Oct 10

Port Isaac exhibition

Port Isaac was the home of Doc Meyer and not Doc Martin this week (although I was once Doc Martin but that's another story). Actually it wasn't because Lynda Powney did the sitting in.  So many thanks to her and everyone who attended our little show looking at the impact of wind turbines on the countryside.  I thought it was a nice success, we had an average of over 100 visitors each day despite weather that veered from the mini heatwave at the start and truly Cornish wild winter weather as we finished.  Lynda, who gallantly sat in throughout, said she got really cold at times (and she is a tough Northern lass).

We were careful not to get involved in the pros and cons of turbines just the aesthetics.  Nevertheless many visitors were moved to express some quite strong views:

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Aug 23

To capture, tick, name or what?

To capture, tick, name or what?

In reviews of art shows, especially paintings, you often read that So-and-so has "captured" a likeness or mood or whatever.  It's a word (or cliche) that even celebrated critics use all the time without, it seems, a second thought.  It's quite irritating.  The dictionary defines the verb 'capture' as "imprison, arrest, detain, incarcerate, take into custody, jail, confine" etc.  The antonym is "liberate".  None of these seems applicable.

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Jun 22

"Monet, money, money"

"Monet, money, money"

"At the end of all our exploring, will be to arrive where we started / And know the place for the first time" (T.S. Eliot).

Things are only 'of worth' if they are seen to be of worth; in other words, recognised as such.  A variation on the tree falling in the abandoned forest - making no sound, because sound requires ears to hear it.

Did anyone see the 'Monet or Money' film?  About authenticating a disputed Monet.  That is, disputed by an archaic family foundation who have the monopoly on such things whatever evidence to the contrary, and no-one else: which in this case is everyone else.

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Jun 9

Exhibition at the RedEarth Gallery, Bickleigh

Exhibition at the RedEarth Gallery, Bickleigh

Summer at the RedEarth Gallery begins on June 15th.  It's a beautiful hanging space in a truly gorgeous location near Tiverton.  There are two great pubs, The Trout Inn and the Fisherman's Cot which "nestles on the banks of the River Exe, and is one of the most picturesque traditional inns in the south of England."  This is the bridge which, apparently, inspired Paul Simon to write "Bridge over Troubled Water" when he stayed there.  I have seven paintings: some from my 'Barns in a landscape' series, and a couple of new wind-turbine ones. 

On this, I have decided to include / impose / / insert / introduce (whichever seems most appropriate to you)...

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Jun 2

Exhibition at Froot Loop

Exhibition at Froot Loop

If you happen to be near the lovely little Froot Loop bistro in Bideford, please call in for a coffee or food (interesting vegetarian options on offer).  This month (June) I have between 10 and 20 smaller paintings exhibited there.  Talk to Chloe (not Saturday's) and bask in the enchanting little garden behind,

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