Third Peer Review

Raina Ebrahim – https://rainaebrahim.wordpress.com/2018/09/20/blog-4-in-your-own-words-using-your-own-imagination-continue-a-story-that-begins-once-i-saw-a-devil-in-a-flame/comment-page-1/#comment-72

“Hi Raina,
This is amazing! I honestly didn’t know where you were going to take this brief story but it’s not where I was expecting it to go and I am very pleasantly surprised! 😀 You’ve managed to capture so many emotions and feelings in such a short story so well and you covered everything from love to confusion to sadness.

Just one thing with grammar and editing: I would suggest when you’re writing a question, even if someone is thinking it, to put quotation marks and a question mark. In the second line of your story, it reads “I kept thinking to myself was he looking at me or looking through me into my soul” when it should read “I kept thinking to myself, ‘was he looking at me or looking through me, into my soul?’” But otherwise, amazing work! 🙂”

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Fourth Blog

TASK: Describe a totally ordinary person in such a way that you reveal their inner humanity, totally different from what their exterior appearance might suggest.

Walking down the street in any major city, you see a whole array of people from all walks of life and from all types of backgrounds who have all had different experiences in life.

For instance, when I was in high school, I caught the same train as this woman every morning from Monday to Friday. Our paths would intersect at the bottom of my street and we would take the same route to the train station. I never spoke to this woman, nor do I see her anymore but I often wondered about her; her life, her character, where she takes our train to every morning. She had straight red hair that was normally tied back in a ponytail, she wore casual yet professional clothes and she wore sneakers. Her face was normally quite severe, her skin tanned and she had dark eyes that looked like she could see right through you if she looked at you. Sometimes she was on the phone and sometimes, she would smile.

It was the loveliest smile I could remember seeing. When she smiled, you could see her white, perfect and shining teeth. It was then that my perception of her started to change. I had always seen a rather cold woman whenever I saw her but now I imagined her as someone else. Maybe she was someone with someone else waiting at home for her. Maybe she had a family. Maybe she was closer with her best friend than she was with anyone else. Maybe she had a very close relationship with her siblings or cousins or parents. But someone had put this dazzling smile on this woman’s face and I thought they were lucky to see her smile more often than I did, a total stranger who thought her cold, haughty and no nonsense. I saw a glimmer into this lady’s heart that showed me that she was loving, caring and devoted. It was a warming glimmer indeed.

Second Peer Review

Natalie Azzopardi – https://natalie4820.wordpress.com/2018/09/17/the-brett-whitley-studio/comment-page-1/#comment-104

“Hi Natalie,
I’m glad to see how much you liked the excursion and I actually wrote something on my own blog about the wall of quotes too! Funny how this one bit of the gallery can impact us all! I absolutely agree with you: the quotes all mean something different and in turn, they affect us differently. They each have their own meaning and message about life and some of them just make you laugh! 😀 Just a couple of quick things: maybe proofread your blog before you publish it: it’s “Whiteley”, not “Whitley” and “brief”, not “breif”. A wonderful thoughtful blog – keep it up! 🙂”

Third Blog

TASK: Write a short blog of how what inspired you most today, or what moment you felt was most illuminating, or what you enjoyed most about today.

Anyone who knows me knows well that I am not a big art fan. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s beautiful, interesting to look at and I have great respect for the talented people who create these pieces; art is just not something I go crazy for. I still stand by this opinion but I can still appreciate the works I see.

That being said, I was in awe of Blake’s illustrations of the Book of Job in the Art Gallery. I am not an artistic person in any sense – I don’t have an artistic bone in my body – but my jaw almost dropped when I saw these plates. The detail and intricacies of the plates are extraordinary and the time and effort it must have taken to complete these is astounding. The illustrations are incredible and so vividly portray Job’s story and the relationships he has with God and Satan and with Heaven and Hell. I couldn’t help but stare at the images and feel such sorrow, hopelessness and fatigue then such joy and faith when going through each part of the story, much like I imagine how Job felt when undertaking his arduous journey. I was so enraptured with the plates and the story they told that that night, I took out my phone and showed my mum the photos I had taken of the plates and started, very enthusiastically, telling her all about the work Blake had done on them and started analysing and interpreting them for her right then and there. Mind you, she just sat there looking bemused at me but still listening to me, I believe!

Job and his Family 1828, reprinted 1874 by William Blake 1757-1827

Plate 1 of Blake’s illustrations of the Book of Job. Image from: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/blake-job-and-his-family-a00012

blake plate 11

Plate 11 of Blake’s illustrations of the Book of Job. Image from: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/8032.12/

Something else briefly that just caught my eye in Brett Whiteley’s studio was upstairs around the corner on the landing. On the wall were all these quotes by various people that Brett Whiteley put into his work and, I daresay, was influenced by. It was really amusing to just stand there for a few minutes and take them all in: some of them were just plain funny, some inspiring, some thought-provoking and some contemplative.

For someone who doesn’t thrive on art and doesn’t actively seek it out, I was surprised at how much I actually really enjoyed today and at how much I took away from today. I would highly recommend Brett Whiteley’s studio to anyone who might be wanting a different type of art and a different perspective on life!

brett whiteley studio

Interior of Brett Whiteley’s studio in Surry Hills. Image from: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/brett-whiteley-studio/

 

First Peer Review

Mariah Chahine-Karam – https://mariahkaram.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/visionary-blake-blog-post-1/comment-page-1/#comment-54

“Hi Mariah,

I really admire the fact that you created your own topic for this unit so well done! I like that you brought in the concepts of innocence and purity because they are definitely what people think of when they think of angels. I also love that you went a step further and interpreted the visual image too and tied it in really neatly with your argument. Just quickly, watch your grammar and punctuation, there are some commas and punctuation marks missing in places so I’d suggest proofreading before you publish. Amazing work! 🙂”

Second Blog

TASK: Say whether Blake’s view of the Divine challenges or expands your own views of Religion.

Coincidentally, I had a very in-depth and focused conversation with a good friend of mine just today. While we are both Christian, we come from different denominations of Christianity: she from Jehovah’s Witnesses, me from Roman Catholicism. I was raised from birth in this faith – I’m not a fanatic but I still firmly believe. My friend had some questions about Catholicism for me – not to convert me, scare me or tear me down for my beliefs – but just to better understand my beliefs. This conversation only solidified my beliefs but it’s interesting to see the effect that conversations and investigations about religion can have on people.

In the case of Blake, it was interesting to hear his perspective but it still only strengthened my own beliefs that God is the absolute Divine who cannot be challenged or overthrown in any way. In The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, it basically says that Blake and the churches of his time viewed people as “fools, sinners & nothings”, I believe people are unique and no one is like anyone else. Yes, we all have our differences of opinions but we are not all fools and “nothings”: we are all special and have meaning in our lives and our lives are made possible by the grace of God and his everlasting love for us. Yes, not everyone is perfect and we are all fools at some point in our lives but we’re not stupid all the time. However, “The Song of Liberty” says all humans carry God with them in some kind of capacity and I do agree with this and the song also says that “every thing that lives is Holy”, which I believe can serve as a summary of Christianity as God created everyone in his image and he created the world in six days.