Friday, October 31, 2008
Yesterday, as I was sitting down for my morning coffee..I thought, what about a piece of that flap jack in the kitchen?..Jan had baked some the night before but it was how shall I describe it..'crisp'...I lifted a piece from the tin which was on the work surface. It was difficult to sink my teeth into but had a distinctive flavour.I put the piece into my mouth whole and proceeded to try and suck it into submission. Then I thought..ah ha!..don't leave the rest out...put it into a covered container..so i got a knife and began to lift the individual pieces ...however, they began to fall apart.this shouldn't happen I thought due to the extended time they'd had in the oven...it was then that i had my 'miss Marple' moment...the flap jack open to the elements..which earlier had been covered by a tea towel..the cat that had run into the front room dragging a tea towel in it's mouth...the sodden pieces of flapjack...the kitty litter tray shaped baking tin..the distinctive (but unknown) flavour....My powers of deduction arrived at the only conclusion..how about you..does your conclusion match mine?
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
If copyrite has been breached by my inclusion of any of the above images, I apologise and will remove if requested to do so.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Iv yu wont, ey kan cel yu mi pikchur..iyt iz ownlee a fouzand powndz..veree cheep foor ur werc ov arrt wot iyt iz! won dey ey wyl bee a faymuss artyzt..butt ey downt fink sew..ey fink dur mastur wud bee a gud faymuss artyzt..dur ownlee trubbel iz..ee iz nott ded yet...hoe wel...
ey av tu gow nouw and ruun der baff foor dur mastur...gud biy fanz...siee yu sooown.
xxxxxxxxx z and bernarnurz.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I'm going to spend the rest of the day taking things easy....work on my sketches and ideas, and if they don't look as if they're ready to work on just yet, i'll get something else up and running.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Here you can see the mixture over the marrows before serving..the beans were served next and cheese sauce generously poured as required by each of us.
For those of you following the 'Pudding gate' saga...I disposed of the remains last night.Earlier i'd made a vegetable curry and had eldest son state his detestation of it and my daughter erupt in tears at having to have it for her tea (she never even tried it!)...I complained when Jan got home that no one eats my food anymore..Jan said " When have I ever refused your food?"..at this point I should have kept my mouth shut..but no..male brain engaged and activated..I told her i'd made the Bread and Butter pudding just for her and she'd refused it..so off she went to attempt to eat it...but no..she complained it was like 'Soggy bread' ...she told me she's hated it ever since her Mum made it for her as a young girl ...sometimes one cannot do right for doing wrong. I managed to refrain from saying things like: "Well what do you expect, it's been in the fridge for nearly three days and has developed it's own intelligent life !'...and......'If your Mum couldn't make it, then how can i expect mine to be as good as hers?...and since hers was awful,I can only imagine what that relegates mine to being!'
she's due home in 1 1/2 hours and bringing a guest...what am i going to cook?...I'll tell you tomorrow..( If I'm still alive!)
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Here I've rubbed out some of the pencil lines so that i can see clearly the areas I need to blend into each other..this creates the the soft fuzzy out of focus effect. the ladies hair is a mixture light blues dots, red dots and yellow..then shadows are picked out in green .
Monday, October 20, 2008
It can also be a bit of a hindrance when one is looking for meaning in all things when there is nothing more than "Do you want sauce on your chips?"....actually, that sounds like a bit of a euphemistic question...and therefore a minefield of other meanings.I wrote to someone recently remembering the late great Ronnie Barker who famously said: " The thing about double entendres is that they can only have one meaning!".
Anyway..I digress.Today I've worked on the man to the left...there's not much more to go now..in fact I should finish this week.I'll do some more this evening..so until tomorrow..goodbye!
PS..There are still two servings of Bread And Butter Pudding left in the fridge..Middle son tried it and said..."Urgh Dad...it's got bread in it!"...Jan just didn't even try it!...now what is the symbolism there eh?.......
Sunday, October 19, 2008
6 slices well buttered Bread
A little extra Sugar
15. Preheat the oven to 170C, 325F, Gas mark 3. Grease a 7.5cm/3 inch deep ovenproof dish.
16.Take totally misshapen loaf from the fridge and empty contents onto work surface.Reserve 4 quarters (you may need to find an undamaged piece from another loaf!)for the top and arrange the rest in layers in the dish, sprinkling the sultanas between each layer. Top with the reserved quarters.
17. In a saucepan, heat the milk to hot but not boiling. In a large bowl, mix together the eggs and sugar then add the hot milk, stirring well.
18. Slowly pour over the bread and fruit, being careful not to dislodge the top layer of bread. Leave to stand for 10 minutes.
19. Sprinkle with a little sugar and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until the top is browned and crispy.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Anyway..I've been wanting to post some clips of my favourite films.If you're a a regular reader of this blog, you'll know that Amelie is probably my favourite film.The director of that movie: Jean-Pierre Jeunet has created other movies of equally wonderous visuals and concepts.You might recall that among these are 'City Of Lost Children''A Very Long engagement' 'Alien Ressurection' and the film i've posted a clip from today 'Delicatessen'.The scene which echoes the rest of the movie shot in muted colours, is a comment on what our bodies and minds are atuned to..the rythm of life.....and humour!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Work on my picture continues though..I've added a new figure to the scene..I'm wanting to fill in the railing, but I'll hold off for a little while yet.I'd estimate I'm around half way through now...
Thank you again for more of your condolences especially to Devil Mood and Margret.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Thank you to those of you who have sent me condolences over the death of my little cat Tremble who was killed yesterday.Julie and Preeti, it meant a lot to receive your comments...thank you.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
It will be a colour picture which whilst being an excercise, will allow me unhurried time to develop the next piece.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
I've been doing my role play acting today in Stoke On Trent.I played a 51 year old man with chronic fatigue syndrome and depression.I was interviewed by four different assessors. So I didn't have much time to work on Orbits. However...there's not much left to do now.So I've worked on the sea...here you can see the progression of detailing has moved from right to left as far as the ship on the horizon...I need to add a little more texture to the shoreline then I'm finished! If all goes well, tomorrow will see the final hours on this.
So join me then for the unveiling!
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
My art to me has become my life..I sit at home in my little bedroom...I work...I try to take time off..but those days are not what I live for.I take pride in my work, but I feel dissatisfied with it which is good, because it propels me towards making the next piece 'The one'. but sometimes art passes beyond the visual and even beyond the object that it is...it's when it touches or brings us into contact with others who we wouldn't normally have met...sometimes it becomes more important than we could imagine.
I hope you'll forgive me Claudine, but I wanted just to mention that it is through my art that I became aware of you and your battle against breast cancer. you have commented with great generosity of heart about my work and that in itself is wonderful..but you mentioned that you aim to fight your decease and aim to come to see my work...and that is something I find to be an incredible privilege...and a deeply moving prospect. Art is a matter of life and death..it is also more important than that..it bridges cultures, it bridges nationalities and oceans..it transcends our awareness and invades our lives taking our minds and bodies to greater places.
I am thankful that my art has brought me such meaningful and wonderful friendships with people i have never met. I'm sure all my readers would like to join in me and wish Claudine a speedy and prompt recovery..that her battle against this enemy is successful. Please take some time to drop by her blog which you'll find here.It's not in English..but your comments will be read and understood.
Today I've been working on introducing the clouds that i spoke of yesterday..a lot of the composition is vertical..I wanted to add balance by creating a wider effect..a vista..next you'll see how I plan to enhance this effect.
Having completed Honey's stockings..I begin to make waves!I firstly pencil in some guide lines..then dot along these to denote the waves
Gradually making the line closer and less distinct towards the horizon..also making sure not to make them too uniform..
Finally having darkened the horizon and broken some of the lines to give the effect of the waves, I start to add texture to the foreground. The panel I'm working on here between honey's legs and her staff is nearly finished..the area to the right has yet to be given the detailing...I then go over to the left of the staff and then the end of my work is really in sight.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
I think that Gustav Klimt must also have had the same opinion as myself. Now you don't need me spouting off a historical lecture about an Artist..a Symbolist..a great painter...muralist and draughtsman such as we're looking at here...there are a myriad websites you can glean all the information you want.
Famous in most peoples knowledge for his painting 'The Kiss'..a million student bedroom walls will attest to his brilliance in capturing the tenderness, eroticism and sheer beauty of the young man and woman surrounded in gold and darkness.but i am drawn often to his portraits...his nudes. You will know by now that my pictures are indeed symbolist in nature..each part of the composition has a symbolic meaning weather known or unrevealed. so with Klimt...only better!Way way better!
I'll stop writing in a short while and leave the pictures to do the talking, but there's one thing I'll ask you to do, not necessarily with the examples I've posted here, but with all his other works as well. Hold you hand in front of yourself so that the face of the subject (in the case of the portraits) is covered.Look at the rest of the painting.Often no reference is seen to the fact that a person exists in the composition.A random abstract conglomeration of geometric forms, organic swirls can be seen. To me this suggests that Klimt is trying to show us that whatever the circumstances we find ourselves in,whatever life throws our way, it is ourselves and the character we are that defines our place in the world. It is the nature and personality contained in the faces of his women, that Klimt has used to define the painting..to bring perspective and relativity.
I love klimts paintings, I love women.