That night

Greetings, I hope you are keeping well. The artwork above was inspired by a photograph taken over a decade ago. What I have done is process it to resemble an oil painting, using software that employs a remote pad and stylus to imitate canvas and brushes. It makes for a very pleasing effect I think.

The night the pic was taken, I was visiting a local lake, supported by Luke, a strapping teenager at the time. When we got there, there was mud underfoot, the surrounding trees stood black against the sky, and glowing faintly, just above the lake, hung a tiny will-o’-the-wisp.

The quote below the title is from one of my martial arts teachers, and feels right for this post.

I want to thank all you kind readers who support this blog, with your uplifting comments, your likes, and your own highly inspiring blogs; so well worth every visit. Simply, thank you.

I hope to return soon. Until then, may the rain fall gently on your fields.

Peace from Amras.

“Finally, may we indeed, keep in our hearts, that our humble blogs are the spirits that keep the World Wide Web humane. Let us use this gift to flourish as people! Let us cherish one another! And be thankful for one another, because at some point, we touch our respective lives.”  ~ Aina Balagtas

Photo Art © Francis Moloney.



Author: amras888

Francis Moloney @Amras888 Composer, instrumentalist and Logic 8 software user. Bereavement Counselor retired. A Philosopher now disabled, bedbound but happy. Love my wife, son, and dog.

4 thoughts on “Nocturne”

  1. Hey there :)) Just thought I’d share this with you :)) First of all, I really like what you’ve done here with the photo. It has such a cool van Gogh feeling. I love composition. The sweep of the branches, the sky, the road. It’s just beautiful!!!!!

    My Dad (read more about Dad here : was a studio musician, entrepreneur, pilot. He died when I was 16 (in 1970) — so anything that takes me back to Dad has a special place for me.

    I have but few photos and recordings of Dad. One of which is a recording made by Dad and my Uncle Lloyd (Ulyate) and their Elliott Brother’s Orchestra at the Main Street Bandstand (Carnation Plaza Gardens) at Disneyland. And one of the songs includes a medley with the tune, Harlem Nocturne. (Dad on sax, Uncle Lloyd on trombone.)

    Here is the entire album, recorded in 1958. The music is simply amazing.

    One more interesting tie-in. My daughter, EllaHarp, just now releasing her original folk/blues type music on her Celtic harp (her other grandfather, Gordon Jenkins, also a musical great). I hope you will enjoy :)) Stay well :)) Dawn

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  2. Thank you so much Dawn, for sharing so generously these gems. Listening to the music of both your father, and your daughter, has made my day. I’m so impressed. I enjoyed reading the varied blogs too, and will be a keen follower. My father, by the way, was a farrier before the war. Cheers to you, and take care.


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