Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Blue Blue electric Blue


David Bowie is dead and I can listen to anything else except Sound and Vision / One of my earliest memories is jumping on my bed with my mother listening to Hunky Dory on record- I know everyone has memories that they can recall just like that one, and that's why he was so wonderful.
I lay on my bedroom floor and listened to Young Americans on the day it happened /

It's my last year of school so things are v hectic, hence the lack of posting anything recently..
I'm hoping to go to Art Foundation in London next year followed by History of Art at Cambridge uni (which I got an offer for eek).

Sometimes I listen to Late Night tales with Belle & Sebastian and run a bath to stay warm.
I want it to be sunny and not to have any looming exams(!)
But the morning and afternoon light in Winter is also so lovely / About two years ago I went on a long walk following the Thames around Canary Wharf to Greenwich North, and I managed to retrace it a few days ago, going past the wharfs and disused docks until I reached the empty building sites that surround the O2. It was so quiet there and I didn't see anyone or hear anything for about four hours except for the distant clanking of cranes.

I'm going to run away in Summer to Europe and spend that one hour longer in the National Gallery in Vienna that had the Egypt and Roman sculptures that I didn't get to see last year/ And I'm going to see everything in Berlin and Budapest and go back to Florence / I'm going to spend hours and hours on trains and read so many books and make sure I fill about 3 sketchbooks/ I also want to explore the English coast more/go back to Cornwall and go to Dungeness to visit Derek Jarman's house on the beach which I saw as a child.

Don't you wonder sometimes
'Bout sound and vision?

Blue, blue, electric blue

That's the color of my room where I will live

Blue, blue

Pale blinds, drawn all day
Nothing to do, nothing to say

Stay out of the cold n speak soon x

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

I Come From the Mountain

The last few months.. 

I've been to lots of art exhibitions, most notably Goya at The National Gallery, where the Spanish painter's striking portraits appear to stare at you round the room with the same deep black eyes. Also  The Wellcome Collection's yellowbluepink, a saturated room of humming-coloured-light that swirls your vision as you grope your way around the room.

I saw The Wytches at a Garage gig on Thursday, which was so good, and I bumped into the lovely Mona, who was also at Thee Oh Sees and Total Control at The Forum on Monday (which was even better). 

I am listening to Jarvis Cocker's Radio 4 Wireless Nights and Sunday Services every night - it feels like a surreal underwater sleepover club for everyone who has trouble sleeping. 

I'm thinking about Dance and keeping a separate sketchbook for how dancing makes people feel and I'm going to draw people at parties dancing and it's all exciting.

 I Come From The Mountain (Autumn Playlist)

Lupine Ossuary / Thee Oh Sees

Rock Bottom / King Krule

Song for Woody / Bob Dylan

No Werewolf / Allah Las

Damaged / Primal Scream

Listen to this if you ever feel sad and don't let winter get to you.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Rock Bottom

I want to curl up under a pile of dead leaves with woodland vibes away from the harsh autumn winds and horror of it all. 

School has begun again and Autumn is coming and the nights are getting longer. I have been listening to Real Lies, the new Hot Chip Album Why Make Sense? (and am seeing them live in October which will be so good), Sonic Youth, Zoo Kid and Grateful Dead; I also made an Autumnal playlist on Spotify/

It's all getting v stressful having to send off art school and uni applications and getting my portfolio together, but Im really excited about my new art project which is focusing on the body and I've been making cropped oil paintings of hands and faces and looking at Anthony Van Dyck and Rembrandt. Soon ish I'm going to introduce more colour and merge into more expressive brushstrokes with interesting colours and maybe look at some Willem de Kooning painting.

Outside my course I'm doing fast line drawings and gestural small paintings about dance too, which is coming soon!!

In the last month I've also been on a trip to Margate which was so sweet; the sun shone forever and spent the whole day there, swimming and playing arcade games. English Seaside towns are my favourite places; I want to go back to Margate again soon when the theme park in which Tracey Emin spent most of her childhood: Dreamland will be officially reopening soon and I want to take a pilgrimage there.

I went to the British Museum recently too and saw the exhibition on metalpoint drawings, from Leonardo to Jasper Johns which was lovely- I thought that the comparisons between studies of hands by Bruce Nauman and Leonardo were particularly flowing and coherent, whilst the choice to focus on one medium covering a range of dates, from 15th century Netherlands to.contemporary America, was interesting,

Sketchbook scans inc. as always of course:

Creds to Jessie my dearest for papping me

And we would count the evening stars

As the day grew dark in Beechwood Park

Oh, roads in my mind take me back in my mind

And I can't forget you, won't forget you
Won't forget those days and Beechwood Park.