Monthly Archives: October 2012

Collecting – notes from a tutorial – is it geeky to collect or art?

What does it mean to collect? What does the notion of collecting mean? What does collecting mean for an artist? (Can we get away with it in the name of art?) Olympic artist artist in residence Neville Gabie collected pictures … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The things you think about sitting in the bath…

Today, my bath-time ponderings were whether there is a connection between mental illness and creativity. I was actually reading a print-out of a book’s chapter abstracts for work and they came from a book about publicly-funded asylums in 1880s America … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged | 4 Comments

Why is the vegetables art competition judge French?

I was just sitting here watching Mr Bloom’s Nursery with Mr Toes while working on my laptop and my ears flicker with interest as I noticed that the story is about theĀ  vegetables in Mr Boom’s nursery taking part in … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Rain Room – is it art?

Yesterday I watched a BBC news item about the Rain Room at the Barbican Centre in London, a new 3-D exhibition which aims to marry art, science and technology. I found this concept absolutely fascinating. In basic terms it consists … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | 1 Comment

Turner Prize 2012 – the stuff I like

I don’t usually pay a huge amount of attention to the Turner Prize besides knowing of its existence and controversy but I watched a news item about it on the BBC website the other day. Watching this I was struck … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged | 1 Comment

Further musings on The Great Exhibition 1851

The Great Exhibition was all about standardizing a style to aspire to – ‘high’ Victorian design. A way to show off the British Empire, re-enforcing Britain’s place in the world as an industrial nation. Perhaps it showed an insecurity in … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Great Exhibition 1851

Victorian style is easy to describe: one imagines highly decorative objects, elaborate detailed wallpapers, intricately carved furniture, and beautiful paintings and sculpture. Every day objects were valued for their decoration rather than their utility. The picture is of wealth, opulence, … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged | Leave a comment

My favourite drawers – those people whose drawings I like a lot.

Frank Auerbach I am drawn to this image for the emotion he is able to create here, sometimes with simple-seeming strokes but often with heavy, clumsy strokes. Vincent Van Gogh I like this picture for the emotion it contains and … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My thoughts on drawing – some weird stuff here you know.

I’ve been pondering drawing and what it means to me. Hmmm. Well. I like doing it. I tend to do it very carefully. I can spend hours doing it. I can get lost in it. I like to draw what … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged | Leave a comment

To draw or not to draw, and what is it all about anyway?

What is drawing? Good question. recording an image. using imagination to represent an image or concept. providing visual information – a stamp of the self or personality. What constitutes drawing? Another good question. creating an image using a variety of … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment