Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
did I tell you that I really love the Globe Thistle?...Echinops come in an aray of different varieties all having spidery leaves and flower heads that bloom in blue before forming globe shaped thistles. They are usually very hardy plants and can often be seen growing along railway embankments, but keen gardeners are happy to have them in their borders.I first became aware of this plant whilst visiting my friends in North Berwick in Scotland...travelling by train from Edinburgh , there are swathes of the thistles along certain areas and depending on the time ( they bloom in mid to late summer)...they appear as a cloud of blue...looking closely the globes look like blue stars in a green nebula...Below I've posted a few pics which hopefully illustrate what I mean!
You'll probably be surprised to know that despite my enthusiasm for these wonderful plants, I don't actually have any in my garden!...My aim this summer is to rectify that!
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Now..I'm certainly NOT an expert on the life and movies of Jean Rollin( that's why I've posted a link to a Jean Rollin dedicated blog at the bottom of this post!)...but I've seen a few, and I love his use of space...atmosphere and low budget filming. what Hollywood and multimillion dollar CGI production can achieve in seconds...Rollin weaves subtle and dreamlike sequences to achieve a poetic and hypnotic scape of fantasy and horror.
Friday, April 27, 2012
* NB. this post somehow got saved as a draft and wasn't published...so please forgive the fact that it's out of sequence!
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I'm feeling quite empty at the moment. I'd like to see the back of this piece...so i'm trying to push myself...it's having the opposite effect...but I'm probably about 5/6 of the way there now..so...not much more..I reached 130 hours..should probably take another 20 or so.
Monday, April 23, 2012
I've settled on a butterfly theme for the gloves which I'll carry on into her stockings . Tomorrow I'll show you what's going on with the rest of the picture.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I've just read the introduction which was wonderful...by John Burnside, it went on to discuss the reasons why we might feel the need to retreat from the world..to restore and regenerate ourselves...to 'find ourselves'. The Times printed an obituary for Iris in 1999, the substance of which resonates completely with me and my current thinking regarding my work.
"Those who reproached her for her publishing too much were perhaps missing the point: her project was one of imperfection, or imperfectability even, as if the perfect - like the good, about which she meditated deeply - was fundamentally beyond human achievement.If for her every novel was a fresh attempt attain her ideal, she found each time that her ideal had moved on"
I feel the same about my work...I am forever disappointed that I'm unable to render that which is in my mind's eye...but I do not lose hope...I plan next time to reach the perfect......
If only?..... ;)
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Sunday, April 08, 2012
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Saturday, April 07, 2012
Friday, April 06, 2012
My pencil and sketchbook have been busy....and as always, you'll be first to see what becomes of my 'muse' (those familiar with the plot of Xanadu will understand!)....
Posted by Niall young at 23:56
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Here you can see the pencil work for my Bubble Blower...I derived the sketch from the previous 'Medicine' picture...I'm really captivated by the bubble blowing idea...I've got drawings that I'd considered for this piece but was rejected...it involved two girls facing each other and blowing bubbles across another girl facing the viewer...technically difficult to achieve without getting a couple of people to stand and model for me blowing bubbles at each other...but I like a challenge and it along with the various other ideas I have will be subject to a few more sketchbook workouts over the coming weeks!
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I found this photo on the left showing me on this day last year before I had started my get fit campaign! I thought it would be fun to include a photo which I took a few minutes ago to showing you the difference between then and now!
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
I'm working on the sky (top left) at the the moment..it seems that as I move across the page..I'm darkening it fairly quickly...as the source of the bubbles is just visible...I wanted to have lots of stars visible for the remaining area to the edge of the page...so obviously as the sky gets darker, the amount of work...the density of the dots increases so therefore the obvious progress slows down.
Posted by Niall young at 20:28