Fri
18
Aug
2017

42

 

I’ve made the labels for Coastal Currents Open Studios
2017 which opens in just over two weeks!

*small panic*

                                      

There are exactly 42 which everyone knows is the
“Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything”.
I see this as a sign from the signs, which is the most powerful and meaningful sign that I’ve ever received from the voices in my head. I therefore have no hesitation in demanding that people attend, however busy their schedules.
This isn’t for my sake but yours.
‘I have no choice’ as Ross Poldark very wisely said.

 

Fri
11
Aug
2017

THREE WEEKS TO GO!!!

 

There will be high art …

 

and some at table height …

 

and some at ground level.

 

 


The extensive grounds and outbuildings of the Cliff Top Residence will be open to the public between the hours of 2pm – 6pm on 2/3 & 9/10 of September 2017.

Full details can be found if you follow this link – *THIS LINK* – Studio 69 on page 94

Must disappear now as it’s Vanishing Day.

(What did you say? Oh. It’s Varnishing Day. Whatever, I’m off anyway)

 

Mon
31
Jul
2017

A PRACTICAL GUIDE …

 

… that will help you enjoy the Open Studios at this year’s Coastal Currents Arts Festival.

 

 

I know many of you will be concerned about how tall the artists will be who are exhibiting their work this year. The following practical hints might be of help when visiting their studios.

1. If they are taller than you ask them, politely, to sit down.
2. If they are shorter than you, be prepared to squat.
3. To really allay your concerns take a small stepladder and a pouffe on your travels so that any situation can be dealt with smoothly and discreetly.
If you need any other advice please contact Sweet and Dandy and speak to Tina Morris (if you can get a word in edgewise).

(I’m of average height BTW)

 

Sun
23
Jul
2017

COASTAL CURRENTS ARTS FESTIVAL 2017

 

Once again it’s open studio season in the Hastings area when people are allowed to shoot artists.

 

 

When you’ve taken your pictures you will have the opportunity to watch the artists in their natural environment. Watch some flinging materials around like spoilt children and others who are more precise carefully balancing ‘stuff’ that can reach great heights. All artists should be approached with caution of course but a surprising number act almost like normal human beings.

I’m flinging the door of my back passage open this year so that people can rummage through my works that will be in and around the shed.

Beg, borrow or steal one of the excellent catalogues for this year’s events by the Pied Piper of the arts in these ‘ere parts, Tina Morris, (or follow the link here) to find studio 69 on page 94. That’s me. All welcome.

In the meantime I’ll be in the shed making stuff so that there’ll be stuff to see.

 

 

Mon
26
Jun
2017

A SNIPPET OF MY DAY

 
As you can see I’ve been cutting the hedges at the Cliff Top Residence. This is real altfact photo of the garden.

I decided to have a shower afterwards as I was covered in clippings.

“Oh, how did that get there?”
and
“And there!?! It’s not possible.”
and
“Nobody will believe that.”

Finally I reckoned I had found all the bits.
I got out of the shower and started to dry myself.

I was wrong. Buried away between my … oh hang on, the phone’s ringing.

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Sat
3
Jun
2017

IMMORTALITY

I suspect that many artists hope for immortality.


They produce their stuff and guard and cherish and record in photographic form and use materials that will outlive them in the vain hope that what they have made will be appreciated, loved and admired forever.

Most will be disappointed but they won’t know it because they’re dead.

This isn’t meant to be anything other than an observation.

GO artists – you really are needed whatever actually happens.

Sat
27
May
2017

DOUGHNUTS CAN BE GOOD FOR YOU

 
Right, listen up. Eating too many doughnuts is way bad for you. ‘Ickle and not often thank you very much.
However, ‘Doughnut Economics’ as explained by Kate Raworth (link to ‘er blog – HERE), looks as though it might be well good for you.
I’ve drawn my interpretation of this theory and expanded it to the ultimate goal – the JAM DOUGHNUT!

The Real Diagram

 

The Betterer Diagram

Basically it’s “Down with expansionism, There’s enough to go round for everyone you greedy bar stewards, Yer Mother Earth is getting a tad pissed off, Work on your sense of balance and What’s for tea?”
My understanding of economics is well founded as I’ve been to art college. I’ve also been to Cambridge but that was a day trip and doesn’t really count.
If you have any questions about Doughnut Economics contact Kate Raworth through her blog as I’m very busy in the shed.

 

 

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Wed
19
Apr
2017

PRACTICAL ADVICE

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The reason for this photograph is not to
show you my studio in Portugal but to give
you some practical advice.

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There are two vital pieces of equipment showing that
every aspiring artist needs. I cannot over-emphasis
how important they are.

(Pause whilst the avid viewer carefully studies
the photograph using well honed observational
skills and enormous brain power)

The answer is the chair, required for contemplation
and inspiration often mistaken for dozing, and the
kitchen roll for wiping the chair before sitting down so you don’t get into trouble later when collapsing on the sofa wearing dirty trousers.

Anything else you need to make something is entirely up to you.

You are very welcome.

Mon
17
Apr
2017

MOVING WITH THE TIMES

Work continues apace at A Galeria Secreta in Portugal.

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It was felt that the classic ‘4 Weddings and a Funeral’ needed
updating to reference progression in recognisable official relationships.

Here you can quite clearly see that I’m getting very near to the edge –
the cutting edge – of social and artistic excellence.

Assumptions are made about the elderly but let me assure you
that my mind races along the bus-lane as well as it ever has.

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Thu
6
Apr
2017

THE SHORT TEMPERED MAN OF FAIRLIGHT

 

Although Grumpy has been created in Portugal
he will have a significant role to play later in the year at the Cliff Top Residence during

Coastal Currents Open Studios 2017.

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He appears to be on his soap-box once again, well, perched
at the base of a yucca plant actually.
I couldn’t quite work out what he was saying but it sounded
like “BREAKFAST MEANS BREAKFAST!!!”

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