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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

Where do I go to? to the Arts web Roadshow that’s where it’s at!

Posted in ART, ART VIDEOS, Echostains Blog Spotlight, POETRY with tags , , , , on July 27, 2010 by echostains

 

This blog first caught my attention when the author left a comment about my hoarding habit!  I visited his site – and I was soon hooked!  Kserverny aka Cheffie, Clickety, Cornered, Sir Richard, or Richard North is a man driven.  Well driven and torn – yes both at the same time!  Not only is he a talented chef he is also an artist in his own right.  It’s not enough For Richard to create delicious dishes and present them in an eye pleasing tempting way – his art must have other outlets.  He has found them by writing poetry, songs and even screenplays.  He paints, he sings, he even makes paper sculpture from time to time.  He takes cool photographs and he makes the most wonderfully entertaining  videos!  I say ‘him’, but really I mean ‘them’ – the Aspects.  As you shall see, the Aspects are quite capable of speaking for themselves;-

 Hi Cheffie!  I’m quite a big fan of yours, how long have you been in that kitchen?  what do you most like about it and what do you most dislike about it?

 

  I’ve been cooking  just shy of 8 years but i have been in this kitchen for almost 2..
What i dislike is that the catering industry is notorious for taking their employees for granted and the only rewards are personal satisfaction so if you ain’t getting that, you shouldn’t be there. lol. On saying that i do like the community spirit that comes with the job, the ‘we’re all in this together’ attitude, and of course the flirting with the pretty waitresses
(i shouldn’t have said that.. i should not have said that).

Do you think of cooking as an art form? if so why? if not why not?

  


 I never used to think so, but some people here on blog land persuaded me that it was. There is actually a very strong argument to reinforce that point.


Sir Richard, it is indeed an honour to meet you at last!  (thinks: do I curtsy or not? decides against it with my knees…)    
How did the  Aspects come about? and is it up to you to keep them all under control?  Surely that’s a full-time job? 

Well, the aspects are based on the idea of a multiple personality, fragments of one conflicted mind. and by nature the aspects fight for the top spot which i believe makes for good comedy.
These such aspects are my take on that. (i will point out though that our hive mind is not actually crazy. lol)
Control? The Arts Web Show does not affiliate with control!
 What are your ultimate plans for the roadshow? for example where would you like it to go say in a couple of years time?

 
The Web Show is the first step in a more widespread plan. The Show must get a high level of popularity for anything to be possible.
But next year we plan to go out into the world and get to know the local art and media culture.
Eventually the show will advance into weekly 45 minute podcast that funds itself through sponsors. (targeted advertising)
I will then use the show to promote the local art scene and get some people into the public eye.
That’s the plan for the next three years
.
Hello Kseverny,  you are a talented wordsmith.  Which came first the poetry or the music?

 

   Personally, i put the two together, but each has always had different motivations.
  Poetry is how i deal with stress or emotional turmoil (did i really say that?)
 But when i pick up my guitar and sing songs, i imagine I’m a rock star with thousands of  rock chick fans screaming ‘i’m single’.
 Which musician  has influenced you the most and why?

 

 

Oh this one is easy.
It’s not a musician, but the greatest rock band ever to walk heaven and earth.
The one and only Led zeppelin.

Hi Clickety, Your photographs are renowned for their unusual perspectives – what inspires you to do this?

 


The desire to be different.
       Who want’s to capture a shot the same way thousands of other’s have?
   

 Quite…    I can see that you certainlyenjoy your individuality:)  You have some very good food shots.  Food is notoriously difficult to photograph – any tips?

 


  Thanks, unfortunately i don’t have any answers.
    I’m still figuring it all out myself, i get the effects i get with my food shots through photo manipulation,

Hi Cornered!   You are a natural draughtsman, as your work shows.  Do you get much time to draw these days with your busy schedule?

 


I don’t any more. most of the work you see on my blog is what i did about 4 – 5 years ago.
      The problem is fine art is so time-consuming. Which is a shame really.
.
 In the arts web show video – will drawing be included? and will it be live?

 


 You’ll have to wait and see. lol
.
 I won’t have to wait long the arts web show is my next stop!   One more question though; Who is your favorite artist and why?

 

 This one is actually very difficult to answer because i don’t have a clear favourite as such.
  I’ve always been able to appreciate the work that came out of the surrealist movement, but i rarely tackle that area myself.
  A lot of people over the years have compared my work to have a similar feel to Van Gogh’s artwork. so perhaps it’s him who i like most.
  unconsciously of course.

Thank you Aspects!  It was a pleasure to meet you all!  I’m running along to the

Arts Web Show now – please join me!

I shall be interviewing all my blogrollers (if they agree to it) in time.  Here’s another I did earlier

One years worth of daily posts!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, WORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS, WRITING AND BLOGGING with tags , , on July 1, 2010 by echostains

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Well, I did it!  I have just completed one whole years worth of daily posts!  And I’ve enjoyed it, though sometimes it has been a bit stressful trying to get the posts on in time.  Some have been long some have been short, but I hope everyone has enjoyed them (well some of them).  I have decided not to blog every day in the future as there’s quite a lot I can be getting on with and sometimes this feels like a full-time (unpaid job).  But, it’s been very good discipline and I’ve learned lots and lots and met some very nice people who I hope shall stay with echostains:)  Here’s a small slide show depicting some of the ‘high’ lights!

Health Fanatic (in spirit)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 26, 2010 by echostains

I’m toying with the idea of getting healthier.  Notice, I say ‘toying’ with the ‘idea.  Too much time sat at the computer I think.   Well I am going to have a bit of a shake up soon (1st July to be exact).  On that day I shall have kept to my resolution to blog every day and I will have completed one full years worth!   In the future, I won’t feel guilty if I take a day off from blogging, but I won’t be leaving my blog for days upon end.  Sometimes I will concentrate on Bookstains (which has been rather neglected recently) But I promise I will continue to put more art on here.  I have plans for ‘echostains’ future…….:)

In the meanwhile, here’s my favorite ‘punk’ poet –  John Cooper Clarke to remind me what I am missing out on:)  But for those who prefer to read the poetry or who have difficullty understanding the accent …..

Health Fanatic by John Cooper Clarke

Around the block – against the clock
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock
Running out of breath – running out of socks
Rubber on the road… flippety flop
Non-skid agility… chop chop
No time to hang about
Work out health fanatic… work out!

The crack of dawn he’s lifting weights
His tell-tale heart reverberates
He’s high in polyunsaturates…
Low in polysaturates…
The Duke of Edinburgh’s award awaits
It’s a man’s life
He’s a health fanatic… so was his wife

A one-man war against decay
Enjoys himself the hard way
Allows himself a mars a day
How old am I – what do I weigh
Punch me there… does it hurt… no way
Running on the spot don’t get too hot
He’s a health fanatic, that’s why not

Running through the traffic jam – taking in the lead
Hyperactivity keeps him out of bed
Deep down he’d like to kick it in the head
They’ll regret it when they’re dead
There’s more to life than fun
He’s a health fanatic – he’s got to run

Beans greens and tangerines
And low cholestrol margarines
His limbs are loose, his teeth are clean
He’s a high-octane fresh-air fiend
You’ve got to admit he’s keen
What can you do but be impressed
He’s a health fanatic… give it a rest

Shadow boxing – punch the wall
One-a-side football… what’s the score… one-all
Could have been a copper… too small
Could have been a jockey… too tall
Knees up, knees up… head the ball
Nervous energy makes him tick
He’s a health fanatic… he makes you sick

  

Around the block – against the clock
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock
Running out of breath – running out of socks
Rubber on the road… flippety flop
Non-skid agility… chop chop
No time to hang about
Work out health fanatic… work out!

The crack of dawn he’s lifting weights
His tell-tale heart reverberates
He’s high in polyunsaturates…
Low in polysaturates…
The Duke of Edinburgh’s award awaits
It’s a man’s life
He’s a health fanatic… so was his wife

A one-man war against decay
Enjoys himself the hard way
Allows himself a mars a day
How old am I – what do I weigh
Punch me there… does it hurt… no way
Running on the spot don’t get too hot
He’s a health fanatic, that’s why not

Running through the traffic jam – taking in the lead
Hyperactivity keeps him out of bed
Deep down he’d like to kick it in the head
They’ll regret it when they’re dead
There’s more to life than fun
He’s a health fanatic – he’s got to run

Beans greens and tangerines
And low cholestrol margarines
His limbs are loose, his teeth are clean
He’s a high-octane fresh-air fiend
You’ve got to admit he’s keen
What can you do but be impressed
He’s a health fanatic… give it a rest

Shadow boxing – punch the wall
One-a-side football… what’s the score… one-all
Could have been a copper… too small
Could have been a jockey… too tall
Knees up, knees up… head the ball
Nervous energy makes him tick
He’s a health fanatic… he makes you sick

 

 

video by jbearden

John Cooper Clarke’s website Here  (Health Fanatic poem and many more)

My 550th post

Posted in ART, ART DISCOVERED AND UNCOVERED, BEHIND THE PAINT, BODIES IN PRESERVATION, Echostains Blog Spotlight, WORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS, WRITING AND BLOGGING with tags , , , , on June 4, 2010 by echostains

I’ve reached a little milestone with this post, and the last time I looked back was on my 500th post.  So I think it’s time for another look over my shoulder.  I’m still blogging every day (in fact I need to look back when I first started this daily blogging and see how long it’s been).  New categories have been added (Behind the paint and Art discovered and uncovered, Bodies in preservation (oooh forgot about that one – must do another post on this very soon).  I also did my first blog spotlight and am working on my second at the moment.  I hope to do interviews with all my blogrollers.  I’ve also started putting some poetry that I like on (whilst neglecting my own efforts on Bookstains:C )  Here’s some memories of past posts (the posts are still there in the categories.)

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My 500th post

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ART PORTFOLIO MY PERSONAL ART, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS, BODIES IN PRESERVATION, BRONTE BITES, DESIGN, MY SURFACES, SCULPTURE, TRANSCRIPTION, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , , , , on April 16, 2010 by echostains

It’s not really my 500th post – that was yesterday, but I wanted to commemorate the Titanic.  I have been playing around with WordPress’ slide show tutorial and I thought what could be more fitting than to try to make a slide show of some of the items I have featured on my blog so far.  Starting in November 2008, I chose a few images from the monthly archives and made this slide show.  All the posts are still there in the archives, just type in the search facility or use the month and year as a clue.  I had great fun making it – it brought back many memories too.  I hope you enjoy watching it 🙂

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Update:  I have had to severely edit the slideshow as it was slowing everything down.  Hope this proves quicker.

My 483rd post is here

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ART QUOTES, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS, BEHIND THE PAINT, BODIES IN PRESERVATION, BRONTE BITES, DESIGN, POETRY, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN, WRITING AND BLOGGING with tags , , , , , on March 29, 2010 by echostains

where my heads at

Looking back through my past posts, I realised that I haven’t done any summing up since my 427 post.  I like to do this so often as it gives me new ideas and alerts me to areas of the blog which I have either abandoned or neglected.  Some of the categories are outdated now, but I’m still going to keep them, maybe put them under a big generic umbrella – like all the holiday ones in ‘Places’.

gormenghast trilogy

Since my last summing up, there have been a few changes.  For example my other blog ‘Bookstains’ where I am putting my book  reviews (though I’ve not done much of that for quite a bit).  Reading challenges also go on Bookstains.  I have finished both ‘Titus Groan’ and Gormenghast now and am miles behind writing about Titus and my impressions.  I started that blog because of that, but I am enjoying myself writing poetry too much….

I'm no Byron

Having resurrected my interest in poetry, I have now written a few  in different styles and also a bit of Haiku – which I’ve never done before.  The poetry is also on Bookstains’. 

the ones which went before

Another category which I have started is about the preservation of the dead.  Strange, you may think but I am fascinated by all the different ways the body can be preserved and usually by nature.  I am very interested in geneology and have found out so much about myself from looking at my past.  I am the sum total of those who have gone before.  Art quote is another new category and does what it says on the tin.   I’m trying to pick artists who have made a lot of quotes and who I haven’t featured in ‘birthdays’ or ‘Art I LOVE’.

Behind the paint

A very recent category is called ‘Behind the paint’ and takes a famous painting and looks at the ‘clues’ to understanding it.  Teapots still interest me, but unusual ones are getting harder and harder to find.  The weird and Wacky design’ section is quite a popular one.  I like to put the objects into groups so there is at least a cohesive theme running through them.  This takes a bit of time…..

Branwell Brontes Barbers Tale by Chris Firth

Bronte Bites is a section that hasn’t seen much action recently.  I do have new photos which I took earlier this month and which I will get round to putting up on here soon.  I’m still having trouble with the formatting, but I can’t see me changing the theme as I think it suits my subject matter.  Oh well, onwards and upwards, as they say.