My reading this year continues to be diverse and unpredictable! Spanning classic novels, economic history and the art world. These are the 12 books that have stuck in my mind most this year. The books from which I find myself recalling information, recommending or that have informed my world view in some way.Continue reading “Top Books of 2019”
For many years I worked in retail and ecommerce. Somehow I still can’t let this time of year pass without responding to it somehow. Continue reading “Another Year, Another Black Friday”
“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction”
The famous quote and premise of Virgina Woolf’s 1928 lecture Continue reading “Reading Notes – A Room Of One’s Own”
My notes from a lecture at IVAM on the topic of female artists.
– “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” a 1971 text by Linda Nochlin, published in ArtNews. Key text questioning traditional narrative of history of art. Continue reading “Lecture Notes – Why No Great Female Artists?”
I recently saw (and wrote about) the brilliant blockbuster show of Olafur Eliasson’s work at the Tate Modern. I also have history with Olafur. I don’t know him, but I do remember seeing his huge installation The Weather Project at the Tate in 2003, aged 19. Continue reading “Old Times with Olafur”
I’ve been getting to know Diego Velázquez over the past few months. Not in person, he’s obviously long dead (1599 – 1660), but through other means… Continue reading “Getting to know Diego…”
Over 1000 naked people on the streets of the old town in Valencia, me included. Continue reading “Nude in the City.”
I love the way the human brain can conjure up connections between seemingly disparate things. Thoughts, ideas and suggestions can present themselves at strange times. And if I’m lucky these thoughts may start to coalesce into what I call a ‘thought noodle’. A wiggly but interesting path between unexpected things. Continue reading “From Brassbands to Conceptual Art”
A couple of weeks ago I took a walk up into the old town of Valencia. I was mostly heading to the art shop to buy some acrylics, but on my way, I happened upon all manner of lovely sights and distractions.
Some thoughts which sprung to mind below and pictures … Continue reading “Happening upon things.”
It might sound strange, but right now I’m really focused on volume. I just want to spend time drawing and painting, putting in the hours and seeing where it takes me.
The A4 sketchbook I brought with to me to Valencia was about a third full. Continue reading “Work rate. 4mm per week.”