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Monthly Archives: April 2015

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28th April 2015 pizza painting

Watched the film Renoir, about the painter Renoir on TV this week.  “Gilles Bourdos’s film about the passion of the elderly impressionist for a young woman glows with the painter’s own delight in the body and its pleasures.”  according to Jonathan Jones in a review of Renoir for The Guardian newspaper.  I did enjoy the film because it was filmed in Renoir’s a painterly style but I don’t like Renoir’s paintings – they’re too much like porno chocolate-box images. Meanwhile the First World War raged on!

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Bit of light reflection – need to re-photograph.

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Fossilized bivalves (many articulated specimens) picked up on the beach near Otranto, Italy. Mostly casts but some with shell remaining. Age = Cretaceous?

I’m reading  Truth, Philosophy in Transit by John D Caputo, published by Penguin.  I cannot recommend this book highly enough.  Very easy to read by a very readable author.  Well done Penguin!  I have listened online, to many of Caputo’s lectures when he was teaching his students at Syracuse University and was always impressed at how he grounded difficult philospohical theories in everyday life.

Painting, painting, painting more and more layers!  I’m having to photograph this painting at a very oblique angle to minimise reflection.  I then adjust the distorted image in Photoshop.

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20150410a pizza painting

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20150410-pizza-painting

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Painting developing more rapidly now.

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20150408-pizza-painting – it’s a bit shiny because I used a bit of retouch varnish.

Visit to Berwick Church, Sussex to see murals painted by the Bloomsbury Group – fabulous paintings – real treasure!  Four small round paintings, from the Sacraments by Quentin Bell:

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The Sacraments by Quentin Bell , baptism.

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The Sacraments by Quentin Bell, confirmation.

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The Sacraments by Quentin Bell, marriage.

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The Sacraments by Quentin Bell, last rites.

This is just a small sample of the ‘murals’.

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Christ in Glory by Duncan Grant.

St Matthew’s Passion by Bach performed by the Orchestra of the Enlightenment at The Royal Festival Hall.  I don’t usually go to classical music events but this was really enjoyable and interesting as well.  We were sat very close to the front so could here the individual singers and instruments.  The male soprano sounded a bit weird though.  Thank you Orchestra of the Enlightenment for providing a programme with translation from the German.

Somerset further explorations:  having mapped the outcrop of the Beacon Limestone I went slightly further afield to explore other outcrops. I visited Seavington, Hurcott and Green Lane End. There are many places where fossiliferous pieces of this limestone can be collected. So I came back with more ammonite, nautiloid and rhychinellid specimens.

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A sample of brash from the fields near Ilminster. Beacon Limestone packed with fossils.

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Larger fossil is a nautulis.
The smaller fossil is Calliphylloceras cf. nilsonni (rare in Somerset)

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Nautiloid

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An unusual ammonite.

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Holocene bubble wrap and ammonite deposit with ammonites derived from the Beacon Limestone, Ilminster.