Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Sadly only a small amount of snow fell over night..and by lunchtime it had all but gone. To see any substantial snow, I'd have had to go up to the north of the county near Buxton/ Bakewell.As it was, I still went for a walk around the Derby Arboretum..these photos were taken this morning. The last photo shows the 'Orangery' where my exhibition is due to take place..After consultation with the Park manager I have agreed to postpone it until Easter, as the building has no heating!! and has sprung a few roof leaks. Since the exhibition was due to start in 3 weeks..I thought a delay was the best thing to do!!
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Here is my group at school today in the process of making our final piece of artwork before the exhibition. You will see each child has created a tree made of twigs stuck to card..this is then glued onto the board then Papier Mache over the top. In the two weeks remaining, we'll cover the entire surface of the boards with the trees still showing up..it will then be painted and hung.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
This is the view from out of my window. I have sat here drawing..each day seeing this view..I know all the buildings and love to see the sky change through out the day. From here you can see on the left of the horizon (click to enlarge) the extreme tip of Nottinghamshire with the famous Ratcliffe-On-Soar power station..the turning point for all aircraft approaching the East Midlands Airport which is along the horizon over the roof of the large building just off centre of the photo (to the right of this building you will also note the large Gurdwara with the golden dome) . On a clear day I can see the aircraft coming in to land and taking off. The airport is incidentally in Leicestershire! The centre of the horizon is South East...a direct line from my window would see France..Italy..Egypt..Saudi Arabia..Oman and off into the Indian Ocean..looking to my left I'b be able to see Bombay and yes PS..Pune!!..if only my eyesight was better!
So there you have it...my place of work. Every day I am here...every day I gaze out at this vista..every day I am.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
Have spent some time today reading and studying some of the pictures by Magritte . One of my favourite artists mentioned in previous posts. The concept of placing familiar objects together in unfamiliar combinations interests me. For example..we may be familiar with a tin opener and a marriage ceremony..but put them together and make the tin opener so big it is barely able to fit in the church...you get what I mean. Take a look at 'Personal Values' to see what I'm on about.
I don't think this current picture will develop and reflect what I've been reading about..but then again..you never know!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
The bottles next to the Hyacinth incidentally were painted by me some years ago.I got the idea from a piece by Rene Magritte the famous Belgian surrealist. A link I'll leave you with here to go and be amazed by!
http://www.artchive.com/artchive/M/magritte.html Scroll down..pictures at the bottom!Some are not so good..my favourite is called 'Time Transfixed'
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
I am aware that in many areas I am woefully ignorant and tend to respond with the typical 'man in the street' mentality...This is after all what I am..I am often being made aware that my heart is in the right place as it were. But I do tend to say the wrong things and get the wrong idea. Take the 'space thing'..it is a red herring!..if I'd thought things through I'd have realised that there is so much good to come through the exploration and adaption to what is one of Man's basic desires: To find out about the place he lives in and 'what's over the hill'. Perhaps I should direct my questions to those nations who have abysmal human rights issues whilst spending money that could be used otherwise on posturing on the global stage. (Alert! Alert!..initiate sanity mode!)..
With that..I wish you peace and happiness...
Monday, January 15, 2007
Well..weather you read this or not..the pictures will still appear here.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
I arrived at school today to be greeted by a class of year one children calling my name and saying.."You were Santa!"...I of course denied that it was really I that handed out the presents at the school party dressed as Santa.
I had to get to the store room to pick up some water colour paper..Through the door I could hear the children discussing me..."it was him that was Santa!"..."No it wasn't..Santa's fat!"..."it was Niall wearing a fat coat!".....
I guess you could say I was well and truly rumbled!
Tonight, Jan has to study for a part she is playing at a murder mystery party tommorow night...it's based on a famous BBC TV comedy series here in UK called 'Allo Allo' about the French Resistance during World War Two. So I happen to have the first few series on DVD..as I bent down to put a disc into the machine....she gave me a wedgie!!!! For a moment I WAS Homer Simpson!
Need less to say..revenge will be mine...Mwoah ha ha ha ha!
Monday, January 08, 2007
Sunday, January 07, 2007
I've done very little work on 'Lines' today..however I have arrived at a few conclusions as to which direction it will take........watch this space!
I've also been introduced to the wonders of 'Orkut'. An online social networking site. I hope you are able to have a look at it sometime..? follow the link below...and join!
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
It was a holiday we all needed. We hired a flat which was perfect for our needs. There followed lots of trips to the beach (only 2 mins away)..a trip to meet another old friend in Edinburgh and the celebration of Kay's birthday with a beach party.
The week was special to me for two reasons. Firstly : I was encouraged to read a book which was different to the usual Science Fiction / Fantasy I'd read for 20 + years...a book that would alter my reading habits from there onwards and open my mind and heart to new experiences and education. That book was 'The Time Travellers Wife'. Recommended to me by Kay. I've always had a very deep regard for Kay..she is a woman who has come through the breakdown of a relationship and has gone to university, is studying for a degree in theology and is a mother of 3. A deep thinker who when you get to know her, has the ability to turn your concepts on their heads and challenge you to think in a new way. I am all the richer for knowing her!
Monday, January 01, 2007
I'm nearing the end with this one...By the end of the week I'll be done. It is said that "A week is a long time in politics". So tomorrow I'll be writing about a week that changed my life last year (I'd do it now but I'm too tired!)
So in the mean time..Can you think of one thing that changed your life last year?.