Pieces of Thursday, July 12th

#1. Calon Lan as piped so triumphantly by Cerys Matthews and the Fron Male Voice Choir.

#2. This from So Brave, So Young and Handsome:

Love is a strange fact — it hopes all things, believes all things, endures all things. It makes no sense at all. (Leif Enger)

#3. Ripening pears tinged scarlet and time to paint them

6 thoughts on “Pieces of Thursday, July 12th

  1. Yes, I just fell in love with Calon Lan when I first heard it. It reminds me of Wales — I haven’t been there since I was a child but I miss the green steeps and the sheep and the ceaseless wet! ๐Ÿ™‚ The song also has an interesting history and beautiful lyrics: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calon_L%C3%A2n It was in an old book town in Wales that I found a stunning copy of Tennyson’s poetry printed in the 1880s and discovered a small slip of yellowed paper in it on which the original owner of the book had penned in flowing calligraphy these lines from one of Tennyson’s poems: “howe’er it may be, it seems to me, ’tis only noble to be good./Kind hearts are more than coronets and simple faith than Norman blood.” And that is what Calon Lan is all about, really, so I can’t help but think of Wales when I hear it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    You’ll have so much fun with watercolors! After working with many kids, giving informal art lessons, I’ve become convinced that art really isn’t as much about natural talent as it is about determination and hard work and learning to see. While some people have to work harder than others, anyone who puts the time in will turn out absolutely lovely creations.

    There is a DVD I highly recommend to get beginners started on watercoloring. It’s pretty pricey, but probably cheaper than just about any class you could take and less hassle. If you scroll down on this page you’ll find it about halfway down. http://www.watercolorjournaling.com/shop.htm There are a couple of things that I really like about this video. One is that it gives a lot of handy information about art supplies. Most of us have no clue what to get started with and these people walk you through all of that. Another thing I like is that the drawings are very simple and not intimidating but still lovely. You come away from watching it thinking, “I could do that. And I would be so proud of it, too.”

    1. Thank you much for the DVD recommendation! Anything that can help me break through my fears of even trying… I know refusing to try and work at it isn’t a good example to set for my girls. Besides, it watercolors would be such a lovely addition to our nature journals.

    2. P.S. What lovely memories you must have…and blogpost ideas simmering on the back burner! I’ve not been to Europe yet, but Wales has always drawn me. I recently read Llewellyn’s “How Green was My Valley,” and I want to experience it even more.

      While I’m here… I’ve been stalking the publisher’s page, anxious to see your book of poetry move from “Coming Soon” to “Newly Released.” You’ll let us know when and where we can get our eager hands on it?

      1. Oh, I just read How Green Was My Valley a few months ago. Such a lovely book. And so much singing! Don’t you wish we did that in our culture: stand on our porches at night and sing with the whole neighborhood?

        Yes, I’ll certainly make an announcement here when the book is available for purchase. It won’t be more than a few weeks now. I’m pretty excited ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I’m listening to Calon Lan now. Stunningly beautiful. Also…someday I WILL take watercolor classes (with my children?). I don’t know how I missed that creative gene. My dad had a wonderful creative bent, as does my maternal grandmother, especially with watercolor and china painting. I should have had it coming at me from both sides, but it missed me. Sigh… Your work is lovely!

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