Recent favourite poem

Though you are in your shining days,
Voices among the crowd
And new friends busy with your praise,
Be not unkind or proud,
But think about old friends the most:
Time’s bitter flood will rise,
Your beauty perish and be lost
For all eyes but these eyes.

Hi there.

The above poem is called ‘The Lover Pleads with His Friend for Old Friends’ by W. B. Yeats. It really is an act of genius, the title adds so much to the poem and I really love the last three lines. It’s also really cool the rythmn of it however i’m not sure I fully understand how meter works. As far as I understand it this would be iambic tetrameter followed by iambic trimeter with a rhyme scheme of ABABCDCD, is this correct? It can be very confusing.


Thanks! 🙂

Balcony garden progress


Balcony garden, here you can see the tomatoes, strawberries and herbs on the window sill.




Some of the herbs are doing great, others not so much but we’ll see how they get on over the next few weeks.


The strawberries are doing okay, one is thriving whereas the other two are making slow progress.


A sexy side shot of my tomatoes, they’re a fine looking bunch!

Thanks for dropping by and have a great day!

Late Shift practicing

Love the paintings from this blog, amazing!


CW20160611_Solstice 172_2016 Watercolor/ Hahnemühle Echt Bütten rau – ca.40 x 30 cm. – ´Solstice´

It was not too busy at work last night, so i did feel a little bit more relaxed about painting. I am happy with the old farmhouse painting called ´Solstice´that i painted as a gift for a friend´s birthday. She invited me to her party tonight and i am looking forward to meet a lot of people from the past.

The other ones are just sketchbook doodles, trying to paint more loose. I am happy with the one called `Timberline´. It is rough and bold painted and – that is rare – i like almost everything about it. 🙂

Letzte Nacht war nicht zu viel los bei der Arbeit, so konnte ich mich etwas entspannter ans Malen machen. Mit dem Aquarell ´Solstice´(Sommersonnenwende) bin ich ganz glücklich. Ich habe es als Geburtstagsgeschenk für eine alte Freundin gemalt, die…

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GUEST DOODLEWASH: How Brush Park Made Me Paint Again

Really like this artist paintings, check out Carsten Wieland


Doodlewash Watercolor Painting by Carsten Wieland - Brush Park 75

My name is Carsten Wieland and I am from Essen, Germany (follow me on my blog and on Facebook!). I am 50 years young and I love watercolor painting. In 2014, I came in touch with it for the second time in my life and since then, watercolor painting became the most important part of every day.

Doodlewash Watercolor Painting by Carsten Wieland - Louisiana Bayou ShackMy first contact with watercolors was about 25 years ago, when I was a comic book illustrator and a student of graphic design arts. But my career did lead me more into digital artwork, since I worked as a game designer for computer games and graphic designer for TV commercials in my own company for about 20 years.  I lived in Hamburg during these 20 years and I always wanted to come back to analog painting – but working in my own company was so time demanding that I never did.

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To live and die in L.A

Today I watched To live and die in L.A and I have to say I was very much entertained. Based on a novel by U.S secret service agent Gerald Petievich, it’s a great action crime thriller set in the mid-eighties that really has you ‘pure tuned in’ from start to finish.

It starts with Richard Chance and Jimmy Hart who are couple of secret service agents assigned to an investigation into counterfeiting at its Los Angeles field office. Chance (William Peterson) has a reputation for reckless behaviour and is a tough street smart cop while Hart is a veteran who is only three days away from retiring. Alone, Hart  decides to stake out a warehouse in the desert thought to be the print house of suspected counterfeiter Rick Masters (Willem Dafoe). Masters and his bodyguard kill Hart leading to Chance declaring to his new partner, John Vukovich, (John Pankow), that he will take him down no matter what.

A lot of the films strengths come from the direction of  William Friedkin, who also made the French connection (1971) and this is certainly a return to form in my opinion as some of the car pursuit scenes are really thrilling, fast paced and truly breath taking also the story moves with such fluidity that I found myself being dragged into each of the characters dilemmas needing to know the outcome.

It is this fact that I found most appealing about the film. Chances relationship with his snitch girlfriend, Vukovichs constant struggle with chances methods and the blurred line of justice not to mention the villain, Masters cruel ways. All of these contribute to a riveting story and what unfolds really leaves its mark on the viewer.

It’s really well cast and the subject matter is well revised and very informative. The story is first rate and I would highly recommend it if you fancy a fast paced crime thriller. Very enjoyable and I would give this seven out of ten stars.