I decided that it would be a good idea to publish a little update post in order to keep everyone informed and up to date with the latest; also to remind myself that I still have a blog to keep alive.
On the 18th of May I passed my driving test and a week later got my first car, so I’ve been spending a lot of time driving about and getting used to the car, as well as visiting places that previously required a long hog on a bus. It’s a totally liberating feeling accompanied by a great sense of achievement; before long I’ll be getting myself into a weekly life drawing class which has been on the agenda for a long time.
On the downside I have temporarily lost my studio as it has currently become a bedroom for my sister-in-law and therefore this has got in the way of my painting schedule; with that said though it is only temporary and I’ll soon be back at the easel where I belong and finishing off the Ruins Project.
The worst of it is that I had just got myself into a well disciplined routine of work, working on a few pieces at once and actually getting somewhere with it. In a fortnight or so things should be back to how they were and better; it has helped in a strange way because I’m hungrier than ever to get into my sanctum sanctorum and create.
My fortnightly Morning Coffee has also suffered lately but will be returning Friday 10th June and revamped; I’ve got some great ideas for content and I’m looking forward to getting back into that.
Anyway that’s about it as far as updates go, I’ll be back with a post soon and hopefully some new artwork.
I hope you found your way here without too much trouble and that you have a fresh cup of coffee at hand to enjoy throughout this week’s Morning Coffee.
The subject of this post is Assassin’s Creed but not the game, the movie which has been promised for some time now and is finally well under way; due to be released December 21st we have after a long and anxious wait been rewarded with a trailer.
After a few weeks without one, welcome to this week’s Morning Coffee; get your favourite blend of pick-me-up ready and join me on a short journey as we take a look at the new £20 note design, which in my opinion is a thing of beauty and a well needed change for the better.
I’ll also briefly pick apart the subject matter of the design, there are two stunning paintings to analyse as well as an inspirational quote to consider.
Before going into the details let’s take a look at the note design itself, proudly featuring my favourite landscape artist of them all, JMW Turner.
After just over a fortnight without posting, I’m finally back from the wilderness and I thought that I should publish a brief update post for in the meantime, before I post Part IV of my Ruins Project later this week.
My blog has suffered some negligence so far this month which has mainly been circumstantial as opposed to not wanting to. I’ve not been wasting time however, my painting hasn’t suffered from my lack of attention as much as my writing has and that’s the main thing. I’ve also been cooking a lot lately, having rediscovered my passion for cooking and learning a ton of new recipes; mainly Italian dishes and desserts. With that in mind, becoming head chef in my house has been quite time consuming of late.
It helps with the inspiration and creativity side of things for me though, to occasionally take a step back, using my creativity in a different area and coming back to my real true love that is art with a fresh pair of eyes and a rejuvenated mind state; time in the wilderness to reflect and meditate on what is to come.
I’m also making some changes with my Morning Coffee posts as well, I’m going to use it as a fortnightly feature instead of weekly, and use the alternate weeks to get involved with the Weekend Coffee Share. This weekend will be my first post for Weekend Coffee Share and therefore gives me a good deal of time between Morning Coffee posts, in order to come up with and research for some interesting topics of discussion; doing the thinking and researching from six in the morning and then writing a post has proven to be a challenging feat;
after all, I’m an artist that writes, not a writer that arts.
So all in all I’ve got a lot of ground to cover in the upcoming weeks and months, and I’ve got some big plans for future art projects after the Ruins one is completed that I can’t wait to get started on.
So until later this week when I publish my next post, I bid you farewell and take care!
This week’s Morning Coffee has fallen on a very important and special date for any fans of Tolkien and his legendarium of Middle-earth; the fact that today has caught up with me almost by surprise has caused me to rearrange my schedule in order to compensate for it.
Make sure you have got your coffee at the ready and let’s take a short stroll along the road that goes ever on.
Tolkien Reading Day has been upheld each year by the Tolkien Society, since 2003 when they initiated this event to encourage fans and readers to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien, by reading their favourite passages and sharing them with others.
The theme for this year’s Tolkien Reading Day is Life, Death and Immortality.
I’m also excited that this will be the first year for me to be able to partake as I have now marked the date clearly in my calendar and my mind, it’s shameful that I hadn’t already done this but such is.
Wow, I’ve gotten this far without a mouthful of coffee, although it’s no surprise that passion can be a better drive than caffeine, it’s the fusion of the two that I find a necessity in everyday life though.
Also starting today is another event in celebration of March 25th and Tolkien’s work, instigated by a fellow blogger, James over at A Tolkienist’s Perspective (a blog filled to the brim with highly interesting content and writings) has decided to do a #MegaMiddleEarthMarathon. The post with the details of this marathon and the hashtag can be found by Clicking Here. I will also be partaking in this marathon viewing of the six movies, watching the extended editions and consuming my weekend with the greatest creations of cinematic history.
So, let’s talk about March 25th and why this day has importance in the history of Middle-earth.
March 25th in the year 3019 of the Third Age is the date that the One Ring was finally cast into Mount Doom and destroyed, prompting the downfall of the Dark Lord Sauron and the tower of Barad-dûr in the process. The final destruction of The Lord of the Rings and the beginning of a new era; one where the darkness finally recedes after so many years of its influence and domination.
Now I’m going to take this moment to shamelessly promote my own work –
This piece of work is the fruit of my labours from my Lord of the Rings Project and my first oil painting, it seemed appropriate to add this to this post, if you’re interested in seeing the work that led towards this painting you can find my project posts by clicking the link.
Tolkien Reading Day
So what are your plans for today’s event, will you be reading any of Tolkien’s books and if so what will you be reading from? Will you be following the theme of Life, Death and Immortality or just reading generally? Lastly, do you intend to partake in the #MegaMiddleEarthMarathon and how long do you think it will take you to watch all six of the movies?
I’m most likely going to post again a bit later with some Tolkien excerpts in line with the theme for this year’s reading, please feel free to comment and thank you for joining me for this week’s Coffee Morning.
As always stay caffeinated and until next time, take care!
Welcome to this week’s Morning Coffee, if you’re here and reading this, congratulations as you managed to survive the Ides of March on Tuesday. Although that doesn’t mean to say that you came through it unscathed; so get the coffee brewed and let the aroma begin to work its magic on your senses.
Let’s start with the Ideas of March; now I’m not one that believes in things such as omens, superstitions or numerological harbingers, but the Ides of March does stand out in my mind and holds a certain sense of foreboding; with as much thanks to Shakespeare as Julius Caesar.
It’s been a busy and productive week so far and I plan to continue that productivity well into the weekend, there’s a lot to be done and 24 hours in a day is just not enough. I’ve laid out the canvas for the final painting of my current project; Ruins. I also published a new insight post this week, about Artistic Inspiration and the Muses and I’ve begun work on a small commission which looks to have a promising outcome.
This week I thought I would share a new website that I’ve recently discovered via an article in the Guardian newspaper and it looks to be a very promising site indeed.
The website is called Art UK and is basically a huge database of public works of art and it aims to include every public artwork whether it’s a painting, drawing, sculpture and so on, making them all available in one place and in turn creating the greatest online gallery of public art in the UK.
Currently, Art UK is home to over 212,000 artworks of almost 40,000 artists, so it is already a large collection and I’m sure it will grow ten fold over the coming years. As said before, all public art in the UK being showcased is the intention, and that will come to include the 80% of public art that is in storage and rarely seen by the public, bringing something seemingly new and refreshing to the public eye; also next year work will begin to capture and store over 100,000 sculptures.
As us art fanatics are already aware, there are a fair few online galleries of public artworks available online but there is something very promising about Art UK, I think it’s the effort they’re going to to find and store all of the UK’s public art and the fact that every image of the artworks stored will be of a high quality, eventually competing and possibly beating the likes of Wikimedia.
Personally I think it’s a huge undertaking but the results are sure to be fruitful and I will more than happily trawl through the website’s content, hopefully they will continue to include a decent bit of information on each artwork as well, more than just the medium, surface and size of the piece, I like something I can get my teeth into and that’s a rarity with most online gallery spaces.
Another great thing about this initiative is that for the first time, the public art collection will be able to be reached by any member of the public that has access to the internet, which requires no money whatsoever if you have a library card and use a computer there; it truly opens up the art world to the entire populace and that’s the way it should be, after all it is the public that owns all of this art even if it is in an indirect manner.
That’s it for this week’s Morning Coffee, I have included the links to the Art UK site throughout this post but if you missed them you can find it at – http://www.artuk.org – it’s definitely worth checking out and it will continue to grow, projects such as this one are inspirational to us all as art lovers and keep us informed of our artistic heritage.
Until next time, take care and keep the coffee flowing!
So my alarm went off at 06:40 as intended, at the same time my percolator started to work its magic and brew me a nice jug of coffee to begin the day with; and all in all I woke up feeling good. One could easily say that today would be a fine day, because of the nice and well-timed beginning of it.
It never lasts long…
I left home with plenty of time, took the 20 or so minute walk to the bus stop and just as the stop came into my line of sight, so did the bus, leaving it. Never mind though, the buses are quite regular it should only be a 15 minute wait.
40 minutes in the freezing cold, a head ache and frostbite on every toe later, the bus arrived. The time slot I arrived at the bus stop is the only slot of the entire day where there is a 40 minute interval between buses; it’s a good thing that I don’t believe in luck, or I’d be thinking it was a curse.
As a result of the irritatingly time-consuming start to the day, this post has been cut short; the espresso shot of Morning Coffee posts; and I am just going to end it with a quote that I really like and hope you can enjoy to, a thought for the day perhaps.
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
I’ll also leave you with the news that today I am going to begin the work preparing a canvas for my next painting, you can find the drawing that I’ve done as a reference by Clicking Here.
Good morning, it’s been a week since I decided to add this feature to my blog and here is the first proper post that I’ve published for it. Get your favourite blend at the ready and join me for a short stroll through the Morning Coffee!
The content this week is going to be a quote that has stuck with me for a long time, I heard it on an episode of ‘Lost’ of all places and I haven’t had any success verifying the truth of it; true or not though, it’s a nice piece of encouragement and sounds true enough.
Ludovico Buonarroti, Michelangelo’s father. He was a wealthy man. He had no understanding of the divinity in his son, so he beat him. No child of his was going to use his hands for a living.
So Michelangelo learned not to use his hands. Years later, a visiting Prince came into Michelangelo’s studio and found the master staring at a single 18-foot block of marble. Then he knew the rumours were true that Michelangelo had come in every day for the past four months, stared at the marble, and gone home for his supper.
So the Prince asked the obvious, “What are you doing?” And Michelangelo turned around and looked at him and whispered, “Sto lavorando”. (“I’m working.”)
Three years later, that block of marble was the Statue of David.