Archive for December, 2008

Good old days are here already, and I’m not ready

Posted in DESIGN, LIVING IN THE PAST: NOSTALGIA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2008 by echostains

Those short skirted days...

Those short skirted days...

When I was young (I always swore I’d NEVER start a sentence with that…). I always used to wonder why ‘old’ people went about with hats, scarves and coats with  turned up collars .  I was never cold.  We would go out in the snow with tights and heels on, and short skirts.  We didn’t care!  It was fashion. 

 People used to say we would get chilblains (never did find out what those were).  You did used to see women with ‘corned beef’ legs though.  I think this was because they stood warming their asses by  the coal fires.  I love a coal fire and am lucky enough to still have one.  The rubbish we burn on that fire, makes me wonder why we did away with them.  Then I remember: pollution wasn’t it?  They were the days of REAL bin men.  Binmen who used to heave a heavy aluminium bin on their backs.  They just wore old clothes, not special protective gloves etc. But then again, they didn’t need to did they?   The only stuff  in the bin was tin cans and anything that couldn’t be burned on the fire.  Even soot went into the garden.  Vegetable peelings went into the fire or the compost.

I’ve just re read this..and it sounds like I am talking about war time!!  I’m not though.  I was about to say, I ‘m only talking about the 60’s and 70’s, then it struck me just how long ago they actually were!!

I used to laugh and feel my eyes glazing over when ‘old’ people mentioned ‘the good old days’.  Now I’m doing it myself.  It is better to do it on a blog though, you can’t actually SEE the eyes glazing over!

http://www.fashion-era.com/the_1960s_mini.htm#Fifties%20Fashion%20Hangs%20On%20Until%201966

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A Little Light relief: Euphoria Borealis

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ART PORTFOLIO MY PERSONAL ART, HISTORY, HOME with tags , , , , , , , on December 30, 2008 by echostains
northern ights (Aurora Borealis) over the fjords

northern ights (Aurora Borealis) over the fjords

Having recently watched a programme about the Northern Lights, (it’s one of my ambitions to see this strange phenomena one day).  It put me in mind of a painting I did in my final year at Uni.  It was the last painting I completed for my degree.  I had done a massive Art History dissertation,  two 1.500 word essays and a 2,500 dissertation on my Personal Project (Echostains) as well as all my paintings.   It is no wonder the final painting came to be named ‘Euphoria Borealis’!  This summed up the feeling of pure relief  (a belly laugh) at having actually completed such a workload on time!

euphoria-borealis

euphoria-borealis

 

http://www.greenlandholiday.com/AboutGreenland/NorthernLights/tabid/67/Default.aspx

Help! I’m disappearing up my own archive!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, WORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS, WRITING AND BLOGGING with tags , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2008 by echostains

blackhole-at-the-heart-of-the-circinus galaxy (one I may be contributing to)

blackhole-at-the-heart-of-the-circinus galaxy (one I may be contributing to)

 As the old year disappears and the New Year, once a distant shadow looms closer and closer: becoming more of a reality or possibility, it begins to occur to me that all the words I’ve wrote so far will ‘disappear’ into that seemingly invisible file called ‘Archive’.  That got me wondering if anyone actually reads what has gone before, or if this archive is actually a black hole that words disappear into.  Or even if this whole blog is a black hole! 

sparks legendary heros

sparks legendary heros

 Maybe I am wasting my time: maybe I need to be more patient.  Or maybe it’s like ‘Sparks’ said; –

‘It’s a lot like playing the violin, you can not start off and be Yehudi Menuhin’ (Amateur Hour)

yehudimenuhin stagedoorcanteen-1943 (This man practised)
yehudimenuhin stagedoorcanteen-1943 (This man practised)

We will see (or go blind trying to)

http://www.menuhin.org/
http://www.allsparks.com/

 

 

 

Goodbye Christmas: Hello New Year!

Posted in ART, CHRISTMAS with tags , , , , , on December 28, 2008 by echostains

compatriots1 acrylics on board colour study

 

 

 

compatriots1 acrylics on board colour study

The Post Christmas lull has set in.  I will start the New Year with some more work on my altered book.  Until then, I am still getting over Christmas.  It will be good to get back to ‘normal’ eating (and less booze).  I KNOW I will feel better for it!

compatriots-2 acrylics on board. colour study

compatriots-2 acrylics on board. colour study

I’ve been looking through some back up discs lately.  I found loads of older art work, essays and projects as well as holiday photos: all sort of bits and pieces I’d forgotten about.  They brought back a lot of memories.

In the beginning……was the beginning (original rescued altered book notes)

Posted in MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2008 by echostains

 

The start of the altered art book pages 1 and 1 2002

The start of the altered art book pages 1 and 1 2002

I didn’t realise just how old my altered book was until I found this bit of writing on an old disc!  This book is like the Marie Celeste!  Six years though………. that’s a long long time.

26th August 2002

Today I decided to attempt making an ‘altered’ book.  I had a choice of two hard backed books: ‘The Woodwitch’ or ‘Five Gates of Hell’.  I decided on the latter as I wouldn’t mind reading the ‘Woodwitch’.  From the opening chapter (first page), I chose two paragraphs.  The first one is about jets flying over an eerie sky and ghostly plant life.  The second described curtains with mermaids on, and the scull of a seagull with a coin in one of the eye sockets.  I have painted the background and am pleased that it hasn’t seeped through to the  pages underneath.  The background is similar to a background I used for my ‘Armageddon’ project.  I splattered this with white and silver ink, and drew in some ghostly plants which looked quite crap actually.

However, not to worry, I am going to go over all of it with some white ink, which will cover the plants and seaweed.  I am going to do a coin rubbing to represent the seagulls eye, and may do a drawing of a skull.

As usual, as with anything I do, problems are already arising.  Half of art is about problem solving though.  I do not want the work to be illustrated though.  I would like the quotes to be seen  in the way they are isolated – out of context, yet pertaining to the story (my story – not the original author).

https://echostains.wordpress.com/2008/12/04/the-gates-of-hell-are-back-but-for-how-long/

Boxing Day – lucky for some: unlucky for wrens

Posted in CHRISTMAS with tags , , , , , , on December 26, 2008 by echostains
Tom Smith cracker

Tom Smith cracker

 

I never knew there were so many traditions associated with Boxing day.  From giving gifts to the lower classes of people to the stoning of wrens!   Apparently this to relates to the stoning of St Stephen (whose birthday it also is).  There are some interesting facts about Boxing Day on these sites: –http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/boxingday.asp

http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/boxingday.shtml

Tom Smith

 http://www.thekingofcrackers.co.uk/reproduction-prints.htm

Happy Christmas one and all!

Posted in CHRISTMAS, HOME with tags , , , on December 25, 2008 by echostains

Thought I’d just write a quick Happy Christmas to anyone who may be reading, hope you are all having a happy day like me!

stained glass nativity scene

stained glass nativity scene