Monday, 2 May 2011

Ray Fields Artist

Ray has been ''in'' Art and Design since the 50's. He is influential in several areas including the the St Ives Post War movment, Merseybeat and British animation. I am fortunate enough to be taught by him. The images here have been made with a cheap pc and a mouse. I shall be hopefully putting more up in regard to Ray.
Areas of work include: film, animation, sculpture, drawing, painting, product design, teaching and architecture.

Ben Hartley 1933 - 1996


Two pages from two seperate notebooks.

A fantastic painter and draughtsman who is mostly unknown, he is well worth a look.
A website with his work and books can be found here:

Rory Sutherland: Sweat the small stuff

Rory (Vice Chairman, Ogilvy Group UK) in one of his TED Talks. Talking about many ideas including wants and desires of individuals. (ends at 12mins and 30secs)

Tham Khai Meng Takling About Creativity

Khai (Worldwide Creative Director & Chairman WW Creative Council
Ogilvy & Mather
) talking about creativity and being creative when faced with a blank peice of paper. Khai attended my class at the Rome Cadre, really nice guy and he happened to say some very good things about my teaching:

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Monday, 11 April 2011

Francis Bacon - feeling when painting

''I don't feel anything when doing paintings at all. theres nothing to feel. I rather like the dog in this painting''

Bacons responce whan asked what he felt when Painting Whilst looking at Two studies of George Dyer with dog. From the Soth bank Show ITV 1985

John Bratby 1928-1992- Venice Images

Works available here:

Brief biography:

Sir Ken Robinson - ''education and creativity expert'' - RSA Animate

Robert Anton Wilson - The joy of Art

‘’The joy of art is trying to convey what you perceive so that other people will perceive it more or less the same way. Art is a form of seduction….there are rapists in the intellectual world, they become politicians the seducers become artists. We try and seduce people into our reality tunnels (rather) than leading them there with a gun. We are trying to get them into our reality. Our reality tunnel or our reality labyrinth. Which ever it is. In my case it's a reality labyrinth.‘’ – Robert Anton Wilson 1932 - 2007

Malcolm Gladwell on Spaghetti Sauce

Malcolm Gladwell on Spaghetti Sauce, multiple choice products and the wants of the consumer.....ties in with Alan moores idea on the previous post that people dont know what they want as well as the role of advertising

Alan Moore on Art and Magick

''Writers and people who had command of words were respected and feared as people who manipulated magic. In latter times I think that artists and writers have allowed themselves to be sold down the river. They have accepted the prevailing belief that art and writing are merely forms of entertainment. They're not seen as transformative forces, that can change a human being, that can change a society. They are seen as simple entertainment, things with which we could fill 20 minutes, half an hour, while we're waiting to die.

It is not the job of artists to give the audience what the audience want. If the audience knew what they needed, then they wouldn't be the audience, they would be the artist. It is the job of artists to give the audience what they need.'' - Alan Moore

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

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Thursday, 3 March 2011

Robert Anton wilson On his influences, nature of reality etc

One of the greatest thinkers of the 20th Century talks about the people whon influenced him.

"I've learned more from Robert Anton Wilson than I have from any other source."
- George Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008)

Eugène Delacroix on drawing

''If you havent sufficient skill to make a sketch of that man throwing himself out of that window, in the time it takes him to fall from the fourth floor to the ground, you will never be capable of producing big machines'' - Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)

I originally found this quote in Tim Hymans book ''Bonnard'' published by Thames & Hudson.

The image was found on the following blog:

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Motivation and creativity, Daniel Pink

RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

talk by Daniel H Pink, author of A Whole New Mind, on what motivates us to be creative.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Sargy Mann Video

Sargy Mann from Peter Mann Pictures on Vimeo.

Great short peice on the painter sargy Mann who lost his sight over several years......

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

bacon interview 60's

Bacon was one of the most fluid speakers on the process of painting, art and creativity.

Matisse, Black is a colour (1946)

Black is a Colour (1946)

Before, when I didn’t know what colour to put down, I put down black. Black is a force. I depend on black to simplify the construction. now I’ve given up blacks. The use of Blacks as a colour in the same way as the other colours –yellow, blue, or red is not a new thing.

The Orientals made use of black as a colour, notably the Japanese in their prints. Closer to us all, I recall a painting by Manet in which the velvet Jacket of a young man with a straw hat is painted in a blunt lucid black.

In the portrait of Zacharie Astruc by Manet, a new velvet jacket is also expressed by a blunt luminous black. Doesn’t my painting of the Morocains use a grand Black which is as luminous as the other colours in the painting.

Like all evolution, that of black in painting has been made in jumps. but since the Impressionists it seems to have made continuous progress, taking a more and more important part in colour representation, comparable to that of the double-bass as a solo instrument.

Essay from the book: Matisse On Art - by Jack D. Flam

Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc quote

''Drawing, properly taught, is the best way of developing intelligence and forming judgement, for one learns to see and seeing is knowledge'' - Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc - 1814- 1879

quote from The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of Practice by Deanna Petherbridge

Wiki page
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Friday, 11 February 2011

Ananda Coomaraswamy

Ananda Coomaraswamys essay on why museums hold works of art and the worth of those artifacts contained there in.

''We have gone so far as to divorce work from culture, and to think of culture as something to be acquired in hours of leisure; but there can be only a hothouse and unreal culture where work itself is not its means; if culture does not show itself in all we make we are not cultured. We ourselves have lost this vocational way of living, the way that Plato made his type of Justice; and there can be no better proof of the depth of our loss than the fact that we have destroyed the cultures of all other peoples whom the withering touch of our civilization has reached.''

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Michelangelo deals with a clients nonesense

Michelangelo is visited by a client to see David being created and thinks he's got something to offer:

Piero Soderini saw the statue, and it pleased him greatly, but while Michelangelo was giving it the finishing touches, he told Michelangelo that he thought the nose of the figure was to large. Michelangelo, realizing that the Gonfaloniere was standing under the giant and that his viewpoint did not allow him to see it properly, climbed up the scaffolding to satisfy Soderini (who was behind him nearby), and having quickly grabbed his chisel in his left hand along with a little marble dust that he found on the planks in the scaffolding, Michelangelo began to tap lightly with the chisel, allowing the dust fall little by little without retouching the nose from the way it was. Then, looking at the Gonfaloniere who stood there watching, he ordered:
'Look at it now.'
'I like it better.' replied the Gonfaloniere: 'you've made it come alive.'

From: Giorgio Vasari, The Lives of the Artists (Oxford World's Classics). page: 427

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David Hockney talking about his favourite Rembrandt drawing

A family grouping: mother and older sister holding up a toddler boy child as he struggles to walk, tottering toward his outstretched crouching father, a milkmaid ambling by in the background, balancing a brimming bucket.

"Look at the speed, the way he wields that reed pen, drawing very fast, with gestures that are masterly, virtuoso, calling attention not to themselves but rather to the very tender subject at hand, a family teaching its youngest member to walk. Look, for instance at those whisking marks on the head and shoulders of the girl in the center, the older sister, probably made with the other side of the pen, which let you know that she is craning, turning anxiously to look at the baby's face to make sure he's okay. Or how the mother, on the other side, holds him up in a slightly different, more experienced manner. the astonishing double profile of her face, to either side of the mark. the evident roughness of the material of her dress: how this is decidedly not satin. The face of the baby: how even though you can't see it, you can tell he is beaming. this mountain of figures, and then, to balance it all, the passing milkmaid, how you can feel the weight of the bucket she carries in the extension of her opposite arm. Look at the speed, the sheer mastery."