Monday, May 15, 2017

Arlene Corwin writes

A Thought Is A Bubble

A thought is a bubble,
So stop before it pops.
Catch it, store or put it
Into action of some kind.
Remind yourself of its existence over, over.
Thought is your reality, Arlene F. Nover –
Do not let it pass into
The nothingness of bubble where
All bubbles become bubble-air.
A thought is the material
Of your potential,
The suture
To your future. 

 Bubbles by John Everett Millais.jpg
 A Child's World (Bubbles) -- John Everett Millais

1 comment:

  1. Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Baronet, President of the Royal Academy, was one of the most popular painters of the 19th century. In 1885 he became the first artist to be granted a hereditary title when queen Victoria created him baronet of Palace Gate, in the parish of St Mary Abbot in Kensington and of Saint Ouen, on the Island of Jersey, his birthplace. At 11 he became the youngest student to enter the Royal Academy Schools. While there, he met William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, with whom he formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 in his family home in London. the group was promoted by the influential critic John Ruskin, and Ruskin's wife Effie became the model for Millais' painting, "The Order of Release." Despite being Mrs. Ruskin for several years, she was still a virgin. The artist and the model fell in love and married and had eight children. As a result, Millais began to paint in a more popular, faster style, which Ruskin condemned as "a catastrophe," and others such as William Morris accused him of trying to achieve popularity and wealth. He also became a successful book illustrator, notably for the works of Anthony Trollope, the poems of Alfred Tennyson, and a collection of the parables of Jesus, from which his father-in-law commissioned stained-glass windows for the Kinnoull parish church in Perth. In 1886, at the height of his fame, he exhibited "A Child's World" at the Grosvenor Gallery: his five -year-old grandson William Milbourne James looked up a bubble, symbolising the beauty and fragility of life, while a young plant growing in a pot, emblematic of life, was pictured on one side and a fallen broken pot, emblematic of death, on the other. Sir William Ingram bought it in order to reproduce it in his weekly "Illustrated London News," where it was seen by Thomas J. Barratt, managing director of A & F Pears, who purchased it from Ingram, who wanted to use it to advertise his Pears soap. With Millais' permission, he had a bar of soap added to the picture. The ad became a Pears staple for generations. Young James joined the navy, served as deputy director of naval intelligence during World War I, served in several chief of staff positions, and arttained the rank of admiral in 1938; in 1940 he commanded Operation Ariel, the evacuation of British troops from Brittany and Normandy, a parallel operation to the Dunkirk evacuation; in 1943 he was elected to Parliament -- but he could never shake the "Bubbles" nickname.


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