Category Archives: Creativity

Roque’s Weekly Review for 02/08/2019

February 9, 2019

Creativity / Roque's Weekly Review

Hello to you and to a brand new February in winter. There have been some cold days over the last week. Staying warm and preventing illness has been a big priority. I have some fun stuff to share. So let’s get to it.


College Update and Short Film Feature.

I completed and turned in my first film project for the spring semester. This one was tricky to film, but I am happy with how this turned out. This week, instead of my usual photography feature, I thought I’d share this little film with you.

For starters, the assignment was a 5X5. This means that the complete film had to have only five shots, and each shot needed to be only five seconds long. The film had to convey some sort of feeling like anger, sadness, joy, or anything else. You can argue that several feelings could apply to the film I made, but there was one particular feeling I was going for.

This was filmed over two chilly afternoons at an outdoor location last month. MaxZine gladly agreed to act in it. I do not want to give anything away by saying more.

Without further ado, here you go . . .


My blog Tropical Shade of Green

The current post that is up on my blog is the second installment of my observations of light. You can read it by going here:



Life In General

On a personal note, I’ve been keeping a tight routine outside of my school responsibilities. Every day, I practice on the piano, cello, and ukulele. I’ve also been writing in my journal a lot as well as getting regular exercise. I do not want school to take over my whole life like it has in previous semesters. I try to make a monument out of every day and build something for myself that I love. Art and self-care keep me at ease.


So, that’s my update for this week. There is a lot coming down the pipeline from me.

Stay tuned.

-Roqué

Roque’s Weekly Review for 1/9/2019

January 10, 2019

Creativity / Intention / Roque's Weekly Review

Well, another week has passed, and there are roughly 51 more to go for the year. Considering all that may or may not happen in my life over the next 12 months, I am going to take it all one day at a time. That is all I can do because all we have is the day ahead of us. There are no real guarantees beyond that despite our best well-laid plans.

School starts back up for me next week, and I am preparing for the changes in my life that will bring. I will spend some time every day this year doing some kind of creative work both school-related and otherwise. Creativity brings me great joy.

Now let’s proceed with the update.

1. Photography Feature: Leopard and his house building.

This week, I wanted to feature photographs I took while visiting my friend Leopard while he built a cottage behind his house near Short Mountain. In addition to building houses, he is also a talented musician, a Qigong instructor, a knitter, an actor, and vinyl DJ (among various other skills). It was fun seeing him work hard on this project. Building a house is incredibly labor intensive and can take a very long time. I have a lot of respect for people who can do this kind of work. It takes a great deal of skill, experience, patience, and problem-solving to do it well.

Check out the photos here:

2. My Blog Tropical Shade of Green

This year, in addition to my musing on my blog about creativity, simplicity, art, music, and the environment, I have decided to feature some of my own creative writing.

This month, I will be posting my writings about light. Yup, light. You can check out the first installment by clicking HERE.

3. Thank you for the love.

Lastly, I wanted to say thank you for all of the love, kind wishes, and condolences that poured in last week when we had to put our dog PJ to rest. Burying her after so many years was not easy, but within our community of friends, it felt very comforting to feel supported.That’s this week’s update. We have had some warm weather here in Middle Tennessee during the last week, but winter will finally flex her muscles in the next few days. I will stay warm, drink soothing beverages, and cuddle with my cat.

Thank you for joining me on my journey.

See you next week.

-Roqué

Roque’s Weekly Review for 12/26/2018

December 27, 2018

Creativity / Intention / Roque's Weekly Review

Here we are! It’s time for another weekly update on what’s new with me! I have a few things to share as we head into 2019. Let’s go . . .


  1. Website Update

Some new imagery is going up here at roqueinbloom.com. I am pretty pleased with the layout of the site at this point, and much of that will not change. Expect to see more new photography in the coming months such as the new banner image at the top of the page.


2. Photography Showcase: Phil Woodward

Continuing on with sharing photos from a big project I did for a class last semester, I wanted to showcase the art of local artisan Phil Woodward. Currently, he combines different materials to create oil lamps, vessels, and various artforms that he sells at art shows and at his website. His work is one-of-a-kind and has a clean and contemporary sensibility to it. Last month, I got to spend an afternoon at his studio taking photos of him at work. Here are the glorious results:

Special thanks to Phil Woodward for letting me photograph him at work on his art. It was so fun to see a strong level of discernment and skill go into his process.


3. My blog Tropical Shade of Green

This past week, my newest post is about a topic that’s been on my mind for a while. How do we learn how to trust ourselves and our instincts? Is it simply a matter of trial and error? Or is it something far deeper. You can read the full post by clicking here:

4. 2018 Year In Review

Also coming soon is my year-in-review! I detail the books I’ve read, the big projects I’ve completed, and the places I’ve been during 2018! It’s been a wild ride.

Well, that’s all for this week. The new year is just around the corner! I plan to make it a good one.

-Roqué

Roque’s Weekly Review on 8/22/18

August 22, 2018

Creativity / Culture and Society / Roque's Weekly Review

Hello Beautiful Everyone!

I’ve had a glorious week! Let’s get to the news .  .  .

  1. Roque’s 2nd Annual Piano Salon on August 19, 2018

Last Sunday, I hosted my 2nd Annual Piano Salon at my home in the woods of Liberty, TN. Nashville guitarist Andrew Weitze played electric guitar as I played my songs, and he was on fire!!! I love it when we play together!  Pianist Oliver Flowers played some lovely piano music, and in the absence of a couple of other performers, local musician Leopard played a song for us as well.

Here are some photos from the show:

Special thanks to Oliver Flowers who tuned all three of my pianos that same day and performed four musical pieces. He was AWESOME!

MaxZine did a terrific job preparing food for the show and making colorful floral arrangements from his flowers in our garden.

All in all, Roque’s 2nd Annual Piano Salon was a dainty and whimsical success! Thank you to everyone who attended!  We will see you when I host this again next year.

2. Pianissimo

My email newsletter Pianissimo arrives this coming week, and it is full of new information about my life and the creative projects to come. I’ve included some art and poetry as well as new photography. Keep a lookout in your mailbox.

3. Tropical Shade of Green Blog Posts

If you haven’t read any of my recent blog posts, here they are for your perusal .  .  .

A Payment Given Is a Gift of Appreciation

Plastic Is a Worldwide Problem All Of Us Must Face

I Live In a Generosity Loop

Learn From the Past But Live in the Present.

4. Flower Art

This month, I have been working on a new art piece. It is a first of a series of flower designs drawn entirely with one pencil. Here is the progress I’ve made thus far:

That’s it for this week folks! Next week’s update will be my birthday update, and it will be jam-packed with stuff!!

More to come soon!!

-Roqué

 

 

 

 

Roque’s Weekly Review on 8/15/2018

August 15, 2018

Creativity / Piano / Roque's Weekly Review / Website Updates

Hello Beautiful People!

It’s Wednesday! Time for another update from me about my creative projects, but first, I wanted to let you all know that the new film Crazy Rich Asians opens in theaters today, August 15th, across the country!!

It is produced by a major motion picture studio and has an entirely Asian cast. This is worthwhile to support because this kind of representation and diversity has been sorely lacking in mainstream entertainment in America! Also, it’s a fun and salacious story that makes for a lively movie-going experience.

I’m going to see it this week. Find it at your local theater and go see it too!

Okay, on with the update .  .  .

 

1. Remember that drawing I started last week. Well, here is a photo of the progress I am making. I’m thinking it is the first of a series of flowers done in pencil that I will do. I should be much further along by next week.

2. This coming Sunday, August 19, 2018, I am hosting my annual Piano Salon. I will be showcasing fellow musicians Oliver Flowers, Matilda, and Goatboy, in addition to performing some of my own songs with Nashville guitarist Andrew Weitze. This is a private concert that I will have in my home in the woods. If any of you are interested in coming out to see the show, let me know in the comments, and I’ll get you the information. I’ll post pictures from the show in next week’s update.

3. Pianissimo COMING SOON!

I am launching my new and revamped monthly email newsletter! It is going to feature all kinds of information about upcoming creative work, art, and what I am calling visual poetry. The inaugural issue comes out later this month.

4. Here are the newest posts from my blog Tropical Shade of Green:

PLASTIC IS A WORLDWIDE PROBLEM WE ALL MUST FACE

I LIVE MY LIFE IN A GENEROSITY LOOP

LEARN FROM THE PAST BUT LIVE IN THE PRESENT

Well, that’s all folks!! Thanks for checking in!

Be kind and be generous.

-Roqué

 

Roque’s Weekly Review for 8/8/2018

August 8, 2018

Creativity / Roque's Weekly Review

Hello Beautiful People,

This is another weekly check-in on progress that I am making toward all of my creative projects. I have to admit that it is challenging to be productive in the summertime. It is sunny outside and the warmth in the air makes it conducive to lounging about and being decadently lazy. I’ve done some of that, but there is always a small voice in my head telling me to get up and do what I do.

I’ve been doing lots of creative work despite the sun and her temptations. Let’s run this down .  .  .

1. I have started a new art piece. I’ll post a photo of my progress every week on these updates.  It will be glacial in its formation.
Check out the first photo:

2. My blog, Tropical Shade of Green, is my way of practicing my writing and laying out my thoughts in an engaging and concise way.  Here are links to my most recent posts. (This first one is particularly valuable.)

I Live My Life In a Generosity Loop

Learn From the Past But Live in the Present.

A Morning Routine Will Ground Your Life.

3. I am an avid book reader, and much of my time this summer has been spent getting lost in several writings. I just finished the first book in the His Dark Materials Series by Philip Pullman called The Golden Compass. Before I tackle the next book in that trilogy, I am currently reading this:

4. As I reported last week, the music from my first album Seahorses is now available on Bandcamp in a “pay what you want” format. You can download the songs for free or pay a nominal amount that would go toward funding my musical pursuits. Here is the link:

roquemusic.bandcamp.com

5. I have an annual show that I do in my home in the woods. It is called Roque’s Piano Salon, and it will feature local performers and all three of my pianos.  There will be food and refreshments. This is a private event, but if you are interested in going, please let me know in the comments. This is the event flyer:

Well, that’s all I have to report on my end.

Until next week, be kind and generous to yourselves and each other.

-Roqué

 

Roque’s Weekly Review for 8/1/2018

August 1, 2018

Creativity / Intention / Piano / Roque's Weekly Review

Hi Everyone,

It’s time for another weekly update! Today is August 1st! This is my birthday month! As such, I have a lot to share over the next 31 days!

1. Here are a couple of the newest posts from my blog Tropical Shade of Green (Click on the Link to Visit) :

Learn From the Past But Live in the Present.

A Morning Routine Will Ground Your Life.

Surround Yourself with Good People.

2. Pay what you want for Roque’s Music:

In honor of my birthday month and for a limited time, the songs off of my debut album Seahorses will be available on my band camp store with the option to pay what you want. This includes a free option if you so desire; however, any amount you can give will go a long way toward supporting my music and my visual art projects.

Check out my Bandcamp store by clicking here:

roquemusic.bandcamp.com

3. Roque’s Piano Salon on Sunday, August 19th!

I am having a  piano concert at my home in Liberty, TN in a couple of weeks. My friends and pianists Oliver Flowers, Matilda Earl, and others have been scheduled to play. It’s gonna be a super fun show that will involve three different pianos!! Yay!

I have MORE to announce next week!

See you then .  .  .

Roqué

 

Roque’s Weekly Review on 7/25/2018

July 25, 2018

Creativity / Intention / Roque's Weekly Review

Accountability is a good thing.  Sharing is a good thing, and as such, I have decided to post weekly updates on my website roqueinbloom.com regarding my musical and visual art projects that are on the way.  I have reached a new time in my life in which I want to share more about my creative work and ongoing progress I am making on several fronts.  This is the inaugural RWR post, and it will be an ongoing review of the work I have accomplished on a weekly basis. I also feel that if I tell you what I am working on and when it will be ready, then I am accountable to you to make it happen. This is a good thing that will help keep me on track.

New editions of RWR will come out every Wednesday from now on. So, here we go:

1. Tropical Shade of Green

As some of you may know already, I relaunched my weekly blog into its own dedicated web space this past month. That space is called Tropical Shade of Green, and there are a couple of newer posts up if you haven’t seen them already. Here are some links:

A Morning Routine Will Ground Your Life

Over the last few months, I’ve been honing in on getting down a regular daily routine. I am close to getting one down, but there is still much to tweak .  .  .

Our 2nd Annual Filipino Dinner

In my neighborhood, some Filipino friends and I cooked up a storm of Filipino delicacies.  It was all yummy. Photos included.

Surround Yourself with Good People

What company do you keep? How discerning are you about the kinds of people you spend time with? Are they good for you?

2. Pianissimo

Over the last several years, I have released a monthly e-newsletter called The Wonderful World of Gordon (also called the WWOG for short).  It’s been a while since I released an issue, and since I now go by the name Roqué, it is time for a newsletter revamp. This newsletter has a new name that is one of my most cherished words in the English language. It refers to one of my favorite ways to play the piano. Pianissimo means to play softly and slowly. This is the new name of my newsletter. It will include a slew of updates on upcoming projects as well as artwork and a reimagined poetry room.  The first issue comes out on my birthday month August 2018. More details to be announced.

3. Where Pianos Roam

A new installment of episodes from my darling side project Where Pianos Roam is forthcoming. I cannot promise that this will be a long season, but it will be a good one. Oreo and her rowdy bench are up to more adventures and shenanigans.

4. Roque’s Piano Salon

My annual piano concert at my home in the woods happens again on August 19, 2018. There will be guest pianists on hand to dazzle us with their sweet and enchanting melodies.  More details to be announced.

Obviously, I have a lot going on, but it is all creative work that I love and enjoy.

Stick around for the ride and check in for another edition of RWR every Wednesday from now on.

-Roqué

 

Visual Poems by Roqué

June 17, 2018

Creativity / Visual Poemts

This summer, I am releasing short digital art pieces that I am calling “Visual Poems”.  They will generally be no more than one minute in length and will include video footage with any combination of spoken word poetry and/or original music.

They can be viewed exclusively on my new Youtube channel, and I will announce on all social media when new poems are released.

Why am I doing this?

I want to explore different ways of expressing my ideas. I have always been a musician, visual artist, and writer/poet.  As such, why don’t I combine all of these skills into something that is textured and multi-dimensional? Why stick to only one when I can utilize all three?

In any case, I am releasing the first visual poem today. It includes part of a song that I wrote last fall called “The Memory”.

Enjoy .  .  .

Please stay tuned for more visual poems to come.

-Roqué

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June 3, 2018

Creativity

It’s June!! Now that summer is upon us, I am feeling blissfully excited to create magical, beautiful things. There is a small handful of projects I want to take on over the next three months, and I’ll be sharing my progress on Instagram and social media.

Here are the upcoming projects in a nutshell.

Creative Thesis Project
The biggest project I am tackling is one related to school. This is a sizable undertaking that will require a large amount of thought, time, and effort. Work begins this month. More on that later.

Photography
Some of you may have noticed the photos of flowers I’ve been posting on social media. Those photos are the result of my tinkling around with my new DSLR camera which is a Nikon D5600. I want to get better at photography, and I’ll be posting more floral and landscape photos.

Stippling
You may recall the pointillism art that I have done in the past. Here is an example of one of my pieces:
I want to start a new piece, and I am trying to decide what it will be. I may or may not incorporate some watercolor. These pieces take a long time to finish, and I will probably just take my time with it. We’ll see. I’ll be posting my progress on it on Instagram once I get started.

Where Pianos Roam

Finally, there will be a new season of my whimsical side project, in which I document the exploits of a traveling miniature grand piano and her rowdy bench.  I’m hoping the new vignettes will start appearing in late July across all social media.

Visual Poems
I am working on integrating my music and poetry with visual video vignettes. This is one of the first steps in this direction.  I have lots of ideas I want to try out. Look for the first video vignette to launch from my youtube page soon.


So, that’s my upcoming summer in a nutshell. I will not have a full schedule of classes to contend with, and my cat Steinway already has me penciled into his schedule for daily feedings, cuddling, and poop-scooping. Sigh.

What are you doing this summer?

-Roqué

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