St James The Less (first attempt)

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A Painting-in-progress

I started a painting on graph paper today. Its an idea I’ve had for a while. I like the idea of painting on graph paper. It reminds me of old school maths books from when I was a kid.

I’m painting a saw. The first attempt was ok – just messing around with bright colours and trying to get it accurate, but not too accurate.

Then I realised that although I’ve got this huge piece of graph paper (40cm x 80cm) I’d only used a small part of it bang in the middle. So I started again, this time filling the whole page – and on top of the one I’d already done.

The result is a bit of a mess, quite frankly, but experience has taught me that you shouldn’t give up on these things too quickly, so I’m going to wait for it to dry and then carry on.

I’m think of calling this piece “St. James The Less”

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Kicking a Painting


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Out with the old

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Said goodbye to my trusty bag after 6 years of active service. It had holes, broken zips and stains.

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

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Luminous Times

Selfridges & Co

Just got back from “Luminous” by Brian Eno. Its an art installation in the basement of Selfridges, a department store in London, UK.

I like a bit of Brian Eno every now and then. There’s nothing quite like it. Go and sit in the space and wallow in it. Chill out man. This work comprises of a darkened room with some seating and plenty of standing room. The images are randomly generated (as is the music) and projected up onto the largest wall (I use the term “music” rather than “noise” deliberately. Its a pleasant sound, rather than just white noise).

A couple of things really bugged me though:

1). The speakers buzzed like mad during the entire thing. I think the speakers were having trouble coping with the bass sounds. I wouldn’t have expected a detail like that to have escaped Eno’s attention. Sad really, as it was quite distracting from what is overall a great piece.

2). Is it me, or has Selfridges gone really camp? Almost everyone and everything was covered in glitter, or eyeliner or a mullet. Products and staff. I think this may have been an intentional contrast (on Eno’s part, rather than Selfridges). When I was being dragged around Selfridges by my Mother at the age of 4, it wasn’t that fashionable.

3) Students. Art students. And an art tutor, who bellowed: “MAKE SURE YOUR JOTTING DOWN IMAGES AND IDEAS. IMAGES AND IDEAS.”

I’m glad I’m not at art college any more.

By the way – I found out about this show from Jonny Baker.

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