Sunday, 10 July 2016
|Here it is - done for now|
|Going towards abstract|
|And more Thinking shapes tbc|
I sometimes like to start by looking and making studies before then stepping into drawing from memory.
I like the "yellow jockey"picture - composition and the lines formed by the reins. Starting to explore abstraction, I think it is my natural home, but still difficult to make the leap. It feels daring but results are quite traditional-looking!
Here are a few pictures from my visit today to Jupiter Artland, near Edinburgh.
The owners of this beautiful estate were inspired by Ian Hamilton Finlay's Little Sparta, not far away in West Lothian, to make a sculpture park in their land. They have just been pipped for Art Museum of the Year 2016 by the Victoria and Albert Museum (no shame there!).
I enjoyed the landscaping, a wonderful mixture of cultivation and wild planting and managed woodland, . For me the art pieces were interesting and added piquancy and interest to the landscaping, but I prefer Little Sparta, which is the unique and original statement of one artist. Other sculpture parks I have liked include Belsay in Northumberland and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Saturday, 4 June 2016
Marcel Griaule (1898-1956) was a French anthropologist. I spotted this quotation by him. It applies to creating art as well as to anthropology.
"The threshold is the knot separating 2 enemy worlds. To cross a threshold is to traverse a zone of danger where invisible but real battles are fought"
Wednesday, 1 June 2016
|Martin mentoring the Fab Four|
Check out this link for tributes to George Martin by other musicians. Here is his obituary written by Adam Sweeting of the Guardian.
It is 3 months since Martin's death. His story was remarkable. At the time an Arena programme was re-released, outlining his life. What was remarkable was his association with the Goon Show.
|Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secome|
In the interview for Arena, Martin talked about the relationship between visual art and music, how he gained inspiration from looking at paintings. Sorry, I noted this down at the time but cannot remember more. If I find my notes I will add to this blog.
I read this article in Guardian Travel at the weekend. It is about a doctor who rides his horse to reach remote areas in his practice in Italy. It ticks so many boxes for me - the horse and his relationship with it, the experience of riding off-track, the gifts of beautiful food that his patients give him, Italy.... Read and enjoy.