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Exhibition visit to see, Monochrome: Painting in Black and White, at The National Gallery.  An interesting, thought provoking and well curated exhibition (for once!).  Not the least because it made me investigate the word ‘monochrome’.  Black, white and grey are all achromatic as they have no colour.    Monochrome is used as an  adjective  having the images reproduced in tones of grey eg monochrome television.  


5th September 2017


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.


22nd August 2017 Watercolour and acrylic

I visited MOMA Machynlleth last week where they were having a retrospective of Roger Cecil’s artworks.  I’d never heard of Roger Cecil before and what a treat this exhibition turned out to be.    Cecil was a loner who turned down a scholarship at the Royal College of Art because he wanted to do his own thing.  Peter Wakelin of the Guardian wrote an obituary after Cecil’s death on 22nd February 2015.  Cecil was a ‘painter’s painter’ and below is a slightly ‘out of focus’ photograph of one of his large canvases.


Roger Cecil

We paid a visit to Borth beach to see the bronze aged forest.  Unfortunately a recent storm had concealed most of the forest beneath a thick layer of sand but the were a few tree stumps showing through.


Bronze aged tree stump at Borth.

The tree stumps had been concealed beneath a  layer of peat beneath the beach.  A storm swept the peat away exposing the ancient stumps.  Other images show some of the stumps cleanly sawn.  Who did this?  Was it the Bronze age people who left the remains of a wooden walkway in the area?  There are some very good photographs on the walesonline website.


I’ve been experimenting with using my mini ipad as a drawing tool.  It’s a very blunt instrument with no finesse at all. Maybe that’s a good thing and my current painting is so fiddly and exacting.  My biggest problem was releasing these images from the icloud!

Evidently Hockney uses his finger to draw using his ipad.

Development of painting:  Decisions include using a square divided into 1600 smaller squares.  Colour of each square was decided using a random number generator. Computer colours -64bit would equal 2(64power) = 1,844,600,000,000,000,000 colours.  How many colours can be produced using artists oil paints?

Finished this painting at last!


Images from Maria Lassnig A Painting Survey, 1950 – 2007 1 Mar – 29 Apr 2017, Hauser & Wirth London

Wow – What an excellent exhibition!  I enjoyed this more than the Howard Hodgkin exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery so I’ve been asking myself why?  Maybe its because I see self-deprication in Lassnig’s paintings.  Revealing and funny whereas Hodgkin was more guarded and serious.  There’s also a f##k you in Lassnig’s paintings that I like.

Hodgkin takes the outside and projects it inwards whereas Lassnig takes the inside and projects outwards.


A trip to the Arctic – Sketches and small watercolour paintings.


Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams in conversation with Alain Badiou if you have two and a half hours to spare!  More and more jobs are being automated – discussions about the left’s response to a world without work.  Listening Badiou is hard work!!  I’m beginning to think that a universal basic wage might be the only way forward.

Zizek would vote for Trump!  Here’s why.

Apparently he’s been banned by The Guardian!!!  Nine minutes into lecture.


Drawing of the Virgo cluster using fossil ‘carbonized wood’.