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Monthly Archives: March 2016

Read this book at high speed.  This is about his University and studying years but I  didn’t find it as compelling as his previous books.  It then moves on to his early writing years and describes the period when he gets writers block.  As usual he doesn’t flinch from writing about the more negative traits of his character.

Knaugssguard

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Having established the framework of the painting I can now progress without the projector.

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One day later.

Friday was the last night of Akhnaten at the ENO and Philip Glass took a bow with the rest of the performers.  I’m sad that this has ended.  It’s one of the most brilliant things that I’ve ever seen.  Anthony Roth Contanzo explains being naked whilst performing Akhnaten.

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Painting of Sark. I have not used my acrylic paints for years.  Some of the colours in tubes had solidified.  Phalo green, blue and turqoise plus alizarine crimson.   The more liquid, Finity colours were okay.

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Painting progress – having an art projector is a great help to map out a painting.

English National Opera’s staging of Philip Glass’s opera Akhnaten – Wow!  Now I can say how much I enjoyed it without spoiling anybodies fun.  George Hall writing for The Stage magazine provides a good description of the opera with plenty of photographs.  There are some good photographs in Andre Clements’ review for The Guardian newspaper.

The only part of the opera that I thought didn’t work was a scene of a contemporary classroom with a lecturer teaching the students about the history of Ankhnaten’s rule.  Why were the students wearing white labcoats?  The juggler’s in the cast somehow worked even though they did give the opera a feel of Cirque du Soleil.

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Another Caliphylloceras? Maybe and this time I know exactly where it came from.

 

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Pyritized ammonites from Charmouth. They look so shiny and appealing when they’re first exposed but unfortunately they tend to ‘rot’ unless they’re kept in a moisture and oxygen free environment. I especially like the involute phyllocerid, ammonite next to the penny.

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New painting of Andromeda Galaxy. It’s strange how black + titanium white looks silvery & metallic when mixed.