Archive for March, 2009

I’m a Square: It’s Official

Posted in ART with tags , , , , on March 23, 2009 by echostains

face_shapes which one chooses me

face_shapes which one chooses me

It’s strange the way your face and body changes when you age isn’t it.  I used to do those quizes in magazines like ‘Jackie’ when I was a teenager and discovered I had an oval face.  Apparently, this was the face shape to be desired (well, in those days).  Now my face has turned decidedly square.  I am officially  a ‘square’ how very ‘Beatnik’ of me eh?  If I was a young man, I would be a very ‘angry’ about that.  I wrote an essay about  some of these angry young men.  I’m talking about creative angry young men of course.  James Joyce, Dylan Thomas, Allan Sillitoe, John Osbourne, Philip Larkin etc,, they were angry young men of course.  My essay though was about American authors though, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs.  Those were the days eh, when you stood about in Cafes spouting poetry and peoples lives were so simplistic, that they actually listened.  How brain washed were people those days? were these men’s ideas actually so different from the norm?  I guess they must have been.   How normal was the ‘norm? and is this why people were called Norman?

 

People were probably about the same as they ever were,  only now we think we are so savvy……….They just use different methods (though the vast media) to brainwash us, but we are on to them of course…)

 

allen_ginsberg_1978 he's dead angry

allen_ginsberg_1978 he's dead angry

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Wooh show a leg (if you like that sort of thing)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 22, 2009 by echostains

 

flight-socks-not-a-flight-of-fancy-believe-me

flight-socks-not-a-flight-of-fancy-believe-me

What  exactly are ‘Flight Socks’?   They look to me to be tight popsocks that grip your legs in a vice like way!  Apparently they keep you from getting a deep vein thrombosis.  Aren’t they expensive though for what they are?  They are  Norah Batty gone wrong!  Now, perhaps if Norah would have worn them, she’d have gone to many places, instead of staying in Holmfirth all her life, God Bless her!

norah-and-her-famous-stockings

norah-and-her-famous-stockings

My Surfaces: ‘Alchemy’ page 2 Kitchen media

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2009 by echostains

Continuing with the experimental project ‘Alchemy’; –

page-2-alchemy

 

page-2-alchemy

The experiments on this page took place in the kitchen.  Soft pastel pigment mixed with washing up liquid (1) add vinegar (2) add cream kitchen cleaner (3) add crimson drawing ink (shellac based) (4).  Linseed refined oil added (6)

My Surfaces: ‘Alchemy’ page 1 Cocktail of delight!

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , on March 20, 2009 by echostains

Alchemy project where unusual media was expermented with.

page-1-alchemy

page-1-alchemy

For some reason or other, I seem to have had a lot of different alcohol in: hence the experiments…

Starting with pearlescent ink (1) I then added cherry brandy (2).  Keeping with the ink I added whiskey (3) note: quick drying (probably the alcohol)

Starting with acrylic, I added whiskey (5)  the acrylic and cherry brandy (6), then acrylic, cherry brandy, whiskey and vinegar.

My Surfaces: ‘Alchemy’ continued

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , on March 19, 2009 by echostains

alchemy-cover

alchemy-cover

Continuing with the ‘Alchemy’ project.  The objective was to use unusual mixes of media.

various-pages-from-the-alchemy-project

various-pages-from-the-alchemy-project

Experiments were varied and personal notes made.  I made the pages loose leafed so I could add to them, plus it made them easier to work on.

My Surfaces: Alchemy

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , on March 18, 2009 by echostains

alchemy-book-cover

 

 

alchemy-book-cover

In the ‘Alchemy’ project, the objective was to experiment with unusual media.  Of course I had a field day!  This is the cover, which consists of two cardboard covers (back and front).  The pages are held in place with a big clamp.

The media use  consists of silver paper rolled up and shaped into the letters, painting in acrylic paint.  I was aiming for a nacre mother of pearl effect.

To be continued

All wrapped up and ready

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 17, 2009 by echostains
fascinator

 

Well everything is almost in place for the wedding.  I have more or less got everything together.  My fascinator is fascinating (now I have more of an idea how to wear it), and away I will go!