Archive for May, 2009

Transcription: Snow White and her Stepmother by Paula Rego page 40 – 45 ‘The Sinister Shadow Theatre’

Posted in ART, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , , on May 15, 2009 by echostains

 

page 40

page 40

Continuing with my transcription of Paula Rego’s ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’.  This is page 40.  I am concentrating now on the hands of the stepmother:

 

page 41
page 41

Note how the stepmother’s hands are both grasping and exploring in an almost gloating way:-

Sillouettes of these hands form a sinister shadow theatre:-

 

pages 42 and 43
pages 42 and 43

By digitally manipulating the hands and elongating them, the sinister shadows grow longer as in a shadow theatre – and thereby become much scarier: –

To be continued tomorrow

The pages so far;

Pages 1 – 5

Pages 6 – 13

Pages 14 – 21

Pages 22 – 25

Pages 26 – 28

Pages 29 – 30

 pages 33 – 36

page 37

page 38

page 39

 

 

 

Mysterious Places: Roche Rock

Posted in PAST PLACES with tags , , on May 14, 2009 by echostains
The mysterious rock

The mysterious rock

 

When I came across my Cornish pictures yesterday (Barbara Hepworth museum), I uncovered a cache of interesting places we went on our Cornish holiday 3 years ago.  One of them was Roche rock.  We had recently read about it in our favorite magazine Fortean Times. and desperately wanted to see it!

the ruined chapel

the ruined chapel

This rock is surreal!  Where did it come from?  It stands there almost accusingly.  It has a life or a presence all of its own.  Even on a summer’s day, it has a dark broodiness.  Apparently the chapel at the top (now in ruin) was dedicated to St Michael in 1409.

natures way

natures way

The rock is a natural phenomena and is millions of years old.  It has a lava like substance that seems to have been arrested in mid bubbling lol!

eerie sentinels

eerie sentinels

There was once a hermitage below the chapel and legends abound about Roche rock, which has been featured in the film ‘The Omen  The Final Conflict.  Read some more about it here.

and here

A Cornish Garden of Hidden Delights: The Barbara Hepworth Museum, Cornwall

Posted in ART, PAST PLACES with tags , , on May 13, 2009 by echostains

two sculptures converse

two sculptures converse

I came across these photos the other day.  They are from a holiday we had in Cornwall about 3 years ago.  Amongst the many places we visited, was the Barbara Hepworth Museum in St  Ives.  The house has a few Hepworth personal memento’s, but it isn’t as interesting as Hepworths studio or garden .

Hepworth's studio

Hepworth's studio

Everywhere you turn, a sculpture confronts you,  Sometimes they seem to creep up on you and take you unawares!    Each pathway, bush and sculpture provides a vista.  Sometimes these vistas lead to other vistas.  There is so much life out here in the gardens.  The flowers and plants seem in perfect harmony with their neighbours (the sculptures).

amazing forms

amazing forms

Opening up these forms, by piercing them, lets in light and lets the sculpture ‘breathe’.

natures influence

natures influence

Hepworth was influenced by older sculptors like Henri Gaudier Brzeska and Jacob Epstein.  Hepworth took her forms from nature and from Neolithic stones.  If you are in St Ives, it is well worth visiting this lovely place!

Potty about Teapots: Lock in the Flavour!

Posted in DESIGN, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS with tags , , on May 12, 2009 by echostains

 

securitea teapot by andy titcomb

securitea teapot by andy titcomb

I came across this original and unusual teapot by Andy Titcomb the other day.  I was immediately struck by how the design acts as a metaphor to the availability and exclusiveness of this once valuable beverage

Tea  caddy circa 1790

Tea caddy circa 1790

Tea, introduced in the mid 17th century became the main  British beverage.  Everyone I know, drinks coffee now though!  Why is this?  Tea was once such a valuable commodity, only wealthy people could afford it.  It was locked away in a tea caddy and eaked out.  Even the leaves were recycled.

tin tea caddy

tin tea caddy

This site incorporates tea caddies and old advertising!

For a brief history of Tea, see here

http://www.britainexpress.com/History/tea-in-britain.htm

‘Happy Birthday Dear Dali!’

Posted in ART with tags , , on May 11, 2009 by echostains

Dapper Dali!

Dapper Dali!

It’s legendary artist Salvador Dali’s birthday today!  He would have celebrated his 105th birthday (and been in the Guinness Book of Records) is he’d have lived!  He died in Figueres Spain (his birthplace) of heart failure in 1989, aged 84.

Salvador Dali MetamorphosisOf Narcissus.  Dali's paintings are full of Freudian symbolism

Salvador Dali MetamorphosisOf Narcissus. Dali's paintings are full of Freudian symbolism

He is in my opinion the  personification of a painter: talented, original and as mad as a hatter lol!  We went to the Dali Universe in London a few years ago. 

Salvador Dali Mae West sofa

There's something fishy going on with this lobster telephone

There's something fishy going on with this lobster telephone

 Apart from the easily recognised Dali sculptures (lobster telephones etc), the best bit was Dali’s actual drawings and illustrations: absolutely  exquisite pieces of work and lots of them.  Each one a marvel and absolute delight to gaze upon.  Dali was an excellent draughtsman and his sculptures are well…surreal like the man himself!

Facts about Dali here

Here is a list of links to post I have made so far concerning artist’s birthday.  I have tried to make it a rule that I actually LIKE the artists’ work!   Some artists I do like, I have not included so far, as their birthdays have clashed with something else I was writing about. Some birthdays I have only found out about when it was too late to include them , I mean to rectify this at a later date.

Dali Soft construction with boiled beens

More of my posts that feature Surrealism;-

‘Sleight of Mind  and Psychic Art’

And what about the Women Surrealists?  Read my review of the ‘Angels of Anarchy’ exhibition HERE

Fellow Surrealist Marcel Duchamp HERE and Photographer Man Ray HERE

The Latest artist’s birthday  is Pable Picasso

Rubens

Gauguin

Leonardo da Vinci

Hart Benton

Turner

Van Gogh

Morris

Pollock

Chagall

Kahlo

Modigliani

Degas

Hopper

Duchamp

Hogarth

Beardsley

Munch

Hepworth

Potty about Tea and Pots (well, just potty really)

Posted in TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS with tags , , on May 10, 2009 by echostains

tony woods mad hatter teapot

tony woods mad hatter teapot

A  quick post before I get ready for work. I used to collect teapots.  I have quite a few.  My favorite maker was Tony Woods, I loved his character teapots.  Not only is his characterisation pleasing, I like the glazes he uses.  I would have all his work if I could.

my favorite woods teapot

my favorite woods teapot

I came across this ceramicist the other day (TomHatton).  Some of these designs are wonderful and very whimsical!

tom_Hatton stella teapot

tom_Hatton stella teapot

This is an excellent site for novelty teapots.  Needless to say I never use my teapots to make tea……..   I use the old teabag in the cup I’m afraid.  Besides, some of the teapots are totally impractical anyway, and that’s the fun of them!

And a good Teapot blog… (where I got the ‘Stella’ pic from)

My 160th Post: Still Rambling on

Posted in ART, BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, BRONTE BITES, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES, MY SURFACES, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , , , , , on May 9, 2009 by echostains

Ghosts of the past walk this way (with orbs)

Ghosts of the past walk this way (with orbs)

Well, I can’t believe that this is my 160th post!  What on earth have I found to write (or ramble on about?)  I now have 11 categories.  Some of these are well left behind – like the London Jaunt and LasVegas.  They’re nice to look back on though.  I am continuing with my Transcription.  That consists of two journals stuck together and  I am nearly coming to the end of the first one.

 

 transcription journal front

transcription journal front

I have some more surfaces to continue with yet.  The altered art book has 3 pages before the first chapter is finished.  I am then into brand new territory.  Some pages have been prepared, but the words haven’t been chosen (which was  the case when the book disappeared for a few years then popped up.  I then couldn’t remember WHY I’d chosen those particular words, but decided to try to work with them anyway. There are three chapters altogether. 

page7 and8 altered art book

page7 and8 altered art book

I have introduced a new section called ‘Dear Reader I Read it’ which will critique what I’m reading, or re reading.  Another category is called ‘Bronte Bites’.  This will be about stuff relating to the Brontes.  The Brontes fascinate me, but I do not purport to be an expert on them by any means.  I’m always willing to learn what I can about them from people who are more knowledgable than me.  So any opinion that I give is only my own opinion, and not an expert one.

bronte_sisters by branwell bronte c1834

bronte_sisters by branwell bronte c1834

I will be continuing with ‘Art I LOVE’, because I love SO MUCH art!  I am finding it increasingly difficult to actually do any art (apart from my altered book) as I have so many other things on the go.  That’s my update anyway, and where I am up to at the moment.

Altered art book, Page 23 continued

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES, SCULPTURE with tags , , on May 8, 2009 by echostains

Page 23 of my altered art book continued from this

page-23

 

 

page-23

One artist springs immediately to mind – artist Mona Hatoum. (b. 1975 Beirut Lebanon).  In her exhibition ‘The Grater Divide’ at the White Cube 2002 the artist used familiar objects on a larger scale, such as a fold out cheese grater that acts as a room divider.  Hatoum’s work identifies with being uprooted and living in exile.  Hatoum employs installation, sculpture, performance art and mixed media in her work, addressing subjects such as exile, the body, control, life death amongst others.  Her work is fascinating.  For a more in depth view look here.

paravent-mona-hatoum-2008

paravent-mona-hatoum-2008