|Posted by cmgaylard on December 20, 2015 at 7:15 PM|
I didn't know these were a thing until the kids came back from the Tropical Butterfly House with photos. Thanks Ben!
|Posted by cmgaylard on April 23, 2015 at 5:05 AM|
A long time ago I read a Jungian essay exploring the significance of animals in folk tales and the common development of both within cultures. The suggestion was that the animal moved from main protagonist in ini...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on March 31, 2015 at 9:00 AM|
Really looking forward to Alexander McQueen exhibition at the V&A, I got the book a couple of years ago and can still immerse myself in it. Sometimes the overt drama of his work eclipsed the astonishing detail, texture and sculptural elements for me, but this book put me right.
|Posted by cmgaylard on March 14, 2015 at 5:20 AM|
Told by John Fowles but more remarkable for the extraordinarily fluid, monochromatic illustrations by Sheliah Beckett, who I find died recently. I had a copy of this book as a child and managed to extract permission to colour it in. I did so poised between joy and a sense of vandalism.
|Posted by cmgaylard on March 12, 2015 at 11:50 AM|
My daughter made me 'Death of Rats' last year, inspired by the hilarious 'Reaperman', Sir Terry will be sorely missed by our immediate and extended family.
|Posted by cmgaylard on March 6, 2015 at 7:00 AM|
A post-medieval, English posy ring for a man's hand: 'I like my choyce' engraved inside. Pleasingly understated and right to the point.
A Victorian-era, French ring with discreet text behind the rosy panels.
A bit of an open secret this one, I'm going to have to di...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on February 5, 2015 at 3:40 PM|
I'm madly envious of the range, depth and beauty of Chiara Bautista's drawings. She in a maverick Mexican artist with her own iconography, recurring characters and enigmatic story-arc, and an immense and growing following who adore her work but can't buy it as she simply posts it to her facebook page along with the links...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on January 23, 2015 at 1:20 PM|
Not sure why I haven't seen this amazing image a hundred times before, it is a gloriously scarlet and abundant tribute to the usually washed-out 'Virgin Queen'. we came across it at the Tate while looking at DR Brian May's (yes that other Queen) 'Poor Man's Gallery' of Victorian stereoscopes. Well worth a look at the stereoscopes, but this painting ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on December 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM|
My youngest was a blown away by the recent, revisionist version of Maleficent, so her big sister got out the acrylics and duct-tape and got to work on the makeover of an old Barbie for Christmas. As a tall, thwart, dark-haired child, I had time for Maleficent even in her unreconstructed state. All kinds of fun.
|Posted by cmgaylard on November 12, 2014 at 3:55 PM|
Came and went in an orgy of pumpkin carving and uncanny-valley face-painting. I have had this on my file for Valentines Day but always forget to post it. It is less noir than the infants we launched into the town. The Lovers of Valdaro.
|Posted by cmgaylard on September 25, 2014 at 4:25 PM|
A unique, controlled (one of each) pillaging of wild autumn haws, hips, grasses and flowers on a regular walk.. We saw four dear and remarkable people die in the past year, one very recently so I elected to seize a brief but tangible reminder that the world still flowers and is beautiful.
|Posted by cmgaylard on September 25, 2014 at 4:10 PM|
I found the following Emily Dickinson poem myself, many years ago, and gradually hunted out (without money for books or the wonderful/terrible internet), her considerable canon of poetry. There is a special sense of ownership that comes with personal discovery.
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|Posted by cmgaylard on July 21, 2014 at 5:55 PM|
Art by Lizzie Gaylard, I will declare an interest, we are related, Magpie and Me, Market Hill, Framlingham.
|Posted by cmgaylard on July 7, 2014 at 5:25 PM|
I have always been fascinated by what goes on under the surface: substructure, intrigue, undercurrents, architectural underpinnings, skeletons and subtexts. So when I find an object like this partial rabbit skull, it feels like a treasure and a key Also because nature round here usually so efficiently disposes of such items. It is beautiful to me.Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on May 30, 2014 at 5:50 AM|
Three books for my birthday today, gifts that keep giving.
At Easter we visited The Ashmolean in Oxford and found an exhibition of Kenneth Coates art. He is a bit of a Renaissance Man on a fine scale, Jewellery, precious stones and metals, fine drawing, sculpture and the inspiration behind each piece gathered into one complete object. Top ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on May 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM|
There is a great little second-hand book shop in Helmsley near Rievaulx Abbey. I beat my daughters to this beautiful little 1945 Penguin hardback edition. I have always been drawn to miniatures and fine detail, I didnt realise that the word for this work: 'limning' derived from 'Illuminating' as in the illumination of manuscripts.
|Posted by cmgaylard on April 27, 2014 at 11:35 AM|
Valentino's Spring 2014, I'd almost sell my soul to be twenty again and have the chance to wear a thing like that.
|Posted by cmgaylard on April 8, 2014 at 5:55 AM|
From a local fund-raiser, those colours.
|Posted by cmgaylard on March 29, 2014 at 7:25 PM|
One of my daughters wanted to go to school on World Book Day as Death from Terry Pratchett's 'Reaper Man'. My other daughter not only made her an amazing skull mask, but on request, a pocket sized Death of Rats. If I do nothing else useful I will have helped to bring this glorious thing into the world..