Saturday, May 29, 2010
I have been thinking about calling it La Sirène du Causse, or The Mermaid of the Causse, from the beginning, but thought a better name might come along. Nothing has.
The causse of Gramat is an ancient seabed with fossils in much of the sedimentary rock. I love the sea and feel a little landlocked here. I am a children's book illustrator, so a bit of fantasy is appropriate. Lastly, perhaps the legendary lure of the siren will draw some gold-lined pockets to the gallery.
Official departmental signs already point the way to the gallery, so ici seems enough to let everyone know that they are here. Besides I had run out of black paint. Strunk and White would approve.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Adrian must be about the most accomplished and celebrated of all of us who graduated from the Michaelis Art School in Cape Town.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
The writer and philosopher Joseph Campbell described most art as 'pornographic' not because it featured anyone who was being taken advantage of sexually (or otherwise) in the content of the work, but in that it made you want to possess it.
He felt that 'true art' was beyond possession, that art that created what he called 'aesthetic arrest': that heart-stopping, beyond-weeping, deep-to-the-soul connection that absolutely rips away your awareness of your surroundings and makes you dive into that Place Within and stop there and BE and feel. That was the only 'real' art.
In the late '70s he gave a 3-day lecture series and projected 'real art' on slides every 30 to 60 seconds throughout the entire 3 days. It must have been staggering.
The photograph is of a sculpture by Andrew Goldsworthy whose work, to me, illustrates the above.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Lascaux cave painting, Lascaux, France, 15,000 BCE
The other night, we had dinner with the paleontologist Duncan Caldwell. He is in the area at the moment visiting local caves, and he enthralled us with stories about early man and how his belief structure was tightly integrated with nature and survival.
I often describe a neighbour in Rignac as a bit of a Neanderthal. Last week for example, he sprayed his land, bordering on my freshly cultivated vegetable patch, with weed killer. I realised that a sorrel salad I had eaten a day or two earlier had been covered with the stuff when the plants yellowed and withered.
I will have to come up with a more appropriate slur for my neighbour than Neanderthal...
Thursday, May 13, 2010
The National Theatre writes of the exhibition:
"Following the journeys of three great 18th and 19th-century artist travellers (Vasileio Gregorovic Barsky, Samuel Davis and Hercules Brabazon Brabazon), Doug Patterson has created a body of paintings and drawings which record three of the world’s great faiths. From the architecture and landscapes of the Christian Orthodox monasteries of Mount Athos and Meteora in Greece to the Buddhist Dzongs of Bhutan, and the Islamic mosques of North Africa and northern India, Patterson’s work gives us a personal insight into the spiritual world of these very private places of worship."
Look at the wonderful succinct manner in which he paints these young monks playing cards.
Visit his website, www.dougpattersonartist.com to see more of his work, including a video.
I couldn't quite stretch myself to buy an original, but I did treat myself to this hand-coloured etching. I reckoned I owed it to her, if not myself, having learned so much from her books. Lucy's website is www.lucywillis.com.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Besides being a most reliable plumber, Christian is also an excellent potter and a musician. He has agreed to play at our opening on June 4th in exchange for the portrait.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I have discovered a new way of working- mixing white acrylic with my watercolours. Sometimes the paint is so thick one can draw/scratch in it with the end of my paintbrush to interesting effect. I have been using the same technique in my illustrations for After the Kill.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Please join us on June 4th at 7pm if you are in the vicinity. There will be refreshments.