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18 July 2018

BACK TO THE PAST

I'm thinking of getting Giclee prints done from some of my self-portraits and other paintings to sell at reasonable prices. A series digitally painted in 2006 is on this page. A video I made in 2007 shows the full set with a sound track of me singing over Bryan Ferry's version of Just the Way You Look Tonight.

17 July 2018

DON AND VLAD TETE A TETE IN HELSINKI

Who's going to write the play What Donald and Vladimir Said Privately in Helsinki? Anybody want to have a go? Here's my version.

Don and Vlad

4 July 2018

GENTLY AMUSED BY LEAVES

He was gently amused by leaves.

Woke up today with that sentence in my head. Sometimes I get cryptic telegrams like this on waking. Poets get them all the time. Usually I forget them. Decided to run with this one.

He was gently amused by leaves
The height of things was an interesting question
To leap or not to leap?
His eyes did not see
So much as foresee
Consequences.
Not a bad life
On the whole
.

Pushkin on front steps

3 July 2018

PANIC IN VAIN

In prehistoric days before the internet, we never had this strange sense of being cut adrift into outer space,abandoned, rudderless, when something in the system breaks down for no apparent reason and our home, our online home, which sometimes seems more real than our actual physical home, is suddenly Not. There! I'm exaggerating but have indeed been pacing the floor, climbing the walls and tearing what's left of my already sparse hair simply because my website, for a few days, vanished from the internet as if it had never existed. I know this is not a bona fide catastrophe but only a vanitas vanitas type of thing. Nevertheless, panic. I'm at ease with computer technology and solve problems by myself most of the time but this struck too close to home, literally my home page which reassures me I'm still alive, digitally speaking, whenever I log into the worldwideweb. I phoned my broadband provider and, surprisingly fast, they sent me Abdullah, a lovely guy who admired my art on the walls and chatted about life etc. while he efficiently installed a new modem and concluded that the problem had nothing to do with the broadband connection but only with my website host. I phoned mine Host. Polite guy with French accent answered. I asked would he rather speak French than English? We continued in my native langue de chat. The problem was their fault, not mine. My website was blocked by mistake because they were slow in confirming its renewal. Website restored. Two friendly guys in two different corporations in two different countries doing their job cheerfully and well. One foolishly panicked customer satisfied. Tout est bien qui finit bien.

1 July 2018

FIONN DEFINITELY DONE

Just because you can do something doesn't mean you need to do it or that you must do it. In making art and in teaching art one of my guiding principles is that less is more. Being too obedient to what your eyes tell you can mean producing something that is competent but banal, pedestrian. What you must obey is the truth of your intuition and this often means having the courage to reject information overload. I knew that the last version (not posted here) with more detailed. lighter hair, was wrong. Wrong in terms of my perception of Fionn, never mind anything else. The added information detracted and distracted from character. I knew this while I was in the act of 'improving' the hair and yet I carried on, going against my intuition. So I've now removed some of my needless tweaking and I'm stopping now. 

Finished portrait of Fionn

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