‘What Do I Think About Art’

In between rushing to stores, gobbling up pizzas and giant cookies, while setting up our new apartment to the tune of endless cups of Lady Grey tea, I came upon this cutesy tag courtesy Angela. Interesting and innovative. An art tag! But I had to do it asap before I lost steam and let it slip to the bottom of the pile. Thank you Angela, I had fun going about this tag.

Here I introduce you to the “What Do I Think About Art” tag.


  • Copy the piece of art given to you by the nominator into the post and these rules
  • Analyse the piece of art given to you and what it means to you (you can be as abstract as you like)
  • Nominate five people to analyse another piece of art of your choice

The lead photo is the one that I was tagged to analyse by Angela.

It is an example of going green on a whole different level, eh. You see the cityscape in the backdrop – ’tis the picture of barrenness, a leaf or two sticking out here and there. Maybe more than a leaf, but hey, I am permitted a smidgen of exaggeration surely by dint of the fact that if art allows us to stretch our imagination we can let it seep into into our words too.

Okay, so we all need green. More so in the cities.

How do we go about it? We grow a green bush on our head. That is the best way of getting your own personal bit of green on this planet where world leaders with exceptional vision denounce the concept of global warming as a weapon for hoodwinking the masses.

Right, so our man is a self-sufficient personality. But watch out for that brush in his hand. Could it be that there might be an itchy witchy feeling creeping up on him and that all is not as well as Mister Smug (just look at his expression) might claim to all and sundry?

“The streets are empty and here’s my chance to go berserk,” he sniggers as he sneaks the brush into his green pate. He is about to have a real good go at it just like a scratchy sheep makes a go of it against a fence or a highland cow rubs its massive horns against dry stone walls. You get the picture, I suppose. I shall let it rest there.

I would love to hear your take on the piece too.

Deconstructing art takes me back to the beginning of my feature reporting days when I used to be bundled off to art exhibitions to interview artists. Artists are the kind of professionals I never felt uncomfortable around. It was easy to feel gauche around fashion designers, hoity-toity actors and egoistic sport stars, but with artists, no way. It seemed to me, during those long conversations, that they were suspended in the cloudy realms of their heads from where they need time to wade out at ease. So yes, I could take my time.

Art is also supposed to be individual. You can imagine my delight that there was no censure. That I could sit there and come up with bizarre interpretations. Thus you have the logic behind my view of Angela’s street art piece.

Below is my piece for you. I clicked it in Jersey City downtown the other day. Would you care to analyse it? If yes, you can do a post on it, or just leave your interpretation in the comments section. Going beyond the stated number, I nominate you all. Humour me?

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Sunshine Blogger Award

There’s nothing like an award to pep up your blogging steps. For this, I have to thank Roxy who blogs at https://roxannestarr.wordpress.com/. She writes up book reviews and tips on DIY stuff. I had great fun answering her questions. Anything that invites introspection is a wonderful thing, is it not?

The Rules:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

My answers to Roxy’s questions:

1.       What made you start your blog?

I am a day dreamer. When you are one, you tend to be scatty and forgetful. And when you are a deadly combination of those three, you need to have a space to jot down your memories before they fly away. As a result, I started the travelling diary as a way of not forgetting those very moments that have brought me great joy in life.

2.        Dogs or cats?

I am a dog person. I cannot wait for the day we have two big dogs. At the back of my mind is the ever-present factor that I miss Tuktuk, my husband’s labrador, intensely. He was the best being to have happened to me other than his master. He lived a good 13 years and then passed on surely to a heaven that is meant for happy doggies. I do remember that awful breath of his on mornings when he breathed on my face. I never thought I would say this, but I do miss even his heavy, bad breath.

3.       Where do you live and where would you like to live?

I live in Northampton, a town in the British midlands that is known for its heritage in shoemaking. I would ideally like to live in a cottage by the sea in Cornwall.

4.      What’s your guilty pleasure?

Waffles, churros, cakes and chocolate.

5.       I’m baking a cake, what would you like?

Victoria Sponge, please.

6.       What’s the best experience of your life so far?

Hiking to Pulpit Rock in Norway.

7.        If you got the chance to talk to a famous dead person who would it be?

James Dean

8.      What’s your biggest fear?

Losing my beloved.

9.       How did you come up with your blog name?

It is derived from my goofy personality. I have bag loads of stories which will make you shake your head as my husband does so very often.

10.    What famous mystery do you wish you knew the answer to?

When we die, what happens after?

11.    If you had to change your name to anything, what would you pick?

I have a multi-syllabic name. By the time anyone pronounces it, I grow a few grey hairs. I do not know what I would change it to but I do go by the pseudonym of Zara in Starbucks.

My Questions:

1.       Why do you blog and what is the crux of your blog?

2.       What is your idea of the ‘perfect’ life? Are you living it?

3.       What would your alter ego be?

4.      What is your pick-me-up for those times when feel grumpy?

5.       Who is the one person in your life who keeps you grounded?

6.       Who is your favourite travel partner and why?

7.       Five books/films you derive inspiration from.

8.       Do you have a fitness regime? If yes, how do you keep fit?

9.        Which is the most difficult situation you have been caught in? How did you handle it?

10.     The most adventurous activity you have indulged in.

11.    What is the most crucial lesson you have learnt so far in life?

My Nominees:

  1. Fumbling Through Italy
  2. The World According to Dina
  3. Finding Fika
  4. Diane Frisch
  5. Ellen Burne
  6. Barbara and Elena
  7. Anna
  8. Rachel Lishman
  9. Caitlin
  10. Grace Hickson
  11. The Wayfarer