Of all the posts I've ever posted, the one on scary clowns has had the most views. So, to scare all those clown-phobics out there -- just a little bit -- here are some more creepy clowns.
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Sunday, 22 April 2012
|Ron Mueck's woman carrying sticks|
Next I went to a gallery I hadn't heard of previously, Pippy Houldsworth, just off Regents Street. The gallery was hosting a show where artist couples collaborated on a piece together. It was very lively and stimulating. In some of the work you could see two different hands at work, in others the collaboration was completely enmeshed.
Gallery 4 was Lucian Freud at the National Portrait Gallery, still really busy well into its run. Since I've started trying to paint people, I couldn't not go to this. You don't need me to tell you he was an amazing painter. Just his ability to mix colours was extraordinary. Looking at his images of nudes, both male and female, completely laid open, the artist I felt he connected to was Sickert, who had a similarly consuming gaze. There were some incredible late paintings where the 'bodies' were just laid around the artist's studio like corpses, in one case there was an extra body sticking out from under the bed where the main model lay with a dog. The paint gradually took on a rather terrifying blistered appearance as though it was reacting on the canvas, bubbling and scabbing. It was very powerful. You felt the rather fetid atmosphere of the studio with its grubby mattresses and piles of rags and it seemed like a ward in a field hospital where the 'disease' of art was being battled like a burning fever.
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Alfred Munnings' own house has been converted into a very lovely upmarket (but friendly) hotel called The Cove now. We ate at the restaurant there one evening and were so taken with it that we went back another night. These are the gorgeous drinks we had before we ate:
We had the writer A.N. Wilson as a neighbour for a week which was interesting but we all kept ourselves strictly to ourselves -- no 'Tamara Drewe'-ish vibes! I can't help but think of Posy Simmonds when I go down to Cornwall.
|These giant triffids were growing in the stream just outside the house. Gunnera, I thnk?|
We had a pretty free-form week, dotting about here and there. St Ives was not the same as I remember it from Christmases there with my Mum when it was wonderfully quiet and mild -- this time it was crazily busy but we went to the Tate to see the exhibition by Simon Fujiwara who, his Japanese heritage notwithstanding, grew up in Carbis Bay, just along from St Ives. It was a very strange assortment of installations based on fictionalised aspects of the artist's life. The room I liked best was where he had created huge models of lighthouses taken from paintings by Alfred Wallis. These reminded me strongly of the lighthouse that appears at the end of Marianne Dreams, one of my absolute favourite childhood books.
|portrait of Stanley Gardiner by Richard Copeland Weatherby|
|spooky derelict engine shed nr Cripplesease|
|Mousehole from Raginnis Hill by William J. George|
the Artist Residence (also a hotel -- looked very cool). It was a very lovely coincidence that while we were there I was reading Patrick Gale's novel, Notes from an Exhibition which is set in Penzance and is the story of a woman artist and her family. I can't recommend this novel highly enough for anyone who loves art and/or Cornwall. It was the best holiday read I could imagine and even includes the author's personal tour of Penzance in the back.
|St Michael's Mount seen across Penzance Harbour|
|crow on a roof in St Ives|
|shadows on the wall in our holiday house|
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Thanks so much to everyone who left a comment for the giveaway. It closed last night and tonight Dora drew the names out of a bowl for me.
So here are the results:
Notebook: Kitsch and Curious
Ladybird book: Menopausal Musing
Hat pins: Joanna
Cactus candy: Ellen
Papier poudre: Jee
Little letter: Printed Material
Congrats everyone. If I need your postal address I'll get in touch via email in the next couple of days.
PS Lesley -- I made those muffins just now -- very nice, quite peppery. Easy to do. I'll try to remember to include a copy of the recipe when I send your bits and pieces.