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Monthly Archives: October 2017


30th October 2017

Quite interested to see Waldemar Januszczak criticize the use of the term ‘practice’ in art galleries.  Culture section of the Sunday Times this weekend.  He’s describing information about Cezanne’s Portraits at The National Portrait Gallery:  “Cezannes practice of portraiture”.  Januszczak says that “Practice is art world jargon borrowed from the medical profession.”  I think that Januszczak is incorrect.

Practice:  The customary, habitual, or expected procedure or way of doing of something.

This use seems entirely appropriate.

I had my photograph taken at a photographic exhibition this weekend.  When asked to smile I should have said ‘Madonna’s don’t smile’ instead of ‘I hate smiling’!



26th October 2017


24th October 2017 

Starting to tackle the composition/colour balance problems.

Visit to Aust Cliff, Gloucestershire to have a look for the Rhaetic Bone Bed, c. 209.6 – 209.1 MA.  Late Triassic be overlain by Jurassics heralding a change from terrestrial to marine conditions.


Aust cliff. Red Triassics overlain by grey tea green marls, towards the top of the cliff. The Westbury Beds overlying the Tea Green Marls are the Rhaetic sediments that contain the bone beds.

Bristol university has posted a good description of Aust Cliff.  Here is a very good paper written about

Microvertebrates from the classic Rhaetian bone beds of  Manor Farm Quarry, near Aust (Bristol, UK). Harry Allard Simon C. Carpenter, Christopher J. Duffin & Michael J. Benton

Checking out fallen blocks on the foreshore proved to be quite productive.  As an SSSI hammering the cliff face is forbidden and probably not advisable from the safety standpoint!


Chondrichthyan teeth in the Rhaetic Bone Bed. Red arrowed teeth are approximately 0.3cm long. Blue arrow shows bony material.


Penny sized poo in the Rhaetic.


Rhaetic ripple marks, in the Westbury sandstone. Probably upside down! There is fossil debris in the embayment above the penny.


Then onwards to the Geological Association’s palaeoclimate conference.

The ‘Anthropocene’.  This term ‘bakes in’ Homo sapiens hegemony with respect to Earth and natural forces.  I don’t think that it should be considered as a valid stratigraphical term.  We don’t have the Stromatoliteocene or the Dinosaurocene.

Playing with a sensu digital brush and mini ipad.

BR2049.  Could this possibly be as good as the original BR?  I enjoyed it but it’s incredibly dystopian which is a bit depressing.  It reminded me of Mad Max.  I wonder if it’ll be referenced by artists as much as the original BR?  The most novel idea was the two replicants/robots synching.  Main theme’s are humans destruction plus the nature of reality.


5th October 2017


4th October 2017.

Attempting to get this painting back on track.


2nd October 2017

Back to the drawing board!  I scrubbed off parts of this painting with turpentine and am going to start over again.