Archive for November, 2009
This post is one in a special week of celebrating Echostains I year Birthday blog
The last couple of days have been a bit hectic. I’ve not even twittered! The concert last night for the toilets at The Star Inn went down really well. Did we achieve the money we needed for BOG AID? click HERE and find out…..
Didn’t take many pics last night, just couldn’t get my mode right on the camera! Really kicking myself about that. None of them are really anything to write home about at all, mostly blurred. You need a steady hand for this and getting there at 6.30pm….well, that doesn’t help lol! Guest of honour Julie Hesmondhalgh (Hayley from Corronation St) made the auction go with great humour! She was very entertaining, and a lovely down to earth person with a sharp wit! The folk bands we had were also very good indeed and everyone just mucked in and had a great time!
More of my posts about The Star Inn HERE
Seems ages since I put a proper post on here, everything is a bit up and down at the moment. But will try to get back to normal soon and write about ART. Well that’s the first year gone on my blog. I have to say, I’m really enjoying doing it AND talking to some lovely people whom I would never have met otherwise! Communication (the echo and the stain).
Yes it’s one year today when I first started my WordPress blog! So far I have managed to write 362 posts. The idea was to write one per day, but it was a while before I discovered being able to schedule these posts. My aim for the next year is to beat my record!
What have I blogged about? wittered on about? Well all sorts – mostly Art. Art can be found everywhere though! I didn’t want my blog to be dry academia (succeeded there alright), but neither did I want it to be full of too personal stuff either: outpourings, confessionals. Rantings? occasionally…. moaning? trying to keep it down to a minimum. I also try to steer clear of politics. I do have views but I think there are too many blogs that focus on political matters.
I have LOTS of categories! Including our travels, books I’ve read, TV and films I have watched and of course artist’s birthdays. I am adding to these. Those I missed will get an airing soon. The only criterion for selection is that I do actually happen to like the artist’s work, otherwise it would be a never-ending task, bit like the sorcerers Apprentice filling the buckets…
I have still got more things planned, and when I can work out how to link gallery pics with written pages about artist’s (as in my Altered book) I will do so, as this shall make it tidier. Many thanks for those who have commented on my blog, it is very much appreciated! I would like to thank my right and left middle finger for typing…I would like to thank GOD that I still don’t smoke, or I would be dead by now smoking AND typing…….that’s it really! Cheers!
Puerto Rica actor Jose Ferrer 1912 -1992 was, I think may have been the actor I was trying to remember played Toulouse-Lautrec in the 1952 film biopic ‘Moulin Rouge’ by John Houston. Don’t ask me where Peter Finch came from……
It’s always frustrating when you can’t remember something for the life of you. This happens with quizes a lot. It just seems to depend if you are in sync with the world at that particular moment. Sometimes everything falls into place, and the brain seems to be so sharp and ‘coincidences’ just abound. Only they are not really coincidences, they are little clues showing you that you are in sync with the universe, I think.
Sometimes you can be reading and come to a word (in your head) and hear that word spoken at exactly the same time, but on the TV. Or vice versa, listening to something and your eye-catching hold of the same word, sentence. Very strange really. Sometimes though I am definitely out of sync. Just when I needed my printer urgently to print some programmes for tomorrow, the printer is playing up! I got ink, I got paper…but it won’t print properly, even though I’ve cleaned the head. Tomorrow is another day, hopefully a locupletative one!
I had to go to town today. Raining of course. There’s a few Christmas decorations up, but it doesn’t feel anything like Christmas. Some nice window dsiplays though. My favorite is always Selfridges , they always have something flamboyant!
Not great pics but you get the idea, lots of drama, silver women hanging from chandeliers – the usual, lol!
Another shop, called Allsaints had the most amazing window display I’ve seen in a long while. Hundreds (and I mean hundreds) of sewing machines in the window. At first I thought they must have got them from a factory, but only some had motors fitted onto them, plus they weren’t all Singer either, some were German. I wonder where they got them all? and I wonder what they will do with them all afterwards?
This one is Habitat, I think. I couldn’t resist it. looking all Christmasy and welcoming!
Not much of a post today, I’m afraid, just been very busy indeed. Found a cousin I haven’t seen for about 40 years so we have a lot to catch up on! There’s not enough hours in the day sometimes – yet other times,it seems to hang heavily. I have loads to do in the next couple of days so I might not put a great deal on…but then again, I just might (as an escape route). Still reading the Norman Collins ‘London belongs to me’ book and have got Branwell Bronte’s Barbers Tale’ by Chris Firth lined up after that. Plus there’s all that clearing out business that I STILL haven’t got round to…oh Deary ME!
Today is the birthday of French painter, print maker, illustrator Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse Lautrec-Monfa (known of course as the diminutive Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901). Post impressionist Lautrec is best known for his bright lively images of the Parisian theatrical world.
The lively modern world of Fin de siecle Paris was one of colour and decadence and Lautrec immersed himself into it, illustrating all it’s life, humour, comic tragedy in this bohemian world. As a lithographer, his colourful posters for the Moulin Rouge (amongst many other night clubs) were seen all over Paris. His models were outrageous dancers, like Louise Weber, who was also known as La Goulou (the glutton) inventer of the Can Can and the instantly recognisable Jane Avril .
Althou Lautrec’s career only lasted about 20 years, he seems to have produced a vast amount of work. His influences on Manet and Degas can be seen in his behind the scenes images, where the entertainers can be seen at work and relaxation.
The 5ft tall Lautrec was addicted to alcohol and suffered a lot of disability. But this did not stop him going out on the town and capturing the exciting nightlife of Paris. Some of his models are so instantly recognisable that sometimes a mere silhouette will suffice. Lautrec led a relatively short, but exciting life and there are many biographies about him. For a look at more of the artist’s fabulous paintings and prints see HERE
For a more detailed look at this life HERE