Stone me! Bathbombs, puppets, dribbles and Little Dancers!

Ronnie Wood Sketch

Musician,artist and printmaker  Ronnie Wood, who plays with the Rolling Stones (and has also played with The Faces, and the Jeff Beck Group) trained at Ealing Art College. His new exhibition, called ‘Time and Places’ will showcase 100 pieces of his work, including paintings of Jimi Hendrix, Slash and portraits of friends and family.  It shall run 7 – 12th November Cork Street, Mayfair. London.  Wood had this to say about his work:-

“People don’t know that I’m an artist. Playing music as part of a team effort is wonderful, but to express individuality as an artist is very personal. Art is more powerful, a more personal statement.”

 Creativity is creativity, but I take his point about personal expression and the need for own space to indulge this.  A group of artists can all bounce off each other and feed off ideas, each with their individual interpretation, – the inner journey must be solitary though.




Meanwhile, it’s nearly that time again.  No not Bonfire night – The Annual Turner Prize is nearly upon us.  love it or hate it, The Turner Prize has attracted controversy since it began back in 1984 to celebrate new developments in contemporary art.  Contenders have to have had outstanding exhibitions – and be under 50.

This year the exhibition will be held in the wonder BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts Gateshead.  This is a wonderful venue – a large and airy space  which used to be an old flour mill (see my review of this arts centre from when we visited – here)  The contenders for the Turner Prize this year are;-

Karla Black         


Martin Boyce
Hilary Lloyd
George Shaw

I shall be reviewing the other contenders in a later post, but my attention was drawn to the strange media of artist Karla Black – obviously a person after my heart where diverse media is concerned.  Whilst I have ground soft pastels mixed with polyfiller, and have flirted with latex, recycled acrylic scraps, Black uses crushed bath bombs (must smell wonderful!) foodstuffs and even medicines to make her sculptures.  Heavily influenced by psychoanalysis, she states;-

‘While there are ideas about psychological and emotional developmental processes held within the sculptures I make, the things themselves are actual physical explorations into thinking, feeling, communicating and relating’.

There’s a good review of this artist, image from here   If you want to see some of my painterly ‘recipes’ please look in my Categories MY SURFACES.  Here’s one I did earlier ‘Brown Sauce meets Latex’

This TV built 1936 was still going in 2009 please read the link below

Age is a dichotomy in many ways,on the one hand, nothing much surprises me any more – yet on the other there is still a yearning to believe in somethings and I still feel a childlike disappointment when they turn out to be wrong.  For instance, I find it very very difficult to believe that television is 75 years old today!  It seems only yesterday when I was told to see if there was any mail, went downstairs and saw a television showing a children’s programme in black and white.  I had never seen a television before – so you can imagine….  I was watching Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men – and they spoke my language 🙂   Bill and Ben, along with Andy Pandy, The Woodentops and many more were part of the Watch with Mother series.  BBC Watch with Mother ran from 1952 –  about 1965 when it was replaced by other children’s programmes like Camberwick Green, Pogles Wood and Trumpton.  Here’s a very early episode from Bill and Ben (Thanks to ) :-

Also in the news is the famous Little Dancer, the bronze ballerina made

The Little Dancer

by French Impressionist Edgar Degas.  The bronze sculpture, stands 40 inches in height and  wearing a silk hair ribbon and satin tutu failed to sell at Christie’s New York.  The ‘Little Dancer aged 14’  had a pre sale estimate of between $25 million to $35 million.  Degas’s heirs had 28 bronzes cast from the original which was made from tinted wax.  Whilst I find it difficult to believe that there was no buyer for such an iconic work – on the other hand, the price tag is a bit on the high side…..

Whilst the ‘Little Dancer’ is at least a bronze, Jackson Pollock’s No.5 1948 painting sold at for $140 million in a private sale in 2006.  The painting measures  8ft x 4ft and is on a sheet of fibreboard.  Quality versus quantity?  Not necessarily – take a look at the rest of the worlds most expensive paintings here.  Perhaps, in the end, a painting is only worth the price someone is willing to pay for it?

Ronnie Wood related link and painting from here

Television image and article (from 2009) is this TV still going now I wonder? read here

BBC first broadcast info here

Degas image and more information here

12 thoughts on “Stone me! Bathbombs, puppets, dribbles and Little Dancers!

  1. Thanks for the info on Ronnie Wood, Lynda. I did not know he was an artist. Oh, I have so much to learn. You took me on a trip down my own memory lane remembering our first TV and some of the shows I watched in the USA. Fun memories!

    1. Thanks Leslie! Sorry I’ve not been around much but I’ve been mad busy at the moment – I’ll try to visit everyone more often than I do. Ronnie Lane’s is quite a good artist isn’t he, I was watching a programme about Rolf Harris who I think doesn’t get the respect as an artist which he is due. It’s fascinating to watch him paint, – he talks all the way through it in a very entertaining and informative way 🙂 In fact I may do a post on him at some time. Did you notice? I missed Francis Bacon’s birthday YET again Lol

      1. That post you did on Francis Bacon and his room was one of my favorites because I learned about how he crushed and mangled photos to come up with some of his ideas.

        1. Yes, he just used old magazines and photos and journals – no internet to help him. I like that he was so disciplined with his painting. He used to get up early each morning despite having a hangover andjust paint through it for a certain amount of time, then get on with his social life. It’s a miracle he could separate the two -both seem enhanced by the other Lol

  2. Firstly, this is Musicman commenting here, I’m logged in under my real name from my other blog.
    Secondly, nice to see you still blogging!
    Those TV programmes brought back happy memories – can remember Bill and Ben, Andy Pandy, and my favourites The Woodentops with Spotty Dog. Bring them all back I say!
    A very entertaining post.

    1. Thanks Jamie, though I’m finding it har d to blog as often as I used to. Yeah – great programmes and all puppets. Loved the Woodentops and Bill and Ben, and also Rag, Tag and Bobtail (especially the ‘baby rabbits’) Seems like only yesterday 🙂

  3. I remember the flowerpot men.
    Oddelly oddelly blop? Little weeeeeeeeeed! 🙂

    My dad apparently got his first TV set in 1946 – before I was born, I have to add!

    1. I can’t remember the year we got ours but I know it was a Wednesday because Bill and Ben was on 🙂 Monday was Picture book, Tuesday was Andy Pandy, Wednesday Bill and Ben, Thursday was Rag Tag and Bobtail and Friday – The Woodentops if I remember rightly. Happy days 🙂

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