There are several things I’d like to share with you today:
I’ve been reading some of Rossetti’s notes in The Collected Works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and I like this insight on his opinion of color:
Thinking in what order I love colours, found the following:–
1. Pure light warm green.
2. Deep gold-colour.
3. Certain tints of grey.
4. Shadowy or steel blue.
5. Brown, with crimson tinge.
Other colours (comparatively) only lovable according to the relations in which they are placed.
And then there’s Rossetti’s notes on poetry. Reading them, I can not help but nod in agreement:
Poetry should seem to the hearer to have been always present to his thought, but never before heard.
Poetry is the apparent image of unapparent realities.
Christmas is approaching and Kirsty Stonell Walker has been creating a ‘blogvent’ calendar that you should visit. I adore Kirsty. I always seem to learn something new from her and she makes me laugh. You can also follow her on twitter: @boccabaciata
Now, here’s something you simply can not miss. A couple of weeks ago, there was an impromptu conversation between myself, Dinah Roe (I am LOVING her blog) and Valerie Meachum. Valerie is a talented actress and a darn good writer, too. I enjoy her blog. Come to think of it, I enjoy it for the same reasons I enjoy Kirsty’s. She makes me think, she makes me laugh. If you can do both, then I love you. Anyway, in this conversation the idea of recording poetry was mentioned. Which Valerie then did and she did it so beautifully and perfectly that I was awestruck and grateful to hear Elizabeth Siddal’s words given life.
Listen to it at Soundcloud: Valerie Meachum recites poems by Elizabeth Siddal
Valerie shares my interest (obsession?) in Lizzie and is also working on a one-woman show based on her life. Trust me, she is one to keep your eye on and she’s delightful. Follow her on twitter: @valeriemeachum
I am enjoying Raine Szramski’s Pre-Raphaelite cartoons. They are hilarious and full of life. Raine has been posting them on her Pre-Raph Sketchbook Cartoons Facebook page and Grace has shared several at The Beautiful Necessity.
Happy Holidays! I want you to know that I am grateful for every person who regularly visits and reads this blog. It means so much to me and over the past year, my readership has grown to be much more than I ever anticipated when I started this project. I am touched by every comment and email I receive. Thank you.