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Soutine’s works are coming to the Courtauld!  19th October 2017 – 21st January 2018.  One of my favourite artists.  I can’t wait to see these.

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22nd August 2017 Watercolour and acrylic

I’ve ordered some new stretcher bars from Russell & Chapple and am getting impatient waiting for them to arrive.

In the meantime I’ve been doing my Wealden Geology homework:

9781444367119: Field Guide to Fossils Number 14: English Wealden Fossils (Palaentology FG Fossils)

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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Neptune’s Tears

A good review of The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray by John Arnold writing for The Church Times.  Arnold precis the book precisely and accurately.

This is the most astonishing claim made in the book:

In October 2015 there was a public meeting in the small city of  Kassel in the state of Hesse.  Eight hundred immigrants were due to arrive the in the following days and concerned residents had a meeting to ask questions of their representatives.  As a video recording of the meeting shows, citizens were calm, polite but concerned. Then at a certain point their district president, one Walter Lubcke, calmly informs them that anybody who does not agree with the policy is ‘free to leave Germany’.” p.319 The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray.

Is it any wonder that there have been political backlashes when the populace is treated with such contempt by its leaders?

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Random Obsession

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Hot, tired and grumpy. work in progress.

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13th June 2017 Random Obsession, almost finished.