General

New Art Classes

New art classes are starting up again on February 17th, at the Holly Lodge Community Centre in Highgate, post refurbishment. On the second Friday of each month, the group will meet to draw from life in cafes, bars and stations. On March 10th we go to the fabulous King’s Cross Station. This provides an excellent […]

Observations

Celts and non identity

I was struck most by the ‘Celts, Art and Identity’ exhibition at the British Museum. The Celts, distinguished by the curators for their non-existence, were distilled into abstractions that dated back to the bronze age. Swirling, intricate, flowing lines and shapes inspired by nature would later be utilized by artists of the so called Celtic […]

General

Jetsam

I had planned to teach life drawing at Mother Studios, but the studio air turned out to be particularly stagnant, and I had to cancel; asphyxiating others was not an objective. I am leaving Mother and returning to Highgate. New classes will be starting in September in Highgate and central London. I was thinking of […]

General

Returning

I have been enjoying Maria Popova’s excellent blog, Brain Pickings. There is an article on Leo Tolstoy’s book, ‘What is Art?’ (1898), in which he distinguished ‘real’ art from its antithesis by its ability to ‘destroy in the consciousness of the receiver the separation between himself and the artist.’ He called this infectiousness, citing three essential […]

Pigs after Cana
Observations

Pigs after Cana

You do not have to meet an animal in person in order to see it. A photograph may be a copy, but aptly transmit the subject’s essence. That is why ‘dead’ people you love change their Polaroid expressions so completely, according to the way things are. Christ’s message of abundance is returned through dining pigs, […]

Inspiration, Observations

Natural animation

I find myself caught up again in the dilemma of making artefacts for which we praise or disparage ourselves, and nature, nearing crisis point and more important than ever. How can an artist contribute to nature – this has been an age-old dilemma. I found that actually being inside the place one wanted to draw […]

Meat without Salt - King Lear
Observations

Meat without salt

‘Why, I love you as much as meat loves salt,’ said the King’s daughter. And he banished her in a rage. It was not until some time later he was dining at a friend’s castle where he was served saltless meat, that the King dissolved into tears. By then his daughter was a maid working […]

Abstraction
Observations

The Revolution of Abstraction

Art, science and spirituality, anciently one entity, seem to be making a convergence in these disparate times. The revolution of abstraction that was experienced in art by the likes of Mondrian was mirrored by quantum physics in science. The ‘established law’ of reality was turned on its head not only by art and spirituality, but […]

Inspiration

Artistic Intention

I am still finishing my pigs. Someone referred to animal farm, but it was not meant in that way. One needs to take the reigns at some stage. Compositionally the pig’s head works to the far left of the table, but it is then situated before the blue gowned pig, which would inevitably be read […]

Observations

After Delaroche

From Delaroche’s Execution of Lady Jane Grey, the women evolved into lap dancers. When I drew these (3 Dancers after Delaroche) ten or so years ago, many dancers who were interviewed described experiencing power through the attention they received from men. In Living Dolls, Natasha Walters wrote lucidly of how young girls are groomed by […]