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  1. I posted these pictures in another thread, but I thought people might enjoy them in their own thread. Please feel free to add similar pictures that you find
  2. Anyone seen the new lesbian film Disobedience with Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams ?Any thoughts?
  3. A woman looking at The Sleepers by Gustave Courbet - source unknown The previous blog post in this series ended with a brief description of the The Sleepers which many feel is one of the most important LGBpaintings in history for the honest and sympathetic depiction of same-sex sexuality. This post reviews the artistic environment of works featuring women with women produced around the time that Courbet painted The Sleepers. Women Bathing at the Brook - Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller (1848) Many paintings were produced in the 17th to 19th century depicting a group of young women bathing together, usually naked, for the pleasure of male viewers. Often the bathers are shown in languid poses suggesting ready availability for the viewer(s) but here Waldmuller shows the women interested in something that has happened beyond the edge of the painting creating some mystery and tension. Courage, Anxiety and Despair: Watching the Battle - James Sant (c.1850) This painting by Sant is atypical of the vast majority of 19th century paintings of women, most of which show domestic scenes and lives lived mostly separately from the world of men and affairs of the world. Here Sant shows us a scene of battle that we don't often see - from a female point of view and how they are affected by and respond to organized male violence. A Morning. The Dance of the Nymphs - Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1850-1851) The title of this painting does not make specific reference to ancient mythology but the scene is reminiscent of many from the past which featured the nymphs of Diana or Venus celebrating life, womanhood and perhaps Bacchus. These more modern dancing women are clothed and could be seen as ballet dancers celebrating nature on a natural stage. Promenade - Constant-Emile Troyon (c. 1850s) The 19th century saw unprecedented improvements in living standards which allowed greater numbers of women to have leisure time to spend, usually with other women, on strolls in gardens, or parks, or sharing confidences and the joys of life as a woman in the industrializing West. The Ball Gown - Jules Trayer (1860) Along the Arno to the Cascine - Giuseppe Abbati (1862) Bringing Home the May - Peach Robinson (1862) This photograph is an example of the movement known as Pictorialsim which was dedicated to advancing photography as a legitimate form of imaginative fine art and not just a technology for static portraits. Pictorialists carefully planned their scenes using models, costumes and sometimes multiple exposures which were combined into a single composite image. Here Robinson creates a romantic and idealized representation of country life. First Born - Gustave-Leonard de Jonghe (1863) Red Shirts Staplers - Odoardo Borrani (1863) Elegant Women on the Beach - Eugene Louis Boudin (1863) Buying Fruit and Vegetables at the Night Market - Petrus Van Schendel (1863) Listening to the News of the Day - Gerolamo Induno (1864) Restful Afternoon - Charles Hue (c.1864) A Walk - Silvestro Lega (1864) Two Women in a Clearing - Louis Dericks (1864) Two Women in the Garden of Castiglioncello - Giovanni Fattori (1864-5) Spring - Jacques James Tissot (1865) Livorno Waterholes - Giovanni Fattori (1865) Some artists chose to depict women together in rural peasant scenes as a more honest and real representation of most womens' lives. Forbidden Fruit - Auguste Toulmouche (1865) The rising standards of living included the growth of book publishing and reading and many paintings depict women engaged with books. Sate sponsored secular education of girls and women emerged in the West in the middle of 19th century. Women Dancing in a Brothel - Constantin Guys (c.1865) Guys was one of the Realist artists in Paris who traveled the streets and painted what he saw. Here he shows us the social life of women with other women inside a brothel. Women in the Garden - Claude Monet (1866) The Impressionists were a group of artists that succeeded the Realists in France as an important counter-cultural artistic community. Like the Realists they were dedicated to painting everyday life but pioneered painting plein-air (outdoors) using palettes of bright, vibrant colours. The Visit to the Artist's Sudio - Louis Marie Joseph Ridel (1866) Painting as a profession was dominated by males in the 19th century as it had been for centuries but it became both increasingly acceptable for women to become painters and achievable with prosperous families financially supporting their daughters aspirations. In Sun - Vincenzo Cabianca (1866) The Secret - Jules Salles-Wagner (c.1866) The Reluctant Bride - Auguste Toulmouche (1866) Summer Days - Julia Margaret Cameron (1866) The new technology of photography attracted many artistic talents to explore the potential of the medium. Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) emerged as one of the finest portraitists of the nineteenth century - in any medium. She took up photography in her late forties and produced over a thousand images over 14 years. Promenade - Paul Cézanne (1866) Cézanne, one of the Impressionists, shows us via the arrangement of the figures, the reality of relations between the sexes in the 19th century. The men are standing indicating their greater status and are engaged in discussing important matters of the day while their wives are parked on a bench waiting silently for the men to conclude their conversation. Minerva and the Graces - Marc-Charles-Gabriel Gleyre (1866) Apricots - Albert Joseph Moore (1866) The Hermitage at Pontoise - Camille Pissarro (1867) Pissarro was one of the pioneers of Impressionism and he painted outdoors in rural France for most of his life. Here he completes a scene of tranquil serenity with a genial meeting on the road of two women, one a young mother. Blind Man's Bluff - Charles Baugniet (c.1867) The Confidence - James Tissot (1867) Six Bathers - Adolphe-Joseph Thomas Monticelli (c.1867) After the Manner of the Elgin Marbles - Julia Margaret Cameron (1867) The Drawing Lesson - Charles Baugniet (c.1867) An Interior with Japanese Objects - Juan Leon Palliere (c.1867) Collecting Water - Edward John Cobbett (c.1867) Confidences - Jules Adolphe Goupil (1867) Spring's New Arrivals - Charles Baugniet (c.1867) The Visit - Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens (c.1867) The Love Letter - Gustave Léonard de Jonghe (1867) A Shared Moment - Cesare Felix Georges Dell'Acqua (1868) Young Women of Sparta - Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (c.1868) The musician in the foreground appears bored, perhaps melancholic since her talents aren't appreciated by the women in the background, who are practicing their hand-to-hand combat skills as warriors for militaristic Sparta. The Weeders - Jules Breton (1868) Quartet of Musicians - Albert Joseph Moore (1868) Moore creates visual tension here by his arrangement of the figures. The standing women and sitting men is a flip of what one would expect within a patriarchy and the close embrace of the two women suggests a romantic connection. Allegory of Lust for Life - Hans Makart (1868) Spring Scene - Anselm Feuerbach (1868) The Bath - Marc Charles Gabriel Gleyre (1868) The Eavesdropper - Carl Heinrich Hoff (1868) Confidences - Cristiano Banti (1868) Women's Art Class - Louis Lang (c.1868) Elegant Ladies at the Baths - Raffaello Sorbi (1868) The Visit - Alfred Émile Léopold Stevens (c.1869) A Visit to the Haunted Chamber - William Frederick Yeames (1869) Ladies Playing Billiards - Charles Edouard Boutibonne (1869) The Diary - Auguste Toulmouche (c.1869) Young Ladies Looking at Japanese Objects - James Tissot (1869) Two Seated Women - Mary Cassatt (1869) The Impressionists considered themselves socially progressive and deliberately included both men and women among their ranks; Cassatt and another woman Berthe Morisot were prominent members. Despite being accepted as an artist of equal merit she was limited by the range of subjects she could paint as she was not able to move as freely around Paris and rural France as her male colleagues could. At the Opera - Charles Edouard Boutibonne (1869) The Hay Field - Thomas Armstrong (1869) The Daydreams - Auguste Toulmouche (c.1869) Young Women Looking at Japanese Objects - James Tissot (c.1869-1870) A Surprising Visit - Otto Wilhelm Eduard Erdmann (1870) Rural Landscape - Ernesto Rayper (1870) A Beach Stroll - Frederik Hendrik Kaemmerer (1870) Bathers - Paul Cézanne (1870) Cézanne appears to be anticipating future artistic movements with this painting, which is more about shapes and colours than it is about the portrayal of soft, voluptuous bodies of women. These figures look cold, and perhaps uncomfortable, after their swim in the dark of night. A tintype from 1870. A stand was often used for the subjects to lean against to prevent movement which would result in image blurring. Glance Exchanged - Frederik Henrdik Kaemmerer (c.1870) The arrangement of the seated men and women suggests that the exchanged glance is between two women, perhaps a moment of attraction and/or flirtation. Back From the Dance - Giuseppe de Nittis (1870) The Washerwomen of the Breton Coast - Jules Breton (1870) Fannie (née Heriot), Lady Wentworth; possibly Maria Colclough Turner (née Heriot, later Blyth) - W. & D. Downey (1870) The Visit - Albert Roosenboom (c.1870) The Love Letter - Petrus van Schendel (1870) By the Well - Jozsef Molnar (c.1870) La Toilette - Frédéric Bazille (1870) This painting belongs to a genre that reflects the Wests' fascination with the Orient/Middle East and depicts a scene within a harem. The intended audience were males, who enjoy the nudity and the subtext of lesbian sexuality. There were a great number of harem related works produced in the 19th century but I've chosen to include only a few of them in this series of blog posts. The next post will continue with works produced during the 1870s.
  4. There is a new Amazon Prime mini-series coming out this week which is a remake based on the novel of the same name by Joan Lindsay: https://www.amazon.com/Picnic-Hanging-Rock-Penguin-Classics/dp/0143132059 There was a movie version of the book released in 1975 by Peter Weir which I watched recently and quite enjoyed. It's mysterious, thought provoking and frustrating all at the same time. The story revolves around the young women at a boarding school in Australia at the turn of the 20th century who go on a day long picnic outing.The atmosphere during the first part of the movie is quite dreamy and lush with romantic suggestions and connections between the girls. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073540/?ref_=nv_sr_2 The new mini-series stars Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) as the head-mistress of the boarding school. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6038954/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  5. Has anyone seen this episode? The series is dark and disturbing for the most part with each episode being a stand alone story about the future implications of our technological "progress". Some of the episodes are truly shocking and dark but the quality of the series overall is excellent. This episode was completely different in tone and I recommend it to everyone. It's beautiful, and the 80s music is awesome! Edited to add: The discussion below includes spoilers, so if you haven't watched the episode, beware! And then go watch it, and come back
  6. For those of you who have been in a relationship with another woman, what's the most romantic thing you've done? My ef girlfriend lived 40 - 60 mins from me when we were dating. I would make this drive an deliver a single rose to her door. Not just one rose. I wanted her to collect a bouquet. She is German, so I hand wrote German poems by Goethe and attached them to the rose. When she asked me if I knew anything about it, I refused to acknowledge anything. But then when I visited her on the weekend, there they were sitting in a vase. She loved it. I invited her to go to a White party with me where I introduced her to my circle of friends. She sent me pictures asking me which dress I thought she should wear. I went on J. Crew website and ordered and had a dress delivered to her door which perfectly matched her personal style. It arrived during the day just before she was set to leave from work and come to my house to get ready for the party. The look on her face when she pulled it out from her bag and how much she loved it was priceless. Anyone else gone to great lengths?
  7. Hi ladies, my name is Alyssa. I've been lurking on the site for a minute but decided to finally introduce myself. I'm 23 and I live in Jacksonville, FL. I recently made the decision at the start of the new year to start dating women exclusively. I'm super excited, but also very nervous about taking this step in my life. I've come out to a couple of my close friends but haven't yet told any family members. I've felt attraction for other women for about seven years, since I was a junior in high school. I've tried rationalizing it away and thinking it was just a phase or something but as time has gone on my desire for women has become almost a hunger. My senior year in college I started attending some LGBT events and made a lot of new friends but thought maybe it was just a curiosity I needed to scratch. But for the past year or so, I think about women all the time. With Valentine's Day coming up, I'm a little sad I don't have that special lady to spend it with and that's part of the reason I decided to introduce myself now to just fellowship with like-minded ladies who may be experiencing something similar. I'm really glad to be here and I look forward to meeting some great new people. XOXO, Alyssa
  8. My gf lives in the UK and im from Australia. We have had phone sex, online sex etc in our 6 month relationship but i feel like real life might be a bit different. We are both from sheltered south asian families so this will be our first everything together including first kiss as embarrassing as it sounds. I am of Hindu background and she is of Muslim.background but lived in UK all her life. . Its been hard to come to terms with our sexual orientations. I never thought i would explore this side till i met her. In our 6 months so far we have not had any issues. Our main issues will be intolerance and homophobia from the outside world. She is coming at a time when i have a work placement in a rural area away from.my family and friends so we can just be together and forget the outside world. Even when my family later encouraged to find a bf i never found someone i had enough emotional connection with to kiss. The guys i met online never had that emotional connection i have with my gf. I am hoping our first time to be a day together. As in the experience should last for a day at least. She asked me what lingerie i like for her so i told her the type and colour with garters so will request her to wear it on that day. I feel like i dont want to rush things so my idea of foreplay is going to be long. 1. Spend a day doing fun and adventurous activities she likes such as hiking and in between getting time for kissing. 2. First kiss as the sun sets on the beach and the waves gently caress our partially naked legs. Then going for a long walk along the beach while holding hands and caressing each other. 3. Candlelight dinner by the beach. Plus use of food as a tool to enhance intimacy. Whipped cream, melted chocolate, blindfolding her while she guesses the exotic fruits i eat off her body. https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/advice/gmp2736/food-sex/&ved=2ahUKEwjP0fv2luDYAhXHULwKHdICAoAQFjADegQIDxAB&usg=AOvVaw0Ss4LbINrd7Jwe_aqS9Js4&cf=1 4. Then heading to our romantically set out beach cabin with candlelight, rose petals and her favourite flowers. Her favourite flowers and music playing. She likes the song "love is in the air" and symphony. Or boyz2men "i'll make love to you." So hoping to slow dance while kissing her neck. We plan to go to these rainbow dance classes together where same sex couples and others can dance. I want to be able to do those dipping kisses. 5. Kissing and caressing her entire body from.top to toe while she is clothed. Undressing her bit by bit and kissing the freshly exposed skin from her upper chest, shoulders, cleavage, upper arms, arm pits and abdomen. Unhooking her bra then caressing/kissing her back. Taking a strap off an arm caressing/kissing the arm then doing the same on the other side. Likewise she can do the same to me. 6. Showering together so we can soap each other and kiss under the water 7. Or being in a bathtub together with rose petals in the water surrounded by candlelight. Feeding each other fruits and champagne. Telling her how lucky i am to know her and sharing poems we have written to each other over the 9 months. 7.5 with the skin being the largest sex organ with number of nerve endings ot definitely needs focus. Like smooth satin gliding over surface i will touch her gently and slowly with the tip of my middle finger over her shoulders, jaw, cheekbones, neck, arm, legs, feet, buttock, back of knees and sides. Then would run my fingertips over her body in wavy strokes. Using the heel of my palm i would use gliding and long strokes all over her body to relax her and more responsive. 8. A whole body massage from her feet, ankles, soles of her foot up her legs while using her favourite massage oil. Possibly also a feather or rose petal. Stroking and caressing her legs and feet. I feel like feet often get neglected and should be given extra attention. Then going from her fingers, up her hands and arms. Before i massage her scalp, face, neck, shoulders and back. At the end would be breast, nipples, knee, inner thighs and vaginal/clitoral massage with her permission. Hopefully i can help her have a few orgasms before we even start oral. On the phone when i talk about kissing/nibbling/sucking body parts she does orgasm. https://www.livestrong.com/article/35692-give-sensual-full-body-massage/ https://consciouslifenews.com/bring-woman-orgasm-tantric-clitoral-massage/11123208/ https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DgWZ2hBNE3W8&ved=2ahUKEwjdvK_HouDYAhWMi5QKHdSUD6wQFjAGegQICRAB&usg=AOvVaw0g1Ri4fzz_iUMAoYkQ8w0e Side effect of long distance relationships you end up having a good imagination and doing a lot of research while u are away from the person. The following parts are inspires from betterloverseminar a subcontinental sex ed column. 8. Whole body foreplay - running my fingers through her hair, kissing her forehead, eyebrows, eyes, cheeks, jawline, caressing her shoulders, fondling her ear lobes caressing her neck, stroking sides of arms, stroking back, fondling her buttocks, kissing her abdomen, stroking her inner thighs, nibbling her calves, licking and kissing the back of her knees, nibbling back of her neck, licking her armpits, sucking her ear lobes, nibbling undersides of her breasts, then covering her back with soft kisses and nibbling. Contrasting hot and cold sensations by first having something hot then kissing her then having an ice cube in my mouth for fee seconds then kissing her. Then to kiss her lips. But to gently move any hair out of her face so i can see all of her face. Holding her head and neck in my hands while kissing. Then when kissing would caress her face, up and down her back, her side,with fingers through her hair, her ear lobes, thighs and her arms, Then would hold her waist tight while kissing her mouth. https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://stylesatlife.com/articles/different-types-of-kisses/&ved=0ahUKEwjy0vX2sODYAhVFlJQKHcg5BB8QFghGMAQ&usg=AOvVaw1zU36oYWMCwolfk0il7J1M breasts and her vulva at the end. Erogenous zones including the lesser known ones. Making sure to kiss, nibble, lick areas as appropriate. https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/the-lesser-known-erogenous-zones-and-how-to-find-them-10419267.html&ved=0ahUKEwj47rzeseDYAhUEE7wKHaivCssQFggyMAI&usg=AOvVaw2lFaSgHgGu80kwnavu0AlY 9. Focusing on the breasts From the base of the breast i plan to kiss, nibble and lick till i complete a circular round. Then to go up an inch higher and do the same in circular motions up to the areola to increase anticipation which can be a turn on. Then i would kiss the circular patch of the areola with the tip of my tongue. Finally would lick the nipple then lightly blow on it causing contrasting sensations of heat/moisture and then cooling sensation. Then would lower my mouth to cover her nipples with the moist warmth of the mouth with my tongue flicking around it internally. While taking the nipple in my mouth would lick, suck and use ny tongue around it while kneading her breast. Then would lick honey off from all over her breast with the flat of my tongue. While my mouth is on her breast i would gently squeeze one hand and fondle the breast with the other hand. Making sure i get feedback and letting her know how much i enjoy it. Not missing the areas between, under and around the breast. 10. Oral I will let her know im hungry and hoping for a meal only she can provide me.. Following a path kissing, licking, nuzzling down from her breasts, abdomen, knees, inner thighs etx Would want to kiss, nibble with my lips and lick my way from her inner thighs to her vulva Would then kiss and lick the area around the vulva. Then lick from the bottom of her vagina to the clitoris. Licking the outer lips with my tongue then nibbling. Then would move my tongue to lick her inner lips then the opening of her vagina circling around it, inserting my tongue inside moving it up, down and around. Then follow with a finger or 2. After she is fully aroused would lick her clitoris. Licking the underside of the clitoris and then the sides before direct stimulation on the clitoral hood when she is fully aroused. I will have my mouth on her vulva and then flick by her clitoris every 10 seconds. Once aroused i will suck her clitoris into my mouth and then rapidly flick it with my tongue internally. Going slowly with the speed of it. I will let her know how much i love giving her oral, there is no hurry and how much i want to enjoy each moment and how much i love the aroma and taste of her & ask for feedback regarding whether it is too intense or where she wants me to be. 11. Fingers Trim fingertips gently teasing from the vulva, to the inner thighs, her pubis to the perineum(area between vagina to anus) Would probably need decent amount of lubrication as would she. You can never have too much lubrication. Oral sex and insertion of 2 fingers etc Mixture of oral and fingers. 12. Tribbing and scissoring if she is ok with it and will maybe leave other fancy positions, any toys ot strap on etc to future love sessions if she is interested https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://sex.sofeminine.co.uk/relationships/album961435/lesbian-kama-sutra-100-sex-positions-for-women-0.html&ved=2ahUKEwj0kIfSreDYAhUMgbwKHaqoB0wQFjAAegQIEBAB&usg=AOvVaw2V4bGgR55X1jL81CiB3uXZ 13. Cuddles and holding her after and telling her what she means to me and how lucky i am to know her and to have her be my soulmate in life 14.. Breakfast in bed with use of food in a sensual way like above. I guess it may seem like im putting pressure on myself but i want her to have a magical time. Apart from myself and my ideas i dont have much in the way of experience to offer her. But i do have a lot of enthusiasm. If there are any romantic movie sterotypes ive forgotten please let me know. My gf is a romantic like me so we're both into cheesy activities. I will bring up these ideas with her but i want some elements to be a surprise. My question is what more you would have liked in foreplay for your first time? And also want to give hope to the long distance couples out there. People say it wont work but if you have love, commitment and a pathway for your relationship no distance can create distanve between 2 hearts. I never thought living in Australia i would fall in love with a british girl with a hot accent who would love me enough to think about moving permanently but i have. My gf is aware of me posting stuff online about our relationship and she is ok with it. Any other romantic suggestions are welcome. Cant discuss this with too many of my friends.
  9. It's been one whole year since i met my tragic first ff love..... she is a friend of a friend who I met when she was on a three week holiday in Australia from overseas.. we hung out, did touristy things with other friends, and then spent the last four days of her holiday completely together. It was amazing, beautiful and powerful. She left, and we chatted, and kept chatting, for months. It turned into saying good morning every morning and good night, every single night, but we made no promises and asked nothing of each other. We chatted until four am on christmas eve and when she called on the phone, just her voice left me floating for days. This went on for eight months, before she came back on a study visa. Naturally i made the offer of her coming to stay with me, to see how things went and/or help her get set up here. She's been here four months, and everything we had is gone. When she first arrived it was a little awkward, it took a few weeks to reconnect, but we did and waking up next to her was a dream come true. Then University started, she got busy and just suddenly turned cold. She still lives here , but has emotionally disconnected and it is so hard to try and be just her friend. I knew it would be hard and might not work, she's a completely free independant woman who has lived alone most of her adult life and i have two kids who constantly need time and attention, so there was always issues. Then there are personality conflicts, she's 'sensitive' to noises whether that's my typing or the scratching of my pastel painting or my breathing, or sometimes my mere presence and i'm trying to give her enough space to feel comfortable, but it's coming at the expense of my personal space and productivity in my own bedroom and home. I need some time to heal but don't want to ask her to leave and be pretty much alone in a foreign country ( she has pushed away her other friends here with some of her behaviours), plus as much as i tell myself I accept things, if she walked in the door tonight and kissed me I would instantly melt. It's so hard.. I know i should be selfish and do what's right for me, but I promised her I would be there for her and I meant it.. It wasn't dependant on whether the two of us worked as a couple, it's just hard, so much harder than I could have known... i've tried to talk to her but the words don't come out, have written it down but can't press send.. i'm going insane, drinking wine and listening to sad music while she is away for the weekend with some new uni friends... I know nobody can tell me what the 'right' thing to do is, there is no right , everything hurts..
  10. Imagine if the next time you met someone and felt like you clicked, you just automatically told them exactly what you wanted from them? Instead of trying to win them over, feel them out to know they feel the same way before you make a move, or trying to steer them into making the first move so you can go forward guilt-free, what if you were just candidly, borderline-creepily honest? With one guy I used to take martial arts with in college, I would have said, "I know you're really into sex, and I'm not as much, but I am into you. What if I just let you pick me up and throw me onto the bed, but then we just watched cartoons together until I fell asleep on top of your chest? Then I'd get you bagels and coffee in the morning, and we could drive to the top of the parking garage next to the amusement park, and drink our coffee while watching the sun rise over the roller coasters." With one girl I grew up with, I would say, "Can we lay some tarps and canvas down in your living room when your roommates are out for the night, and recreate the paint scene from Better Than Chocolate? I'll bring wine, takeout, and paper plates and cups so we don't have to worry about making a mess, and you can pick the colors and music." I haven't clicked with anyone for a while. It's like that part of my pleasure center just turned off and I don't know how to turn it on again. I meet cool, smart, attractive people and nothing that propulsive pops into my head. No electricity, no sweaty palms, no obsessively checking my phone for signs of contact from them after I give them my number or e-mail. But if I were to meet someone exceptional and that were to change, and I applied the creepy no-filter rule, I might say something like: "I want to take you to the Museum of Art, blindfold you, lead you to the small, dimly lit hieroglyphics room, and let you take the blindfold off so it seems like you've literally been teleported back in time to an ancient temple, because romance is a type of magic and everyone deserves to feel like their lives are magical once in a while." "Hold eye contact with me just a second longer than it feels appropriate. Tell me that I’m beautiful, in the morning when my hair is a mess. When I’m dressed up. When I walk into a coffee shop to meet you for a date. Just because. Kiss my cheek. Kiss my forehead. Kiss the back of my neck. Not as foreplay, just to kiss me." "When you're having a bad day and I can't come over, I might secretly send you a delivery from our favorite date restaurant. And of course I'll include dessert. Please don't forget to take a second to look at the sunset out the window. Have a good night. PS: I'll miss you too." Today's rambling blog post is brought to you by: Loneliness. From the same company that brought you: Rejection! Don't want to settle for a comfortable relationship that doesn't truly make you happy? Does the thought of adding someone else's personal problems to your own make you cringe? Enjoy sleeping in the middle of the bed? Try Loneliness! The first thirty days are free(ing)! If not completely satisfied, return for a full refund of Settling.
  11. I feel like I'm playing with fire, I fear getting burned, You would think with all of Life's Lessons, I would have finally learned... No matter how you fight it, Your Heart will always win, Dubbing you the Jester, Love's Fool once again... Though I play coy, Keep my secret close to the chest, my hand can't hide the blood seeping from my vest, leaking through numbed fingertips, I curse the arrow that felled me as I fall I swear on my ill fate, If I do not find "Her" here I will not Love at All. But even as I let the lie fall from my cold lips, I already know it is untrue, For to know True Love ever, It always must start with "You". And even as I fight it, I know there is no other way, Resign to Fate, To Meet Your Mate, Or go on to suffer forever and a day. The "Her" I seek has worn a thousand faces, Has baited with a seductive smile, Driven Men to their Ruin, Made many a Maiden run wild. But they were all pretenders, They could never claim her throne, And so here I sit in silence, Without a Queen to call my own. Maybe it is I've been deceived, and I have her after all. The Queen of Hearts makes merry feast, Finding sport in watching me stumble, Delighting in my Fall. Finally I hit the floor. The wind all but knocked out, crimson comes gushing forth, as pretty drivel leaves my mouth. I hate myself, I hate this actor I've become, When all I want is something real, something true, Someone to whom I can depend on. ======================================= A gentle hand, a soft touch, a voice I cannot quite hear, leans in extra close, and whispers in my ear. My foggy brain cannot comprehend, What is this place? Why am I here? Was I not just Dead? Open eyes to go blind, The light so bright it burns, But after a spell, all is well, And I can see, that it is "She" for me she has returned. Her form is luminescent, An Angel could not compare, So immaculate in it's conception, A mere mortals eyes cannot fair, Gaze instantly shifted, I cannot help but look away. But happy am I, she is more than a dream. "Go Back!" Echoes in my brain, And I begin to SCREAM! The pain ghosts off my skin As once again I sit upright in bed, Wondering what was up with this 'vision' This would be soulmate in my head. I sit there watching the dappled sunlight play across the covers Fully at peace, to wonder if the "She" the one for me, is mere fantasy, Or really out there, somewhere, waiting for me to discover.
  12. Here I am again, alone in my room. Just the stars outside the window, the shadows of trees, four heavily postered walls. And I sit on my bed, and I cry in the dark where no one sees. I mourn a parting that's never happened. I feel abandoned, when we've never met... It's so strange to ache with every fiber of your being, for one you cannot know, and yet somehow still 'feel'. A connection that predates everything else. Yet it makes no logical sense. The world keeps spinning and life goes on, and we meet other people, fall in love, and are inevitably hurt, or if we're lucky it sticks. We live our lives, and grow all on our own. There should be no conceivable loss in it. How can you miss what you've never had? Ignorance is truly bliss...unless somehow, it's something you've known, perhaps in another lifetime, or in whatever before, or afterlife that lies in wait. Or maybe it's just a dream, a wish your heart makes...But it feels too real to be delusion, at least to me. I've been told by others so many things over the years...Everything from the one I seek is a spirit guide, or maybe someone who's watching over me from the other side, someone who was meant to be born a twin, to just a figment of my fevered mind. That what I seek outwardly to gain is just a defect of my self and I should look for what I lack from within. Some have said she's out there, some have claimed to be her, some I have painted with her shape and form, and found ghosts of her image in their souls. But none have lived up to her. At my worst I fear I have dreamed her into being. That no such woman can possibly exist. That maybe I see her in so many, because she is nothing more than an ideal, the perfect woman. But the catch to that is I don't seek perfection. Only she who is perfect for me. Even in her flaws, even in the life that follows, where there will be laughter and tears, good and bad times, and frustration, and miscommunication...I'd suffer it all gladly to walk by her side, as she too would to be by mine. It's not all love and roses and hearts, I know, I'm far too jaded by life to be that optimistic, even at my most romantic I never wore the rose colored glasses...What I want is real, and not a fantasy. No matter how many dark and lonely nights I've been shut up in this same exact room, (or ones very much like it) whether by darkness or candlelight...no matter how many times I've hoped and prayed and asked God to find a way... Somehow now, I find myself, not a teenager but an adult woman still in that same room, now white and barren and stripped of all personal effects. Alone in a box. Not so alone. I have a boyfriend now. Met many people. Some true soul-mates. Those who'd never abandon me in my time of need. And yet...they're not you. I sit here, surrounded by people I hold dear, but somehow I still feel so utterly alone. It sickens me constantly I can't just be happy and grateful and just settle into my life (or just settle for?) that I can't just look around me and think 'yes, this is enough, I'm home.' But home isn't where you live, or what you have. It's who you're with. And I'm lacking the one person that would make me feel truly at home and at peace. You. I still believe you're out there somewhere. I have often thought of you. Wondered what you might be doing at that very moment in time. Perhaps fervently searching as I have for you. Or maybe you've been hurt and have shut out looking. Maybe you too feel like you've had too many false hopes to try again. Whatever the case, I'd hope you haven't given up on me. I hope that someday we can finally meet and be in each others' arms once again. I want to be reunited with my soul twin, even at first meeting we'll know each other, unable to deny the other. Please be safe until that time comes, and may it come soon.
  13. Was watching one of my favourite cheesy movies the other day and the words spoken in this clip are so lovely I thought I would share it here. This clip is from Stardust, my favourite cheesy movie. If anyone hasn't seen it and is wondering why she's confessing her love to a mouse, obviously he was a handsome prince before this happened! There are so many beautifully written pieces out there that if anyone else has any clips or poems, songs etc that they want to share then I'd love to hear them.
  14. So I've been talking to this girl online and we have so much in common and she's beautiful. She lives 47 miles away but is willing to drive to meet up. I'm not sure where and when we will plan it. Or how to go about it. I don't drive and have a household with others. So it would be hard for her to chill at my place. I also don't drive which makes it hard. I don't want to just see a movie and that's it. I have all these romantic thoughts and scenarios in my head. A concert,then a hotel and wine. Things like that. Any ideas?
  15. This blog entry took me somewhat by surprise. I was searching for something unrelated and came across some fascinating images that captured my imagination and turned me away from my initial subject to this one. The general theme of this post is women escaping into nature so that they can express their true nature to each other, and it's opposite - the public display of same-sex affection between women. The painting above of the two elegant 19th century ladies suggests an intimacy between the two; they are sitting so very close to each other as they gather lilies and they appear to be completely alone in a setting of stunning natural beauty. In the 19th century it wasn't unheard of for women to have intense romantic friendships with each other and sometimes spinsters would take up residence together. These relationships were seen as asexual generally, but in secret perhaps some of them expressed their affections in a more physical way. Here we have another pair of women sitting quietly in a boat, yet there seems to be an atmosphere of secrecy about them - the woman with the oar has steered the boat close to some obscuring vegetation while her companion is reading, perhaps aloud from a book of poetry or prose. These women are enjoying each others company in a remote, private setting which suggests to me that there is deep connection between them, perhaps a romantic one that they can only indulge in when sufficiently distant from others. This rough water colour makes explicit the romantic and sexual yearnings that two women have as they kiss delicately while their boat quietly floats on the surface of a pond. Yet, strangely, in the background is a modern building, suggesting that these lovers are not alone in a remote setting away from the eyes of other people. The above painting, titled Helena Bonham Carter, by Ragnar Kjartansson, was not intended as a final work but as a concept illustration for a work of performance art for his exhibition this past summer at the Barbican Centre in London. Here we see the actual performance art as two women, dressed in Edwardian clothes, quietly float on a pond, engaged in a perpetual moment of tender affection. The two women performed in 3 hour shifts, from 1 pm to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays from July to September 2016. My initial impression of this performance was how romantic, beautiful and serene it was. Afterwards however I felt a bit anxious and worried for the women and wondered if this kind of prolonged frozen pose would become uncomfortable physically, mentally and emotionally for them. Then it occurred to me that this isn't that much different than the frozen pose models assume for painting portraits and that these women would have the training and temperament to handle the challenges of the performance. I also think that they would have empathy for each other as women and as artists and this would be a source of additional inspiration and strength for them. I hadn't really thought about performance art at all until seeing these pictures. In a sense we become the artist-as-observer as we view the women from different points of view and at different times. The "canvas" is the whole location and includes our fellow observers as well as ourselves and we can indulge in a kind of imaginative artistic play within that canvas. From a distance we can see how small the boat is compared to the pond yet it is the boat and the women in it, and especially their gentle kiss that draws our eyes and holds them captive. Their Edwardian clothing contrasts the stark modern with the romantic past and makes one think how extraordinary their kiss is, from another era when this kind of physical affection would have been completely hidden from public view and would scarcely be imagined as possible by most. Yet in this setting of 2016 London they are publicly on full display for hours at a time. Kjartansson chose to use two identically dressed women because he was interested in portraying repetition, reflection and mirror images; the two women's gentle movements are mirrored by each other, and are reflected in the water below. I suspect that an additional reason he chose two women is to benefit from the momentum of society's evolving views on same-sex sexuality. Here we see the two women, Emmanuela Lia (what a pretty name) and Carly Halse, taking a break from kissing and resting their foreheads together as if they are engaging in a communal silent prayer. When they started the project they were complete strangers but over time one can imagine they grew closer as they mirrored each others movements, breathing, and perhaps emotional states for hours at a time. The work, named Second Movement after Mozart's' Second Movement of Concerto 21 received very positive reviews and apparently BBC Radio 3 had an entire program dedicated to stories about kisses inspired by Emmanuela and Carly. The performance and the publics' reaction to it is part of the great social change that we are living through as love, affection and sex between women becomes accepted as natural and celebrated as beautiful. This kiss is hidden from the world but it is not quiet and gentle; it is passionate and urgent as Margaret and Selina release their pent-up sexual desire for each other. They could only do this in a remote secure location far from judgmental eyes, and the danger and necessary secrecy contribute to the their frantic sexual energy. This image, from the movie Affinity is from a scene that is very brief (unfortunately!) but unforgettable. This serene scene contrasts completely with the previous one but the deep loving connection between these two women is clearly evident as they nap peacefully after rowing some distance into nature to be alone with each other to celebrate their special bond. Their relationship might not have genital sex and orgasms but it would have romance and they would show that but holding hands, hugging, cuddling and perhaps kissing. If I had to give this painting an alternate name I would call it...Bliss. Note: The blog software limits each post to 10 inserted images and I have a number of additional images of women afloat that I could post in an addendum to this post, if people want. References: Lotus Lilies [1888] - Charles Courtney Curran Women in a Rowboat - Francis Coates Jones Two Women Asleep in a Punt under the Willows [1887] - Francis Coates Jones Affinity (2008) - adaptation of Sarah Waters' 1999 novel, starring Anna Madely and Zoe Tapper https://en.wikipedia.../Affinity_(film) A never ending Edwardian lesbian kiss at the Barbican http://www.telegraph...ace-in-a-never/ This lesbian kiss performance art isn't shocking, it's beautiful http://www.telegraph...-its-beautiful/ On Second Movement - Barbicon http://blog.barbican...econd-movement/ Lip service: Ragnar Kjartansson sets tongues wagging at the Barbican http://www.wallpaper...barbican#168673 Jane Hobsen Photography, Ragnar Kjartansson, Second Movement, Barbican Lakeside http://janehobson.photoshelter.com/gallery/Ragnar-Kjartansson-SECOND-MOVEMENT-Barbican-Lakeside/G0000iauwbdQHfB4/