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The Elusive Muse, Daphne


THE ELUSIVE MUSE A little story for you by Alexander Wainwright from The Drawing Lesson, the first in The Trilogy of Remembrance. But forgive me! I’ve not introduced myself. I’m Alexander Wainwright, a landscape painter from London, who is irrevocably wedded to chasing the muse.    I packed my bag and boarded the Orient Express […]

What’s Great Literature? #2]


Matisse, Sylvia Beach, James Joyce, Ulysses, Shakespeare and Company, Lost generation, book publishing, patrons, literary criticism, Paris, publishing Ulysses, art criticism, radiance, harmony, conceptual art, representational art,

Sylvia Beach knew great literature! How wonderful for one of the twentieth century’s most famous authors to have met her in Paris that hot July day in 1920! She was the owner of a small English bookstore at 12 Rue Odéon, which was also a lending library and social gathering place for writers of the […]

Are you with Picasso?


Picasso, Lascaux, cave art, Guernica, art, humanities, creativity, novels, philosophy, The Trilogy of Remembrance, The Wondrous Apothecary,

  When the great artist, Picasso, creator of Guernica, first visited the caves at Lascaux in France to see the paintings of our ancestors, he said, “We have learned nothing in thirty thousand years.”  What did he mean? Of course, he was astounded by the brilliant artistry, but he was also struck by humankind’s lack […]

THE WONDROUS APOTHECARY


Suspense, mystery, art, collaboration, apothecary, alchemist, allegory, symbolism, authoritarianism, creativity, dictatorship, free speech, friendship, holograph, holographic art, love, medical experiments, passion, philosophic, spiritual, trust, vision, painting, conceptual art

  Something new! THE WONDROUS APOTHECARY A Tale of art, passion, and liberation.  My seventh novel has just been published. It’s all about the protagonist of The Trilogy of Remembrance, Alexander Wainwright, and so, I am thinking of entitling it “The Wondrous Apothecary, the fourth in The Trilogy of Remembrance.” Alexander’s nemesis, Rinaldo, is front and centre in […]

Looking at Art with Campbell and Jung


A psychiatrist and mythologist walked into an art gallery together. They are the wise sherpas pointing out new ways of “seeing” the brushstrokes as soul stirring messages. Why do I turn to Dr. Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist and Joseph Campbell, the mythologist, when I’m looking at art? In addition to his lifelong clinical practice, Jung […]