|Posted by cmgaylard on July 17, 2016 at 5:00 PM|
We walked into the British Museum without a plan (my preferred method) and stumbled across an AMAZING Aztec exhibition - iconic pieces I have only seen in books - and artefacts like this one that I didn't know and feel I should. Heading back soon for more in the way of sketches.
|Posted by cmgaylard on June 15, 2016 at 11:25 AM|
I got this little panel some years ago and was pleased to reconnect with Sharon McMullin again recently as Suffolk Open Studios artists. Sharon has a studio on the Alde Valley trail which links to our A1120 one very neatly. Sharon also does large scale work and restoration, so this is just a teaser.
|Posted by cmgaylard on June 7, 2016 at 8:45 AM|
Not for everyone but definately for me! Grayson Perry 'Sketchbooks', Niki de Saint Phalle and 'Heavenly Bodies': 'cult treasures and spectacular saints from the catacombs'.
|Posted by cmgaylard on May 31, 2016 at 3:15 PM|
An ambitious, atmospheric exhibition at the British Museum, two of my favourites above. You are shown underwater footage alongside the salvaged treasures and given a clear idea of what the city was when above water.
|Posted by cmgaylard on May 17, 2016 at 10:30 AM|
Delft, Ming, Ghzhel, tatoos, indigo dyed fabric. Floor to ceiling cabinets of blue and white china in the British Museum and the dangerous stacks of it in Bangkok's Chatuchak Market, I love it. Its been nearly ten years since we left Thailand and my mongrel collection of blue and white pottery is sadly thinned out. A good enough reason to reach out for the c...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on April 11, 2016 at 8:05 AM|
Sketching for 'Treasure in the Landscape'.
|Posted by cmgaylard on April 10, 2016 at 5:15 AM|
The stones and fossils get sorted out here before the holiday laundry does.
|Posted by cmgaylard on April 4, 2016 at 6:10 PM|
This does it for me, a miniaturised, working process that spring to life when you drop a penny in. Literally any penny, so that's value for money too. This delightful automata is the replica of an original by George Wood made in 1889 with caricatures of his fellow workers (their heads carved fr...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on April 4, 2016 at 5:55 AM|
After living overseas (and the kids growing up there) for a decade we still get a kick out of family holidays in the UK. Between Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay and most of it still looking like posters from the golden age of travel.
|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.