Thursday 30 July 2015
Wednesday 29 July 2015
Not the traditional number used as the theme for the TV adaptation of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series, but an original song by Gary Moore - guitarist with Thin Lizzy, so this song follows on nicely from Whiskey in the Jar (o!).
Saturday 25 July 2015
Friday 24 July 2015
On Wednesday, it was the last day of the academic year at my children's school. And, as everybody knows, there's only one song that fits...
Except it turned out that there were several. I think they call it a mash-up. And for some reason, Harry Potter turned up as well. As for the pretty boy in the front - I'm not entirely sure who he is, but he might be an actor.
Alice Cooper, "School's Out"
Pink Floyd, "The Wall"
Cliff Richard, "We're all Going on a Summer Holiday"
Nick Lowe, "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass"
The Divine Comedy, "The Pop Singer's Fear of the Pollen Count"
Janis Joplin or Billie Holiday, "Summertime"
Mungo Jerry, "In the Summertime"
Bad Manners turned up at the end but didn't actually give me a song. Eddie Cochran was hanging around in the sky with his Summertime Blues, but didn't get a speaking part. Madonna went on "Holiday" to "La Isla Bonita" so she isn't there at all.
Thursday 23 July 2015
Tuesday 21 July 2015
Robin Hood and his Goose are largely irrelevant, especially as Goose Fair is, of course, a Nottingham tradition and this fair is an Irish one.
< This Lonely Boy, in the Rain
|Born to be Wild
A while back, as part of the 2015 Cover 2 Cover sketchbook exchange project, I interpreted a couple of songs as drawings. They were for the Embraces theme, which didn't quite make it to this blog. So, here they are...
It was fun, and I've been thinking about doing more of them. The new drawings will get their own posts...
Friday 10 July 2015
New Greenham Tandoori, run by the West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios team, is roughly nine metres long. Ten of my Cornish knife-painted oils are on display there; the very widest view that I could manage only encompasses nine, so I've included two photographs.
Oil on canvas, 40 x 80 cm
Wednesday 8 July 2015
Our local arts centre (New Greenham Arts near Newbury) has an Indian restaurant conveniently situated in the same building. Not only is the potential there for hungry artists and arts fans to eat their fill at the New Greenham Tandoori, but there is also a dedicated exhibition space, run from the arts centre.
I have been asked to exhibit there. As you might imagine, I jumped at the opportunity. So, on Friday this week, I shall be taking a number of my knife-painted Images of Cornwall along to hang on the restaurant's wall.
The exhibition will run from 11th July, and the restaurant is open daily between 12 noon - 2pm and 5.30 - 11.30pm, closed Friday lunchtime. I gather that it is perfectly acceptable to wander in just to look at the art as long as they aren't very busy.
The panoramic view above is called "Engine Houses and Gorse", and depicts Botallack, West Cornwall. They may not be mining tin (or copper) there anymore, but I am still mining the wealth of photographs that I took in Easter 2012.
Oil on box canvas, 30 x 100 cm