18 May 2013
Why do we accept things we don't agree with? I sometimes feel I am the only person in this world who has an opinion which is not politically dictated. All I care about is positivity, morality and helping people. If I can engage in all three during my minuscule life on this space rock, then I have meaning! - Stuart Russell
13 May 2013
Arts In Britain will be a short series of columns and newsletters inspired by Arts In Fife. I will interview creative people, talk to well known artists and show the best work Britain is producing at the moment. This aims to promote art on a much wider scale and hopes to inspire people to take an interest and pursue creativity. I hope that Arts In Britain will become part of the Urban Times Magazine.
12 May 2013
So, I cant sleep and suddenly I get a strange image in my head and frantically feel inspired to write. I have no idea what realm this poem came from, its nothing I've ever seen before. It was like a sinister vision. Here is my poem. Thoughts on it are welcome.
The Musk Bandit
A veiled stranger lies
Masking hazelnut eyes.
He is cloaked by tree shadows
And demon desires.
So rancid is his breath,
It denotes the scent of death
And worms feed at his feet.
Souls are prisoner
To his flesh coloured teeth.
2013 © Stuart Russell
11 May 2013
An acrostic poem is very easy to write. This kind of poem can be written in different ways, but the simplest form is to put the letters that spell your subject down the side of your page. When you have done this then you go back to each letter and think of a word, phrase or sentence that starts with that letter and describes your subject.
I write acrostic poems quite alot, usually the subject ends up being nothing to do with the word used though. I like to start with a word and just see where the poem takes me. I rarely apply rules to poetry writing as it just created limitations. Here are a few of my acrostics.
9 May 2013
I started Arts In Fife magazine to get creative people connecting with one another and shouting out about the positive work they do. Its all about community, local arts and celebrating Fife. We hope to open an arts centre, connected to the magazine, which will provide an open, inclusive venue for people to work and exhibit in. Visit the website for more information.
7 May 2013
I attended my first creative writing class today and absolutely loved it! It was focussed mainly on observations and was very interesting. We were given a Picasso painting and a poem by Wallace Stevens to work from, with various tasks to complete. I'm going again next week.
1. Write what you see. I see one man dancing and celebrating with a lady. He seems to be pulling another, more vibrant lady, into the picture.
2. Write about the two halves of the painting. The man in the picture seems dissatisfied dancing with only one lady as he tries to haul a more exciting figure into the picture. It looks like the painting may illustrate Picasso's relationship with women as he allegedly had many lovers. It is as if all the colour and excitement is contained in the furthest female.
3. List five things which interest you in the painting. i) The rigid, male form in comparison to the two fluid, female forms. ii) The pattern contained in the furthest woman. iii) The contrast in body language between the figures. iv) The ark of the dancers back. v) Colours suggesting shadows.
4. Write three similes inspired by the painting. i) The Dance is wild like a roaring forest fire. ii) Like life, dance is a celebration of souls. iii) Bodies contort like plasticine figures.
5. Create some poetic lines looking at "The Dance". Three bodies dance in retiring sunlight, their bodies free in expression. Fluid movement possesses them and the dance ensues. Dance is an eruption, a pounding of footsteps. The Dance liberates traditions and casts coloured shadows. It is vibrant, it is a meeting. It is the celebration of souls. Dance is a human connection. Bodies move independently on tiles of yellow. It is joy and playful abandonment.
|The Dance 1925 - Pablo Picasso|
6 May 2013
5 May 2013
This was a series of magazine columns I constructed for the Urban Times. The series talked about different aspects of photography and explored its artistic values. The project took one year to complete and provided me an opportunity to share my award-winning knowledge with others around the world. You can read the series HERE
"Stuart has successfully launched a brilliant photography series through our site, Urban Times. This series digs into different aspects of photo-taking and allows amateur and expert to brush up their skills through easy-to-digest informational articles. It is great to have Stuart and his brilliant photo works on board with us". - Charlie Hilton Petrou (Founder of Urban Times)