Replica classical statues, Edinburgh College of Art

Here are a few things that have caught my eyes, ears and sensitivities this week. It all goes into the artistic mix!

Auguries Of Innocence – William Blake
Elle Decoration October Issue
Ugly: The Aesthetics of Everything - Stephen Bayley

Low - David Bowie
Nocturnes & Impromtus – Chopin
Thursday Afternoon – Brian Eno
Angel Heart Original Soundtrack
Solo Piano – Philip Glass
Let England Shake – P J Harvey

Who Creates Venice Portraits of Artists  - Elia Romanelli (Beautiful documentary, many thanks Stefano.)
Kes - Ken Loach
Dead Man – Jim Jarmusch
Billions (Season 2)
Sensitive Skin (Series One)

Solo Violin recital by Ali Moraly at the Trinity Apse
Salt Horse, Edinburgh
This Is Patti Smith Instagram
Fuller’s London Pride
Flesh and Spirit – Jean-Michel Basquiat
Replica classical statues in Edinburgh College of Art

Rouse tempers, goad and lacerate, raise whirlwinds! – Kenneth Tynan
The thought of London in October

I was listening to this brilliant song from the 1981 album Tom Tom Club last night as I was painting the last hours of Thursday away.

What are words worth?
What are words worth? Words
Words in papers, words in books
Words on TV, words for crooks
Words of comfort, words of peace
Words to make the fighting cease
Words to tell you what to do
Words are working hard for you
Eat your words but don't go hungry
Words have always nearly hung me

- from Wordy Rappinghood by Tom Tom Club

It reminded me of my own love affair with words and the fact that I have always been fascinated by and write a lot of them in my paintings.

Diction, ekphrasis, epistrophe, haiku, meter, interjection, lyric, metaphor, monostich, neologism, onomatopoeia, phrase, present perfect, pun, rhythm, simile, stanza, vernacular, all beautiful in meaning and in sound. All intoxicating and so fecund.

I used to keep copious notes on scraps of paper and notebooks but when Twitter came along I started to use it as a word/phrase depository, writing and posting something everyday.

For over 6 years I have faithfully added a phrase, poem, scrap of a sentence or line that now amount to 19,450 words as of today!

The words are often deliberately vague and enigmatic. They are gleaned from my daily life, from overheard conversations, advertising sources, TV, film and music and other sources. I blend them, work on them so they become my words, obvious or vague and sometimes deeply personal. This has become a rich reservoir of ideas in which to fish!

I aim to do something with all these words, a separate project, an epic poem maybe!

Today’s words - He slow acId man, diSHINg out shards, now that thE cows have all come home. -

Gold Foot Powder 2 & 3

I added some blue acrylic and then wished I hadn’t! Ok, time to cover up with grey acrylic and to me it is becoming a bit interesting again. Last night I wrote the words back in and added some gold marks. Not sure if it is finished but I am reasonably happy to continue and see where it goes.

Gold Foot Powder (working title)
Oil Paintstick, Ink, Pencil & Crayon on Plywood
50 x 50 cm | 16 August 2018