Imagine an Urban Landscape. Do you think of Clean? Probably not. Cities are much cleaner than they used to be but cities and grim go together like pencil and lead. Like many other cities, the clean air act transformed Manchester. As a child I remember lots of very dirty cotton mills. And I mean dirty with black soot. Features hard to determine. Wherever you looked the urban landscape was grim. In fact, I grew up thinking most old buildings in Manchester were made of black stone. That was until they started cleaning them up. After a while I forgot and think my memorywas wrong. I began to question whether things were really that dirty. Then I found this post in the Manchester Evening News which confirms Manchester was a very dirty places. So, when I saw Quarry Bank mill my first thought was… “It’s far too clean!” OK, it is in a rural area but there should be some soot somewhere. So I thought I’d dirty it up a bit. Now, that looks better! Although looking at the photos from the Manchester Evening News, I don’t think it is dirty enough! If you fancy seeing some more urban grim take […]
Catching my breath at last! After a frenetic few months, there will be a lull in exhibitions after November, and I’m quite looking forward to it! Chance to catch up with some painting then? And without further ado I reveal my latest Gherkin Painting! There’s something magnetic about the Gherkin. The eye is compelled to follow the curved line of the structure towards the sky above. It’s a common trait of all high buildings but seems magnetically so in this instance.
When you take on a big project there are parts you love… And parts you wish to avoid! It’s said if you want something done you should ask a busy person! But I’m not sure I agree. Sometimes being busy helps you avoid what you don’t want to do. Now that last week’s chaos is dying down.. I’m finally able to catch up with “stuff” and paint. And that includes tackling procrastination! So I Present Painting Number 12 of the Milton Keynes Project. This is the Church of Christ the Cornerstone. I love the ethos of the place. With so much division in the Christian Church its heartening to see efforts to overcome their differences. But, I’ve been wary of tackling the building. I was uncertain that it would “fit” with the rest of the series. Especially the more traditional architectural components… Specifically that dome! But it didn’t feel right not to include it. And I think it works so I’m relieved. And I love the way the cross looks like a cross from any direction. Almost as if to say a Christian should look like a Christian when seen from any direction. A challenging concept for even the best of […]
Saturday Showcase is here…complete with promised swirls. A little later than planned…but Hey, it’s still Saturday! Well, it is where I am. I’m going with the title “Timeless design” Although it is an old building and VERY Victorian. Much of the design would work today – just loose the embellishments and it’s a classic roof structure! (I apologise for the poor image quality. I’ll replace it tomorrow when I have some decent light to rephotograph it!) My next painting I’m turning my attention back to Manchester! Sneak a peak on Wednesday!
From the Bare Bones on Wednesday… I now reveal… Maintaining Communication! The idea for the title comes from a talk about parenting I attended years ago. It goes something like this… During the teenage years Children tend to go their own way and often out into orbit. All any parent can do is to maintain communication with the satellite… Until he or she returns to Earth! Now, the building in the background Milton Keynes’ Xscape Centre. Something of a Mecca for local youth with its Cinema, Climbing Wall and Snowdome. And… Let’s just say the 2 ideas fused!
Less than a week to go! And work for the exhibition has taken over! But, even committee members must focus on your own work and create something… eventually! Although, it’s not unknown for committee members to submit work that’s still wet! Interpretation of the theme is the sticking point! Our theme is light. So many potential ideas… But which to choose? Where to start? Sometimes simple is best! This light is one of those visible on the Terrace outside the Houses of Parliament. There are 2 lights on each post. One historical, elaborately constructed and brilliant. The other smaller, simpler, dimmer… An afterthought! Added sometime after the initial light was erected. But within these two simple lights I see a metaphor for political power. They could be two main parties vying for supremacy… But only one dominates. Or maybe the lights are the conflicting power within a Coalition government! Imbalanced due to the different party sizes. One party gets a chance to shine more brilliantly! But that brilliance may switch to the newer light! Now which should it be?