Dec 5

The Art of Germany

The Art of Germany

Andrew Graham-Dixon introduced his new series on this title by trying to describe the character traits which comprise the German.  He listed four couplets:

  1. Passion & precision,
  2. Craftsmanship & The impulsive gesture,
  3. A love of nature & a love of the machine, and
  4. A need for escape & a desire for control. 

Donner und blitzen!

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Nov 12




They're a curse!  I seem to spend more time, hot air and nervous energy on *bleep bleep* frames than on painting.

No-one seems to agree.  I get as many opinions as the number of people I ask. 

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Nov 9

Confidence and Celebdom

Confidence & Celebdom

Sports folk talk of confidence... being in the zone etc.  Good (=professional) sport is a creative act;.  You have to be something of an artist  to rise above the mediocre: to see the possibilities, then not just see them but have the gumption, presence of mind, to articulate them.  The same thing here, art might be a solitary occupation but except for the naive recluse cannot exist and prosper in isolation. 

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Oct 25


Jacobson once wrote somewhere about the inadequacy of photographs compared to painting. I'll try and extract the quotation from the midden heap which serves as my filing system.  Personally, with a few exceptions like Fay Godwin and Cartier Bresson (also check out Sarah Boait locally) - I seldom see a photograph that, as a work of art, is as moving as a bad painting.  And now, with the possibility of Photoshop type digitised corruption and manipulation, that respect has sunk even lower.   What purports to be real is in fact a construct, whereas in painting everyone knows it's a construct.  So what we see is the mind of the artist.

Oct 24


It seems that things are only of any worth if they are seen to be of worth by others, otherwise they exist like the tree that falls in the forest which no-one hears... does it really make any sound?