Lecture at the Barbican

February 1, 2010

Recommended to me by a friend: ‘Territory, Fantasy and the Second Sight Performance Storytelling: Maps and Dream’ on 18 February at The Pit. Might have to check it out..

Telling stories of the bible

February 1, 2010

Sister Gertrude Morgan from New Orleans. God told her to paint in 1956.

Sister Gertrude Morgan

February 1, 2010

I saw her work at the ‘Museum of Everything’ hung up around an alter. She stopped playing the guitar, and said that god wanted her to spread the message through painting the stories of the bible. She continued to play the tambourine.

Museum of Everything

February 1, 2010

I visited the ‘Museum of Everything’ on the corner of Regents Park. It was one of the best exhibits of work I have seen for a long time. The work was charming and exciting, but perhaps what I found more moving was the museum itself. The work was exhibited in what used to be a house, placed in different rooms. Then you walk down the stairs and into a huge, high- ceiling room with paintings covering the walls, like the RA’s summer exhibition- this was my favourite bit. I really liked William Hawkins paintings (above) One in particular was of a purple hairy monster. I was drawn to its use of colour- purple, green and red. I like the fact that all the artists were making this work because they wanted to. They just drew or painted whatever they liked, with no intention of it being seen.

‘Circus’ by Alexander Calder

February 1, 2010

I have talked about this before as it was inspiration for me wanting to make an animated film using objects and kinetics, as opposed to stop-motion.

‘The Rake’s Progress’ opera

February 1, 2010

Set design by David Hockney. There’s a good shot of it 4 and a half minutes in. Hockney said he used cross hatching, to reflect Hogarth’s etchings.

‘The Mascot’ (part 1) by Ladislas Starewicz

February 1, 2010

More Brian Wildsmith

January 27, 2010

The circus

‘Noah’s Spaceship’

“I believe that beautiful picture books are vitally important in subconsciously forming a child’s visual appreciation, which will bear fruit in later life.”

Brian Wildsmith

January 27, 2010

‘Escape at bedtime’ from Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘A child’s garden of verses’

It has been suggested  I look at children’s book illustrator Brian Wildsmith. I am particularly drawn to his use of colour. “Everything was grey. There wasn’t any colour. It was all up to my imagination. I had to draw in my head…”

Collage

January 25, 2010

The illustrations I have been making for ‘Little Red’ are not as successful as the drawings on location, they look to clean and the colour is too flat. So I have been playing with collage to solve this problem. Will post pictures soon.