Archive for April, 2009

Transcription Pages 37 Girl and Cat (can be applied to both paintings)

Posted in ART, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , , on April 30, 2009 by echostains

page-36

page-36

Continuing with my transcription of Paula Rego’s ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’.  Page 37 shows  that the image is mostly made from oblongs and triangles.

 

balthus_girl and cat

balthus_girl and cat

Page 37 references the t Bathus (b.Paris 1912) ‘Girl and Cat’ painting.  This shows an adolescent girl sitting with her cat, with her feet up, in a gloomy room.  It is a bit of a disturbing image as we are not sure if we are looking at an innocent girl or a sophisticated young woman.  This is the sort of ambiguity that Rego likes to exploit.

paula-rego-snow-white-and-her-stepmother

paula-rego-snow-white-and-her-stepmother

In Rego’s picture, the lightest piece of the painting is Snow Whites knickers.  The socks are also white, but they are grubby.  The light source in this painting is also directed at Snow Whites thighs (as in the Bathus image).

Transcription so far’

Pages 1 – 5

Pages 6 – 13

Pages 14 – 21

Pages 22 – 25

Pages 26 – 28

Pages 29 – 30

 pages 33 – 36

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My 150th Post! How did this happen?

Posted in ART, ART PORTFOLIO MY PERSONAL ART, MY SURFACES, TRANSCRIPTION, WORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS, WRITING AND BLOGGING with tags , , , , on April 29, 2009 by echostains

 

an early image  of catrinas

an early image of catrinas

I can’t believe it!  These posts certainly add up if you do them every day don’t they?  And I have done one nearly every day (apart from 4)  I started on 30th November 2008 with this post

echostain the original painting

echostain the original painting

I now have several catagories, which I keep adding to.  Over the past couple of weeks I have concentrated on Las Vegas and York.  It really is time to get back to some more art stuff, like my transcription and altered book: will maje a concentrated effort to do this this week.

transcription journal

transcription journal

I’m still no wiser why viewing is down more at weekends.  I will just plod on I suppose.  From time to time, I think I shall bring some stuff out of the archives that are relevent to what I am writing about now.  And hopefully, just keep AT IT!

York Break: Haworth still Wuthering after all these years

Posted in BRONTE BITES, PAST PLACES, YORK BREAK with tags , , , , , , , on April 28, 2009 by echostains

haworth-parsonage-and-graveyard witmess to much grief

haworth-parsonage-and-graveyard witmess to much grief

On the way back from our York break, we called in at  Haworth, the Yorkshire village famous for it’s association with the Bronte’s. 

haworth-church-lasting-memorial

haworth-church-lasting-memorial

 There was a time when we used to go once or twice a year, but this was the first time we had been in 3 years.  Nothing had changed.  Perhaps a few new shops and one old favorite sadly, shutting down.

haworth-graveyard on a sunny day

haworth-graveyard on a sunny day

I decided to go in the Bronte Parsonage Museum.  Again, it was years since I had been inside and there were some changes.  More exhibits for a start!  I must have spent a good hour and half in there.

haworth-apothecary-window a wonderland of bygone products

haworth-apothecary-window a wonderland of bygone products

 

I am a huge Bronte fan.  My favorite Bronte’s are Charlotte and Branwell, though my favorite Bronte book is ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily.  Branwell Bronte fascinates me.  There are so many stories concerning him.  It seems the darker he is painted, the brighter his sisters shine……..suspiciously.

haworth-still-the-same

haworth-still-the-same

There were costumes in the museum, worn in the new productin of ‘Wuthering Heights’.  I only hope it’s nothing like the Keira Knightly ‘Pride and Prejudice’……  What a massive disappointment that was. The Bennett’s lived on what looked like a farm, Darcy was downright silly, and as for Wickham (‘who everyone praised to the sky’) and who plays an integral part in the ‘pride’ and ‘prejudice’ of Lizzie and Darcy – well, I think he was seen for approximately two minutes.  Why do they bother?  These type of stories cannot be improved on by sexing them up… when will they learn, it’s what is NOT shown, but which is imagined that has made these stories last so long.

lizzie-and-darcy the bbc version and in my opinion the very best

lizzie-and-darcy the bbc version and in my opinion the very best

 

More of my posts about my York break;

The Haunted House on Stonegate York

Here’s the rest of the journey

https://echostains.wordpress.com/2009/04/26/york-break-a-brief-summary/

Something for the weekend? How about a slump?

Posted in PAST PLACES, YORK BREAK with tags , , on April 27, 2009 by echostains

treasurers-house-cellar-hard-hats-required-to-get-to-the-ghostly-wall.  see roman soldiers

treasurers-house-cellar-hard-hats-required-to-get-to-the-ghostly-wall. see roman soldiers

Somthing weird is going on with this blog.  A pattern is gradually emerging, and I can’t understand it.  Everything is going along O.K. in the week, yet at the weekend, I have very few views.  I can’t work out why this is though.  Answers on a postcard please (preferably at weekend lol!)

a-planchette-or-ouiji-board.  see the haunted house stonegate

a-planchette-or-ouiji-board. see the haunted house stonegate

Anyway, what I’ve decided to do is just do small updating posts for the weekend, and perhaps add links to longer ones that I did in the week.  It seems the best idea, as large pieces of writing are hardly being seen at all.

roman-bath-tiles-york.  see when in york bath

roman-bath-tiles-york. see when in york bath

So here again are the links for the York Break pieces; –

https://echostains.wordpress.com/2009/04/26/york-break-a-brief-summary/

York Break: A brief summary

Posted in PAST PLACES, YORK BREAK with tags , , , , on April 26, 2009 by echostains

Micklegate York

Micklegate York

A quick post today as I’m working.  Here are the links for the York Break we went on just after Easter.  Starting with;

‘Alas poor Jorvik (Centre), maybe next time..’

‘Throwing yourself on the Mercy of the Parish these days…..

‘Onwards Roman Soldiers marching through the Treasurers House’

 ‘When in the ancient city of York BATH!

‘The Haunted House at Stonegate York’

 Coming soon…Haworth (on the way back home)

York Break: The Haunted house in Stonegate

Posted in PAST PLACES, YORK BREAK with tags , , , on April 25, 2009 by echostains

beautiful-stained-glass-window-haunted-house-stonegate-york

beautiful-stained-glass-window-haunted-house-stonegate-york

We visited the Haunted house in Stonegate.  We didn’t even know that this was there last time we went.  I have to say that the house is indeed strange: full of atmosphere.  The narrative starts in the first room and follows you though the house to the attics, to the depths of the cellar.

note-the-little-witch-doll-in-thie-corner-of-this-chimney

note-the-little-witch-doll-in-thie-corner-of-this-chimney

There are certainly some interesting stories told about the house.  Some of this is acted out in the narrative.  I think that this spoils the experience  a little.  The atmosphere itself is creepy enough, it doesn’t really need some of the ‘props’.

crystal-ball

crystal-ball

The scariest room of all to me is the Seance room .  The biggest round table I have ever seen in my life, sits there, taking nearly all the room up.  In the centre is a crystal ball.  Dotted around are ouija boards!  Needless to say, I did NOT have a go….

a-planchette-or-ouiji-board

a-planchette-or-ouiji-board

Here’s a strange thing.  Before going into the haunted house, that morning I had gone into this fantastic Oxfam bookshop.  I never knew there were such things!  This one was great, full of interesting books at very good prices.  A Paperback caught my eye and I was in two minds to buy it.  I didn’t.  I decided I would get it on the way back to the hotel.  The book  was ‘The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy’ by Lawrence Sterne, a book I had never read before.  In the first room of the haunted house, the narrative told a brief history of the house and said that it used to be (amongst other things) a printers and that ‘Tristram Shandy’ had been published there…..  Of course I rushed back and bought it then!

paraphanalia-down-the-cellar

paraphanalia-down-the-cellar

The haunted house is well worth a visit.  I thought it was pretty scarey.  Others have been and felt nothing.  Apparently, the house was also a Spiritualist meeting place too…….

Time and Tide and all that waits for who and what?

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY with tags , , on April 24, 2009 by echostains

corinthian maid -the-origin-of-painting--1775 or me,shadow dancing

 

 

corinthian maid -the-origin-of-painting--1775 or me,shadow dancing

So much to do in this blog and not enough time to do it: at least not in the way I want to.  Some of the stuff I mention, I want to write more deeply about, but time being at a premium, I find myself skimming the surfaces and using links.  It’s not that I can’t be bothered, it just that I havn’t got the time, (the incentive yes,but not the time).

I need to get on with my altered art book.  I need to scan more transcription.  It seems quite a while since I did that. Also, sufaces need resurfacing.  There’s also more art I need to put on etc, etc.

Coming soon: Bigger and Better……