Archive for August, 2010

Disappearing Trick

Posted in RANTINGS, WORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS, WRITING AND BLOGGING with tags , , on August 16, 2010 by echostains

I bet Harry couldn't do this trick

A few minutes ago I typed a post about Jack Butler Yeats with images.  Now I thought it was weird when there was no ‘post tags’ area, – but still, I saved it  thinking that  I could tag it through the ‘quick edit’.  Needless to say, I lost it, BUT I did manage to get it back in the ‘revisions’ (but with no images).  I closed my blog without saving the post and when I returned it was as if this post had never happened.  It was not in my drafts.  I’m a bit cheesed off with it really!  I’m only posting every other day now – but even so, the thought of trying to go back over what is already prepared is daunting to say the least:(  I will post something else tomorrow and call it a day (or…er something).

Houdini imaged from here

Advertisements

Weird and Wacky Umbrellas

Posted in DESIGN, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , on August 15, 2010 by echostains

The Nubrella - don't leave home without it

A while ago I did a post on umbrellas and parasols which appeared as props in famous paintings (here).  According to Wiki, umbrella comes from the Latin word umbra, meaning a shade or shadow, which in its own turn originally derived from Greek.  Umbrellas and parasols are to be found all over the world and throughout history including ancient Egypt.

We’ve all seen the colourful designs and handles that umbrella manufacturers have come up with, but these creative and somewhat wacky contraptions recently caught my eye.  A very unusual type of umbrella – the Nubrella, turns the traditional design on its head leaving the hands free.  It can’t blow inside out and it won’t poke others in the eye!

Snoozer pet umbrella

Please spare a thought for your poor drenched pooch.  This pet umbrella clips on to the collar and has a lead attached – thereby assuring that your animal doesn’t end up looking like a drowned rat.   It would be interesting to hear the opinion of these pets……

when a lovely flame dies - smoke gets in your eyes

 

Lastly an umbrella for smokers, complete with ashtray!  I’m just speechless:O

Pet umbrella from here

Nubrella info from here

Smokers umbrella and other most unusual ones here

Art makes a Point

Posted in ART, SCULPTURE with tags , , , on August 13, 2010 by echostains

 

such precision!

A while ago I featured the miniscule art by Micro sculptor Willard Wigan who sculpts within the eye of a needle (‘Tiny worlds between heartbeats’ post).  Brazilian artist Dalton Ghetti sculpts using the lead of a pencil as his media.  The artist is already a carpenter in his own right, but for his micro sculpture he uses some more unusual tools, including a sewing needle and razor blade.

How does he do this?

Some of the sculptures have taken years and a lot of patience owing to the fragile nature of the graphite media.  But as you can imagine a lot of them break whilst he is working on them.  This must be so frustrating and disheartening for the artist, yet still he carries on.  What dedication and what great sculpture!

I LOVE this one

 

More about him and more pics here

See the artists alphabet carvings here

The house that wasn’t there

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ART VIDEOS, SCULPTURE with tags , , , on August 11, 2010 by echostains

Abandoned houses have always struck me as rather sad.   Houses that are half torn down – even sadder, as if the inner secret life has been exposed to the elements and all eyes.  To see the layers of wallpaper ripped and torn, each surface revealing a past time, a past birthday and celebration in the house’s history, then to see the building in it’s final death throes is quite disturbing to me.

Sculptor Rachel Whiteread  (b. London UK 1963) is famous for her exploration of the negative space surrounding objects. In 1993 she won the Turner Prize for her exhibit ‘House’, a concrete cast of the inside of a Victorian terrace house: the negative space.  The house was the last standing in the street and has since been demolished.    ‘House caused a lot of controversy at the time and attracted lots of media attention.  Whiteread explains how she felt about the piece and some of the problems she encountered.

video from illuminationstv Thanks!

From the mouths of artists

Posted in ART, ART QUOTES with tags , , , on August 9, 2010 by echostains

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon

There have been many great quotes about art and painting.   Sometimes it seems that if you are a great artist it automatically follows that you will utter a clever quote which will be taken down avidly by critics and fans and passed on.  Picasso was aways coming out with profound quotes, they just seemed to trip off his tongue:-

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary”

As a prolific painter, this was probably true.  There is something about being absorbed in a project that keeps the memento up as each experiment leads to a new discovery and the original concept (used as a starting point) starts to take on a completely different personality of its own.  It is the journey which is important to me personally.  A printed out bus ticket (the end product) needs the map to go with it to trace where the journey begins – and how it ends.

Mona Lisa

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen”

Leonardo da Vinci puts this so succinctly.  He was both profound and clever (though the two don’t necessarily always go hand in hand).  I like the way he juxtaposes poetry with painting, making each lyrical.  Poetry does indeed paint a picture with words in our minds and vice versa.

Great art picks up where nature ends”This quote is by Marc Chagall.  What does he mean by it though?  That art is beyond nature? above nature? unnatural?  or is he trying to say that art transcends nature – that we leave our natures and soar above ourselves like his famous flight paintings!

Chagall image from here Picasso image here and Leonardo Da Vinci here

Quotes from here

Chagall 'flight'

 

 

Plus……… over on Book stains….

Strange Media

Posted in ART, ART VIDEOS with tags , , , , on August 7, 2010 by echostains

I came across this interesting video the other day about unusual art media.  the video is longer than the usual ones I include, but there are so many unusual materials used: butter, chewing gum, pencils, topiary, cheese, that it really held my interest.  Favorites of mine were (from the cake section) were the treasure chest, the workbasket and the flaming Spam cake :).  I enjoyed the chair made from coins and the dog made from paper money.  The rock dog was beautifully painted.  I loved the stool made from pink rubber tipped pencils and my favorite egg art was the one where the eggs witnessed the death of one of their companions :(.  American Gothic made from balloons really made me laugh and also the lavatory made from balloons:D.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.  Which are your favorites and why?

The video is by Thundralight, Thanks! and I look forward to watching some more of these:)

 

Plus……… over on Book stains….

When who is old?

Posted in POETRY with tags , , on August 5, 2010 by echostains

I think it’s about time for another William Butler Yeats poem.  This one is called ‘When you are old’ (and I know the feeling:))   I always think it an extra bonus when the poet themselves actually reads their own poem.  After all, the writer above all knows the way that their work was meant to sound.

‘When You are Old’ was written for  Maud Gonne , a woman who rejected his proposals and there are some beautiful sentiments within the poem about the longevity of love.  But this could also be interpreted as ‘well you missed your chance with me….’ though.  Or you could see it as Yeat’s saying that beauty has fled and with it many admirers, but one remains steadfast.  The way that the poem is read has a kind of lulling and comforting quality.  it is sad in places, but the ‘when’ of it suggests that the woman isn’t yet old.   Which way you would you interpret this poem yourself?

Video from SpokenVerse Thanks!

Butler Yeats, a short biography here

 

Plus……… over on Book stains….