Category Archives: Art
The Royal Academy sent out a note inviting me to enter this years Summer Exhibition.
I have entered a paintings every year for the last 4 years and have decided to pass this year.
I have not painted anything new since we moved house and I have little faith in my previous works as the ones that were entered were rejected.
This isn't to say that I am put off entering again. I simply need to find time to sort out room in the house for my material and to get the inspiration and time to paint once again.
You can find out more about the Summer Exhibition here.
You can view some of my paintings on the Saatchi website.
I visited the Rain Room installation with friends tonight as London's Barbican Centre.
Oddly it's a room where is constantly rains, inside. When you walk into the rain you don't get wet!
It's a fascinating experience. Friends can be a meter away and it's raining heavy between you and yet you're both dry.
A must see if you are in London at the moment.
I find what people/artists are doing with Lego to be interesting and fun. This film takes three such artists and explores what the medium means to them an dhow they engage the viewer with just the standard plastic bricks.
I have to say though I find a couple of the artists to be a little bit creepy!
The play is written and starring the
Scrubs star and has a limited run in London.
It’s a play about four people whose circumstances bring them together. It’s a single set, single scene piece with no intermission (it’s not long at 90 minutes).
The reviews haw been either very good or very bad and I can see why.
The play is interesting and uses a good mix of media to tell the stories of the four characters and there are places we’re you really laugh out loud.
Sadly this isn’t enough to keep the momentum going and the play stumbles in sections. There are points where you wonder if the play should simply have been a 30 minute TV play as it does tend to be over before it’s begun. It feels like they made it longer to accommodate the audience.
The cast are very good and the inclusion of the woman from Torchwood is interesting as she has a complex character to play and pulls it off.
Braff seems to have stereotypes himself into the role of Jewish bumbling male but let’s face it that’s what he was good at in Scrubs.
It’s a fun play and has some interesting twists but it could have tried a little harder. The theatre was packed but I guess that was all the women who wanted to see Braff (who does stage door appearances after every performance!).
Not bad. Could try harder. 7/10
It would seem the rest of the world has woken up and things are getting busier. At least we have the unseasonably milder and dry weather to help us out when not stuck in the office.
I have done my best (as I always do), to try to have a brief walk at lunch and this weekend Richard and I saved a day to get out and about.
Having managed to put all our appointments and chores into Saturday we ensured today has been left for us to both relax and have a quiet day. Although not as warm as it has been it was sunny so we got in the car and took the short drive over to Audley End.
We spent the best part of the morning exploring the grounds and enjoying the fact that there were only a handful of people there. It felt in some parts that we had the whole estate to ourselves and we had a great opportunity to explore.
Of course following our walk around the extensive grounds we stopped for a hot beverage and lunch before heading back home.
I have promised myself that I will keep up my 366 project this year (previous years haven’t been that successful) and have so far (I think), managed to upload an interesting photo each day this year. I know it’s only early days but I am already quite proud of my collection of snaps…
My photo’s already include ex prime ministers, the ever-changing London sky line, protest lines of demonstrators and dramatic neo-classical follies. Go on have a look!
I’ve decided to have another stab at the Royal Academies Summer Exhibition and have paid for my application. I am taking a gamble this year as I am not sure I will have time to create anything new therefore I will probably submit an existing work… I must be mad!
Once again thank you to all of you who supported me in my endeavour to get my portrait of Richard in this years Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy in Piccadilly.
The Royal Academy had over 11,000 entries this year and unfortunately I was not accepted on this occasion.
I am a little disappointed obviously but I currently have much bigger things to worry about (more on that in a day or so I hope!).
Thanks to all of you who voted and helped me pick this piece to submit. Sadly our eyes are not the same as those of the Academies Judging Panel.
There is always next year and who knows it may be a case of third time lucky…