Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Russell Cotes museum, Bournemouth

Gilded peacock cornicing - Dining room

Frith - RamsgateSands 1854
Crowded as fuck
Covered up Muslim style

Rossetti
Venus Verticordia 1864
Cf Klimt - gilding
 Theatrical - scenery, layers
Jane Morris? Strong face - Alexa Wilding
His only nude in oil

I want an indoor fountain
Main Hall cf Leighton House

The first funeral 
Louis Ernest  Barrias - Fr
Adam & Eve mourners? Abel
1890-00
Bronze
Eve moving
Abel beautiful

The Silent Evening hour
Joseph Farquharson
A woodland light you can't capture - like the pine avenue in Bournemouth today

Leighton
Perseus & Andromeda study 1892

Victorian intensity

Pharaohs Daughter
John adams-Acton 1865
Marble
Bad relief in base of bust

Cleopatra
Eugenio Lombardi lateC19
Marble

Her first love
G Sheridan knowles
Is a bunny - provocative hint of emerging sexuality in male eye

Psyche at throne of Venus
E matthew hale
Interesting power rel & composition (tall canvas)

Midsummer
Albert Moore
1887
Mixture of allegory and realism
Sleepy
Graphical comp
Egyptian profiles
Powerful use of orange
Aesthetic movement
Symbolist
Sig & date on vase

Jezebel
Byrne shaw
Irish?
Black women look Polynesian
Suggestive flowers cf okeefe
She was nude originally 

The moorish proselytes
Edwin Long
Converting Muslims in Granada 1500

Aurora Triumphans <86
Evelyn de Morgan
Luminescent
Leighton Ho
Androgynous middle angel

The bathers alarmed
Solomon  j Solomon
So many Vic paintings excuses for female nudity & voyeurism

Atkinson grimshaw
An Autumn idyll *
V distinctive light & palette

Judith
C h landelle
Pupil of delaroche
Cf Klimt
Suende

Arthur hughes
Little one who straight has come 
Cf Burne Jones - angelic stairway
Shades of nativity

Good news & bad news
John bagnold burgess
Hardy - letters

The bather *
Thomas Ronaldson
C1930
I'm a sucker for De dos - Horst
Ingres
Scott Fitzgerald

Spray
Harold Williamson 
1940
Bold angle
Laura knight 


The mannequin
<1938
Andreas Carse
Cf Frith - crowd

William roberts
The happy family
1924
Clash between subject & style 

Christopher Nevins
1917
The war profiteers
Theatrical lighting
Grosz 









Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Courtauld Kossoff & Auerbach

Auerbach - head of kossoff 57 charcoal on paper
Private Coll

Kossoff - head of Seedo 64
Oil
PCol
V Auer in style
Jesus
Sculptural 

York Way railway bridge 66/7 PCol
Oil on board
Kos
Fluent
V Auer in style

Auer
Rebuilding of empire cinema L Sq
62
Oil
Courtauld
Browns
Highly abstracted/geometric

Auer
Carreras Factory
61 
Oil on bd
PCol

Greys B&W 

Georgiana Houghton - Spirit Drawings - Courtauld Gallery

Outsider Art
Delaunay
Kandinsky
Yeats?
43 survive
Melbourne
Aboriginal 
1871 exhibition New Brit Gal bond st
Memoirs 
Dr Barnaby Wright - Courtauld talk 
Rousseau

The Eye of God 1862 25/9
Breakthrough
Fractals
Spirograph
Moore/Hepworth

Anna Maria howitt watts 1st Brit spirit artist 
1814-84

The holy trinity
29/11/61 
Part breakthrough

Map contours
Nature math forms




Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Rump steak beautifully cooked by D after Gordon Ramsay shared with the Enfants Terribles

Business opportunity with cousin Richard S in NYC discussed at The Phoenix

Business partnership with Simon G chatted about at Wellcome Collection


Friday, July 29, 2016

Star spot #475

Malcolm Rivkind MP
Pimlico Station
25/7/16

Georgia O'Keeffe - Tate Modern

Music - pink & blue no.1 1918
Soft-edged organic abstracts - TRY IT

Stieglitz Equivalent 1925-30
Cloud photos with GOK shapes

AS
GOK 1920
Face hands arm - artists equipment

Mask with Golden Apple 23
Abstract environment for still life
Lovely palette black Browns yellows

East River 3
26
Abstracting into blocks and planes

East River from 30th floor...
28
Smoothing details
Punctuated by vertical chimneys

John Marin
Downtown NY 23
Watercolour with charcoal TRY IT

big flowers as response to speed of modern life

Rousseau

Jimson Weed/ White flower 1
32

She rejected the erotic dimension - but it's undeniable

Craigie Aitchison
Black cross w stars & blue
29

Reminded of a skull painting I did - my first oil in marroon 

From the faraway, nearby 37
Still life superimposed on landscape
Surrealist

Deer horns 38
Bones as organic growing things

Frida Khalo

Red hills & bones 41
Still life w landscape 
Advance on From the faraway - reintegrated into ls

Impressionists - serial landscapes

Black place 4
44
Bomberg colours

Paul Nash

Wall with green door 53
Perfect combo of abstract & fig

Pelvis 1 44 *
Pelvis bone hole to create instant abstract

Ansel Adams
GOK & Orville Cox
37

Masculine looking increasingly

Untitled ghost ranch cliff
C43
Pencil & charcoal
Focus on holes
Cracks
Inherently sexual
gorge sketches look like Abram Games cliff print

Adams
Thunderstorm ghost ranch
37

A journey to abstraction from & through landscape 

Frames out sky often

Superimposition v Integration
Of bones etc.

Tanguy - shapes

Wall with Green Door *
Hockney - 70s LA buildings

cf Patti Smith, Frida Kahlo

GOK exhibition at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham, Dublin

Georgia O’Keeffe: Nature and Abstraction

Nature and Abstraction is a survey of the extraordinary career of the legendary American artist Georgia O’Keeffe.  The exhibition comprises some 30 works ranging from 1918 to 1977 and deals with the central concern of her work – the transformation of nature into abstraction. It includes examples of all her main areas of interest, landscape paintings, flower studies and abstract works. 
February-May 2007





Monday, July 25, 2016

Painting with Light - Tate Britain

1839 photography invented
Robert Adamson
David Octavius Hill
Edinburgh

DH & Amelia Hill
Disruption Portrait 43-66
Epic

The Woodmans Daughter 1850-51
Millais
Tess of the D'Urbevilles
[ ] Send to Melvin

Holman Hunt - Nazareth 1855
Great idea capturing biblical views

Thomas Seddon - Jerusalem & valley of Jehoshaphat 1854/5
Captures life in the dry country

CH Clarke
Frank Dillon
1870s 
Cf Leightons Arab Hall

Henry Wallis
Chatterton 56

James Robertson
The death of chatterton
59

Rossetti
Beata Beatrix 64-70

John Parsons
Jane Morris posed by Rossetti 65

J Dudley  Johnston  - valley of the Dragon 1909
Romantic

Whistler - nocturne blue & gold old battersea bridge 72/5

Noc blue & silver cremorne lights
72
Japanese

Whistler
3 figs pink & grey *
68-78
Exquisite palette
Out of focus - vibration

Sargent
Carnation ...
85/6
Fantastical colours & lighting

Theodore Roussel
Reading girl
86/7
Modern 20s look

Fred Holland Day
The vision 1907
Composite - poetic

Rosetti
Proserpine
74

Jane Morris strong beauty

End




Wednesday, July 13, 2016

YHEE Corsica

Pinarello & Capu di Fora

Adventurous walk around Capu di Fora headland with N & D culminating in a sunset swim

Backgammon under the lighted night trees at the local creperie

Early run, meditation under the trees & swim routine

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

YHEE Corsica

Pinarello & Porto Vecchio

Swimming in natural pool on Cavu

Reading Eric Ambler between snoozes on the terrace

Walking around the Old Town of Porto Vecchio with U

Monday, July 11, 2016

Recent Happiness Experiment entries - Corsica

Saturday 9th July Ajaccio-Portovecchio

Watching the sunset en famille from a high winding road above the Corsican coast north of Bonifaccio

Eating a long-awaited dinner overlooking the port in SomethingwithaPriano

Driving through the interior from Ajaccio via Bonifaccio to Pinarello

Sunday 20th July Pinarello

Spontaneous swim after a jog

Swim with Una to the buoy with the old boys

Hearing that Andy Murray won Wimbledon in straight sets from a fellow Brit tourist in the absence of wifi

Goodbye my friend

Ruby
Woof
Woof Jnr & Gucci
Tommy
Tango