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Monthly Archives: March 2013

I have just finished reading Towards Speculative Realism: Essays and Lectures by Graham Harman. I read it more carefully this time and consequently learnt more than I did when I read it previously. I now have a slightly clearer understanding of positions taken by different philosophers and my own position. I found this book to be a helpful read.

Painting progress

Painting progress


Quick visit to Newhaven. Grey and overcast in London, bright and sunny on coast. Mesozoic chalk is overlain by Cainozoic sediments and the contact is very clear. Chunks of very sticks clay and ferruginous sands have fallen down onto the beach. There’s been some good rockfalls here over the winter. Didn’t find many fossils, only a few sponges, very dissapointing. More information on the UK fossils website.




Lumpfish Caught

One of these ugly things was in the fishmongers at Newhaven – It’s a lumpfish.

The first fractions of a second after the Big Bang, new images from Europe’s Planck Satellite, showing the ‘oldest light in the universe’ are about to be released. Video from BBC website HERE.

Just been to see The Royal Academy Schools, Premiums Interim Projects. Favourite piece of work HERE but I’ve forgotten the artist’s name.

Keith Tyson was also exhibiting at Burlington Gardens. Why is this exhibition not on their website? Wait a minute! This gallery is now called the Pace Gallery and here is a LINK to the exhibition. Panta rhei is my favourite painting. Tyson explains the painting HERE.

Later I went to look at Everything We See is Something Else Besides. An exhibition of paintings by Ingrid Lucas, Hermione Carline, Gill Capewell and Carol Anderson-Knight. Located at TestBed 1 in Battersea I thought that I’d stepped onto the set of Blade Runner. A very weird place with a very weird atmosphere.





Higgs Boson existence is proven by Cern experiments – article in

Reading Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel book review by Richard Cork in the Guardian. I have a strong feeling that I’ve read this book before. It’s a useful read as it explains the images in the Sistine Chapel in detail.

The Sistine Chapel ceiling and the end wall of the chapel are used as canvasses by Michaelangelo to illustrate parts of the Old and New Testament of the Bible. He uses the body, mainly the nude body, as his means of expression. Somebody commented on his work being a bathroom of nudes! Michaelangelo was on papal commission and his idiosyncratic works seem to have mostly been his own ideas. Introspective, deeply unorthodox and original is how Andrew Graham Dixon sums up Michaelangelo’s work.

Thank goodness I visited two weeks ago – this week it has been closed for the Cardinals to elect a new Pope!

Continuing with my own painting ‘It’s almost certainly a star’. I’m increasing the tonal range in the image by adding more layers of colour.


It’s almost certainly a star

The photograph doesn’t look much different to the earlier photographs of this painting. I need to work into the cooler areas of the painting and establish them more definately.

I’m also having a re-read of Towards Speculative Realism: Essays and Lectures by Graham Harman. I’m beginning to understand some of the philosophical vocabulary so now its beginning to make more sense.

An interesting piece on Graham Harman’s blog about misunderstanding of Speculative Realism and Art and Correlationism. I think am one of those people whom Harman says misunderstands Speculative Realism!

Visit the London Metal Exchange, the last open outcry market in London. I’m still unclear about how this trading system operates but when copper was being traded things got heated – very entertaining to watch the ensuing – what looked like – chaos but obvious was not. This market should be of primary interest to artists working in metals and also those who paint. Paints are often made from salts of metallic elements.

Then went to The Lion and Lamb public house near Hoxton to see what artworks were displayed in their gallery. Oh dear! Not impressed by the artworks at all. Was this the work of Turps Banana students?
Lastly to the National Gallery to see Frederic Church‘s artworks.Mostly oil sketches, there was only one finished painting of Niagara Falls and it didn’t index the sublime for me!