Picture it and write – The mysterious queen


This Is An Entry for This Weeks Picture it and Write

Please see Ermilia’s Blog  at the Link Below for all contributions and details of the event

Ermilia’s Picture It and Write


“Anne Boleyn was rather tall of stature, with black hair and an oval face of sallow complexion, as if troubled with jaundice. She had a projecting tooth under the upper lip, and on her right hand, six fingers. There was a large wen under her chin, and therefore to hide its ugliness, she wore a high dress covering her throat.” – Nicholas Sander “The Rise and Growth of the Anglican Schism”.

Is she beauty?

Or is she beast?

The one who stole his heart

Her soul as dark as her veil

Yet her voice as sweet as a lark

Henry the VIII second wife

The one who bewitched the King

A mystery never to be solved

The mystery of Anne Boleyn

by Gemini

Dear Miss Austen


Whilst catching up on a little Jane Austen (my favorite author), I recalled a poem I wrote a while ago and published on an old blog….

Dear  Miss Austen…

I wish you were here today

I’m sure we would be friends

I would express my true admiration

Of that I’d not pretend

We could write a pretty letter

Of our devoted love

Or would you email me?

Perhaps that would be good

The words would be the same

Straight from the heart

But you would probably say

‘The ink is more of Art’

I would wear your dresses

You could borrow mine

Walking down the street

Ladies oh so fine

Thank you for your novels

Your poems and your letters

I know with your help

My writing will get better


A week of women in art ~ Day 1 – Helen Galloway McNicoll (1879-1915)

This week I thought I would introduce an art theme to my blog. Each day I will post something about women portrayed in art and/or female artists.  I hope you enjoy and as always I welcome your comments and any suggestions for a post of this theme.


Helen Galloway McNicoll


Helen Galloway McNicoll – Self Portrait


Helen Galloway McNicoll  was a Canadian impressionist painter and I have had the pleasure of seeing some of her work in the McMichael Gallery, Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada while I was visiting Ontario a few years ago.  This visit really piqued my interest in art and especially the Canadian landscape artists known as ”The group of seven”.  I will save that for another post as this week is all about women!

Helen  was born in Toronto and moved to England in 1902 to study at the Slade School.  She was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists and an associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

She became deaf in childhood as a result of scarlet fever and upon her death at the age of 36 from complications of diabetes, her obituary described her as ”one of the most profoundly original and technically accomplished of the Canadian artists”  (Wahooart.com).


In the shadows of a tree


The Victorian dress


The open door


Under the shadow of the tent

The Chintz Sofa13

The chintz sofa

I just love the way she portrays tranquility in her art, especially in her portrayal of women. I also love the capture of sunlight in her paintings.

I hope you have enjoyed a little art culture today.  Happy Sunday!