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A trip to the Artic – Sketches and small watercolour paintings.



Underglazing for new painting of the planet Neptune.

Revisiting old times:  I’ve been sorting out my image filing which is terrible>non existant.  In doing so its taken me back to the rationale behind some of my paintings and that has helped me to figure out what to do next.

I want to get back to my pixellated paintings and plan a series  using images of the planets.  I’ve been making decisions around proportion and pixels per inch.  I also want to make better use of oil painting glazing techniques.

I think that I’m going to use and image of the planet Neptune first.  This image of Neptune is on The Hubble Website.


Photograph of Neptune courtesy of Hubble Space Telescope.


1st February 2017

Francis Bacon – A Brush with Violence, BBC 2, Guardian review.

I’ve been trying to identify an unknown astronomical image that I’ve kept for future reference.  So I’ve been searching by image using google.  Amazingly it identified the image (from Hubble Deep Field) immediately which I thought was very impressive.

I then tried searching using a photograph of myself and it came up with ‘person’ which is very reassuring.  Less welcome were the ‘similar photographs’ that were mostly of men!

I need  to sort out my image and image filing asap.




Some very strange and rather wonderful ice crystal fern patterns on an outside table.

I was listening to the radio yesterday evening and came across FutureProofing on BBC Radio 4.  This weeks programme, a repeat, was about Art.

“Art may not survive the 21st century as a separate, meaningful category – according to one of the UK’s foremost art teachers.”  That teacher is Professor Richard Williams of University of Edinburgh who is head of History of Art and teaches ‘contemporary cities’. Everybody has access to digital technology and can produce ‘art’.  If everyone is an artist where does that leave art?  Apparently art as a category has only existed for the past 150 years according to Williams.

Apparently the internet unframes art.  Critical theory is now investigating artists strategies of dissapearance, using for example, unsearchable names on the world wide web.  This leaves us spectating ourselves!  NON ART (28 minures in).  I’m at the forefront of this!  There is an interview with Dianne Bauer, about 3/4 way through who says that wonder and the sublime can only be found in science.  Bauer implies that the art world is completely disenchanted.

Check out Bauer’s Fixing the Future it all ties into speculative realism.  I need time to check this our properly.


Testing Derwent Waterbrushes. I reckon that these brushes are pretty good. I’m going to have loads of fun using them.


“If you have a good theory, forget about the reality.”


Zizek would vote for Trump!  Here’s why.

Apparently he’s been banned by The Guardian!!!  Nine minutes into the lecture, Slavoj Žižek – What the Liberal Left Doesn’t Want to Hear (Nov. 2016).

Slavoj Žižek: ‘We are all basically evil, egotistical, disgusting’ published in the Guardian on 10th December 2016.

What’s going on?  Is he or is he not banned from publishing in the Guardian?


BBC 4, Storyville, Zero Days: Nuclear Cyber Sabotage programme available to watch online for 28 days.  This is a fascinating and scary story about cyber warfare. Stuxnet malwear was created by American and Israeli intelligence agencies to attack  part of Iran’s nuclear capability.  Digital code causes mayhem in the physical world.  Stuxnet escaped into the wild and was detected by another American agency amongst other people.

Zero Days: Nuclear Cyber Sabotage reminded me of Mimicry and Legendary Psychasthenia by Roger Caillois.  Cyber warfare,  where the malware starts attacking it’s creators.