Fri
11
Oct
2013

HOODWINKED

I’ve always been amused and annoyed in equal measure that some major art galleries, some of the public and many ‘investors’ have the wool pulled over their eyes by some very famous artists.

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I’m hoping that Grayson Perry, the Perry Mason of the art world, who is delivering the first of the Reith lectures on Radio 4 next Tuesday, will burst a few bubbles.

QUICKFIRE Q&A

1 Damien Hirst or Tracey Emin? – Tracey every time

2 Heston Blumenthal or Gordon Ramsey? – Heston every time

3 Nicholas Cage or Kevin Spacey? – Kevin every time

4 Salvador Dali or René Magritte? – René every time

5 Gingernuts or digestives? – stooopid question – GINGERNUTS!!!!!

Mon
7
Oct
2013

IT’LL ALL COME OUT IN THE WASH

There’s a very shy and retiring chap who lives just around the corner from the Cliff Top Residence. He makes stuff from flotsam and jetsam. His work is on show at the Pelican Diner in Hastings from Thursday October 10th until Thursday 31st October. Free entry.

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As you can see from this screen shot of my computer his work is very 3D … very lifelike. If you bump into him during his exhibition, be gentle. He looks all washed up to me.

Fri
4
Oct
2013

THINKING AHEAD

I’ve got two things on my mind at the moment …

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… upsizing the Angle of the South and trying to decide on the main theme for next year’s Open Studios. Oh yes, I’m going to do it two years running. I tell you, I’m on a roll. One theme that keeps waking me up at night is the thought of using these little critters …

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As the girl at Morrison’s checkout said to me “Everyone loves a rubber duck.” She’s right of course.

Don’t forget the Closing Party for Coastal Currents 2013 this Sunday . Way too exciting for me of course. Details HERE.

Tue
1
Oct
2013

A CLIFFHANGER …

… where art meets it’s maker and it’s maker nearly meets his maker.

For those people who missed my exhibition during the marvellous Coastal Current Arts Festival 2013 in and around Hastings here is a very carefully crafted 2 minutes and 46 seconds of sheer wonder, beauty and drama. And there’s a twist at the end! It really is an art film that will haunt you for years.

I’m guessing you probably  missed Anna’s show as well.

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Find out all about Ms Wilson-Patterson here. For those people who drop their h’s I did NOT say find out all about ‘er ear – that would be silly. OK, you can go now.

Thu
26
Sep
2013

I MISS MY SHED

The Open Studios ‘thang’ finishes this weekend. In many ways I’ll be pleased as I’ll get my shed back.

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It has never been so tidy and organised. I’m looking forward to messy pottering again. In the meantime I shall pretend to be very neat and efficient to the visitors that will no doubt be flocking to see my exhibition this weekend. Antediluvian avid readers please keep stum about my normal habits – thanks.

Wed
25
Sep
2013

TIME FOR A SIT DOWN

The Open Studio ‘thang’ is very tiring. All I need is a little sit down to recover. Not on this useless thing though ….

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… the star of my show. When I say ‘star’, I mean the most expensive thing. Well it is made of lead and copper and is life size.

Anyhoo, there are some VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE I’m expecting this weekend. Penfold and Tango are flying in from Surfugal and the creator and editor of my fanzine will be arriving from Manchester in a carriage towed by ferrets and pigeons. You didn’t know I had a fanzine? Well you do now.
There are other VIPs that I think might be coming – we’ll see. I hope there are enough gingernuts.

Mon
23
Sep
2013

OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES

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Best quotes from the first weekend of my open studio exhibition during the Coastal Currents celebrations in and around Hastings.

Lo, she is a terrible Goddess – “It’s a gas detector. We can’t afford to feed a canary.”

Me as a lovely couple left – “I doubt whether you’ve got any friends but if you have, please invite them to come and visit next weekend.”

A visitor – “I think you misjudged your entry in the Coastal Currents brochure.”

Another visitor – “I’ve had a really crappy week. Thank you very much for cheering me up.”

The two people who ‘got it’ completely and really did make the most incisive observations of anyone were aged 5 and 7. One of them really, really did. If I was one of the parents I’d be very wary. He knows exactly what’s going on and is probably planning a coup. They then started to frighten the two of us as apparently they’d spotted miniature crocodiles in the pond. It wasn’t until we’d calmed ourselves down with a cuppa and a gingernut that we worked out they’d seen some newts.

Tired now. Time for a snooo ………… *crash*

Sun
22
Sep
2013

OPENING DAY OF OPEN STUDIOS

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This is a piccy of the party which was organised to celebrate the opening of the Coastal Currents Festival 2013. The party was held in the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings. We didn’t stay long as we didn’t want to overshadow the other rather ordinary and mundane people. Our hostess for the evening said as we left, “Thank you for leaving,” so I feel we made the correct decision.

The nicest comment made on my opening day was “I’ve had a terrible week and you’ve really cheered me up” so that was all very nice.

The biggest drawback to all this fun, culture, frivolity and creative mayhem is that I’m missing out on some serious sofa time and afternoon naps.

If any avid readers decide to come for a visit it’s possible I’ll be asleep. Make yourself at home. The biscuits are in the conservatory.

Fri
20
Sep
2013

HASTINGS – OPEN STUDIOS 2013

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For those people who get dragged round arty farty exhibitions by their partners when they’d rather be doing something else I have provided a game to play. There will also be tea, coffee and gingernuts available so it isn’t all bad.

Starts Saturday the 21st at 11 o’clock. Full details here. Blimey!!!! That’s tomorrow!!!! *PANICS*

Mon
16
Sep
2013

BACK TO MY ROOTS

Not long to go now. Here is a piccy of my very latest piece. If you want to see what it’s all about you’ll have to pop into the Cliff Top Residence during the next two weekends.*

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The population in and around Hastings is a diverse one. Arty fartists, culture vultures, the bucket-and-spade brigade, occupants of God’s waiting room, people covered in qualifications, people covered in tattoos.

I’m hoping that the exhibition I’ve put together for the Coastal Currents Open Studio event will catch the attention of people from all groups, that they’ll get something from it and that they won’t feel intimidated by what’s on offer.

The exhibition has been deliberately layered with the help and assistance of the terrible Goddess who has the unenviable task of being my sounding board, whipping boy …. erm …. girl and although she has always been extremely tentative in criticising me (HUH!) manages to do so in a constructive and helpful way.

Full details of opening times etc can be found here.

*Actually, this is visible from a public footpath. It’s just to the left of the Angle of the South if you turn your back towards France.