“The soldier above all prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”…..Douglas MacArthur

The above painting “After Afghanistan” by Ben Quilty (Australian War Memorial )

really tells the story without uttering a single word.


It’s not the bullet, shell or I.E.D. that kills you

it is the awaiting of the inevitable

day in day out it never goes away

even when it’s over

it’s there to haunt you

day in day out it never goes away

Your dreams are not of love and beauty

but of barren landscapes with not a drop of water to be seen

just blood, flesh and more blood

day in day out it never goes away

The terrifying screams of the wounded

the explosives and whack of the bullet 

that hits the wall near your head

day in day out it never goes away

The fear that wells up inside you 

as you pass through the gates of the compound on patrol

It should be routine but what’s routine in this land

nothing is normal apart from fear, pain and death

There’s no end to it

day in day out it just never goes away


Australian War Memorial -https://www.awm.gov.au

Be aware, remain aware,

Jimmy Bee



“The Principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.”

Jerzy Kosinski
The above scene is of a creek and taken by the author.

Have you ever had a discussion on whether photography is an art form?

I chose to place the above image under the subject heading “ART DECOR” because to me the above photograph is a piece of decorative art similar to that seen in hotel rooms, offices, etc. The question is, am I right?

Personally, I’m confused. I have heard arguments for and against and even though I feel that photography presented in this form, is art, I would like to know what your thoughts are?

Please spare a few minutes to make a comment.

Jimmy Bee


CHIHULY GARDENS AND GLASS – Seattle, Washington State, U.S.A.

It is one thing to have an exhibition showcasing blown glass but this exhibition truely blew me away. .

The artistry, the skill, the design without even thinking about the sheer audacity to put it all together in a garden setting as well as eight galleries is sheer genius.

If you ever get the opportunity to visit Seattle, do yourself a huge favour and visit “Chuhuly Garden and Glass” right in the heart of the city.

Jimmy Bee


STREET ART – Australia

“Painting is self discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.”….Jackson Pollock

My wife and I were at the recently opened Howard Smith Wharves, in Brisbane, Qld. (An entertainment precinct) when we came across these pieces of Street Art. Unfortunately, we arrived a little late as contractors were loading a number of pieces onto the back of a truck. What a pity as I would have loved to have viewed and captured more. These people are so talented.

Street art is visual art created in public locations, usually unsanctioned artwork executed outside of the context of traditional art venues. It can also be called Independent Public Art, Post-Graffiti, and Neo-Graffiti.……Wikipedia.

Wouldn’t it be marvellous if our councils could follow Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Gold Coast’s lead and erect suitable structures in our parks and public spaces for street artists to show off their talent. It could be by invitation only and reasonable art prizes could be offered to entice the best. Perhaps, “Archibald on the Green” Any open space/parks rather than in an art gallery.

It may be political and it may be humorous, but if it makes you think then it is all worth while.

Jimmy Bee