museum, or the most impressive collection I’ve seen – but the way this place was designed to be experienced has something of a […]

Stadens Museum for Kunst (SMK), Copenhagen — Life in Copenhagen

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Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres [1780-1867] — Marina Kanavaki (Reblog)

French Neoclassical painter Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres was born, August 29, 1780 in Montauban, in southern France ❦ A man profoundly respectful of the past, he assumed the role of a guardian of academic orthodoxy against the ascendant Romantic style represented by his nemesis Eugene Delacroix. His exemplars, he once explained, were “the great masters […]

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres [1780-1867] — Marina Kanavaki

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Poem: A Walk by the Sea

a walk by the sea

Without too much thought I took
to the beach,
followed the white lines of
breakers
leading me due north along that
fractured shore.

in no time at all the beach huts were
behind me,
removed by dunes and blurring
summer haze.

then suddenly
she was there
right in front of me, as if she’d
dropped
right out of the ether.

she was squatting down,
blonde haired and
quite young,
her blue-green dress hitched up a touch
showing small bare feet
half buried,
where the dry white sand
gave way to shingle.

I stopped
said hi
but she didn’t even look!
staring into that wide expanse
she could see
clear across the ocean.

looking down I admired her
gold-embroidered dress,
the delicate amber jewellery on
slim fingers,
her long hair matted by
the keen breeze.

then she looked up,
her eyes like cyan gems
and pointed to herself–
‘Elfhild’ I thought she said
sounding sort of German
or Dutch or maybe something
in between
but I didn’t speak a word.

not then.

she didn’t seem lost or in any distress
so I moved on,
giving her a faint wave,
after all, what business was it
of mine?
I carried on steadily
maybe half a mile or so,
felt the wind move round
south to south east.
I could’ve done with a jumper so I
turned back,
got up quite a pace in the end.
frankly I wanted to return
to see if she was alright –
but I saw only footprints
where she had been, where the shingle
gave way to sand.

walking to the shoreline something
caught my eye, a piece of amber
wet and shining.
I picked it up, held it
to the light
and smiled, looking out
to where the waves
were rolling in by the edge of
that German sea

poem and image © copyright Dave Barker 2020

Poem ‘Girl with a Cello’

Girl with a Cello

In a diamond city night we’re
taxied through floodlit streets

angled snow alabasters old facades
medieval histories beyond all guessing

Flanders is frozen outside this misted glass
the two of us sitting nose to nose

our tongues loosening aperitif smiles
white burgundy cutting through brie

making heads light and cheeks flush
and toe touch toe

Our eyes meet when bare soul strokes calf
kissing slim fingers one by one

plied each day to taut cello strings
sneak previews to plots and suites of night

© copyright francis barker 2012

Medieval Lore: The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries — Under the influence! (Reblog)

The rare and elusive, mythical, magical unicorn has been part of folklore and legend for centuries, evolving spectacularly into the modern age.

Medieval Lore: The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries — Under the influence!

*** Wonderful information here. The unicorn imagery is fascinating.