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Talking not Doing

Month: January, 2014

An Alphabet of Geography

Uncanny valley*

Elsewhere on the blog-sphere Clive Hinks jenkins is hosting an exhibition of puppets. Since I contributed to his last exhibition I’ve been considering what I might submit for this one. Read the rest of this entry »


Still live?

This week has been quite tough.
I have been working on my still-lifes, but it has taken the imminent posting of this post to assemble them for the first time. I’ve been thinking about frame sizes and shading when I really need to just put things on paper (and the cutting out takes hours). Anyway… Read the rest of this entry »

Still life

I’ve just watched this programme from the bbc. It’s on the history of Western still life. If you are reading this is early jan 2014 I urge you to go over and catch at least some of it (it has a 90mins run time).
Or at least check out Xenia murals from Ancient Rome and cotan a Spanish painter with a very different practice from the northern tradition that’s much more familiar. The story of still life is taken all the way up to the present day with photography and film, so there is lots to explore.

I got some new brushes over the holidays so I’ve been putting them through their paces, and filling pages with mark making. This programme has inspired me to turn the daubs into some flower pictures. I can’t imagine that they will be anything like the 17th century ones.

Still life painting is all about looking. You can get as allegorical as you like with your subject as you go, but ultimately it’s the thing ness of things that is the heart of the matter. That’s so easy to overlook these days. Never mind.


Happy New Year

Bobby the diffident duck would like to join me in wishing you all a happy and fruitful new year, where everything is effortless and nothing is stressful.

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you, he is an enormous rubber ducky and a most excellent Christmas present.

Best wishes and good health