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Monthly Archives: July 2017


Smokejack Brickpit, Ewehurst, Surrey.

Ace trip to Smokejack Brickpit, Ewehurst, Surrey yesterday.  Found several pieces of fossilized bone.  Dinosaur or crocodile?  Need to get them ID’d.


Visited an exhibition called Abstract Remix at The New Arts Project, London.  From the press section of The New Arts Project website,

“Emma Hart and Mat Collishaw: this week’s best UK exhibitions”

To me this reads as Emma Hart and Mat Collinshaw are recommending Abstract Remix rather than their exhibitions being recommended by Jonathan Jones of The Guardian.

Most of the artist’s use slick modern materials like epoxy resin.   A big surprise was that Markus Linnenbrink’s artwork Whatevawillbe had indentations rather than projections. Did I like this exhibition?   I was attracted by the colours of Linnenbrink’s art which were very bright and appealing but most of the work had a rather ‘manufactured by machine’ appearance that I didn’t like.   I prefer stuff to look more man made and the process more obvious.

Also went to see Chris Olifili, Weaving Magic at The National Gallery.  Having seen the BBC Imagine programme about Olifili conceiving and realizing this work I was keen to see it for myself.  Here it is:  very reminiscent of a stained glass church window.  Strange references collide.  Christianity – stained glass windows.  Hindu – the drawings on the walls and Tapestry weaving – medieval European.  All made by someone who is of Nigerian heritage, brought up in the UK and lives in Trinidad!  A real cross cultural mix that has been realized into something magical.


Neptune’s Tears

I listened to Behind the Scenes on BBC Radio 4 this morning.  Choreographer Crystal Pite makes Flight Pattern her profound dance for the Royal Ballet.  What an interesting and talented person she clearly is!  I would like to have seen this performed but sadly I’m too late.  I was particularly intrigued by her descriptions of finding a language to express the refugee’s story.  It’s no different to any other creative endeavor except that the medium is time based and the materials are people, their clothes and the space that they work in. The tension between creativity and practicality was also fascinating.


21st July 2017

Just caught up with Imagine, a BBC TV programme about Chris Olifili, The Caged Birds Song.  Absolutely delightful programme and very interesting to see Olifili’s watercolour images skillfully woven into a tapestry.    Tapestry is currently at The National Gallery – Chris Ofili, Weaving Magic.


20170717 Neptune’s Tears

I sort of see the way that I’m painting as kind of weaving.

My problem with this painting has been how to treat the edges of the object.  I think I’m beginning to work out what I need to do.