Archive for holidays

My 483rd post is here


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  Some of the categories are outdated now, but I’m still going to keep them, maybe put them under a big generic umbrella – like all the holiday ones in ‘Places’.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.

Honestly! Really Really!

Posted in WRITING AND BLOGGING with tags , , on July 28, 2009 by echostains

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.




Leonardo da Vinci

Hart Benton


Van Gogh







And then the Rain came down…….

Posted in PAST PLACES with tags , , on June 6, 2009 by echostains

We had a few days of lovely weather and then the rains came down.  I hope that that’s not IT, the Summer?  That’s what’s been happening for the past couple of years!

Ephesus wished I was there again


Ephesus wished I was there again

I do hope that we’ve not seen the last of the summer…otherwise we shall be FORCED to go away lol!  Chance would be a fine thing.  I’m not a sun worshipper as such.  I haven’t got the skin for it.  When I go on holiday I never lie on the beach or go anywhere near a pool.  I prefer to sight see, and find out about the history of the place.  I like a bit of sunshine though, it cheers you and makes you feel good.  Plus it’s good for the bones too.  And believe me I need all the sun I can get for mine!

Britains got Sunshine and I Want a piece!

Posted in HOME with tags , , on May 30, 2009 by echostains

Falmouth, taken a few years ago.  Proof that there is a sun

Falmouth, taken a few years ago. Proof that there is a sun

Sod this for a bag of darts!  I’m off out in the sunshine, whilst it still lasts!  This weather doesn’t last very long.  For all I know, I may be actually looking at the Summer!  It’s happened every year…just when you thought Summer had started… 2 or 3 days is all you got: that was IT!

remnants of a lovely day

remnants of a lovely day

Heres my earlier post (180th)

My 130th post:How’s it going so far? Well…….

Posted in ART, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES, MY SURFACES, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , , , , on April 10, 2009 by echostains

the author

the author

This is my 130th post!  I’m quite proud of that!  So far, since I started on 29th November 2008, I have only missed 4 days (and one of them was a time difference when I went away).


Here's one I loved earlier shanghai_by Gursky -20000

Here's one I loved earlier shanghai_by Gursky -20000

Although primarily, my blog is about art, there’s also categories, such as holidays, and uncategorised (me, going on with myself about all sorts).   Also art I like and artists that I LOVE.  I may even introduce some new categories, like music (which influences me immensly) and books.  I am an avid reader: I can’t sleep until I’ve read something!

daddies-sauce-I'll-read-anything I will

daddies-sauce-I'll-read-anything I will


I started off, more or less with my Altered Art book.  It had been tough going, as the words I originally chose (a few years ago…) were chosen for a  vague purpose at the time: and that time had long passed.  But I am pressing on because I am coming to the last pages of this chapter (yes, this is only one chapter!).  The next, will be like a fresh slate.  Here is what I have done so far;-

To  view the altered art book pages so far

page15-one I did earlier

page15-one I did earlier

I have managed to scan quite a few pages from my Transcription of Paula Rego’s ‘Snow White and her Stepmother.  These are 2 A4 journals stuck together (and many more pages to go).

Transcription page-21

Transcription page-21

The holiday section speaks for itself, gradually getting left behind as new outings, new sights and new adventures take place (at least, I hope they do!)

I come to party in Caesars - not to praise him

I come to party in Caesars - not to praise him

My Surfaces includes journal covers (and I cover ALL my journals) and experiements with different media. 

my surfaces armageddon-journal-detail-2

my surfaces armageddon-journal-detail-2